2013 Festival Program

2013 Festival Program 

Note: Program & Times Subject to Change








7:30p m – MEMENTO MORI (Remember Your Mortality)(9:40)

Daniela Wayllace, Director | Belgium | 2012|AMIMATION


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Frauke Sandig & Eric Black, Directors |Germany | 2011|DOC

The ancient Maya believed this present world would end and a new cycle arise after 5125 years.

How does the story end? Does the water change color? Do the oceans collapse? Does the sky fall as the last tree is cut? HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH allows the Maya of today to answer, following six young Maya in Guatemala and Chiapas through their daily and ceremonial life, revealing their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment. As corporations go to the ends of the earth to extract all value, all resources, they put forth a wholly indigenous perspective in their own words, without narration. Each story touches upon a facet of the current global crisis. Beautifully filmed over years, the intimate accounts of the protagonists interweave with images associated with the fragile beauty of nature and the creation myth of the Popol Vuh. Ruins of a former Mayan civilization stand in the background as harbingers of our own possible fate. The Maya, like many indigenous people, believe they are the guardians of the Earth. Their cosmovision, in which all life is sacred and interconnected, presents a deeply compelling alternative to the prevailing worldview.

Panel Discussion Following with filmmakers, Frauke Sandig & Eric Black, Avi Chomsky, Professor of History & Coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State University, Adrian Ventura, Member of the Human Rights Commission in Washington D.C., Director of the Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores and leader of the Maya K’iche organization in New Bedford.

After-Party at Acitron Restaurant for VIP & Festival Pass Holders




7:00 pm – BAGHDAD MESSI (19 MIN)

Sahim Omar Kalifa, Director | Belgium | 2013|NAR

Awarded “2013 AIFF BEST SHORT


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Jean-Michel Dissard & Gitte Peng, Directors |USA |2013|DOC

One High School, One School Year, Five New Americans!

Five resilient immigrant teenagers come together over a year at The International High School at Lafayette, a NYC public high school dedicated to serving newly arrived immigrants teenagers, with more than 300 students speaking two-dozen languages from 50 countries. Through these five vibrant young people, their stories and struggles and their willingness to open their lives and share them with us, we “learn America.” The children of immigration are here to stay and are the new Americans. How we fare in welcoming them will determine the nature of this country in the 21st C. and beyond.

Panel Discussion Following with moderator, Judith Vecchione, Executive Producer of WGBH Educational Foundation, Jean-Michel Dissard, Director, Mahmud Jafri, Member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Immigration, Dr. Alexandra Pineros Shields, Director of Organizing at the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition, and two of the students, subjects of the film.

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Benjamín Ávila, Director | Argentina/Spain/Brazil | 2011|NAR


Argentina, 1979; based on true facts: After years of exile, Juan and his family come back to Argentina under fake identities. Juan’s parents and his uncle Beto are members of the Montoneros Organization, which is fighting against the Military Junta that rules the country. Because of their political activities they are being tracked down relentlessly, and the threat of capture and even death is constant. However, Juan’s daily life is also full of warmth and humor, and he quickly and easily integrates into his new environment. His friends at school and the girl he has a gigantic crush on, Maria, know him as Ernesto, a name he must not forget, since his family’s survival is at stake. Juan accepts this and follows all of his parents’ rules until one day he is told that they need to move again immediately, and leave his friends and Maria behind without an explanation. This is a story about militancy, undercover life, and love… the story of a clandestine childhood.




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7:00 pm – CROSSROADS (12:30 MIN)

Jean-Jacques Cunnac, Director | France | 2013|NAR

Q&A w/Filmmaker 


The Iran Job (90 MIN)

Till Schauder, Director | Germany/Iran | 2012|DOC


When American basketball player Kevin Sheppard accepts a job to play in one of the world’s most feared countries, Iran, he expects the worse. But what he finds is a country brimming with generosity, acceptance and sensuality. With a charismatic personality that charms everyone he meets, Kevin forms an unlikely friendship with three outspoken Iranian women who share with him their strong opinions on everything from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin’s season in Iran culminates into something much bigger than basketball; the uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran’s reformist Green Movement – a powerful prelude to the sweeping changes across the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring.


9:oo pm - MEMORIES FOR SALE (26 MIN)

Christian de Rezendez, Director | USA | 2012|NAR

Q&A w/Filmmaker & Producer









STRANGLEHOLD: In the Shadow of the Boston Strangler (80 MIN)

Myles David Jewell, Director | USA | 2012|DOC

In the 1960′s, filmmaker Myles Jewell’s grandfather, Phil DiNatale, worked relentlessly as an investigator on the case of the Boston Strangler. But despite Phil’s meticulous investigative efforts, the case got caught in Boston’s political cross hairs and was never officially solved. Now, fifty years later, Myles plunges headfirst into his grandfather’s immense homemade detective archive to reveal never-before-seen details about the strangler investigation. Part historical film, part personal documentary, and part whodunit, The 14th Victim tells the story of a beat cop turned famed detective, Phil DiNatale, and the long-lasting effect his investigative legacy had on his family for generations

Q&A w/Filmmaker 




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The 3rd annual Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) shows independent cinematic masterpieces from filmmakers around the world.  It is also dedicated to promoting the next generation of filmmakers by showcasing a special category of student shorts.  This year twenty-one high school students competed for “Best” in film categories awarded by the festival’s Selection Committee. Submissions came from as near as the Massachusetts towns of Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Dorchester, Roxbury, Wayland and Winchester and as far as Montreal, Canada. AIFF is proud to show these excellent student filmmakers shorts reflecting the opinions, fears, dreams and talents of a young generation as represented through the eye of the lens.

Winner of the “2013 Best Narrative Short” is Malcolm DC, a Boston resident, for his film, THE SHINGLES.

Winners of the “2013 Best Documentary Short” are Tessa Tracy & Sophia Santos, Cambridge residents for their film,  LA LUCHA.

Honorable Mention for Narrative Short is Arlington filmmaker, Jasper Hamilton for ELIZA.

Honorable Mention for Documentary Short is Diana Julien, Roxbury Resident for her film MY PHOENIX.

Honorable Mention for Experimental Short is Henry Nineberg, Cambridge resident for his film, BRAND NEW.


2:00 pm – STONEFACED (15 MIN)

Vivian Ducat, Director | USA | 2011|DOC


Andreas Pichler, Director | Germany/Italy/Austria |2012|DOC

Venice is pure romance but the world’s most beautiful city lives under the enormous pressure of mass tourism, an industry that typically fuels an economy but is ultimately decimating Venice. Twenty years ago 200,000 people resided in Venice; today, the population is 50,000! This alarming decline in population is attributed to mass tourism; urban life has almost collapsed. The film is a portrait of a magnificent city in the process of destroying itself.


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  3: 45 pm – WAPIKONI MOBILE…a project by and for indigenous: Selected Shorts

The Wapikoni traveling studio was created in 2004 by filmmaker, Manon  Barbeau and co-founded by the Council of the Nation Atikamekw and the Youth Council of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.  The objective was to give First Nations youth the opportunity to express themselves through video and music. While encouraging the emergence of talent, it facilitates interaction and communication between young people and contributes to their openness to the world as well as their influence in their communities. To break the isolation experienced by First Nations youth from Quebec, screenings and meetings are held with the public and First Nations filmmakers around the world. These youth become ambassadors of a rich contemporary culture that is too often overlooked.


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Luke Griswold Tergis & Cory Mann, Directors |USA |2011|DOC

Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau, Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon, nostalgic for his childhood, and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family’s traditional fish camp. The unusual story of his life and untold history of his people interweave with the process of preparing traditional food as he struggles to pay his bills, keep the IRS off his back and keep his business afloat. By turn’s tragic, bizarre, or just plain ridiculous, Smokin’Fish tells the story of one man’s attempts to navigate the messy zone of collision between the modern world and an ancient culture.


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5:51 pm – TOUCH (14 MIN)

Qinshu Zuo, Director | USA | 2013|NAR

Q&A w/Filmmaker  


Lynne Sachs, Director | USA |2013|EXP DOC

While living in a “shift-bed” apartment in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown, a household of immigrants shares their stories of personal and political upheaval. As the bed transforms into a stage, the film reveals the collective history of the Chinese in the United States through conversations, autobiographical monologues and theatrical movement pieces. Shot in the kitchens, bedrooms, wedding halls, cafés and mahjong parlors of Chinatown, this provocative, hybrid documentary addresses issues of privacy, intimacy and urban life.


7:35 pm - SENSORIUM (5 MIN)

Karen Aqua, Animation & Ken Field, Music Composition |USA|2007|EXP

ROOM 514 (90 MIN)

Sharon Bar-Ziv, Director | Israel | 2012|NAR

A confrontation between a young, beautiful and determined female military investigator and an outstanding commander, accused of overstepping his authority, ROOM 514 is a courageous, realistic and direct film dealing with the complex Israeli reality, in which good and bad are not always easy to differentiate and in which they rather must coexist. The male actors all served in special units in the Israeli Defense Forces. No matter the country, no matter the military man/woman, this film exposes the price that is extracted from our shared humanity…a large price is paid!


10:00 pm – KEY OF LIFE (128 MIN)

Kenji Uchida, Director |Japanese | 2012|NAR COMEDY

Japan’s master of comedy, Kenji Uchida tells a hilarious tale about Sakurai, an aging unemployed actor with nothing left to live for. While visiting a bathhouse to soak and steam away his misery, he stumbles upon a way to start a new life when Kondo, a mysterious stranger, accidentally knocks himself unconscious and Sakurai assumes his identity. Throw in another delectable subplot involving magazine editor Kanae, who has set a deadline for finding a husband and you have the ingredients of a very comedic stew.




12:00 pm – COFFEE WITH DAVID MOORE (10:31 MIN)

Daniel Black, Director | USA | 2013|DOC

Q&A w/Subject of Film


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Courtenay Singer, Director | USA |2013|DOC

Out of the Fire offers a little known look into the world of wood firing potters who use ancient, labor intensive techniques to achieve stunning, unique surfaces on their pots. The film centers on potter Kevin Crowe’s compelling 4-day wood kiln firing to complete nearly 2000 pots. But the film is about more than just making pots. The film’s characters also explore the drive to create, the importance of community, and the value of risk-taking and authenticity in making great work, and living life to the fullest.



Julie Mallozzi, Director | USA | 2012|DOC

What happens to a woman’s sense of self when her body changes beyond recognition? Indelible Lalita tells the story of a beautiful woman whose resilient spirit survives her body’s transformation by cancer, heart failure, and a dramatic loss of skin pigment. Meditatively flowing between surface and interior, the film follows Lalita as she migrates from Bombay to Paris to Montréal, and becomes completely White along the way.  Lalita learns to let go of her body as the sign of her ethnicity and femininity – and ultimately realizes that her body is just a temporary vessel for her spirit.

Q&A with Filmmaker


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3:45 pm – ASHAM: A Man Called Hope (90 MIN)

Maggie Morgan, Director | Egypt |2012|NAR

Six intertwined stories about aspiration, disappointment, and hope are tied together loosely through the character of Asham who encounters the characters at critical points in their lives. The stories take place against the backdrop of a restless Cairo before the January 25 revolution. The city is troubled: traffic is gridlocked, a man threatens to throw himself off a building to protest government injustice, street peddlers are harassed by the police… the tension is palpable.

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Mark Playne, Director | UK |2012|NAR









THE O’BRIEN’s (84 MIN) Co-presented with the Irish Film Festival

Slaine Kelly & Emmett Hughes, Directors | Ireland | 2013|NAR

The O’Brien’s is a witty, romantic comedy about a dysfunctional modern Irish family living on different sides of the Atlantic. After father, Pat organizes an impromptu family reunion at their beautiful family farmhouse in Galway, Ireland, it reunites siblings Fionn who lives in New York, Gareth who lives in London, and Una and husband Brendan and two children.

Q&A with Filmmaker








Wednesday, October 17, 2012

7:00PM Best of Festival Shorts (31 min)

CASUS BELLI (11 min)
Yorgos Zois, Director|Greece|2010
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o night clubs, lines form for access to every need. Is life punctuated by waiting in line, a cycle of endless anticipation? Is it a habit that unites people from all backgrounds?

KAHANIKAR (The Storyteller) (10 min)
Nandita Jain, Director|UK|2011
Seven year old Nirmala attempts to grapple with the demons of her grandfather’s dementia when he starts to forget the details of her favorite story.

Tim Skousen, Tyler Bastian, Trevor Hill, Directors|USA/Honduras|2012 |NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE
A disabled man named Agustin in Honduras has been building a helicopter in his home for the past 53 years causing controversy amongst his family and community. Some wonder if he is crazy. Other’s see him as inspirational. Some believe he is wasting his time. But for Agustin, the helicopter has become a way to cope with his debilitating polio as he painstakingly crafts the homemade flying machine. But will it fly?


ALL ME: The Life & Times of Winfred Rembert (Film, 78 min)
Vivian Ducat, Director|USA|2012
With his intensely autobiographical paintings depicting the day-to-day existence of African Americans in the segregated South, Winfred Rembert has preserved an important, if often disturbing, chapter of American history. His indelible images of toiling in the cotton fields, singing in church, dancing in juke joints, or working on a chain gang are especially powerful, not just because he lived every moment, but because he experienced so much of the injustice and bigotry they show as recently as the 1960s and 70s. Now in his sixties, Rembert has developed a growing following among collectors and connoisseurs, and enjoyed a number of tributes and exhibitions of his work. In “ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert,” the artist relives his turbulent life, abundantly visualized by his extensive paintings and, in a series of intimate reminiscences, shows us how even the most painful memories can be transformed into something meaningful and beautiful. A glowing portrait of how an artist—and his art—is made, “ALL ME” is also a triumphant saga of race in contemporary America.

Panel discussion to follow:
Vivian Ducat, Director, Winfred Rembert, Artist & Subject of Film
After-Party for VIP and Festival Pass Holders at Tango Restaurant

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Lucas Leyva, Director|USA/Cuba|2011|NORTHEAST PREMIERE
Narrated from the point of view of a dying shark, this film metaphorically explores the current state of the aging Cuban-American exile community, many of whom have still not come to terms with the Communist Revolution that changed their lives forever. The film culls from various Cuban films and works of literature to create not a singular voice, but a feeling of a particular moment in time.

THE WALL: A World Divided (57 min)
Eric Stange, Director|USA|2010
A story documenting the forces that built and then brought down the Berlin Wall is told through rare archival film and photos, as well as the unique historical insights of George H. Bush, James Baker, Helmut Kohl, Mikhail Gorbachev and the people of East & West Germany
Q&A with Eric Stange, Director and John Kusiak, Composer


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Endre Hules, Director|Hungary|2012|EAST COAST PREMIERE
Set in post-communist Hungary, The Maiden Danced to Death is a story about two brothers – two dancers; one defected, the other stayed… one gave his soul to commerce, the other to the Party. After twenty years, they meet again…and the dance begins. Expelled by the Communists 20 years earlier, Steve (Hules), has earned success abroad before returning to Hungary where his very presence challenges the ideals of his brother Gyula (Laszlo) who “stuck it out” at home all those years. This exceptional film combines dramatic scenes with dance and music, seamlessly slipping from one into another. Where words fail, the dance takes over revealing long-held secrets and emotions the protagonists kept even from themselves. The Maiden Danced to Death is a reckoning with old shadows, and an examination of the individual’s social responsibility in old and new Europe.

Friday, October 19, 2012


Navid Nikkhah Azad, Director|Iran|2012|MASSACHUSETTS PREMIERE
Simin’s world is turned upside down when the biological mother of her daughter wants her back.

Brian Truglio, Director|USA|2012| WORLD PREMIERE
The film follows Navajo and Hopi runners from two rival high schools cross country teams in northern Arizona who are fighting for a state championship. Shot over two years, it focuses on how the sport impacts the lives of five boys growing up on the reservation and helps them confront the challenges they face on and off the course.
Panel Discussion moderated by Larry Gagnon, panelists Brian Truglio, Director, Sean Sandefur, Editor, Christopher McDougall, Author. McDougall will reveal the “Best Story Never Told” the missing chapter of Born to Run which concerns the Hopi tradition of running.


Lisa Gossels|USA|2010

In July 2002, twenty-two Palestinian, Israeli and Palestinian Israeli teenage girls traveled to the United States to participate in a women’s leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace.  “My So-Called Enemy” is the story of six of the girls and how the transformative experience of knowing their “enemies” as human beings meets with the realities of their lives at home in the Middle East over the next seven years.  Through the coming-of-age narratives of Building Bridges participants Adi, Gal, Hanin, Inas, Rawan and Rezan, we see how creating relationships across personal, political and physical borders is a first step towards resolving conflict.  By watching “My So-Called Enemy” communities will experience the complexities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict though a human lens – as well as the possibility and hope that come from listening to each other’s stories.  The girls are the experts in “My So-Called Enemy” – and their voices need to be heard, especially because they are young women.

Q&A with Lisa Gossels, Director

Saturday, October 20, 2012

9:45AM Selected Shorts |50 min

INTEGRITY|Animation|6 min
Olanrewaju Oluwafemi, Director|Nigeria |2012|MASSACHUSETTS PREMIERE

LEONORA & GABRIEL… an instant |Experimental|8:16 min
Lizet Benrey|Mexican/USA|2011|EAST COAST PREMIERE

THE READER|Narrative|10 min
Duncan Rogers|USA|2002

VANISHING|Narrative|30 min
Bartosz Kruhlik|Poland|2011|NORTHEAST PREMIERE

Laura DeBlass|Italy|2011

11:00AM High School and College Division – Selected Shorts

High School Division
LA JOIVE DE VIRE|Documentary|4:57 min|2012
Jeremy Vassiliou, Director|Montreal, Canada

MOLINEUX|Narrative |10:00 min|2012
Jacob Sussman, Director|Wayland, MA

IN YOUR HEART|Animation|3:08 min|2012
Raymond Caplin, Director |Montreal, Canada

THE CROWN OF LIFE| Experimental|7:12 min|2012
Real Junior Leblanc, Director|Montreal, Canada

CHERRY VANILLA|Narrative|11:05|2012|Honorable Mention
Lydia Mullan, Director|Winchester, MA

ATIUN Traditions|Documentary|6:00 min|2012|Honorable Mention
Kevin Bellefleur, Director|Montreal, Canada

PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT|Experimental|5:46 min|2012
Sonny Finch & Dimitri Giannopoulos, Directors|Boston, MA

BAD WOLF| Narrative|4:52 min|2012
Joe Poverchuk, Director|Allston, MA

BREAKING THE CYCLE| Documentary|7:22 min|2012
Maxwell Anthony, Director|Boston, MA

ME NOT YOU|Experimental|1:03 min|2012
Felicia Imbriana, Director|East Boston, MA

NIGHT GLASSES|Narrative|3:39 min|2012
Louis Phillippe Moar, Director|Montreal, Canada

HOLLOW LAKE|Narrative|2 min|2012
Thomas Violet & Nancy Alberson|Billerica, MA

A PERFORMER|Narrative|7:48 min|2012
Malcolm D.C.|Brighton, MA

College Divison
5-DAY FORECAST|Narrative|18:00 min|2012
Joe Wielosinski &Leah Shortell Chapman, Directors|Chicago, IL


MICROPHONE (116 min)
Ahmed Abdallah, Director|Egypt|2011|USA PREMIERE
When Khaled returns to Alexandria after years of travel, he discovers that it is too late to rekindle a relationship with his old love and with his aging father. Self-absorbed, he roams the city and stumbles across the underground art and music scene. He is mesmerized by the discovery of this world and his life gradually changes. Supporting the movement, he draws attention to the diverse facets of the city. Details of his private life and events of the movement overlap. He awaits an inevitable change that he believes will come from the dynamic and unique art scene in Alexandria, rather than from Cairo; the overpopulated capital. Microphone is a vibrant image of this colorful music and art movement. It is a real narrative of this new generation of artists from Alexandria and the intricate details of their lives.


Sebastian Borensztein|Argentina|2012
A comedy about the meeting between Jun, a Chinese man who has just landed in Argentina and doesn’t speak a word of Spanish and Roberto, a cranky loner who is forced to “adopt” him. Seeking a way out of this absurd situation, Roberto will discover a way of solving his deeper problem… loneliness.


Aconcagua Chilean Folk Dance

SKYDANCER (74 min)
Katja Esson, Director|USA|2011
The Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center: for more than 120 years, Mohawk ironworkers have raised America’s modern cityscapes. They are called ‘sky walkers’ because they walk fearlessly atop steel beams just a foot wide, high above the city. Who are these Mohawk sky walkers? What is their secret for overcoming fear? Has ‘sky walking’ replaced an ancient rite of passage? Or is it the pure need to adapt in order to survive? And what is their life really like when every Friday at quitting time, they jump in their cars and make the eight-hour drive up north to their families on the reservation?


Martin Haroutunian and Friends, Armenian Music

Suzanne Khardalian, Director|Sweden/Armenia|2011
Filmmaker Suzanne Khardalian makes a journey into her own family to investigate the terrible truth behind her late grandma’s odd tattoos. Her grandma was always a bit strange, never liking physical contact and covered with unusual marks. Everybody in the family seemed to know the story, but no-one ever spoke about it. So when grandma’s mystery is slowly unveiled, family taboos are broken down and Suzanne exposes the bigger story – the fate of the Armenian women driven out of Ottoman Turkey during the First World War. The painful journey behind Suzanne’s grandma’s tattoos unfolds through Armenia, Lebanon, Sweden and Syria, finally bringing out the truth.
Q&A with Lerna Ekmekcioglu, Professor of History, MIT


ASHBASH…A Love Story (56 min)
Heidi Sullivan, Director|USA|2012
A single woman. A singular celebration. The inspiring film that tells the story. Amusing, unflinchingly honest, and deeply profound, this ultimately inspiring documentary follows one woman’s journey of self-exploration from full-on panic over being single to her epiphany that she does not have to get married; that her single life and all the many relationships in it are worth celebrating – in style.
Q&A with Heidi Sullivan, Director/Producer and Ashley Norwood, Subject/Producer


TUNGSTEN (98 min)
Giorgos Georgopoulos| Greece |2011| MASSACHUSETTS PREMIERE
TUNGSTEN deals with the idea of electricity as a metaphor; of all metals in pure form, tungsten has the highest melting point, lowest vapor pressure and the highest tensile strength.  It is known for its heat endurance, as well as for its high conductivity.  The scenery is urban, and the plot is unfolded during a single day…one day in Athens, continuous outages, and a final blackout caused by the strike of technicians at the electricity company.  A day during which six people’s lives are being crossed and diverted, two teenage boys, a ticket inspector, a young couple, immigrants, children, all cornered at the end of a blind alley in the center of Athens. A black and white episodic film with spare, non-liner narration portrays a society on the edge, “forgotten in the dark” as noted by one of the characters.  As victims and villains switch roles, a mechanism stronger than their own volition is revealed: the meat grinder of bounced checks, empty bank accounts and bankrupt dreams that moves the action forward to the point of dead end!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

9:45AM Selected Shorts | MA Filmmakers |50 min

TUMBLEBEE|Experimental|3 min
John Soares and Jeff Mellin|USA|2012|WORLD PREMIERE

LIZZY|Documentary|12 min

OÙ EST FLEURI ROSE|Animation|23 min
Nick Thorkelson, Mark Warhol & Amy MacDonald|USA|2012


INTERFACES|Narrative|15 min
Tom Kingdon|USA|2009

THE MINERS|Narrative|11:29 min


BUDRUS (82 min)
Julia Bacha, Director|Occupied Palestinian Territories/Israel/USA|2009
Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today. In an action-filled documentary chronicling this movement from its infancy, Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat yet remain virtually unknown to the world. While this film is about one Palestinian village, it tells a much bigger story about what is possible in the Middle East. Ayed succeeded in doing what many people believe to be impossible: he united local Palestinian political factions, including Fatah and Hamas; he brought women to the heart of the struggle by encouraging his daughter Iltezam’s leadership; and he welcomed hundreds of Israelis to cross into Palestinian territory for the first time and join this nonviolent effort. Budrus includes diverse voices from the Palestinian leaders of the movement and their Israeli allies to an Israeli military spokesman, Doron Spielman, and Yasmine Levy, the Israeli border police officer stationed in the village at that time. While many documentaries about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict either romanticize the notion of peace, or dwell entirely on the suffering of victims to the conflict, this film focuses on the success of a Palestinian-led nonviolent movement.
In a keynote address immediately following the debut of Budrus at a Gala screening at the Dubai International Film Festival in December 2009, Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein of Jordan praised the film, stating that Budrus: “Gives an enormous amount of hope… It’s a story which will have an impact and can help bring change.”


LARBI OR THE Fate of the Great Football Player (92 min)
Driss Mriani|Morocco|2011| USA PREMIERE
Larbi, a fiction movie inspired from the life of the outstanding football player, Haj Larbi Benbarek.
The movie tells wonderfully this extraordinary figure, the football player who surpassed all his challengers and the man who assumed his destiny with faith and dignity. This is Larbi, who was born in a modest family, who grew up in a popular district and who was a big fan of football since his young age. He invested himself passionately in the game, seeking with rage to surpass himself and to succeed. His intellect, his sense of observation and his perseverance take care of the rest. Success and prestige are soon part of his life: Olympic of Marseille, France’s national team, Athlético of Madrid, etc.. His nick name sums it all « The black Pearl » ! Before, during and after this wonderful and rich career between the 30s and 50s, it is Larbi, the man, who believes, who loves, who shares, who suffers… But Larbi the believer, is clinging to the true values: love of his homeland, loyalty to his family and his children. He is loving and serene, at peace with himself. At the end of a prestigious career, he is facing, with courage and dignity, terrible hardship: the loss of his two wives and three children, the disease of his son, his own illness and … death in loneliness!


Marc Fields, Director|USA |2011
The banjo’s been called America’s quintessential instrument, perhaps because its long and contested history has encompassed so many popular musical forms, from black folk styles and the 19th century minstrel show, to blues, ragtime, early jazz, old time folk and bluegrass. One of the biggest challenges of making Give Me the Banjo was trying to cover the full range and breadth of music that the banjo has helped to shape.
Q&A with Marc Fields, Director


CONSENT (86 min)
A wealthy Manhattan family’s inability to cope with the suicide of their eldest daughter sends them into a downward spiral of drugs, alcohol and sexual taboos that threatens to destroy them.
Q&A with Ron Farrar Brown, Director.


Brendyn Schneider, Storyteller

Thomas Ladenburger|Germany/Morocco |2010|EAST COAST PREMIERE
On Djemaa el Fna Suare in the Moroccan city of Marrakech, Abderahim El Magori tells stories that he has been collecting in his mind and heart since he was a child. Now that he is growing older, he is teaching his son, Zoheir the tricks of a dying trade. In the Halqu, the storyteller’s circle, the boy practices his skills and his father provide blunt criticism. Once Zoheir is ready for it, he and his father travel to Fez, the intellectural capital of Morocco, for the ultimate test on the lrge city square. The camera follows the pair on their journey which is interspersed with stories about ghosts, kings, shoemakers and animals. However, Zoheir has to find his own style for a new generation of listeners who do not only want to hear about days long past but also get information about things like AIDS.


Dancers from the Thillai Fine Arts Academy, Newton

Joshua Dylan Mellars|USA/India|2011|MASSACHUSETTS PREMIERE
The film chronicles the legendary Indian sarodist Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, who introduced Indian classical music to the U.S. at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1955 and who has been referred to as “The Emperor of Melody”. Kahn is a national treasure in India and the U.S., a Grammy nominee, and according to renowned master violinist Lord Yehudi Menuhin, “possibly the greatest musician in the world”. His son, American born Alam Khan, travels from California to India on his first concert tour without his ailing father. When Alam shares with his father the weight he feels of living up to his family’s north Indian classical music tradition he remembers his father’s advice: “Don’t worry, play like a Lion!”

**Film programs and time schedule subject to change.**