Thursday, Nov 1st, 7:00 PM | Opening Night
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7:00 PM19:00

Thursday, Nov 1st, 7:00 PM | Opening Night

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Are You Volleyball? (15min)

BEST OF FESTIAL SHORT

Mohammad Bakhshi | Iran | Nar | New England Premiere

A group of Arabic speaking asylum seekers detained at a border conflict with soldiers every day until a young deaf-mute becomes the catalyst for communicating.

 

SKIDROW MARATHON (85min)

BEST OF FESTIAL FEATURE

Mark Hayes & Gabrielle Hayes | USA | Doc | Boston Premiere                    

When a criminal court judge starts a running club on LA’s notorious Skid Row and begins training a motley group of addicts and criminals to run marathons, lives begin to change. Following four runners as they rise from the streets of LA to run marathons around the world, fighting the pull of homelessness and addiction at every turn, their story is one of hope, friendship, and dignity. 

Q&A w/Filmmaker & Boston Running Group for the Homeless

Reception following at ZA Restaurant VIP TICKETS and Festival Pass Holders

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Friday, November 2, 7:00 PM,  2018
Nov
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7:00 PM19:00

Friday, November 2, 7:00 PM, 2018

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M.A.M.O.N. (Monitor Against Mexicans Over

Nationwide) (6min)

Alejandro Damiani | Uruguay | Nar | New England Premiere

A lampoon on the politics surrounding the Mexico-US border.

HILLBILLY (87 min)

Sally Rubin & Ashley York | USA | Doc | New England Premiere

Sine the presidential election, the cultural divide in America has expanded with stereotyping and slurs rampant and finger-pointing and name-calling abounding. hillbilly goes on a personal and political journey into the heart of the Appalachian coalfields, exploring the role of media representation in the creation of the iconic American "hillbilly," and examining the social, cultural, and political underpinnings of this infamous stereotype. Filmed in Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, hillbilly uncovers an unexpected set of artists, poets, activists, queer musicians, "Affrilachian" poets, and intersectional feminists -- all unexpected voices emerging from this historically misunderstood region. hillbilly is a timely and urgent exploration of how we see and think about poverty and rural identity in contemporary America, offering a call for dialogue during this divisive time in U.S. history.

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Friday, November 2, 9:28 PM | Int'l Shorts Program I
Nov
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9:28 PM21:28

Friday, November 2, 9:28 PM | Int'l Shorts Program I

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International Shorts Program I (79 min)

CLASH OF MORALITY | Vinay Pujara | USA | Nar

BOSTON Premiere

Trapped in an elevator, two men have the opportunity to tear down preconceptions that each has fostered. 

Awards: Best Screenplay (Finalist) | Oaxaca, Mexico | Best International Short Film | Mumbai, India

CUBEMAN | Linda Dombrovsky | Hungary | Nar | New England Premiere

An elderly man being made to retire early, realizes that he cannot finish the work of his life.

LIFE AFTER GUANTANAMO | Esteban Cuevas | Argentina Doc

In 2014, after 13 years in jail, six detainees were released and landed on Uruguayan soil. Not allowed to return to

their homes or families, and not able to choose where to live, their lives are forever changed. Is this freedom?

BIKINI WORDS | Nils Clauss | S. Korea | Exp Doc | NEW ENGLAND Premiere

Factory life during the rapid industrialization of S. Korea during the 70’s and 80’s meant a major cultural shift in life…a new vocabulary evolved amongst workers to assign names to their urbanized lives.    

DANKE| Antonio Sequeria | U.K. | Nar | U.S.A. Premiere

A British soldier must decide to help or kill an injured German soldier

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Friday, November 2, 11:02 PM | TREBLINKA

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TREBLINKA (61 min)

Sérgio Tréfaut | Portugal | Exp Doc | U.S.A. Premiere

This hypnotic relating of the past as a train crosses Eastern Europe in the 21st century, Poland, Russia, Ukraine demonstrates a cinematic courage that stiffens one's sinews with fear as well as resolve to never let this happen again. Brilliantly executed with a poetry that extends beneath any conscious subtlety, the camera's continued return to empty carriage seats convinces us that those who are no longer with us should have filled those seats with life, laughter and humanity, yet they are empty but for the two ghosts who bring their death camp horror, once again, to life.

Awards: Italy - Perugia Social Film Festival (Perso Award for Best Feature) | Portugal - Best Portuguese Feature Film

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Saturday, November 3, 12:00 PM | Students Program
Nov
3
12:00 PM12:00

Saturday, November 3, 12:00 PM | Students Program

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 Student Filmmaker Program

 

SPEAK TO ME (18 min)

Nicolas Thilo-McGovern | Cambridge MA | Nar |WORLD PREMIERE 

Sam was once a bestselling author. His fiancée Mia is getting promoted at her job as Sam hits a writer’s block. In an act of desperation, he stops taking his medication and is left to fixate on the question, ‘what is more important, love and his relationship with his fiancée or success’?

CALAVERA (6 min)

Adele Rankin | Austin Texas | Thriller| WORLD PREMIERE

A young woman purchases a mysterious book at a yard sale but gets more than she bargained for.

TREJUR (10 min) BEST ANIMATION

Thomas Kim | Concord MA | Animation | WORLD PREMIERE

A modern woman remembers her wretched, toy-giving grandmother in this dark, hand-made, fantasy, stop motion animation. Trejur (pronounced "treasure") is a story that questions how desperation can transform us into something we never thought ourselves to be.  

HE DIDIN’T MEAN TO (6 min)

Emily Steinbomer | Austin TX | Nar | WORLD PREMIERE

A film about unhealthy relationships and the toll they take on the body and the self.

UNDOCUMENTARY (11 min)                                      

Karla Cortes | Somerville MA | Doc | SCATV YOUTH PROGRAM | WORLD PREMIERE

A discussion on endangered DACA and TPS programs and how the lives of many undocumented people now hang in the balance.

PALEHOUND “If You Met Her" (5 min)

Caitlin LeBlanc, Jeovana Almeida, Kiely Quinn, Michael Escobar, Rachel Newman, Sara Tesh, Tatiana Marquez, Tom Quigley | Lynn MA | Doc | Raw Arts Works | BOSTON PREMIERE

Is an empty house a home? 

NEEDLES AND THREATS (10 min) | BOSTON PREMIERE | BEST DOCUMENTARY

Alyssa Abreu, Moises Vargas & Anisa Hamilton |NYC | Doc | Maysles Documentary Center

The despairing effect of one woman's addiction on two families.

AWARDS: Best Documentary DEREK FREESED YOUTH MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL 2018

THE ART COLLECTOR (5 min)

Saoirse Loftus-Reid | Lexington MA | Doc

A mysterious woman uses her ability to live in paintings to influence artists for her art collection.

AWARDS: The Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, Lexington MA; MA Regional Silver Key Award; A-Town Teen Video Contest, Arlington MA

EBI SUSHI (6 min)                                                          

Karla Cortes | Somerville MA |Doc | SCATV YOUTH PROGRAM

A Latino restaurateur’s challenges of being recognized as a major player in the sushi world.

AWARDS: A-Town Teen Video Contest, Arlington MA 

VIOLENCE IN BALTIMORE (21 min)

BEST OF FESTIVAL

Brooke Anderson, William Coles, Katia Crawford, Marc Cruise, Jayla Elliott, Joelle Faison, Kailah Hall, Michelle Hill, Eric Hunter, William Mitchell, Sama Muhammad, Ade Ogunshina, Eva Ojekwe, Brian Thompson, Ayanna White | Baltimore MD | Doc | Wide Angle Youth Media | BOSTON PREMIERE

In Spring 2017, high school students investigated the cycle of violence in Baltimore, searching for real-world strategies to prevent violence from escalating among their peers and their communities. This powerful documentary provides insight into the ways young people are challenging dominant narratives and seeking peaceful, de-escalating methods of conflict resolution.

IRONY (8 min) BEST EXPERIMENTAL

Radheya Jegatheva | Australia | Experimental | USA PREMIERE

A film that explores the relationship between man and technology told from the perspective of a phone.

BLACK & WHITE (10 min)

Kunga Choephel, Zola Gray & Asa Spellman | NYC | Doc | Maysles Doc Center | WORLD PREMIERE

Tracie's journey through her childhood in a unique family.

AWAKEN THE DRAGON TOGETHER (6 min)

Shuyi Wang | Boston MA | Doc

Dragon boat racing began over 2,000 years ago on the rivers of China. Today, dragon boat festivals and races are celebrated around the world. This film follows a team of cancer survivors, known as the Wellness Warriors of MA as they use this ancient sport as an unconventional path to wellness.

Official Selection: HUA International Short Film Festival

 

Reception following at the Fox Library with a moderated conversation lead by Emerson College film students, Nuria Pellicer, Nicolas Thilo-McGovern, and Shuyi Wang.

Sponsor by Arlington Center for the Arts

 

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Nov
3
2:15 PM14:15

Saturday, November 3, 2:15 | The Kiss & MADHATTAN

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THE KISS (20 min)

David Priego | France | Nar | New England Premiere

A museum guard who watches over Rodin's sculpture Le Baiser (The Kiss) develops a longing to experience romantic love. The Kiss explores the magical and mystical relationship that sometimes flourishes between a work of art and the observer. 

MADHATTAN (55 min)

Carolyn Constantine | Australia/USA | Doc | Boston Premiere

A remarkable journey from the remote red dirt of the outback in Australia to the red carpet in New York as milliner Felicity Brown takes her amazing collection of hats and fantastic headpieces to New York for Fashion Week, ready to take on the world, one hat at a time…a celebration of creativity, passion, and overcoming obstacles to follow a dream.

Reception & Gallery Talk immediately following at 13Forest Gallery w/Boston’s own ‘fine milliner’, Marie Galvin and an exhibition of her hat creations.

Marie Galvin is an award-winning Irish Milliner based in Boston.   In the late 90s, Marie discovered that Boston’s Fort Point Channel was the perfect environment to hone her passion and set out to carve her niche in New England’s largest artist communities.   At the time there were no millinery courses offered by schools in the US.  Undaunted, Marie instead chose to forge ahead and teach herself the Art of Millinery in her quest to become a true milliner.  With the aid old early edition Millinery instructional books and the deconstruction of vintage hats, Marie began an intense program of study, documentation and education.  This methodology would afford Marie the old and lost techniques that defined that art of Millinery. Marie felt that like any art form, you must understand the masters in order to hone your own craft. With that Marie found her true calling.

Sponsor the East Arlington business

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Nov
3
3:45 PM15:45

Saturday, November 3, 3:45 PM | MY AMSIH WORLD

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TICKET 7

MY AMISH WORLD (80 min)

Samuel Wickey | USA | Nar | New England Premiere

A celebration of one man's struggle from fear to freedom, this film was produced and directed by Amish sculptor, Samuel Wickey. In this incredible story based on true events, a mother and father are overwhelmed with emotion when their children are severely bullied in the public school; the father is compelled to take his family and leave the Amish community.

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Nov
3
5:20 PM17:20

Saturday, November 3, 5:20 PM | An Homage to Women Filmmakers

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  International Shorts Program II (78 min)

An Homage to Women Filmmakers

EXIT | Katharina Woll | Israel | Doc | U.S.A

Premiere

We witness the painful result of two women, mothers, who divorce and leave the ultra-orthodox community. Heidi, the daughter of the chairman of the United Torah Judaism Party, finds her strength and continues to fight on behalf of women’s rights especially within the religious community.

En Autobiografi (AN AUTHOBIOGRAPHY)

Mari Mantela | Finland | Nar

Boston Premiere

Retiring from a job after 45 years is difficult enough but being replace by a young trainee is another! 

ALGORITHMS | Rosin Kearney | Ireland | Nar

U.S.A. Premiere

Two people meet while waiting for their respective dates and chat about internet dating; can love by numbers really work? Or does that rule out the notion that opposites attract? 

YIN YU TANG – Regeneracy on Other Side of

Earth | Vivianna Yan | 12 min | USA | Doc

U.S.A. Premiere

During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), a prosperous merchant surnamed Huang built a stately sixteen-bedroom house in China’s southeastern Huizhou region, calling his home Yin Yu Tang. The house was dismantled and brought to Salem by Peabody Essex Museum. Yan chronicles the rebuilding of this historic house that is on exhibition, connecting people with Chinese history, architecture and culture.

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Nov
3
6:55 PM18:55

Saturday, November 3, 6:55 PN | It's Just A Gun & Circle Up

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IT’S JUST A GUN (15 min)

Brian Robau | USA | Nar | Boston Premiere

Imagine the lifetime of a gun…all the hands it may pass through. This is just one chapter in a story when a young boy finds a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver which sets in motion a series of events that will change his life forever.

Awards: Best Narrative Film (Silver) | Students Academy Awards | Hollywood, CA | Best Student Films, Best Cinematography | Breckenridge, CO | WINNER Best Student Film | Savannah, GA | Best Student Film | Ojai, CA 

CIRCLE UP (68 min)

Julie Mallozzi | USA | Doc

After the brutal slaying of her teenage son, Janet Connors reaches out to her son’s killer to offer a chance for forgiveness. They team up with a group of mothers of murdered children to help young people in their community break the chain of violence and revenge. Circle Up is a call to action for reframing approaches to crime and punishment through the lens of restorative justice, forgiveness, and accountability. 

Q&A w/Filmmaker

Awards: Best Documentary Grand Jury Prize |Providence

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Nov
3
8:35 PM20:35

Saturday, November 3, 8:35 PM | International Animation Shorts III

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International Animation Shorts Program III (68 min) 

CAGE | Pengpeng Du | 5 min

USA Premiere

The life of a concubine was bound; she is consumed by her man through both dream and reality.

HAPPY | Alice Saey | 7 min | France

USA Premiere

The Egyptian goose seduces us and the flocks of geese with their desire torn between individuality and the urge toward group behavior.

WOODY & WOODY | Jaume Carrio | 13 min

Spain | USA Premiere

A modest tribute to a great filmmaker from New York, with frenetic and ironic dialogs and vibrant drawings that seem to move to the rhythm of jazz.

 HEZAR AFSAN | Asghar Safar & Jalai Yekta

Abbas | 7 min | Iran | USA Premiere

The white ogre attacks the city and kidnaps the king. Rostam is sent to find and return him. 

STANZAS | Alicja Jasina | USA | 7 min

USA Premiere

Based on a poem by Aldous Huxley, a stubborn narrator slowly breaks free of their limitations, allowing more fluidity into their thought process.

 

LOOK | Meinardas Valkevicius | 4 min

Lithuania | USA Premiere

Human activity does not always have a positive effect on our planet. Look explores natural cycles of exchange between humans and animals…dare to look and change the world!

CORP | Pablo Polledri | Argentina | 9 min

USA Premiere

Ambition, exploitation of labour, environmental pollution, human degradation, surplus value, corruption and much more in the amazing world of free market! 

PEARL | Patrick Osborne | 6 min | USA

Boston Premiere

Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love. And finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.

PANIC ATTACK | Eileen O’Meara | 3 min

USA | Boston Premiere

This hand-drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality. 

GOOD BOY | Rachel Beltran | 7 min | USA

East Coast Premiere | BEST ANIMATION

SHORT

Is there a crowd on a blind date?

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Saturday, November 3, 10:00 PM | The Best of All Worlds
Nov
3
10:00 PM22:00

Saturday, November 3, 10:00 PM | The Best of All Worlds

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Die Best E Aller Welten (THE BEST OF ALL

WORLDS) (103 min)

BEST FEATURE NARRATIVE

Adrian Goiginger | Austria | Nar | Boston Premiere

This award-winning film is a kid´s true story of his life in the unusual world of his heroin addict mother and their love of each other. This film reminds us that people with drug addictions are not society’s throwaways.

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Sunday, November 4, 1:44 PM | Int'l Shorts Program IV
Nov
4
1:44 PM13:44

Sunday, November 4, 1:44 PM | Int'l Shorts Program IV

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  International Shorts Program IV (94 min)

NOT EVEN A LINE| Victor E.D. Somoza

Spain | Nar | USA Premiere

As they do every afternoon Encarna and Rosario meet up to have churros for an afternoon snack in their neighborhood café. However, today is a special day with a dramatic change in their usual conversation.

AFTERGLOW | Akira Kamiki | Brazil | Nar

Afterglow is a sensorial movie about repeatedly having to find the joy of living again. It is the story of a gay couple, one partner suffers with depression. It fully embraces the toll depression takes on an individual as well as a relationship.

BACHA POSH| Markus Kaatsch | Switzerland

Nar | USA Premiere

Farrukh is in a family awaiting transit to England. The young man works for his father but carries a secret. He is a Bacha Posh (a girl disguised as a young man).

THE CLEAN-OUT | Travis Wood | USA | Nar

USA Premiere

What happens when four vegans’ roommates encounter a greaassssyyyy meatball sub...

VIOLIN | Konstantin Fam | Russia | Nar | USA

Premiere | BEST NARRTIVE SHORT

The film entirely revolves around a unique musical instrument. It’s a story about the amazing fate of a violin that survives all the horrors of the war. The tale begins in a violin workshop where, at the beginning of the 20th century, a violin is created, designed as a gift for a Jewish boy, and ends after many years with a concert at the Wailing Wall.

Awards: The award of the name of Vera Glagoleva, Special

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Sunday, November 4, 3:33 PM | MILES IN THE LIFE
Nov
4
3:33 PM15:33

Sunday, November 4, 3:33 PM | MILES IN THE LIFE

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MILES IN THE LIFE (96 min)

Shaun Mathis and Jemonique Miller | USA

Doc | East Coast Premiere

Growing up in Brooklyn NY during the height of the crack epidemic, Jabari Hayes started trafficking drugs at the age of 6. With the help of his father, Jabari escaped that life by relocating to St. Louis where he became a track athlete, which landed him a full scholarship to prestigious Morehouse College where he trafficked guns for his cousin across state lines. Upon graduating, Jabari started a limo company and was called upon by the largest drug cartel in the US, the Black Mafia Family, known as BMF to transport large amounts of cocaine and cash nationwide until his capture in 2007.

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Sunday, November 4, 12:00 PM | The Most Dangerous Year
Nov
4
5:00 PM17:00

Sunday, November 4, 12:00 PM | The Most Dangerous Year

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THE MOST DANGEROUS YEAR (89 min)

Vlada Knowlton | USA | Doc | Boston Premiere

In 2016, a group of Washington State families with transgender kids joined the fight against the wave of discriminatory anti-transgender legislation sweeping through the nation and into their home state. With the help of a coalition of state lawmakers and civil rights activists, these families embarked on an uncharted journey of fighting to protect and preserve their children's inalienable human rights and freedoms in this present-day civil rights movement.

Awards: GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD - BEST DOCUMENTARY - Third runner-up

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Sunday, November 4, 5:24 PM | CLOSING NIGHT
Nov
4
5:24 PM17:24

Sunday, November 4, 5:24 PM | CLOSING NIGHT

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WHIRLWIND (8 min)

Samantha Smith | USA | Doc

BEST SHORT DOC

A history of black tennis in America: Dr. Johnson began playing frequently while in medical school, hungry for a physical activity that would give his body the workouts he had enjoyed as a star collegiate football player. He then began to mentor others, realizing his age and his medical practice limited his ability to reach the heights in tennis that he had attained in football, the sport that gave him the nickname he would carry for the rest of his life: "Whirlwind."

Support by Arlington Martin Luther King

 ALI’S COMEBACK (71 min)

Art Jones | USA | Doc | BEST FEATURE

DOC                        

The year is 1970. It has been three and a half years since Muhammad Ali was stripped of his title. Convicted of draft evasion, threatened with imprisonment, banned in all 50 states, he is unable to work in the field for which he had no equal. The wide door on his illustrious career seems to be closing. But in Atlanta, Georgia an astute white businessman, a visionary black senator, and a progressive Jewish mayor came together to make it possible for Ali to resume his amazing boxing career.

Panel Discussion following w/Filmmaker and Attorney Jonathan Shapiro

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Oct
7
4:30 PM16:30

2018 AIFF KICK-OFF

2018 Arlington International Film Festival Kick-Off

‘An Homage to the Armenian Community in the Greater Boston Area’

 

JOIN US FOR THE BOSTON PREMIERE OF

Crows of the Desert – A Hero’s Journey through the Armenian Genocide (62 min)

Marta Houske, Award-winning Writer/Director/Producer | USA | Doc

Executive Producer, Paul G. Turpanjian

Music, John Massari

 

SUNDAY, October 7, 4:30 PM

Mosesian Center for the Arts | 321 Arsenal Street | Watertown

 

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Q&A following the screening with Levon Parian, re-nowned photographic artist and grand-son of the subject Levon Yotnakhparian. Parian’s work will be on exhibit in the lobby of the Mosesian Center.

 

The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is proud to announce their first-time partnership with the Mosesian Center for the Arts to present this award-winning film in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide and an homage to our Armenian community. This event, the 2018 AIFF Kick-Off, will roll out the red carpet for the 8th annual film festival November 1 – 4 at Arlington’s Capitol Theatre.

CROWS OF THE DESERT – A HERO’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE is a documentary based on the memoirs of Levon Yotnakhparian. The film recounts the incredible true story of one man’s desperate struggle to not only stay alive but to help save his people from near extinction in the 20th Century’s first genocide.

World War I was raging in the Middle East, as the British fought side by side with the Arabs against the Ottoman Empire. In the midst of the chaos, Levon would lead a small expeditionary group on a daring mission to rescue the scattered, destitute survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Along the way, they would risk their lives countless times, endure unimaginable hardships, and cross paths with some of the 20th century’s most legendary figures – like Prince Faisal and Lawrence of Arabia.

Extraordinarily rare film footage and photographs, as well as recently rediscovered documents, have been gathered from archives around the world to reveal a harrowing journey that is at once heart-wrenching and inspirational.

Reception and Q&A with Levon Parian following the screening

 

Tickets $15 at the door or online: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10327894

 

“The Armenian genocide was the ruthless slaughter of millions of Armenians by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire. In 1915, during World War I, leaders of the Turkish government set in motion a plan to expel and massacre Armenians. By the early 1920s, when the massacres and deportations finally ended, between 600,000 and 1.5 million Armenians were dead, with many more forcibly removed from the country.”

 

Levon Parian has been referred to as a philosopher and poet of the camera, a renowned photographer whose work encompasses the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. His experimental style pushes the boundaries of photographic self-expression and has been collected by private individuals as well as museums, and universities. He was honored with his artistic colleagues by Foreign Policy Magazine as being “among the 100 leading global thinkers of 2015.” The award was for “preserving the history of a genocide” through the innovative, larger-than-life public installation “iwitness,” showcasing portraits of Armenian genocide survivors created in commemoration of the 100th anniversary. The installation was the first of its kind in Los Angeles’ landmark Grand Park and led to the first permanent memorial in the city of Los Angeles to the Genocide of 1915. Parian has taken his grandfather’s memoirs, editing and translating his memories to give us this first-hand account of the genocide.

 

This is a 2015 installation in the county park of Los Angeles to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide :    http://iwitness1915.org/

 

About the Mosesian Center for the Arts

Located just six miles from Downtown Boston, the Mosesian Center for the Arts (formerly the Arsenal Center for the Arts) is a vibrant multi-disciplinary community arts venue located in Watertown, Massachusetts. This 30,000 sq. ft. former US Army arsenal is home to the 380-seat Main Stage Theater, a 100-seat Black Box theater, Exhibition Galleries, 2 Rehearsal Halls, Education Classrooms, and Resident Artist Studios. Offerings include visual and performing arts productions, classes, and workshops for all ages, literary/art discussions, and world-class theatrical and musical performances. The Center is home to the award-winning Watertown Children’s Theatre as well as New Repertory Theatre, Professional Theatre Company in residence.

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 Levon Parian, writer; Roberta Miller, Executive director of the Mosesian Center for the Arts and April Ranck, Executive Director of AIFF

Levon Parian, writer; Roberta Miller, Executive director of the Mosesian Center for the Arts and April Ranck, Executive Director of AIFF

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Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Poster Contest Awards Ceremony

8th Annual AIFF Poster Competition

Promoting Cultural – Global & Artist Design

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The Poster Competition aims at promoting cultural, global, and artistic competition among students from Mass College of Art & Design's Illustration Department. It is a unique opportunity to brings students from different social backgrounds to compete for the 8th annual AIFF Award.

-- A reception will be held on Thursday, April 26th at the Arlington Friends of the Drama whereupon Arlington International Film Festival's (AIFF) organizers will celebrate the 8th annual Poster Competition. AIFF is more than a film festival …it is a celebration of the arts as this special evening promises. The reception will celebrate several art forms from an exhibition of all poster illustrations, live music, poetry, dance, and story-telling, bringing together the art students with their professor, the contest judges, artists and appreciators of the arts. We will also host a discussion with Adria Arch, the Co-Chair of the Commission for Arts & Culture in Arlington on the challenges of promoting the arts in 2018. The evening will conclude with the winning poster being unveiled and the artist awarded a cash prize of $500.

The reception will kick-off this year’s international film festival, scheduled to be held November 1 – 4, 2018 at the Capitol Theatre.

With the founding of AIFF in 2010, the first project to spin-off connecting film with the arts was the Poster Contest. This is the second year that the offer to participate in the Competition went out exclusively to Robert Maloney’s Experimental Illustration class at Mass College of Art & Design. It has been a successful partnership where junior and senior level students have had the opportunity to create a beautiful portfolio piece that could help them in launching their careers. 

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Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday, November 1. 2018, 7:00 pm | 2018 AIFF Opening Night

FESTIVAL PASSES $85 | www.AIFFest.org

REGULAR TICKETS $12 & to buy

OPENING NIGHT

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:00 PM

FESTIVAL PASSES $85 | WWW.AIFFEST.ORG

REGULAR TICKETS $12

Are You Volleyball? (15min)

BEST OF FESTIAL SHORT

Mohammad Bakhshi | Iran | Nar |

New England Premiere

A group of Arabic speaking asylum seekers detained at a border conflict with soldiers every day until a young deaf-mute becomes the catalyst for communicating.

 

SKIDROW MARATHON (85min)

BEST OF FESTIAL FEATURE

Mark Hayes & Gabrielle Hayes | USA | Doc |

Boston Premiere                    

When a criminal court judge starts a running club on LA’s notorious Skid Row and begins training a motley group of addicts and criminals to run marathons, lives begin to change. Following four runners as they rise from the streets of LA to run marathons around the world, fighting the pull of homelessness and addiction at every turn, their story is one of hope, friendship, and dignity. 

Q&A w/Filmmaker & Boston Running Group for the Homeless

After Party/Reception ZA Restaurant (VIP tickets & Festival Passes holders Invited) 

#AIFFopening2018

#AIFFMARATHON #AIFFHOMELESS BLACKLIVESMATTER

To buy tickets visit Capitol Theatre website http://www.capitoltheatreusa.com

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Oct
29
1:25 PM13:25

International Shorts Program II (90 MIN)

Downside Up, 15 min, Nar, 2016, Belgium

Co-presenting with Boston Latino International Film Festival

Phil's Camino, 28 min, Doc, 2016, USA - Best Doc Short

Au Revoir Balthazar, 10 min, Animation, 2016, USA

Best Animation Short

Euna, 19 min, Nar, 2017, Germany

Just Go, 11 min, Nar, 2017, Latvia

The Typewriter Repairman, 7 min, Doc, 2017, USA

Q&A W/Director Thomas Draudt and Tom Furrier, Principle of Cambridge Typewriter

Cambridge Typewriter, 102 Mass Ave, Arlington

 

DRAUDT and Tom's last name is

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Oct
29
12:00 PM12:00

International Shorts Program I (72 min)

Fist of People, 20 min, Nar, 2016, South Korea

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

Johnny Express, 6 min, Animation, 2014, South Korea

A Whole World for a Little World, 15 min, Nar, 2017, France

Lunch Time, 15 min, Nar, 2017, Iran

20 Kicks, 6 min, Animation, 2016, Bulgaria

A Share of a Share, 2 min, Nar, 2016, Iran/Kurdish

Co-presenting with the Boston Irish Film Festival

No Irish Need Apply/Boston, 7 min, Doc, 2017, Ireland/USA

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Oct
29
3:10 AM03:10

International Short Program III (81 MIN)

Test of Courage, 20 min, Nar, 2017, Germany/Czech Republic

Co-presenting with Boston Latino International Film Festival

Entre Sol y Sombra, 30 min, Doc, 2016, Spain

Co-presenting with Boston Latino International Film Festival

And The Moon Stands Still, 11 min, Animation, 

Belarus, Germany, United States

Sisak, 15 min, Nar, 2017, Germany - 

Best of Festival Short

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Oct
28
12:00 PM12:00

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 12:00 pm

Regular Tickets $11 -

Festival Passes $85 | www.AIFFest.org

For Regular Tickets visit Capitol Theatre Link: http://capitoltheatreusa.com/movies/arlington-international-film-festival/

VOICES OF OUR YOUTH: Student Filmmakers Program (120 mins)

 

Sponsors of this event,

ACMi - KUMON - Malden TV Center - Yourarlington.com - MedfordInside.com - CambridgeDay.com - RCN

To buy tickets visit Capitol Theatre website http://www.capitoltheatreusa.com

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Oct
27
9:52 PM21:52

Friday, October 27, 2017, 9:52 pm

Regular Tickets $11 -

Festival Passes $85 | www.AIFFest.org

For Regular Tickets visit Capitol Theatre Link: http://capitoltheatreusa.com/movies/arlington-international-film-festival/

Co-presenting with Morningside Music Studio

in Arlington & Jazz Festival

 

CHASING TRANE (99 MINS)

John Scheinfeld, Director | USA | 2017 | Doc |

BEST OF FESTIVAL

To buy tickets visit Capitol Theatre website http://www.capitoltheatreusa.com

 

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Oct
27
to Nov 4

Friday, October 27, 2017, 8:30 pm

Regular Tickets $11 -

Festival Passes $85 | www.AIFFest.org 

For Regular Tickets visit Capitol Theatre Link: http://capitoltheatreusa.com/movies/arlington-international-film-festival/

CHIKA: The Dog in the Ghetto (17 mins)

Sandra Schießl, Director | Germany | 2016 | Animation

THE HAPPIEST MAN (55 MINS)

Jasmin Lord Gassmann, Director | Germany | 2017 | Doc

To buy tickets visit Capitol Theatre website http://www.capitoltheatreusa.com

 

 

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Jan
9
4:00 PM16:00

2017 AIFF CALL FOR ENTRIES OPEN

2017 AIFF CALL For Entries Open

October 26-29, 2017

Capitol Theatre | 204 Mass Ave | MA 02474  

        The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is pleased to announce the opening of this year’s Call for Entries. Submission information can be found on the website, Aiffest.org and entries posted on FilmFreeway.com. AIFF continues to unearth some of the best independent storytellers in all genres and presents a diverse array of local, national, and international narrative and documentary features, shorts, and student films. Award sponsors include Glidecam Industries, Inc., High Output, CyberLink, Engine Room Edit, Rule Camera, Talamas, and WGBH, Artscope Magazine, Arlington Community Media, Inc (ACMi), KUMON.

Each year, the festival hosts more than 2,000 cinema fans and presents 50 plus screenings. Filmmakers, producers, students, and media outlets from across the United States regularly converge at this festival and exit Arlington infused with big ideas and extraordinary new connections. Director, April Ranck says of the Festival, "the enthusiasm that culminates in Arlington around the film screenings, visiting directors, and conversations is exciting; people come together infused with energy and ideas because of the stories shared by amazing indie filmmakers. It is wonderful to see the interaction among community organizations, businesses/corporations, educational institutions, and audience members. The Arlington International Film Festival is an annual event not to be missed!” 

Recognized for drawing an impressive lineup of premieres as well as identifying talented filmmakers early in their careers, AIFF is proud to have screened films that have been recognized world-wide, chosen to tour internationally with the State Department, official selections of the Cannes Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival in Italy, Berlin Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, purchased by HBO and PBS and nominated for Academy Awards.
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As AIFF opens its Call for Entries, we look forward to another year of exceptional films that foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film and nurturing the next generation of filmmakers. 

#indie2017 #YOUTH2017

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Nov
11
2:30 PM14:30

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL!!!

THANK YOU so much to ALL! 

As we prepare to enter into the Thanksgiving and Holiday season, the Arlington International Film Festival would like to express our gratitude to all our sponsors, judges, volunteers, organizations, partners, high school students, musician, viewers, followers and indie filmmakers around the world that partner with us to produce this annual festival.                

We are grateful to be part of Arlington and the greater Boston community and it is our pleasure to bring cultural, educational and social events to our community. Wishing you all Happy Holidays and...   

We look forward to seeing you in 2017!

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Oct
30
12:00 PM12:00

12:00PM FIDDLESTICKS (80 MIN) Co- presentation w/Boston Jewish Film Festival

Fiddlesticks

Veit Helmer | Director | Nar | 2014 | Germany

A colorful children's adventure opened the "New German Films " section at the Marche  du Films of Cannes Festival 2015. Director Veit Helmer says of his film "it's a classic live-action adventure for young and older children between the age of 4 and 144", who grew up with the Little Rascals by Hal Roach and the adventures of Pippi Longstocking. Nowadays, the majority of movies for young children are animate films. I want to do something different". In fact Helmer would like children to question authority. It is important that kids have healthy suspicion because adults are not always in right". 


1:30 PM: WAPIKONI MOBIL SHORTS (40 min)

Wapikoni Mobile Shorts | Quebec | Canada |40 min

Q&A w/  Cassandre Pérusse and Widia Lariviére. 

Wapikoni Mobile... a project by and for indigenous is a traveling studio created in 2004 by filmmaker Manon Barbeau and co-founded by the Council of the Nation Atikamekw and the youth the Youth Council of The First Nation of Quebec and Labrador. 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. These youths become ambassadors of a rich contemporary culture that is too often overlook.

For the 6th year, we are proud to present a selected program of their shorts. 

Co-present w/Harvard University HUNAP - Brendais University - UMASS and Boston Québec Delegation | Sponsor by Boston Quebec Delegation



2:20 PM: BETWEEN ALLAH AND ME (and Everyone Else) (60 min)                                  Co-presenting w/The Center for Arabic Culture in Somerville                     

Between Allah and Me (and Everyone Else) (60 min)

Kyoko Yokomad | Writer/Director | Doc | 2014 | Canada

The film explores the challenges of four Canadian Muslin women making decision either to start or to stop wearing hijab, unveiling how the hijab carries many diverse meanings and messages, and it's intricate and complex effects on Muslin women, their families and communities, and the larger multicultural society.


3:30 PM: INTERNATIONAL SHORTS PROGRAM III (66 MIN) 

4 Houses (5 min) 

Mayumi Nishijima | Director |Animation | 2014 | Japan | USA Premiere

A metaphor for no one knows what to expect in life.


Allegory of the Jam Jar (18 min) 

Boris Kuijpers & Ruth Mellaerts | Directors | Nar | 2015 | Belgium

Hans is a 50-year old businessman. He has a challenging job, a wonderful collection of ties and a pristine apartment. One day, when a crack appears on the perfect walls of his home, Hans slowly starts losing control of his seemingly perfect life. 


Sexteen (25 min) 

Santiago Samaniego | Director | Nar | 2016 | Spain | USA Premiere

A family crisis breaks out when the daughter is caught sexting with a guy named Omar. More than a coming age story and the social mores of sending nude photos over the internet, it captures the difficult dynamics of a divorced family and how it translates to parenting.


Mystic Jungfraujoch (4 min) 

Markus Eichenbeger | Director | Doc | 2015 | Switzerland | New England Premiere

Markus Eichenberger received permission to stay at the Jungfraujoch station high is the Swiss Alps, usually of limits to tourists, and recorded a time-lapse view from the top of Europe, shot 48 hours. Breathtaking.

Best Cinematography (Documentary) Award at Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival; Official Selection at the Vienna International Film Festival and the Madrid International Film Festival


Tandem (14 min) 

Leandro Alastuey | Writer/Director | Nar | 2016 | Spain

A young couple suffers a hard economic situation. They have incurred lots of debt, spent all their savings and cannot find jobs. Their love and hope are the only things that keep them together, but will it be enough?


4:50 PM: FISH/HOME CARE (96 MIN)

Fish (4 min) 

Saman Hosseinpour | Director | Nar | 2016 | Iran

An Old couple living in an apartment, the man is sleeping and the woman is doing housework. The woman wants to change the fish tank's water but it slips off her hands and falls the ground. They've run out water and there's no water for the fish. But with the help of the man, they find water for it.


Home Care (92 min) 

Slávek Horák | Director | Nar | 2015 | Czech Republic | 

Karlovy Vary, tells a story of a selfless home care nurse Vlasta who is indefatigable in a concern for her family and capricious patients, always on the move with two brown leather bags in hand. Then, one day, things change and Vlasta, forced outside of her comfort zone, realizes that she might need some care too. A touching film set under the benevolent Southern Moravian sun courageously incorporates visual and verbal slapstick in making its case for life - ostensibly in the face of death - and vivaciously drives this message to a audience. 

Home Care was selected as the Czech entry for the Best Foreign Language at the 88th Academy Awards. 


6:35 PM: EAST L.A INTERCHANGE (56 MIN)

AIFF Jury Award for "Best of Festival" 

Betsy Kalin | Director | Doc | 2016 | USA | East Coast Premiere

Panel Discussion with Director/Producer Betsy Kalin and Associate Producer Ruby Gómez

East LA Interchange tells the story of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights, the oldest neighborhood in East Los Angeles. Targeted by government policies, real estate laws, and California planners, this quintessential immigrant neighborhood survived racially restrictive housing covenants, Japanese-American Internment, Federal redlining policies, lack of political representation, and the building of the largest and busiest freeway interchange system in the nation, the East L.A. Interchange. The documentary explores how the freeways - a symbol of Los Angeles ingrained in America's popular imagination - impact Boyle Heights' residents: literally, as an environmental hazard and structural blockade and figuratively, as a conversational interchange about why the future of their beloved community should matter to us all. The story of Boyle Heights is an example of the promise - and peril - of American progress.

Awards: Winner of the Award of Excellence IndieFest Film Awards; Best Feature New Urbanism Film Festival; 1st place Jury Award Frozen River Film Festival; Best Doc Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Oct
29
10:00 PM22:00

10:00PM RUSSIAN ROULETTE/CLIMAS (89 MIN) Co-Presenting w/Boston Latino Int. Film Festival

Russian Roulette (5 min)

BEN ASTON | Director | Nar | 5 min | 2014 | UK

London seems a little less lonely when Lucy meets a libidinous cosmonaut on Chatroulette.com...

Sundance 2015 after winning the Jury Prize at Sundance London


CLIMAS (84 min)

Enrica Perez | Director | Nar | 1 hr 24 min | 2014 | Peru

Three women of vastly different ages and origins cope with life in three distinct regions of Peru. Eva, a young girl from the lush tropics of the Amazonian jungle, experiences a sexual awakening by way of a forbidden relationship with her uncle. Victoria, a wealthy socialite from Lima, suffers a terrible secret that renders her inner life as grey and melancholy as the city surrounding her. Zoraida, an elderly peasant from a destitute village in the Andean Mountains, confronts the worst fear in the wake of the unexpected return of her estranged son. Three unconnected regions, three introverted women, three stories of discovery shaped by three different geographies, societies and climates of the same fragmented country.

Premiered at the Warsaw Film Festival; Official Selection of the Festival del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de Cuba; Epic Award for upcoming Filmmakers at the Festival de Cine de Lima. 

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Oct
29
8:27 PM20:27

8:27PM INTERNATIONAL SHORTS PROGRAM II (83 MIN)

DADA | Maria Luna | Director | Nar | 18 min | 2015 | Spain 

FRANKIE (ITALIAN ROULETTE | Francesco Mazza | Director | Nar | 20 min | 2015 | USA  

ELEMENT | Nina Paola Marin Diaz | Director |Nar | 4 min | 2016 | Colombia 

RISKY GAME | Stefan Plepp & Christine Kabisch |Directors |Nar | 11 min | Germany

AlIKE | Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Mendez | Directors  | Nar | 9 min | 2015 | Spain 

FAILED | Marina Bruno | Director | Nar | 3 min | 2015 | Canada

WASTE OF A FALL | Marina Bruno | DIrector | Nar | 6 min | 2014 | Canada

UNTITLED CHRISTMAS STORY | Mauricio Franco | Director | Nar | 11 min | Spain


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Oct
29
7:02 PM19:02

7:00PM NAIJA BETA (50 MIN)

NAIJA BETA (50 MIN)

Arthur Musah, Director | Doc | 50 Min | USA - MIT | Award Best Doc

Q&A w/Filmmaker

Arthur Musah is a filmmaker from Ghana and Ukraine. His latest documentary NAJIA BETA premiered in 2016 at the Pan American International Film Festival in Cannes. Arthur studied filmmaking in the MFA program at the University of Southern California as an Annenberg Fellow and holds a bachelor's and a master's in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dreaming of shaking up education in Nigeria, a team of Nigerian and Nigerian-American MIT students heads home one summer to teach technology to high school-schoolers through a competitive robotics camp in Lagos. As they seek to contribute to a new and better Nigeria, their ideals are tested by reality master's in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


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Oct
29
5:20 PM17:20

5:20PM INTERNATIONAL SHORTS PROGRAM I (92 MIN)

THE TIME OF THE LUTHIERS 

AIFF Jury Award Best Short Documentary

Jorge Guerrero | Director |Doc| 25 min | 2016 | Spain 

HORROR VACUI | Daniel Chamorro | Director | Nar | 15 min | Spain

EDEN HOSTEL 

AIFF Jury Award Best Short Narrative

Gonzaga Manso | Director | Nar | 14 min | 2015 | Spain 

400 MILES | Felix Martiz | Director | Nar | 30 min | CA

THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB | Philip Du Jamerand | Director |Nar | 8 min | FR


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