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


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". 


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.


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?


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. 


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.