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I recently screened this outstanding film but unfortunately it played earlier in the festival.Presenting Princess Shaw
However word is it will be independently distributed in the States.
Therefore, I will plug this compelling documentary with a most unusual
Sonita Alizadeh is an undocumented Afghan refugee who escapes to Tehran after having fled from a close encounter with the Taliban.
lives at the Tehran Society for the Protection of Working and Street
Children. Sonita discovers a passion for rap music. and she is
charismatic and talented. At the same time she is from a poor
family and at constant risk of being sold into marriage under the
Afghan "bride price" system. The film exposes the nightmarish
patriarchal control that is part of Afghani culture.
Ultimately what makes a good movie or documentary is the story. This story would seem unbelievable but it really occurred.
Winner of both a World Cinema Grand Jury Prize and an Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival,
is a Cinderella like true story is about a New Orleans rest-home
caregiver with a sort of secret life writing and singing her own songs,
primarily by posting Youtube videos that have virtually no followers.
Israeli producer/composer who lives in a kibbutz in the Negev Desert
creates mash-up versions of songs from scouring Youtube videos.
He finds one of her songs, transforms it and the resulting video
goes viral. This happens without the artists even knowing they’re part
of his projects until they're posted on-line.
Very Big Shot
is determined to leave the family pizza business which is a front for
criminal activity. Ziad aims to move up Beirut's underworld ladder. He
comes up with the idea of smuggling stolen drugs past customs in
film-reel canisters. In order to make the scam work, he and has
brothers have to put together the semblance of a real movie production
and their cover story starts to evolve into a genuine passion project.
All of the skills Ziad honed as a criminal turn out to make him a
top-notch movie producer.
Neither Heaven nor Earth
Suspenseful war film that uses fear of the dark to great effect.
There is a no-man’s land between the army and The Taliban where two
army soldiers disappear. The Taliban send out a patrol in search of two
of their own who have similarly vanished. The only clue to the odd
occurrences is a supernatural tale spun by a village teenager. "The
no-man’s land is the abyss that imperious Westerners plunge themselves
into when they are on soil that doesn’t belong to them."
Under the Shadow
as a shiveringly good ghost story set in a Tehran apartment building in
the waning days of the Iran-Iraq War. "It’s a rare and refreshing
example of a horror film and political allegory that doesn’t need to
spill blood to be truly scary."
As I Open My Eyes
film is set in Tunisia the summer before Tunisia's 2011 Jasmine
Revolution. The drama follows an 18-year-old who is a headstrong singer
in an underground band who pushes back against her mother’s attempts to
control her. The teenager also confronts the government-sanctioned
cultural policing and dangers that she faces from the repressive
Tunisian regime. The film shows interesting scenes of nightlife
in Tunis. As I Open My Eyes provides
perspective on the simmering unrest that propelled Tunisians to
overthrow President Ben Ali and his corrupt government and spark the
Billed as a
psychological thriller, which recasts modern-day Istanbul as an eerie,
dystopian surveillance state where no man, woman or even canine is
Filmed in Jerusalem and shot against the tombstones of Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives.
6 Shorts totalling 71 minutes
Abu Ammar Is Coming
black-and-white photo of five men in 1980s Lebanon opens a speculative
inquiry into the history of Bangladeshi freedom fighters in the PLO.
of a young displaced Syrian family living in a cramped Pretoria, South
Africa apartment. It examines their heartbreak and guilt when thinking
about their beloved Aleppo - one of the oldest cities on earth.The film
also shows them Skyping family and friends still living under war
conditions in Aleppo.
Sept-Oct 2015, Cizre
unleashed war on the Kurds living in SE Turkey last summer. This 15
minute film focuses on the Kurdish populated town Cizre which is near
the Syrian border and has been under siege by the Turkish military.
Cell phones provide visual evidence of the aftermath of Turkey's
devastating attacks in Cizre - which is still going on - and for the
most part blacked out by the mainstream media.
produced by Wim Wenders and Errol Morris (Director of The Fog of War),
this documentary is about what the US government doesn’t want you to
know about drone warfare by focusing on three veterans whose service
experience causes them to question the usage of drones in overseas
The Music of Strangers:
Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
story of Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble, which was originally
conceived as a collective of musicians drawn from the Central Asian
“Silk Road” countries including regions of China, India, Iran and the
Arabian Peninsula. The group eventually broadened to include talents
from all over the globe.
the Oscar®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville frames it, the Silk Road
Ensemble arose out of Yo-Yo Ma’s quest to uncover Leonard Bernstein’s
theoretical “universal language of music,” and to identify and
cultivate the intersections between cultures where harmony connects
The film features archival footage from Ma’s career, including his
performance as a seven-year-old prodigy in front of President Kennedy
and first lady Jacqueline. This documentary includes many of the
backstories of the ensemble members: Damascus-born clarinetist Kinan
Azmeh (who was interested in working with Dore Stein on a Tangents
Syria music tour before the war changed everything); Iranian exile and
acclaimed kamancheh player, Kayhan Kalhor; and Wu Man, master of the
Chinese stringed instrument. the pipa.