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Entry No. : 14/7/11/19  Dt : 26th January, 2008.

A Song For Beko
100 min../Germany/Feature Film-War-1994

 
Director - Producer: Nizamettin Aric
Margarita Woskanjan and WDR (1992)
   
About the film :  

Nizamettin Aric makes his directorial debut and also stars in A Song for Beko, one of the first films in Kurdish (he also scripted this eloquent film and composed and played its musical score). Aric himself was imprisoned for speaking the Kurdish language in public and exiled from Turkey. Beko begins his long pilgrimage -- in search of his brother -- in Kurdirsh areas of Turkey, where he escapes arrest. Fleeing into Syria, this modern-day Odysseus then makes his way into the serenely beautiful highlands of the Kurdish areas of Iraq. Here, in a nomadic community caring for refugee children, Beko finds himself and a homeland. But inevitably this peace is broken.” to be a refugee is a Kurdish fate," says Aric. "The more the people of the world know about us, the more we can hope. That is why I made this film."

   
About the Director:  

Born 1956 in Agri (Ararat), Turkey-Kurdistan.  Since 1974 Nizamettin Aric has performed as a singer/actor on several radio and television programs in Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir, Turkey.  Mr.Aric worked on two major film projects in 1977 and 1979.  He performed in the leading role of Sabah “ (Bir Gunun Hikayesi)” directed by Sinan Cetin, the film won first prize at the Hyeres Festival in 1982.  In the film “ Kurban Oldugum” directed by Sahin gok,Mr.Aric also performed in the leading role, and the film received a special jury Award at the Antalya Festival in 1985.  Mr. Aric composed the musical score for both films.  A military revolt forced Nezamettin Aric into exile in 1980, after he had to serve a short term in prison for utilizing the Kurdish language in public.  The use of the Kurdish language in any written or spoken form is considered illegal and can be punished by a long prison sentence.  Mr Aric has reseeded in Berlin since 1981, he was granted political asylum in 1984.  Since 1984 Mr.Aric has worked on several different film an theatre projects as well as producing nine music cassettes and numerous film scores.  He continues to perform as an actor and musician.  “A Song For Beko” is Nizamettin Aric’s   first directing work.  He also plays the main role in the film.  He composed and played the film score and is together with Christine Kemich- also author of the film.

   
The film has won:  

• "Public Price" in Venice, 1992

• "Best Discovery Feature Film" in Montreal, 1992

• "Price of the Public" in Angers, 1993

• "Price Special of the Jury" in Strasburg, 1994

• "Olive tree OF Now" in Bastia, 1994

• "Price Special of the Jury, Price of the Public, Price of the Jury of the Young ones" in Fribourg, 1994

• "Public Price" in Sao Paolo,1994

   
Enquiries :  

www.malitafilm.com

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Entry No. : 2/7/7/26 Dt : 26th January, 2008.

The Operation – Stories from the Russian Province

52 min./Belgium/French/Doc-2003

Director Producer: Kerstin Nickig     

Michael Truckenbrodt   

About the film :

A small town in Siberia becomes the victim of a brutal police raid. Nobody knows why. The documentary film traces the reasons and outcomes of the event. It shows a conflict that is evident all over Russia today: police state and authorities against a small but courageous number of citizens who defend their basic rights.

When Alyosh went to have a smoke outside a club in December 2004, he could not have imagined that he would be beaten up and taken away to spend the night in a police cell. He was not alone - the night ended in a similar manner for at least 347 other inhabitants of Blagoveshensk, a city in Bashkortostan, which is autonomous republic of the Russian Federation. They were victims of a preventive raid ordered by the Ministry of the Interior. The official reason was to reduce crime in the city.

About the Director :

Project Manager of the Documentary Human Rights Film Fstivals “ Ich – ein Mensch” in the South Caucasus, based in the Heinrich Boll Foundations. Tbilsi (Georgia )

Living and working in Berlin as a freelance filmmaker with her main area of activity in documentary films

Project Manager for the NGO “Upsala e.V.” that runs a circus project for street children in St.Petersburg/Russia (Upsala circus )

Additional studies in film direction at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam/Germany and the National Film School in Lodz/Poland. Various internships in film productions and on film sets.

International Project manager ( Social, cultural, human, rights issues) in the NGOs “Friedrich-Naumann-foundation” and German-Russian Exchange” ( in Moscow, St.Petersburg and Berlin )

Studies of Russian and German languages and literature at the Universities of Bochum, Cologne, Moscow.

The film has won:
  • First German short films award at the Short Film Festival in Ludwigsburg in 2005
  • Best Short Film/City of Prague Award at One-Word-Film Festival 2006 in Prague
  • FIPRESCI Award of the International Film Critics at Krakow Film Festival 2006
Enquiries :

nickig@timeprints.de

Karlsgartenstr, 21, 12049 Berlin, Germany.

 
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Entry No. 10/7/10/16 Dt : 26th January, 2008.
The Last Atomic Bomb
92 min./Japan & U.S/Docu-Drama.-2006
 
Production Director:

Robert Richter     

Kathleen Sullivan & Robert Richter

   
About the film :  
Challenging assumptions, nuclear proliferation of today is seen through the devastating yet inspirational life of Nagasaki survivor Sakue Shimohira and college students dedicated to making sure the truth about the last atomic bomb deliberately used on human beings will never be forgotten. The film relates the story of 10-year-old Sakue, hiding in a shelter near ground zero when the bomb exploded in August 1945, and the aftermath of that day. Her emotionally wrenching experiences are interwoven with rarely seen archival footage, never-before-told accounts of what happened to her in 1945 and in subsequent years, the still controversial U.S. decision to use the bomb, censorship in the U.S. and Japan of the bomb or its effects, discrimination against survivors by other Japanese, buildup of nuclear weapons during the Cold War, the anti-nuclear movement, and today’s nuclear proliferation issues. In one of the film’s most powerful moments Sakue describes her sister’s suicide ten years after the war ended as "the courage to die." Mrs. Shimohira, the survivor, found "the courage to live" and dedicate her life to abolishing nuclear weapons
   
About the Director:

Independent Documentary Producer : Thousands of copies of Robert Richter's documentaries have been shown in US and overseas colleges and high schools, theatrically, telecast, in major festivals and received major awards throughout the world. His work has been seen in national prime time on PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, TBS, Discovery and on many major European and other international television outlets. Three of his films won DuPont Columbia Broadcast Journalism awards (the Pulitzer Prize of television journalism). Three others were Academy Award nominees for best documentary short. He is the last member of the famed Edward R. Murrow-Fred Friendly CBS Reports unit — featured in the recent George Clooney hit "Good Night, and Good Luck" — still actively producing documentaries. Richter has produced several ground-breaking independent documentaries on globalization policies and practices affecting people in developing countries

The film has won:
  • Best Feature Documentary – San Diego Asian Film Festival
  • Audience Award, best documentary – Sao Paulo International Film Festival
  • Press Award, best documentary – Goais (Brazil) Intl. Environmental Film Festival
   
Enquiries :  

rrprod@alo.com

www.richtervideos.com, Richter Productions, Inc

330 W. 42nd St. New York, NY 10036

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Entry No. : 1/7/7/26    Dt : 27th January, 2008

Orange Revolution

111 min./USA/ Documentary -2007

Director-Producer: Steve York     
About the film :

It was just after 2 a.m. on November 22, 2004, when the call went out: “The time has come to defend your life and Ukraine. Your victory depends upon how many people are ready to say ‘No’ to this government, ‘No’ to a total falsification of the elections.” Regime-controlled media claimed victory for Viktor Yanukovych, handpicked by the corrupt sitting president. But credible exit polls showed Viktor Yushchenko, the opposition candidate, had won.

It was shocking enough that Yushchenko had been poisoned -- and nearly killed-- while on the campaign trail. When reports came in of blatant voter intimidation and damaged ballots, people were outraged. When they realized election officials were in on the fraud, the people had had enough.

In freezing temperatures, over one million citizens poured into the streets of Kyiv and took up residence there. They marched in protest and formed human barricades around government buildings, paralyzing all state functions. Restaurants donated food, businessmen sent tents, and individuals brought blankets, clothing, and money. At night, rock bands energized the protesters.

For 17 days, a group of ordinary citizens engaged in extraordinary acts of political protest. Capturing the songs and spirit of this moment in history, Orange Revolution tells the story of a people united, not by one leader or one party, but by one idea: to defend their vote.

About the Director-Producer Duo:

Steve York (producer/director) began tracking Ukraine’s presidential campaign in the summer of 2004.  By Thanksgiving, as hundreds of thousands of citizens were gathering in Ukraine’s capital to protest the stolen election, news of their determined but peaceful demonstrations had exploded on to airwaves around the world.  Days later, York boarded a flight to Kyiv with a small digital camera and headed straight to the tent city in Independence Square, known as the Maidan, to begin filming.  In all, York made 5 trips to Ukraine, interviewing many of the major players in the revolution, from students on the street to the man who would become president, Viktor Yushchenko. 

The film has won:

1. President’s Award at the Chicago International Documentary Film Festival 2007.

Enquiries :

www.yorkzim.com

York Zimmerman INC

2233 Wisconsin Ave. #502, Washington, DC 20007 USA.

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Entry No. : 8/7/10/16   Dt : 27th January, 2008

Do-it-Yourself
12.55 min./Belgium/Short Fiction-2007

 
Director Producer: Eric Ledune
   
About the film :  

"If you don't violate someone's human rights some of the time, you probably aren't doing your job."

 
About the Director:

Creator of audio-visual and cartoon film, graduate of the Higher School of the Visual Arts of Mons, painter, illustrator and photographer in his hours, ERIC LEDUNE is true touch-with-all. He is born in 1963 in Etterbeek (Belgium). At fifteen he becomes co-founder with Bruno Deprez, of Tache d’Encre (Spot of Ink), a fanzine of comic strips. In 1986, he carries out the Jazz short film, following with Tell me about love (1987) and Zapping (1989). Then comes the credits for Tele-MB, Procession, et caetera (more than 50 selections in international festivals and many prices) and Haïku (1998), a pilot for televised series which gained the Great price of the best project to the festival of Annecy. He also carries out 6 Haïku 1 and 2 (1998), two short films selected in more than about thirty international festivals. He follows with Bayan Bana Bak Bayan (2001) and Déjà vu (2003). Do-It-Yourself (2007) is his last animation film. ERIC LEDUNE divides the remainder of his time between his many artistic activities, regularly shown in various exposures or published in some "underground" reviews and teaching in France and Belgium.

   
Enquiries :  

Cecile.hiernaux@wip.be

httjp://www.wip.be

Wallonie Image Production (WIP)

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Entry No. : 6/7/10/16 Dt. 27th January, 2008
I Believe In America
92 min./USA/Feature Film-2006
 
Director-Producer: Michael J. Narvaez

Vincent Prezioso

   
About the film :  

I Believe in America is a modern day epic about three generations of a family who are on opposing sides of the issue concerning the independence movement for Puerto Rico. Reynaldo Pedro Ferrer, a former activist now living as Ronald Peter, must confront his past after the murder of his eldest son Rodney. His father, Popo, a high level member of the clandestine organization, is posing as a double agent, working with FBI Agent Glenn in order to protect his family and still preserve the group's quest for freedom. Still active within the movement is Pedro, a political prisoner who is willing to die for the cause. He secretly assigns a key operative, Cesar, to Reynaldo's son, in an effort to lure Reynaldo back into the movement. Reynaldo must utilize reason, intelligence, and incorporate non-violence in order to avenge his son's death, save his family from ruin and come to peace with his past. I Believe in America is a pilgrimage of this

family's journey and an entire culture.

 
   
About the Director:

Michael is a playwright, poet, screenwriter, director, actor (SAG) and member of The Dramatist Guid.  He has written six plays ( three of which have been Off and Off-Off Broadway produced) and five screenplays.  He has appeared as an actor in a few feature films.  “I Believe in America” marks his feature film directorial debut.  Among his many theatre and film credits, he also produced, wrote and directed the 40 year commemoration of the death Don Pedro Albizu Campos in san Juan, Puerto Rico.  Michael has recently written a series of poems which will be published soon.  He and his wife and partner, Damaris, are the parents of six children ( all of whom are involved in the performing arts in some capacity ) and two grandchildren.

   
The film has won:

Best Picture Nominee – Cinema City

   
Enquiries :  

triplicityent@aol.com

116, W, 23rd Street, Ste,500, New York 10011.

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Entry No. : 15/7/11/19  Dt. 27th January, 2008
Let’s Get Real
35 min../USA/ Documentary -2004
 
Producer Director : Debra Chasnoff

Helen S. Cohen, Kate StilleyCast

   
About the film :  

Let’s Get Real is part of the award winning "Respect for All Project" which seeks to create safe schools and communities by giving youth and the adults who guide them tools for examining diversity in all its forms. Winner of prestigious Columbine Award from Moondance Film Festival for Best Short Documentary, the award is given to films that “promote and reflect non-violent conflict resolution, or alternatives to violence, or show why a violent resolution to conflict is counter-productive and inhumane.

   
About the Director:
Debra Chasnoff is an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has fueled progressive social-change movements in many fields. She is a the executive director at GroundSpark, formerly Women's Educational Media, and co-creator of The Respect for All Project, a program that produces media and training resources to help prevent prejudice among young people. Her Respect for All films include: Let's Get Real (2003; director/producer), a powerful documentary about young teens' experiences with name-calling and bullying in which youth speak up about racial tensions, anti-gay taunting, sexual harassment and much more; That's a Family! (2000; director/producer), which looks at family diversity from a kids' perspective, and was screened at the (Clinton!) White House and been embraced by scores of national children's advocacy, education and civil-rights organizations; and It's Elementary - Talking About Gay Issues in School (1996; director/producer), which was hailed as "a model of intelligent directing" by International Documentary and has served as a catalyst for schools all over the world to become more proactive in addressing anti-gay prejudice in the classroom. In 2007, Chasnoff directed It's STILL Elementary, a retrospective look at why It's Elementary was originally produced, the response it drew from the conservative right, and the impact the film has had on the national safe schools movement and some of the original students who appeared in the film.
   
The film has won:

§         Best Short Documentary, Columbine Award, Moondance International Film Festival (Finalist, Best Short Documentary, International Family Film Festival (Certificate of Merit, Rochester International Film Festival.

§         2005 Notable Children's Video, American Library Association

§         2005 Parents' Choice Silver Award

Enquiries :  

info@respectforall.org

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Entry No. : 4/7/9/21 Dt. 28th January, 2008
Eleanor Roosevelt ( American Experience)
150 min./USA/Docu-TV serial.-2005
 
Director-Producer : Sue Williams

Kathryn Dietz

   
About the film :  

Eleanor Roosevelt struggled to overcome an unhappy childhood, betrayal in her marriage, a controlling mother-in-law, and gripping depressions–all the while staying true to her passion for social justice. This biography includes rare home movies, contemporary footage, and reflections from Eleanor’s closest surviving relatives, as well as biographers Blanche Wiesen Cook, Allida Black, and Geoffrey C. Ward,

 bringing to vibrant life one of the century’s most influential women.

   
About the Director:
Sue Williams founded Ambrica Productions with producer Kathryn Dietz in 1986 to produce quality documentaries of international scope and interest. From the start China has been a special focus. Williams was the writer, director, and producer of the company’s first project, the CHINA trilogy, three feature length films that explored the turbulent social and political history of 20th century China. All three films -- China in Revolution, The Mao Years, and Born Under the Red Flag – were broadcast nationally in over 25 countries. With China in the Red she continued the story begun in the CHINA trilogy. Shot over four years, from 1998 to 2001, it is an intimate portrait of ten individuals and their families as they struggle to adapt to China’s sweeping economic reforms.  It premiered on PBS’s Frontline series in February 2003.  Williams wrote, produced and directed Ambrica’s critically acclaimed biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. This 2½ hour documentary aired as part of the American Experience series in January 2000; 13 million viewers watched, making it one of the series highest rated programs ever.
   
Enquiries :  

www.ambrica.com

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Entry No. : 18/7/12/03  Dt. 28th January, 2008

Disha
1.14 min../India /Docu-Drama.-2006

 
Director: Rajesh Pinjani

Neeta Jadhav

   
About the film :  

`DISHA` (a true way) is a film looks into the problem of `Child Labor` with a refreshingly new viewpoint.

  Highlighting a problem neither needs courage nor creativity but trying to find a solution needs both. Our strong belief in this compelled us to go to the root of the problem of `Child Labor`. We are convinced that the solution is not in the use of law & force to stop it. We dare to say this because we have realized that if these children do not earn they will not have even a single meal per day. Thus if their source of meal is taken away from them then we will be depriving them from having even one meal per day, resulting in making at least some of them turn to anti-social activities leading to a bigger problem for the society as a whole.  So naturally the solution should allow them to earn while they learn and play just like other children. For earning enough for their meal, they should be allowed to do work which does not tax them physically and in the safer environment that too part time. This may sound revolutionary on the face of it, but `DISHA` (a true way) is a very small step towards making it practically possible. In the last Shot of the film a child who is begging outside the school is taken inside the school by a student who is hardly any elder than boy himself , showing the right path. It is quite probable that these children can earn for their survival by working part time & spending the rest of the time in getting education & play games for their all round development. This small help them to shed the tag of under privilege. Even if the society starts thinking on these lines we’ll fell our effort to tread the true way------

`DISHA` is successful.

   
About The Director :  

Rajesh Pinjani, worked as a film journalist from 1992-1997 for many news papers of central india.In 1998 he started Event Management company in nagpur and promoted more than 50 brands in direct marketing. In year 2004, he started "deluce production" and made his first film "UDAAN" on girl child issue, which won two awards in digital film festival.Now "DISHA"is his second film.

   
Enquiries :  

deluce@india.com

pinjanirajesh@yahoo.co.in

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Entry No. : 7/9 Dt. 28th January, 2008

The Colour of Sacrifice
7 min./USA/Doc-2005

 
Director/Producer: Mourad Boucif, Vanessa Brichaut,
   
About the film :  

" The Colour of the Sacrifice " hands over to these men, for the greater part enlisted by force, who came from the colonized countries and played a crucial role during the Second World war.
Ignored by textbooks and excluded from the big commemoration "shows", they try nowadays to make this overshadowed page of History exist and to testify with force and indignation of the way the French government ignores them. Contrary to their French brothers-in-arms, they perceive to live on the French territory an "in shagreen" military pension of at best 50 to 60 € a month. Forced to live far from their family, often in pitiful sanitary conditions, many of them are reduced to beggary and roam in the streets of the Republic... In spite of the contempt and the striking injustices, these men who made History offer us a beautiful lesson of humanity …

   
About the Director:

Experience as a teacher - Educator in different associations and institutions to Brussels, Director and producer, Filmography 1997 – Kamel (fiction – 70' – video) Producteur/Réalisateur/Caméraman/Comédien /Editor- Prices of the artistic promotion of the Sabam to the international Festival of the independent film (1997)- Special Mention of the Jury at the time of the world-wide Festival of the Brussels video (1997)- Prices of the broadcasting creation of the SACD for the better Belgian film of the year 1998- "Kamel of now" offer by the association of the maritime neighborhood of Brussels (1998)Broadcasting TV:  RTBF, Moroccan Television 2M, ARTE, Finnish Television YLE, …2001 –

   
Enquiries :  

Cecile.hiernaux@wip.be

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Entry No. : 3/7/8/17 Dt. 28th January, 2008

Mid Shot

44 min./India/Docu-drama-2006

 
Director: Rambhul Singh

Sanjay Bharadwaj

   
About the film :  

MID SHOT – an experiment with truth is about the travails of a director, Ram Bhardwaj who tries to unravel the assassination of his deal, Mahatma Gandhi.  He starts making a film called G2 which explores the Gandhi – Godse ideological divide.  The film, while still in the making, to the director’s dismay becomes a subject of controversy and the distorted projection of it even leads to communal riots.  Meanwhile pressure mounts on the director buy vested interests to ideologically slant the film.  How the movie on Gandhi then becomes an experiment with truth in his own life and makes him search for answers in his inner self, is what the movie is all about.

   
About the Director:

Rambhul Singh was born in Meerut, U.P, in 1980. He has done M.A in Film & T.V. Production from Rai University, New Delhi and also taking film lectures at university level. In the last two years, he has directed a number of short films and documentaries including No Another U, Suicide and Colour. He has also edited a number of movies. His film MID SHOT - an experiment with truth has got critical acclaim and been screened at many places. It recently won the Best Film Award at the Shoot At Site Film Festival. His dream is to establish a media company which will encourage new and fresh creative expressions, incisively explore the fractures in our existence, and through movies, give voice to the dispossessed and the marginalized. with specialization in editing. He then switched to direction. He is currently working as creative director in Mid shot Pictures.

   
The film has won:

Awarded as the Best film in the Shoot at Site Film Festival at New Delhi, 2005·

Best Edited Film, Twilight Film Festival-07·

Enquiries :  

www.midshotpictures.org

info@midshotpictures.org

Mr.Rambhul Singh

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Entry No. : 17/7/11/21  Dt. 29th January, 2008

The Nightmare of Darwin
107 min../France/Austria/Belgium / Documentary -2004

 
Director-Producer: Hubert Sauper 
  Mille et une productions, Paris  In collaboration with  ARTE and WDR  Commissioning editor Sabine Rollberg
   
About the film :  

Some time in the 1960's, in the heart of Africa, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria as a little scientific experiment. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. However, the new fish multiplied so fast, that its white fillets are today exported all around the world. Huge hulking ex-Soviet cargo planes come daily to collect the latest catch in exchange for their southbound cargo… Kalashnikovs and ammunitions for the uncounted wars in the dark center of the continent. This booming multinational industry of fish and weapons has created an ungodly globalized alliance on the shores of the world’s biggest tropical lake: an army of local fishermen, World bank agents, homeless children, African ministers, EU-commissioners, Tanzanian prostitutes and Russian pilots.

 
About the Director:  

Hubert was born in a village of Tyrol, Austrian Alps. He lived in Great Britain, Italy, the USA, and since ten years in France. He studied film directing in Vienna (Univ. of Performing Arts) and in Paris (Univ. de Paris VIII.) and graduated B.A.(Mag. art) Hubert teaches film classes in Europe and USA. The last two documentaries he wrote and directed were awarded twelve International Film Prizes. As an actor he played in several shorts and two feature length films: "IN THE CIRCLE OF THE IRIS" (Dir. Peter Patzak, with Philippe Léotard) and "BLUE DISTANCE" (Dir. Peter Schreiner).

 
The film has won:
  • Price of the Better Film Documentary European, EFA 2004-Price Europe Cinema
  • New Montreal Cinema 2004 Winner NFB Documentary Award
  • Viennale 2004 Winner Vienna Film Prize 2004
  • Copenhagen Dox 2004 Winner Best Film
  • European Film Awards 2004 Winner Best Documentary
  • Belfort 2005 Audiences award - Best Documentary
Enquiries :  

celluloid dreams

2 Rue Turgot, 75009 Paris, France
T: +33 1 4970 0370
F: + 33 1 4970 0371

info@celluloid-dreams.com

www.celluloid-dreams.com

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Entry No. : 11/7/10/18 Dt. 29th January, 2008

Dreamers of Peace

1 min 40 sec../India/Short Fiction.-2006

 
Director: Humayun Peerzada  (Humayun Peerzada Production)
   
About the film :  

Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Udham Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Ashfaqulla Khan, Veer Savarkar.Great names, great patriots, great souls with one single thought to see their motherland ‘India’ free and united. The turmoil, pain, tears, sacrifices, bloodshed which they have experienced physically, mentally and emotionally in getting India independent is something which is immortalized in the annals of Indian history. Times have changed. Today, these patriots are no more. Not only India but the whole world is engulfed in violence, corruption and nuclear turmoil. It is because of these and many  more reasons that  these patriots even up there in Gods heavenly abode have their souls restless, wanting not only their country but even the world to break away from all the shackles and move towards the path of peace, non violence, unity and progress. But not seeing all this happening, their eyes fill with tears and hands plead to the world citizens to stay united in peace.  We, as citizens of the world should assure all children that they will grow up to hike in the mountains, run in the fields of flowers and have a chance to grow up to live a life of peace and love. Long live Peace, Unity and humanity.

   
About the Director:  

He did his schooling at St. Joseph's High school (Umerkhadi) and college from Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan - Chowpatty, Bombay before embarking on a successful career in modeling and acting.  His theater guru Arif Kazi  instilled in him the love for theater at an early age, by making him take part in school skits and making him realize that he had talent and flair for acting.  At present he is in Hindi theater and have associated himself with theater legend "Shri Giresh Desai". Under his teachings, he formed his own theater group called "United Models" and have acted and  directed thought provoking plays which were highly acclaimed & appreciated by all.

 
The film has won:

"Dreamers of Peace" was adjudged the 3rd Best film in the recently concluded "Bhau Saheb short film festival

Enquiries :  

e-mail : contact@humayoon.com

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Entry No. 5/7/9/21   Dt. 29th January, 2008

Escape to Life
85 min./Germany/Docu-Drama-2000

 
Director-Producer: Andrea Weiss and Wieland Speck

Greta Schiller

   
About the film :  
Escape to Life, the result of a remarkable pairing between fiction and non-fiction filmmakers, depicts an even more remarkable relationship. Erika and Klaus Mann, the brilliant eldest children of German author Thomas Mann, claimed to be identical twins, despite being born more than a year apart and of different genders. Living under the shadow of Hitler's rise, Erika and Klaus were intellectuals, homosexuals, and pacifists who lived as exiles. Erika was an actress whose satirical revues were censored throughout Europe. Klaus was a self-doubting writer whose banned novel, Mephisto, didn't become a bestseller until long after his suicide. Filled with contradictions, their fascinating lives stand as a testament to the power of the individual -- and art -- against the forces of history. Weiss and Speck weave a seamless blend of dramatic scenes, compelling interviews (including Mann's youngest daughter), and amazing archival footage
   
About the Director :  

Andrea Weiss is a documentary filmmaker and nonfiction author.  Her newest film, U.N. FEVER, an observational documentary following three teams of college students who compete in the international Model U.N. conference, will be released in 2007.   Recently she produced RECALL FLORIDA, a road movie documenting the misadventures of former Attorney General Janet Reno while on the campaign trail for Governor of Florida.  She is the co-writer/director, with Wieland Speck, of ESCAPE TO LIFE: THE ERIKA AN DKLAUS MANN STORY, a fiction/documentary hybrid which premiered in the 2001 Rotterdam and Berlin Film Festivals followed by a wide European theatrical and television release.  Andrea Weiss’s previous work as writer, director, and/or producer includes I LIVE AT GROUND ZERO, SEED OF SARAH, A BIT OF SCARLET, INTERNATIONAL SWEETHEARTS OF RHYTHM, TINY & RUBY: HELL DIVIN’ WOMEN, and PARIS WAS A WOMAN.  She is the co-founder, with Greta Schiller, of Jezebel Productions, based in London and New York.Andrea Weiss has a Ph.D. in history and is the author of PARIS WAS A WOMAN (Harper Collins, 1995), VAMPIRES AND VIOLETS (Penguin, 1993), and IN THE SHADOW OF THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming January 2008).   Her books have been translated into French, German, Swedish, Italian, Japanese, and Croatian.  She was awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts

 
The film has won:

Cinema Jury Award, Best Documentary Feature, Seattle Film Festival (October 2001)

Enquiries :  

Jezebel Productions
P.O.Box 1348 | New York, NY 10011
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Entry No. :  7/7/10/16 Dt. 29th January, 2008

Encounter Point

85 min./USA/ Documentary -2006

 
Director-Producer:

Ronit Avni & Julia Bacha

Ronit Avni, Joline Makhlouf & Nahanni Rous

   
About the film :  

"Encounter Point" moves beyond sensational and canned images to tell the story of an Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian bereaved brother who sacrifice their safety, public standing and homes in order to press for a grassroots movement for nonviolence and peace.

   
About the Director :  

Ronit Avni has co-produced short videos and online video advocacy features in collaboration with filmmakers in Senegal, Burkina Faso, the United States and Brazil while working for Peter Gabriel’s human rights organization, communications technology.  Ronit has trained non-governmental organizations from Honduras to the Gambia to produce videos as a tool for public education and grassroots mobilizing, as a deterrent to further abuse and as evidence before courts and tribunals.  She wrote and produced a short documentary film, Rise, with the Revolutionary Association of the women of Afghanistan. Excerpts of Just Vision, a non-profit initiative that highlights Palestinian and Israeli grassroots efforts for peace.  She was among eight American-based recipients of the 2003-2005 Joshua Venture Fellowship for young jewish social entrepreneurs.  She received the Auburn Seminary’s Lives of Commitment Award.  Ronit has lectured at American University, Concordia University, Minnesota University, Bard College, New York University, the new School and Vassar College, Ronit has written for Satya magazine and co-edited the book,Ronit graduated with honors with a BA in Political Science from Vassar College.  She received a Burnam Fellowship to intern at B’Tselem : the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territoties.  While abroad, Ronit volunteered for the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI).  Ronit acquired a DEC in Professional Theatre Studies from Dawson College.  She has directed plays for Show-Off and Threepenny Productions in Montreal.

   
The film has won:

San Francisco International Film Festival – Audience Award

Bahamas International Film Festival – Audience Award

Sao Paulo Jewish Film Festival – Grand Jury Award

Enquiries :  

julia@justvision.org

123, Seventh Ave, PMB#226.

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Entry No. : 16/7/11/19 Dt. 30th January, 2008

More Than 1000 Words

78 min../Israel/ Documentary -2006

 
Director/Producer: Solo Avital

Oliver Berben

   
About the film :  

Avital's 2006 film "...More Than 1000 Words" about the Israeli leading photojournalist Ziv Koren received numerous international awards and has been viewed by millions around the world in countries such as USA, UK, Canada, Greece, China, Israel, Germany, Austria and other European countries. "...More Than 1000 Words" was produced by Oliver Berben of "MOOVIE the art of entertainment" and distributed by "Telepool" Germany.The film made history as it was the first Israeli film ever to be invited by an Iranian film festival, "The Teheran Fajr International Film Festival". It sparked controversial debates in Iran's, Israel's and European media after the apparent Iranian government request from the festival to exclude the film from their program.

 
About the Director:

Solo Avital is autodidact visual effects artist, musician and award winning filmmaker. Solo Avital 2002 film "Art Liberates", (channel 8) was a shared project with author and musician Adam Horowitz. A film about the relationship between Israelis and Germans today, through the prism of art and third generation Israeli and German artists, trying to connect the delicate threads of the complex love/hate relationship between Jews and Germans.

 
The film has won:
  • 2007 Warsaw Phoenix Award and Best Audience Choice, Warsaw Film Festival - Poland.

  • 2006 Best Feature Documentary, Winnipeg International Film Festival - Canada.

  • 2006 Margrit & Robert Mondavi Film Prize for Peace and Understanding, Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival - USA.

  • 2006 Best Feature Film, BRIDGE International Film Festival - Canada.

  • 2006 Best Professional Documentary, REEL to REAL Film Festival - USA.

  • 2006 Best Israeli Film and Best Film of the Festival, Youngstown's Jewish Film Festival - USA.

  • 2006 Palm Beach Audience Choice – Best Film

Enquiries :  

solo@soloavital.tv

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Entry No. : 13/7/11/19  Dt. 30th January, 2008

ColorBlind

80 min../USA/ Documentary -2005

 
Director-Producer: Pamela Peak       

Ray Bernard & Pamela Peak

   
About the film :  

Scattered to the winds by the 1967 Detroit riots, an unusual group of almost all white, 1960s, grade school classmates reunite at age 46, and discover how each of their lives had been profoundly impacted by their beloved African American..

   
About the Director:

Pamela Peak, producer/director/writer of Colorblind has produced and directed live theatre in New York, Florida and Los Angeles. An accomplished businesswoman, her producing and directing experience began at the tender age of 21 years old. Colorblind is her first behind the camera documentary feature endeavor. Pamela is a graduate of the critically acclaimed Sanford Meisner’s Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, City as well as South Coast Repertory’s Professional Conservatory in Costa Mesa, CA. She is a veteran actress of both stage and television and has appeared in three daytime television dramas including CBS’s Love of Life. Her sadness over the untimely death of her sister-in-law (and best friend) Darlene from breast cancer prompted Pamela to “reach out” to the people whom she’d felt closest to throughout her life. Her personal quest for finding her special grade school classmates culminated into the sensitive story of Colorblind that has grown to touch the hearts of millions.

 
Enquiries :  

pamela@pamelapeakproductions.com                

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Entry No. 19/7/12/03  Dt. 30th January, 2008

Amnesia

90 min../Chile /Feature Film-1994

 
Director-Producer: Gonzalo Justiniano 

Sahara Films Production S.A

   
About the film :  

In this Kafka-esque drama set in Chile, Ramirez is a low ranking soldier who, while he was stationed at a prison camp in the desert, was forced by a sadistic sergeant to shoot prisoners. But will murdering the murderer really help Ramirez come to terms with his past? Director Justiniano elaborates: "It's a film to counter general amnesia, which I must say, is especially marked in certain circles in Chile. [There exists] a constant desire to forget, an attitude of stubbornly forging ahead without looking back."

   
About the Director :

Gonzalo Justiniano Born in 20th December, 1955 in Chile. His filmgraphy is as under : 2003 “ B-Happy ”Chilean-Spanish-Venezuelan Co-production.PREMIERES IN USA New Directors Festival, New York International Festival of Los Angeles INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

BERLIN Festival – 2004 - Best Film -  FORUM –  CICAE Award- Special Mention – Don Quixotte AwardLA  HABANA Festival - 2nd  Coral – Best Feature Film - Best Actress – Manuela Martelli

CARTAGENA Festival- Best Supporting Actress – Lorene Prieto- Best Script SANTO DOMINGO Festival- Best Actress – Manuela Martelli - Best Script- Best PhotographyBUENOS AIRES INDEPENDENT FILM Festival 2004.- Cultural Diversity Award

2002 EL LEYTON, HASTA QUE LA MUERTE NOS SEPARE” (THE LEYTON, ‘TIL DEATH DO US PART) Chile – France Official Selection San Sebastian Festival 2002 Miami Festival Best Actress  Cartagena Festival - Best Actor,1998-1999 “TUVE UN SUEÑO CONTIGO” (I HAD A DREAM WITH YOU) SAN SEBASTIAN 1999 Claqueta Award Best Latin American Film.1997-1998 “LAS HISTORIAS DE SUSSI” (TALES ABOUT SUSSI) Television series with 12, one hour long, individual episodes. In Super 16 mm.  Apes Award 1998.

 
The film has won:

 BERLIN 1995 : General Public Award

 MONTREAL 1994: Official Selection

VENICE 1994 : Special Events

TRIESTE FESTIVAL 1994 : First Prize, etc………

Enquiries :  

Sahara Film Production S.A.

films@sahara.cl

 
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