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Bloody Cartoons

52 min./Denmark/Documentary/2007

  Director - Karsten Kjaer - film - Bloody Cartoons
Director - Producer: Karsten Kjaer, Alan Hayling
   
About the film :  

Bloody Cartoons is a documentary about how and why 12 drawings in a Danish provincial paper could whirl a small country into a confrontation with Muslims all over the world. He asks whether respect for Islam combined with the heated response to the cartoons is now leading us towards self-censorship. How tolerant should we be, he wonders, of the intolerant. And what limits should there be, if any, to freedom of speech in a democracy.

   
About the Director:  

KARSTEN KJAER is a Journalist, Director and Producer who worked as a foreign correspondent for World Media before turning to television. He has produced more than 200 programmes for Danish and European television as well as numerous specials on world affairs, especially in the Middle East. Karsten is the founder and owner of the independent production company Freeport Film in Copenhagen. He is best known for his use of satire, humour and extraordinary methods in the coverage of sensitive political and cultural issues.

   
The film has won:  

.The special Golden Link Award by EBU, La Rochelle 2008

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Film Campaign -poster Campaign! The Kawasaki Candidate

120 min./Japan/Documentary/2007
  Kazuhiro Soda - film Campaign
Director Producer: Kazuhiro Soda

About the film :

Can a candidate with no political experience and no charisma win an election? Perhaps – if he is backed by the political giant, Prime Minister Koizumi and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). In the fall of 2005, 40-year-old, self-employed Kazuhiko “Yama-san” Yamauchi’s peaceful, humdrum life was turned upside-down when Koizumi’s LDP party chose him at the last moment as its official candidate to run for a vacant seat on the Kawasaki City Council. With zero experience in politics, no charisma, no supporters, and no constituency, Yama-San has one week to prepare for an election critical to the future of the LDP. Adhering to the campaign tactic of “bowing to everybody, even to telephone poles,” Yama-san visits local festivals, senior gatherings, commuter train stations, and even bus stops to offer his hand to everyone he sees. Can he win this heated race? Campaign! The Kawasaki Candidate offers up a microcosm of Japanese democracy.

 

About the Director :

Kazuhiro Soda was born and raised in Japan and has lived in New York since 1993. He has directed numerous fiction films and TV documentaries. This is his first feature documentary.

The film has won:
  • The special Golden Link Award by EBU, La Rochelle, 2008
Official Selection at:
  • 2007 Berlin International Film Festival (Forum) – World Premiere
  • 2007 SXSW (Competition) – North American Premiere
  • 2007 Cinema du Reel in Paris (Competition) – French Premiere
  • 2007 Fribourg Film Festival – Swiss Premiere
  • 2007 Hong Kong International Film Festival – Asian Premiere
  • 2007 Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival – South American Premiere
  • 2007 Barcelona Asian Film Festival – Spanish Premiere
  • 2007 Sydney Film Festival – Oceania Premiere
 
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Dinner with the President

80 min./Pakistan/Documentary/2007

  Director - Sabiha & S
Production Director:

Sabiha Sumarand & Sachithanandam Sathananthan

Director: Sachithanandam Sathananthan
About the film :  
What are the implications for democracy in Pakistan when secular political parties have succumbed to the Islamic agenda? What does it mean when the army appears to be the only force able to contain the opponents of democracy, the armed Islamists? President Musharraf agrees to explore this apparent contradiction over dinner at his official residence, the Army House. As the discussion moves in and out of the different worlds in Pakistan a complex tapestry emerges revealing a society unique yet universal. The filmmaker talks to diverse individuals, from labourers to intellectuals, from street vendors to religious right wing political party members, and from journalists to industrialists. What is their idea of democracy in Pakistan? What is their idea of President Musharraf’s vision of a modern Pakistan? Dinner With the President questions the role a military leader can play in guiding a state towards modern democracy.
   
About the Director:

Sabiha Sumar - Born in Karachi, Sabiha Sumar studied Filmmaking and Political Science at Sarah Lawrence College in New York from 1980 to 1983 and then read History and Political Thought at Cambridge University. As a independent filmmaker Sabiha Sumar has earned much acclaim for her films which deal with political and social issues such as the effects of religious fundamentalism on society and especially on women. Her first feature film, 'Silent Waters ( Khamosh Pani )' has played in film festivals around the world. Silent Waters won the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2003. Sabiha's first documentary, 'Who Will Cast the First Stone,' about three women in prison in Pakistan under Islamic law won the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Film Festival in 1998

Sachithanandam Sathananthan - Dr.Sachithanandam Sathananthan holds a Ph D degree Cambridge University. He is the Founder-Secretary of The Action Group Of Tamils (TAGOT) in Sri Lanka. He was Assistant Director at the Marga Institute, Colombo where he was a coordinator of research on South Asian regional cooperation conducted by the Committee for Studies on Cooperation in Development (CSCD) in South Asia. He is Chairman of Mandru (Institute for Alternative Development and Regional Cooperation) which he co-founded in 1989. His publications and research interests cover national movements, democratization and nation-building in South Asia. He is the principal author of The Elusive Dove: An assessment of conflict resolution initiatives in Sri Lanka, 1957 to 1996 (1996).

Nominated for:
  • Sundance Film Festival, 2008 – Grand Jury Prize.
   
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Egypt: We Are Watching You

60 min./Egypt/Documentary/2007

Director - Jehane Noujaim - film - Egypt We Are Watching YouJehane Noujaim and Sherief Elkatsha - Alan Hayling
Director-Producer: Jehane Noujaim and Sherief Elkatsha - Alan Hayling  
About the film :

After 24 years of leadership under President Mubarak’s National Democratic Party, Egypt is a nation on the brink of change. However, violence and widespread allegations of fraud accompany the first democratic multiparty elections in 2005. The film follows three women activists in their quest to expose the truth about Egypt’s new democracy.

About the Director-Producer Duo:

Jehane Noujaim was born on 17 May, 1974 in Cairo, Egypt where she grew up and began her career as a photographer and filmmaker. She moved to Boston in 1990, where she attended Milton Academy, matriculated to Harvard University in 1992 and graduated magna cum laude in Visual Arts and Philosophy in 1996. The same year, before her graduation, Noujaim was awarded the Gardiner fellowship under which she directed Mokattam, an Arabic film about a garbage collecting village near Cairo in Egypt. She has since worked in both the Middle East and the US as a director and cinematographer on various documentaries including Born Rich (Jamie Johnson), Only the Strong Survive (Miramax Films), and Down from the Mountain (Coen Brothers). In 2004, she directed the feature length, highly acclaimed film Control Room, a documentary about US Central Command and its relations with Al Jazeera and other news organizations that covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Sherief Elkatsha – Sherief Elkatsha was born in the USA, but raised in Cairo, Egypt. A graduate of Boston University, with a BA in Film Production, he has worked on numerous television productions, from music videos with Wyclef Jean and the The Roots, to Discovery Channel’s Eco-Challenge. His documentary Butts Out, which follows smokers and their difficult and comical struggles to quit, won the Best Documentary Award at the 2006 New England Film and Video Festival. In 2006 he was selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus.

The film has won:
  • The special Golden Link Award by EBU, La Rochelle, 2008
  • Won the Best Documentary Award at the 2007 New England Film and Video Festival.
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For God, Tsar and the Fatherland

52 min./Russia/Documentary/2007

  Director - Nino Kirtadze - film -  For God, Tsar and the Fatherland
Director Producer: Nino Kirtadze , Paul Rozenburg
   
About the film :  

Mikhail Morozov is a Russian patriot, good Christian and successful businessman. He owns Durakovo - the “Village of Fools” - 100 km southwest of Moscow. People come here from all over Russia to learn how to live and become 'true' Russians. When they join the Village of Fools, the new residents abandon all their former rights and agree to obey Mikhail Morozov’s strict rules. “What we have here is a society that respects the vertical of power, this is what our country needs most of all, “ says Morozov quoting his idol President Putin. The whole spectrum of power - political, spiritual and administrative – is represented in the village and people gather for semi-private meetings with Morozov. They discuss the future of Russia, their ambitions and their goals. For God, Tsar and the Fatherland shows what drives Russian patriotism today and why these citizens are against democracy.

 
About the Director:

Nino Kirtadze was born in 1968 in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. After advanced literature studies, she became a university lecturer at age 23. In addition to her teaching duties, she works as a journalist and advisor to the Presidency of the Georgian Republic. In 1994, she became the Caucasus correspondent for the AFP and then for Associated Press. Before playing the role of Cecilia in A CHEF IN LOVE, she gained her first experience acting in a Georgian feature THE GLASS CALENDAR (1989) and a Georgian TV film THE DAY (1990). Nino Kirtadze speaks Russian, Georgian, English, and French.

   
The film has won:  
  • The special Golden Link Award by EBU, La Rochelle, 2008
  • World Cinema Directing Award, Sundance Film Festival, 2008
  • Nominated for: Grand Jury Prize Award, Sundance Film Festival, 2008
  • Best Documentary Film Award at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
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In Search of Gandhi

52 min./India-Irland/Documentary/2007

  Direcor - Lalit Vachani - film - In Search of Gandhi
Director-Producer: Lalit Vachani, Don Edkins

   
About the film :  

In the early decades of the twentieth century Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy of non-violent revolution or Satyagraha inspired a mass movement of millions of Indians to rise up against the British colonial state and successfully agitate for the establishment of a democratic and free India. In 2007, the country is preparing to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of its existence as an independent nation. But what kind of a democracy does India have today? What does it actually mean to live in the world’s largest democracy? In road-movie style the film crew travels down the famous trail of Gandhi’s salt march, the remarkable mass campaign that galvanized ordinary Indians to join the non-violent struggle for democracy and freedom almost a century ago. Stopping at the same villages and cities, where Gandhi and his followers had raised their call for independence, the film documents the stories of ordinary citizens in India today. Although inspired by a historical event In Search of Gandhi is not a journey back in time. Instead it is a search for the present and future of democracy in India.

   
About the Director:

Lalit Vachani is a documentary filmmaker and producer/director of the New Delhi based Wide Eye Film. He studied at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in the US. He was visiting lecturer at the Mass Communication Research Centre, Delhi from 1990-92 and 1996-98 and visiting scholar at the Center for Media, Culture and History at New York University in 1999. Vachani’s films have received support from the Soros/Sundance Documentary Foundation, the Jan Vrijman Fund, and the India Foundation for the Arts.

   
The film has won:

The special Golden Link Award by EBU, La Rochelle, 2008

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Looking for the Revolution

60 min./ Bolivia-UK/Documentary/2007
   
Producer Director : Rodrigo Vazquez

   
About the film :  

Che Guevara died in Southern Bolivia while trying to ignite the sparks of revolution throughout South America. His death at the hands of Bolivian Rangers trained and financed by the US Government, marked the beginning of the cocaine era in Bolivia. Forty years later and under pressure from the masses who gave him a clear mandate, the first indigenous President Evo Morales (an ex-coca leaf farmer) is promising to continue the revolution. He has nationalised the oil industry and passed laws on Agrarian reform. Despite the revolutionary-sounding election speeches and campaign iconography that accompanied his landslide victory, on closer inspection it emerges that the old system is pretty much alive inside the new one. Corruption, nepotism and old-fashioned populism are at the core of this movement. The more Morales does to create employment, the more the landowners conspire against him and paralyse Bolivia’s economy. As a result, no jobs are created and the pressure from the poor increases. The cycle of tension threatens to crush both the country and the indigenous revolution. Looking for the Revolution is about the dynamics of that tension as witnessed by the characters of the film - the struggle for power between landowners and the indigenous movement, and the continuation of a revolution Morales-style, started so long ago.

   
About the Director:
Rodrigo Vazquez has worked as a producer/director/cameraman on documentary projects around the world. He tells factual stories with a strong visual sense, and has worked in potentially dangerous environments and done undercover filming. Since graduation from the National Film School, Rodrigo has worked in both film and video with a variety of producers and filmmakers. His credits mainly include documentaries on social and issues in Europe, the US and particularly Latin America.
   
The film has won:
  • AFI Dallas International Film Festival- Best Documentary
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Please Vote for Me

58 min./ Denmark - China/Documentary/2007

  Director - Weijun Chen - film - Pls Vote for Me
Director-Producer : Weijun Chen, Don Edkins

   
About the film :  

Wuhan is a city in central China about the size of London, and it is here that director Weijun Chen has conducted an experiment in democracy. A grade 3 class at Evergreen Primary School has their first encounter with democracy by holding an election to select a Class Monitor. Eight-year olds compete against each other for the coveted position, abetted and egged on by teachers and doting parents. Elections in China take place only within the Communist Party, but recently millions of Chinese voted in their version of Pop Idol. The purpose of Weijun Chen’s experiment is to determine how, if democracy came to China, it would be received. Is democracy a universal value that fits human nature? Do elections inevitably lead to manipulation? Please Vote for Me is a portrait of a society and a town through a school, its children and its families.

   
About the Director:
Weijun Chen is a documentary director and producer living in Wuhan, China. After graduating from the journalism program at Sichuan University in 1992 he joined the documentary production department of the Wuhan regional TV station. His first film, MyLife Is My Philosophy, was nominated for the best documentary of the year by the Chinese National Association of Broadcasters. In 2003 he completed To Live Is Better Than To Die, which was awarded a Peabody and Grierson award, as well at the Rodlf Vrfba Award from the One World Festival.
   
The film has won:  
  • The special Golden Link Award by EBU, La Rochelle, 2008
  • Best Documentary, feature length, Ashland Independent Film Festival, 2008
  • Full Frame/Working Films Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2008
  • Sterling Feature Award, Silverdocs, 2007 Sterling Feature Award
  • Nominated for: Best Documentary, Emmy Awards, 2008
  • Shortlisted for: Best Documentary, Academy Awards, 2008
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Taxi to the Dark Side

106 min./ USA-Afghanistan-Iraq/Documentary/2008

  Director - Taxi to the dark side
Director: Alex Gibney

   
About the film :  

Over one hundred prisoners have died in suspicious circumstances in U.S. custody during the "war on terror". Taxi to the Dark Side takes an in-depth look at one case: an Afghan taxi driver called Dilawar who was considered an honest and kind man by the people of his rustic village. So when he was detained by the U.S military one afternoon, after picking up three passengers, denizens wondered why this man was randomly chosen to be held in prison, and, especially, without trial? Five days after his arrest Dilawar died in his Bagram prison cell. His death came within a week of another death of a detainee at Bagram. The conclusion, with autopsy evidence, was that the former taxi driver and the detainee who passed away before him, had died due to sustained injuries inflicted at the prison by U.S. soldiers. The documentary, by award-winning producer Alex Gibney, carefully develops the last weeks of Dilawar’s life and shows how decisions taken at the pinnacle of power in the Bush Administration led directly to Dilawar’s brutal death. The film documents how Rumsfeld, together with the White House legal team, were able to convince Congress to approve the use of torture against prisoners of war. Taxi to the Dark Side is the definitive exploration of the introduction of torture as an interrogation technique in U.S. facilities, and the role played by key figures of the Bush Administration in the process.

   
About The Director :  

Alex Gibney is the founder of Jigsaw Productions. An Oscar, Emmy and Grammy award-winning producer, he is well known for producing one of the top grossing documentaries of all time, “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.” In addition, Gibney is sought after for his experience in mounting large international productions, particularly multi-part series, such as Martin Scorsese’s Emmy and Grammy award-winning “The Blues” and David Halberstam’s “The Fifties.”. His work as a writer/director includes: the 2008 Oscar-winning film "Taxi to the Dark Side," the 2006 Oscar-nominated film “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” and the current Magnolia Pictures release, “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson,” featuring Johnny Depp.

   
The film has won:  
  • The Academy Award for Documentary Feature – 2007
  • Chicago International Film Festival, 2007 – Best Documentary
  • Ojai Film Festival, 2007 – Best Documentary + Jury Award
  • Directors Guild of America, USA, 2008-Nominated - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
  • Golden Trailer Awards, 2008 – Nominated – Best Documentary Poster
  • Writers Guild of America, USA, 2008 - Documentary Screenplay Award
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Final Solution

149 min./India/Documentary/2004

  Director - Rakesh Sharma - Film - Final Solution
Director/Producer: Rakesh Sharma
   
About the film :  

Final Solution is a study of the politics of hate. Set in Gujarat during the period Feb/March 2002 - July 2003, the film graphically documents the changing face of right-wing politics in India through a study of the 2002 genocide of Moslems in Gujarat. It specifically examines political tendencies reminiscient of the Nazi Germany of early/mid-1930s.

   
About the Director:

Rakesh Sharma began his film/TV career in 1986 as an assistant director on Shyam Benegal's Discovery of India. His broadcast industry experience includes the set up/ launch of 3 broadcast channels in India: Channel [V], Star Plus and Vijay TVand several production consultancy assignments. He has now gone back to independent documentary film-making. His last film Aftershocks: The Rough Guide to Democracy won the Best documentary film award at Fribourg, Big Mini-DV and at Big Muddy and won 7 other awards (including the Robert Flaherty prize) at various festivals in USA and Europe during 2002-03. It has been screened at over 90 international film festivals. Aftershocks was also rejected by the government-run Mumbai International film festival in 2002.

   
The film has won:  
  • Wolfgang Staudte Award & Special Jury Award (Netpac), Berlin International Film Festival
  • Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Documentary, HongKong International Film Festival
  • Silver Dhow (Best Doc category), Zanzibar International Film Festival
  • Best Feature-Length Documentary, Big MiniDV (USA)
  • Special Jury Mention, Munich Dokfest
  • Nominated for the prestigious Grierson Award (UK)
  • Special Award by NRIs for a Secular and Harmonious India (NRI-SAHI), NY-NJ,
  • USACensorship Film Award in March 2005.
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Have You Ever Heard About Vukovar?

16 min./USA/Docu-drama/2007
  Director-Paolo Borraccetti-film-Have you ever heard about vukovar
Director: Paolo Borraccetti, Gabriela Yepes
   
About the film :  

“Have you ever heard about Vukovar?” is a drama with comedic elements about self-acceptance and coming to terms with the past. It is the story of Tim, a veteran from the war in Iraq, and Davor, a Croatian refuge who is driving Tim to a career day in his former high school. Two different personalities will find out in the end that they experienced the same issues and problems after living very traumatic events.

   
About the Director:

Paolo Borraccetti (b. Padova, Italy) earned a BA in communications from the University of Bologna. He worked as a writer and editing supervisor for the award-winning Italian television comedy shows Zelig and Zelig Circus. He also worked alongside Roberto Benigni on Pinocchio. Winner of a Fulbright Scholarship, he moved to Los Angeles, where he earned his MFA in film production from USC in 2007.

   
The film has won:

None

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“Udaan”

03 min./India/Documentary/2008

  Director - rajesh pinjani - film - Udaan
Director-Producer: Rajesh Pinjani
   
About the film :  

“Udaan” a short film will prove that a girl can do whatever a man can, in a better way.

 
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.

 
The film has won:
  • Two Awards
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Film - Dreaming Lhasa - poster Dreaming Lhasa

90 min./UK-India/Feature Film/2005
  Director - ritu sarin & Tenzing Sonam - film - Dreaming Lhasa
Director: Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam
   
About the film :  

Karma, a Tibetan filmmaker from New York, goes to Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama's exile headquarters in northern India, to make a documentary about former political prisoners who have escaped from Tibet. She wants to reconnect with her roots but is also escaping a deteriorating relationship back home.

One of Karma's interviewees is Dhondup, an enigmatic ex-monk who has just escaped from Tibet. He confides in her that his real reason for coming to India is to fulfill his dying mother's last wish, to deliver a charm box to a long-missing resistance fighter. Karma finds herself unwittingly falling in love with Dhondup even as she is sucked into the passion of his quest, which becomes a journey into Tibet's fractured past and a voyage of self-discovery.

   
About the Director:  

Ritu was born in New Delhi. She finished her schooling in London and completed her undergraduate studies at Delhi University. She then did an MFA in Film and Video from the California College of the Arts in Oakland.

Tenzing was born in Darjeeling in India to Tibetan refugee parents. After graduating from Delhi University, he worked for a year in the Tibetan Government-in-exile in Dharamsala. He then specialized in documentary filmmaking at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley.

 
The film has won:

None.

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The Booth

08 min./USA/Feature Film/2005

  Director - Gabriela Yepes - film - The Booth
Director-Producer: Gabriela Yepes

   
About the film :  
Based on a true story from 2002, Gale, a Latina guard at a private prison in Austin, Texas, puts her own life on the line when she tries to stop the murder and rape of a young inmate during a prison riot.
   
About the Director :  

Gabriela Yepes holds a B.A. in filmmaking and has published poems and articles in local magazines. She has also directed 13 television documentaries on environmental and social issues for Peruvian public television. She later founded a small media company that partners on projects with the United Nations Development Program. In 2004, Yepes received a Fulbright Fellowship and was accepted into the graduate film program at the University of Texas in Austin.

 
The film has won:

None

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Seven Days Sunday

80 min./Germany/Feature Film/2008

Director-Producer:

Niels Laupert - Thomas Barti, Alexander Dierbach, Niels laupert

   
About the film :  

On a sunday like any other sunday in 1996, Adam and Tommek meet their friends at the square on their council estate. But this sunday will end differently to any other. Out of their boredom comes a bet. The stakes:…. A human life.

   
About the Director :  

Niels Laupert (b. 1975, Frankfurt, Germany) worked in various production and postproduction internships after graduating from high school. He first studied production and the media business at the University of Television and Film Munich from 1997 to 2002. He then studied film and television directing at the school from 2002 to 2006. Over the past few years he has produced and directed numerous commercials and music videos. Seven Days Sunday marks his feature film directorial debut.

   
Nominated at:

Transilvania International Film Festival, 2008.

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Life and Debt

86 min./USA/Documentary/2003

  Director - stephanie black - film - Life and Debt
Director/Producer: Stephanie Black

   
About the film :  

The film opens with the arrival of vacationers to the island-- utilizing Ms. Kincaids text as voice-over, we begin to understand the profound contrasts behind the breathtaking natural beauty of the island. The poetic urgency of Ms. Kincaids text lends a first-person understanding of the legacy of the country's colonial past, and to it's present day economic challenges. For example, as we see a montage of the vacationer in her hotel, voice-over: "When you sit down to eat your delicious meal, it's better that you don't know that most of what you are eating came off a ship from Miami. There is a world of something in this, but I can't go into it right now." (adapted excerpt "A Small Place")

 
About the Director:

In addition to the award-winning feature length documentary "Life and Debt" (35mm 90min col) on the impact of the IMF and the World Bank on Jamaica. Filmography includes the award-winning feature-length documentary "H-2 Worker" (16mm 70 min col) which won both Best Documentary and Best Cinematography at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival. Produced and directed by Stephanie Black, the film was selected to be the U.S. representative in the prestigious Semaine de la Critique (Critics Week) section at Cannes, in addition to winning many festival awards including the John Grierson Award at the American Film and Video Festival in 1991, Special Gold Jury Award at the Houston Film Festival 1991, among others. The film which documents the plight of the 10,000+ Caribbean men who are brought to Florida each year under a temporary guestworker ("H-2") visa to harvest sugar cane for American sugar corporations was also screened in the Library of Congress and the Florida State Senate. The film was broadcast on national PBS as well as on national television in twenty countries abroad.

 
The film has won:
  • Prague One World Film Festival, 2002 - Audience Award
  • 2004 Festival International du Film Insulaire, Ole de Groix, Special Jury Prize
  • 2004 PARIS HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL, SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
  • LA Weekly's Ernest Hardy and Paul Malcolm pick Life and Debt in his Best Films 2002 list.
  • CINEAMBIENTE INT. ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FEST. 2002 TEEN JURY BEST FILM OF FESTIVAL, TURIN, ITALY
  • ONE WORLD 2002-PRAGUE HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL-AUDIENCE AWARD BEST FILM OF THE FESTIVAL
  • ONE WORLD MEDIA AWARDS-FINALIST, INTERNATIONAL PREMIER AWARD, ENGLAND
  • LIFE and DEBT WAS AWARDED BEST DOCUMENTARY AT THE JAMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL.
  • LIFE AND DEBT RECEIVES THE CRITICS JURY AWARD, HONORABLE MENTION "BEST FILM OF THE FESTIVAL" AT THE INDEPENDENT FEATURE PROJECT/WEST LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL.
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Jung (WAR)


114 min./Italy-Afghanistan /Documentary/2001

Director-Producer: Fabrizio Lazzaretti, Alberto Vendemmiati/ Giuseppe Petitto
   
About the film :  

In this beautifully produced look at Afghanistan today, a surgeon and a war correspondent decide to join forces and set up a hospital in a country that has had to cope with various wars for the last twenty years. After the Russians, the Taliban took society firmly into their grasp. Houses and schools have been burnt down, sons killed on the battlefield and almost everybody is hungry, an Afghan woman explains from behind her veil, perforated only by a few air holes.

   
About the Director:

Lazzaretti began his own filmmaking career alongside his father as an assistant and second camera. In 1985, he began a series of freelance projects, working first at RAI London and then with the New York RAI corporation. In the mid-90s he turned his full attention to independent documentary production serving as a producer, director, cinematographer and cameraman on several films. In 1998 he co-produced, and served as co-director and cameraman, on "Crucifige (Let's Crucify)," and "Le Voci Fuori (Voices Off)," focusing on themes related to mental diseases. In 1999-2000 Lazzaretti co-produced, co-directed, and served as cameraman on "Jung (War) in the Land of the Mujaheddin". He is currently co-producing, directing and serving as a cameraman on "A Fight for Justice "(working title), a film that tracks the legal battle resulting from the death of a young Italian poet in Colombia.

Alberto Vendemmiati : Alberto Vendemmiati, after getting a degree in the Theatre School of Bologna (Italy), worked as an actor for some years. In 1993 he received his D.A.M.S. degree in Film and Literature at the University of Bologna, and in 1994 graduated Director at the National Film School in Rome. He's realized several short films, presented at International film festivals, focusing on the relationship between fiction and documentary. In 1994 to 1996 he produces and served as director on the feature film "Cadabra" (a Quadra Image release), inspired from the poetic and personality of Italian screenwriter and director Cesare Zavattini. Vendemmiati has co-produced, co-directed, and served as cameraman and sound engineer on the critically acclaimed "Jung (War) in the Land of Mujaheddin," shot in Afghanistan in 1999 and 2000.

 
The film has won:  
  • Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, 2000 - Silver Wolf
  • Cologne Conference, 2001 - Best Non-Fiction Program
  • Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, 2001 - Nestor Almendros Award
  • National Board of Review, USA, 2001 - Freedom of Expression Award
  • Prague One World Film Festival, 2001 - Audience Award
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, 2002 - Best Documentary Feature
  • Best Documentary Feature in 2001,

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Behind The Intentions

Behind The Intentions

49 min./Israel/Documentary/2008

  Ayelet Bargur, Yezira Ivrit, Chaim
Director-Producer: Ayelet Bargur, Yezira Ivrit, Chaim

   
About the film :  

In 2006, the Israeli-Palestinian Bereaved Families for Peace and Reconciliation (PCFF) decided to initiate a TV series which would convey the message of reconciliation and peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The inspiration for the drama came from the TV series "Roots" which changed the perception of African-Americans in the US. The members of the PCFF approached the producer Chaim Sharir, the director Uri Barabash and the script-writer Ronit Weiss Berkowitz and the outcome is the TV series "Good Intentions" which was screened on Channel 2 (Reshet) during the summer of 2008. The documentary film "Behind the Intentions" illustrates the connection between the PCFF members who have all lost an immediate family member due to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the drama that is portrayed in the TV series..

   
About the Director :
Ayelet Bargur graduated in the Camera Obscura School of Art (1996) in Film department, and has an MA degree Tel Aviv University (2008). In 1997 her graduation film A Good Place to Be was part of the official selection in the Short film Competition in the Cannes International Film Festival, and received several International prizes in Montpellier International Film Festival, Chicago and Mexico. Ayelet Bargur’s Documentary films: “ At the End of the Day” (2000), “ Children of the Night” ( 2001),”A letter to A boy no Longer With us” (2003) “ Day by Day” (2004), “ Israeli in Berlin”(2004), “ Intel Inside, Where?” (2005) reflect Israel from her personal point of view. She is currently working on two other feature screenplays; BORDERLINE, in collaboration with screenwriter Noa-Berman Herzberg supported by The Israeli Film Fund (participated in the MFCB workshop, Cannes Film Festival, 2007); Saving Mika, in collaboration with screenwriter Shlomit Lasky. Bargur is living in Tel-Aviv, Teaching Film in Kibbutzim College of Education, The School of Arts and Technology.
 
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Ramchand Pakistani

Ramchand Pakistani

103 min./Pakistan/Feature Film/2008

  Mehreen Jabbar
Director-Producer: Mehreen Jabbar, Javed Jabbar

   
About the film :  

Based on a actual events, the story is about a Pakistani Hindu boy and his father who accidentally cross the border into India from their village in Pakistan at a time of extreme war like tension between the 2 countries and end up spending 5 years in an Indian prison while the mother left behind wonders what has happened to them.

   
About the Director :
Mehreen Jabbar is a 14-year veteran of the industry, with a prolific career as a Director/Producer of gritty, hard-hitting films for Pakistani Television. She has earned a reputation of professionalism and excellence, and is quoted widely as an expert in her field. Mehreen graduated from UCLA in 1993 with a Film, Television and Video certificate, and returned to Pakistan to direct and produce made-for-TV movies and drama series/serials. Her award-winning films include 'Daughters of the Late Colonel', and a four-part television show: ' Sanam Gazida, Afsoon Khawab, Deeda-e-Purkhoon, and Lal Baig.' 'Ramchand Pakistani' is her first feature length film, which has already been released in Pakistan and India in 2008 to wide critical and audience acclaim. The film premiered in the competition section of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in 2008. Mehreen has been a member of the National Board of Film Censors in Karachi, a founding member of WAR (War Against Rape), the KaraFilm Festival in Karachi, and has also served as a juror at the Leeds International Film Festival in 2002. She currently resides in New York City .
 
Official Selection at:
  • Tribeca Film Festival, USA (Competition section)
  • Seattle International Film Festival, USA
  • Osian Film Festival, New Delhi, India (Competition section)
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival, USA
  • Pusan International Film Festival, South Korea.
  • London International Film Festival, U.K.
  • South Asian International Film Festival, New York.
  • Third I Film Festival, San Francisco.
  • Cairo International Film Festival.
  • Dubai International Film Festival

 
The film has won:  
  • International Critics Prize 2008
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Whispering Embers
Whispering Embers

Whispering Embers

90 min./Israel/Feature Film/2008

  Ali Nassar
Director-Producer: Ali Nassar - Yael Hadasi Bachar, Rami Damari, Eviyatar Dotan

   
About the film :  

The movie is a love story, a love triangle, staged in an Arabic village in northern Israel, and in the city of Akko, near the Mediterranean Sea. The film takes us through a journey in the life of its hero, Jamal. A thirty something man, facing the deterioration of everything he has ever believed in. The political party, Islam, and more important, traditional family life. He leaves his home to look for answers. Through a novel he has left behind, his wife learns his secrets, his confusion and disappointments and his secret love to Layla, an out going, rules breaking woman. At the pick of the story, crazed by the chaos in his head Jamal sees him self as the legendary Arab hero of the middle ages, savior of the Islamic nation Salah A din, as he challenges Richard (the Lion heart) Laila's lover, to a bizarre duel. Is it a duel over a woman, or maybe over the holy land?

   
About the Director :
This is Writer - director Ali Nassar's fourth full length film )"The milky way", " "In the 9th month", "The baby sitter"), making him the most productive Palestinia director. Born and still a member of the community in the village of Arab'e in the northern mountains of the galilee , Nassar, a graduate of the Moscow Film Institute, has never been afraid of discussing his politics on screen. Revered as a braves and candid director, he has always had a criticizing an unique out look on the Arabic world. About its costumes, beliefs and ways of life that have been deeply implemented into it by a long and harsh history. Now, once again, Nassar is taking apart his own people, facing them with his mirror of questions, demanding that they would look into themselves for answers. Politics, Religion, Love - all are being questioned in this film. The movie features two strong, independent and minded women as the Uncanny to the Arab world, these women lead, they are not led. A true depiction of changes as they happen in today's Arab society.
 
Official Selection at :
  • Cairo International Film Festival, 2008
  • Valencia Film Festival
  • Haifa Film Festival
  • World Competition at World Film Festival Montreal , 2008

 

The film has won:
  • Best Actor – Best Musical Score at Mostra de Valencia, 2008

 

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Visas and Virtue

Visas and Virtue

26 min./USA/Docu-Drama/1997

  Chris Tashima
Director-Producer:

Chris Tashima - Chris Donahue

   
About the film :  

Haunted by the sight of hundreds of Jewish refugees outside the consulate gates, a Japanese diplomat and his wife, stationed in Kaunas, Lithuania at the beginning of World War II, must decide how much they are willing to risk. Inspired by a true story, VISAS AND VIRTUE explores the moral and professional dilemmas that Consul General Chiune "Sempo" Sugihara faces in making a life or death decision: defy his own government's direct orders and risk his career, by issuing live-saving transit visas, or obey orders and turn his back on humanity. This Academy Award® winning 26-minute portrait gracefully captured in period black and white by noted cinematographer Hiro Narita poignantly pays tribute to the rescuer of 6,000 Jews from the Holocaust.

   
About the Director :
Chris Tashima is an award-winning director and actor from Los Angeles, California. He received an Academy Award for Live Action Short film, for Visas And Virtue, which he directed, co-wrote and starred in, portraying Holocaust rescuer Chiune “Sempo Sugihara. He received an Emmy nomination for the PBS TV special Day of Independence, a dramatic depiction of the World War II Japanese American internment camp experience, which he also directed, co-wrote and acted in. Most recently he directed the world premiere of BE LIKE WATER, a play by Dan Kwong, about a trouble teen-age girl’s encounter with the ghost of Bruce Lee, produced in Los Angeles by East West Players, in association with Cedar Grove On Stage.
 

Official Selection at :

  • 75 International Festivals and Competitions.
 
The film has won:  
  • Academy Award – Oscar - Live Action Short Film
  • 20+ Other Awards and Honors.
 
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