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Film:

  Sita Sing the Blues                                   
82 min./USA/Animation/2007

   
Director - Producer: Nina Paley
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About the film :  

Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as "the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told."

   
About the Director:  

Nina Paley (b. May 3, 1968, Champaign IL, USA) is a longtime veteran of syndicated comic strips, creating "Fluff" (Universal Press Syndicate), "The Hots" (King Features), and her own alternative weekly "Nina's Adventures." In 1998 she began making independent animated festival films, including the controversial yet popular environmental short, "The Stork." In 2002 Nina followed her then-husband to Trivandrum, India, where she read her first Ramayana. This inspired her first feature, Sita Sings the Blues, which she animated and produced single-handedly over the course of 5 years on a home computer. Nina teaches at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan and is a 2006 Guggenheim Fellow.

   
The film has won:  

Berlinale, Feb ‘08 (Special Mention, Gen-14+), Germany
Avignon, June ‘08 (“Prix Tournage” for Best American Feature Film), France
Athens Int’l Film Festival, Sept ‘08 (Best Script Award), Greece
Ottawa International Animation Festival, Sept ‘08 (Honorable Mention for Best Animated Feature), Canada
Leeds International Film Festival, Nov ‘08 (Golden Owl Competition - Special   Mention), UK
Starz Denver Film Festival, Nov ‘08 (Fox 31 Emerging Filmmaker Award), CO, USA
Santa Fe Film Festival, Dec ‘08 (Best Animation), NM, USA
Les Nuits Magiques, Dec ‘08 (Audience Award for Best Feature Film), Begles, France, 2008.   
Boulder International Film Festival, Feb ‘09 (Best Animated Film), CO, USA

 

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Film: Son of A Lion
92 min./ Australia/Pakistan/Feature Film/2007 

Director – Producer: Benjamin Gilmour – Carolyn Johnson

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About the film :

In the North West Frontier Province of modern day Pakistan, home to the ethnic Pashtuns, a widowed father expects his only son to follow in his footsteps. Eleven-year-old Niaz Afridi works with his father learning how to make and test weapons just as Sher Alam learnt from his father before him. But Niaz doesn¡¦t want to follow in his father¡¦s footsteps. He wants to go to school.

About the Director :

Benjamin Gilmour, a Sydney-based ambulance officer, became interested in filmmaking while working as a unit nurse on UK film sets. A seasoned traveller and writer, Gilmour fell in love with the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) when he first went there in early 2001. In Darra Adam Khel he saw boys catching bullet-shells as they fell from the air after being test-fired skywards, and heard from his guide about one of the boys who wanted to go to school instead. In 2004 Gilmour based himself in Pakistan for eight months of pre-production, making contacts and building relationships. He learnt some basic Pashto, and developed the invaluable collaboration with Executive Producer Hayat Khan Shinwari. In 2006 he returned to complete filming of SON OF A LION.

 
Official Selection at:
  • Berlin Forum, Pusan Film Festival
 
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Film: The Tailor
30 min./Spain/Documentary/2007 

Director – Producer: Oscar Perez & Mia De Ribot

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About the film :

Mohamed, a Pakistani tailor, and Singh, his Indian employee, work together in an 8m2 store in the heart of Barcelona’s Raval district, one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.  Mohamed is very ill-tempered and the only thing he cares for is his business and his religious belief. Singh is a 50 years old Indian immigrant recently arrived in Barcelona, who works illegally for a miserable amount of money.Due to the lack of space and a terrible organization, pants, skirts and jackets get piled up indistinctively forming an enormous pile of plastic bags with multicolored fabrics at the bottom of the little shop. In such a limited space, any setback becomes a huge problem. The everyday work is tough and long and the relation between Mohamed and Sing deteriorates till unbearable limits. Ironically, in such a reduced space, loneliness and isolation seem to be their only destiny, in a strange country. 

About the Director :

Óscar Pérez has written and directed numerous documentaries that have been broadcasted on Spanish National TV. Xavó-Xaví (2002) and Can Tunis (2002) were accepted into competition at IDFA 2002. Xavó-Xaví was also screened at Chicago Film Festival and at Roma Film Festival. Salve Melilla (Mr. Easter), his first 50 minuts documentary, was first exhibited at Mar del Plata International Film Festival (Argentina), Bilbao International Documentary Film Festival, Las Palmas International Film Festival and Festival de Cine Joven de Valencia. Born in Girona (Spain) in 1973, Óscar Pérez studied in England at the The London College of Communication where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Film. He has been lecturing at the Master on Creative Documentary from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and at the Master on Creative Documentary from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Recently, he has been directing a series of short author documentaries produced by Catalan Television.

 
The film has won :
  • WINNER at IDFA 2007 -Silver Cub Competition (Amsterdam)
    AUDIENCE AWARD at Silverdocs (Washington)
    CINEMA EYE HONORS AWARD (New York)
    AWARDED at Listapad Minsk International Film Festival (Bielorrusia)
    WINNER at Play-Doc International Documentary Festival in Tui (Spain)
    WINNER at The Mediterranean Film Festival in Bosnia & Herzegovina
    WINNER at Alcances, International Documentary Film Festival in Cadiz (Spain)
    WINNER at Docu100, International Documentary Festival in Madrid.

    SPECIAL MENTION at Der-Hum Human Rights Film Festival (Argentina) 
 
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Film: Who’s Next
40  min./USA/Documentary/2007 

Director – Producer: Lisa Mills, Greig Powers

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About the film :

Don't call them 'Gen X.' Don't call them 'Gen Y.' They're the 'Millennials' and two experts in generational theory say they'll be the 'next great generation.' Find out why they're so sure, and meet four Millennials who exemplify American citizens coming of age right now. Can they resolve the political, cultural and social issues that Gen Xers and Boomers leave behind? You can decide for yourself. 

About the Director :

Lisa Mills worked as a broadcast journalist from 1981-1999. She also taught television production at the Disney Institute and produced documentaries for public television. She taught as an Instructor in the Radio-Television Division of the Nicholson School of Communication at UCF from 1999 - 2006, then joined the School of Film and Digital Media as an Assistant Professor of Film in Fall, 2006.

 
The film has won :
  • Prague One World Film Festival, 2002 – Audience Award

 
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Film: Toba Tek Singh
40 min./India/Short Feature Film/2008

Director – Producer: Humayunn N A Peerzaada

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About the film :

Toba Tek Singh – One man two countries.  A Rift. No Man’s Land”  Adapted from the classic story by well known urdu writer Sadat Hasan Manto.  Three years after the after math of partition, the governments of India and Pakistan decided to exchange lunatics from their asylums, the same way they had exchanged civilians.  It tells “Bishan Singh” an old inmate of a lunatic asylum, who is also called by the name of his village in Punjab : “Toba Tek Singh”.  In the story, No one seems to know whether Toba Tek Singh belongs in India or Pakistan, and his insanity becomes a mirror that reveals the fundamental absurdity of maps and nations.

About the Director :

Humayun is a model and actor, though lately he is not busy into these two medias.  He is focusing more on photography and also learning editing.  He has produced and directed two short films both mainly on the subject of peace i.e Dreamers of Peace -  A film on peace & Humanity & Toba Tek Singh – A sadat hasan Manto, script where lunatics give a message of love, peace & humanity.  Both the films are on universal peace, brotherhood and humanity.  His aim as a Film Maker, is to keep making films of peace and to keep spreading and propagate this message  to people who care.

 
The film has won : None
 
 
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Film: Up The Yangtze
93 min./ Canada/Documentary/2008

Director – Producer: Yung Chang – Mila Aung-Thwin

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About the film :

A luxury cruise boat motors up the Yangtze, navigating the mythic waterway known in China simply as "The River." In the biggestengineering endeavour since the Great Wall, China has set out toharness the Yangtze with the world's largest mega-dam. Meanwhile at the river's edge Yu Shui says goodbye to her family andturns to face the future. From their small patch of land, her parentswatch the young woman walk away, her belongings clutched in aplastic shopping bag. The waters are rising.  The Three Gorges Dam, gargantuan and hotly contested symbol of the  Chinese economic miracle, provides the epic and unsettling backdropfor Up the Yangtze, a dramatic and disquieting feature documentary onlife inside the 21st century Chinese dream.

About the Director :

Yung Chang is a Canadian filmmaker based in Montreal.  He has a degree in film production from Montreal's Concordia University and has studied the Meisnerte chnique at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. His first documentary film, Earth To Mouth, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, won praise for its beautifully crafted meditation on food production and migrant labour. He displays a remarkable sense of  cinematic storytelling in his first feature-length documentary, Up the Yangtze, in which the contested Three Gorges Dam forms an unsettling backdrop to a   richly detail narrative of life inside contemporary china.

 
The film has won :  
2008 UP THE YANGTZE Best Documentary, Taipei Golden Horse Awards,
Don Haig Award, Hot Docs International Film Festival, Toronto
2009 UP THE YANGTZE Independent Spirit Award Nominee
Cinema Eye Awards Nominee for Best International Feature, Best First
Feature, Best Cinematography and Audience Award
 
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Film: The Home Song Stories
99 min./Australia/Feature Film/2007

Director – Producer: Tony Ayres – Liz Watts

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About the film :

The story of a glamorous Hong Kong nightclub singer and her struggle to survive in Australia with her two children. Based on real events this is an epic tale of love, betrayal and hidden secrets that spans continents and decades.

About the Director :

Tony Ayres is an acclaimed short-filmmaker who has worked on a variety of Australian television series. Tony’s films which focus specifically on Asian-Australian identities include Sadness (1999) and China Dolls (1997 part of the ABC “Short Stories” series). WALKING ON WATER is his first feature film.

 
The film has won :  
Best Actress (Joan Chen) and Best Original Screenplay – Golden Horse Awards

8 wins – Best Director, Best Actress (Joan Chen), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Original Music Score, Best Production Design and Best Costume Designer – Australian Film Institute Awards

Australia's Entry for Best Foreign Film Oscar
Best Actress (Joan Chen) – Torino Film Festival
Best Actress (Joan Chen) – Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Golden Orchid for Best Narrative Film - Hawaii Film Festival
FIPRESCI Prize — Brisbane Film Festival
Screenplay Prize – New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards
Winner, Best Original Script – Australian Writers Guild Awards
Winner, Best Director, Best Actor (Joel Lok), Best Actress (Joan Chen), Best Cinematography, Best Production Design – Inside Film Awards
Winner, Best Actress (Joan Chen), Best Script, Best Cinematography - Australian Film Critics’ Awards
 
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Film: We Want Roses Too
84 min./Italy/Documentary/2007

Director – Producer: Alina Marazzi – Mir Cinematografica

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About the film :

We Want Roses Too aims to portray the deep change brought on by the sexual revolution and the feminist movement in Italy during the 1960s and 1970s.
The film looks again at recent events from a female point of view, through the first-hand accounts provided by the diaries of three women. Rather than focus on the alleged objectivity of facts, the film gives space to a chorus of voices that narrate those events in first person, visually supported by archival footage of the period, drawn from the most varied sources - institutional, public, militant and private.Anita, Teresa and Valentina come from different Italian regions and different social backgrounds, but share the same feelings: they no longer feel part of a society based on the patriarchal family, on the power of "husbands" and on the supremacy of males, which requires them to be efficient mothers, obedient wives and virtuous daughters.

About the Director :

ALINA MARAZZI, born in 1964, lives and works in Milan, Italy.She has worked as assistant director for feature films and video art projects. Her critically acclaimed Un’ora sola ti vorrei won best Italian documentary at the 2002 Torino Film Festival, and received special mentions by the jury at the 2002 Locarno Film Festival and at the international It’s All True Festival in Sao Paolo in 2003.

 
The film has won :  
60th Film Festival Locarno – Piazza Grande – Special Event
FOCAL – Best use of Footage in a Feature length Production

 
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Film: The Song of Sparrows
96 min./ Iran /Feature Film/2008

Director – Producer: Majid Majidi

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About the film :

Karim works at an ostrich farm outside of Tehran, Iran. He leads a simple and contented life with his family in his small house, until one day when one of the ostriches runs away. Karim is blamed for the loss and is fired from the farm. Soon after, he travels to the city in order to repair his elder daughter’s hearing aid but finds himself mistaken for a motorcycle taxi driver. Thus begins his new profession: ferrying people and goods through heavy traffic. But the people and material goods that he deals with daily starts to transform Karim’s generous and honest nature, much to the distress of his wife and daughters. It is up to those closest to him to restore the values that he had once cherished¡K

About the Director :

Majid Majidi was born in 1959 in Tehran, Iran, where he appeared in amateur productions before completing his studies in acting at the Academy for Dramatic Arts. He began making his own short films and documentaries in the 1980s. In 1992 he made his first feature film, and since then he has made a name for himself as one of his country’s most renowned directors. CHILDREN OF HEAVEN was nominated for an Academy Award® in 1997, and BARAN was nominated in 2001 for the European Film Award in the category “Best Non-European Film”. Other acclaimed films include San Sebastian Jury Prize winner THE FATHER (1996) and Montreal World Grand Prize winner THE COLOUR OF PARADISE (1999).

 
The film has won :  

1. Silver Bear for Best Actor (Reza Najie), Berlin 2008
2. Best Director, Editing, Original Score and Makeup, Fajr Film Festival

 
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Film: Court Record
7 min./Hungary/Animation/2006

Director – Producer: Zoltan Szilagyi Varga

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About the film :

In retaliation to the counterattacks that followed the suppression of the 1956 revolution and war of independence in Hungary, Peter Mansfeld, who had just turned 18, was executed on March 21st 1959 in a solemnly premeditated political manoeuvre...

 

About the Director :

Zoltán Szilágyi Varga was born in 1951 in Kíkes (Transylvania). He graduated as a graphic artist at the Ion Andreescu University of Fine Arts in Kolozsvár in 1976. From 1976 to 1985 he worked for Animafilm, the animation film studio of Bucharest (Romania). Between 1984-1986 he finished his studies at the Animation Direction Faculty of College Luca Caragiale for Theatre and Film Art (Bucharest). Since 1987 he has been working at Kecskemet film Ltd. as an animation director. He was awarded the Béla Balázs Prize, and was also acknowledged as a graphic artist. His films have won the Main Prize at several international film festivals (Oberhausen, Espinho).

 
The film has won :  

1. Best Script (KAFF-Hungary)
2. Bronze Award (Damascus-Syria)
3. Special Award of Jury (Dervio-Italy)
4. The Best Animated Film in South – Eastern Europe ( Balkanima-Serbia ).

 
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Film: Ask Not
54 min./USA/Documentary/2007

Director – Producer: Johny Symons

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About the film :

ASK NOT is a rare and compelling documentary film that explores the effects of the US military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gay and lesbian soldiers and service members. The film exposes the tangled political battles that led to the discriminatory law and examines the societal shifts that have occurred since its passage in 1993. Current and veteran gay soldiers reveal how “don’t ask, don’t tell” affects them during their tours of duty, as they struggle to maintain a double life, uncertain of whom they can trust. The film also explores how gay veterans and youth organizers are turning to forms of personal activism to overturn the policy. From a national speaking tour of conservative universities to protests at military recruitment offices, these public events question how the U.S. military can claim to represent democracy and freedom while denying one segment of the population the right to serve.

About the Director :

Johnny Symons persistentvisions.com, Director/Producer, is an award-winning Bay Area-based documentary film and videomaker. His film DADDY & PAPA (2002), about the personal, cultural, and political impact of gay men raising kids, premiered at Sundance, won more than 15 major festival awards, aired nationally on PBS' Independent Lens and received a national Emmy nomination for Best Documentary. BEYOND CONCEPTION (2006), his feature documentary about the relationship between a lesbian surrogate and a gay male couple as they conceive and bear a child, premiered at the Florida Film Festival and aired on Discovery Health Channel. Symons is the co-producer of the Academy Award-nominated LONG NIGHT'S JOURNEY INTO DAY (2000), which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. A documentary filmmaker since 1991, Symons graduated with honors from Brown University and has a Master's degree in documentary production from Stanford University. He currently teaches documentary film at both Stanford and

 
The film has won : None



 
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Film: Run
15 min./New Zealand/Docu-Drama/2007

Director – Producer: Mark Albiston – Robin Murphy

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About the film :

A brother and sister conquer their fears by overcoming their differences.

About the Director :

Mark Albiston has twice been awarded special distinction awards at the Cannes Film Festival in France - for family drama Run and 2009's The Six Dollar Fifty Man, which Albiston co-directed with Louis Sutherland. After a stint working in the UK as a producer and director, Albiston returned to New Zealand and launched Sticky Pictures, where he has won awards for innovative programmes about the arts.

 
The film has won :  

Honourable Mention - Official Competition Festival de Cannes 2007
Melbourne International Film Festival 2007
49th International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao 2007
17th Flickerfest Short Film Festival, Australia 2008
58th Berlin International Film Festival, Germany – Generation Kplus 2008

 
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Film: Jashn-e-Azadi
139 min./India/Documentary/2007

Director – Producer: Sanjay Kak

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About the film :

It’s 15th August, India’s Independence day, and the Indian flag ritually goes up at Lal Chowk in the heart of Srinagar, Kashmir. The normally bustling square is eerily empty– a handful of soldiers on parade, some more guarding them, and except for the attendant media crews, no Kashmiris.  For more than a decade, such sullen acts of protest have marked 15th August in Kashmir, and this is the point from where Jashn-e-Azadi begins to explore the many meanings of Freedom–of Azadi–in Kashmir.

About the Director :

Sanjay Kak is an independent documentary film-maker whose recent work reflects his interests in ecology, alternatives and resistance politics.  His films Words on Water (about the struggle against large dams in the Narmada valley in central India), and In the forest hangs a bridge (about the Adi tribe in Arunachal, north-east India, gathering to build a 1000 ft long bridge of cane and bamboo), have been widely screened both in India and abroad. Words on Water (2003) won Best Long Film prize at the Internacional Festival of Environmental Film & Video, Brazil. In the forest hangs a bridge (1999) received the "Golden Lotus" for Best Documentary Film at the 1999 National Film Awards in India. The film also won the "Asian Gaze" Award at the Pusan Short Film Festival, Korea.

 
The film has won :  

Honourable Mention - Official Competition Festival de Cannes 2007
Melbourne International Film Festival 2007
49th International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao 2007
17th Flickerfest Short Film Festival, Australia 2008
58th Berlin International Film Festival, Germany – Generation Kplus 2008

 
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Film: The Corporation
135 min./France/Documentary/2004

Director – Producer: Jennifer Abbot and Mark Achbar - Big Picture Media Corporation

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About the film :

A hundred and fifty years ago, a company was simply an organised way of doing business. This film sets out to define what has become a global power by asking the question: what is an international corporation? From the origins of the “corporate” concept to the current reign of the powerful multinationals, the documentary looks at the rise of the new commercial order, its first blunders and its legal and moral responsibilities. The filmmakers present case studies and interview Nobel prize winners, corporate executives, academics, critics and thinkers: Noam Chomsky, Milton Friedman, Naomi Klein, Michael Moore and others.

About the Director :

Jennifer Abbott is a documentary filmmaker.  cultural activist and editor. In addition to co-directing and editing The Corporation (2003), she has produced, directed and edited a number of documentaries on the food industry and interracial relations.

Mark Achbar has been making films and videos for almost 30 years on subjects such as the nuclear issue, poverty and media control. Achbar made his name with Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992), which he co-directed and co-produced with Peter Wintonick.

 
The film has won :  

The film was honored with 22 international awards and distinctions.

 
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Film: Rebuilding Hope
78 min./USA/Documentary/2009

Director – Producer: Jen Marlowe – Jen Marlowe & Amy Brown

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About the film :

As small children, Gabriel Bol, Koor and Garang fled their villages in Sount Sudan due to civil war.  They grew up in refugee camps and resettled in the USA in 2001.
Gabriel Bol, Koor, and Garang, now in their twenties, emarked on a journey back to Sudan to discover whether their homes and families had survived, what the current situation is in South Sudan, and how they can help their communities rebuild after devasting civil war.  Rebuilding Hope also sheds light on what the future holds for Sudan in its precarious struggle for peace, and stability.

About the Director :

Jen Marlowe, a human rights activist, filmmaker and writer, is the founder of donkey saddle projects. As part of a three-person team, Jen traveled to Northern Darfur and Eastern Chad to make the documentary film Darfur Diaries: Message from Home and wrote the accompanying book Darfur Diaries:Stories of Survival. Jen is currently writing a play and a book about Palestine and Israel. The book is slated to be published by Nation Books in June 2010. Jen serves on the board of directors of Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre. Her writing can be found online at The Nation, Tomdispatch.com and CommonDreams.org.

 
The film has won : None



 
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Film: Ahlaam
110 min./Iraq/UK/Feature Film/2005

Director – Producer: Mohamed Al-Daradji – Mohamed Al-Daradji & Atia Al-Daradji

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About the film :

Scarred Baghdad 2003... confusion, uncertainty and death engulf the bombed ruins of a Psychiatric asylum. Voyeuristically we move between the past and the present of three Iraqi lives entangled by the chaos of the American 'Shock and Awe' campaign..

About the Director :

Mark Albiston has twice been awarded special distinction awards at the Cannes Film Festival in France - for family drama Run and 2009's The Six Dollar Fifty Man, which Albiston co-directed with Louis Sutherland. After a stint working in the UK as a producer and director, Albiston returned to New Zealand and launched Sticky Pictures, where he has won awards for innovative programmes about the arts.

 
The film has won :  

Grand Prix Arte Mare Film Festival in Bastia.France 2006
Top 10 Audience Choice, Rotterdam International Film Festival
Best Film, Gulf Film Festival in Dubai 2008

 
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Film: Stolen Childhood
87 min./ USA/Documentary/2008

Director – Producer: Len Moris

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About the film :

Stolen Childhoods is the first feature documentary on global child labor ever produced. The film features stories of child laborers around the world, told in their own words. Children are shown working in dumps, quarries, brick kilns. One boy has been pressed into forced labor on a fishing platform in the Sea of Sumatra, a fifteen-year-old runaway describes being forced into prostitution on the streets of Mexico City, while a nine-year-old girl picks coffee in Kenya to help her family survive.

About the Director :

Len Moris - Len has produced, directed and edited television documentaries for over twenty years. His films have been syndicated and broadcast on HBO, TNT, PBS and other cable and international networks. His independent production company Galen Films has produced numerous award-winning documentaries. His films are on subjects as diverse as schizophrenia, environmental justice, street children, hunger in Africa, legal aid during the apartheid era in South Africa, the Holocaust and a string of specials on Hollywood . . . film noir, the American Western, Republic Pictures and singing cowboys. Len is a recipient of an Independent Filmmaker Award from the American Film Institute and is a director member of the Directors Guild of America.

 

 
The film has won :  

Won "Best Feature for Children's Advocacy" at the 2005 Artivist Film Festival in Los Angeles.

 
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