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7 Islands Film Festival - 2011

Film

Breaker Morant

Director

Bruce Beresford

              
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About The Film

The film tells true story of Lieutenant Harry (Breaker) Morant in the Boer War in South Africa, which has deteriorated into a bitter guerrilla war.  His Australian Unit, the Bushveldt Carbineers, are ordered by the British High Command to fight the Boers and to “take no prisoners”.

            In revenge over the death and mutilation of his friend during a Boer ambush, Morant’s Unit captures and then executes prisoners – an act which leads to ….

About The Director

            Bruce Beresford was born in Australia and graduated from Sydney University in 1962. He served as Film Officer for the British Film Institute Production Board from 1966-1971 and as a Film Advisor to the Arts Council of Great Britain. Beresford has also directed several operas including Girl Of The Golden West (Puccini), staged for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston and Spoleto (Italy) and Elektra (Strauss), which was staged for the State Opera Company of South Australia and performed in Adelaide and Melbourne. It won the Award for Best Opera Production of 1991. Immediately prior to starting production on PARADISE ROAD, Beresford directed SWEENEY TODD for the Portland Opera in Oregon.

The Film Has Won

  • Winner – Best Supporting Actor – Cannes
  • Winner – 10th Australian Film Industry Awards
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Beating The Bomb

Director

Meera Patel & Wolfgang Matt

South Bank

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About The Film

 

Beating the Bomb is a documentary charting the history of the British peace movement against the backdrop of the atomic age, framing the nuclear weapons issue within the wider context of global justice.

About The Director

Meera Patel  -           She studied film at the London INterantional Film School; and then studied further to gain a degree as a chartered accountant.  She has directed a short film called “Aldermaston – 50 years on “.  Beating the Bomb is her first feature length documentary.

Wolfgang Matt   -     He has worked as a freelance in television documentary for over five years.  He has directed a slate of short documentaries.  Beating the Bomb is his first feature length documentary.

The Film Has participated In        

  • Activist Film Festival (USA)
  • Leeds Film Festival (U. K.)
  • Globians Documentary Film Festival, Stuggart (Germany)
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Film

A Valley Rises

Director

Ali Kazimi

photo: Medha Patkar, Activist

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About The Film

Narmada: A Valley Rises is beautifully photographed, inspiring film. It documents a 200 kilometre non-violent Gandhian march involving 6000 participants. The film offers a compelling and intimate portrait of a unique movement while raises critical and universal issues of human-rights, social justice, and development within a democracy.

About The Director

Ali Kazimi is an award winning filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada.  Kazimi's films have been screened in festivals around the world, broadcast nationally and internationally. As a cinematographer, in addition to shooting his own films, Kazimi has photographed several acclaimed and award

The Film Has Won

  • Best of Festival Award & Environmental Justice Award, Third International Environmental Film Festival, South Africa, 1997
  • Silver Conch & the International Critics' Award, Mumbai International Film Festival (formerly Bombay IFF), India, 1996
  • Finalist - Best Feature Documentary, Genie Award (Canadian Academy Award), 1995
  • Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival, United States, 1995
  • Gold Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival, United States, 1995
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Film

The Garden At The End Of The World

Director

Gary Caganoff

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About The Film

The Garden at the End of the World is a confronting film on Afghanistan illustrating the tragic consequences of war, and the widespread hunger, homelessness and lawlessness that it causes.
The film, by award winning Australian filmmaker Gary Caganoff, portrays the lives of the hardest hit, the widows and orphans, who number in tens of thousands, following two remarkable Australian women; humanitarian, Mahboba Rawi, and internationally recognized permaculturalist Rosemary Morrow, who offer alternatives to the ‘reconstruction’ efforts that have not worked.
Through these two remarkable women Caganoff elicits stories and images of Afghanistan rarely seen before. Neither sentimental nor sensational the film is remarkable, reaching into the depths and complexities of war torn Afghanistan

About The Director

Always focusing on the emotional and contentious issues of the environment and social justice, Gary’s films explore individual and cultural experiences of ‘sense of place’. They are very much grounded in his knowledge and experiences of Ecopsychology, Transpersonal Psychology and Social Ecology. Gary is a pioneer of the single camera technique. For 20 years he has made films for some of Australia’s highest profiled environmental organizations, however it is his own productions that have made him known around the world.

The Film Has Won

SIGNI & WACC Human Rights Awards, 2010

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Guns & Greed

Director

Robert Richter

Martin Sheen

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About The Film

Sweatshops, World Bank and IMF policies are linked to the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA). Powerful statements from Students against Sweatshops, labor leaders, veterans and church people participating in protests at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia and at a Washington DC protest of World Bank and IMF policies.

About The Director

Robert Richter produces, Executive Produces, directs, writes and distributes documentaries on the human dimensions of the vital issues of our time, issues often ignored by mainstream media.   With passionate dedication he has dealt with tough controversies, risking his career and sometimes his life as his hard hitting documentaries investigate governments, international agencies and corporations.   His documentaries have been telecast in prime time on HBO, PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, TBS, Discovery, BBC and many other major overseas television outlets.   Richter has been a judge at film festivals in the US, Europe and mid-East. Colleges, high schools, community groups, libraries, churches, festivals and theaters all over the U.S. screen his productions. He has been a guest speaker at over 50 different colleges and a jury member at US and international festivals.

The Film Has Won

Oscar short listed for best documentary producer  /  director  /  writer and many prestigious awards

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The Authority

Director

Xavi Sala

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About The Film

A Spanish – Moroccan family that is going out on vacation is stopped by the police.  After the humiliating search, things will never be the same.

About The Director

Xavi Sala was born in Alcant (Spain) and has a university degree in Communications.  He has written screenplays for feature films, worked as screenwriter in popular TV series & shows, organised screenplay for labs for students and also directed 7 short films which also won awards.

The Film Has Won

  • Certamen De Cortometrajes Por La Paz De Jimena De San Pablo De Buceite, Spain  -  2nd Prize for Best Short Film
  • Certamen Cinemalaga, Spain  -  Best Direction & Nomination for Best Actress
  • Videoconcorso “Francesco Pasinetti”, Italy  -  Special Jury Mention
  • 20 Min / Max Short Film Festival, Germany  -  Best International Short Film
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Satya – A Prayer For The Enemy

Director

Ellen Bruno

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About The Film

Since the Chinese occupation of Tibet, more than one million Tibetans have been tortured, executed or starved to death for their role in demonstrations against the Chinese occupation.  Tibetan nuns have fearlessly staged demonstrations for independence. Countless nuns have been imprisoned and tortured for shouting slogans, criticizing the Chinese state in conversations with foreigners, possessing posters which call for Tibetan independence, or hoisting the Tibetan flag. The treatment they receive as political prisoners is brutal.  In a deeply personal and lyrical style, Satya: A Prayer for the Enemy focuses on the testimonies of these nuns, revealing continued religious oppression and human rights abuses in occupied Tibet. For over forty years the Tibetans have adhered to the principles of nonviolent social change. Satya seeks to understand the basis and inspiration for this choice of nonviolence, and the spiritual principles that influence their understanding of the enemy.

About The Director

Bruno began her relief efforts more than 25 years ago in Mexico, working in remote Mayan villages. Since then she worked in refugee camps on the Thai-Cambodian border, as field coordinator for the International Rescue Committee, she served for four years as director of the Cambodian Women's Project for the American Friends Service Committee. She has been a hospice worker for the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, providing bedside assistance for people dying of AIDS and cancer.

The Film Has Won

  • Best of Festival - National Educational Film Festival
  • Best Documentary, Bay Area - San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Best Documentary - Atlanta Film Festival
  • Best Film for Juvenile Audiences - Film Festival of Youth, Germany
  • Silver Award - St. Petersburg International Film Festival,  Russia
  • Best Documentary - Silence Elles Tournent, Montreal

Film

Niyamgiri : You Are Still Alive

Director

Suma Josson

About The Film

Niyamgiri Hills situated in Orissa is home to indigenous groups who are dependent on it for their livelihood.  UK mining company Vedanta, its Indian arm Sterlite, wants to extract bauxite from Niyamgiri, most of which is in reserved forest.  Mining on Niyamgiri will destroy its rich biodiversity and wildlife. It is also the source of two rivers Bansadhara and Nagaballi. The refinery consumes 30,000 cu.mtrs. of water per day severely affecting the ecological systems and the communities. The toxic waste material from the refinery pollutes air, ground and water.  Since 2003 different groups have mobilized to fight Vedanta

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About The Director

Born in Kerala, Suma Josson graduated in English Lit. from the College of St.Teresa, Minnesota, U.S.A. Having begun her career as a journalist, she switched over to the visual medium. Since then she has made two feature films ‘Janmadinam’ and ‘Saree’ and many documentary films on a wide range of issues. 

The Film Has Won

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A Story Without Words

Director

Carronco / Carrasco

About The Film

Poli is deaf and he needs to know what happened in the Spanish Civil War.  His grandfather could help him but he is in the hospital and he just can move an arm.  A Chess set will be the only way to show Poli the true of that war.

About The Director

The Film Has Won

Gaztebideo Festival Amateur De Vídeo Juvenil De Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain)  -  Best Screenplay & Audience Award

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Lives To Death

Director

Changfu Zhang

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About The Film

This film mainly documented various living honour scenes before the Memorial of victims killed by 2002 bombings in the island of paradise bali
On the night of October 12, 2002, twice bombings by three terrorists killed more than 200 persons from 22 countries when they were being Happy in nightclubs of Heaven Island – Bali, Indonesia.  These full names of every victims were sculptured on a black statue as eternal memorial.  Every day and night many sightseers from different nations pay tribute to these sufferers who should have taken pleasures in this island of God. 
This film captures natural performances of diverse races before the monument, bombing locations and artistics scenes of praying, sunset of kuta beach …. In Bali.

About The Director

Changfu Zhang, was born in a state running farm in mainland China in 1974. Admitted in Beijing Film Academy in 1995, after graduating in 1997 working as a Freelancer and independent film maker for China major TV stations, emerging media production companies and independent film projects mainly in Beijing.  Since 2003, travel living in Jakarta, Indonesia.  In 2006 created independent film production house based digital camera and Apple’s Final cut studio, which focuses on creative documentaries.

The Film Has Participated In

Presented in 32nd Festival / 25th Market of International Short Film Festival, Clermont, Ferrand, 2010

Film

The Good Soldier

Director

Michael Uys & Lexy Lovell

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About The Film

The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion is a 1915 novel by English novelist Ford Madox Ford. It is set just before World War I and chronicles the tragedies of the lives of two seemingly perfect couples. The novel is told using a series of flashbacks in non-chronological order, a literary technique pioneered by Ford. It also makes use of the device of the unreliable narrator, as the main character gradually reveals a version of events that is quite different from what the introduction leads you to believe. The novel was loosely based on two incidents of adultery and on Ford's messy personal life.

About The Director

Lexy Lovell :  Before Riding the Rails, Lexy Lovell produced and directed an acclaimed short, Getting Ready for Later, which aired on the UK’s Channel 4, won the Silver Hugo from the Chicago Film Festival and Honors from the National Council on Family Relations. Highlights of her work include the NOVA Science Series-Sail Wars, independent productions such as JB Jackson: Figure in a Landscape, An Armenian Journey, The Good Fight, and Confessions of a Suburban Girl.

Michael Uys :  In addition to Riding the Rails, Michael Uys (pronounced "ace") has also produced and directed several films including Pete Seeger and Billy Bragg: Songs of Protest and Empire, which won Best of the Festival at Banff, Best Humor Award at the Tell u ride Festival of Mountain Films, the Silver Edelweiss Award (Torello, Spain), and Jury Awards at the New York Expo. He has also directed and produced a series of documentaries for Lifetime and directed several episodes of Art Star for Gallery Television. Uys graduated cum laude with a double major in Film and Journalism from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

The Film Has Won

  • Emmy Award (2010)
  • Maysle Brothers Best Documentary (2009)
  • Hearts & Minds Film Festival - Director’s Award (2009)
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Hungry For Profit

Director

Robert Richter

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About The Film

Filmed on five continents, this provocative documentary takes a close look at the global agribusiness system, which is turning the world's food supply into a global supermarket, buying food at the lowest prices—seemingly regardless of the effect on small farmers and local populations—and selling it at the highest price and the greatest profit whenever possible.

About The Director

Robert Richter produces, Executive Produces, directs, writes and distributes documentaries on the human dimensions of the vital issues of our time, issues often ignored by mainstream media.  With passionate dedication he has dealt with tough controversies, risking his career and sometimes his life as his hard hitting documentaries investigate governments, international agencies and corporations.   His documentaries have been telecast in prime time on HBO, PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, TBS, Discovery, BBC and many other major overseas television outlets.  Richter has been a judge at film festivals in the US, Europe and mid-East.
Colleges, high schools, community groups, libraries, churches, festivals and theaters all over the U.S. screen his productions. He has been a guest speaker at over 50 different colleges and a jury member at US and international festivals.

The Film Has Won

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Heart of Stone

Director

Beth Kruvant

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About The Film

Before 1960 Weequahic High School (WHS) was known as one of the top schools in America.  By 2000 it was one of the most violent schools in the 12th most dangerous city in the country. Heart of Stone is the true story of Weequahic High School's quest to return to its former glory.  When Ron Stone took over as principal in 2001, gangs ruled the school.  Crime and shootings were commonplace and during his first month on the job he watched students engage in a mass brawl in every hallway. Stone knew his work was cut out for him and devised an unconventional plan to realize his vision of turning the school around.  He started by working with the gangs and establishing the school as a no-violence zone. He then partnered with the committed alumni association -- comprised of mostly older Jewish and younger African American alums -- to raise funds for programs and college scholarships that helped transform the gang culture of the school to one of discipline and performance.  At Weequahic High School, where Philip Roth immortalized his Newark, NJ as a turn of the century Camelot, we watch an unusual tale unfold where past meets present and adolescents strive to overcome adversity.

About The Director

This is Beth Kruvant’s third documentary.  Her 1st film, “Born in Buenos Aires” is about the Argentine Jewish community during the political and fiscal crisis of 2001.  The film Heart of Stone is Beth’s bebut feature and it has also won a string of awards since it premier.

The Film Has Won

  • Audience Award          -           Slamdance Film Festival
  • Jury Award for Best Documentary                 -           Cinequest  Film Festival
  • Best Feature Film            -           Philadelphia Film Festival

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Gallipoli

Director

Peter Weir

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About The Film

Gallipoli is a story, of a group of young Australian men who leave their various backgrounds behind and sign up to join the ANZACs in World War I. They are sent to Gallipoli, where they encounter the might of the Turkish army.

About The Director

Peter Lindsay Weir; born August 8, 1944, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.   An Australian Director, writer, producer.   His Famous Works are Count Vim's Last Exercise (short film), 1967,  The Life and Times of the Reverend Buck Shotte (short film), 1968,  Homesdale (short film), 1971,  "Michael," Three to Go, Australian Commonwealth Film Unit, 1971,   Incredible Floridas (short film), 1972,   Whatever Happened to Green Valley? (short film), 1973,  The Cars That Ate Paris (also known as Cars and Cars That Eat People), Salt-Pan Films, 1974,  Picnic at Hanging Rock, Atlantic Releasing, 1975,  The Last Wave, World Northal, 1978,  Gallipoli, Paramount, 1981

The Film Has Won

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Five Days To Change The World

Director

Robert Richter

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About The Film

This moving documentary focuses on a group of student activists attending the world's largest peace conference—the 1999 Hague Appeal for Peace and Justice—as they rebel against conference procedures and create their own agenda for peace in the 21st century.   Activists, young and old, devise concrete steps aimed at ending the use of child soldiers, land mines, the trade in small arms, nuclear weapons, establishing a permanent international criminal court, peace education, expanding the role of women in the peace process, and reducing debt by poor countries. Archival footage places these issues in historic context.

About The Director

Robert Richter produces, Executive Produces, directs, writes and distributes documentaries on the human dimensions of the vital issues of our time, issues often ignored by mainstream media.   With passionate dedication he has dealt with tough controversies, risking his career and sometimes his life as his hard hitting documentaries investigate governments, international agencies and corporations.  His documentaries have been telecast in prime time on HBO, PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, TBS, Discovery, BBC and many other major overseas television outlets.  Richter has been a judge at film festivals in the US, Europe and mid-East.
Colleges, high schools, community groups, libraries, churches, festivals and theaters all over the U.S. screen his productions. He has been a guest speaker at over 50 different colleges and a jury member at US and international festivals.

The Film Has Won

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Shelter In Place

Director

Zed Nelson & Hannah Patterson

Shelter in Place

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About The Film

A compelling portrait of a community living on the fence line of big industry in Texas. Civil rights, environmental pollution and a battle against corporate power...

About The Director

Zed Nelson, is an internationally renowned photojournalist turned-film-maker who has won numerous documentary photography awards. He has photographed and written features for the Observer Magazine, the Sunday Times magazine and TIME magazine.  From the war in Sierra Leone, to back-stage with the Rolling Stones, Zed's work is challenging and diverse, but always about people and the world we have made for ourselves. 'Gun Nation' – a disturbing reflection on America's deadly love affair with the gun – is one of his best-known projects to date.

The Film Has Won

BRITDOC Short Pitch Award

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Disarm

Director

Mary Wareham & Brian Liu

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About The Film

            In their independent documentary film Disarm, filmmakers Mary Wareham (Next Step Productions) and Brian Liu (Toolbox DC) present a contemporary and provocative view of the forces challenging the achievement of a landmine-free world. Looking beyond mines, Disarm offers a contemporary, intelligent and critical investigation into how weapons systems, war, and the way it is waged are being redefined in the twenty-first century with devastating consequences.

About The Director

Mary Wareham, Executive Producer/Director
New Zealander Mary Wareham, 34 years, has worked for Human Rights Watch since 1998, serving as Global Research Coordinator of the highly acclaimed Landmine Monitor initiative of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate. In addition to directing a far-flung network of 110 researchers in 90 countries, Mary is engaged in the film in her personal capacity with complete editorial and financial independence, establishing a separate non-profit, Next Step Productions, to produce the film.

Brian Liu, Director/Director of Photography
Brian Liu, 34 years, has over a decade of experience as a creative director, designer and photojournalist with published work in a wide range of publications from The New York Times to Rolling Stone Magazine, and has done documentary photography assignments for clients including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Peace Corps, and Icelandair; and more recently DV documentary filmmaking for various independent productions.

The Film Has Won

  • v Jackson Hole Film Festival, Wyoming (2006)
  • Newport Beach Film Festival, California (2006)
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Montana (2006) FINALIST

Film

Cluster Bombs Banned In New Zealand

Director

Mary Wareham

About The Film

ClusterBombstells the unique story of New Zealand's central role in the global movement to ban cluster bombs and stop civilian harm caused by this weapon. Through the personal testimonies of a deminer, a diplomat, an activist, and two politicians, this film explores the humanitarian impact of cluster bombs, the fruitless efforts to tackle its use through the United Nations, and the unconventional and risky diplomatic venture that led to the creation of the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. Set in the New Zealand capital of Wellington, Cluster Bombs shows how cooperation and steadfast determination can overcome barriers such as distance and size when pressing humanitarian threats present themselves.

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About The Director

New Zealander Mary Wareham, 34 years, has worked for Human Rights Watch since 1998, serving as Global Research Coordinator of the highly acclaimed Landmine Monitor initiative of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate. In addition to directing a far-flung network of 110 researchers in 90 countries, Mary serves as production manager for the initiative, which has produced six annual global reports since 1999 on a budget of approximately $1.5 million per report. Disarm is not, however, a film by ICBL or Human Rights Watch and Mary is engaged in the film in her personal capacity with complete editorial and financial independence, establishing a separate non-profit, Next Step Productions, to produce the film.

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Men Are Human - Women Are Buffalo

Director

Joanne Hershfield

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About The Film

A country that is promoted to western tourists as a fairytale land of beautiful beaches, pristine countryside, and cheap vacations, Thailand is also one of the developing countries with the highest incidence of violence against women : approximately 44% of women have suffered sexual, physical or emotional abuse by a partner or a stranger.  In Men Are Human – Women Are Buffalo, five women share their personal stories of abuse.  One woman is the head nurse at a large hospital in Bangkok.  Another is a successful business woman who owns a number of restaurants and other businesses.  Three younger women recount their experiences of rape and violent relationships.  Their stories are sensitively enacted through a series of puppet plays inspired by traditional Thai puppet theatre.

About The Director

Joanne Hershfield is Chair of the Curriculum in Women's Studies at the University of Chapel Hill at North Carolina. She has worked in film and video for over twenty years producing and directing award-winning social & cultural documentaries.

The Film Has Won

  • 4th Film Festival for Women's Rights Fiwom, 2010
  • The 5th Anniversary of GiRL FeST Hawaii, 2008
  • Non Violence International Film Festival
  • The Princess Cinema, 2008
  • Austin Woman's Film,Music & Literary Festival, 2008
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Film

Learning In Exile

Director

Aprajita Sarcar (Co-director: Azam & Akbar)

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About The Film

Tibet is a way of living.  A civilisation with an expiry date.  Fifty years of exile has also produced a culture, coloured by its context, India.  The exile life has seen a set of learning's for the guest and the host.   As there is no immediate solution insight for the Tibetian case, we have a peculiar situation of being born as an alien at home.   Since India does not recognise refugee as a status.  So the centre theme is how a Tibetian negotiates with this loss in the realm of the everyday, routine life.  The Dalai Lama becomes a metaphor, to delve deeper into this existential crises. Mostly based on interviews with young TIbetians from Dharamsala and Majnu Ka Tila in Delhi, the film tries to capture the dilemmas of being Tibetian in India, today.

About The Director

Aprajita Sarcar has been a campaigner for the Delhi chapter of the Friends of Tibet (India).  Akbar Quadri is a cinematographer, from Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and passed out in 2006.  Azam Quadri has written several plays and stories in Hindi.   This is their first attempt at making a documentary on Tibetian in exile.

The Film Has Won

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Thank You Skinhead Girl

Director

Sharon Woodward

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About The Film

Thank You Skinhead Girl is a documentary which explores the filmmakers experience of being in care and becoming a skinhead girl during the late 70's early 80's.  It gives insight into a sub-youth culture that has been one of the most misunderstood, of all the youth groups. The film shows the historical rise of the skinhead movement, the fashion, music and the gang structure in Oxfordshire UK at the time.  Through the voice of the filmmaker we are taken into the personal reflections of that time, which shows a working class girl finding refuge within the skinhead movement. A place where she grew, survived, thrived and eventually learnt a very hard, uncomfortable lesson through violence.

About The Director

Sharon Woodward is an award winning freelance independent filmmaker, Project Manager and Media Lecturer. She trained at Newport Film School, The National Film and Television School and in the cutting rooms of BBC Wales and Tyne Tees Television. From 2003 - 2010 Sharon specialised in media projects and workshops with young people with physical and learning disabilities and has level 2 British Sign Language. She now teaches adults documentary at Film Oxford (OFVM) and runs a number of video drama projects in schools.

The Film Has Won

  • Best Documentary - 8th International Short Film Festival Balchik, Bulgaria, 2010
  • Nominated 'Best Film' Portobello Film Festival, 2009

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I Want My Father Back

Director

Suma Jasson

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About The Film

“I Want My Father Back" - examines the crisis small farmers in India face as a result of globalization and government apathy. For the past ten years farmers have been committing suicide in Vidarbha, Maharashtra, as in many other parts of India. The main act of this tragedy started in mid 60's with the introduction of the Green Revolution. Earlier, farmers saved their own seeds and practiced organic farming. The money they invested on their farms was very little. But with Green Revolution farmers were asked to buy seeds, fertilizers and pesticides, forcing them to borrow, mostly from private money lenders at exorbitant interest rates. With every farming season their debt increased and over the course of years it led to a loan trap. The second phase of this tragic situation can be directly attributed to 'globalization'. Under the WTO (World Trade Organization) regime, which favors wealthy industrialized countries, the Indian government has eliminated or reduced its support to farmers, while Indian agriculture is invaded by multinationals. The introduction of BT cotton has created havoc in Vidarbha. The cost of these seeds is exorbitant and, contrary to the claims of the seller (Monsanto), the yields have fallen and the level of pesticide use has not dropped. The film raises these issues through interviews with ordinary farmers and activists and traces the lives of some of the farm families affected by suicides within the family

About The Director

Born in Kerala, Suma Josson graduated in English Lit. from the College of St.Teresa, Minnesota, U.S.A. Having begun her career as a journalist, she switched over to the visual medium. Since then she has made two feature films ‘Janmadinam’ and ‘Saree’ and many documentary films on a wide range of issues. 

The Film Has Won

  • Won the first prize at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival, 2008
  • Won the first prize at the Karimnagar Film Festival, 2009

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Original Child Bomb

Director

Carey Schonegevel McKenzie

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About The Film

‘Original Child Bomb’ is a film about the effects of nuclear weapons on humanity. McKenzie crafts the film with poetry, historical facts, film and video archive, current footage and animation. One thing that stood out for me was how at the start of the film McKenzie sets up life in Japan as ordinary, as if it could be life anywhere else in the world. With piano music and archive footage and without any narration for the first ten minutes of the film, she shows ordinary Japanese life with people in the city and in the countryside going to work, going to school, exercising, working in the fields, preparing meals. It’s a successful example of the filmmakers’ maxim “show, don’t tell”. And I could watch that opening scene again, it’s poetic and moving. It’s also ominous because the viewer sees the enemy plane approaching as the Japanese go about their ordinary life, oblivious to the destruction that is about to befall them. The opening alone says so much to me. It works for me, I hope it works for you.

About The Director

Carey McKenzie is a filmmaker from South Africa. She is on a fellowship in Berlin at the moment (June 2008), living out of a suitcase.

The Film Has Won

  • Silverdocs (2004) - Winner - Dramatic Competition
  • Human Rights Nights (2005) – Winner for Top Prize Bologna, Italy
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Tumbler

Director

Marc Gracie

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About The Film

Two men, lost in the Australian desert, or are they? Hurtle, a tough Aussie bloke and ex-con, and Tahir, a soft-spoken, Afghani-Australian, are near death as they stumble across Jen, a headstrong American soldier stationed alone on a remote military base. In good faith, and against regulations, Jen offers to help Tahir and Hurtle. But when Tahir drops a GPS Unit from his pocket, it becomes clear that they’re not lost, they’re exactly where they planned to be.

About The Director

Marc Gracie's career in the entertainment industry was launched over 15 years ago directing Australia's highest box office grossing, non-musical stage show, Wogs Out of Work. In that time, he has created more than 200 hours of film and television. He has directed, produced and marketed scripted and live film & television projects.  His feature film credits include The Craic starring Jimeoin McKeown and Take Away starring Vince Colosimo, Stephen Curry and Rose Byrne. His teen feature You and Your Stupid Mate went into wide release in Australia in May 2004.  Gracie's TV credits include the series Sit Down, Shut Up; Surprise Surprise Gotcha! (Nine Network); Shock Jock (Foxtel); Jimeoin's Tea Towel Tour of Ireland (Network Ten); Full Frontal (Network Ten); The Adventures of Lano & Woodley (ABC); and Comic Relief 1 & 2 (Networks Nine & Seven). Sit Down, Shut Up's format has recently been revived in the United States by the Fox Network as a primetime animation series.

The Film Has Won

  • Winner Best Screenplay           -           Victorian Premiere Literary Awards
  • Nominated Best Screenplay   -           Queen’s land Premiere Awards
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