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Life After Combat: Back from Iraq

Director: Cecil Wolberton.
A documentary of six friends coming back from a 15 month combat tour in Iraq.

Two For Tuesday! by Kimberly Deisler

  After taking a breath and viewing only movies for two days, the energy here in Santa Barbara is once again building with anticipation for two spectacular events planned for this evening.    At 7:30 tonight the Arlington Theater screens The Road To Fallujah, directed by Mark Manning, this film documents the controversial war in Iraq.  While most films that focus on conflict involving the U.S. Military usually draw opinion and perspective solely from Americans, Fallujah provides an outlet f...

New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival highlights

A rare glimpse into the hidden secrets of Toledo, Spain. A heartbreaking drama about a Tunisian Jewish family in Paris. A poignant portrait of Iraq’s Jewish society. An introduction to a small Jewish community in Mumbai that believe s itself descended from one of the lost tribes of Israel. The story of an Ethiopian Jewish boy who dreams of being the Spike Lee of Israel. These are but a few of the fifteen films from fourteen countries being screened at this year’s gala 13th Annual New York Se...

A COMPLEXION CHANGE, Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, Barack Hussein Obama

A COMPLEXION CHANGE Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009 Barack Hussein Obama My Thoughts on Barack Obama In 2008, history was made when Barack Obama was elected president. This made me feel very proud to be an African American. America has taken a big step in accepting diversity in political leadership roles. By that I mean voting for and electing our first African American president, Barack Obama. Barack Obama is an inspiration to me, because he proved that there can always be change ...

Who's expected at Berlinale Panorama 2009

Catherine Breillat, Michael Winterbottom, Michael Glawogger, Lucía Puenzo, and Philippe LioretShortly before completing our selection for this year’s programme, it has become evident that genuinely independent cinema – in contrast to the independents of the major studios in the early 2000s – is at an advantage due to the economic crisis. In other words: cinema now promises to become more radical and audacious again, and hence more inspiring. This development can be seen not only in a new ...

Slamdance hits 15th with vigor

2009 marks the 15th anniversary of the Slamdance Film Festival, one of the few remaining movie showcases whose sole mission is to nurture, support and introduce truly independent works from first-time filmmakers. This celebratory year takes place in Park City, Utah, January 15 – 23 and will screen about 100 films in total in all genres. However, in what is one of the toughest and most-aggressive competitions among festivals, only 20 features in the narrative and documentary feature categories...

More Iranian film reviews from Budapest

Two War Films, "Cold Tears", 2004, and "Night Bus", 2007. The war between Sadam Hussein's Iraq and the Islamic Republic of Iran lasted nearly a decade, from 1980 to 1988, and was treated as a kind of side-show in the western press, but it was the main event in that part of the world and has provided fodder for countless Iranian films ever since. Two of these were presented in the current survey. Dated 2004 and 2007 these films show that nearly 20 years down the line this war is still far from a ...

The Iranian Film Week in Budapest line up

Ten films by nine directors, veterans and promising newcomers, most of them recent productions, give insight into contemporary Iran at this festival organized in collaboration with the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Hungarian National Film Archive. All films will be screened in the original version with English subtitles and simultaneous Hungarian translation through ear-phones. November 20, 6:30 p.m.So Close So FarThis admirable film changes your ideas about God by showing the ...

Unique Iranian Film Week in Budapest

In conjunction with the Iranian embassy the Örökmogó Filmmuseum, which is the outlet for the Hungarian Film Archive and presents a selection of international films all year round, is presenting a ten film survey here of recent Iranian film productions in what amounts to a mini Iranian film festival. The survey includes two slightly older films from the years 1992 and 1999, but the remainder are all films made after the turn of the millenium, primarily those released since 2004. Ever since t...

Three Blind Mice / Matthew Newton

Three Blind Mice / Matthew Newton With one night left before being shipped off to Iraq, three Navy officers on shore-leave hit the streets of Sydney to celebrate. The dynamic between the three friends is uneasy, and tinged with malice. Sam has more than one reason to be looking for a way out, Dean is anxious to reconnect with his girlfriend and is burdened by some kind of guilt, and Harry is full of attitude and bent on a night of excess.The focus shifts fromhow they r...

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2008 reveals award winners

Sheffield Doc/Fest has confirmed its place as the premier documentary festivals in the UK. This year’s festival saw a record number of 1,545 film submissions, of which 154 were selected: the largest amount of films screened in the festival’s 15 year history.A total of 1,300 delegates travelled to the festival from over 23 countries to attend the festival. There was a total of 140 buyers and 250 speakers this year, held together by over 150 staff members and volunteers.The festival’s succes...

11th RIDM - Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal

11th RIDM (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal)November 13 to 23 2008 The 11th edition of the RIDM (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal) will take place from November 13 to 23. A program of more than 100 films from thirty countries, a long list of special events and the 4th edition of Doc Circuit Montreal - the documentary marketplace, will take over the city. The RIDM is pleased to welcome Madame Louise Beaudoin as spokesperson for the 11th edition of the f...

Blue Planet Green Planet theme of the UNAFF 2008

UNAFF 2008 Program Schedule BLUE PLANET GREEN PLANET   SUNDAY October 19 Palo Alto, Aquarius Theatre 430 Emerson Street Opening Night sponsored by Evvia I session: 7:00 PM Opening words by Mayor of Palo Alto Larry Klein 7:15 PM DISAPPEARING FROGS (USA) 7:30 PM GALAPAGOS EVOLVING (Ecuador/USA) 7:45 PM FLOW: FOR LOVE OF WATER (Bolivia/Canada/France/India/USA) co-presented with San Francisco International Film Festival            MONDAY October 20 ...

The 11th United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF): the mission

The 11th United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF), originally conceived to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was created with the help of members of the Stanford Film Society and United Nations Association Midpeninsula Chapter, a grassroots, community-based, nonprofit organization, and has continued to grow ever since. The 11th UNAFF will be held from October 19-26, 2008 at Stanford University including screenings in Palo...

Films with a political or socially conscious pulse at DOCLISBOA

“The Whole World Fits in Lisbon” is the rallying cry of Doclisboa’s sixth annual blitz of international documentaries that rains down on the Portuguese capital October 16-26. Rousing words indeed for Lisbon audiences who, still hungover from Portugal’s Age of Discovery, crave global stories that the inward-looking media tends to eschew.And that’s the big seduction of the country’s sole festival dedicated to nonfiction films. In its short trackrecord, Doclisboa has cultivated a public...

United Nations Association Film Festival themes Blue Planet Green Planet

UNAFF 2008 Program Schedule BLUE PLANET GREEN PLANETSUNDAY October 19 I Palo Alto, Aquarius Theatre430 Emerson StreetOpening Night sponsored by EvviaI session:7:00 PM Opening words by Mayor of Palo Alto Larry Klein7:15 PM DISAPPEARING FROGS (USA)7:30 PM GALAPAGOS EVOLVING (Ecuador/USA) 7:45 PM FLOW: FOR LOVE OF WATER (Bolivia/Canada/France/India/USA) co-presented with San Francisco International Film Festival MONDAY October 20 I San Francisco, Roxie Cinema3117 16th Street II sessi...

Early Review: The Lucky Ones

This isn't your average road trip buddy movie. In the wake the of Iraq War, The Lucky Ones tell a story from a fictional perspective about three injured soliders that return home after their tour from Iraq. Cheever (Tim Robbins) finds himself in a compromising situation when there is an unexpected blackout at the airport. All of the flights are cancelled. He runs into TK (Michael Pena) who is looking to go to Las Vegas to meet with a medical pofessional for an embarrassing injury that he...

Palo Alto - United Nations Association Film Festival Higlights

Founded in 1998 by Jasmina Bojic, film critic and educator, United Nations Association Film Festival is an international documentary film festival originally established as a collaborative project between the UNA Mid Peninsula chapter and the Stanford Film Society in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.United Nations Association Film Festival screens documentaries dealing with topics such as human rights, environment, women's issues, ...

NEW YORK: ROOFTOP FILMS – Alternative community focused exhibition

As the organization’s name indicates, its programs are not shown in traditional theaters, multiplexes or drive in venues.  They are screened  in public venues be it rooftops,  lawns, parks, factories, or piers  and cover feature films, documentaries and shorts, normally not accessible to the audience served.  Rooftop Films was established in New York in 1997 showing one film only and has grown since into a multifaceted enterprise which screened in 2008 18 feature films and 150 shorts. The...

NY: Rooftop Films – Alternative community focused exhibition

As the organization’s name indicates, its programs are not shown in traditional theaters, multiplexes or drive in venues. They are screened in public venues be it rooftops, lawns, parks, factories, or piers and cover feature films, documentaries and shorts, normally not accessible to the audience served. Rooftop Films was established in New York in 1997 showing one film only and has grown since into a multifaceted enterprise which screened in 2008 18 feature films and 150 shorts. These pr...

Sheffield International Docu Film Fest announces line up

Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival (Doc/Fest) is delighted to announce the film line-up for 2008. The acclaimed festival, which runs from 5-9 November, will boast more than 100 films from the hottest directors from around the world.This year, the festival will embrace the excitement of the US presidential elections with a series of films on Regime Change: documentaries that explore the effects of a shift of power. Following on from the success of last year, Doc/Fest 08 will also ...

European Film Awards - The Selection has 44 titles

 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2008in alphabetical order (please note that articles (a, the/le, la/el, il, etc) are ignored)3 DIAS (Before the Fall), Spaindirected by Francisco Javier Gutierrezwritten by Juan Velarde & F. Javier Gutierrezproduced by Maestranza Films, Green Moon Prod., PentagramaSynopsis: What would you do if the world was going to end in 72 hours? What would your neighbours, your family, the whole world do? The Secretary General of the Council of Nations has announced that a giganti...

Thessaloniki Spotlight on Middle East

The main Spotlight of the 49th edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival centers on the current cinema of the Middle East. The Middle Eastern region, tantamount to political, religious and social struggles, lies in close geographical proximity to Greece and possesses vital contemporary political significance. It exhibits a cinematic diversity that creates portraits of many distinct histories, identities and conflicts and it is now more than ever revealing its issues and sentiments ...

Moondance Film Festival returns to Boulder after a two-year stint in Hollywood

The Moondance International Film Festival -- which runs Friday through Monday at the Chautauqua Community House and Boulder Shambhala Meditation Center -- is not your typical Hollywood film festival. Dedicated to movies showcasing nonviolent conflict resolution, the fest, which is expected to draw a crowd of more than 2,000 film fanatics, features nearly 100 films, including dramas and documentaries concerning immigration, Iraqi cab drivers, eating disorders, the Lost Boys of Sudan and the assas...

Mexico – Expresion en Corto, 2008 edition wrapped

A scarcity of Mexican production and the absence of exhibition platforms prompted Sarah Hoch Delong to establish the festival Expresion en Corto eleven years ago which she has helmed ever since. As a publicly funded film festival, Expresion en Corto had a primary focus on short films. By 2008 it has morphed into one of the most important Latin American fests offering a comprehensive program with productions drawn from seventy countries. Several features distinguish Expresion en Corto. For once ...


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