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FROM ON HIGH to play Macedonia with Asterfest!

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FROM ON HIGH has been selected to Asterfest in Strumica, Macedonia for July 26-28, 2019. FROM ON HIGH has now been accepted to 50 festivals and has won 12 awards, in Italy (8), Brazil, the UK, France and the USA. The film tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It was written/helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle. Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona shot and edited on location in the province of Catalunya, S...

New Hollywood Festival - World Freedom is focus

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Please do what you can to promote freedom in this troubled world!  We are holding our first film festival in the heart of west Hollywood, CA.  submit your film. Tell us your stories.  Fight for freedom everywhere. ...

FROM ON HIGH wins TWO awards at Carpine d'Argento Cortifestival!

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FROM ON HIGH has won two honors at the 2018 Carpine d'Argento Cortifestival in Visciano, Italy. Ahead of the fest, which runs June 29-July 1, 2018, director/producer Dawn Westlake was contacted that her DP/Editor, Pol Carrizo Vilarroig, had won the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY award. The film itself also won a Third Place prize. FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. It marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve S...

Half a Million Public Enemies

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After the War - Half a Million Public Enemies.

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Half a Million Public Enemies

Director: Daniel Burkholz.

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In 1950, when the Cold War had started, the West German government planned the building of a new army. This project caused huge protests among the war tired population. The government considered the protesters to be public enemies. About 500.000 men, women and children were affected by political persecution, which often was carried out by police men, public prosecutors and judges, who had already been on duty during the Nazi Time. Many activists were thrown into prison, partly for a very long time. Finally the whole political movement was smashed down by a persecution unprecedented in western democracies.

Ecologico International Film Festival

The Ecologico International Film Festival (EIFF) promote, through cinema, a reflection on contemporary society. It does this through film screenings, meetings with prominent personalities of culture and debates with the public. We do not suggest solutions, we simply stimulate change through individual awareness. We believe that the cultural development contributes to the creation of new opportunities for social and economic development for the people and the land, respectful of the rights of man and the environment.
 
The competition is open to movies dealing the following themes: Environment / Anthropology / Religious, ethnic, cultural cohabitation / Democracy / Diaspora / Human Rights / Diversity / Economics / War / Integration / Landscape / Equal Opportunity / Participation / Racism / Popular Traditions.
 
 

The heat is on

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I don't know what's more uncomfortable - the balmy 30 Celsius in winter and uncertainty after the banning of the opening film at DIFF. The organisers will appeal the banning at the Constitutional Court, but I can't stop myself from thinking what's next. I attended two screenings on Day 2. In previous years I had never thought of interference from anybody in the choice of films screened , and now I can't help thinking that almost 90% of the...

Democracy Is ...

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The film "Democracy is ..." by Tino Schwanemann is a controversy on democracy. Is our society really democratic? Can everyone be part of it? Or is the act of being part in democracy dependent to the access on technology, progression or any resources of information, as philosophers like Paul Virilio or Jean Baudrillard already claimed? The film is an inventory of our surrounding reality and its goal is to initiate discussions on democracy. This is the winner film of Gesellschafte...

XXIV. Black International Cinema Berlin 2009 - Conversation with Sarah Diehl, PART 1 and 2

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XXIV. Black International Cinema Berlin 2009 May 7-10 Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall) John-F.-Kennedy Platz 10825 Berlin http://www.black-international-cinema.com/BIC09/bic_09.htm Conversation with Sarah Diehl, filmmaker AWARD Best film/video by a German filmmaker or a filmmaker residing in Germany ABORTION DEMOCRACY - POLAND/SOUTH AFRICA Director: Sarah Diehl, Germany 2008 Moderator: Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith co-founder...

GOD NO SAY SO

Director: Brigitte Uttar KORNETZKY.
GOD NO SAY SO Sierra Leone 2009 Brigitte Uttar Kornetzky Director, Editor, DOP After 11 years of a war they did not understand, rife with horrible war crimes, Sierra Leoneans live fraternally and peacefully despite a ruthless corruption, which strips them of the basic necessities. God No Say So weaves a colourful mosaic of Sierra Leone and her peoples' extraordinary forgiveness and resilience. In a crux moment, a baker maimed during the conflict still feels unsettled and cannot find peace within himself. With the camera characteristically close, he is asked if he would seek revenge against the man who did this to him, he replies after a long moment of silence, "Me? God no say so." Yet God is not the centerpiece for tales of survival, access to water, education, hard work, prostitution, and fear of accused war criminal Charles Taylor. While filming, Taylor literally flew over in a helicopter on his way to jail in Freetown, which was terrifying for everyone being filmed at the time. His trial at The Hague should end this Fall, with the sentencing perhaps in 2010. Over two hundred at time survived the war in the belly of a bridge above the ocean. Kornetzky was the first outsider to see it. The core group of survivors breaks rocks beside the bridge for a meager living. "No stealing. No fighting. Righteousness. Together as one." It's a contemporary post war bohemia. In a long conversation between a broker and a woman with keen wit who hustles Whites when she can, to support her family, we find a treasure about hope, dreams, and optimism. "Corruption is so rife", we hear a journalist say, that everything goes to a few people, while the others suffer miserably. Then the camera descends into a shantytown by the ocean. God No Say So captures a spot in human history so dark that it demands a new order of our minds. Searching within so much confusion doesn’t find solid ground. The victims’ minds still turn, as do ours, with their outrageous reality. The criminal acts are enormous. Could our neighbors – our children - could we do this? Why is this happening to this good spirited people?

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