Directed by Michelle Steffes
Set in present-day Iraq, “Refuge” tells the story of Nabil, who moves to Baghdad with his two young sons after the kidnapping and murder of his wife Mariam. When Nabil sees a new arrival in the neighborhood he thinks he recognizes the stranger as the man who killed his wife. If he is correct, and the man is in fact the killer, Nabil must decide whether to honor his wife by avenging her death or by remembering the heart of her beliefs which would allow for redemption.
Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill / Cinema of Conscience, Documentary, International / Palestine, USA / 2013 / Art, Children, MIddle East, Poetry, Politics, Terroir of Cinema, Youth / 71 minsFlying Paper is the uplifting story of Palestinian children in Gaza on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown. It showcases the creative resilience of these children making and flying kites despite the difficult realities they face in their daily lives. The film has been co-produced with young Palestinians in Gaza trained by the filmmakers through a youth media program called Voices Beyond Walls. Through the perspective of children and young people comes a story of determination and artistic expression as the youth in the film work together to achieve a shared goal.
In Person: Co-Director Roger Hill to attend.
Matthew VanDyke / Cinema of Conscience, Documentary, International, Shorts / USA / 2013 / Biography, MIddle East, Social Issues, Women / 15 minsA short documentary about the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by a 32 year old rebel commander, Mowya, and a 24 year old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Syria. The film clearly and concisely tells why Syrians are fighting for their freedom, told through the emotional words of two powerful characters whose lives have been torn apart by war.
Preceded by: Refuge
Precedes: Flying Paper