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.
Flying Paper preceded by Refuge and Not Anymore
St Patrick's Episcopal Church
September 28, 2013 12:00 pm
Till Schauder / Documentary, International / Canada, Iran / 2012 / Biography, Cultural, MIddle East, Sports / 93 minsWhen American basketball player Kevin Sheppard, a flashy point-guard from the U.S. Virgin Islands, accepts a job to play in one of the world's most feared countries – Iran - he expects the worst. But what he finds is a country brimming with generosity, acceptance, and sensuality. With acharismatic personality that charms everyone he meets, Kevin forms an unlikelyfriendship with three outspoken Iranian women who share with him their strongopinions on everything, from politics to religion to gender roles.
Complimentary Persian appetizers courtesy of Sia Zadeh and Shaharazad Hamidi.
The Iran Job (with Complimentary Persian appetizers courtesy of Sia Zadeh and Shaharazad Hamidi)
St Patrick's Episcopal Church
September 28, 2013 2:00 pm
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
Michelle Steffes / Cinema of Conscience, International, Shorts / USA / 2012 / History, MIddle East, Social Issues, Woman Filmmaker / 14 minsSet 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.