Roger Allers / Animated, Cinema of Conscience, US Cinema, Arts in Film, World Cinema / France, Ireland, United Arabic Emirates, USA / 2015 / Adventure, Aesthetics, Art, Cultural, Food, Literature, Middle East, Peace, Poetry, Romance, Vision Quest, Youth / 86 minsAll of life’s key elements – Love, Marriage, Work, Freedom – get their due as top animation directors from around the world pitch in to create a fresh fantasia out of celebrated Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran’s celebrated poems in his international best seller THE PROPHET. Culmination of 4 years of work by producer Salma Hayek. A dissident being kept under house arrest recounts valuable lessons in a series of vignettes while a mischievous young woman causes havoc in the community. Set in a Mediterranean seaside village, Kamila (Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra (Quvenzhané Wallis), out of trouble. A gem of a film to see on the big screen.
Tuvi Arbel / EcoCinema, Cinema of Conscience, Documentary / Israel, Palestine / 2015 / Environmental, Jewish, Middle East, Peace, Social Issues, Viticulture / 53 minsWINNER of WCFF Peace & Cultural Understanding Prize A documentary about Mr. Birdman AKA Professor Yossi Leshem, a lightly religious, authoritative man with a rugged Israeli charm and the persuasion skills of a salesman. Today, he is the primary defender of Israeli nature and virtually the only ground-breaker in the talks with Palestinians and Jordanians, while negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians are stuck. * There will be a Dove Release before the film. * Q&A with invited guests and Udy Epstein, CEO of 7th Art Releasing