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Apr
14
Sun
The Parade (Parada) @ North End Studios
Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm
Director: Srdjan Dragojević
Serbia | 2011 | Narrative | Serbo-Croatian w/English subtitles
Narrative | 115 minutes
Film source: Global Lens
FREE SHOWING

A group of gay activists in Belgrade strikes a tense alliance with Limun, a Serbian crime boss, whose fiancée demands an extravagant wedding that only struggling gay theater director Mirko and his friends can provide. In exchange, macho Limun reluctantly agrees to provide security for the group’s Pride parade. It’s a tall order: previous attempts to march met with mass violence from right-wing skinheads. When Limun’s gang balks at the assignment, he recruits a band of former Balkan war combatants, now dear friends, who will stand up to the aggressors Seven Samurai style, in this rollickingly shrewd and humane comedic take on a vital human rights issue.

About the Director: Srdjan Dragojević was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia) in 1963. He studied clinical psychology at the University of Belgrade and film at the University of Arts in Belgrade. His debut feature, We Are Not Angels, won nine awards (out of fourteen nominations) at the 1992 Crystal Prism Awards, Yugoslavia’s Academy Awards. His fifth feature, Saint George Shoots the Dragon, won Best Artistic Contribution at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2009. The Parade is his sixth feature film.

A full “Study Guide” about the film, prepared by the Global Film Initiative, can be downloaded here PDF)

May
12
Sun
Highway @ North End Studios
May 12 @ 5:00 pm


Director: Deepak Rauniyar
Nepal | 2012 | Narrative | Nepali w/English subtitles
Narrative | 80 minutes
Highway

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The feature debut of Nepali filmmaker Deepak Rauniyar, marks the rise of a fresh new cinematic vision for the Himalayan nation. Decidedly different from the standard commercial product heavily influenced by Bollywood, the film takes an understated look at an increasingly common phenomenon: the bandhs, roadblocks caused by strikes or protests that often paralyze traffic and disrupt daily life.

The unusual road drama centers around an ill-fated journey on a highway from eastern Nepal to Kathmandu, the nation’s capital. A bus filled with passengers of various social and economic backgrounds gets repeatedly stuck in bandhs. Each passenger is desperate to get to Kathmandu for a different reason — a man needs to reach his wife quickly to try to conceive a baby or else the herbal fertility medicine he has taken will lose effectiveness, a young woman leaves her lover and is on her way to an arranged marriage, and a man hurries back home to see his boyfriend who is devastated by an attack on a transgender friend. They quickly put their heads together and transform the bus into a wedding vehicle — with a bride, a groom, and a wedding band in tow — to gain passage.

Crisscrossing this seemingly humorous adventure are fragments of each individual’s backstory, ironically filled with despair, hardship, and deceit. The non-linear narrative structure, which includes the main plot and disconnected subplots, offers a kaleidoscopic look at contemporary Nepali life, which has only recently emerged from 12 years of civil war.

Read the interview with Director Deepak Rauniyar

 

Jun
9
Sun
About 111 Girls (Darabre 111 Dokhtar) @ North End Studios
Jun 9 @ 5:00 pm

Director: Nahid Ghobadi and Bijan Zamanpira
Iraq | 2012 | Narrative | Farsi & Kurdish w/English subtitles
Narrative | 79 minutes
Film source: Global Lens

Global Film Series

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A government official, carrying a message from Iran’s president, travels across Iranian Kurdistan with his driver and a young guide on a mission to stop 111 young Kurdish women from committing suicide in protest against conditions that have left them spinsters. Racing against the clock, they travel into territory simmering with resentment at official neglect and the hardship it has sown among a proud people. Against a dramatically colorful physical and human landscape, wistful longing mingles with dreamlike desire and absurdist humor as the three travelers meander helplessly in a land riddled with contradictions.

About the Directors: Nahid Ghobadi was born in Baneh, Iran in 1964. She studied librarianship at Tehran University and film at Columbia College Hollywood, is a published poet and has directed nine short films and documentaries. About 111 Girls is her first feature film.

Bijan Zamanpira was born in Sanandaj, Iran in 1965. He studied Persian language and literature at Payame Noor University in Tehran and has directed eleven short films and documentaries. About 111 Girls is his first feature film.

A full “Study Guide” about the film, prepared by the Global Film Initiative, can be downloaded here PDF)

Jul
14
Sun
Beijing Flickers (You-Zhong) @ North End Studios
Jul 14 @ 5:00 pm

Director: Zhang Yuan
China | 2012 | Narrative | Mandarin w/English subtitles
Narrative | 96 minutes
Film source: Global Lens

Beijing Flickers

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San Bao is a young man left behind by Beijing’s fabulous new wealth, having just lost his job, his apartment and the woman he loves (who’s left him for a richer man). Even Happiness, his dog, has run away from him. Lovelorn, self-destructive and desperately aimless, San Bao nevertheless has moments of euphoria amid his own despair, as he roams the sleek, shifting city with other soulful, cash-poor dreamers and misfits. Such heavenly losers form the vital spirit of Beijing in acclaimed director Zhang Yuan’s gorgeously gritty, angst-ridden portrait of youthful disaffection and perseverance in the teeth of heartbreak, ruthless inequality and unfeeling ambition.

About the Director

Zhang Yuan was born in Nanjing, China in 1963. He studied cinematography at the Beijing Film Academy and began directing feature films in 1980. In 1994, TIME Magazine selected him as one of the 100 Young Leaders of the Next Century. A leading filmmaker of China’s Sixth Generation, his second feature, Beijing Bastards, received a Special Mention by the Official Jury at the Locarno Film Festival in 1993, and his fourth feature, Sons, won the Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 1996. Beijing Flickers is his eleventh feature film.

A full Study Guide about the film, prepared by the Global Film Initiative, can be downloaded here (PDF)
Aug
11
Sun
The Fantastic World of Juan Orol @ North End Studios
Aug 11 @ 5:00 pm

Director: Sebastián del Amo
Mexico | 2012 | Narrative | Spanish w/English subtitles
Narrative | 90 minutes
Film source: Global Lens

The Fantastic World of Juan Orol

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Move over Ed Wood! Mexico’s half-forgotten B-movie master, “involuntary surrealist” Juan Orol, receives a pitch-perfect tribute in this irresistible love letter to a self-made man of showbiz, whose career spanned nearly sixty films. In a glorious black-and-white flashback mingling movie-tainted memories of his Galician childhood, forced exile to Cuba and arrival in Mexico, intrepid “Juanito“ pursues failed careers as baseball player, boxer, bullfighter and gangster before landing in the movies—where failure kind of works for him. As Orol, Roberto Sosa exudes droll underdog charm, anchoring a fast-moving comedy where every frame is an infectious homage to a golden age of cinema, the wile of memory and the art of fantasy.

About the Director

About the Director Sebastián del Amo was born in Paris, France in 1971 and attended school in Mexico beginning at a young age. He studied filmmaking at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in Mexico City. He has worked as a director, writer and director of photography for numerous short films.The Fantastic World of Juan Orol is his first feature film.

A full Study Guide about the film, prepared by the Global Film Initiative, can be downloaded here (PDF)

 

Sep
8
Sun
Grey Matter (Matiere Grise) @ North End Studios
Sep 8 @ 5:00 pm

Director: Kivu Ruhorahoza
Rwanda | 2011 | Narrative | Kinyarwanda and French w/English subtitles
Narrative | 100 minutes
Film source: Global Lens

Grey Matter

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Set in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, this radiantly self-referential film-within-a-film describes the vision and trials of a determined filmmaker named Balthazar, as he tries to produce his first feature, The Cycle of the Cockroach. The trenchant drama, about a brother and sister dealing with the aftermath of genocide, finds no support from agencies only interested in funding upbeat policy-friendly films. As Balthazar borrows recklessly from a loan shark, the Cycle plays out on the screen, subtly measuring the horror and systematic madness of events hardly unique to Rwanda, while offering bracing insight into the nature of political violence.

About the Director: Kivu Ruhorahoza was born in Kigali, Rwanda in 1982. A self-taught filmmaker, he won the award for Best African Short at Montreal’s 25th Pan African International Film Festival and Best Short at the Kenya International Film Festival in 2009 for his short film, Lost in the South. He has also produced an experimental documentary, Rwanda 15, with New York saxophonist Jeremy Danneman for the Parade of One project. Grey Matter is his first feature film and the first feature-length narrative film produced in Rwanda by a native Rwandan filmmaker.

A full Study Guide about the film, prepared by the Global Film Initiative, can be downloaded here

 

Oct
13
Sun
Voices Unveiled: Turkish Women Who Dare @ North End Studios
Oct 13 @ 5:00 pm

Director: Binnur Karaevli
Turkey/USA | 2010 | Narrative | English & Turkish w/English subtitles
Narrative | 69 minutes
Film source: Women Make Movies

Sponsors: The Vermont Council on World Affairs; The World Affairs Councils of America; The Turkish Cultural Foundation

VoicesUnveiledhires

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Can Islamic values co-exist with full equality for women? VOICES UNVEILED examines this timely issue through portraits of three women pursuing life paths and careers of their own choosing in present-day Turkey. Each has defied social expectations in a democratic, secular nation where religious fundamentalism has re-emerged as a political force and patriarchal values still prevail. Well-known textile artist Belkis Belpinar, whose work combines science and kilim rug traditions, resisted her father’s wishes that she study engineering. Dancer and psychologist Banu Yucelar braved family opposition to modern dance, widely perceived as a form of prostitution. Women’s rights activist Nur Bakata Mardin helps women in underserved communities, where old beliefs hold sway, form small business cooperatives.

 As engaging as its subjects, Voice Unveiled punctuates its in-depth portraits with insights from other Turks and lively discussions that include intergenerational debates over veiling.