VTIFF Presents Monthly Global Roots Film Series Starting In April

Burlington, VT: (Monday, April 1, 2013) The Vermont International Film Festival is pleased to present Global Roots, a new monthly series of films from the countries of New Americans living in Vermont. The series starts Sunday, April 14th, and is the second Sunday of every month at 5pm through September 2013 at North End Studios, at 294 North Winooski Avenue in Burlington. Screenings are free and open to the public, donations will be accepted to support the 2013 Vermont International Film Festival taking place October 11-20 in Downtown Burlington. Please note, a snackbar is available at the screenings, or bring your own food, films are not suitable for small children.

Global Roots is sponsored by Old Spokes Home, Anonymous, Jane Grayson, Marcia Hamley, Joe And Susan Hasazi, Sherrill Musty and Sultana Group H.

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Sunday, April 14, 5pm

THE PARADE (PARADA)

Director: Srdjan Dragojevic
Serbo-Croatian w/English subtitles
Comedy | 115 min | 2011
Croatia-Macedonia-Serbia-Slovenia

Turning transgression into a comedic principle, this turbulent farce that toys with clichés and stereotypes turned out to be an unexpected hit in Serbia and other ex-Yugoslavian countries.

Sunday, May 12, 5pm

HIGHWAY

Director: Deepak Rauniyar
Nepali w/English subtitles
Drama | 80 min | 2012 | Nepal

Deepak Rauniyar’s debut feature has provoked a tumultuous response from Nepali audiences with its realistic characters and their taboo-shrouded issues. Rendered in an improvised cinematic style that heightens an already wild ride, Highway is being called the harbinger of a new era in Nepali filmmaking.

Sunday, June 9, 5pm

ABOUT 111 GIRLS (DARBARE)

Director: Nahid Ghobadi, Bijan Zamanpira
Farsi & Kurdish w/English subtitles
Drama | 79 min | 2013 | Iraq

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.

Sunday, July 14, 5pm

BEIJING FLICKERS (YOU-ZHONG)

Director: Zhang Yuan
Mandarin w/English subtitles
Drama | 96 min | 2012 | China

San Bao (Duan Bowen) is having a bad day. He loses his job, his girlfriend, and even his dog. He’s arrested and later finds himself homeless. Slumped in despair in a smoky bar, he starts eating his empty glass.

Sunday, August 11, 5pm

THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF JUAN OROL

Director: Sebastián del Amo
Spanish w/English subtitles
Drama | 90 min | 2012 | Mexico

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.

Sunday, September 8, 5pm

GREY MATTER

Co-presented with Global Lens
Director: Kivu Ruhorahoza
Drama | 100 min | 2011 | Rwanda

In the brisk, luminous serenity of middle-class Kigali, Balthazar (Hervé Kimenyi), a wry, intense young Rwandan filmmaker with a bookshelf full of Western classics and a head full of Western movies, prepares to make his first feature film, come what may, and muses about it into the lens of his video camera.

The Vermont International Film Festival (VTIFF) is Vermont’s longest running film festival and this year marks its 28th anniversary. The 2013 Vermont International Film Festival will run from Friday, October 11th through Sunday, October 20th, at multiple venues in downtown Burlington. The festival is best known for featuring groundbreaking and independent films from around the world and Vermont and for the Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase, the largest juried selection of Vermont-made films.

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