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weds 25 april

HABIBI

(Habibi Rasak Kharban)

(dir Susan Youssef, Palestinian Territory/USA/The Netherlands/United Arab Emirates, 2011, 78 min, in Arabic w/English subtitles)

In a modern re-telling of an ancient Sufi parable, the first fiction feature in 15 years set in Gaza portrays the romance between Layla, from a conservative religious family, and Qays, from a refugee camp. Grand Prize, Emerging Narrative program, IFP Independent Film Week. Co-sponsored by the 5 College Arab Festival of the Arts.

The director will be present to discuss the film.

Introduction by Abdelkader Berrahmoun, Smith College.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]

Now Showing: HABIBI / Habibi Rasak Kharban (dir Susan Youssef, Palestinian Territory/USA/The Netherlands/United Arab Emirates, 2011)

When Gaza comes under full closure in 2001, two young lovers studying at a university in the West Bank are forced to return home. [official site | trailer | IMDb]

UPDATE: SPECIAL EVENT "A Conversation with Werner Herzog" Tues 4/24 at 4:00pm


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“Intersections: fiction/non-fiction”


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The 19th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival headlines award-winning narrative features and documentaries from France, Iran, Germany, Mexico, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Australia, Finland, Guatemala, Palestinian Territory, and the USA. Our lineup showcases several New England premieres and hosts five acclaimed women filmmakers and video artists who will be present for discussion. This season explores the hybrid interconnections and boundaries between documentary and fiction, beyond and across borders and genres—geopolitical, transnational, generational, artistic, cultural and historical—offering a wealth of visual pleasure for every taste.

Curated by the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Catherine Portuges, Curator; Assistant Curators: Nancy Inouye, Charissa Owens, Daniel Pope, and Barry Spence. Brochure and web design: Daniel Pope. 129 Herter Annex, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, tel. (413) 545-3659, email: filmstudies@hfa.umass.edu, filmstudies.owens@hfa.umass.edu.

Festival screenings at UMass Amherst are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, all screenings are held in the Isenberg School of Management Flavin Family Auditorium (137 SOM) at 7:30pm on Wednesday evenings.

A one-credit colloquium (COMM 296F) is available to undergraduate students. UMass Amherst students may enroll through SPIRE. For information or Five College enrollment, please contact colloquium faculty supervisor Prof. Anne Ciecko, Communication, UMass Amherst, tel. (413) 545-6348, email: ciecko@comm.umass.edu.

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film festival schedule

wednesday 8 february

FREE MEN

(Les hommes libres)

(dir Ismaël Ferroukhi, France, 2011, 99 min, in French & Arabic w/English subtitles)

1942, German-occupied Paris: Younes, a Muslim marketeer who spies on the Paris Mosque to avoid jail time, befriends Algerian Jewish singer Salim, in the process joining the French Resistance. Exploring the role of North African Arabs in saving Jews from the Nazis, Moroccan-born director Ferroukhi brings to light a little-known chapter of history. Best Director from the Arab World, Abu Dhabi Film Festival. New England premiere.

Introduction by Daniel Pope, UMass Amherst.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]

THE GREEN WAVE
[official site | trailer | IMDb]

wednesday 15 february

THE GREEN WAVE

(dir Ali Samadi Ahadi, Germany/Iran, 2010, 80 min, in German, Farsi & English w/English subtitles)

Blending phone footage, animation and interviews during the disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June 2009, this collage relays voices of Iran’s human rights reformists via blogpost readings and tweets. Animator Ali Reza Darvish’s drawings evoke the protestors’ exuberance, fear and courage, exposing a government willing to imprison and torture its electorate. Best Film, One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (Brussels); Selection, Sundance Film Festival.

Introduction by Anne Ciecko, UMass Amherst.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]

ALAMAR
[official site | trailer | IMDb]

LOVE, THE TREES dir Charissa Owens, 2012

 

wednesday 22 february

ALAMAR

(dir Pedro González-Rubio, Mexico, 2009, 73 min, in Spanish & Italian w/English subtitles)

Jorge has only a few weeks with his son Natan before the boy must go to live with his mother in Rome. Together they visit the pristine Chinchorro reef in search of their Mayan heritage, learning to live in harmony with life above and beneath the sea. New Directors Prize, San Francisco International Film Festival; Best Ibero-American Film, Miami International Film Festival.

Introduction by Barry Spence, UMass Amherst.

screening with...

Love, the trees

(dir Charissa Owens, USA, 2012, 8 min)

Made after a freak snowstorm ravaged thousands of trees in Western Massachusetts, this short film explores the delicate relationship between people and trees, using new and archival footage to create a lyrical visual essay.

Introduction by the director.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]

INTO THE ABYSS:  A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life
[official site | trailer | IMDb]

wednesday 29 february

INTO THE ABYSS:

A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life

(dir Werner Herzog, Germany/Canada, 2011, 106 min)

The fallout of a triple homicide is the focus of the legendary director’s investigation conducted through riveting interviews and testimony. Achieving a sensitive balance in tandem with Herzog’s remarkable genius for wresting humor and humanity even from tragic subject matter, Into the Abyss resonates with an implicitly life-affirming quality. Best Documentary, BFI London Film Festival.

Introduction by Christian Rogowski, Amherst College. [Read the text of Christian Rogowski’s Introduction]

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]

UPDATE: SPECIAL EVENT "A Conversation with Werner Herzog" Tues 4/24 at 4:00pm

VIDEO: Werner Herzog's talk at Amherst College 4/24 at 8:00pm


GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR
[official site | trailer | IMDb | Standing Ovation in Guatemala City]

wednesday 7 march

GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR

(dir Pamela Yates, USA, 2011, 103 min, in English & Spanish w/English subtitles)

A story of destinies joined by Guatemala’s past, demonstrating the power of a documentary entwined with a nation’s turbulent history. Five protagonists are linked to a genocidal campaign that exterminated nearly 200,000 Maya people, each witness adding a tiny grain of sand–granito–to the epic tale. Best Creative Documentary, Paris International Film Festival; Grand Jury Prize, Politics on Film.

Director Pamela Yates, a distinguished multiple award-winning UMass alumna, will be present, together with producer Paco de Onís.

Introduction by Catherine Portuges, UMass Amherst.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]

UPDATE: You can now stream Granito, with its new ending, at P.O.V on PBS.org! You can also stream the prequel, When the Mountains Tremble.


RESTORATION (Boker Tov Adon Fidelman / בוקר טוב אדון פידלמן)
[official site | trailer | IMDb]

wednesday 14 march

RESTORATION

(Boker Tov Adon Fidelman / בוקר טוב אדון פידלמן)

(dir Yossi Madmony, Israel, 2011, 105 min, in Hebrew w/English subtitles)

Reflecting Israeli cinema’s move away from political topics towards inward-looking drama, this finely detailed study of Fidelman’s struggle to let go of his past is set in his Tel Aviv furniture shop where sibling rivalry, a romantic triangle and generational bonds are tested by the discovery of a valuable Steinway. Major awards, Sundance & Jerusalem Film Festivals; 11 Israeli Ophir nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. Co-sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival and the Yiddish Book Center, Amherst.

Welcome by Aaron Lansky, President, Yiddish Book Center. Introduction by Aviva Ben-Ur, UMass Amherst.

7:30pm Hampshire College
Kligerman-Greenspun Performance Hall
Yiddish Book Center [Maps | Directions]


AL MÁS ALLÁ
[official site | interview | IMDb]

wednesday 28 march

AL MÁS ALLÁ

(dir Lourdes Portillo, USA/Mexico, 2008, 43 min, in Spanish w/English subtitles)

An experimental documentary using narrative elements to explore the realities of shifting global wealth and drug trafficking along the Mayan coastline of Mexico. A vain filmmaker leads a fictional documentary crew through a beach town to interview real local merchants and tour guides, interrogating truth claims. In collaboration with the Five College Symposium on Women, Social Justice and Documentary.

The director will be present to discuss her work.

Introduction by Bernadine Mellis (Mount Holyoke College). Leopoldo Gomez Ramirez (UMass Amherst) will also join the Q&A following the screening.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]


KHODORKOVSKY
[official site | trailer | IMDb | Interview: Cyril Tuschi]

wednesday 4 april

KHODORKOVSKY

(dir Cyril Tuschi, Germany, 2011, in German & Russian w/English subtitles)

In October 2003, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former head of the Russian oil company Yukos, was arrested on charges of tax evasion and fraud. This brilliantly constructed investigation sweeps the viewer into the story behind his subsequent conviction, tracking a larger-than-life character’s transformation from the wealthiest man in Russia into a martyr for the cause of political freedom and rule of law in a gripping showdown between Khodorkovsky and the Russian powers that be. Winner, Best Documentary Film, Munich DOK fest.

Introduction by Sergey Glebov, Smith and Amherst Colleges.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]

 


BELONGING: REFLECTIONS ON PLACE  An Evening with Wendy Woodson
[Wendy Woodson & Present Company Inc.]

Video Installation Series
wednesday 11 april

BELONGING: REFLECTIONS ON PLACE

An Evening with Wendy Woodson

Over the past seven years video artist/choreographer Wendy Woodson has developed video, dance and theater pieces inspired by stories of home, migration and belonging. Excerpts from her video installation Belonging: Reflections on Place accompany a screening of her documentary Nela (35 min) that follows Bosnian composer Nela Trifković through Melbourne's streets, reflecting on questions of displacement and belonging through her music.

Introduction by Loretta Yarlow, University Museum of Contemporary Art.

7:30pm Amherst College
Stirn Auditorium [Maps/Directions]


Eija-Liisa Ahtila: THE ANNUNCIATION
[University Museum of Contemporary Art]

wednesday 18 april

THE ANNUNCIATION

(dir Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Finland, 2010, 30 min, in Finnish w/English subtitles)

Internationally acclaimed Finnish filmmaker and video artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila uses the visual language of cinema in a multi-screen installation, weaving an intricate web of references between film and theater, Renaissance painting and poetry, fiction and documentary. Following the screening, an interdisciplinary panel including scholars from art, theater, and film will discuss the work.

Introduction by Loretta Yarlow, UMCA director.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
University Museum of Contemporary Art [Maps/Directions]


A Conversation with Werner Herzog
[Event Poster | Werner Herzog official site]

tuesday 24 april

SPECIAL EVENT, tues 4/24:

A Conversation with WERNER HERZOG

As part of 19th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, “Intersections: fiction/non-fiction,” and a series of events at Amherst College, Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Werner Herzog will speak about his recent work and respond to questions from the audience.

4:00pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]

VIDEO: Werner Herzog's talk at Amherst College 4/24 at 8:00pm


HABIBI (Habibi Rasak Kharban)
[official site | trailer | IMDb]

wednesday 25 april

HABIBI

(Habibi Rasak Kharban)

(dir Susan Youssef, Palestinian Territory/USA/The Netherlands/United Arab Emirates, 2011, 78 min, in Arabic w/English subtitles)

In a modern re-telling of an ancient Sufi parable, the first fiction feature in 15 years set in Gaza portrays the romance between Layla, from a conservative religious family, and Qays, from a refugee camp. Grand Prize, Emerging Narrative program, IFP Independent Film Week. Co-sponsored by the 5 College Arab Festival of the Arts.

The director will be present to discuss the film.

Introduction by Abdelkader Berrahmoun, Smith College.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]

 

We Wish to Thank...

This festival is made possible by the generous support of many departments, programs, colleges, and individuals at UMass Amherst, the Five Colleges, and beyond.

Major Sponsors:

UMass Amherst: the College of Humanities & Fine Arts; the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences; the University Museum of Contemporary Art; Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures; UMass Arts Council.

With additional support from:

Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival; Yiddish Book Center; Five College Symposium on Women, Social Justice and Documentary; Five College Arab Festival of the Arts; Five College Film Council.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies