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  • Luthfi Widagdo Eddyono
    Ya iyalah... Masa aku ke Jogja ato Canberra cuma untuk liat kamu Qi..   hehehe...   peace ^_^
    Message 1 of 4 , Jun 30, 2008
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      Ya iyalah... Masa aku ke Jogja ato Canberra cuma untuk liat kamu Qi..

       

      hehehe...

       

      peace

      ^_^

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      --- On Tue, 1/7/08, Ikie_Djokdja <ms_fickry@...> wrote:
      From: Ikie_Djokdja <ms_fickry@...>
      Subject: Bls: [PeaceGeneration] Film yg mungkin bisa untuk xplorasi perdamaian dan konsep-konsep berkaitan ( sapa tau mo bikin acara...)
      To: PeaceGeneration@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Tuesday, 1 July, 2008, 5:59 AM

      ya mas lutfi ma gak mungkin lupa ngunjungin si "....tiiiiiiiiiiitt tt..(sensored* )...hehe. .
      tapi kok wedok kabe mas..hueheuheue. ..
       

       
      Sincerely yours,

      M Solihin Fikri
      The Peace Scholarship Program 2008
      University of Canberra
      ACT - AUSTRALIA

      http://defickry. wordpress. com





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      Kepada: PeaceGeneration@ yahoogroups. com
      Terkirim: Senin, 30 Juni, 2008 18:33:21
      Topik: Re: [PeaceGeneration] Film yg mungkin bisa untuk xplorasi perdamaian dan konsep-konsep berkaitan ( sapa tau mo bikin acara...)

      saya mewakilkan yaa...ini kebetulan istriku (Aini, alumni YCDP juga) dan anak kami, Sofie lagi di Jogja hehe..

      semoga mnyenangkan. .

      --- On Mon, 6/30/08, Luthfi Widagdo Eddyono <luthfi_we@yahoo. com> wrote:

      From: Luthfi Widagdo Eddyono <luthfi_we@yahoo. com>
      Subject: Re: [PeaceGeneration] Film yg mungkin bisa untuk xplorasi perdamaian dan konsep-konsep berkaitan ( sapa tau mo bikin acara...)
      To: PeaceGeneration@ yahoogroups. com
      Date: Monday, June 30, 2008, 3:08 AM

      mari kita rencanakan.. .

       

      Sebenarnya sabtu dan minggu kemarin aku lagi dijogja (makanya kalo bisa ketemuan minggu), hehehe..

       

      Akhirnya cuma bisa ketemu Aning (pastii..), Atin, Azizah, Rani dan Hani.. pengennya bisa ketemu semua yaa..

       

      peace

      ^_^

       



       

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      --- On Fri, 27/6/08, wiwitprasetyono <breakcombion@ yahoo.com> wrote:
      From: wiwitprasetyono <breakcombion@ yahoo.com>
      Subject: Re: [PeaceGeneration] Film yg mungkin bisa untuk xplorasi perdamaian dan konsep-konsep berkaitan ( sapa tau mo bikin acara...)
      To: PeaceGeneration@ yahoogroups. com
      Date: Friday, 27 June, 2008, 4:51 PM

      Kemaren aku ktemu mas Koko,

       

      Sepertinya dia punya niatan juga untuk kumpul2 lagi antar buaya...

      Lagian Mbak Hani juga di Jogja kan yaa? Yuks ngumpul yuk keluarga buaya

       

      Kalo minggu ini bukannya terlalu mepet Mas Lutfi? Atau kita cari waktu sekitar WEEKEND DI BULAN JULI...

       

      Gimana pada setuju gak teman2?

       

      Thanks, Wiwit

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      On Fri, 6/27/08, Luthfi Widagdo Eddyono <luthfi_we@yahoo. com> wrote:

      From: Luthfi Widagdo Eddyono <luthfi_we@yahoo. com>
      Subject: Re: [PeaceGeneration] Film yg mungkin bisa untuk xplorasi perdamaian dan konsep-konsep berkaitan ( sapa tau mo bikin acara...)
      To: PeaceGeneration@ yahoogroups. com
      Date: Friday, June 27, 2008, 1:13 AM

      Yuk kumpul...

      kapan? kita kongkritkan aja..  Mungkin hari minggu ini? hehehe...

       

      btw, aku pernah nonton The Great Debaters film kedua yang disutradarai Denzel Washington. Denzel juga menjadi pemain di sana. bagus banget!!!

      Film ini di produseri Oprah Winfrey.

       

      ceritanya setting ketika rasialis masih kuat di Amerika. Ada tim debat dari sebuah universitas kecil khusus bagi kulit hitam (willey college) yang menjadi tim terbaik, sehingga bisa berhadapan dengan universitas papan atas Amerika, salah satunya Harvard. Yang bagus jalan cerita dan dialog yang tidak terlalu rumit, tapi berharga. Banyak tema-tema yang diangkat dalam jalan cerita yang mengena active nonviolence. Kisah ini kisah nyata lho..

      Baguslah untuk jadi film tontonan seperti "Remember the Titans".  

      Peace

      ^_^

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      --- On Fri, 27/6/08, dite bayu <shiro_bizkit@ yahoo.com> wrote:
      From: dite bayu <shiro_bizkit@ yahoo.com>
      Subject: Re: [PeaceGeneration] Film yg mungkin bisa untuk xplorasi perdamaian dan konsep-konsep berkaitan ( sapa tau mo bikin acara...)
      To: PeaceGeneration@ yahoogroups. com
      Date: Friday, 27 June, 2008, 7:33 AM

      wah mb pengen bgt nonton! tapi di INdonesia ada ga ?

      eh kapan nih buaya tua n buaya muda berkumpul kembali..

      moment di sawah kemaren sangat menyenangkan je..

      para buaya ayo galakkan gerakan kumpul2 buaya (antar generasi) hahahah!!!

      --- On Thu, 6/26/08, lebah buayawati <aishaza_is_cool@ yahoo.com> wrote:

      From: lebah buayawati <aishaza_is_cool@ yahoo.com>
      Subject: [PeaceGeneration] Film yg mungkin bisa untuk xplorasi perdamaian dan konsep-konsep berkaitan ( sapa tau mo bikin acara...)
      To: PeaceGeneration@ yahoogroups. com
      Date: Thursday, June 26, 2008, 6:17 PM

      From: Yamin [mailto:yamin@ nzff.co. nz]
      Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 9:10 PM
      To: Yamin
      Subject: Films of spirituality, humanism, ethical and religious themes at the Wellington Film Festival July-Aug 2008
       
      Tena koe,
       
       
      Films of spirituality, humanism, ethical and religious themes at the Wellington Film Festival July-Aug 2008
       
       
      I am contacting you regarding the 2008 Wellington International Film Festival taking place between July 18 - August 3. We have some fantastic films this year, with a particularly strong field of films on spirituality, humanism, social and religious themes. The films are:
       
       
       
      1.      Hunger
      2.      It’s a Free World…
      3.      Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
      4.      Boy A
      5.      Waltz with Bashir
      6.      Silent Light
      7.      The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins
      8.      The Sky, the Earth and the Rain
      9.      Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains
      10.  Mechanical Love
      11.  One Hundred Nails
      12.  Secret Sunshine
      13.  If We Knew
       
       
       
       
      Further information about each film is provided below and in the attached document. I have also attached a flyer with overviews of films about human rights issues.
       
       
      We are really thrilled to have these films as part of our programme and would greatly appreciate your support in helping us tell your network about the films in advance.
       
      If your organisation has a publication/ newsletter/ website/noticebo ard in which you could include some information about these films, we would be most grateful. I am more than happy to supply you with any further information you may require, and we also have some terrific images for these films which I can email through to you.
       
      Venue details, dates and sessions are confirmed for Auckland and Wellington and are available in the festival brochure and online at www.nzff.co. nz. In most venues there are discounts for group bookings.
       
      Please don’t hesitate to call me if there is any further information you require and, once again, thank you!
      Please let me know if you are NOT happy to receive further information on these or any of the films at the New Zealand Film Festival via email, and apologies for any inconvenience caused.
       
       
       
      Films – further detail
       
      1.       Hunger
       
      Director: Steeve McQueen
      Year: 2007
      Running time: 96 mins
       
      Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard) 2008

Camera d‘Or (Best First Film), Cannes Film Festival 2008
      Best Film, Sydney Film Festival Official Competition Award 2008
       
      British artist Steve McQueen‘s formidable Hunger is a searching and provocative deliberation of martyrdom. It is astounding that this feature, so assured and effective in its dramatic changes of tone, could be anybody‘s first. Nothing else stood a chance of winning the Camera d‘Or for the best debut at Cannes this year. McQueen has created a triptych, depicting three stages in the experience of Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) whose death from self-imposed starvation remains a disturbing emblem of IRA intransigence. Each part of the film is distinct and masterful in its effect. Part one throws us into Maze Prison and a maelstrom of passive resistance and its violent suppression. Part two is a conversation of the most fluid and persuasive articulacy between Sands and his priest as they debate the repercussions of his planned hunger strike. Part three is an eerily condensed rendering of his physical decline. — BG

       
      "McQueen‘s depiction of the ordeal of Sands and his fellow inmates in the Maze Prison may have the unapologetic overtones of a religious passion, but it‘s a very scrupulous and detached film, as well as an intensely angry one... Hunger is long on images, short on words - except for a masterly extended dialogue between Sands and his priest. Directed with unfailing control, Hunger is an artist‘s film, in the best sense - a sense of intense spareness and resonance." — Jonathan Romney, The Independent

       
      "The film is a British revelation. McQueen is a raw talent with an innate feel for the language of cinema... Hunger escapes narrative convention and transcends politics to become a meditation on the human spirit." — Jason Solomans, The Observer
       
      SESSION TIMES
      18 Jul | 11:30am | Paramount
      25 Jul | 7:30pm | Paramount
       
       
       
      2.       It’s a Free World…
       
      Director: Ken Loach
      Year: 2007
      Running time: 96 mins
      UK/Italy/Germany/ Spain/Poland
       
      Festivals: Venice , Toronto , Pusan 2007
      Best Screenplay, Venice Film Festival 2007
       
      Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty (My Name Is Joe, The Wind that Shakes the Barley), veteran masters of social realism, return with one of their most involving character-centred dramas. Angie is a feisty East Ender, a solo mum who loses her job in a recruitment agency and sets up an agency of her own, placing semi-legal immigrants. A sexy blonde dynamo on a motorbike, she strikes deals and dishes out jobs to Polish, Ukrainian and Chilean workers for construction sites and clothing factories. The deeper she gets into this dodgy business, the more she is determined to prove her mettle, defying her old unionist dad, her nervous business partner and her own generous nature. Loach and Laverty dramatise the human price of free market enterprise with every risk she takes and every choice she makes. Actress Kierston Wareing, a Loach discovery, is dynamite. — BG.
       
      SESSION TIMES
      31 Jul | 11:30am | Embassy Theatre
      1 Aug | 6:15pm | Embassy Theatre
      3 Aug | 3:45pm | Penthouse Cinema
       
       
       
      3.       Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
       
      Director: Jim Brown
      Year: 2007
      Running time: 93 mins
      With: Pete Seeger, Toshi Seeger, Bob Dylan, Natalie Maines , Tom Paxton, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez
       
      Festivals: Tribeca, Amsterdam Documentary 2007
       
      This rousing, affectionate biographical portrait of singer/activist Pete Seeger, now in his late 80s, is also an overview of 20th-century American folk music. How could it be otherwise? In the 50s, with his band the Weavers, he took folk music to the hit parade. In the 60s he turned "We Shall Overcome" into the anthem of the civil rights movement. He was kept off American television for 17 years on account of his left-leaning views, but never lost his audience. Jim Brown's highly enjoyable film weaves superb archival footage with testimony from family, friends, some well-known admirers and the man himself. — BG.
       
      "As certain to get audiences singing as the man himself... a terrific, multilayered portrait of a singer whose legacy extends beyond music and into every major social action movement since the 40s... each song and concert performance [is] gorgeously reproduced in what used to be called ‘living stereo'." — Jay Weissburg, Variety
       
      SESSION TIMES
      30 Jul | 1:00pm | Penthouse Cinema
      31 Jul | 6:15pm | Penthouse Cinema
      2 Aug | 5:15pm | Embassy Theatre
       
       
       
      4.       Boy A
       
      Director: John Crowley
      Year: 2007
      Running time: 100 mins
      UK
       
      Festivals: Toronto , London 2007; Berlin , Tribeca 2008
      Special Jury Prize, Berlin Film Festival 2008
       
      Playing a young man who has grown up in detention after committing an appalling crime as a child, actor Andrew Garfield galvanises Boy A with a performance of James Dean-like yearning and raw sensuality. Setting out at 25 to begin rehabilitated life, he faces myriad challenges in relating to the world through an assumed identity. "Jack" craves the one thing his proud and solicitous case worker (Peter Mullan) warns him he can never have: total acceptance. As he falls in love with the brash Michelle, his desire for honesty becomes more and more unnerving. Meanwhile, images from the past flood the tabloids that bay daily for "Boy A"‘s life-long incarceration. Garfield‘s intensely sympathetic performance places the film firmly in favour of the right of juvenile offenders to a second chance. But there‘s complex recognition in his gripping story that society‘s reluctance to forgive is only the first obstacle to beginning life afresh. — BG
       
      SESSION TIMES
      22 Jul | 6:30pm | Paramount
      23 Jul | 4:00pm | Paramount Bergman
      23 Jul | 7:00pm | Paramount Bergman
       
       
       
      5.       Waltz with Bashir
       
      Director: Ari Folman
      Year: 2008
      Running time: 87 mins
       
      Festivals: Cannes (In Competition) 2008
       
      A declaration of cinema‘s power to entrammel us in extremity and a filmmaker‘s power to cleave to his own complex experience with such fearlessness that it infiltrates the wider consciousness. Ari Folman‘s incendiary exposure of his own part as a drafted Israeli soldier in abetting a 1982 massacre of Palestinian refugees stunned audiences at Cannes this year. The blogosphere rages with theories as to why this brilliantly original, shattering film left the Festival prizeless. — BG

       
      "If any of us were wondering why an unknown Israeli director‘s animated quasi-documentary about a largely forgotten war was scheduled so prominently [at Cannes], we‘re not wondering now... Waltz with Bashir is a remarkable, haunting and intense work, quite unlike any animated film I‘ve ever seen... Hand drawn in a crude, colorful underground- comics style, it captures Folman‘s struggle to recapture his lost memories of what he saw and what he did during Israel‘s ill-fated 1980s war in Lebanon... While trying to work his way out of a severe depression, Folman contacted many of his former military comrades, along with a psychiatrist friend and a neurologist who specializes in memory impairment. The film combines pieces of these interviews with fragmentary episodes drawn from these men‘s memories, dreams and perhaps fantasies... At least in part, the subject of Waltz with Bashir is the unreliable and fantastic quality of memory itself... It‘s a
      provocative, strange and arresting film, whose unusual blend of style and substance should reach a large worldwide audience." — Andrew O‘Hehir, salon.com

       
      SESSION TIMES
      31 Jul | 4:15pm | Embassy Theatre
      3 Aug | 8:30pm | Embassy Theatre
       
       
       
      6.       Silent Light
       
      Director: Carlos Reygadas
      Year: 2007
      Running time: 142 mins
      Mexico/France/ The Netherlands
       
      In Plautdietsch with English subtitles
       
      Festivals: Cannes (In Competition) , Toronto , New York , Pusan 2007; Rotterdam , Sydney 2008
      Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2007
       
      From the incredible opening shot that condenses a stunning dawn into five intense minutes to its symmetrical closing one, we're in the hands of a gifted filmmaker. Carlos Reygadas' (Japón) third feature won the Cannes Jury Prize last year, and it is a film that takes him close to the filmic heights of his heroes Tarkovsky, Dreyer and Bresson. The story is as simple as a parable: a culturally isolated Mennonite family in rural Mexico reaches a crisis when the patriarch falls in love with another woman. Honest Johan confides his shifted affections to his wife, Esther, with catastrophic results. The austerity of the story is offset by the ravishing physicality of the landscape, captured in precise widescreen compositions and slow tracking shots worthy of Kubrick. Reygadas' stylistic influences are so diverse - Kiarostami, Antonioni, Altman - and his deployment of them so confident and intelligent that this is one of the finest films of 2007. — AL
       
      SESSION TIMES
      26 Jul | 6:00pm | Soundings Theatre, Te Papa
      28 Jul | 10:30am | Embassy Theatre
       
       
       
      7.       The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins
       
      Director: Pietra Brettkelly
      Year: 2008
      Running time: 98 mins
      New Zealand
      Music: Anika Moa
      In English, Italian and Dinka, with English subtitles
      DigiBeta/M nudity
       
      With: Vanessa Beecroft, Greg Durkin, Jeffrey Deitch, Lia Rumma, Matthu Placek, Alexa Hoyer
       
      Festivals: Sundance, Edinburgh 2008
       
      New Zealand filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly’s Sundance-acclaimed documentary provides an intimate and revealing encounter with Vanessa Beecroft, a compulsively visible art-world performer and provocateur whose recent works frame western responses to the tragedy in Darfur . We meet her in South Sudan working on the now notorious portrait of herself as the Madonna breastfeeding baby Sudanese twins. She is also fighting a legal battle to adopt these supposed orphans. Brettkelly, who’d never heard of Beecroft until they met in Sudan, was chosen by the artist to make a film that would explore the concept of ’performance’ as it might apply to her private life. Though we’re privy to some awesome displays of egotism from Beecroft, the tone of the film is one of intrepid curiosity, not exposé. The portrait of an artist in whom life and art and privilege are indissolubly merged is fascinating, utterly of our time, and bound to provoke many arguments. —
      BG.
       
      SESSION TIMES
      31 Jul | 6:15pm | Soundings Theatre, Te Papa
      1 Aug | 11:15am | Soundings Theatre, Te Papa
       
       
       
      8.       The Sky, the Earth and the Rain
       
      Director: José Leiva
      Year: 2007
      Running time: 110 mins
      Chile/France/ Germany
      In Spanish with English subtitles
       
       
      Festivals: Rotterdam 2008
       
      A poetic meditation on solitude, this masterful debut frames its characters within the imposing, rugged setting of a rural coastal area in Chile . The natural elements, captured in striking painterly compositions, and an understated soundtrack are deployed to reflect the inner states of the film‘s protagonists. Ana, a withdrawn young woman, divides her time between her job at a store and caring for her invalid mother. She traverses forest and fields, lost in the landscape, as she goes about her daily routine, occasionally spending time with her friend Veronica and the latter‘s troubled sister, Marta. After she is fired, Ana finds work cleaning for Toro, a taciturn orchardist, as lonely as she is. Emotion, not plot, is at the core of this accomplished film, whose meticulous formalism invites viewers to flesh out backstory, while contemplating the minute transformations wrought by time upon the characters. — SR
       
      SESSION TIMES
      30 Jul | 4:00pm | Film Archive
      30 Jul | 6:15pm | Film Archive
       
       
       
      9.       Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains
       
      Director: Gonzalo Arijon
      Year: 2007
      Running time: 127 mins
      In Spanish with English subtitles
Colour and B&W/DigiBeta
       
       
      Festivals: Amsterdam Documentary 2007; Sundance 2008

Best Film, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2007
       
      This riveting documentary strips away the sensationalism that has accrued around the survivors of the 1972 Andean air crash to reinstate their experience as one of the great instances of heroic human endurance. Ten days after their plane crashed in the frozen mountain wilderness, the surviving passengers, most of them 19-year-old members of a Uruguayan rugby team, heard on the radio that they had been given up for dead. More than two months later two of them set out through blizzards and interminable waist-deep drifts, in threadbare clothing, without equipment, hoping to arrange the rescue of their remaining 14 friends. Mixing the testimony of the survivors with vérité-styled reenactment, Stranded renders their ordeal grippingly real. Filmmaker Gonzalo Arijon was a childhood friend to many of them, which may be why they chose to end their long public silence for his film. He doesn't shrink from the grisly details, but shows how these educated, mostly
      God-fearing young men confronted their situation with exceptional perseverance and a grave understanding of their moral choices. — BG
       
      "Stranded is just as interested in how they survived what came after - the doubts, the shock of a titillated and uncomprehending public fed by sensational news reports... They're not ashamed of what they did, but you can feel their sorrow and sadness at the same time, and it's that contrast - between what they did to live and what they do to live with that - which pulls you in as these graying, everyday men tell the incredible story of the 72 days in their youth when they were going to die far from home." — James Rocchi, Cinematical
       
      SESSION TIMES
      19 Jul | 1:15pm | Film Archive
      20 Jul | 3:45pm | Paramount
      23 Jul | 12:00pm | Paramount
       
       
       
      10.   Mechanical Love
       
      Director: Phie Ambo-Nielsen
      Year: 2007
      Running time: 79 mins
      Denmark/Finland
      Director/Screenplay /Photography: Phie Ambo
      In Danish, English, German, Italian and Japanese, with English subtitles
       
      Festivals: Amsterdam Documentary 2007
       
      "What makes a robot human? What is human likeness?" Professor Ishiguro ponders while his "geminoid" (i.e. real-person based android) twin hovers alongside. Disconcertingly phlagmatic that his wife might settle for his robot self, Ishiguro is less upbeat at the thought that his young daughter might not need him anymore should he manage to imbue the android with sanzai-kan - that human presence without which the droid doesn‘t feel alive to us. But he‘s working on it anyway. For in a world where the elderly are outnumbering the young, a dearth of caregivers is certain and therapeutic interactive robots are the way of the future. One such creature, Paro, a seal-lookalike invented by another Japanese team, is already providing revitalising companionship to an elderly woman in a nursing home - and upsetting the staff with its wailing. Worse, Paro, satisfyingly responsive to nurturing, inspires more affection than real folks. Compelling, disquieting and
      droll, this gaze at relationships ahead vividly illustrates the age-old need to love. — SR
       
      SESSION TIMES
      2 Aug | 10:30am | Film Archive
      2 Aug | 2:15pm | Film Archive
       
       
       
      11.   One Hundred Nails
       
      Director: Ermanno Olmi
      Year: 2007
      Running time: 92 mins
      Italy
      In Italian with English subtitles
      M low level offensive language
       
       
      Festivals: Cannes , Toronto , Vancouver , London , Pusan 2007; Rotterdam , San Francisco 2008
       
      Ermanno Olmi (The Tree of Wooden Clogs) announced at 75 that this would be his last feature. Though it begins as an investigative thriller, it’s essentially the simple tale of a young Bologna professor who turns his back on the world of learning (dramatically, by driving nails through 100 leather-bound tomes) and finds his way into a small riverside community where traditional life is threatened by modernisation. There he is accepted as if he were Christ himself. Olmi parallels many New Testament stories and figures, and echoes The Da Vinci Code too, particularly in his depiction of the priesthood. (He is coy about the status of his protagonist’s relationship to the Mary Magdalene equivalent.) Much of the film is an exquisitely photographed idyll of life on the banks of the Po . The benign picture of natural harmony, beatific humanity and divine mystery radiates a deep sense of tranquillity and pleasure. — BG
      “This profoundly Catholic, profoundly personal fable veers, like many Olmi films, between the seemingly inept and the spellbindingly innocent, magical in its tenderness, its striking visuals and its unpredictability. Don’t miss.“ — Geoff Andrew, Time Out
       
      “’Are books more important than having coffee with a friend?’ asks the heretical professor. Is the cinema more important than the natural beauties it captures? One Hundred Nails is, as they say, an ’old man’s film’, with no sense of propriety whatsoever, happily if not joyously at odds with itself. Thematically and stylistically speaking, it is an oasis amidst the endless buzzing of an aggressive film culture.“  — Kent Jones, Film Comment
       
      SESSION TIMES
      19 Jul | 1:45pm | Embassy Theatre
      20 Jul | 6:00pm | Penthouse Cinema
       
       
       
      12.   Secret Sunshine
       
      Director: Lee Chang-dong
      Year: 2007
      Running time: 142 mins
      Korea
      In Korean with English subtitles
      M violence, sex scenes
       
       
      Festivals: Cannes (In Competition) , Toronto , New York , Vancouver , London , Pusan 2007; Rotterdam 2008
      Best Actress, Cannes Film Festival 2007
       
      The most admired Korean film of 2007 defies genre and synopsis. Its changing moods reflect the fortunes of the young mother at its centre as she repeatedly absorbs the impact of unforeseeable events. Actress Jeon Do-yeon's elucidation of her spiritual turmoil is incandescent.
       
      "Lee Chang-dong's (Oasis) movie possesses the fullness and complexity of a great novel, revealing new layers the deeper we move into it. It begins as the story of a recent widow and her young son adjusting to their new lives in a small town that suddenly, without warning, becomes a thriller and then a Bressonian study in human suffering. Lee guides Secret Sunshine through these switchblade reversals of comedy and despair, darkness and light with remarkable agility... Jeon Do-yeon fearlessly navigates the movie's turbulent emotional currents, slowly revealing the extraordinary inner strength and grace of a seemingly fragile, uncertain woman." — Scott Foundas
       
      SESSION TIMES
      25 Jul | 8:15pm | Soundings Theatre, Te Papa
      27 Jul | 12:30pm | Soundings Theatre, Te Papa
       
       
       
      13.   If We Knew
       
      Director: Peter Lataster, Petra Lataster-Czisch
      Year: 2007
      Running time: 78 mins
      The Netherlands
      In Dutch with English subtitles
      M adult themes
       
      Festivals: Amsterdam Documentary 2007
       
      Profound and sometimes distressing, this powerful film tracks from up close the staff of a Dutch intensive care neo-natal ward as they care for severely premature newborns. The technology at their disposal allows life to be sustained where death would once have been inevitable, thereby giving rise to grave ethical considerations. Is it right to inflict further suffering in the endeavour to save lives when the odds of succeeding are low; what "quality of life" awaits babies when treatment could result in serious disabilities; if a baby cannot survive without being hooked to a machine, then what "life" is it living? Faced with these questions on a daily basis, these dedicated paediatricians have established a rigorous protocol, but one which has caused an outcry: Dutch paediatricians have been accused of taking a Nazi-like view of their life and death powers. This close encounter leaves us in no doubt that this team is utterly scrupulous and that they are
      reminded daily that the power of medical science has its limits. — SR
       
      SESSION TIMES
      28 Jul | 6:15pm | Film Archive
      29 Jul | 2:45pm | Film Archive
       
       
       
      Kind regards,
       
      Yamin
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      makanya kalau ada rencana ke jogja tu ya ngabar2i dulu ... From: Luthfi Widagdo Eddyono Subject: Re: Bls: [PeaceGeneration] Film yg
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        makanya kalau ada rencana ke jogja tu ya ngabar2i dulu

        --- On Tue, 7/1/08, Luthfi Widagdo Eddyono <luthfi_we@...> wrote:
        From: Luthfi Widagdo Eddyono <luthfi_we@...>
        Subject: Re: Bls: [PeaceGeneration] Film yg mungkin bisa untuk xplorasi perdamaian dan konsep-konsep berkaitan ( sapa tau mo bikin acara...)
        To: PeaceGeneration@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2008, 12:06 PM

        Ya iyalah... Masa aku ke Jogja ato Canberra cuma untuk liat kamu Qi..

         

        hehehe...

         

        peace

        ^_^

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        --- On Tue, 1/7/08, Ikie_Djokdja <ms_fickry@yahoo. co.id> wrote:
        From: Ikie_Djokdja <ms_fickry@yahoo. co.id>
        Subject: Bls: [PeaceGeneration] Film yg mungkin bisa untuk xplorasi perdamaian dan konsep-konsep berkaitan ( sapa tau mo bikin acara...)
        To: PeaceGeneration@ yahoogroups. com
        Date: Tuesday, 1 July, 2008, 5:59 AM

        ya mas lutfi ma gak mungkin lupa ngunjungin si "....tiiiiiiiiiiitt tt..(sensored* )...hehe. .
        tapi kok wedok kabe mas..hueheuheue. ..
         

         
        Sincerely yours,

        M Solihin Fikri
        The Peace Scholarship Program 2008
        University of Canberra
        ACT - AUSTRALIA

        http://defickry. wordpress. com





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        Dari: sigit andhirahman <emsigitar@yahoo. com>
        Kepada: PeaceGeneration@ yahoogroups. com
        Terkirim: Senin, 30 Juni, 2008 18:33:21
        Topik: Re: [PeaceGeneration] Film yg mungkin bisa untuk xplorasi perdamaian dan konsep-konsep berkaitan ( sapa tau mo bikin acara...)

        saya mewakilkan yaa...ini kebetulan istriku (Aini, alumni YCDP juga) dan anak kami, Sofie lagi di Jogja hehe..

        semoga mnyenangkan. .

        --- On Mon, 6/30/08, Luthfi Widagdo Eddyono <luthfi_we@yahoo. com> wrote:

        From: Luthfi Widagdo Eddyono <luthfi_we@yahoo. com>
        Subject: Re: [PeaceGeneration] Film yg mungkin bisa untuk xplorasi perdamaian dan konsep-konsep berkaitan ( sapa tau mo bikin acara...)
        To: PeaceGeneration@ yahoogroups. com
        Date: Monday, June 30, 2008, 3:08 AM

        mari kita rencanakan.. .

         

        Sebenarnya sabtu dan minggu kemarin aku lagi dijogja (makanya kalo bisa ketemuan minggu), hehehe..

         

        Akhirnya cuma bisa ketemu Aning (pastii..), Atin, Azizah, Rani dan Hani.. pengennya bisa ketemu semua yaa..

         

        peace

        ^_^

         



         

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        --- On Fri, 27/6/08, wiwitprasetyono <breakcombion@ yahoo.com> wrote:
        From: wiwitprasetyono <breakcombion@ yahoo.com>
        Subject: Re: [PeaceGeneration] Film yg mungkin bisa untuk xplorasi perdamaian dan konsep-konsep berkaitan ( sapa tau mo bikin acara...)
        To: PeaceGeneration@ yahoogroups. com
        Date: Friday, 27 June, 2008, 4:51 PM

        Kemaren aku ktemu mas Koko,

         

        Sepertinya dia punya niatan juga untuk kumpul2 lagi antar buaya...

        Lagian Mbak Hani juga di Jogja kan yaa? Yuks ngumpul yuk keluarga buaya

         

        Kalo minggu ini bukannya terlalu mepet Mas Lutfi? Atau kita cari waktu sekitar WEEKEND DI BULAN JULI...

         

        Gimana pada setuju gak teman2?

         

        Thanks, Wiwit

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        On Fri, 6/27/08, Luthfi Widagdo Eddyono <luthfi_we@yahoo. com> wrote:

        From: Luthfi Widagdo Eddyono <luthfi_we@yahoo. com>
        Subject: Re: [PeaceGeneration] Film yg mungkin bisa untuk xplorasi perdamaian dan konsep-konsep berkaitan ( sapa tau mo bikin acara...)
        To: PeaceGeneration@ yahoogroups. com
        Date: Friday, June 27, 2008, 1:13 AM

        Yuk kumpul...

        kapan? kita kongkritkan aja..  Mungkin hari minggu ini? hehehe...

         

        btw, aku pernah nonton The Great Debaters film kedua yang disutradarai Denzel Washington. Denzel juga menjadi pemain di sana. bagus banget!!!

        Film ini di produseri Oprah Winfrey.

         

        ceritanya setting ketika rasialis masih kuat di Amerika. Ada tim debat dari sebuah universitas kecil khusus bagi kulit hitam (willey college) yang menjadi tim terbaik, sehingga bisa berhadapan dengan universitas papan atas Amerika, salah satunya Harvard. Yang bagus jalan cerita dan dialog yang tidak terlalu rumit, tapi berharga. Banyak tema-tema yang diangkat dalam jalan cerita yang mengena active nonviolence. Kisah ini kisah nyata lho..

        Baguslah untuk jadi film tontonan seperti "Remember the Titans".  

        Peace

        ^_^

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        --- On Fri, 27/6/08, dite bayu <shiro_bizkit@ yahoo.com> wrote:
        From: dite bayu <shiro_bizkit@ yahoo.com>
        Subject: Re: [PeaceGeneration] Film yg mungkin bisa untuk xplorasi perdamaian dan konsep-konsep berkaitan ( sapa tau mo bikin acara...)
        To: PeaceGeneration@ yahoogroups. com
        Date: Friday, 27 June, 2008, 7:33 AM

        wah mb pengen bgt nonton! tapi di INdonesia ada ga ?

        eh kapan nih buaya tua n buaya muda berkumpul kembali..

        moment di sawah kemaren sangat menyenangkan je..

        para buaya ayo galakkan gerakan kumpul2 buaya (antar generasi) hahahah!!!

        --- On Thu, 6/26/08, lebah buayawati <aishaza_is_cool@ yahoo.com> wrote:

        From: lebah buayawati <aishaza_is_cool@ yahoo.com>
        Subject: [PeaceGeneration] Film yg mungkin bisa untuk xplorasi perdamaian dan konsep-konsep berkaitan ( sapa tau mo bikin acara...)
        To: PeaceGeneration@ yahoogroups. com
        Date: Thursday, June 26, 2008, 6:17 PM

        From: Yamin [mailto:yamin@ nzff.co. nz]
        Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 9:10 PM
        To: Yamin
        Subject: Films of spirituality, humanism, ethical and religious themes at the Wellington Film Festival July-Aug 2008
         
        Tena koe,
         
         
        Films of spirituality, humanism, ethical and religious themes at the Wellington Film Festival July-Aug 2008
         
         
        I am contacting you regarding the 2008 Wellington International Film Festival taking place between July 18 - August 3. We have some fantastic films this year, with a particularly strong field of films on spirituality, humanism, social and religious themes. The films are:
         
         
         
        1.      Hunger
        2.      It’s a Free World…
        3.      Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
        4.      Boy A
        5.      Waltz with Bashir
        6.      Silent Light
        7.      The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins
        8.      The Sky, the Earth and the Rain
        9.      Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains
        10.  Mechanical Love
        11.  One Hundred Nails
        12.  Secret Sunshine
        13.  If We Knew
         
         
         
         
        Further information about each film is provided below and in the attached document. I have also attached a flyer with overviews of films about human rights issues.
         
         
        We are really thrilled to have these films as part of our programme and would greatly appreciate your support in helping us tell your network about the films in advance.
         
        If your organisation has a publication/ newsletter/ website/noticebo ard in which you could include some information about these films, we would be most grateful. I am more than happy to supply you with any further information you may require, and we also have some terrific images for these films which I can email through to you.
         
        Venue details, dates and sessions are confirmed for Auckland and Wellington and are available in the festival brochure and online at www.nzff.co. nz. In most venues there are discounts for group bookings.
         
        Please don’t hesitate to call me if there is any further information you require and, once again, thank you!
        Please let me know if you are NOT happy to receive further information on these or any of the films at the New Zealand Film Festival via email, and apologies for any inconvenience caused.
         
         
         
        Films – further detail
         
        1.       Hunger
         
        Director: Steeve McQueen
        Year: 2007
        Running time: 96 mins
         
        Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard) 2008

Camera d‘Or (Best First Film), Cannes Film Festival 2008
        Best Film, Sydney Film Festival Official Competition Award 2008
         
        British artist Steve McQueen‘s formidable Hunger is a searching and provocative deliberation of martyrdom. It is astounding that this feature, so assured and effective in its dramatic changes of tone, could be anybody‘s first. Nothing else stood a chance of winning the Camera d‘Or for the best debut at Cannes this year. McQueen has created a triptych, depicting three stages in the experience of Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) whose death from self-imposed starvation remains a disturbing emblem of IRA intransigence. Each part of the film is distinct and masterful in its effect. Part one throws us into Maze Prison and a maelstrom of passive resistance and its violent suppression. Part two is a conversation of the most fluid and persuasive articulacy between Sands and his priest as they debate the repercussions of his planned hunger strike. Part three is an eerily condensed rendering of his physical decline. — BG

         
        "McQueen‘s depiction of the ordeal of Sands and his fellow inmates in the Maze Prison may have the unapologetic overtones of a religious passion, but it‘s a very scrupulous and detached film, as well as an intensely angry one... Hunger is long on images, short on words - except for a masterly extended dialogue between Sands and his priest. Directed with unfailing control, Hunger is an artist‘s film, in the best sense - a sense of intense spareness and resonance." — Jonathan Romney, The Independent

         
        "The film is a British revelation. McQueen is a raw talent with an innate feel for the language of cinema... Hunger escapes narrative convention and transcends politics to become a meditation on the human spirit." — Jason Solomans, The Observer
         
        SESSION TIMES
        18 Jul | 11:30am | Paramount
        25 Jul | 7:30pm | Paramount
         
         
         
        2.       It’s a Free World…
         
        Director: Ken Loach
        Year: 2007
        Running time: 96 mins
        UK/Italy/Germany/ Spain/Poland
         
        Festivals: Venice , Toronto , Pusan 2007
        Best Screenplay, Venice Film Festival 2007
         
        Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty (My Name Is Joe, The Wind that Shakes the Barley), veteran masters of social realism, return with one of their most involving character-centred dramas. Angie is a feisty East Ender, a solo mum who loses her job in a recruitment agency and sets up an agency of her own, placing semi-legal immigrants. A sexy blonde dynamo on a motorbike, she strikes deals and dishes out jobs to Polish, Ukrainian and Chilean workers for construction sites and clothing factories. The deeper she gets into this dodgy business, the more she is determined to prove her mettle, defying her old unionist dad, her nervous business partner and her own generous nature. Loach and Laverty dramatise the human price of free market enterprise with every risk she takes and every choice she makes. Actress Kierston Wareing, a Loach discovery, is dynamite. — BG.
         
        SESSION TIMES
        31 Jul | 11:30am | Embassy Theatre
        1 Aug | 6:15pm | Embassy Theatre
        3 Aug | 3:45pm | Penthouse Cinema
         
         
         
        3.       Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
         
        Director: Jim Brown
        Year: 2007
        Running time: 93 mins
        With: Pete Seeger, Toshi Seeger, Bob Dylan, Natalie Maines , Tom Paxton, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez
         
        Festivals: Tribeca, Amsterdam Documentary 2007
         
        This rousing, affectionate biographical portrait of singer/activist Pete Seeger, now in his late 80s, is also an overview of 20th-century American folk music. How could it be otherwise? In the 50s, with his band the Weavers, he took folk music to the hit parade. In the 60s he turned "We Shall Overcome" into the anthem of the civil rights movement. He was kept off American television for 17 years on account of his left-leaning views, but never lost his audience. Jim Brown's highly enjoyable film weaves superb archival footage with testimony from family, friends, some well-known admirers and the man himself. — BG.
         
        "As certain to get audiences singing as the man himself... a terrific, multilayered portrait of a singer whose legacy extends beyond music and into every major social action movement since the 40s... each song and concert performance [is] gorgeously reproduced in what used to be called ‘living stereo'." — Jay Weissburg, Variety
         
        SESSION TIMES
        30 Jul | 1:00pm | Penthouse Cinema
        31 Jul | 6:15pm | Penthouse Cinema
        2 Aug | 5:15pm | Embassy Theatre
         
         
         
        4.       Boy A
         
        Director: John Crowley
        Year: 2007
        Running time: 100 mins
        UK
         
        Festivals: Toronto , London 2007; Berlin , Tribeca 2008
        Special Jury Prize, Berlin Film Festival 2008
         
        Playing a young man who has grown up in detention after committing an appalling crime as a child, actor Andrew Garfield galvanises Boy A with a performance of James Dean-like yearning and raw sensuality. Setting out at 25 to begin rehabilitated life, he faces myriad challenges in relating to the world through an assumed identity. "Jack" craves the one thing his proud and solicitous case worker (Peter Mullan) warns him he can never have: total acceptance. As he falls in love with the brash Michelle, his desire for honesty becomes more and more unnerving. Meanwhile, images from the past flood the tabloids that bay daily for "Boy A"‘s life-long incarceration. Garfield‘s intensely sympathetic performance places the film firmly in favour of the right of juvenile offenders to a second chance. But there‘s complex recognition in his gripping story that society‘s reluctance to forgive is only the first obstacle to beginning life afresh. — BG
         
        SESSION TIMES
        22 Jul | 6:30pm | Paramount
        23 Jul | 4:00pm | Paramount Bergman
        23 Jul | 7:00pm | Paramount Bergman
         
         
         
        5.       Waltz with Bashir
         
        Director: Ari Folman
        Year: 2008
        Running time: 87 mins
         
        Festivals: Cannes (In Competition) 2008
         
        A declaration of cinema‘s power to entrammel us in extremity and a filmmaker‘s power to cleave to his own complex experience with such fearlessness that it infiltrates the wider consciousness. Ari Folman‘s incendiary exposure of his own part as a drafted Israeli soldier in abetting a 1982 massacre of Palestinian refugees stunned audiences at Cannes this year. The blogosphere rages with theories as to why this brilliantly original, shattering film left the Festival prizeless. — BG

         
        "If any of us were wondering why an unknown Israeli director‘s animated quasi-documentary about a largely forgotten war was scheduled so prominently [at Cannes], we‘re not wondering now... Waltz with Bashir is a remarkable, haunting and intense work, quite unlike any animated film I‘ve ever seen... Hand drawn in a crude, colorful underground- comics style, it captures Folman‘s struggle to recapture his lost memories of what he saw and what he did during Israel‘s ill-fated 1980s war in Lebanon... While trying to work his way out of a severe depression, Folman contacted many of his former military comrades, along with a psychiatrist friend and a neurologist who specializes in memory impairment. The film combines pieces of these interviews with fragmentary episodes drawn from these men‘s memories, dreams and perhaps fantasies... At least in part, the subject of Waltz with Bashir is the unreliable and fantastic quality of memory itself... It‘s a
        provocative, strange and arresting film, whose unusual blend of style and substance should reach a large worldwide audience." — Andrew O‘Hehir, salon.com

         
        SESSION TIMES
        31 Jul | 4:15pm | Embassy Theatre
        3 Aug | 8:30pm | Embassy Theatre
         
         
         
        6.       Silent Light
         
        Director: Carlos Reygadas
        Year: 2007
        Running time: 142 mins
        Mexico/France/ The Netherlands
         
        In Plautdietsch with English subtitles
         
        Festivals: Cannes (In Competition) , Toronto , New York , Pusan 2007; Rotterdam , Sydney 2008
        Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2007
         
        From the incredible opening shot that condenses a stunning dawn into five intense minutes to its symmetrical closing one, we're in the hands of a gifted filmmaker. Carlos Reygadas' (Japón) third feature won the Cannes Jury Prize last year, and it is a film that takes him close to the filmic heights of his heroes Tarkovsky, Dreyer and Bresson. The story is as simple as a parable: a culturally isolated Mennonite family in rural Mexico reaches a crisis when the patriarch falls in love with another woman. Honest Johan confides his shifted affections to his wife, Esther, with catastrophic results. The austerity of the story is offset by the ravishing physicality of the landscape, captured in precise widescreen compositions and slow tracking shots worthy of Kubrick. Reygadas' stylistic influences are so diverse - Kiarostami, Antonioni, Altman - and his deployment of them so confident and intelligent that this is one of the finest films of 2007. — AL
         
        SESSION TIMES
        26 Jul | 6:00pm | Soundings Theatre, Te Papa
        28 Jul | 10:30am | Embassy Theatre
         
         
         
        7.       The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins
         
        Director: Pietra Brettkelly
        Year: 2008
        Running time: 98 mins
        New Zealand
        Music: Anika Moa
        In English, Italian and Dinka, with English subtitles
        DigiBeta/M nudity
         
        With: Vanessa Beecroft, Greg Durkin, Jeffrey Deitch, Lia Rumma, Matthu Placek, Alexa Hoyer
         
        Festivals: Sundance, Edinburgh 2008
         
        New Zealand filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly’s Sundance-acclaimed documentary provides an intimate and revealing encounter with Vanessa Beecroft, a compulsively visible art-world performer and provocateur whose recent works frame western responses to the tragedy in Darfur . We meet her in South Sudan working on the now notorious portrait of herself as the Madonna breastfeeding baby Sudanese twins. She is also fighting a legal battle to adopt these supposed orphans. Brettkelly, who’d never heard of Beecroft until they met in Sudan, was chosen by the artist to make a film that would explore the concept of ’performance’ as it might apply to her private life. Though we’re privy to some awesome displays of egotism from Beecroft, the tone of the film is one of intrepid curiosity, not exposé. The portrait of an artist in whom life and art and privilege are indissolubly merged is fascinating, utterly of our time, and bound to provoke many arguments. —
        BG.
         
        SESSION TIMES
        31 Jul | 6:15pm | Soundings Theatre, Te Papa
        1 Aug | 11:15am | Soundings Theatre, Te Papa
         
         
         
        8.       The Sky, the Earth and the Rain
         
        Director: José Leiva
        Year: 2007
        Running time: 110 mins
        Chile/France/ Germany
        In Spanish with English subtitles
         
         
        Festivals: Rotterdam 2008
         
        A poetic meditation on solitude, this masterful debut frames its characters within the imposing, rugged setting of a rural coastal area in Chile . The natural elements, captured in striking painterly compositions, and an understated soundtrack are deployed to reflect the inner states of the film‘s protagonists. Ana, a withdrawn young woman, divides her time between her job at a store and caring for her invalid mother. She traverses forest and fields, lost in the landscape, as she goes about her daily routine, occasionally spending time with her friend Veronica and the latter‘s troubled sister, Marta. After she is fired, Ana finds work cleaning for Toro, a taciturn orchardist, as lonely as she is. Emotion, not plot, is at the core of this accomplished film, whose meticulous formalism invites viewers to flesh out backstory, while contemplating the minute transformations wrought by time upon the characters. — SR
         
        SESSION TIMES
        30 Jul | 4:00pm | Film Archive
        30 Jul | 6:15pm | Film Archive
         
         
         
        9.       Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains
         
        Director: Gonzalo Arijon
        Year: 2007
        Running time: 127 mins
        In Spanish with English subtitles
Colour and B&W/DigiBeta
         
         
        Festivals: Amsterdam Documentary 2007; Sundance 2008

Best Film, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2007
         
        This riveting documentary strips away the sensationalism that has accrued around the survivors of the 1972 Andean air crash to reinstate their experience as one of the great instances of heroic human endurance. Ten days after their plane crashed in the frozen mountain wilderness, the surviving passengers, most of them 19-year-old members of a Uruguayan rugby team, heard on the radio that they had been given up for dead. More than two months later two of them set out through blizzards and interminable waist-deep drifts, in threadbare clothing, without equipment, hoping to arrange the rescue of their remaining 14 friends. Mixing the testimony of the survivors with vérité-styled reenactment, Stranded renders their ordeal grippingly real. Filmmaker Gonzalo Arijon was a childhood friend to many of them, which may be why they chose to end their long public silence for his film. He doesn't shrink from the grisly details, but shows how these educated, mostly
        God-fearing young men confronted their situation with exceptional perseverance and a grave understanding of their moral choices. — BG
         
        "Stranded is just as interested in how they survived what came after - the doubts, the shock of a titillated and uncomprehending public fed by sensational news reports... They're not ashamed of what they did, but you can feel their sorrow and sadness at the same time, and it's that contrast - between what they did to live and what they do to live with that - which pulls you in as these graying, everyday men tell the incredible story of the 72 days in their youth when they were going to die far from home." — James Rocchi, Cinematical
         
        SESSION TIMES
        19 Jul | 1:15pm | Film Archive
        20 Jul | 3:45pm | Paramount
        23 Jul | 12:00pm | Paramount
         
         
         
        10.   Mechanical Love
         
        Director: Phie Ambo-Nielsen
        Year: 2007
        Running time: 79 mins
        Denmark/Finland
        Director/Screenplay /Photography: Phie Ambo
        In Danish, English, German, Italian and Japanese, with English subtitles
         
        Festivals: Amsterdam Documentary 2007
         
        "What makes a robot human? What is human likeness?" Professor Ishiguro ponders while his "geminoid" (i.e. real-person based android) twin hovers alongside. Disconcertingly phlagmatic that his wife might settle for his robot self, Ishiguro is less upbeat at the thought that his young daughter might not need him anymore should he manage to imbue the android with sanzai-kan - that human presence without which the droid doesn‘t feel alive to us. But he‘s working on it anyway. For in a world where the elderly are outnumbering the young, a dearth of caregivers is certain and therapeutic interactive robots are the way of the future. One such creature, Paro, a seal-lookalike invented by another Japanese team, is already providing revitalising companionship to an elderly woman in a nursing home - and upsetting the staff with its wailing. Worse, Paro, satisfyingly responsive to nurturing, inspires more affection than real folks. Compelling, disquieting and
        droll, this gaze at relationships ahead vividly illustrates the age-old need to love. — SR
         
        SESSION TIMES
        2 Aug | 10:30am | Film Archive
        2 Aug | 2:15pm | Film Archive
         
         
         
        11.   One Hundred Nails
         
        Director: Ermanno Olmi
        Year: 2007
        Running time: 92 mins
        Italy
        In Italian with English subtitles
        M low level offensive language
         
         
        Festivals: Cannes , Toronto , Vancouver , London , Pusan 2007; Rotterdam , San Francisco 2008
         
        Ermanno Olmi (The Tree of Wooden Clogs) announced at 75 that this would be his last feature. Though it begins as an investigative thriller, it’s essentially the simple tale of a young Bologna professor who turns his back on the world of learning (dramatically, by driving nails through 100 leather-bound tomes) and finds his way into a small riverside community where traditional life is threatened by modernisation. There he is accepted as if he were Christ himself. Olmi parallels many New Testament stories and figures, and echoes The Da Vinci Code too, particularly in his depiction of the priesthood. (He is coy about the status of his protagonist’s relationship to the Mary Magdalene equivalent.) Much of the film is an exquisitely photographed idyll of life on the banks of the Po . The benign picture of natural harmony, beatific humanity and divine mystery radiates a deep sense of tranquillity and pleasure. — BG
        “This profoundly Catholic, profoundly personal fable veers, like many Olmi films, between the seemingly inept and the spellbindingly innocent, magical in its tenderness, its striking visuals and its unpredictability. Don’t miss.“ — Geoff Andrew, Time Out
         
        “’Are books more important than having coffee with a friend?’ asks the heretical professor. Is the cinema more important than the natural beauties it captures? One Hundred Nails is, as they say, an ’old man’s film’, with no sense of propriety whatsoever, happily if not joyously at odds with itself. Thematically and stylistically speaking, it is an oasis amidst the endless buzzing of an aggressive film culture.“  — Kent Jones, Film Comment
         
        SESSION TIMES
        19 Jul | 1:45pm | Embassy Theatre
        20 Jul | 6:00pm | Penthouse Cinema
         
         
         
        12.   Secret Sunshine
         
        Director: Lee Chang-dong
        Year: 2007
        Running time: 142 mins
        Korea
        In Korean with English subtitles
        M violence, sex scenes
         
         
        Festivals: Cannes (In Competition) , Toronto , New York , Vancouver , London , Pusan 2007; Rotterdam 2008
        Best Actress, Cannes Film Festival 2007
         
        The most admired Korean film of 2007 defies genre and synopsis. Its changing moods reflect the fortunes of the young mother at its centre as she repeatedly absorbs the impact of unforeseeable events. Actress Jeon Do-yeon's elucidation of her spiritual turmoil is incandescent.
         
        "Lee Chang-dong's (Oasis) movie possesses the fullness and complexity of a great novel, revealing new layers the deeper we move into it. It begins as the story of a recent widow and her young son adjusting to their new lives in a small town that suddenly, without warning, becomes a thriller and then a Bressonian study in human suffering. Lee guides Secret Sunshine through these switchblade reversals of comedy and despair, darkness and light with remarkable agility... Jeon Do-yeon fearlessly navigates the movie's turbulent emotional currents, slowly revealing the extraordinary inner strength and grace of a seemingly fragile, uncertain woman." — Scott Foundas
         
        SESSION TIMES
        25 Jul | 8:15pm | Soundings Theatre, Te Papa
        27 Jul | 12:30pm | Soundings Theatre, Te Papa
         
         
         
        13.   If We Knew
         
        Director: Peter Lataster, Petra Lataster-Czisch
        Year: 2007
        Running time: 78 mins
        The Netherlands
        In Dutch with English subtitles
        M adult themes
         
        Festivals: Amsterdam Documentary 2007
         
        Profound and sometimes distressing, this powerful film tracks from up close the staff of a Dutch intensive care neo-natal ward as they care for severely premature newborns. The technology at their disposal allows life to be sustained where death would once have been inevitable, thereby giving rise to grave ethical considerations. Is it right to inflict further suffering in the endeavour to save lives when the odds of succeeding are low; what "quality of life" awaits babies when treatment could result in serious disabilities; if a baby cannot survive without being hooked to a machine, then what "life" is it living? Faced with these questions on a daily basis, these dedicated paediatricians have established a rigorous protocol, but one which has caused an outcry: Dutch paediatricians have been accused of taking a Nazi-like view of their life and death powers. This close encounter leaves us in no doubt that this team is utterly scrupulous and that they are
        reminded daily that the power of medical science has its limits. — SR
         
        SESSION TIMES
        28 Jul | 6:15pm | Film Archive
        29 Jul | 2:45pm | Film Archive
         
         
         
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