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disTHIS! Goes Uptown w/Margaret mead Film & Video Festival, Nov 12-15

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  • Lawrence Carter-Long
    The Disabilities Network of NYC and disTHIS! are pleased to co-sponsor 4 films at the 33rd Annual Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival!!! November 12-15! All
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 6, 2009

      The Disabilities Network of NYC and disTHIS! are pleased to co-sponsor 4 films at the 33rd Annual Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival!!! November 12-15! All screenings are held at the American Museum of Natural History. See below for information about the films, tickets and the location.  Mention disTHIS! to receive Member price of $10!

      Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement
      Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir, 2009, 61 min, U.S.
      New York Premiere

      edie adn theaWhen Edie and Thea first met, they danced so long that Edie wore a hole in her stocking. Both now in their 80s, the couple light-heartedly reminisce about their storied relationship, which began in New York City in the early 1960s. Facing homophobic families, prejudiced co-workers, and Thea's diagnosis with multiple sclerosis, they managed to stay together through it all. A loving look at a long-term relationship, Edie and Thea also serves as a lens through which to see the history of the American gay rights movement.
      Friday, November 13
      5:00 pm, Program F3
      Filmmakers and Edie in person

      War + Love in Kabul
      (Mein Herz sicht die Welt Schwarz-Eine Liebe in Kabul )
      Helga Reidemeister, 2009, 87 min, Afghanistan , Germany
      U.S. Premiere

      war and love in kabulShaima and Hossein are in love. But Shaima is already married to another, and Hossein is a paraplegic unable to work. Add to these already extraordinary problems the threat of igniting a generation-decimating blood feud, and the unfolding drama takes on the dimensions of a Shakespearean play. Helga Reidemeister's observational camera captures the muddy hues of bombed-out Kabul and the whispering worlds of Afghani women, as she demonstrates not only the difficulties of lives lived in a perpetual war zone but also of an outsider trying to penetrate the layers of truth.
      Saturday, November 14
      2 pm, Program F11

      How I Am
      (Wie Ich Bin)
      Ingrid Demetz, Caroline Leitner, and Daniel Mazza
      2008, 49 min, Italy

      how i am"I'm like a hermit on an island," is how Patrick, an autistic teenager, describes himself. Trapped in his own body, he attempts to reach others with "talk written down," his own poetic prose, which acts as a free-form guide through this intimate portrait of a disability. With a delicate hand, the filmmakers show Patrick's discomfort with the outer world of family and school as well as his affinity for the natural world. As the camera tries to reach through his disability, Patrick himself reveals the limitations of language as an expression of an inner life. (preceded by Speech Memory)
      Saturday, November 14
      5:30 pm, Program F16
      Filmmaker in person

      Voices from El-Sayed
      (Shablul Bamidbar)
      Oded Adomi Leshem, 2009, 75 min, Israel
      New York Festival Premiere

      voices from el-sayedGenerations of intra-marriage among Bedouins in the Negev desert has created the largest deaf community in the world. Wary of outsiders and neglected by the Israeli government, which still has not brought electricity to this 200-year-old village, the people of El-Sayed have developed their own unique sign language. When two-year-old Muhammed gets surgery for a cochlear implant, the community waits to see if it will work as they simultaneously grapple with the threat its success would pose to their language and culture.  Presented with ASL interpretation for Q&A following the film.
      Sunday, November 15
      4 pm, Program F24
      Filmmaker in person

      Blind Loves
      (Slepe Lasky)
      Juraj Lehotsky
      2008, 77 min, Slovakia
      New York Premiere

      blind lovesSitting around the parlor one afternoon in their home in Levo?a, Slovakia , Peter and Iveta imagine an underwater world, him noodling on the piano, her knitting vigorously. Director Juraj Lehotský obliges the married couple's fantasies, rendering them in a fanciful vignette. But neither Peter nor Iveta can see it. They are both blind. Combining moody, low-light cinematography, an artist's eye for composition, and a sharp ear for quotidian sounds, Blind Loves depicts the day-to-day world of four blind couples, rich in other sensory experiences. Introduced and talkback facilitated by disTHIS’ own Lawrence Carter-Long.
      Sunday, November 15
      6:00 pm, Program F25

      For all Mead programs enter at 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

      Order Tickets By Phone: 212-769-5200
      Online: http://www.amnh.org/mead
      On-site: During Museum hours at the Advance Group Sales desk in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda (Central Park West at 79th Street entrance), and at the Rose Center for Earth and Space ( 81st Street entrance).

      Mention disTHIS! to receive Member price of $10!

      To view the festival's full schedule please visit:

      The 2009 Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, the longest running showcase for international documentaries in the United States , celebrates 33 years!

      American Museum of Natural History
      Central Park West at 79th Street
      New York , New York 10024

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