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      From: Ajay Bhardwaj <ajayunmukt@...> Add Address
      Date: 2005/12/26 Mon PM 06:36:01 GMT+05:30

      TRI Continental Film Festival 2006

      Dear Fred, Hi! I am forwarding you this message as docu2
      doesn't accept attachments. These attachments have details of
      tricontinental docu film festival in the five metro cities of
      India. Wish you (belated) merry christmas and a happy new
      year. Warmly Ajay
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      AJAY BHARDWAJ
      B-3 / 3259, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi -110070
      Phone 91- 011- 26898610.


      PRESS RELEASE
      For Immediate Release

      Contact:
      Monica Mody/ Alika Khosla
      91 11 2617 6181/ 85
      tri-cff@...

      BREAKTHROUGH PRESENTS

      TRI CONTINENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 2006 Human Rights in Frames

      Moving images speak to us as nothing else does. Films can
      enthrall and educate: the TRI Continental Film Festival
      demonstrates this. Successfully bringing to India the finest
      human rights cinema from the global south, for a second time,
      the festival has been organized by Breakthrough, a human
      rights organization that uses media, education and popular
      culture to promote values of dignity, equality and justice.

      Popular Sufi rock singer Rabbi Shergill opens the 3-day
      festival in Delhi on January 21, after which the festival
      travels to Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata in the two
      weeks following.

      The 16 documentaries selected this year have won accolades
      all over the world. A jury of five -- Amar Kanwar, Arjun
      Chandramohan Bali, Ira Bhaskar, Rituparno Ghosh and Shohini
      Ghosh -- will award one of these with the Jury Prize.
      Additionally, the non-competitive section showcases 4
      outstanding features.

      Filmmakers will be present to discuss their films following
      certain screenings.

      Initiated in Latin America in 2002, South Africa in 2003 and
      India in 2004, the TRI Continental Film Festival (3CFF) has
      become an annual platform for narrative, documentary, feature
      and short length films in the 3 continents. In the last year,
      the first 3CFF in India has travelled to Bangalore,
      Chandigarh, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kolkata, Mumbai, and
      Pune, reaching students and practitioners of human rights and
      film, IITs as well as cultural institutions, focused groups
      as well as general audiences. These films spark discussions,
      debates and conversations everywhere around human rights and
      social justice issues.

      In this yeae's festival, find out what it means to be young,
      talented and a 'born criminal' ('Acting like a Thief'). Meet
      musicians and activists from the 'other' Americas ('Rebel
      Music Americas'). Watch the global media fight the war in
      Iraq ('Weapons of Mass Deception'). Join the global
      resistance to water privatization ('Thirst').

      City/ Dates/ Venue
      New Delhi/ Jan 21 to 23/ India Habitat Centre
      New Delhi/ Jan 22 to 23/ Alliance Francaise
      Mumbai/ Jan 25 to 27/ NCPA Little Theatre
      Bangalore/ Jan 29 to 31/ Alliance Francaise
      Chennai/ Feb 1 to 2/ Film Chamber Theatre
      Kolkata/ Feb 3 to 5/ Nandan

      For details, visit www.breakthough.tv.
      ###

      In collaboration with:
      Uhuru Productions, South Africa
      Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI)
      Habitat Film Club, New Delhi
      Alliance Francaise Delhi
      JACIC, Mumbai
      Suchitra Film Society, Bangalore
      Alliance Francaise Bangalore
      Indo-Cine Appreciation Forum, Chennai
      Cine Central, Kolkata
      Swayam, Kolkata

      breakthrough presents TRI CONTINENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 2006
      Human Rights in Frames

      January 21 to 23, 2006
      Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

      In association with Uhuru Productions, FFSI, Habitat Film
      Club & Alliance Francaise Delhi


      January 21

      6.30 pm INAUGURATION

      7.15 pm SNAPSHOTS OF COURAGE
      No More Tears Sister by Helene Klodawsky (80
      min)
      Beauty Will Save the World by Pietra
      Brettkelly (62 min)


      January 22

      6.30 pm EVERY WAR HAS ITS IMAGE
      14 Episodes by Murad Mazaev (9 min)
      Weapons of Mass Deception by Danny Schechter
      (98 min)

      8.20 pm CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
      Acting like a Thief by Kerim Friedman and Shashwati Talukdar
      (15 min) Filmmakers present
      Sisters in Law by Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi (106 min)


      January 23

      6.30 pm HOME AND BELONGING
      The Concrete Revolution by Xiaolu Guo (61
      min)
      Traje: Women and Weaving in Guatemala by
      Phoebe Hart (10 min)
      The House on Gulmohar Avenue by Samina Mishra (30 min)
      Filmmaker present

      8.15 pm IN A VEIN IRREVERENT
      West Bank Story by Ari Sandel (22 min)

      8.40 pm BIRTH OF A NEW SOUTH AFRICA
      Zulu Love Letter by Ramadan Suleman (100 min)


      * THE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PASSES AVAILABLE AT THE
      VENUE.

      breakthrough presents

      TRI CONTINENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 2006
      Human Rights in Frames

      January 22-23, 2006
      Alliance Francaise, New Delhi

      In association with Uhuru Productions, FFSI, Habitat Film
      Club & Alliance Francaise Delhi

      January 22

      10.30 am EMERGING SONGS
      Angola saudades from the one who loves you by Richard
      Pakleppa (65 min)
      Kitte Mil Ve Mahi by Ajay Bhardwaj (72 min) Filmmaker present

      1.00 pm EMERGING SONGS
      Rebel Music Americas by Malcolm Guy and Marie Boti (79 min)

      2.30 pm BIRTH OF A NEW SOUTH AFRICA
      Homecoming by Norman Maake (90 min)

      4.00 pm CIVIL STRUGGLES
      The Take by Avi Lewis (87 min)


      January 23

      10.30 am CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
      Justiça by Maria Ramos (102 min)

      12.15 pm CIVIL STRUGGLES
      Thirst by Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow (62
      min)

      1.30 pm BODY/CONTROL
      Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan by Petr Lom
      (52 min)
      Sancharram by Ligy Pullapally (107 min)

      4:15 pm Rescreening: JURY PRIZE WINNER

      * THE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PASSES AVAILABLE AT THE
      VENUE.


      BREAKTHROUGH PRESENTS
      TRI CONTINENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 2006
      Human Rights in Frames

      January 29 to 31, 2006
      Alliance Francaise, Bangalore

      In association with Uhuru Productions, FFSI, Suchitra Film
      Society & Alliance Francaise Bangalore


      January 29

      10.30 am HOME AND BELONGING
      The Concrete Revolution by Xiaolu Guo (61
      min)
      Traje: Women and Weaving in Guatemala by
      Phoebe Hart (10 min)
      The House on Gulmohar Avenue by Samina Mishra
      (30 min)

      1.00 pm BODY/CONTROL
      Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan by Petr Lom
      (52 min)
      Sancharram by Ligy Pullapally (107 min)

      4:30 pm EMERGING SONGS
      Angola saudades from the one who loves you by Richard
      Pakleppa (65 min)

      6.:00 pm INAUGURAL CEREMONY

      6:30 pm SNAPSHOTS OF COURAGE
      No More Tears Sister by Helene Klodawsky (80
      min)

      January 30

      10:30 am EMERGING SONGS
      Kitte Mil Ve Mahi by Ajay Bhardwaj (72 min)
      Rebel Music Americas by Malcolm Guy and Marie Boti
      (79 min)

      1:30 pm EVERY WAR HAS ITS IMAGE
      14 Episodes by Murad Mazaev (9 min)
      Weapons of Mass Deception by Danny Schechter
      (98 min)

      3:30 pm SNAPSHOTS OF COURAGE
      Beauty Will Save the World by Pietra
      Brettkelly (62 min)

      5:00 pm CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
      Justa by Maria Ramos (102 min)

      7:00 pm BIRTH OF A NEW SOUTH AFRICA
      Homecoming by Norman Maake (90 min)

      January 31

      10:30 am CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
      Acting like a Thief by Kerim Friedman and
      Shashwati Talukdar (15 min) Playwright Dakxin
      Bajrange present for interaction Sisters in
      Law by Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi (106
      min)

      1:15 pm IN A VEIN IRREVERENT
      West Bank Story by Ari Sandel (22 min)

      1:45 pm CIVIL STRUGGLES The Take by Avi Lewis (87
      min) Thirst by Deborah Kaufman and Alan
      Snitow (62 min) Filmmakers present

      4:30 pm BIRTH OF A NEW SOUTH AFRICA Zulu Love Letter
      by Ramadan Suleman (100 min)

      6:30 pm Rescreening: JURY PRIZE WINNER


      *THE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PASSES AVAILABLE AT THE
      VENUE.

      breakthrough presents
      TRI CONTINENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 2006
      Human Rights in Frames

      January 25 to 27, 2006
      Little Theatre, NCPA

      In association with Uhuru Productions, FFSI & JACIC

      January 25

      10.30 am HOME AND BELONGING
      The Concrete Revolution by Xiaolu Guo (61
      min)
      Traje: Women and Weaving in Guatemala by
      Phoebe Hart (10 min)
      The House on Gulmohar Avenue by Samina Mishra
      (30 min)

      1.00 pm BODY/CONTROL
      Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan by Petr Lom
      (52 min)
      Sancharram by Ligy Pullapally (107 min)

      4:30 pm EMERGING SONGS Angola saudades from the one
      who loves you by Richard Pakleppa (65 min)

      5:40 pm INAUGURAL CEREMONY

      6:30 pm SNAPSHOTS OF COURAGE
      No More Tears Sister by Helene Klodawsky (80
      min)


      January 26

      10:30 am EMERGING SONGS Kitte Mil Ve Mahi by Ajay
      Bhardwaj (72 min) Rebel Music Americas by
      Malcolm Guy and Marie Boti (79 min)

      1:30 pm EVERY WAR HAS ITS IMAGE
      14 Episodes by Murad Mazaev (9 min)
      Weapons of Mass Deception by Danny Schechter
      (98 min)

      3:30 pm SNAPSHOTS OF COURAGE
      Beauty Will Save the World by Pietra
      Brettkelly (62 min)

      5:00 pm CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
      Justiça by Maria Ramos (102 min)

      7:00 pm BIRTH OF A NEW SOUTH AFRICA
      Homecoming by Norman Maake (90 min)


      January 27

      10:30 am CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
      Acting like a Thief by Kerim Friedman and
      Shashwati Talukdar (15 min) Author of
      'Branded by Law', Dilip DSouza, present for
      interaction Sisters in Law by Kim Longinotto
      and Florence Ayisi (106 min)

      1:15 pm IN A VEIN IRREVERENT
      West Bank Story by Ari Sandel (22 min)

      1:45 pm CIVIL STRUGGLES The Take by Avi Lewis (87
      min) Thirst by Deborah Kaufman and Alan
      Snitow (62 min) Filmmakers present

      4:30 pm BIRTH OF A NEW SOUTH AFRICA Zulu Love Letter
      by Ramadan Suleman (100 min)

      6:30 pm Rescreening: JURY PRIZE WINNER


      TRI CONTINENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 2006
      February 3 to 5, 2006
      Nandan, Kolkata

      In association with Uhuru Productions, FFSI, Cine Central and
      Swayam

      February 3

      4.00 pm HOME AND BELONGING The Concrete Revolution by
      Xiaolu Guo (61 min) The House on Gulmohar
      Avenue by Samina Mishra (30 min)

      5.35 pm BODY/CONTROL Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan
      by Petr Lom (52 min)

      6.30 pm INAUGURAL CEREMONY

      7.00 pm BODY/CONTROL Sancharram by Ligy Pullapally
      (107 min)

      8.50 pm EMERGING SONGS Rebel Music Americas by
      Malcolm Guy and Marie Boti (79 min)

      February 4

      4.00 pm SNAPSHOTS OF COURAGE No More Tears Sister by
      Helene Klodawsky (80 min) Beauty Will Save
      the World by Pietra Brettkelly (62 min)

      6.25 pm EVERY WAR HAS ITS IMAGE 14 Episodes by Murad
      Mazaev (9 min) Weapons of Mass Deception by
      Danny Schechter (98 min)

      8.25 pm BIRTH OF A NEW SOUTH AFRICA Homecoming by
      Norman Maake (90 min)

      February 5

      4.00 pm CRIME AND PUNISHMENT Acting like a Thief
      by Kerim Friedman and Shashwati Talukdar (15
      min) Sisters in Law by Kim Longinotto and
      Florence Ayisi (106 min)

      6.05 pm CIVIL STRUGGLES The Take by Avi Lewis (87 min)

      7.35 pm EMERGING SONGS Angola saudades from the one
      who loves you by Richard Pakleppa (65 min)

      8.40 pm BIRTH OF A NEW SOUTH AFRICA Zulu Love Letter
      by Ramadan Suleman (100 min)

      * THE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PASSES AVAILABLE AT THE VENUE.

      February 1 & 2, 2006
      South Indian Film Chamber Theatre, Chennai

      In association with Uhuru Productions, FFSI & Indo-Cine
      Appreciation Forum

      February 1

      11.00 am HOME AND BELONGING The Concrete Revolution by
      Xiaolu Guo (61 min) The House on Gulmohar
      Avenue by Samina Mishra (30 min)

      12.35 pm BODY/CONTROL Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan
      by Petr Lom (52 min)

      1.30 pm EMERGING SONGS Rebel Music Americas by
      Malcolm Guy and Marie Boti (79 min)

      2.50 pm CRIME AND PUNISHMENT Acting like a Thief by
      Kerim Friedman and Shashwati Talukdar (15
      min) Sisters in Law by Kim Longinotto and
      Florence Ayisi (106 min)

      4.55 pm CIVIL STRUGGLES The Take by Avi Lewis (87
      min) Thirst by Deborah Kaufman and Alan
      Snitow (62 min) Filmmakers present

      7.25 pm BIRTH OF A NEW SOUTH AFRICA Zulu Love Letter
      by Ramadan Suleman (100 min)


      February 2

      10.00 am SNAPSHOTS OF COURAGE No More Tears Sister
      by Helene Klodawsky (80 min)

      11.25 am EVERY WAR HAS ITS IMAGE 14 Episodes by Murad
      Mazaev (9 min) Weapons of Mass Deception by
      Danny Schechter (98 min)

      1.15 pm BIRTH OF A NEW SOUTH AFRICA Homecoming by
      Norman Maake (90 min)


      Title Director Contact Time Year Country Synopsis Awards

      BIRTH OF A NEW SOUTH AFRICA

      Homecoming FEATURE Norman Maake David Max Brown (producer):
      dmaxbrown@... 90 2005 South Africa "Homecoming" is a
      story of loves lost, futures promised and the price of
      freedom, but above all it is about friendship. Set in 1996,
      it is a heart-wrenching thriller about three boyhood friends,
      ANC exiles, who come back home to post-apartheid South
      Africa. Charlie, Peter and Thabo are forced to deal with the
      realities of the apartheid era and their friendship begins to
      take on a new meaning. This feature's cast includes South
      Africa's most acclaimed actors.

      Zulu Love Letter FEATURE Ramadan Suleman Bheki Peterson,
      producer: bheki@... 100 2004 South
      Africa/France A keen and insightful psychological drama, Zulu
      Love Letter presents the emotional journey of two mothers
      searching for their daughters. Tormented by the haunting
      images and unrelenting grief of the past, single mother and
      journalist Thandi has difficulty communicating with her
      estranged daughter, Mangi. Thirteen-year old Mangi is deaf
      and dumb due to the beating that the pregnant Thandi received
      at the same time that her friends, Mike and Dineo, were
      murdered by an Apartheid hit squad. Mike and Dineo’s fate
      pursues her, especially when Dineo's mother appears
      requesting that Thandi testify before the Truth and
      Reconciliation Commission. Grand Prix Du Mellieur Scenariste-
      Special Jury Award, organised by Sopadin, France, 2001

      BODY/CONTROL

      Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan Petr Lom petr@... 52
      2004 Kyrgyzstan/Canada/Czech Rep Bride kidnapping is a common
      way of marrying in Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet repubilc in
      Central Asia. This ancient custom has become more widespread
      since Kyrgyzstan’s independence: because of increasing
      poverty, many choose to kidnap because they cannot afford the
      typically steep bride price asked by a Kyrgyz girl’s family.
      Typically, the groom takes several friends, hires a car,
      stakes out his bride-to-be's movements, and snatches her off
      the street. The woman is taken to the groom's family home. A
      delegation is then sent to her family to inform them of the
      kidnapping. The abducted woman is kept until someone from her
      family arrives to determine whether she will marry her
      abductor. The level of consent and the familiarity of the
      bride with the groom vary. Sometimes the kidnappings are
      consensual - the bride is engaged to the groom and agrees to
      her “abduction”, a playful ritual, prior to marriage. But in
      many other cases, the bride has never met the groom before
      her abduction, and does not want to marry. Recent studies
      estimate that about half of all rural marriages in Kyrgyzstan
      today are conducted through kidnapping, and that in half of
      these marriages the bride is forced to marry against her
      will. This documentary - the first to ever document the
      custom - follows the dramatic stories of four of
      non-consensual kidnappings.

      Sancharram (The Journey) FEATURE Ligy Pullapally Jeffrey
      Winter, Wolfe Video: jeffreyw@... 107 2004 India Set
      in the lush, rural Kerala, The Journey begins with the
      childhood friendship between beautiful, outgoing Delilah, a
      Christian girl, and the sober, idealistic, and inwardly
      focused Kiran, whose Nair family settles next door. They
      quickly become inseparable, and in time Kiran feels attracted
      to Delilah, but suppresses it. She finds a Bergerac-like
      outlet by writing love letters to Delilah for Rajan, a local
      boy pursuing her. When Delilah learns the truth about the
      letters, she responds – to Kiran. As neighbors begin to talk,
      Delilah’s family flies into panic mode with arranged marriage
      plans; meanwhile Kiran fights back, leaving Delilah in the
      middle of a tug of war. The director achieves in this film a
      piquancy that deepens a sensitively drawn story. 40th Chicago
      International Film Festival - The Chicago Award for Best
      Film; Special Jury Prize- John Abraham Award, Kerela; Jury
      Prize- Kerala State Film Awards, 2005; Frameline Film
      Completion Award, San Francisco, 2004

      CIVIL STRUGGLES

      The Take Avi Lewis Jackie Joiner (from Avi Lewis' office):
      klp123@... 87 2004 Canada In the wake of Argentina’s
      spectacular economic collapse in 2001, Latin America’s most
      prosperous middle class finds itself in a ghost town of
      abandoned factories and mass unemployment. In suburban Buenos
      Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their
      idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All
      they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple
      act - the take - has the power to turn the globalization
      debate on its head. Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein take viewers
      inside the lives of ordinary visionaries, as they reclaim
      their work, their dignity and their democracy.

      Thirst Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow secrets@... 62
      2004 USA Columbus International Film Festival - The Chris
      Statuette, Columbus, Ohio, 2004; Earth Vision Film Festival -
      1st Prize, Environment and Social Justice, Santa Cruz,
      California, 2004

      CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

      Justica Maria Ramos Daniëlle Geuke (distributor)
      mail@... 102 2004 Netherlands In Justiça, Maria
      Ramos puts a camera where many Brazilians have never been - a
      criminal courtroom in Rio de Janeiro, following the daily
      routine of several characters. There are those that work
      there every day (public attorneys, judges, and prosecutors)
      and those that are merely passing through (the accused). The
      camera is used as an instrument that sees the social theater,
      the structures of power - that is to say, what is, in
      general, invisible to us. With her options clear, and
      unobscured by her choice for sobriety and simplicity, Maria
      Ramos makes it evident that, like documentary making, justice
      is a long way from being impartial. How and for whom the
      judicial system works for in Brazil is the fundamental
      question dealt with in this film, without providing any
      definite answers or making preconceived judgements.

      Acting Like a Thief Kerim Friedman & Shashwati Talukdar
      mail@... 15 2005 India/USA "Acting Like a Thief" is
      a short film about the Budhan Theatre of Chharanagar.
      Starting with playwright Dakxin Bajrange discussing his
      arrest the film brings us inside the lives of a dedicated
      group of young actors and their families as they discuss what
      it means to be a "born criminal" and how theater changed
      their lives. The members of Budhan Theatre are Chhara
      tribals. They were notified as "born criminals" by the
      British, and imprisoned in a labor camp in Ahmedabad. After
      Indian independence they were de-notified, but the stigma of
      being a "born criminal" follows them to this day.

      Sisters in Law Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi Kim
      Longinotto: tg@... 106 2005 UK Selected for
      Cannes this year, "Sisters in Law" is a totally fascinating -
      often hilarious - look at the work of one small courthouse in
      South West Cameroon. The two women at the heart of the doco
      wouldn't be out of place in an Alexander McCall Smith
      bestseller. As the State Counsel and Court President, they
      dispense wisdom, wisecracks and justice in fair measure. The
      victims of crime - an abused child, a woman daring to accuse
      a man of rape, and another trying to end a brutal marriage in
      a society where divorce is taboo - are handled with fierce
      compassion. You will feel like cheering when justice is
      served. Prix Art Et Essai, Cannes, France, 2005

      EMERGING SONGS

      Angola saudades from the one who loves you Richard Pakleppa
      Neil Brandt (prod): sandman@... 65 2005 Angola The
      civil war in Angola tore the country in two for twenty-seven
      years. Three years ago peace was negotiated. For the first
      time since the country's independence it is united, but it
      has also been totally destroyed. Nevertheless, Pakleppa opens
      his film with an optimistic promise: "Angola longs for a new
      future," sings a woman in Portuguese. A politician, an
      ambitious rapper, and a street urchin amidst the worst
      possible misery all tell how beautiful and rich Angola
      actually is.

      Kitte Mil Ve Mahi (Where the Twain Shall Meet) Ajay Bhardwaj
      26898610, ajayunmukt@... 72 2005 India Travel to the
      heart of Punjab. Enter a world of Sufi shrines worshipped and
      looked after by Dalits. Listen to B.S. Balli Qawwal
      Paslewale, the first generation Dalit Qawwals born out of
      this tradition. Join a fascinating dialogue with Lal Singh
      Dil - a radical poet, a Dalit, converted to Islam. Meet the
      last living legend of the Gadar movement, Baba Bhagat Singh
      Bilga, who contests the subversion of a common past, while
      affirming a new consciousness among Dalits, within and beyond
      Punjab. "Kitte Mil Ve Mahi" is people's narrative of the
      little-known cultural/spiritual universe of Punjab.

      Rebel Music Americas Malcolm Guy, Marie Boti mguy@...,
      mboti@... 79 2004 Canada From Tierra del Fuego to the
      Rio Grande, the "other" Americas are in turmoil, and in the
      midst of the social and political movements rocking the
      region are four groups of passionate musicians. Theirs is the
      music of the America of the South - popular, dynamic,
      rebellious and more often than not "anti-American". It's the
      rhythms and voices of Afro-Colombian musicians from
      communities forcibly displaced by the military; of Lila Downs
      and the struggle of women and indigenous peoples in Mexico;
      of Santa Reveulta and unemployed workers blocking access to a
      refinery in Buenos Aires, and Chico Cesar joining a land
      occupation of the Landless Worker's Movement (MST) in Brazil.
      Best Documentary - Roma Independent Film Festival

      EVERY WAR HAS ITS IMAGE

      14 Episodes Murad Mazaev Islam Bashirov (Kaukasus TV
      Foundation): info@... 9 2004
      Ukraine/Netherlands/Chechen Republic of Ichkerya This
      documentary short consists direct and fragmentary narratives
      of dead, wounded and fleeing civilians and soldiers from the
      first and second Russian-Chechen wars. Torn metal, the bare
      face of death, helplessness - nothing is side-stepped,
      bearing testimony to the scale and severity of this
      extraordinarily savage war. The material was given by the
      Ukranian TV reporter Taras Protsuk, killed in Iraq on 8 April
      2003, and also Adam Tepsurkaev (killed in Chechnya) and Islam
      Saydaev. Melbourne Film International Festival- Award for
      Short Film Promoting Human Rights (special citation),
      Melbourne, Australia, 2005 International Documentary Film
      Festival- Amnesty International Prize, Amsterdam, 2004

      Weapons of Mass Deception Danny Schechter
      danny@..., Esti Marpet: esti@... 98 2004
      USA There were two wars going on in Iraq. One was fought with
      armies of soldiers, bombs and a fearsome military force. The
      other was fought alongside it with cameras, satellites,
      armies of journalists and propanganda techniques. The TV
      networks in America considered their non-stop coverage their
      finest hour, but different countries saw different wars. Why?
      WMD explores this story with the findings of a gutsy, media
      insider-turned-outsider, former network journalist, Danny
      Schechter, who is also one of America's most prolific media
      critics. Denver International Film Festival- Best
      Documentary, Denver, USA, 2004

      HOME AND BELONGING

      The Concrete Revolution Xiaolu Guo xiaolu@... 61
      2004 China/UK A meditation on the price which is being paid
      for the building of the new China, the film starts with the
      unemployed peasants rushing into Beijing to work on the
      demolition and the construction of the city. New China uses
      these people's desperation to realize its huge ambitions. But
      the construction workers don't belong in Beijing, and Beijing
      has no place for them either. They long to return to their
      hometowns. The director is implicated too - does she also
      need to return home? As China sends rockets into space and
      prepares to host the 2008 Olympics, this film essay shows a
      crucial turning point in China's history and captures a
      rapidly disappearing past and erosion of every individual's
      roots. International Human Rights Film Festival- Grand Prix,
      Paris, 2005

      Traje: Women and Weaving in Guatemala Phoebe Hart
      hartflicker@... 10 2004 Guatemala The Maya people of
      Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, in particular the women, wear
      their traditional indigenous dress with pride. Handmade with
      a simple backstrap loom and embroidered with designs, symbols
      and stories that date back to antiquity, traje poses a
      colourful challenge to the pressures of changing values,
      global economies, and discrimination threatening the Mayan
      weaving practice. The film tells the story of three women who
      are resisting the homogenising effects of "western" culture.

      The House on Gulmohar Avenue Samina Mishra samina@... 30
      2005 India Sometimes the story of a life is the story of a
      search to be at home. "The House on Gulmohar Avenue" traces
      the personal journey of the filmmaker through the ideas of
      identity and belonging. The film is set in a part of New
      Delhi called Okhla, where four generations of the filmmaker's
      family have lived. An area that is predominantly inhabited by
      Muslims. An area that is sometimes also called Mini Pakistan.
      The filmmaker's personal history is a hybrid one but she grew
      up as a Muslim. Set against a quiet presence of the political
      context in India, the film seeks an honest and deeply
      personal understanding of what this means - when she is aware
      of being Muslim, when does it matter to her and when is it
      easier to forget it. In the journey to answer these difficult
      questions, the film seeks out encounters with other residents
      of Okhla to arrive at a complex understanding of what it can
      mean to be a Muslim in India today.

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      West Bank Story FEATURE Ari Sandel ariari@... 21 2005
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      of competing falalfel stands in the West Bank. David, an
      Israeli soldier, falls in love with the beautiful Palestinian
      cashier, Fatima, despite the animosity between their
      families' dueling restaurants. Can the couple's love
      withstand a 2000 year old conflict and their families' desire
      to control the future of the chickpea in the Middle East?

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      in the West. Then in 2002 he hosted the first Miss Net World
      beauty pageant, a first for Libya. "Beauty Will Save the
      World" follows the exploits of 19 year-old Teca Zendik, the
      American contender for the crown. She sets out with her
      political loyalties in check, even refusing to wear the
      competition uniform - a tshirt emblazoned with Gadaffi's
      likeness. How then does she assume the position of honorary
      consul to the US for Libya in a mere matter of months? Marvel
      at how diplomatic ties are re-established between two nations
      while enjoying the behind-the-scenes antics of a beauty
      pageant.

      No More Tears Sister: An Anatomy of Hope and Betrayal Helene
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      heleneklo@... 80 2004 Canada A story of love, revolution
      and betrayal, "No More Tears Sister" explores the price of
      truth in times of war. Set during the violent ethnic conflict
      that has enveloped Sri Lanka over decades, the documentary
      recreates the courageous and vibrant life of renowed human
      rights activist Dr. Rajani Thiranagama. Mother, anatomy
      professor, author and symbol of hope, Rajani was assassinated
      at the age of thirty-five. 15 years after Rajani's death, her
      charismatic older sister Nirmala, a former Tamil militant and
      political prisoner, journeys back to Sri Lanka. She has
      decided to break her long silence about Rajani's passionate
      life and her brutal slaying. Joining her are Rajani's
      husband, sisters and grown daughters, as well as fellow
      activists forced underground. Stunningly photographed, using
      rare archival footage, intimate correspondence and poetic
      recreations, the film recounts Rajani's dramatic story and
      delves into rarely explored themes - revolutionary women and
      their dangerous pursuit of justice. Columbus International
      Film and Video Festival, Worthington, USA, 2005
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