Kriti Film Club screenings in February: American Documentary Showcase

Kriti Film Club

invites you for two days of documentary film shows

- the American Documentary Showcase

Day 1, Feb19th: Themes - Conflict…Identities…Personal Journies…

Day 2, Feb 20th: Themes - Films for Children, Creative expressions, Theatre, Film making, Autism, Corporatisation, Control over natural resources…

Friday, 19th February 2010

4.00 pm – 7.30 pm: Conflict…Identities…Personal Journies

4.00 – 4.45 pm: "CHILDREN IN NO MAN'S LAND"
DIRECTOR: Anayansi Prado/ 39 mins./ 2008

SYNOPSIS: Follows The Plight Of Unaccompanied Minors Who Travel Into The United States. Two Young Cousins Attempt To Cross The Us/Mexico Border Alone To Reunite With Their Mothers In The Midwest.

-- DIRECTOR PRADO: Latina Magazine Named Her One Of Three Up-And-Coming Latina Filmmakers In The United States. She Is Executive Producer Of A New Discovery Series On Humanitarian Issues In The Latino Community In The U.S.

4.45 – 5.30 pm: Snack/ Chai and Browsing time @ inhouse Kriti ecocafe and Gestures docushop stall

5.30 – 7.30 pm: "THE BETRAYAL"
Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath/ 97 mins./ 2008

SYNOPSIS: Filmed Over 23 Years, Tells The Story Of A Family's Epic Journey From War-Torn Laos To The Mean Streets Of New York. Thavisouk Phrasaveth Tells His Own Story Of Struggling As A Young Man To Survive Both The War And The Hardships Of Immigrant Life, As Well As His Mother's Astonishing Tale Of Perseverance.

DIRECTOR KURAS: Award-Winning Cinematographer And Three-Time Winner At Sundance, This Is Her Directing Debut. Laotian Co-Director Phrasavath Is Also The Main Subject Of The Film.

Saturday, 20th February 2010

11.00 am – 1.15 pm: Docus for children…for creative expressions in theatre and film making

11.15 am to 12.15 pm: "THE HOBART SHAKESPEAREANS"
Mel Stuart/ 56 mins./ 2005

SYNOPSIS: Year After Year, The Hobart Shakespeareans Excel. They Read Passionately, Far Above Their Grade Level; Tackle Algebra, And Stage Shakespeare So Professionally That They Often Wow Actor Sir Ian Mckellen.

This Takes Place At A Large Los Angeles Public Elementary School. Few Of The Children At Hobart Elementary School Speak English As A First Language And Many Are From Poor Or Troubled Families.

-- DIRECTOR STUART: Has Won Four Emmy Awards, A Peabody Award, And An Academy Award Nomination For His Work.

Stuart Has Made Over 180 Films, Incuding Documentaries "Man Ray: Prophet Of The Avant-Garde" And "Billy Wilder - The Human Comedy" For Pbs, The Tv Dramas "Ruby And Oswald"

12.30 – 1.00 pm: "BEGINNING FILMMAKING"
Jay Rosenblatt/ 23 mins./ 2008

SYNOPSIS: A Portrait Of A Very Young Artist And An Enthusiastic Father Who Discovers Truth In The Clich "Creative Differences" When He Attempts To Teach His 4-Year-Old Daughter About Filmmaking. Ella Learns What She Wants To, Discards What She Doesn't, And Is Determined To Be A Star In Her Own Mind.

-- DIRECTOR ROSENBLATT: A Former A Film And Video Production Instructor At Stanford University And Elsewhere, His Films Have Won Over One Hundred Awards And Have Been Screened Throughout The World.

1.15 – 3.00 pm: Lunch time/ Browsing time @ inhouse Kriti ecocafe and Gestures Docushop stall

3.00 pm – 4.45 pm: Special Documentary - "AUTISM, THE MUSICAL"
Patricia Regan/ 93 mins./2007

SYNOPSIS: Follows Five Autistic Children And Their Families Over The Course Of Six Months And Captures Their Distinct Personal Struggles, Pressures And Triumphs As The Children Write, Rehearse And Perform Their Own Full-Length Musical.

-- DIRECTOR REGAN: Award Winning Director, Producer, And Cinematographer Of Documentaries, Her Work Has Been Theatrically Distributed And Broadcast On Five Different Continents In Six Different Languages.

4.45 pm – 5.15 pm: Snack/Popcorn/ Chai/ Coffee time @inhouse Kriti ecocafe and Browsing time @Gestures Docushop stall

5.15 pm – 6.45 pm: Politics of corporatisation...control over resources

Scott Hamilton Kennedy/ 80 mins./ 2008 (Won Grand Jury Award At Silverdocs Documentary Festival)

SYNOPSIS: Follows The Plight Of Mostly Immigrant Farmers From The Tilled Soil Of The United States' Largest Urban Farm To Los Angeles City Hall, Telling The Story Of Back Room Deals, Land Developers, Green Politics, Poverty, Power And Racial Discord As The Farmers Organize And Speak Out While Bulldozers Are Poised To Level Their 14-Acre Oasis.

-- DIRECTOR KENNEDY: His Debut Documentary, "Ot: Our Town". Won Awards At Top Film Festivals And Was Nominated For Best Documentary By The Ifp Independent Spirit Awards.

Some chai and eats could be accessed @ the inhouse Kriti ecocafe before you leave for home!

Kriti Film Club is an independent and educational documentary viewing and sharing initiative of Kriti team, which works as a knowledge and skill support group on development and human rights.

Open for all. Confirmations requested as seating is limited.