Human Rights Watch – 8th – 22nd

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Date/Time: 08/06/2006 12:00 am

The festival runs from Thu 8 to Thu 22 http://www.hrw.org/iff/2006/ny
Sun June 11
1:00pm Iraq in Fragments James Longley, USA, 2006; 96m
Discussion with filmmaker to follow
6:30pm Source (Zdroj) Martin Mareek & Martin Skalský, Czech R, 2005; 75m
Mon June 12
9:30pm Shadya Roy Westler, Israel, 2005; 52m
preceded by
They Call Me Muslim Diana Ferrero, US/Italy, 2005; 27m
Discussion with filmmaker Diana Ferrero to follow
Wed June 14
6:30pm Shadya preceded by They Call Me Muslim
Discussion with filmmaker Diana Ferrero to follow
9:00pm Source (Zdroj)
Thu June 15
1:00pm Source (Zdroj)
3:30pm Shadya preceded by They Call Me Muslim
Sun June 18
1:00pm Winter in Baghdad (Invierno en Bagdad)
Javier Corcuera, Spain, 2005; 78m
Discussion with filmmaker to follow
6:30pm Men on the Edge – Fishermens Diary
Avner Faingulernt and Macabit Abramzon, Israel, 2005; 90m
Discussion with filmmakers to follow
Mon June 19
6:15pm Smiling in a War Zone
Simone Aaberg Kaern and Magnus Bejmar, Dnmrk/Swed/Ger/Fin 2005 78m
Discussion with filmmaker to follow (TBC)
8:45pm Men on the Edge Fishermens Diary
Discussion with filmmakers to follow (TBC)
Tue June 20
8:45pm Winter in Baghdad (Invierno en Bagdad)
Discussion with filmmaker to follow
Wed June 21
1:00pm Smiling in a War Zone
3:30pm Winter in Baghdad (Invierno en Bagdad)
8:45pm The Road to Guantanamo
Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, UK, 2006; 95m
Discussion with filmmaker to follow
Thu June 22
3:30pm Men On The Edge Fishermens Diary
Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center
165 West 65th Street, plaza level (bet B’way & Amsterdam Av)
Subways: 1 to 66th Street Lincoln Ctr Buses: M5 M7 M104
More options available at nearby Columbus Circle.
General admission is $10, $6 for Film Society members
$7 for full-time students with valid photo ID
$5 for seniors 65 & up ~ only at screenings Mon-Fri before 6pm
For group sales, (212) 875-5645 weekdays between 11:30am and 5:00pm.
* The Walter Reade Theater Box Office: Mon-Fri open 12:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday one half hour before the start of the first film
* Website: www.filmlinc.com :VISA/MASTERCARD only. $1.25 surcharge per tix
* Automated Phone Service: (212) 496-3809, up to seven days in advance
VISA/MASTERCARD only. $1.25 surcharge per ticket
customer Service Helpline: 212-875-5367.
Iraq in Fragments
James Longley, USA, 2006, 96m, 35mm, doc
In Arabic and Kurdish with English subtitles
Triple award-winner at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival (Documentary
Directing, Cinematography and Editing Awards), Iraq in Fragments is more
than a singularly accomplished documentary film – it is an astonishing
work of art. Culled from 300 hours of footage taken over a two-year
period, and presented without scripted voice-over, the film is at once
expansive and intimate, harrowing and transcendent. Filmmaker James
Longley’s (Gaza Strip) documentary feature shadows ordinary Iraqi citizens
in three crucial yet fractured regions – Baghdad; the Shiite south; the
Kurdish north – as they struggle through a chaotic present and face a
distant, uncertain future. In old Baghdad, buildings burn, U.S. tanks
patrol, and an 11-year-old mechanic scurries amid the rubble to please his
intimidating boss as neighborhood men angrily indict the Americans. Then,
guided by a young leader in Moqtada Sadr’s Shiite revolutionary movement,
the film proceeds south, where political arguments ricochet across cafés
and meeting halls, and young Shiite men take to the streets to enforce
religious laws and stage an anti-U.S. uprising. In the northern Kurdish
countryside, where smoke from brick ovens billows in the sky, a farmer,
grateful to America for removing Saddam, ruminates on the future of his
family and people while his teenage son tirelessly tends sheep and dreams
of becoming a doctor. These indelible portraits, painted with strikingly
beautiful vérité immediacy and poetic visual juxtapositions, humanize the
conflict and illuminate the textures and tensions of a country wrenched by
occupation and pulled in disparate directions by religion and ethnicity.
*Winner of the 2006 HRWIFF Nestor Almendros Prize. Presented in
association with the Tribeca Film Festival
IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS will premiere theatrically at Film Forum in New York
City on November 8.
Films website: http://www.iraqinfragments.com
SHOWTIMES: Sun June 11: 1
Discussion with filmmaker and reception to follow
*Sign language interpretation will be provided for the introduction and
post-film discussion
Men on the Edge Fishermens Diary
Avner Faingulernt and Macabit Abramzon, Israel, 2005, 90m, video, doc
In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles
On the border between Gaza and Israel lies an isolated and abandoned beach
where, against all odds, Israeli and Palestinian fishermen lived and
fished together from 1999 to 2003. The Palestinians were teaching the
Israelis ancient fishing techniques transmitted from one generation to the
next and the Israelis, by their presence, were enabling the Palestinians
to continue to fish in Israeli waters. The film intimately and beautifully
documents these four crucial years in the lives of this eclectic group of
men from warring cultures, who are brought together by their shared work
and the natural threats they face each day in the open sea. Ultimately it
is not the harshness of nature that is the greatest obstacle to their
work, but the pressures of politics and the fighting surrounding their
Distributor: F.P.A.D. Ltd. Website: http://www.fpad.tv
SHOWTIMES: Sun June 18: 6:30; Mon June 19: 8:45; Thurs June 22: 3:30
The Road to Guantanamo
Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, UK, 2006, 95m, 35mm, drama
In English and Arabic with English subtitles
In The Road to Guantanamo, co-directors Michael Winterbottom and Mat
Whitecross recount the true story of four British Muslim men who visit
Afghanistan just as war is breaking out in late 2001, and end up in
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as prisoners of the U.S. government. Winterbottom
skillfully blends archival footage, real-life interviews, and dramatized
scenes shot on location in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran to give a
visceral sense of the mens experience. Held by the Americans initially at
Kandahar Airbase in Afghanistan, they face physical abuse and
mistreatment. Transferred to Camp X-Ray, the holding block at the time for
detainees on arrival at Guantanamo, the men are locked in open-air cells
resembling dog kennels. Both there and at Guantanamo’s Camp Delta, they
are interrogated by CIA, FBI, and military personnel and held for nearly
two years without charge before being released. The film delivers a
powerful critique of the dangerous disregard of the Geneva Conventions by
the United States and its allies.*Winner of the Silver Bear for Best
Director at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival.
Films website: http://www.roadtoguantanamomovie.com
SHOWTIMES: Wed June 21: 8:45
Shadya (US Premiere)
Roy Westler, Israel, 2005, 52m, video, doc
In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles
Shadya Zoabi, a seventeen-year-old Muslim girl from a small Arab village
in northern Israel and a World Champion in karate, lives according to her
own principles. Shadyas brothers are against her involvement in karate. In
their view, a Muslim woman has a specific path in life, and it is
forbidden to stray from this destiny. In spite of Shadyas fathers support,
the social pressure from her brothers and the surrounding community is
difficult to overcome. Shadya is a story about the coming of age of a
young Muslim woman who desires to succeed on her own terms but who is
still committed to her life within the Muslim community. Will she succeed
in balancing her ambitions after her marriage? Will she stay a World
Producers email: reut.han@gmail.com
They Call Me Muslim (World Premiere)
Diana Ferrero, US/Italy, 2005, 27m, video, doc
In French, English and Farsi with English subtitles
>From France and Iran, two tales of the hijab. Samah, a Muslim teenager in
Paris, wears the headscarf by choice, struggling with the 2003 French
“anti-veil law.” K, a young mother in Tehran, is forced to wear the hijab
by the Islamic regime. But she wears it her own way…
Filmmakers email: dianaferrero@yahoo.com
SHOWTIMES: Mon June 12: 9:30; Wed June 14: 6:30; Thurs June 15: 3:30
Smiling in a War Zone (New York Premiere)
Simone Aaberg Kaern and Magnus Bejmar,
Denmark/Sweden/Germany/Finland, 2005, 78m, 35mm, doc
In Danish and English with English subtitles
Artist, pilot, and filmmaker Simone Aaberg Kaern has been obsessed with
female fighter pilots since she was little. These fearless women, the
first generation of whom flew fighter planes in World War II, inspired and
challenged her to become a pilot. When she reads one day in her local
Danish newspaper about a young Afghan girl, Farial, whose dream is to
become a fighter pilot, Simone decides right then to launch a remarkable
art project. Buying the only plane she can afford, a 40-year old Donald
Duck Piper-Colta tiny, slow moving plane made out of canvas that needs gas
every three hoursshe maps out a 6000km flight plan from Denmark to
Afghanistan. The geography of her journey requires flying through a number
of former war zones where the airspace is heavily restricted. Since 9/11
and the war on terror, the worlds unrestricted airspace has been shrinking
rapidly, but Simone feels the skies should be liberated and free, like the
oceans.” Along her journey Simone must rise to one challenge after
anotherrejections from Bosnia and Iran to fly over their airspace causes
her to creatively re-route her flight. She challenges every military
authority she comes across and, in a truly remarkable scene, defies the
American militarys refusal to allow her entry into Afghanistan, and flies
illegally to her meeting with Farial. Joyful moments abounda visit with an
adventurous female fighter pilot squadron in Turkey, the faces of
incredulous Afghan airport workers on the tarmac in Kabul, and the
incredible beauty of low-level flight.
Distributor: Films Transit Website: http://www.filmstransit.com
SHOWTIMES: Mon June 19:6:15; Wed June 21:1
Source (Zdroj) (New York Premiere)
Martin Mareek & Martin Skalský, Czech Republic, 2005, 75m, video, doc
In Czech, Russian, English and Azerbaijani with English subtitles
Azerbaijan is ranked one of the worlds most corrupt countries, where a
reigning ruling family is in its second generation of power. Baku in
Azerbaijan, is also the site of the worlds first oil well, and is once
again becoming a focus for foreign investors as the origin of a major oil,
gas, and pipeline project developed by an international consortium led by
BP. In Source, a small, mobile and highly inventive Czech film crew
travels around the country to investigate and record the impact of this
most recent energy boom. They film the surrealist Soviet-era oil fields
around Baku, with locals oblivious to the environmental dangers, striking
images of cows grazing on polluted land and children playing in toxic
sludge. With startling access and more then a little black humour, the
filmmakers interview a fascinating cross section of people involved with
and affected by the oil boom – allegedly corrupt politicians, oil company
employees, businessmen, angry women whose husbands and sons work for very
little money in shockingly polluted conditions in this industry. Source
also cleverly examines the links from commuter highways in the West back
to energy development in Azerbaijan. With the majority of the population
living under the poverty line, the countrys post-Soviet government is
promising oil will bring widespread economic benefits to all, but could
this liquid gold be more of a curse than a blessing for this troubled
country? Presented in association with the Margaret Mead Film & Video
Filmmakers website: http://www.bionaut.cz
SHOWTIMES: Sun June 11: 6:30; Wed June 14: 9; Thurs June 15: 1
*Sign language interpretation will be provided for the introduction and
post-film discussion on Sunday the 11th June
Winter in Baghdad (Invierno en Bagdad) (New York Premiere)
Javier Corcuera, Spain, 2005, 78m, video, doc
In Arabic with English subtitles
Hitting just the right notes, filmmaker Javier Corcuera brings his gift of
storytelling to this beautifully crafted film, allowing the viewer to
integrate the political with the personal in the tragedy of Iraq that has
unfolded since the war began in spring 2003. Corcuera spent several months
in Baghdad in the winter of 2004 getting to know Iraqi families who were
trying to carry on with daily life despite the constant violence, black
outs, and lack of basic necessities. The filmmaker became especially close
to a group of young, enterprising, and highly resilient teenage boys who
despite the obstacles still managed to make it to school, hold down
part-time jobswhich were not always strictly legal jobs due to constantly
shifting U.S. regulationsand hang out with their friends in this
forbidding environment. Winter in Baghdad is as beautiful visually as it
is deep emotionallya rich tapestry of life in Baghdad today which
counterbalances the simplistic and repetitive images of this once great
city that are presented by the vast majority of mainstream news media.
*Winner Best Documentary at the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival.Presented
in association with Cinema Tropical
Producers website http://www.eliasquerejeta.com
SHOWTIMES: Sun June 18: 1; Tues June 20: 8:45; Wed June 21: 3:30
Discussion with filmmaker to follow
*Sign language interpretation will be provided for the introduction and
post-film discussion on Sunday the 18th June

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