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Budrus
Dec 20th, 2010

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Description:

When the residents of Budrus learn that the Israeli army plans to build the Separation Barrier through their town, cutting them off from neighboring Palestinian villages and uprooting their precious olive groves, they decide to organize. Under the leadership of Ayed Morrar, Palestinian men of all political factions come together to wage an unarmed struggle to preserve their lands. Victory seems unlikely until Ayed’s 15-year-old daughter steps in to organize a female contingent that brings the women of Budrus to the front lines in a tense stand-off with the military.

As word of the nonviolent protest spreads, Israeli citizens, international activists and Palestinians from other villages join the people of Budrus to demand that the Barrier be moved. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known movement that is still gaining ground today. Featuring interviews with unarmed demonstrators, Israeli soldiers and the citizens of Budrus, this harrowing, action-filled, and ultimately inspiring documentary has given hope to audiences around the world with its story of the ground-breaking nonviolent movement spreading across the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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Checkpoints Award
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Language: Arabic, Hebrew & English | Subtitles: English

Reviews:

“A poignant chronicle… This inspiring  documentary stresses peaceful resistance as the best means of conflict resolution.” – Variety

“A complex … documentary that shows a balanced picture of its competing protagonists. It finds a story for the future… in the shape of a social movement driven by pragmatism.”  – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitun

“A moving sliver of hope that nonviolent resistance may yet blossom out of violence.” – New York Magazine

“A powerful film filled with the kind of hope you rarely see around this issue.” – Michael Moore

“ This story is a journey that stretches beyond borders to provide hope, and it should be seen by everyone.” – Jessica Alba, Actress

“A strong piece of work from intelligent filmmakers.” – The Jewish Week

“Budrus chronicles a small victory in a much larger and uncertain battle, but with so much hopelessness in the region, it’s worth highlighting and, hopefully, emulating.” – The Nation

 

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In Theaters

 

December 20th – 23rd, 2010 – Real Art Ways – Hartford, Connecticut
December 20th – 24th, 2010 – Varsity Theater – Seattle, WA
December 27th – 30th, 2010 – Facets Cinematheque – Chicago, Illinois
January 3rd, 2011 – Haifa Cinematheque – Haifa, Israel
January 6th, 2011 – SPACE Gallery – Portland, Maine
January 7th – 13th, 2011 – Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts – Grand Rapids, Michigan
January 14th – 20th, 2011 – Shattuck 10Berkley, California
January 14th – 20th, 2011 – Lumiere Theater & Opera Plaza San Fransisco, California
January 29th & 31st, 2011 – Varsity Theatre – Davis, California
February 16th, 2011 – Avon Theatre Film Center Inc. – Stamford, Connecticut
February 25th – 27th, 2011 – Flint Institute of Arts – Flint, Michigan
March 18th – 24th, 2011 – Main Art Theatre – Royal Oak, Michigan
March 28th – 30th, 2011 – Fine Arts Theatre – Asheville, North Carolina
May 3, 2011 – Bryn Mawr Film Institute – Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
May 27, 2011 – Culver Center for the Arts – Riverside, California

 

At Festivals

 

Winner, Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival, 2011
Winner, Inaugural Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize, 2011
Winner, Amnesty’s Matter of Act Human Rights Award, 2011
Winner, Panorama Audience Award Second Prize, Berlin International Film Festival, 2010
Winner, Special Jury Mention, Tribeca Film Festival, 2010
Winner, Audience Award, San Francisco International Film Festival, 2010
Winner, Honorable Mention Spirit of Freedom Award, Jerusalem International Film Festival 2010
Winner, Witness Award at Silverdocs Film Festival, 2010
Winner, Honorable Mention of the Jury, Documenta Madrid 10
Winner, Amnesty Italia Award, Pesaro Film Festival, 2010
Winner, Founders Prize, Best of Fest, Nonfiction, Traverse City Film Festival, 2010
Winner, Checkpoints Award, Bergen International Film Festival, 2010
Winner, Festival des Libertés Prize, Festival des Libertés, 2010
Winner, Spirit of Freedom Documentary Award, Bahamas International Film Festival, 2010

Cultural Bridge Gala, Dubai International Film Festival, 2009

Official Selection, Human Rights Watch International Film Festival London, 2010

Official Selection, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, E Tudo Verdade/It’s All True Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Hot Docs Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Sydney Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Planete Doc Review, 2010

Official Selection, Documentarist Film Festival, Istanbul, 2010

Official Selection, DokuFest Kosovo, 2010

Official Selection, Woods Hole Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, EBS International Documentary Festival, Korea, 2010

Official Selection, Festival do Rio, 2010

Official Selection, Take One Action Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Bergen International Film Festival, Norway, 2010

Official Selection, Mumbai International Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Festival des Libertes, 2010

Official Selection, Doha Tribeca Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Jihlava International Documentary Festival, 2010

Official Selection, St. Louis International Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Milwaukee International Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Jakarta International Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Bend Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Toronto Palestine Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Boston Palestine Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Arab Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Rehoboth Beach Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Ad Hoc: Inconvenient Films, 2010

Official Selection, One World Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Lens Politica Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Doha Tribeca Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Reykjavik International Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Camden International Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Palestine Human Rights Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, Global Peace Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, International Women’s Film Festival, 2010

Official Selection, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, 2010

Additional Awards:

Winner, King Hussein Leadership Prize, 2009

 



Floored
Nov 12th, 2010
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Description:

With “an elegiac poignancy” (New York Times), director James Allen Smith’s Floored ” captures the waning heyday of the Chicago Trading Pits” (ABC News) and tells the bizarre and gripping stories of the traders—”overgrown kids with money, brains and a pathological need to release stress” (Barron’s) whose chaotic, audacious and thrill-seeking way of life has all but vanished with the recent shift toward automated computerized stock trading.

“A lively documentary about a profession that has almost been wiped out” (Bloomberg.com), Floored takes audiences into the lives of the Chicago trading floor’s everyman—from those who have gracefully adapted to the new age of electronic trading to those who have defiantly refused to change—and offers a fascinating examination of the never-ending pursuit of the American Dream. Prairie Miller of News Blaze calls Floored “a must-see about greed, material obsession, perpetually unfulfilled lust for loot, shoving matches, and suicide.”

Reviews:


Floored focuses on the working-class wolves who stalk Chicago… Director James Allen Smith delves deep…”  – Eric Hynes, Time Out

“(Floored) captures waning heyday of Chicago Trading Pits…”  – Michael Hirtzer, ABC News

“There’s an elegiac poignancy in James Allen Smith’s Floored”  – Andy Webster, The New York Times

“A must-see about greed, material obsession, perpetually unfulfilled lust for loot, shoving matches, and suicide.”  – Prairie Miller, News Blaze

“…a lively documentary about a profession that has almost been wiped out.”  – Rick Warner, Bloomberg.com

Floored profiles a handful of eccentric (read: obnoxious) traders attempting the difficult transition to electronic exchange. Stock-doc acknowledges the high-pressure stakes that led many traders to addiction and suicide…”  – Andrew Schenker, Village Voice

“I enjoyed the hell out of the film”  – Ain’t It Cool News

“This is a memorable portrait of men whose experience buying and selling futures hardly prepared them for what their own future held in store.”  – J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader

” (Smith) captured the traders when their lives were at a turning point.”  – Crain’s New York Business

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At Festivals

Official Selection
Austin Film Festival



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Description:

While in Beirut to attend a glamorous banquet, legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve (Potiche, Belle de Jour) insists on being taken to the southern regions of Lebanon in order to see first-hand the devastation caused by Israel’s month-long bombing campaign there in the summer of 2006.

Cleverly blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, directors Khalil Joreige and Joana Hadjithomas (A Perfect Day) create a mesmerizing, thought-provoking travelogue in which they appear as filmmakers capturing Deneuve’s road-trip on camera.

After visiting the crumbling ruins of ancient villages and watching as the shattered remnants of cities and towns are slowly pushed into the sea, Deneuve’s perception of Lebanon is transformed somewhat when she appears later that evening before the myriad photographers ardently capturing her image at the elegant evening gala.

DVD Special Features:
Filmographies
Typecast Trailers
Language: Arabic & French | Subtitles: English

Reviews:

“There’s no denying that this is a single-note film, but it’s a note of considerable emotional clout.” —David Jenkins, Time Out

“Magnificent!…must not be missed. I could heap praises on it forever.” —Charles Mudede, The Stranger

“A fascinating little film in which Deneuve’s disorientation comes to stand for that distance we all feel in the West when forced to think about the reality behind the headlines and news reports.” —Jon Fortgang, Film4

“An unusual, personal film…defies description.” —Ted Fry, The Seattle Times

“A potent and intriguing cinema of ideas.” Peter Bradshaw, Guardian (UK)

 

In Theaters

Typecast Releasing is pleased to announce that I Want to See, the new feature film from directors Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (A Perfect Day) will have its U.S. theatrical premiere at Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum on Saturday, July 9th, where it will play daily through Thursday, July 14th. More info can be found here:

* July 9-14, 2011 . Seattle, WA at Northwest Film Forum

At Festivals

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Description:

A devoted son of Holocaust survivors and ardent critic of Israeli foreign policy, the polarizing American political scientist and author Norman Finkelstein has been called a lunatic and self-hating Jew by some, and an inspirational revolutionary by others. Uncompromising even in the face of his denial of tenure at DePaul University, Finkelstein is revealed as a complex, politically isolated figure who puts the pursuit of justice above the security of his academic career. Exploring the difficult and deeply-felt issues at the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, American Radical is the insightful and enraging documentary that follows Finkelstein around the world as he attempts to negotiate a powerful voice among his impassioned critics and supporters.

“For us, Norman Finkelstein is the consummate documentary subject: a complex firebrand, principled to the end, at the apex of some of the world’s longest conflicts. He rarely appears in mainstream media, yet always ends up in controversies. Finkelstein’s life is about focus, through a prism of his upbringing by Holocaust survivors. The dogged, relentless pursuit of his principles and foes can both inspire and repel. At once agitator, comedian, and merciless scholar, Finkelstein creates as many storms as he enters. Few will go where he does—a Jew deliberately walking into Hizbollah headquarters, into a Palestinian refugee camp, or into a room filled with those who vehemently oppose his views to speak his mind. When radicals collide, does it create more understanding? Some would argue that it does. Others would claim that Finkelstein’s principled but too often bitter advocacy does much to discredit the cause of a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Audiences can decide for themselves.” —directors David Ridgen & Nicolas Rossier

Reviews:

“American Radical is a powerful film — brave, bold, incendiary. I highly recommend it!”
– Michael Moore, award-winning documentary filmmaker

“American Radical is a nuanced and powerful portrait of the scholar Norman Finkelstien, one of the nation’s most courageous and embattled intellectuals.  It is a reminder that mendacity and timidity, when in the service of conventional beliefs, are more highly prized in most universities that truth.  It illustrates that those who unmask the lies of the intellectual elite swiftly become their victims.  The power and subtext of this film, however, is not in the wars fought between Finkelstien and those like Alan Dershowitz who seek to destroy him, but in Finkelstein’s powerful fealty to his mother’s suffering in the Warsaw Ghetto and later the Nazi death camps.  Finkelstein sees in all who are oppressed his mother’s degradation and pain.  This is a movie that is, at its core, about the unshakable bond of love between a parent and a true and faithful son who refuses to forget or compromise.”
—Chris Hedges, former New York Times War & Middle East Correspondent and author of “American Fascists”

“’American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein’ is a cautiously respectful documentary portrait of a political firebrand who presents himself as a beacon of moral truth in the murk of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
—Stephen Holden, New York Times

“Surprisingly entertaining…a compelling portrait of a difficult man.”
—Mark Cohen, The Jewish Daily Forward

“Presents a humanizing portrait of a complex and principled individual…‘American Radical’ deserves to be seen widely as a fascinating introduction to the man and his views.”
—Susan Ryan, Cineaste Magazine

“A fascinating, well-rounded portrait of Finkelstein that simultaneously informs, inspires and infuriates…the filmmakers ride a delicate line, assembling a warts-and-all portrait that shows why Finkelstein is deeply respected and equally reviled.”
—Mark Achbar, director of ’The Corporation’ and ’Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media’

“With impressive restraint, the fascinatingly thorny ‘American Radical’ is less interested in the validity of Finkelstein’s ideas—seriously mounted, if inflammatory—and more in the topsy-turvy life of today’s professional academic. Amazingly, that choice doesn’t result in a boring movie.”
—Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

“A guaranteed argument starter…an engaging portrait of an academic whose work is both fueled and undermined by his vitriolic personality.”
—J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader

“‘American Radical’…presents a more balanced portrait of Finkelstein, who, when his passion doesn’t carry him off on a wave of anger, is shown to be thoughtful, intelligent and deeply melancholy.”
—George Robinson, The Jewish Week

“(Norman Finkelstein’s) conclusions can be debated, his methods can be deplored, but as (‘American Radical’ directors) Ridgen and Rossier take pains to point out, a man so rigorously committed to putting an end to oppression ought not be so easily dismissed, even if coming to grips with such a challenging figure may be finally as difficult as getting to the bottom of the Arab-Israeli conflict itself.”
—Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine

“A blood-boiling, very good documentary.”
—Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine

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On TV


AlJazeera English (International)
RT News (International)
LINK TV (US)
FSTV (US)
PBS selected stations (US)
AlJazeera Arabic (Middle East)
Yes TV (Israel)
TBS Latina (Latin America)
Historia (Spain)
Canal 7 (Argentina)
Planete (Poland)
IBRI TV
Press TV (International)
AlJazeera Turkey
AlJazeera Documentary Channel
Sky TV (NZ)

In Theaters

Typecast Releasing is pleased to announce that American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein, the new feature-length documentary film from directors David Ridgen (Mississippi Cold Case) and Nicolas Rossier (Aristide and the Endless Revolution), enjoyed a successful premiere and week-long run in NYC at Anthology Film Archives in February—with Norman Finkelstein and the directors in attendance at opening weekend screenings for Q&A. A full list of theaters where American Radical will be playing can be found here:

* February 11-17, 2010 . New York, NY at Anthology Film Archives
* March 8-11, 2010 . Seattle, WA at Northwest Film Forum
* March 12-18, 2010 . Los Angeles, CA at Laemmle Theatres
* March 23-30, 2010 . New Orleans, LA at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
* March 28, 2010 . San Francisco, CA at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
* April 15-16, 2010 . Columbus, OH at Wexner Center for the Arts
* April 23-29, 2010 . Montreal, QC at Cinema du Parc
* May 23-26, 2010 . Vancouver, BC at Pacific Cinematheque
* June 3, 2010 . San Francisco, CA at Roxie Theater
* August 8-12, 2010 . Saskatoon, SK at the Broadway Theatre
* November 11, 2010 . Philadelphia, PA at International House

At Festivals

Winner
Audience Choice Award
Chicago Underground FF

*September 2009 . Chicago Underground Film Festival . Chicago, IL. USA
*September 2009 . DocuDays: Beirut International Film Festival . Beirut . LEBANON
*October 2009 . North of Nowhere Expo . Edmonton, AB . CANADA
*October 2009 . Boston Palestine Film Festival . Boston, MA. USA
*October 2009 . Carleton Cinema Politica . Ottawa, ON . CANADA
*November 2009 . Sheffield International Documentary Festival . Sheffield . ENGLAND
*November 2009 . Copenhagen International Documentary Festival . Copenhagen . DENMARK
*November 2009 . International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam . Amsterdam . THE NETHERLANDS
*November 2009 . Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal . Montreal, QC . CANADA
*December 2009 . Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival . Jerusalem . ISRAEL
*January 2010 . Argus Film Festival . Denver, CO . USA
*January 2010 . Atlanta Jewish Film Festival . Atlanta, GA . USA
*March 2010 . KinoTeatr.doc Film Festival . Moscow . RUSSIA
*March 2010 . New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival . New Orleans, LA . USA
*April 2010 . Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine . Buenos Aires . ARGENTINA
*April 2010 . Frontline Film Screenings . London . ENGLAND
*April 2010 . It’s All True Documentary Film Festival . Sao Paolo & Rio de Janeiro . BRAZIL
*April 2010 . Chicago Palestine Film Festival . Chicago, IL . USA
*May 2010 . Hot Docs Film Festival . Toronto, ON . CANADA
*May 2010 . DOXA Documentary Film Festival . Vancouver, BC . CANADA
*May 2010 . Planete Doc Review Film Festival . Warsaw . POLAND
*June 2010 . Biografilm Festival . Bologna . ITALY
*June 2010 . Documentarist Film Festival . Istanbul . TURKEY
*July 27-August 1, 2010 . Traverse City Film Festival . Traverse City, MI . USA
*September 10-19, 2010 . Milano Film Festival . Milan . ITALY
*October 1-21, 2010 . Tri-Continental Film Festival . Johannesburg . SOUTH AFRICA
*October 20-27, 2010 . Bergen International Film Festival . Bergen . NORWAY
*November 8-12, 2010 . Iran International Documentary Film Festival . Tehran . IRAN
*November 23-28, 2010 . Warsaw Jewish Film Festival . Warsaw . POLAND
*January 2011 . Courrier International/Mk2 Night . Paris . France
*February 2011 . Documentary Edge Film Festival . Auckland . New Zealand
*April 2011London Palestinian Film Festival . London . UK
*May 2011Cinema Politica . Paris . France

 

Links:

Review: Finkelstein’s transformation to victim hero in “American Radical” – Electronic Intifada

Prof. Finkelstein talks about American Radical on Democracy Now!

Interested in the work of Prof. Finkelstein? Take a look at “This Time We Went Too Far,” his newest book at the ORBooks website.

“Better than any other book, ‘This Time We Went Too Far’ shows how the massive destruction visited on Gaza was not an accidental byproduct of the Israeli invasion but its barely concealed objective.” — Raja Shehadeh, author, Palestinian Walks

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Veiled Voices
Mar 16th, 2010
Description:

Women across the Arab world are redefining their role as leaders in Islam. In director Brigid Maher’s insightful documentary film, Veiled Voices , three influential women Islamic leaders are profiled—along with their families and the communities in which they serve:  Ghina Hammoud in Lebanon, Dr. Su’ad Saleh in Egypt and Huda al-Habash in Syria.

Filmed over the course of two years, Veiled Voices reveals a world rarely documented, exploring both the public and private lives of these women. As a divorced woman, Ghina Hammoud faces a personal challenge in gaining legitimacy as a leader, since divorce is controversial in communities throughout Lebanon. In Egypt, Dr. Su’ad Saleh must continually fight for public recognition by the Egyptian religious authority at al-Azhar—the famous Cairo mosque and university founded in the 10th century. Huda al-Habash in Damascus enjoys both institutional support and the support of her husband as she teaches women in Syria and lectures all over the Middle East, helping others “move…from ignorance to knowledge.”

The three personal stories featured in Veiled Voices give insight into how Muslim women are increasingly willing to challenge the status quo from within their religion, promoting Islam as a powerful force for positive transformation in the world.

Reviews:

“The film, the first of its kind…is not to be missed by any who wish to enter the world of contemporary Islam with its lively gender dynamics being refashioned under our very eyes.”
–Margot Badran, Feminism In Islam

Film review from the IGN Digigods Podcast.

“A timely, perceptive exploration of an aspect of contemporary Islam that receives relatively scant attention,Veiled Voices is highly recommended.”                                                                                  -M. Puffer-Rothenberg, Video Librarian

“Veiled Voices is one extremely well done and tasteful to present both a structural and individual understanding of the positive roles of women in the Islamic faith”                                                       – Malcom L. Rigsby,  Department of Sociology at Ouachita Baptist University

“Veiled Voices is a good start to a conversation by and about women in Islam to change misconceptions held about the role of women in the religion.”
– Andrea Hance, the Feminist Review

Veiled Voices is a film filled with loud, bright stories that enlighten an audience in need of authenticity about Islam in general and the lives of Muslim women in particular.”
– Anisa Mehdi, Common Ground News Service

“…the fact that they are from different areas of the Arab world surely points to a kind of movement that is beginning to take place, and is worth watching — as is this film.”
– Mata H, BlogHer.com

“This film gave another much-needed platform to Muslim women who are trying to make their voices heard for the greater good.”
– Umm Hend, Muslimas Oasis

“Though Veiled Voices isn’t an overtly feminist film, it is a celebration of the often overlooked power and self-determination of devout Muslim women.”
– Mandy Van Deven, Bitch Magazine

“The film is refreshing because it presents a view on Islam from a female perspective through women who are both inspiring and open minded.”
– Danah Abdulla, Heeba Magazine

“A timely, perceptive exploration of an aspect of contemporary Islam that receives relatively scant attention, Veiled Voices is highly recommended.”
– M. Puffer-Rothenberg, Video Librarian

Trailer:

 

 

In Theaters

March 2011 – Women in Islam, New York, NY

March 2011 – U.S. Consulate, Casablanca, Morocco

February 2011 –  United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C.

December 2010 – Fordsburg, South Africa

December 2010 – Faithworks Inaugural Documentary Screening, Johannesburg South Africa

October 2010 –  Duke University, Durham, NC

September 2010 – Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

April 2010 – Muslim Film Festival, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

April 2010 – New School, New York, NY

April 2010 – 9th Annual Critical Islamic Reflections Conference, Yale University, New Haven, CT

April 2010 – The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

March 2010 –  “Scribe Video Center Producers’ Forum” International House, Philadelphia, PA

March 2010 –  Middle East Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY

February 2010 – Human Rights Film Series, University of California, Merced, CA

November 2009 – George Mason University, Middle East Film Club, Arlington, VA

October 2009 –  Conference: Women, Leadership, and Mosques:  Oxford University, UK

 

At Festivals

November 2010 – “Best of Religion Today Film Festival” to tour in select cities in Poland

November 2010  – Middle Eastern Visions II Film Festival, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI

November 2010 – The UTSC Arab Film Festival, Toronto, Canada

October 2010 – Religion Today Film Festival, select cities, Italy

July 2010 – Islamic Society of North America’s Film Festival and Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

April 2010 – Twelfth Annual Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival, Bainbridge, WA

April 2010 – Al Jazeera International Documentary Festival, Doha, Qatar

March 2010 –  Women of Color Arts and Film Festival, Atlanta, GA

March 2010 –  Los Angeles International Women’s Film Festival, CA

March 2010 – Women’s International Film and Arts Festival, Miami, FL

November 2009 – Middle East Association Film Fest, Boston, MA

November 2009 –  New Orleans Middle East Film Festival, New Orleans, LA

October  2009 – International Festival of Muslim Cinema “Golden Minbar”, Kazan, Russia

July 2009 – Islamic Society of North America’s Film Festival and Annual Conference, Washington, DC

On TV

March 8th, 2011 – Special International Women’s Day showing  at 11:00 pm (EST) on FREE SPEECH TV (DISH Network channel 9415/Direct TV channel 348)

August 2010 – Al Jazeera Network (Middle East and North Africa). Ongoing.

March 2010 – Public Television Syndication:  Broadcast throughout the United States: Ongoing.

March 2010 – Bridges TV: Ongoing.

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Iraq in Fragments
Mar 16th, 2010
Description:

Academy Award Nominee
Best Documentary

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An opus in three parts, Iraq In Fragments offers a series of intimate, passionately-felt portraits: A fatherless 11-year-old is apprenticed to the domineering owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rally for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at the point of a gun; a family of Kurdish farmers welcomes the US presence, which has allowed them a measure of freedom previously denied.

American director James Longley spent more than two years filming in Iraq to create this stunningly photographed, poetically rendered documentary of the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. Winner of Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Editing awards in the 2006 Sundance Film Festival documentary competition, the film was also awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, was named Best Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2007 Academy Awards.

Please Note: Special Features are different for DVD and Blu-ray discs

DVD Special Features

  • Interview with Director
  • Dolby Digital 5.1

Blu-ray Special Features

  • Feature length audio commentary by Director
  • Dolby Digital 5.1
Reviews:

“. . . if Longley’s astonishing feat of poetic agitation has a precedent in the entire history of documentary, I’m not aware of it.” – Rob Nelson, The Village Voice

“[An] evocative, heartbreaking documentary told from three disparate but equally compelling perspectives: the Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds.” – Kevin Williamson, Jam!Movies

“Iraq in Fragments … is a well-crafted, thoughtful study of the dueling divisiveness and hope that will define the region long after foreign troops leave.” – John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press

“A timely, lyrical and candid look at daily life in a post-invasion Iraq.” – Dennis Schwartz, Ozus’ World Movie Reviews

“James Longley’s haunting, oblique film, Iraq in Fragments, presents a collage of images, sounds and characters in an intimate, partial portrait of an unraveling nation.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

“The struggles recorded in his dazzling Iraq in Fragments aren’t battlefield conflicts, but the personal, religious and political efforts of Iraqi citizens to reassemble their shattered lives.” – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A remarkable example of the conjunction of a burningly topical and newsworthy subject with a brilliant filmmaker.” – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

“The film is unusual among Iraq documentaries for its impressionistic, frequently gorgeous cinematography and for its structure …” – Kyle Smith, New York Post

“A documentary of stunning immediacy and marvelous images…” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

 

Trailer:

In Theaters

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At Festivals

Winner
Best Director

Sundance Film Festival

Winner
Best Documentary

Gotham Awards

Winner
Best Documentary

IDA Awards

Academy Award Nominee: Best Documentary Feature, 2006

 

Home Video DVD copies also include Sari’s Mother, an Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Short, 2007. Also available on Blu-ray!

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Seattle Women in Film
Mar 16th, 2010
Description:

Seattle’s do-it-yourself ethic and uncompromising artistic sensibilities are at the center of Seattle Women in Film , an eclectic collection of the best short films by Seattle’s top women filmmakers.

Presenting a total of twenty-one works, each by a different filmmaker, Seattle Women in Film features witty, accomplished and imaginative shorts that provide a rare peek into the heart of the Seattle independent film scene.

Curated by Seattle’s own 911 Media Arts Center, the Seattle Women in Film collection is sure to impress and inspire, while giving audiences around the globe a glimpse of the Emerald City’s independent filmmaking spirit.

The Films
Filmmaker(s) Film Title
Virginia Bogert Tootie Pie
Cheryl Slean Diggers
Megan Griffiths & Celia Beasley Proscenium
Heather Ayres Lipstick Men
Sue Corcoran Circus of Infinity
Lynn Shelton Moral Centralia
Dayna Hanson Diesel Engine
Salise Hughes Tidal Wave
Sarah Jane Lapp Chronicles of an Asthmatic Stripper
Ann Coppel I Am Ann
Laura Jean Cronin Free Parking
Christy Elton Portrait of a Portrait
Karn Junkinsmith Bus Stop
Wilson Diehl How To Go On A Man Date
Meredith Binder Rent’s Due
Britta Johnson But Soft
SJ Chiro Little Red Riding Hood
Maureen Whiting Bear Go Home
Steph Kese The Pact
Laurie Hicks Love Inc.
Jennifer Maas Laptop Story

 

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At Festivals

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Description:

A young student of the arts, Dunia aspires to be a professional dancer and poet. Her artistic expression is inhibited, however, by her inability to experience and express desire. Dunia’s reasoning that women should not move their bodies to evoke an act of love is challenged by the ardent public intellectual Dr. Beshir–played by Egyptian superstar singer Mohammed Mounir.

With his help, Dunia begins an all-consuming search for ecstasy in poetry, dance and music–taking us into the world of women in a society that both fetishizes and oppresses female sexuality. Ultimately, Dunia learns that she must confront the traditions that have destroyed her capacity for pleasure before she will be able to experience it.

Reviews:

“Kiss Me Not on the Eyes” offers a colorful package obsessed with sensual surfaces, to the exclusion of a fully developed plot, character or social-commentary elements.”                                             – Dennis Harvey, Variety

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At Festivals

Nominated
Grand Jury Prize
Sundance Film Festival

Winner
Silver Screen Award
Singapore
International FF

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Description:

This second feature in Nacer Khemir’s Desert Trilogy is a visually ravishing folktale reminiscent of “The Thousand and One Nights.” The story revolves around Hassan, who is studying Arabic calligraphy from a grand master. Coming across a fragment of manuscript, Hassan goes in search of the missing pieces, believing that once he finds them, he will learn the secrets of love. With the help of Zin, a lovers’ go-between, he meets the beautiful Aziz, Princess of Samarkand. After encountering wars, a battle between false prophets and an ancient curse, he learns that an entire lifetime would not suffice for him to learn the many dimensions of love.

Tunisian director Nacer Khemir, also a poet, painter and professional storyteller, notes: “The film takes place in Moslem Andalusia of the 11th century. But it’s not a question of reconstituting a given time and place, but rather of summoning up the reflection of a forgotten garden, and out of a yearning for peace, so difficult to protect from barbarians and from destructive fanaticisms. Andalusia has been the meeting place of many cultures, a living dialog of the peoples and religions whose traces can still be deciphered in texts, music and gardens all the way from the Atlantic to the Red Sea. This is not an Andalusian love story, but Andalusia as the very essence of love, through its perfumes, poetry and gardens.”

Reviews:

“A delightful fairytale; straight out of 1001 Nights”
– FilmFest DC

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Winner

Special Jury Prize
Locarno International FF

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Rana’s Wedding
Mar 15th, 2010
Description:

Shooting on location in East Jerusalem, Ramallah and at checkpoints in-between, Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now ) sees the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the eyes of a young woman who, with only ten hours to marry, must negotiate her way around roadblocks, soldiers, stone-throwers, overworked officials … and into the heart of an elusive lover.

This timely feature that explores love among the ruins of an occupied territory was presented with the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival’s 2003 Nestor Almendros Prize for courage in filmmaking.

According to Abu-Assad, “When the abnormalities of barriers and occupation become an everyday reality, normal things like love and marriage turn into fiction. This is life in Palestine right now. I wanted to challenge it through cinema.”

Winner of the Best Actress award at the 2002 Marrakesh International Film Festival (for Clara Khoury’s affecting performance), Rana’s Weddingpremiered during the 2002 International Critic’s Week at Cannes and has been a festival favorite in Palm Springs, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Cairo and London.

DVD Special Features

  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Hany Abu-Assad Biography
  • Clara Khoury Biography
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    Reviews:

    “Fascinating. It gives a more complete visual picture. . . than we ever see on the news.”
    – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

    “Among the finest films made in the Middle East.”
    – Phil Hall, Film Threat

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    In Theaters

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    At Festivals

    Winner
    Best Actress
    Marrakech Film Festival

    Winner
    Nestor Almendros Prize
    Human Rights Watch FF

    Official Selection
    2002
    Cannes Film Festival

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