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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston (GCFF) in partnership with WCF studios/films LLC and under the direction of multiple Award-Winning Documentarian Raouf J. Jacob and Award-Winning Executive Producer Lara M. Moreno are committed to bringing the best of global cinematography to Boston. Our unflinching mission is to give filmmakers an opportunity to spotlight stories that deserve global attention. We take pride in being a platform that exhibits unflinching human rights films that make us care. Moreover, we strongly believe that your lens is the most powerful witness to the human condition near and far! 


Our 3rd annual global event includes over 30 award winning independent films from over 30 countries, with world premieres, director 

Q & As and critically acclaimed official selections that have been featured in major award competitions, including Sundance, BAFTA, Tribeca Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, IDFA, & More!


Come discover extraordinary films that make us care!

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ADMISSION INFORMATION

$60  (GCFF VIP ALL ACCESS FESTIVAL PASS)

*Walk the red carpet, meet the filmmakers & unlimited access to all film screenings and festival events! 

$12 (INDIVIDUAL SCREENING TICKET)
*Admission to an individual screening block, to view more films, all guests must repurchase another ticket for the next show at the theater box office or purchase a GCFF VIP ALL ACCESS FESTIVAL PASS.

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*Please be advised that upon purchase, guest names will be added to our VIP guest list and physical passes can be picked up at the theater box office beginning on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 

5:00 PM at the Studio Cinema.

Festival pass & individual tickets are now available here on our website or on Eventbrite & can also be purchased at the theater box office beginning on March 8th at 5:00 PM at the Studio Cinema. Get your tickets in advance to avoid sold out shows limited 

seating availability.Tickets or passes sold at the theater box office are on a first come, first served basis. 


Please scroll down to view our full list of films & get your GCCF VIP ALL ACCESS FESTIVAL PASS or tickets today! 

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GCFF 2018 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

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COMPLETE LIST OF 2018 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET EVENT
THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 | 6:00 PM

***Please note, in order to view all films screening on opening night, guests are required to purchase two separate tickets, one for the
OPENING NIGHT SHORTS & another for the OPENING NIGHT DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM.
GCFF VIP ALL ACCESS FESTIVAL PASS holders will have unlimited access to all film screenings and festival events***

OPENING NIGHT SHORTS
THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 | 7:00 PM 

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Dialogue 
| 2017 | Serbia/Montenegro, Hungary | 8 Minutes
DIRECTOR: Gabor Fabricius
CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORT FILM
PREMIERE STATUS:: Massachusetts Premiere 

A Nigerian family runs through water and land; an East German couple rushes towards the horizon while Radio Free Europe signals spread from abandoned cars laying in waste fields. Refugees and migrants of different eras encounter though time and space and fuse to break through barbed wire together. 
A discourse over humanity in a fantasy piece, Dialogue tells two parallel stories in a dream sequence. 

Mare Nostrum 

| 2017 | Jordan, France | 14 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Rana Kazkaz, Anas Khalaf 
CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORT FILM
PREMIERE STATUS:: Massachusetts Premiere

On a Mediterranean shore, a Syrian Father makes a decision that puts his daughter’s life at risk. 
This impeccable short film imagines a father's preparations after he makes the decision to put his daughters life at risk.


World Premiere/Festivals- Cinemed (France), BBC Arabic Festival, Sundance Film Festival  

Baraka 

| 2017 | Spain | 20 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Néstor Ruiz Medina

CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

PREMIERE STATUS:: Massachusetts Premiere


In the months before the war in Iraq , Abdel and Umayr , two brothers who are very close, will be forced to separate from each other. Months later,

with the war in full swing, they will meet again, 

but neither of them is the same.


Festivals-Cannes Short Film Corner 


OPENING NIGHT DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM 

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 | 8:00 PM

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A Woman Captured | 2017 | Hungary | 1 hour 29 minutes

DIRECTOR: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM 

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere 


Q & A with Director Bernadett Tuza-Ritter following screening. 


While preparing a project on modern slavery, filmmaker Bernadett Tuza-Ritter uncovers a treacherous story about a European woman who has been kept by a family as a domestic slave for 10 years. She is one of over 45 million victims of modern day slavery today. 


Inside an upscale Hungarian home run by a tyrannical matriarch resides a domestic slave. At 52 years old, Marish labors 20 hours a day without pay and endures a constant barrage of emotional and physical abuse. For those who see her on the street, it’s impossible to imagine the hell she returns to every day. Eating only scraps from dinners she prepares and receiving cigarettes instead of cash, Marish has forgotten what freedom feels like and lost all will to leave. Until Bernadett enters the scene.


Stepping into an ethical minefield, Bernadett pays off the owners to gain entry and train her camera on Marish. Her presence awakens Marish’s trust and emboldens her to hatch an escape plan. But the stakes are high: Marish is financially indentured, and the authorities refuse to intervene. A Woman Captured drops us into a realm rife with chilling questions about human psychology and our own complicity as voyeurs—of Marish’s ordeal and the suffering we witness on screen daily.


 World Premiere – IDFA Feature Length Competition
Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival 2018


SEE IT AGAIN: SATURDAY, MARCH 10,2018 | 4:10 PM

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 FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 | 12:00 PM
NARRATIVE SHORTS BLOCK | PART ONE 

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Aimee | 2017 | USA | 11 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Lee Whittaker

CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

PREMIERE STATUS:: Massachusetts Premiere


AIMEE is a social awareness film bringing to light the silent epidemic of child sex trafficking happening in the United States through the provoking power of storytelling. Together we can increase awareness and save our children from this tragic form of modern slavery.


Returning from Afghanistan, Jessica, a Spec OPS Marine, finds herself in a war she never imagined and discovers middle America suburbia has changed when her thirteen year old sister, Aimee, is abducted by sex traffickers.


Festivals- Rome International Film Festival,  International Film Festival For Peace 


Wave  | 2017 | Ireland | 14 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Benjamin Cleary

CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere


A man wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognizable language, baffling linguistic experts from around the globe.


World Premiere- Tribeca Film Festival

The Geneva Convention | 2017 | France | 15 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Benoit Martin

CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere


As Hakim is waiting for the bus after class, he is caught in a vendetta between teenagers. He is not exactly keen to get into a fight, but how can he possibly avoid an awaited confrontation?


World Premiere/Festivals- Palm Springs International Shortfest

Sundance Film Festival


Streetwrite  | 2017 | USA | 24 Minutes
DIRECTOR:Blanche Baker
CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

Q & A with Director Blanche Baker following screening. 

A movie musical about freedom of speech that asks the question, “How can speech be free, if only those who pay can speak?”Using street art as a focal point, the film examines the various ways people struggle to express themselves in situations where free speech is curtailed or suppressed. It also explores how certain kinds of expression can be repressive to individuals. Musical numbers convey these topics and the arguments that ensue are debated in a courtroom sequence. Graffiti, public murals, commercial billboards and hallway posters form the visual backdrop that exemplify these issues. 

Spoken Word | 2017 | USA | 27 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Ilan Srulovicz
CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

Race, perception and consequence become the center point of three lives, as Judge Douglas Matthews can no longer overlook his actions from the bench.

Festivals- Boston International Film Festival 


FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 | 2:00 PM
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE W/ SHORTS 

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Street Workers Unite | 2017 | India | 8 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Gabriel Diamond

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere


India's street vendors and rickshaw drivers are among the country's most vulnerable citizens. For years they’ve lived and worked without legal protections and without access to financial services, and have been subject to harassment by the police, the mafia, and others. NIDAN is working to change all that by organizing them to stand up for their own rights and stop "feeding milk to the snake."


Six Year Old Fears | 2017 | Jordan | 15 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Lauren Anders Brown

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere


A short documentary featuring a six year old Syrian girl as she becomes a big sister in a refugee camp that has the best maternal mortality rate in the world.


Festivals- IDA


Brasília: Life After Design 
| 2017 | Brazil, UK, Canada |
1 hour 28 minutes
DIRECTOR: Bart Simpson

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM 

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere


A meditation on living in one of the most planned cities on earth - 
Residents of the visionary, brutalist city of Brasilia seek to connect in today's Brazil. The film sprung from a desire to see what a 'ground-level' urban planning film might look like. There have been many good documentaries on architecture and urban planning from the perspective of the architect or planner, but not as many about the people who have to live in the environments that are made for them. 


The film contributes to the dialogue not only of the extreme planning example of Brasilia, but to an understanding of the impact of planning on cities in all parts of the world. 


World Premiere-Sheffield Doc/Fest, Sheffield , United Kingdom 



FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 | 4
:10 PM

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM 

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HELL ON EARTH: THE FALL OF SYRIA AND THE RISE OF ISIS 
| 2017 |France, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Syrian Arab Republic | 1 hour 39 minutes
DIRECTOR: Sebastian Junger
CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM 
PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere

Chronicling Syria’s descent into unbridled chaos and the rise of ISIS, this gripping and insightful work captures the Syrian war’s harrowing carnage, political and social consequences, and, most importantly, its human toll. Academy Award nominated filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested untangle these complex issues to create an informative and compelling documentary, edited from almost 1,000 hours of footage.

Sebastian Junger is a best-selling author, an award-winning journalist and critically acclaimed filmmaker. His debut film, Restrepo, was nominated for an Academy Award® and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

World Premiere/ Festivals-HotDocs Film Festival, 
Tribeca Film Festival



FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 | 6
:00 PM

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

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Return To Bosnia | 2017 | Bosnia, Herzegovina | 50 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Wes Greene

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM 
PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere


Twenty-five years after fleeing a brutal civil war in Bosnia,Damir Mitric returns to uncover the pain and trauma that still divides his homeland. Now a historian living in Australia, Mitric returns to Bosnia, reuniting with family and friends, and meeting those working to rebuild a nation borne of bitter ethnic and religious divisions.


From his childhood home in Europe’s most besieged city, to a former concentration camp and to mass graves, Mitric confronts the incomprehensible: How could your neighbours turn into killers? And how can you rebuild lives and communities devastated by violence?

How could your neighbors turn into killers? 20 years after the brutal conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Australian academic and writer Damir Mitric, returns to his homeland in search of answers and his lost family.

Festivals- Los Angeles Cine Fest 


FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 | 7
:10 PM

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

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The Ransom | 2017 | Côte d'Ivoire, Denmark, Lebanon, Venezuela 

 1 hour 37 minutes

DIRECTOR: Rémi Lainé

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM 
PREMIERE STATUS: North American Premiere

30,000 kidnappings are committed every year in the world. The vast majority of these result from purely heinous motives, only 1% involve political or terrorist origins. The Ransom offers a journey into the heart of the secret world of kidnap & ransom, with insurance policies, invented in the early phases of globalization, and currently experiencing an unprecedented boom.

How does one evaluate the worth of a life? How far can we go to save a life? Is it better to make this known, to keep it quiet, or to maintain secrecy so as to protect negotiations? By providing their services, don’t those who save hostages also, despite themselves, also help to maintain the market? Can we reduce this business to a simple commercial negotiation? 


FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 | 9
:15 PM

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM WITH SHORT

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Little Bird | 2017 | United Kingdom | 11 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Georgia Oakley

CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere


It’s London 1941 and the women of Great Britain have been called upon to aid the war effort, freeing up men for action. Little Bird explores how far one young woman will go to create a new life for herself and what she is willing to leave behind.


World Premiere/ Festivals-Tribeca Film Festival

Rhode Island Film Festival

The Best Of All Worlds | 2017 | Austria |

1 hour 43 minutes

DIRECTOR: Adrian Goiginger

CATEGORY: NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere


Q & A with producer Wolfgang Ritzberger following screening. 


A kid´s true story of his life in the unusual world of his heroin addict mother and their love of each other. Based on true events, seven year old Adrian is growing up in the underground drug scene of the Austrian city Salzburg, famous for culture and classical music. His mother Helga is torn between her drug addiction and her love and dedication for her son. Despite of this environment Adrian has a happy and normal childhood, the best of all worlds. 


Their relationship is tested to the limit when the authorities and child welfare services find out about Helga's addiction.


World Premiere-67th BERLINALE


SATURDAY
, MARCH 10, 2018 | 12:00 PM

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS BLOCK

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The Rugby Boys Of Memphis 

| 2017 | USA | 13 Minutes

DIRECTOR: David Darg

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM


At an inner city high school in south Memphis, Tennessee, an unlikely sport has arisen, and with it a team of untapped potential. In a gritty, inspirational short documentary film, follow the rise of Power Center Academy's first rugby team and see the ways in which, for these boys, rugby is so much more than a game on a field. 


With little more than a ball and a patch of grass, the sport provides brotherhood, unity and a shot at a college scholarship for a group of inner city boys. When these rugby players work hard, there’s no stopping them. The Rugby Boys of Memphis is the inspiring success story of a team of resilient athletes.


Festivals-Tribeca Film Festival

The Good Fight | 2017 | UK, Brazil | 16 Minutes

DIRECTOR:Ben Holman

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere


Alan Duarte has lost nine close family members to gun violence in his favela community in Rio de Janeiro. 


Now, through his boxing project, he’s fighting to build a better future for his son and his community. 


World Premiere/Festivals- Tribeca Film Festival

Edmonton International Film Festival

The Crown | 2017 | Canada, Hong Kong, Switzerland | 20 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Kacey Cox

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere


After being crowned Miss World Canada, China-born actress and human rights activist Anastasia Lin discovers that local authorities have threatened her father in an effort to silence her criticisms of the Chinese government. And when China is named host of the Miss World Finals, Anastasia must confront the possibility that she’ll be banned from competing unless she complies.


Festivals-Toronto Short Film Festival, ImpactDOCS!, 

CineGlobe Film Festival

Close Ties | 2017 | Poland | 18 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Zofia Kowalewska

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere


Barbara and Zdzislaw are soon to celebrate their forty-fifth anniversary. It would have been quite the occasion if not for the fact that Zdzisław spent eight of those years living with another woman. Now he's back with his wife, although she claims that if it were not for her husband's infirm legs, he would still be chasing skirts around Cracow. In spite of everyday bickering, somewhat inexplicably, their relationship perseveres.


Runnin' | 2017 | USA | 33 Min
DIRECTOR: Matthew Orr, Alex Hogan
CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Q & A with Directors Matthew Orr & Alex Hogan following screening. 

Sean Curtis. Alex Foster. Kevin Sullivan. They grew up together in Somerville, Massachusetts at the same time OxyContin first hit the streets. All became addicted to the new prescription drug before switching to heroin and overdosing. Runnin' takes an intimate look at a group of friends who came of age as an epidemic took hold and morphed into a national nightmare. The film goes inside a tight-knit community just outside Boston grappling with the crisis. It retraces the lives of friends lost, and one last member of the group struggling to avoid the fate of his boyhood pals

Festivals- Globe Docs 


SATUR
DAY, MARCH 10, 2018 | 2:10 PM

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

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The Family (Druzina) | 2017 | Slovenia | 

1 hour 46 minutes

DIRECTOR: Rok Biček

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM 

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere 


Matej is born into a family of people with special needs in a God-forsaken village in a God-forsaken land, but is himself so one of a kind – neither different nor normal – that he seems to have completely escaped the pressures of his environment. Fate, nevertheless, catches up with him as he and his girlfriend have a daughter and their relationship collapses soon after. The custody battle ensues and is becoming ever nastier until Matej opts for a radical exit out of the vicious circle, both of family and life itself. The Family is a piece of cinéma vérité that covers a period of a whole decade, one that seeks feelings rather than sensationalism. A film without a screenplay, but with a multitude of screenwriters, both human and nonhuman.


World Premiere – Locarno International Film Festival, 

Semaine de la critique Award​

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SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2018 | 5:50 PM
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

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Dogs of Democracy | 2017 | Australia, Greece | 58 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Mary Zournazi

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM 

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere 


Dogs of Democracy is a documentary about the stray dogs of Athens and the people who take care of them. Filmmaker Mary Zournazi explores life on the streets through the eyes of the dogs and peoples' everyday experience. 

Shot in location in Athens, the birthplace of democracy, the documentary is about how Greece have become the ‘stray dogs of Europe’, and how the dogs have become a symbol of hope for the people and for the anti- austerity movement. 

A universal story about love and loyalty and what we might learn from animals.



SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2018 | 7:00 PM 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

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Taste of Cement | 2017 | Lebanon, Syria, Germany | 

1 hour 25 minutes

DIRECTOR: Ziad Kalthoum

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM 

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere 

SECOND SCREENING: SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2018 | 5:30 PM


Q & A with Director Ziad Kalthoum &

Cinematographer Talal Khoury following screening. 


In Beirut, Syrian construction workers are building a skyscraper while at the same time their own houses at home are being shelled. The Lebanese war is over but the Syrian one still rages on. The workers are locked in the building site. They are not allowed to leave it after 19.00. The Lebanese government has imposed night-time curfews on the refugees. The only contact with the outside world for these Syrian workers is the hole through which they climb out in the morning to begin a new day of work. Cut off from their homeland, they gather at night around a small TV set to get the news from Syria. Tormented by anguish and anxiety, while suffering the deprivation of the most basic human and workers right, they keep hoping for a different life. After The Immortal Sergeant, Ziad Khaltoum composes an excruciating essay on what it means to live in exile in a war-torn world with no possibilities to return home. Precise camera framing, unorthodox editing, and dreamlike narrative detours are the trademarks of a daring, imaginative and visually challenging cinematographic work.

World premiere – Visions du Réel
Best Feature of the International Competition – Visions du Réel


SEE IT AGAIN: SUNDAY, MARCH 11,2018 | 5:30 PM

***For admission to second screening, all guests must repurchase a new ticket at the theater box office or must be VIP PASS holders***

SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2018 | 9:00 PM
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM WITH SHORT

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Little Rebel | 2017 | USA | 10 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Aimie Vallat & Guido Ronge

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere 


Little Rebel is about Isatou Jallow — a remarkable West African woman from The Gambia, and now Seattle resident. Since seeking asylum in the USA in 2012, Isatou has pursued graduate degrees at the UW Law School while she continuously advocates for women, asylees and people with disabilities. Dimensions of Isatou’s epic journey—from her origins and physical hardships to scholarship, becoming a lawyer and leader, demonstrating an ultimate resiliency and altruism— are deeply human, harrowing, transcendent, tenacious…and part of the American immigrant story.


Festivals-Impact DOCS, Awareness Film Festival, California International Shorts Festival



No Place For A Rebel | 2017 | Netherlands, Uganda | 

1 hour 16 minutes

DIRECTOR: Maartje Wegdam & Ariadne Asimakopoulos

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM 

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere 


Sixteen years after rebels abducted him as a child, Opono Opondo returns home to Uganda as an adult war commander. Now he has to re-adapt to civil society.


Opono grew up to become a war commander in the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony. Now, Opono must fight for acceptance back home, in a place where he doesn’t know the codes and conventions and where the neighbors fear him. The film shows Opono’s fight for his future, while struggling to come to terms with his past and to reconcile with his family.


Festivals-Nederlands Film Festival, Justice Film Festival, This Human World



SUN
DAY, MARCH 11, 2018 | 12:00 PM

NARRATIVE SHORTS BLOCK | PART TWO

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The World In Your Window | 2017 | New Zealand |

 15 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Zoe McIntosh

CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere


Eight-year-old Jesse lives in a twilight world of sadness and silence, squeezed into a tiny caravan with his grief stricken father. They’re in limbo, existing more than living. The child intuitively understands that looking forward is harder than looking back, and that’s where life happens. But they are stuck, until an accidental friendship with a V8 driving Transsexual unlocks the means for Jesse to liberate his father and himself.


World Premiere-Clermont Ferrand, New Zealand 

Life Boat | 2017 | USA | 18 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Lorraine Nicholson

CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere


Based on true events, “Life Boat,” revolves around six teenagers who are led into an intriguing game of survival by their guidance counselor.


A group of students are brought together to play a real-life game called “Life Boat.”   After the customary “get to know each other” exercise, their counselor Mr. Drexler (Stephen Dorff) poses a difficult question:  If this classroom were a sinking ship, who in the group deserves to be saved? 


As in “Lord of the Flies,” the orderly environment quickly descends into chaos as each student vies to save and be saved. While the film is about teenagers, it grapples with universal themes that hopefully will resonate with larger audiences. 


Festivals- Napa Valley Film Festival, Oxford Film Festival, 

Tribeca Film Festival


Iron Hands | 2017 | China | 11 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Johnson Cheng

CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere


As a 12-year-old girl prepares for her final test trying out for the traditionally all-boys Chinese youth Olympic weightlifting team, she makes an unlikely connection with the gym's reclusive groundskeeper.


Festivals- Tribeca Film Festival 

Big City | 2017 | Australia | 9 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Jordan Bond

CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere


Vijay, a lonely taxi driver who recently moved to Melbourne, picks up a stray drunk, Chris. Vijay's distrust is slowly broken down as Chris befriends him. Over the course of the night Chris experiences some of Vijay's nightly troubles, and Vijay learns to see the city in a new light.


World Premiere- Melbourne International Film Festival



Retouch | 2017 | Islamic Republic of Iran | 19 Minutes

DIRECTOR: Kaveh Mazaheri

CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

PREMIERE STATUS: Massachusetts Premiere


In the corner of the home, Maryam's husband does weightlifting. Suddenly, the weight falls on his throat and puts him between life and death. Maryam tries to save him, but she just decides to stop helping and stand and watch her husband's death. After she makes sure her husband is dead, gathered her stuff and goes out with her child. During the day, she pretends her husband is got disappeared and she does not have any news.


World Premiere-Fajr Film Festival (National Section)


What Tears Us Apart | 2017 | France, China | 18 minutes

DIRECTOR: Hu Wei

CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORTS

Premiere Status: Massachusetts Premiere 


After a long separation, an encounter. Two families. One child.


The film follows a young woman, Camille (Camille Debray), who was adopted by French parents after her Chinese parents gave her up as a baby. She was born when China had a one-child policy, and she already had an older sister.


World Premiere- Sundance Film Festival 


SUN
DAY, MARCH 11, 2018 | 2:00 PM
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Paper Lanterns | 2017 | Japan, USA | 1 hour 

DIRECTOR: Barry Frechette

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM


Q & A with Producer Peter Grilli following the screening. 


Even the worst of events can bring us together and show the best that being a human can mean. On August 6th, 1945, among the tens of thousands that lost their lives in the bombing of Hiroshima were 12 American POWs. Shigeaki Mori witnessed the blast and survived, but was forever changed. 


Paper Lanterns tells the story of Shigeaki Mori and his lifelong calling to tell the story of not only the many Japanese victims of the bomb, but of Normand Brissette, Ralph Neal and the ten other US airmen caught in the hell on earth of that day. The film takes us from Lowell, Massachusetts to Harrodsburg, Kentucky to Hiroshima to tell the story of Mori and the 12 US airmen. And show how the war impacted families in both countries, and how one man can rise above the hatred of war and heal the wounds of those terrible days. 


World Premiere-Woods Hole Film Festival


SUN
DAY, MARCH 11, 2018 | 3:30 PM
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

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Those From The Shore  | 2016 | Armenia, France, Lebanon | 1 hour 24 minutes

DIRECTOR: Tamara Stepanyan

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM 

Premiere Status: U.S. Premiere 


Q & A with Director Tamara Stepanyan following screening. 


Marseille, 2014. Dozens of Armenian asylum seekers trying to survive while waiting for their application to be considered. They left behind them a country whose people have settled around the world for over a hundred years ... A country all described as desert, abandoned by its inhabitants, emptied of its life. 
Forced stillness, impotence, they live in an in-between space: between two countries, between two lives. In a time and abstract space, made of nothing, where their life escapes them completely. By the shore, they float in limbo.


World Premiere/Festivals-Busan International FIlm Festival

Golden Apricot Internaitonal Film Festival- Armenia 



SUN
DAY, MARCH 11, 2018 | 7:00 PM
CLOSING NIGHT DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

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This Is Congo  | 2017 | The Democratic Republic of Congo |

 1 hour 33 minutes

DIRECTOR: Daniel McCabe

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM 


Q & A with Producer & Editor Alyse Spiegel following screening. 


This is Congo is a highly-immersive, unfiltered look into one of the longest conflicts in the world. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has seen more than five million conflict-related deaths, multiple regime changes and the wholesale impoverishment of its people in the past two decades. This is Congo immerses the viewer onto the frontlines of battle with key players including a whistleblower and military commanders to provide a truly unfiltered and unique look into the conflict plaguing Congo.


World Premiere –Venice Film Festival

DOC NYC, IDFA, Camden IFF 


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