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GCFF 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

ABOUT THE FESIVAL

The Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston (GCFF) in partnership with WCF studios/films 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 believe that your lens is the most powerful witness to the human condition.


Our global event includes over 28 independent films, 

director Q & As and critically acclaimed Official Selections that have been featured in major award competitions, including BAFTA,

Tribeca Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival & More!


Come discover all the extraordinary films of 2017!

GCFF 2017 TRAILER

Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston 2017 Award Winners 

GRAND JURY PRIZE (BEST PICTURE)
Sadhvi Siddhali Shree
STOPPING TRAFFIC

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

William Aydelott
MAIL. MAN 


SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
Kevin McAfee
THE SAMARITAN


SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
Helen Yanovsky
JERUSALEM BOXING CLUB


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Edgar Baghdasaryan
SIMON’S WAY



BEST DIRECTOR (NARRATIVE FILM)
Krysten Resnick
NOTHING GOLD


BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Frederick J Taylor
COUNTER HISTORIES: ROCK HILL 


BEST HUMAN RIGHTS FILM 
Tin Win Niang & Yasmin Rams
IN EXILE


SOCIAL IMPACT FILMMAKING 
Lauren Anders Brown
THE CHECKLIST EFFECT



BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE 
Gerret Warner
TRUTH UNDERGROUND


BEST NARRATIVE FILM

Bita Shafipour
LAST NIGHT IN EDINBURGH 

 

BEST DIRECTOR (DOCUMENTARY FEATURE)

Perri Peltz & Geeta Gandbhir
PRISON DOGS


BEST FILM EDITING
Mathias Magnason
HARD TO BELIEVE




2017 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS & PROGRAM SCHEDULE


THURSDAY |MARCH 9| 2017

 RED CARPET EVENT 6PM


OPENING NIGHT SHORTS |7PM| 

LAST NIGHT IN EDINBURGH |UK| 21 minutes

DIRECTOR: Bita Shafipour

NARRATIVE SHORT


When two teen sisters discover that their family holiday abroad is really a plan by their parents to deliver them both into forced marriages, the girls flee home to find their own ways of remaining in Edinburgh, testing the limits of their bond and the resolve of the adults who control their futures.

COUNTER HISTORIES: ROCK HILL  |USA| 28 min

DIRECTOR: Fredrick J. Taylor

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Q & A After Screening With Director


Meet the men who stood up for their rights at the counter of the Rock Hill, SC Five and Dime. They asked for a cup of coffee and were instead met with violence, police brutality and unjust imprisonment. A small town miles from Charlotte, NC, Rock Hill became a landmark of the Civil Rights Movement, one that too few remember today. Students of Friendship College took on the weight of discrimination under the banner of non-violence and 'Jail No Bail.' The tactic spread across the South, inspiring protesters to no longer fund their own oppression through bonds and fines. The courage of these men ignited a passion and furor that rose into the famed Freedom Rides.

THURSDAY| MARCH 9| 2017 
OPENING NIGHT FEATURE FILM |8:15PM| 

IN EXILE |Myanmar| 72 min

Directed by Tin Win Niang

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE


Burmese filmmaker Tin Win Naing documents the plight of migrants who have fled the civil war in Myanmar for refuge in Thailand, and now toil as plantation workers in conditions tantamount to slave labour.


Having filmed politically sensitive events such as the Saffron Revolution, Tin Win Naing fled his home country of Myanmar in 2009. The nation's brutal dictatorship had begun sweeping the country, arresting anyone suspected of critiquing the government, and Naing was certain to be targeted. Forced to leave his wife and children behind, Naing crossed illegally into Thailand, where he encountered the Burmese migrants who toil as plantation workers in conditions tantamount to slave labour. Theirs is a world of exploitation and danger, but also of solidarity and resilience. Naing had never before been outside of Myanmar, but he recognized the material for a powerful documentary.

FRIDAY |MARCH 10| 2017

ANIMATED FILMS BLOCK |1PM| 

RADIO BOY |Turkey|

DIRECTOR: Yoong Wah Alex Wong

A short film depicting radical and absurd relationship between different forms of beings in a distance planet.

STAMPED |New Zealand|

DIRECTOR: Sharmaine

Urbiztondo

In a grand library, the librarian stamps the few books he has left to get through the night. Then something unexpected happens.

MAN’S BEST FRIEND |USA|

DIRECOTR: Cara Bernard

A man gets separated from his dog-like toupee and

 the adventure begins! 

AGRINOUI |Cyprus|

DIRECTOR: Alexis Chaviaras

A young mare visits Cyprus to take part in races. Frustrated from failure, she abandons the racetrack after confronting her strict father. The mare will meet new friends who will try to help her find her lost courage.

FRIDAY |MARCH 10| 2017
NARRATIVE SHORTS |1:45 PM| Part One 

CATCHING FIREFLIES |USA|

DIRECTOR: Lee Whittaker

A little Latina girl attempts to escape the rigors and misfortunes of living on skid row Los Angeles through the power of her mystical imagination while simultaneously trying to protect the bond with her addict mother.

DRIVER’S ED |USA|

DIRECTOR: Chase Norman

A shy, overweight young woman leaves the safety of her home for an unwelcoming high school classroom.

TOUCH |India & Australia|

DIRECTOR: Ghirija Jayarraj

Q & A After Screening With Director

A reluctant Tamil interpreter is pulled into the world of a refugee in a moment that reveals the beautiful and horrific human touches experienced by this survivor of war.

 FRIDAY |MARCH 10| 2017
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE |3:00 PM| 

BEZNESS AS USUAL |Netherlands, 92 min|
DIRECTOR: Alex Pitstra

Filmmaker Alex Pitstra has lived his life pulled between cultures. Raised in Holland by his mother, Anneke, he longed to know more about Mohsen, his absent Tunisian father. Alex was the result of a holiday romance, conceived after 36-year-old divorcee Anneke met 23-year-old Mohsen in Tunisia. In Bezness as Usual he attempts to get to know his father, make sense of his roots, and bridge his own personal cultural divide.

FRIDAY |MARCH 10| 2017
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE WITH SHORT |5:00 PM| 

AFRICA YOGA PROJECT |Kenya| 20 min

DIRECTOR: Andrea Wing

Growing up in the slums of Nairobi, a vulnerable young woman finds the courage through yoga, to free herself from a violent past.

THE BLACK ZONE |Myanmar| 45 min

DIRECTOR: Grace Baek

The Black Zone is a decade long journey following workers from a covert and daring medical relief program as they struggle to provide aid amidst war atrocities inside the jungles of Burma.

FRIDAY |MARCH 10| 2017

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM |6:30 PM| 


THE CHECKLIST EFFECT |UGANDA, MONGOLIA, HAITI, USA| 45 min

DIRECTOR: Lauren Anders Brown

Q & A After Screening With Director

Both scientific and deeply personal: a documentary for anyone who's ever had surgery, or watched someone they love disappear behind those swinging doors.

Inspired by surgeon and author Atul Gawande's award-winning book
'The Checklist Manifesto' we embedded with communities from Moldova to Mongolia to understand how longer lifespans have led to an urgent increase in the need for surgery - and provoked a deadly safety crisis.

FRIDAY |MARCH 10| 2017

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM |7:30 PM| 


HARD TO BELIEVE |China, UK| 56 min

DIRECTOR: Ken Stone

Q & A After Screening With Director

The film examines the issue of forced live organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners of conscience, and the response—or lack of it—around the world. Produced by Swoop Films, two-time Emmy Award-winning director/producer, Ken Stone, and Irene Silber.

FRIDAY |MARCH 10| 2017

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM |8:45PM| 


JERUSALEM BOXING CLUB |Israel| 74 min

DIRECTOR: Helen Yanovsky

For four years, the camera followed life at a boxing club located in a bomb shelter in Jerusalem. The club serves boys and girls, immigrants and Israeli-born, Jews and Palestinians, weaving a painfully faithful tapestry of life in Jerusalem.

SATURDAY |MARCH 11| 2017

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM |1PM| 


THE LANDSCAPE WITHIN |Philippines| 83 min

DIRECTOR: Andrea Capranico

Eric Nui Cabales, body-painter, costume designer, photographer and conceptual artist struggles to find new directions after the death of his father. He finds purpose at the roots of his affections: Kayama, where the river and the sea meet, the landscape of his memories and the inner source of his inspiration.

SATURDAY |MARCH 11| 2017

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS |2:45PM| 


THE SLUM DWELLERS |Kenya| 7 min

DIRECTOR: Gabriel Diamond

Jockin is from the Indian slums. He came up with an idea to organize those marginalized communities to improve conditions for themselves.

A YOUNG NATION |Oman| 21 min

Directed by Hannah Gaber

Q & A After Screening With Director

Oman has been ruled by Sultan Qaboos since 1970, and his reign has shaped the institutions and identity that mark Oman today. But he is approaching his eighth decade, has no named heir, and the price of the oil which has paid to build the nation remains depressed.

However, change is in the air!

SHIREEN OF AL-WALAJA |Palestine|

27 min DIRECTOR: Daz Chandler

An intimate portrait of the day-to-day life of a dynamic popular 

resistance leader from Palestine who left her full-time job with the

UN to return to her home village of al-Walaja and fight for its survival.

SATURDAY |MARCH 11| 2017

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM |4PM| 


THE SAMARITAN |Nepal, Romania| 84 min

DIRECTOR: Kevin McAfee

Q & A After Screening With Director

Set during the Cold War in Romania, a maverick lawyer helped bring reunification of an immigrant family in the midst of the Romanian Revolution. While human rights violations are at an all time high, the dictator has killed over 2 million people attacking people of all faith and every religion.

SATURDAY |MARCH 11| 2017

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM |6PM| 


TRUTH UNDERGROUND |USA| 68 min

DIRECTOR: Gerret Warner

Q & A After Screening With Director

Three spoken word poets struggle through poverty, discrimination, PTSD and abandonment to illuminate what fellow North Carolinian poet Maya Angelou called 'a brave and startling truth.'


Truth is beauty. And beauty is harsh.

SATURDAY |MARCH 11| 2017

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM |7:30PM| 


STOPPING TRAFFIC |Philippines| 68 min

DIRECTOR: Sadhvi Siddhali Shree

Q & A After Screening With Director

The film investigates the international crisis of human sex trafficking, particularly of minors, from a deeply personal point of view. The film traces the links among child sexual abuse, child-focused cyber-porn, prostitution, and the lucrative market for cyber and in-person sex trafficking.

SATURDAY |MARCH 11| 2017

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM PRESENTATION |9:15PM| 


REBELLIOUS GIRL |Morocco| 80 min

DIRECTOR: Jawad Rhalib

Laila, a young unemployed Moroccan IT professional, leaves her country to do seasonal work in Belgium. The young woman ends up on André’s small family farm, where he grows apples and pears. Laila rapidly becomes disenchanted as she discovers the deeply unfair system that regulates the contracts of seasonal workers. Gradually, her feeling of revolt spreads to those around her and disrupts life on André’s farm.

SUNDAY |MARCH 12| 2017

NARRATIVE SHORTS |4:00 PM| Part Two 


MAIL MAN |USA| 23 min

DIRECTOR: William Aydelott

Q & A After Screening With Director

With letters something of an endangered species in this new digital age, "Mail.Man" dramatically illustrates their continued importance in a moving but light-hearted fashion, with modern technology still playing an important role. Inspired by a character-driven nod to Frank Capra, the story unfolds through the endearing experience of a veteran mail carrier, with a twist that could make text-obsessed viewers rediscover the power and beauty of a well written letter or email.

BOUTIK |Mauritius| 15 min

DIRECTOR: Damien Dittberner

Gaetan has lost his toy soldier. As he tries to work out how to get a new one, he soon realizes that the adults around him will be of no great help, so he decides to jump into the tangled game of their lives.

NOTHING GOLD |UK| 17 min

DIRECTOR: Krysten Resnick

Q & A After Screening With Director

Nothing Gold follows three generations of women and their disconnections as they attempt to cope with the imminent loss of the grandfather.

SUNDAY |MARCH 12| 2017

NARRATIVE SHORT |5:15 PM| 


THE SIMON’S WAY |Armenia| 30 min

DIRECTOR: Edgar Baghdasaryan

Q & A After Screening 

Since 1993 the border between Armenia and Turkey is closed. The countries have no diplomatic or economic relations. But on the two sides of  tightly closed borders, there are relatives living on each end, who manage to communicate with each other  through the power of  hope. This is a story about the influence of politics on human destiny.


2017 Armenian Film Academy Award Winner - Best Short film


SCREENING IS CO-PRESENTED  
BY

THE ARMENIAN MUSEUM OF AMERICA

SUNDAY |MARCH 12| 2017

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE |6:10 PM| 


PRISON DOGS |USA| 71 min

DIRECTOR: Perri Peltz & Geeta Gandbhir

Q & A After Screening With Director

A story of love, loss, and redemption; Prison Dogs focuses on the impact of a unique dog training program that gives two of the most marginalized populations in our society — prison inmates and veterans — a second chance.

SUNDAY |MARCH 12| 2017

CLOSING NIGHT DOCUMENTARY FEATURE |7:45 PM| 

THE OTHER KIDS |Spain, Uganda| 55 min

DIRECTOR: Pablo De La Chica

Mubiru Rigan, dreams of being the next Fernando Torres and scoring the goal that brings Uganda their first African Cup. Like hundreds of millions of kids who play football every day, football grants are the only way to access education or the ticket to a better future. In some cases, it is their only way to survive.  The film is a powerful and moving story about the audacity to dream despite the  insurmountable obstacles that hinder our path to progress. 

SCREENING IS CO-PRESENTED  
BY


GCFF 2017 AWARDS CEREMONY |9:00 PM|

***Open To The Public***


P R O U D   S P O N S O R S


WCF STUDIOS/FILMS 

STUDIO CINEMA 

THE CHARLES RIVER SHOW 

WORLD IN WATERTOWN

ALPHA GRAPHICS


M E D I A  S P O N S O R 

BELMONT MEDIA CENTER 


C O- P R E S E N T E R S

CO-PRESENTING 
THE SIMON'S WAY

CO-PRESENTING
THE OTHER KIDS


GCFF 2017 PROGRAM GUIDE
 

2016 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

Ita Nudar Ema "We as People"
Director: Chris Phillips
CATEGORY: HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
Country of Origin: Timor-Leste

Screening Block Eight 
                            Sunday, April 10th, 2016.  8:15PM-9: 45PM

East Timor's finest poet Osme Gonsalves performs a powerful poem to inspire East Timor's youth to pursue creativity over conflict, after so many years of heart break in this new nation. 

East Timor gained independence in 1999 after 27 years of brutal occupation by Indonesia. A time in which it's approximated that 180,000 people were killed, over 15% of the population. 



A Question of Humanity
Director: Heather Angel Chandler
CATEGORY: HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
Country of Filming: Uganda

Screening Block Eight 
Sunday, April 10th, 2016.  8:15PM-9: 45PM

A young Ugandan woman emerges as an unlikely heroine as she races against time to save the next generation of her people from a mysterious, deadly disease that is attacking thousands of children leaving them in a zombie-like state.



Tears
Director: Yahya Ghobadi 
CATEGORY: ANIMATED  FILM
Country of Origin: Iran

Screening Block Two:

Sunday, April 10th, 2016. 10:00AM-12: 00PM 


An animated film  that explores the plight of a young girl and her family, as they cope with the brutality of war. The multi award winning animated film originates from the Islamic Republic of Iran. 


Camera Obscura
DirectorNour Zaki 
CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORTS
Country of Origin: Egypt

Screening Block One: 
Saturday, April 9th, 2016. 10:00AM-12:00PM

Accused of madness and jailed, AL-Hassan Ibn-Al Haitham (ALHAZEN) battles to adapt to his captivity till he makes an unexpected discovery that will change the course of human history.
Director’s Statement

Nour believes that films are the new books. Since visual media replaced literature as the dominant source of information across the globe, filmmakers are now historians. It is their duty to not only entertain the public, but to inform and educate them.



I've Just Had a Dream
DirectorJavi Navarro
CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORTS
Country of Origin: Spain

Screening Block Eight 
Sunday, April 10th, 2016.  8:15PM-9: 45PM

Multiple award winning narrative short film explores a cautionary tale. It follows the journey of  Irene, an eight year old young girl who just woke up from a horrible dream. 


Mousse
DirectorJohn Hellberg
CATEGORY: NARRATIVE FEATURE
Country of Origin: Sweden

Screening Block Eleven
           Monday, April 11th, 2016. 1:00 PM-2: 15pm

What could be easier than robbing a small bookie place on the outskirts of town? It’s during the year’s biggest horse race event and the betting center Washington’s Tobacco looks like the ultimate hit for some fast cash. Mousse is a man of pride and principles and is fed up with living as a second-class citizen. But what happens when he faces principles different to his own?


Atarraya
DirectorRicardo Santana
CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
Country of Origin: Puerto Rico

Screening Block Five:
Sunday, April 10th, 2016. 3:30PM-5: 00 PM

Atarraya portraits the lives of Sergio and Raúl, two fishermen living in the coasts of Cerro Gordo, one of the few active fishermen coasts in Puerto Rico. Surrounded by restrictions, their day by day living becomes a struggle. Supported by informational dialogues by three scientists and researchers, the deep problems surrounding the coasts of Puerto Rico become evident through this short documentary.


The Mural

DirectorFran Guijarro
CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
Country of Origin: United States 


Screening Block Two:

                         Sunday, April 10th, 2016. 10:00AM-12: 00PM 

The Mural is a 20-minute documentary film following the stories of several artists with developmental disabilities from non-profit thearcsf.org as they work together with a group of civic artists from freespace.io to paint a wall that aims to erase barriers.

The film explores the unlimited nature of Art and its capacity to express freedom, even for those individuals whose lives seem to be confined to the boundaries of their disabilities.



ROR

DirectorNatalie Cunningham
CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
Country of Origin: Australia

Screening Block Four:
Sunday, April 10th, 2016. 2:00PM-3: 20pm

A young poet follows a hip hop dream. Ror Akot is a South Sudanese former refugee making his mark on the Australian music scene. An inspiring portrait of a young artist finding his way. 


People of Nowhere
Director: Lior Sperandeo
CATEGORY: HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
Country of Origin/Filming: Israel & Greece 

Screening Block Eight: 
Sunday, April 10th, 2016.  8:15PM-9: 45PM

Explores the wave of Syrian refugees trying to make their way in to EU. The film documents 7 Days on a Greek Island, as thousands of refugees try to enter Greece.The filmmaker explores the concept of courage in the midst of a global crisis. 


Go Lucy Go
Director: Vince Williams
CATEGORY: HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
Country of Origin/Filming: India & United States

Screening Block One: 
                             Saturday, April 9th, 2016. 10AM-12PM

Lucy is an advocate. In impoverished Eastern India, she has built a vibrant, successful HIV Children's Home and a thriving HIV Community Program. These facilities are one of a kind in a discriminatory culture. Lucy fights for her kids and her cause.



SHIPBREAKERS

Director: Ralph Vituccio, Tom Clancy &
Paul Goodman
CATEGORY:  DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
Country of Origin: China, India, & United States

Screening Block Five:
Sunday, April 10th, 2016. 3:30PM-5: 00 PM

At Alang, in India, on a six-mile stretch of oily, smoky beach, 40,000 migrant workers tear apart, literally by hand, half of the world's discarded ships. This is one of the most dangerous industrial sites in the world. Every ship is a sump of toxic waste. If workers aren't killed on the job from explosions or falling objects, exposure to toxic waste, for many, will result in long-tern illness or early death. The environmental impact has been devastating. Environmental and Human Rights organizations are outraged. Yet ship breaking has become a booming business for a few privileged ship-yard owners in less developed countries such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.


Truth Has Fallen
Director: Sheila M. Sofian
CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM/ANIMATED FEATURE
Country of Origin: United States

Screening Block Nine: 
Monday, April 11th, 2016. 10:00am-11:00am

“Truth Has Fallen” is a 60-minute documentary that examines the cases of three individuals who were wrongfully incarcerated for murder and sheds light on weaknesses in the US justice system. With the help of James McCloskey and his organization, Centurion Ministries, these convictions were ultimately overturned. Employing innovative painted animation, “Truth Has Fallen” investigates why these three individuals were wrongfully convicted and suggests reforms to the United States justice system that could help to reduce the rate of wrongful convictions.

Sanskriti
DirectorMelissa Balan
CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
Country of Origin/Filming: China, Finland, Kenya, & United States

Screening Block Two:

                        Sunday, April 10th, 2016. 10:00AM-12: 00PM 

Titled from the ancient Sanskrit word for "culture", Sanskriti is a documentary filmed around the world, that captures the human experience in today's digital age. Following the lives of four young adults from China, Kenya, Finland, and the USA, the film chronicles the day-to-day experiences of Millennials coming of age in the digital era. Acting as a portrait of a generation, the film celebrates human progress, and encourages re-examination of our relationships with each other, and our iPhones.


Side (H)arm
Director: Jeremy Oliver Miller
CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORTS
Country of Filming/Origin: United States

Screening Block Seven:

Sunday, April 10th, 2016. 6:30PM-7: 50PM


When a young Molly tries to cope with the tragic death of her mother, she needs emotional support from her father. Unfortunately, he is struggling with the same tragedy. Help comes from an unlikely source as Molly turns to her love of painting and the support of an unusual old man.
Director’s Statement
We wanted to show the “side harm” that is caused by a single gun shot. Lives spinning out of control, loved ones picking up the pieces and even help from an unlikely source. We wanted to stay true and unyielding to a dark film, one that captures the conflict of the people hurting and their struggle to return to a normal life.


Canoe (Tamil: Odam)
Director:Vivek Elangovan
CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORTS
Country of Origin/Filming: United States/Syria 

Screening Block Six: 
                       Sunday, April 10th, 2016. 5:10PM-6: 15PM

Director’s Statement
Presenting to you a short film by Indus Creations and Petromaxx lights . The next 10 minutes will take you through a journey of current Syrian refugee crises, our biases and our prejudices. The movie is a call to all fellow humans to open our hearts, put things in perspective and more importantly to act.
Odam (Canoe) is one such movie that will take you through a journey of our pre-conceived notions, biases and prejudices. The movie is a call to all fellow humans to open our hearts, put things in perspective and more importantly, act to bring a change.


My Home موطني
Director: Igal Hecht
CATEGORY:  DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
Country of Origin/Filming: Israel

Screening Block Six: 

Sunday, April 10th, 2016. 5:10PM-6: 15PM 


My Home, explores the complex reality of living as a Christian, Muslim, Druze and Bedouin minority inside of the state of Israel.


A Woman's Story
Director: Azra Rashid
CATEGORY:  DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
Country of Origin/Filming:Bangladesh, Canada, Poland, & Rwanda

Screening Block Seven:

Sunday, April 10th, 2016. 6:30PM-7: 50PM


In 1948, the United Nations defined genocide as acts committed with intent to destroy and cause bodily and mental harm to members of a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group. This was triggered by the Holocaust and as an attempt to stop a genocide before it happened anywhere again. But what transpired during the Holocaust was repeated again - in Bangladesh in 1971, in Rwanda in 1994 and more recently, in Sudan and Syria. The world failed to keep its promise of never again and did not provide resources or infrastructure to help those who survived. The film not only looks at genocide from a temporal lens - 60, 40 and 20 years apart, but also from the eyes of a woman because in any armed conflict women and children are the most vulnerable to violence and being the primary caregiver the trauma haunts the female survivors in a unique way.

a list
Director: Matt Rogers
CATEGORY: NARRATIVE SHORT
Country of Origin: Canada

Screening Block Three:

Sunday, April 10th, 2016 12:05PM-1: 45PM


Patrick, lonely and stuck in a dead end job, accidentally acquires a wealthy man’s wallet and grocery list. He sets out to buy the items on the list to see if these are the ingredients for the life he has always wanted.




New Generation Queens:
 a Zanzibar soccer story
Director: Megan Shutzer
CATEGORY: HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
Country of Filming: Tanzania

Screening Block Four:
Sunday, April 10th, 2016. 2:00PM-3: 20pm

This feature documentary is the story of Zanzibar's women's soccer team, the New Generation Queens. The movie examines the history and culture around women's soccer in Zanzibar. It also follows the team to mainland Tanzania, where the Queens participate in a tournament for the first time and several hope to be recruited to the Tanzanian national team.


Switch Man
Directors: Hsun-Chun Chuang 
& Shao-Kuei Tong
CATEGORY: ANIMATED  FILM
Country of Origin: Taiwan

Screening Block One: 
Saturday, April 9th, 2016. 10AM-12PM

In a normal quiet Sunday, Dr. Evil Mantis attacted 
K-City unexpectedly with his gigantic claw, the entire city in panic and in danger. At the very critical moment, one young man stood out and fight the Dr. Evil Mantis. This is the moment for the hidden superhero, and his secret power is about to turn this chaos upside down. The Legend is about to begin...


Winter's Journey
Director: Susanne Boeing
CATEGORY: NARRATIVE/INTERNATIONAL  FEATURE
Country of Origin: Germany  

Screening Block Eleven:
Monday, April 11th, 2016. 1:00 PM-2: 15pm

Walter is waiting at the last station of his journey through life. His family and friends all know what is best for him. But in the end they have to understand that his ending belongs only to him.

Director's Statement:
Those, who lived self-determined, should also be able to die self-determined. With the film I make my contribution to the social debate. For myself, I want a quiet end, an ending, which only belongs to myself.


Jiàoliàn[Coach]
Director: Esteban Argüello
CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
 Country of Origin/Filming: China &United States

Screening Block Three:

                          Sunday, April 10th, 2016 12:05PM-1: 45PM

Jiàoliàn [Coach] is the story of 27 year-old Norman de Silva, an American who overnight becomes the head coach of the Foshan Long Lions, a professional basketball team in China, and in order to win he must help his players regain their love of basketball.


Pechorin
Director: Roman Khrushch
CATEGORY: NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM
Country of Origin: Russian Federation

Screening Block Ten:
Monday, April 11th, 2016.  11:00 AM- 12:45PM

Based on the Russian classic novel “The Hero of Our Time” by Mikhail Lermontov . All events shown are as  reflected and protrayed in the mind of the dying hero.  Embark on a journey of redemption and repentance. The film takes us on a visually stunning journey through the eyes of a hero. 

SMART
Director: Justin Zimmerman
CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
Country of Origin: United States

Screening Block One: 
Saturday, April 9th, 2016. 10AM-12PM

SMART is a groundbreaking feature-length documentary about a group of highly trained, adrenaline-fueled professionals who risk life and limb to rescue animals! They're Los Angeles' Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team, and they save anything and everything, wild or domestic, from an array of dangerous situations. Shot over the course of three years, SMART follows team lead Armando Navarrete as he helps lift a horse from a river by helicopter, tranquilizes a deer in Pee-Wee Herman's back yard and falls five stories from the top of a tree. But the rescues come at great cost, both on personal and professional levels, while there's another struggle being fought behind the bars at the animal shelters. Armando refuses to let an animal die alone in the dark, but in the end, Armando may be trying to rescue himself.


The Distant Touch

Directors: Jun chen & Yang Yang

Writer: Jun chen

CATEGORY: ANIMATED FILM

Country of Origin: United States

Online Competition 


The Distant Touch is a 2D animation about a baby fox’s quest to find his mother. It shows the inner world of an animal that has been destroyed by human beings.



Purple Turtle Case of the Missing Cupcakes

Directors: Hair Varma & Angus Fletcher

Writer: Jymn Magon

CATEGORY: ANIMATED FILM

Country of Origin: India

                               

Online Competition


Purple Turtle, the world's cutest turtle, started as a children’s book imprint of Aadarsh Pvt. Ltd. and was transformed to a gender neutral pre-school character for global audiences.  The character has become a sensation in the USA, UK, South Africa, Estonia, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Turkey, China and in India.



Driving While Black
Director:Paul Sapiano
CATEGORY: NARRATIVE/INTERNATIONAL  FEATURE
Country of Origin: United States

Screening Block Twelve:
Monday, April 11th, 2016. 2:30PM-4:30PM


Driving While Black is a dark comedy, based on the police experiences of a black kid From LA.

Dimitri delivers Pizzas for a living – but as a young black man he is faced with drama from the cops while navigating the city on the daily.

We see the psychology behind Dimitri’s attitude towards the police through piercing flashbacks to his prior experiences with the cops and how he maneuvers in the streets now.

GCFF 2016 AWARDS

GCFF OF BOSTON 2016
GRAND JURY PRIZE (BEST PICTURE)
 MEGAN SHUTZER
NEW GENERATION QUEENS

GCFF OF BOSTON 2016
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
 HEATHER ANGEL CHANDLER
A QUESTION OF HUMANITY

GCFF OF BOSTON 2016
BEST DIRECTOR (DOCUMENTARY)
 IGAL HECHT
MY HOME

GCFF OF BOSTON 2016
BEST FILM EDITING
 RALPH VITUCCIO
SHIPBREAKERS

GCFF OF BOSTON 2016

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
 FRAN GUIJARRO
THE MURAL

GCFF OF BOSTON 2016
BEST DIRECTOR (DOC SHORT)
 CHRIS PHILLIPS
WE AS PEOPLE

GCFF OF BOSTON 2016
BEST DIRECTOR (SHORT FILM)
 MATT ROGERS
A LIST

GCFF OF BOSTON 2016
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM
I'VE JUST HAD A DREAM
JAVI NAVARRO

GCFF OF BOSTON 2016
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM
PECHORIN
ROMAN KHRUSHCH

GCFF OF BOSTON 2016
BEST DIRECTOR (NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM)
PAUL SAPIANO
DRIVING WHILE BLACK

GCFF OF BOSTON 2016

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
PECHORIN
 
ROMAN KHRUSHCH

GCFF OF BOSTON 2016
BEST ANIMATED FILM
 YAHYA GHOBADI
TEARS

GCFF OF BOSTON 2016
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
 AZRA RASHID 
A WOMAN’S STORY

GCFF OF BOSTON 2016
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
 JUSTIN ZIMMERMAN
SMART

GCFF OF BOSTON 2016
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
 SHEILA M. SOFIAN
THE TRUTH HAS FALLEN

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