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GCFF 2024 | May 17-21 | In-Person & Online Nationwide

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston (GCFF) is committed to spotlighting films that make us care. Our annual programs proudly showcase unconventional styles that speak to the evolution of the documentary form. Moreover, through the visual language of film, we invite audiences to embark on a journey, exploring sensitive stories captured by unflinching lenses held by filmmakers with the audacity to inform, inspire and visually transport audiences to places near and far. Our 9th annual edition included award-winning independent films from around the globe. Come and discover extraordinary films that make us care!

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Global Cinema Film Festival is exited to announce our In-person and online program. Films screening in our online program will be made available for audiences to stream in all 50 U.S. states during the festival from

May 17-21, 2024! 

 

Please see OFFICIAL SELECTION below & GCFF 2024 AWARD RECIPIENTS! 

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2023 | Ukraine | 100 MIN | 

DIRECTOR: Alisa Kovalenko

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE 

In-Person Cinema Screening w/English Subtitles

Capitol Theatre, 204 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

SHOWTIMES: Friday, May 17, 2024 | 8:30 PM |

We Will Not Fade Away

In this seemingly bleak wartime setting, five teenagers start to seriously think about their future. Their energy, enthusiasm, and hope allow them to fully live out their last golden hours of childhood despite the circumstances. The members of this imaginative band of dreamers paint, take photographs or fantasise about acting careers or becoming 
the next Elon Musk. They rebel, ride on the waves of adventure, walk into minefields and sunbathe by a local lake. They dream of escaping not only from the war but also – like teenagers all over the world – from the boredom of a small town. Then, unexpectedly, an opportunity arises to embark on a long journey all the way to Nepal. Will their dream of conquering the world come true?

Radici 

2023 | USA, Italy | 64 MIN 

DIRECTOR: Clenét Verdi-Rose 

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

EAST COAST PREMIERE 

In-Person Cinema Screening w/English Subtitles

Capitol Theatre,204 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

SHOWTIMES: Friday, May 17,2024 | 6:00 PM | 

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Planet B

2023 | Belgium | 74 MIN 

DIRECTOR: Pieter Van Eecke

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE 

In-Person Cinema Screening w/English Subtitles

Capitol Theatre,204 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

SHOWTIMES: Saturday, May 18. 2024 | 11:00 AM | 

How does one grow up on a planet that is destroying itself?

 

Filmmaker Pieter Van Eecke provides a possible response to this urgent question. For four years, he has followed the beautiful and mischievous friendship between Bo and Luca, two teenagers who

are as enthusiastic in their ecological activism as in their experience of the contradictory and surprising travails of growing up.

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Radici invites audiences on an intimate and heartwarming journey

as a mother and son explore the roots of their family's heritage,

tracing the origins of a beloved saint's feast from their small Italian town of Montefalcione to the vibrant streets of Boston,

Massachusetts. Through touching encounters, shared laughter, and poignant reflections, this documentary captures the essence of heritage, tradition, and the timeless connections that bind generations. Sponsored by the Russo Brother's Italian American film grant.

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Murky Waters

2023 | Denmark, Greece | 67 MIN 

DIRECTOR: Martin Gulnov

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE 

In-Person Cinema Screening w/English Subtitles

Capitol Theatre,204 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

SHOWTIMES: Saturday, May 18, 2024 | 12:30 PM |

In 2015, Mo Abassi, a humanitarian aid worker, faces unexpected legal trouble after saving refugees from drowning on the Greek island of Lesbos. Accused of human trafficking by local authorities, Mo must navigate a complex legal battle alongside his defense attorney, Knud Foldschack, a human rights specialist. As they fight to uphold the right of individuals to escape war, Mo confronts the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence and separation from his children. Through the unfolding of events, the film exposes the intricate dynamics between locals, coastguards, authorities, and NGOs, highlighting the tension between legal obligations and the instinct to save lives.

Grasshopper Republic

2023 | Uganda, USA | 94 MIN 

DIRECTOR: Daniel McCabe

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

MASSACHUSETTS PREMIERE 

In-Person Cinema Screening w/English Subtitles

Capitol Theatre,204 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

SHOWTIMES: Saturday, May 18, 2024 | 2:15 PM |

Filmed over the course of three seasons, GRASSHOPPER REPUBLIC follows a local grasshopper trapping team in verité style, as these modern-day prospectors push into remote forests seeking their fortune by capturing this elusive prey. We witness massive generators being hauled up collapsing mudbanks. Light posts are erected with chemically treated bulbs, casting a lurid neon green pall over the tree canopy, irresistibly attracting the swarm to their corrugated iron traps. 
 

With otherworldly visuals, these distinct universes collide with a burst of emotion. The trappers, who have suffered through injury, sickness, and exhaustion, finally have their moment and relief washes over them. As for the grasshoppers who have been lured into a trap through unnatural trickery, their path ends in a frying pan. Shifting between these two perspectives sparks consideration for man’s relationship to nature and our collective effect on it.

A Mother Youngsoon

2023 | Republic of Korea | 67 MIN | 

DIRECTOR: Changjun Lee

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM 

BOSTON PREMIERE | Online May 17-21,2024

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Nenets Vs Gas 

2023 | France, Belgium, Norway, Finland | 74 MIN | 

DIRECTOR: Sergio Ghizzardi

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM  

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE ​| Online May 17-21,2024

For over 200 generations the Nenets have crossed the Yamal Peninsula (Yamal literally translates as “the end of the world”) in the far north of Siberia, on their migration route as nomadic reindeer herders. The beauty of the tundra and their traditional way of life is revealed in this film as we follow them through the year. But their way of life is under threat. As the Arctic thaws, it becomes more open to exploitation for its natural resources, particularly gas. These hydrocarbons are increasingly important to the Russian economy as it finds itself under pressure from the international community. The exploitation of the resources creates a need for more local infrastructure in these remote regions.

 

The Nenets way of life is marginal and as the permafrost melts, and the weather systems no longer follow their traditional ways of understanding, there is a risk that centuries of history and a whole way of life will be wiped out. 

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Youngsoon, a North Korean defector who settled in South Korea 12 years ago, has lost all family members except her son Sosa. Her husband killed himself and her eldest son is in North Korea. She's done her best for Sosa. Youngsoon has bought a vacation home rental business for Sosa with all her savings. However Youngsoon finds out she has been swindled. Sosa thinks that his mother only loved his big brother in the North and resents her for having brought him to South Korea only to be stigmatized as a North Korean defector.  Youngsoon, who was born as the daughter of a South Korean prisoner of war detained in North Korea, was always poor and her only hope was her eldest son with exceptional talents. To her, her little son is more work than hope.

Do You Get Me?

2023 | Italy, Morocco, Spain | 30 MIN | 

DIRECTOR: Otto Lazić-Reuschel

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE ​| Online May 17-21,2024

Mohamed, a child pursuing his dreams, 8 years after his arrival in Spain, is confronted with a reality that is still distant to him. As a child, Moha travelled from Morocco to Europe. Today, eight years later, he lives in a small Spanish city thanks to the help of his friends and the support of social services. Trapped between his childhood dreams and his disillusionment as a young adult, he clings to what he can. As an illegal immigrant, he lives every day with uncertainty.

I Stumble Every Time I Hear From Kyiv

2023 | Ukraine,Belgium, Hungary, Portugal | 18 MIN | 

DIRECTOR: Daryna Mamaisur

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM 

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE ​| Online May 17-21,2024

“I have no words to say” is the phrase one can often hear when the reality of War is so striking that language seems to be incapable to describe it. The filmmaker from Ukraine, which since February 2022 is fighting against the brutal invasion of russia, faced the question: while making a film about war, how to speak about the wound that is fresh and ongoing?

Hezbollah INC | Mini Series 

2023 | France  | 168 MIN

DIRECTOR: Jérôme Fritel & Sofia Amara

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY MINI SERIES  

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE ​| Online May 17-21,2024

Episode 1: CASSANDRA OR THE PROPHECY OF CHAOS | 58 MIN

Episode 2: THE LONG HUNT | 58 MIN

Episode 3: IN THE NAME OF THE STATE | 58 MIN

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Meko

2024 | USA,Bahamas | 62 MIN | 

DIRECTOR: Harrison Buck

CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM  

BOSTON PREMIERE ​| Online May 17-21,2024

A film 7-years in the making, Meko is the story of man and community who have weathered the storm.

Join filmmaker Harrison Buck on an in-depth look into the macro-effects of climate change on delicate coastal communities like the Bahamas Outer Islands through the lens of legacy fly fishing guide and angler Omeko “Meko” Glinton. Co-starring female guide and angler Abbie Schuster, Buck’s film gives viewers a deeper look into the world of elite fishing guides and in particular - how Glinton’s world was turned upside down after the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian. A tale of human resilience in the face of unspeakable destruction and personal loss - Meko is a testament to the strength of the human soul and how fly fishing might be the key to a sustainable future in the Bahamas Outer Islands.

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It’s widely recognised as a terrorist organisation, responsible for many atrocities including the Beirut port blast and destabilisation of Lebanon. But 42 years on, the ‘Party of God’, remains stronger than ever. It has transformed itself from a small paramilitary group backed by Iran into an omnipotent political party with the largest private army in the world. A ’state within a state’, whose extensive charity network ensures the popular support of the Shiite community while its military wing attempts to redraw the borders of the region and erase Israel from the map. But in 2008, after amassing evidence that Hezbollah was earning up to $1 billion a year running an international crime syndicate trafficking in drugs, money laundering and other criminal activities, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) tried to ’bring down Hezbollah’. Their secret mission was called ‘Project Cassandra’, and it ran for over eight years.  Then, suddenly, it was shut down: sacrificed on the altar of realpolitik to accommodate the US-Iranian nuclear deal.

This three part series tells the story of ‘Project Cassandra.’ It’s a tale that helps explain the history and rise of Hezbollah, making a complex geopolitical story accessible to a larger audience. 

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