3.6 -- THE DAY GOD WALKED AWAY,
Philippe Van Leeuw
At the beginning of the madness that struck Rwanda (April
1994), a Belgian family leaves. Their young Tutsi nanny is
left to hideout until it’s over. She returns to her village
only to find that her two children have been murdered. In
despair she flees into the forest where she encounters an
injured man. Together they try to survive. Appropriately titled,
this film, via the eyes and ears of a victim, successfully
transmits the horrors of the genocide without the usual accompanying
graphics. We register her fear, anger, despair and hopelessness.
An often treated subject receives an original and inspired
CONDITIONS OF LOVE,
A powerful 53 min portrayal of Ribaya Kadeer, spokeswoman
for the Uyghur people of Zingjiang Province of North-western
China (East Turkistan to her people). Like the Tibetans, the
Uyghur were assimilated by the Chinese and live under oppressive
conditions. Mrs Kadeer is a 63-year-old mother of 11 children,
former prisoner and living in exile in USA. The Chinese government
considers her as a threat to national security and have arrested
four of her children. Though faced with this painful dilemma
-- her children or her people -- she continues to speak out
for the rights of the Uyghur.
Feature length documentary portraying two-time Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof. He almost single-handedly put the Darfur crisis on the world map. We follow the reporter as he visits the Congo in his attempt to do the same in this war torn humanitarian disaster area.
Feature length documentary examining the day to day battles facing an eclectic group of women in South Africa aiding children who have been abused or neglected.
YALA + BOLIVIA 2008,
Two short films (52 and 18 min) depicting the political situation
in Bolivia. The first covering the elation among the indigenous
population as Evo Morales -- Bolivia’s first indigenous president
-- assumes the office in January 2006. The second showing
the re-emergence of racism as Bolivia’s richest provinces
-- the majority of whom are of European descent -- declare
autonomy. Cinematography was raw and grainy.
VOICES OF THE UNHEARD,
A film shot in secrecy giving a voice to those silenced by the repressive regime. Three distinct individuals (an aging revolutionary teacher, a tribal villager and a young intellectual) are voicing their sense of alienation and despair.
In April of 2003 the regime of Saddam Hussein has fallen. A group of Kurdish exiles in Germany gather to celebrate. Amidst the images of the news being projected we see an evening that began with elation and joy disintegrating as past resentments and closeted secrets surface.
WIDE OPEN, A JOURNEY THROUGH TODAY’S SOUTH,
A re-evaluation of the situation in South America 40 years
after Uruguayan writer, Eduardo Galeano publishes “Open Veins
in Latin America.” The director’s journey begins on the soybean
plantations of Brazil to the tin mines of Bolivia and ends
in the deep jungles of Ecuador. Archival footage of speeches
given by Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, Brazil’s Lula and Bolivia’s
Evo Morales are included.
53 min. film investigating Canada’s complicity in the torture
of three of its citizens – Muslims detained and tortured over
a period of three years in Syria and Egypt. Powerful and intimate,
this film reveals the delicate and fragile balance between
democracy, human rights and the fears concerning national
Farid Haerinejad, Mohammad Reza Kazemi
Feature length film exposing the violent injustices inherent
in the Iranian legal system which particularly targets women.
Many of these women have been falsely accused and face a brutal,
even fateful punishment. This film follows the efforts of
dedicated human rights activists as they try to protect these
women and overturn the sentence passed upon them. This is
a brutal and emotionally stirring film that contains disturbing