Films of the 2016 Festival
Friday, November 4th through Sunday, November 13th
2015 Skye Fitzgerald. 39 min Turkey/USA/Syria
partly subtitled Short Doc
Syrian-American surgeon Hisham Bismar arrives at a Turkish hospital on the Syrian border, ready for anything. What he finds is horror, chaos, and an ocean of refugees in need of medical care. This is a portrait of a quiet and determined man, performing intricate acts of medical necessity undeterred by the complexity of war around him. Warning: this film contains graphic images of injuries caused by war.
Saturday November 12, 4 pm (with My Aleppo and Refugees of Shangri-La)
As the war in Syria reaches its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. After Spring follows two refugee families and the aid workers fighting to keep Zaatari, Syria’s largest detainment camp, running. ith no end in sight for the conflict, everyone must decide whether they can rebuild their lives in a place never meant to be permanent. Executive produced by Jon Stewart.
Saturday, November 5, 4 pm
2015 Dan Lund 7 min Animated Short USA
When a callow young farmer shows himself to be completely uninterested in the sensitive art of milking a dairy cow, Aria, a bovine diva, along with her singing and dancing back up bulls, belts out a tune demanding to be respected for more than just dairy products. In the end, our young farmer learns to respect the collaborative effort that made Krelborn farms and its cows an award-winning dairy farm.
Saturday, November 5, 12 noon (with Birds of Passage)
Sunday, November 6, 2 pm (with Seed:the Untold Story)
Friday November 11, 8:30 pm (with Hunky Dory)
Sunday, November 13, 12 noon (with Birds of Passage)
2015 Oliver Ringer 83 min Subtitles France/Belgium Children’s Drama
Cathy receives a very unusual gift from her dad for her tenth birthday: an egg. When a duckling comes out of the egg in the presence of her friend Margaux, he immediately recognizes her as his mother! But Margaux who has to use a wheelchair is not able to handle a baby duck. Both girls are determined to set their fluffy friend free so they leave in secret on an adventurous journey to the distress of their very concerned parents but they learn a lot about self-discovery.
Saturday, November 5, 12 noon (with Aria for a Cow)
Sunday, November 13, 12 noon (with Aria for a Cow)
2015 David Darg 13 min Liberia/US Short Doc
Body Team 12 is tasked with collecting the victims at the height of the ebola outbreak, arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world. The story is told in Monrovia, Liberia through the eyes of the only female member of the team, Garmai Sumo. Through Garmai’s maternal heroism, we see the heartbreaking, lifesaving work of removing bodies from loved ones in order to halt transmission of the disease.
Thursday, November 10, 6:30 pm (with Nakom)
2016 Jon Bowermaster 96 min USA Doc
During President Obama’s terms extreme energy extraction grew faster than anyone could have predicted, putting the 17 million people who live within one mile of new gas or oil rig in harm’s way. Interviews with scientists, economists,health professionals, geologists, and whistle blowers provide the core information for the current President and those that will follow to join the growing “anti-drilling” majority and call for fossil fuels to be left in the ground. With Mark Ruffalo
Saturday, November 5, 6:30 pm
2016 Craig Atkinson 72 min USA Doc
Starting on the streets of Ferguson, DO NOT RESIST offers a stunning look at the militarization of America, thanks to its amazing access placing viewers deep in the center of the action--a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team, a nationwide police seminar on "righteous violence," a New Hampshire small-town vote for a supersized tank--and exploring where frightening new technologies could lead next.
Wednesday, November 9, 6:30 pm
2016 Kathlyn Horan 90 min USA Doc
When Seattle police officer Kim Bogucki asked a group of incarcerated women a critical question, she struck a chord with repeat offender Renata Abramson. Renata took it upon herself to answer that question in writing, and invited her fellow prisoners to do the same. When Bogucki returned a month later, Renata handed her a stack of raw and poignant essays and The IF Project was born. Director and Officer Bogucki present.
Monday, November 7, 6:30 pm.
2016 Michael Curtis Johnson 88 min USA Drama
Hard-partying, bisexual glam rock drag performer Sidney’s life takes a sharp turn when his ex-girlfriend unexpectedly drops their 11-year-old son Georgie off for the week. Equally obsessed with himself and music, Sidney would be the first to admit that he has never been much of a father. But after spending time with his son, he’s forced to reconcile his hedonistic lifestyle with his new responsibilities.
Friday November 11, 8:30 pm (with Aria for a Cow)
2016 NYICFF 57 min Collection of Short Dramas
Recommended for ages 3-7
A wonderful collection of the best short animated films from around the world presented at the 2016 New York International Children’s Film Festival. Selected for our younger audience members, it features Audience Award winners: The Visitors, and Octopus, Grown-Ups, Award-winner: One, Two, Tree, and more of their highest-rated shorts, including Object at Rest, Looks, and Tiny Tunes: Food.
Sunday, November 6, 12 noon (with My Favourite Things)
2015 Jeremy Sims 123 min Australia Drama
In this sweet-hearted film, a cab driver, Rex, has spent his life avoiding getting too close to people, including his best friend, Polly. After discovering he is dying, he decides to leave his home alone and drive 3000kms across the continent to Darwin, where there are recently passed euthanasia laws. So begins a very lively and epic journey.
Sunday, November 6, 4 pm
Tuesday, November 8, 8:30 pm
2016 Ferne Perlstein 88 min USA Doc
Can Nazis and the Final Solution be joked about? Comedians, writers, producers, and even Holocaust survivors weigh in--and show how personal and changeable ideas of humor and offense can be. A provocative mix of levity, tragedy, archival material and marquee names, with a luminous ninety-one-year-old Auschwitz survivor at its heart.
Thursday, November 10, 8:30 pm
2015 Hannes Holmes 116 min Sweden Drama
A touching comic crowdpleaser that may call for a tissue or two by the end, it’s a heartwarming tale about a stubborn, short-tempered man with steadfast beliefs, strict routines and the feeling that everyone around him is an idiot — and no reticence about telling them so. After new neighbors accidentally run over his mailbox, the cantankerous old git’s solitary world is shaken in ways he would never have imagined.
Friday November 11, 6:30 pm
2016 Kadri Kousaar 89 min Estonia Drama
Estonian humor is big on idiosyncratic folks negotiating emotional upheavals with placid exteriors. This quirky, Fargo-like tendency transforms the unsavory elements MOTHER deals with into an amusing if cautionary tale. As small-town eccentrics scramble to discover where the money went just before the gun went off, the most oddball of situations conceals the most serious themes.
Saturday, November 5, 8:30 pm
2015 Melissa Lange 18 min South Africa
After fleeing the civil war in Syria and relocating to South Africa, a young family struggles to preserve their ties to the ancient city of Aleppo. Trying to establish a new life in their one-room apartment is difficult as they receive a string of unsettling news from relatives still caught in the conflict.
Saturday November 12, 4 pm (with 50 Feet from Syria and Refugees of Shangri-La)
2013 Chris Phillips 5 min Ethiopia Short Doc
An enchanting story about poverty, play, and the rights of children starring 5-year-old Hennock from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Sunday, November 6, 12 noon (with Kid Flix)
2016 90 min
Kelly Daniela Norris and TW Pittman
After his father’s sudden death, a talented Ghanian medical student returns to his native village, where his family’s been struggling to pay his tuition. Now he must plant and sell a crop so they can pay back a sizeable recent debt. Will tradition and familial duty force a change in his future? A colorful drama with fine cinematography and an authentic sense of place.
Thursday, November 10, 6:30 pm (with Body Team 12)
2016 92 min Sonia Kennebeck USA Doc
Plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, three veterans become whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence at great to risk themselves, on one of the most controversial current affairs topic of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. This very revealing and haunting film brings an issue in distant lands close to home Executive produced by Errol Morris and Wim Wenders.
Wednesday, November 9, 8:30 pm
Saturday, November 12, 8:30 pm
1991 Isao Takahata 118 min
Anime dubbed Japan Drama
It’s 1982, Taeko, a young woman from Tokyo, decides to visit her relatives in the countryside. During the trip, memories flood back of her “fifth grade self”. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko contemplates the arc of her life, and wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self. Never before released in the USA, Only Yesterday is a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with, humor and stirring emotion, and beautifully animated by one of the world's most revered animation studios.
Saturday, November 12, 2 pm
2016 Jonah Markowitz, Tracy Ware 87 MIN
Packed with hot-button moments of Assembly debate footage, this engrossing documentary charts the years-long efforts by California’s first four “out” state politicians to pass bills for LGBT rights. These four women endure inflammatory, jaw-dropping grandstanding from their peers as they fight for advances whose ripple effect led last year to the Supreme Court pro-marriage equality decision.
Monday, November 7, 8:30 pm.
After cultural persecution, loss of a beloved home, and twenty years surviving in refugee camps in Nepal, the Kingdom of Bhutan's forgotten exiles abandon hopes of returning to their lost land and seek a new life in a new country. In the past five years, 85,000 Bhutanese refugees have resettled to America. This is the story of our new neighbors.
Saturday November 12, 4 pm (with 50 Feet from Syria and My Aleppo)
2011 Xenia Forrester 9 min South Africa Short
A group of Zimbabwean artists whose marketplace and livelihood is a traffic light intersection in Cape Town, South Africa talks about life as illegal immigrants, xenophobia, missing their families, and the role that art plays in their lives.
Friday, November 4, 8:30 pm (with Tyrus)
Saturday, November 5, 2 pm (with Romeo is Bleeding)
Saturday, November 12, 12 noon (with Romeo is Bleeding)
2015 Jason Zeldes 93 min USA Doc
A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA. Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his experiences. Using his voice to inspire those around him, he and the like-minded youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with the hope of starting a real dialogue about violence in the city.
Saturday, November 5, 2 pm (with Robot Artists)
Saturday, November 12, 12 noon (with Robot Artists)
2015 Mike Plunkett 76 min Bolivia/USA
Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni is a pristine, otherworldly expanse of white found in one of the most secluded places on earth. Until recently, the only signs of life have been the "saleros" who harvest salt from its radiant surface. Salero is a poetic journey through the eyes of Moises, who becomes one of the last links between the old world and the new one, as Bolivia's leaders embark on a plan to extract a precious mineral found beneath the salt crust.
Sunday, November 6, 8:30 pm (with Territory)
2016 Elite Zexer 97 minIsrael Drama
Deep in the Negev desert, Bedouin villager Suliman has given his eldest child, Layla, many of the trappings of modern life—a cell phone, driving lessons, an education—instilling in her a sense of independence. But in other ways he is firmly rooted in the patriarchal past, with all the power and privilege it confers. When he takes a second wife, the mother and daughter struggle to change the unchangeable, each in her own way. Winner of a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.
Saturday, November 12, 6:30 pm (with Territory)
SEED tells a harrowing but heartening story of how 94% of vegetable seed varieties have disappeared in the 20th century and paints an expansive picture with regard to seed saving efforts around the globe, including indigenous seed keepers that fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. Compelling, timely, and urgent with extraordinary graphics...and has enough gourmet touches to interest “foodies”.
Sunday, November 6, 2 pm (with Aria for a Cow)
2015 105 min Martin Butler, Bentley Dean
Australia’s entry to the Academy Awards, this is the first feature film beautifully shot entirely in the paradise of Vanuatu. Based on a true story from the recent past of some of the last of the world’s tribal societies, it’s an exotic echo of Romeo and Juliet, tense with intertribal strife. The acting by members of the tribe themselves is magnetic and their passion to tell their story lies at the heart of the film’s success.
Friday, November 4, 6:30 pm
Tuesday, November 8, 6:30 pm
2015 Eleanor Mortimer 17 min Gibraltar Short Doc
The rock of Gibraltar is shared between two primate species: people and monkeys. However, in recent years, some packs of monkeys have been straying from their traditional roaming areas in the upper rock to venture into town. They use the old city walls to come down early in the morning to play in the trees and prey on tourists for food, delighting in causing havoc at every opportunity. How will the humans respond?
Sunday, November 6, 8:30 pm (with Salero)
Saturday, November 12, 6:30 pm (with Sand Storm)
2016 Keith Maitland 96 min USA Doc
On August 1st, 1966, a sniper opened fire from the top floor of the University of Texas Tower, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When it was finally over, a shaken nation was left trying to understand. This gripping reconstruction combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation in a dynamic, never-before-seen way. TOWER reveals the untold stories of the witnesses, heroes, and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others. Produced by Meredith Viera
Sunday, November 6, 6:30 pm
2015 Pamela Tom 78 min USA Doc
“Tyrus” is a surprising portrait of the life of Chinese American artist, Tyrus Wong and his breathtaking scope of work across multiple artistic mediums as well as his personal and professional journey navigating racial bigotry to become a celebrated modernist painter, Hollywood sketch artist, and 'Disney Legend' for his groundbreaking work on the classic animated film, Bambi and many other Hollywood films; establishing their signature visual styles. At 106 years old, Tyrus is one of the oldest living American artists.
Friday, November 4, 8:30 pm (with Robot Artists)