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The films of 2016

Day 1, August 26th

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA

*red indicates the films screening block, buy your tickets here!

Democracy in the Drivers Seat

A1 - 4:00pm

On a crowded city street, a woman runs to catch a bus, but misses it. With frustration in her eyes, she climbs aboard the next bus and begs the driver to do his best to catch up to her husband, who is on the bus ahead of them. At first the bus driver is reluctant to even acknowledge her request, but the other passengers urge him to help the woman out. Soon a positive excitement fills the air, and the driver skillfully moves his way through traffic to reach the other bus. A sense of camaraderie builds as more and more people get involved and show their support. It all reaches a climax when they finally pull up behind the bus and the woman hops off to join her husband.
The passengers revel in their sense of accomplishment as their bus pulls away from the curb. Suddenly, the sound of a gunshot cuts short the celebration. They look out the window and see the other bus driver’s head slammed against the steering wheel. Soon it becomes clear that the woman has shot the other bus driver dead. A look of horror fills the passengers’ faces as they realize the outcome of the action that they had all blindly supported.   dir. Gail Gilbert

Operator

A1 - 4:00pm

Gemma wakes to find her house on fire. Trapped with her son, she dials 999. The operator who answers holds Gemma’s life in her hands.   dir. Caroline Bartleet

Death on a Rock

A1 - 4:00pm

Portland filmmaker Scott Ballard’s (A STANDING STILL, WELCOMING DEPARTURE) latest feature follows a young woman coming to terms with a trying event in her life. Lillian’s (Rachael Perrell Fosket) bright outlook – she loves her job in a flower shop and has a sweet budding relationship with her boyfriend – is rocked by illness. Days spent in long term care at the hospital bring reflection, desperation, and some family tension. This vibrantly shot tale follows Lillian’s year of happiness, pain, and growth, told through flashbacks and drifting between memories and shifting consciousness. Seen through a framework of loss, Death On A Rock is a bittersweet tale balanced between tragedy and levity.   dir. Scott Ballard 

Remember When

A1 - 4:00pm

A short film dealing with a heart-breaking dilemma faced by an Alzheimer’s caregiver.   dir. Swati Srivastava

The Nike Chariot Earring

A2 - 7:00pm

A half-century ago a priceless treasure was stolen from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This is the remarkable story of its recovery and the woman who found it.    dir. Karen Audette 

Filmmaker in Attendance

Jiaolian (the Coach)

A2 - 7:00pm

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 player’s regain their love of basketball.     dir. Esteban Arguello

Filmmaker in Attendance

The Pamoja Project

A2 - 7:00pm

The Pamoja Project is not another short documentary film about Africa. This film aims to combat stereotypical and one dimensional narratives of Africa by featuring the lives and work of Margaret, Astridah, and Crispina; three Tanzanian women who's leadership and compassion is changing the lives of those in their community. By focusing on the solutions, rather then the challenges, the film offers a look at real development and social change in Tanzania. In Swahili, the word pamoja means "together," reminding us that change is not one person, but a group of people united in love, working together. dir. Audrey Emerson

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Es Rever

A3 - 9:00pm

Charles has his curiosities. His curiosities have their consequences.   dir. Sean Carmichael

Blood on Melies' Moon

A3 - 9:00pm

In modern Rome “Star Crash” director Luigi Cozzi runs “Dario Argento’s Museum of Horrors” while weird events lead him to discover that in 1888 a French inventor, Louis Le Prince, had patented the very first motion picture camera ever, several years before Lumière brothers’ “Cinématographe” : and  this is only the start of  his odyssey into a parallel worlds’  eerie  mystery… 

dir. Luigi Cozzi

US Premiere

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