Birthday Girl

Birthday GirlAnjan Chakravarti, 2014, 8 min

Friday 9/19
Program II starts: 10:30pm

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It is Ankita’s birthday. We will see her day unfold through her interactions with her family members, her strict dance teacher and, tragically, through the actions of a group of youths out to have a good time. We will see her as a sister, a daughter, aunt, pupil and a sex object. However, the audio of a major portion of the sequence will be reversed.

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The Conditioned

The ConditionedMichael Marantz, 2014, 5 min

Friday 9/19
Program II starts: 10:30pm

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For its 10th anniversary, Facebook commissioned Michael Marantz to tell a powerful story — one of a homeless man in Brazil whose greatest passion in life is writing poetry and dream is to publish a book. Living on the streets made it an impossible dream. However, a series of unimaginable events take place that transform the life of Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho dramatic ways. “The Conditioned” is an inspiring tale of the power of connection.

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Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution

Not Anymore: A Story of a RevolutionMatthew VanDyke, 2013, 14 min

Friday 9/19
Program II starts: 10:30pm

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Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution is a short film about the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by a thirty-two-year-old rebel commander, Mowya, and a
 twenty-four-year-old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Syria. The film shows why Syrians are fighting for their freedom, told through the emotional words of two powerful characters whose lives have been torn apart by war.

Nour is a schoolteacher-turned-journalist who faces death on the front lines to tell the world about the war. The film’s title is derived from the opening line of the film, when Nour says, “I used to wear fancy dresses and high heels. Not anymore.” Now she wears body armor and a helmet. She is fearless, but lives with the pain of friends who have been tortured, raped, and murdered by the Assad regime. She tells not only her story, but theirs, and in so doing she shows the audience what  life is like for a Syrian girl who is spending her twenties in war as everything she loves is destroyed.

Mowya is a young rebel commander who bears the scars, physical and psychological, of seven months of torture. Yet this has not broken his spirit. With incredible wit he tells his story. With disbelief and sadness he walks the streets of ancient Aleppo, telling of how life used to be in a thriving, vibrant city whose heart, as Mowya says, has stopped. With a great deal of charisma he clearly articulates why the Syrian people are fighting for their freedom.

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Magnus: A Spring Day

Magnus: A Spring DayMagnus Lilleberg, 2013, 18 min
Producer – Munin Film

Friday 9/19
Program II starts: 10:30pm

* Winner: Best Documentary Short

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We join Magnus Lilleberg on an intimate journey into his everyday life as a heroin addict in the capital of Norway. He films himself with his hand-held camera and he describes a tough reality without demanding compassion in return.

In Norway, and elsewhere, heroin addicts are often perceived as a homogeneous group who are outcasts from society at large. Magnus wants to alter this picture by documenting his own life and the struggles he encounter because his medicine, heroin, is criminalized by law. The Norwegian government offers methadone, a medicine that doesn’t work for Magnus. Because of that he finds himself living in inhuman conditions in one of the best health and welfare systems in the world. In partnership with Munin Film, Magnus was able to tell his story on his own terms. His short documentary has been screened for politicians at the Norwegian Parliament, won the prestigious Amanda Award for Best Short Film and been critically acclaimed for its innovative form and its ability to raise questions around human dignity.

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