Press Release UNAFF -One World Many Stories 10-16 (4)
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press Release UNAFF -One World Many Stories 10-16 (4)
The event will be presented as followed:
Friday night, Nov. 6th
• 7:00PM - Opening Night:
A wine reception will be offered along with a set of introductions by Jasmina Bojic, founder of UNAFF
and professor in Film Studies at Stanford University.
• 8 PM – Salim Baba (INDIA/USA)
Salim Muhammad is a 55-year-old man who lives in North Kolkata, India with his wife and five children. Since the
age of ten he has made a living by screening discarded film scraps for the kids in his surrounding neighborhoods
using a hand-cranked projector that he inherited from his father. A pragmatic businessman as well as a cinephile,
Salim runs his projector with his sons in the hopes that they will carry on his legacy of showing films to the local
• 8:20PM - FACE2FACE (Israel/Palestine/France)
In March 2007, French photographer and street artist JR and his friend Marco embarked on the biggest illegal photo
exhibition ever. They photographed both Palestinians and Israelis doing the same jobs in each of their respective
communities-then they posted these images face to face, in huge formats, in unavoidable places, on both sides of the
Wall of Separation, as well as in eight Palestinian and Israeli cities. The aim of the project was to contribute to a
better understanding between Israelis and Palestinians who, although they are neighbors, often only see each other
through the media and its stereotypes. A testament to the humanizing power of art, laughter and dialogue, the film
portrays people from different political and religious backgrounds who come together to speak about being torn
Saturday Screenings, Nov. 7th
• 10-12:00 PM - Iron Ladies of Liberia (Liberia/USA)
After nearly two decades of brutal civil war, Liberia is a nation ready for change. On January 16, 2006, Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf was inaugurated as the country's first elected female president and Africa's first freely elected female
head of state. Despite massive support both in Liberia and abroad, Johnson Sirleaf must not only find ways to reform
a corrupt authoritarian government saddled by astronomical debts, but must also confront opponents loyal to former
President Charles Taylor-all without alienating her voter base. Since taking office, Johnson Sirleaf has appointed an
unprecedented number of women to leadership positions in all areas of the Liberian government.
• 12:30 – 3PM - Tiger Spirit (Korea/Canada)
The psychic scar shared by millions of people, separated from their families during the Korean War in the 1950s, is
symbolized by the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing communist North from capitalist South. Tiger Spirit begins
in the Korean foothills, where the filmmaker Min Sook Lee joins videographer Lim Sun Nam in his obsessive quest
to prove tigers still live in the DMZ's swath of wilderness. A powerful symbol of resilience in Korean mythology,
the tiger once roamed the peninsula, but is thought extinct in the region. Lim believes finding the tiger will
reconnect Koreans to their spirit and fuel the reunification train. But a tiger's stripes extend beyond its fur. Inspired
by her desire to understand the country she left as a child when her family moved to Canada, Lee takes us deeper
than symbols, asking the crucial question-how will the two Koreas be put back together?
• 3:30-5:30 PM - On a Tightrope (China/Norway)
In an orphanage in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, children study tightrope walking. The children are Uighurs, the
largest Muslim minority in China. Fearing the Uyghurs' separatist movement, China rules with an iron fist in
Xinjiang. Youngsters are forbidden to profess their religion, and the regime jumps at every opportunity to glorify the
unity of China. Walking the tightrope is an age-old Uyghur tradition, and their feats are spectacular. The children
look up to their coach, but his intentions are dubious. After nine months of intense training, most children are told
they have failed and will not be able to continue the course. The film follows four children in the orphanage in their
struggle to build a better life for themselves. They talk about the frustration of having to practice so hard, only to
find out that it was all for nothing. But they also discuss their life in the orphanage and the required loyalty to
communism, and their dreams for the future come up on a regular basis. Though not all of them really want a career
in tightrope walking, they still feel that they have failed. Then, an elderly retired tightrope walker shows up and
becomes their new coach. Lovingly and patiently, he teaches the children to walk the tightrope, this time
• 6:30-8:30 PM - TRIAGE: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma
(Somalia, Rwanda, Candia)
The act of triage is the ultimate humanitarian nightmare. Racing against time with limited resources, relief workers
make split-second decisions: who gets treatment; who gets food; who lives; who dies. This impossible dilemma
understandably haunts humanitarians like Dr. James Orbinski, who accepted the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf
of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as their President, and was a field doctor during the Somali famine and the
Rwandan genocide, among other catastrophes. Having seen the best and worst of humanitarian assistance and of
humanity itself, Orbinski embarks on his most difficult mission to date-writing a deeply personal and controversial
book that struggles to make sense of it all. In Triage, a feature-length documentary, Orbinski travels to war-torn
Somalia, the first place he was posted with MSF in 1992; then to Rwanda, where he was MSF Head of Mission
during the 1994 genocide. Finally he goes to Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, where it seems humanitarian
dreams go to die.
Sunday Screenings, Nov. 8th
• 1-3PM -The Linguistics (Bolivia/India/Russia)
Half of the world’s languages are on the verge of extinction. David and Greg are scientists racing to document
languages on the verge of extinction. In Siberia, India, and Bolivia, The Linguistics confront head-on the very forces
silencing languages: institutionalized racism and violent economic unrest. Their journey takes them deep into the
heart of the cultures, knowledge and communities at stake. The film is an amazing cultural journey to some of the
most obscure linguistic niches of our planet.
• 3:30-5:30PM – The Devil Came On Horseback (Sudan/USA)
Tragedy taking place in Darfur as seen through the eyes of an American witness who has since returned to the U.S.
Marine Captain Brian Steidle, The Devil Came on Horseback takes the viewer on an emotionally-charged journey
into the heart of Darfur, Sudan, when an Arab run government is systematically executing a plan to rid the province
of its Black-African citizens.
• 6:30-8:30PM – Houston We Have A Problem (USA)
Take a look inside the energy capital of the world to see the truths about oil, from Texas oilmen themselves. For
decades politicians have decried our addiction to foreign oil, yet US energy policy has stayed largely defensive with
little focus on sustainability. Now in the face of growing competition for oil, new forms of Wildcatting in
alternatives have emerged. And many within the industry are starting to realize we must change, advising that it is
going to take everything to meet America’s future energy needs.
Ticket prices for the opening night reception are $60 per person and benefit UNA-Houston’s
educational efforts with Houston area schools.
Film Festival passes are $35 including Sat. and Sun. screenings.
Single screening tickets are available for as little as $10, or $8 for students w/ID and seniors.
For more information about the event, visit www.unahouston.org and click on upcoming events
or call (713) 667-7044