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FEATURE COMPETITION

Coney Island: Dreams for Sale (New York Premiere)

Alessandra Giordano, USA, 81min, 2013

 

The documentary chronicles the passionate

fight of a community to protect the future of

legendary Coney Island amusement park. Read more...

 

 

Screens Saturday March 15,

5:00 pm

Director will be present for post-screening Q&A

 

Dovid Meyer (New York Premiere)

Moshe Mones, USA/Israel, 101min, 2013

 

A proper British family advertises for a Mary Poppins-type of au pair for their children, but a 14 year-old Hasidic Israeli boy, an orphan from from Jerusalem, shows up, to rattle the household’s lives in many miraculous ways. Read more...

 

Screens Monday March 17,

7:00 pm

Director will be present for post-screening Q&A

Flore  (North American Premiere)

Jean-Albert Lievre, France, 85min, 2014

 

For the past three years I have been working on a personal film about my mother who has Alzheimer’s disease. No one would ever have imagined that Flore, my mother, could watch the sun on the sea again. Read more...

 

 

Screens Wednesday March 19,

5:15 pm

Forward 13: Waking up the American Dream (New York Premiere)  (*)

Patrick Lovell, USA, 120min, 2013

 

Caught in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis, Patrick Lovell, one of 10 million people who lost their homes... why he and so many Americans were blindsided by the economy's implosion. Read more...

 

Screens Tuesday March 18,

5:00 pm

Director will be present for post-screening Q&A

If only everyone... (New York Premiere)

Natalia Belyauskene, Armenia, 94min, 2012

 

The story of friendship between an Armenian veteran of the Nagorno-Karabakh war and the daughter of one of his fallen comrades. Read more...

 

Screens Sunday March 16,

8:30 pm

 

Indian Summer (North American Premiere)

Simon Brook, France, 84min, 2013

with the participation of Marinella Banfi and Prof Thomas Tursz

Medical road movie following the journey of a surprising couple: a world famous French oncologist and his patient who chose traditional Indian medicine to cure her cancer. Read more...

 

Screens Saturday March 15,

7:00 pm

Director will be present for post-screening Q&A

Lucky Express (New York Premiere)

Anna Fischer, USA, 98min, 2013

 

Indian Railways and the destitute children who have made the vast network their home as they share their astonishing life histories, hopes and dreams with fellow former 'platform child' turned filmmaker, Lucky, whose insider connection shapes the film's entire vision. Read more...

 

Screens Saturday March 15,

9:15 pm

Producer will be present for post-screening Q&A

Offside Trap (North American Premiere)

Stefan Hering, Germany, 98min, 2012

 

Loosely based on the story of car maker Opel in Germany, this film explores what profit maximization does to all people involved - from the workers, their wives, the human resources department up to the management. Read more...

 

 

Screens Tuesday March 18,

9:30 pm

Orphans of the Genocide (New York Premiere)

Bared Maronian, USA, 91min, 2013

 

Orphans of the Genocide is a documentary created by the Armenoid Team bringing to life secret documents pertaining to the systematic Turkification campaigns of hundreds of thousands of Armenian orphans by the Ottoman Empire. Read more...

 

Screens Sunday March 16,

5:00 pm

Director will be present for post-screening Q&A

Small Small Thing (New York Premiere)

Jessica Vale, USA, 85min, 2013

 

Award winning documentary about the high profile case of 7-year old Liberian rape victim Olivia Zinnah, who died in 2012 from her injuries, despite five years of medical treatments and the intervention of the Liberian government. Read more...

 

Screens Friday March 14, 9:15 pm

Director will be present for post-screening Q&A

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

Coal Rush (New York Premiere) (*)

Lorena Luciano & Filippo Piscopo, USA, 85min, 2013

 

When a rural Appalachian community comes to believe that the illnesses that almost killed them may not be an act of God but of environmental wrongdoing, locals take on major coal company Massey Energy over contaminated water that they charge is the cause of widespread sickness. Read more...

 

 

Screens Tuesday March 18,

9:30 pm

Director will be present for post-screening Q&A

 

 

 

From the Black you Make Color

Richie Sherman & Judy Maltz, USA/Israel, 75min, 2013

 

On the periphery of Israeli society, eight women discover a safe haven from the pressures of the outside world during the course of a school year at Tel Aviv’s oldest beauty academy: An unlikely meeting ground of Jews and Arabs, religious and secular, new immigrants and foreign refugees. Read more...

 

Screens Sunday March 16,

1:00 pm

Director will be present for post-screening Q&A

Control (New York Premiere) (*)

Chris Bravo & Lindsey Schneider, USA,

50 min, 2013

 

A 16 year old named 'Mouse' is arrested and charged with assault. This is an unremarkable event in the Bronx, New York, or anywhere else. What follows, however, is a harrowing story of anxiety, confusion, isolation, and doubt. A child is thrown into a bureaucratic labyrinth-- is escape even possible? Read more...

 

Screens Friday March 14,

4:00 pm

Director will be present for post-screening Q&A

Hamshen Community at the Crossroads of Past and Present (New York Premiere)

Lucine Sahakyan, Armenia/Turkey, 60min, 2012

 

Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award Dedicated to  current state of the descendants of the Armenians of Hamshen (Hamshentsis), the film explores a people who were Islamicized by the Ottoman Empire in the 18th century. Today, they live primarily in the provinces of Rizeh and Artvin, as well as in Istanbul and other cities of Turkey. Read more...

 

Screens Sunday March 16,

7:00 pm

Director will be present for post-screening Q&A

Destiny's Bridge (New York Premiere)(*)

Jack Ballo, USA,

80mi, 2013 

 

A homeless minister stands up to a New Jersey town that is evicting him, along with 80 other people living in the woods. Police raids and arrests are met by charges of harassment in this explosive documentary that questions the human rights of the poor while exploring new ideas for housing the homeless. Read more...

 

Screens Saturday March 15,

3:00 pm

Director will be present for post-screening Q&A

Not Who We Are (New York Premiere)

Carol Mansour, Lebanon, 72min, 2013

 

 

By December 2013, there will be a million Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Avoiding clichés, the documentary portrays five women, five journeys with the same fate of being a refugee in Lebanon. Read more...

 

Screens Monday March 17,

5:00 pm

 

Stable Life (New York Premiere)

Sara Macpherson, USA, 52min, 2013

 

Dionicia M. lives in the stables at a California racetrack and works long hours caring for racehorses while her teenage son José Luis is turning heads as a hotshot apprentice jockey. Dionicia and José Luis have gambled their futures on the hardscrabble sport of horse racing. Will they succeed or will their lack of immigration papers prevent them from achieving the stable life of their dreams? Read more...

 

Screens Saturday March 15,

1:00 pm

Director will be present for post-screening Q&A

The Throwaways (World Premiere) (*)

Bhawin Suchak & Ira Mckinley, USA, 62min, 2013

 

The Throwaways tells the story of African- American activist filmmaker and ex-felon, Ira McKinley, documenting his struggle to bring positive changes to his community in inner-city Albany, NY. As he strives to get his voice heard, McKinley shines a light on police violence and mass incarceration in America. Read more...

 

Screens Tuesday March 18,

3:00 pm

Director will be present for post-screening Q&A

Amy Goodman, filmmaker (Massacre: The Story of East Timor), author, activist and host of the internationally acclaimed independent news program Democracy Now! Will be presenting a key note on the role that socially relevant films play in fostering change. She will also present the Rated SR Social Justice Award. Read more...

 

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(*) Contenders for the

Rated SR Social Justice Award