Jul 24
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The Accused: Damned or Devoted?
24 Jul, 2020. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Gorilla Web
SYNOPSIS In Pakistan, the blasphemy law prescribes a compulsory death sentence for disrespecting The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and life imprisonment for desecrating the Holy Quran. The Accused: Damned or Devoted? follows the stories and fate of four people accused of blasphemy. The most famous of them is Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who claims she was falsely accused by her Muslim co-workers after a disagreement. As the elections in Pakistan loom, the country is split between those who feel the law is being misused and want to change it and those who believe it must be preserved at any cost.…
Jul 24
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Advocate
24 Jul, 2020. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Gorilla Web
SYNOPSIS Since the early 1970s, attorney Lea Tsemel has made a career out of defending Palestinians in Israeli courts: feminists and fundamentalists, non-violent demonstrators and armed militants. As far as most Israelis are concerned, she defends the indefensible. As far as Palestinians are concerned, she's more than an attorney, she’s an advocate. Advocate follows Tsemel’s caseload in real-time, including the high-profile trial of a 13-year-old boy — her youngest client to date — while also revisiting her landmark cases and reflecting on the political and professional significance of her work, as well as the personal price one pays for assuming…
Jul 27
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The Art of Dissent
27 Jul, 2020. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Gorilla Web
SYNOPSIS The Art of Dissent celebrates the power of artistic engagement and inspired resistance in Czechoslovakia before and after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion. The documentary’s main protagonists – playwright Václav Havel, banned singer Marta Kubišová, and the underground rock group the Plastic People of the Universe – became the most recognizable dissidents during the 1970-80s. Havel fused literary, rock and roll, political and philosophical worlds into a hybrid network that eventually toppled the totalitarian regime. https://vimeo.com/391465243 ONLINE AVAILABILITY Dates: Thursday, August 27 - Thursday, September 3 Time: All hours Access to the film: Fest Pass or Ticket CREDITS Director: James…
Jul 27
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Birth Wars
27 Jul, 2020. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Gorilla Web
SYNOPSIS Told through deeply personal stories in the trenches of the healthcare sector, “Birth Wars” chronicles a power struggle between doctors and midwives in Mexico about whose vision of childbirth should prevail. The film follows midwives and doctors in Guerrero and Chiapas, two of Mexico’s most marginalized and violent states, as they fight against huge odds to transform this system towards one centered on respect for a woman’s health, needs and choices. Experience a journey into two worlds driven by prejudices and antagonism and witness how building bridges between these worlds could help save lives. https://vimeo.com/338880715 ONLINE AVAILABILITY Dates: Thursday,…
Jul 24
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Desert One
24 Jul, 2020. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Gorilla Web
SYNOPSIS In April 1980, the U.S. government launched Operation Eagle Claw, their response to the hostage crisis that was happening in Iran at that time. Helmed by then-President Jimmy Carter, the Delta Force tried unsuccessfully to rescue the 52 hostages that were detained in the U.S. Embassy and Foreign Ministry buildings in Tehran. This film explores the different aspects of this failed mission through interviews with the hostages, soldiers, commanders and President Carter. https://youtu.be/xnSGvR0pZ0g ONLINE AVAILABILITY Dates: Thursday, August 27 - Sunday, August 30 Time: All hours Access to the film: Fest Pass or Ticket Q&A with Filmmaker: Available during…
Aug 7
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Down a Dark Stairwell
7 Aug, 2020. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Gorilla Web
SYNOPSIS When a Chinese-American police officer kills an unarmed black man in a darkened stairwell of a New York City housing project, it sets off a firestorm of emotion and fractured calls for justice. When he becomes the first NYPD officer to be convicted in a decade, the meaning of justice itself becomes complicated, pitting two marginalized communities against one another in a virulent fight against the system and igniting the largest Asian-American protest in U.S. history. ONLINE AVAILABILITY Dates: Thursday, August 27 - Thursday, September 3 Time: All hours Access to the film: Fest Pass or Ticket Viewing Limited:…
Aug 7
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The Fight
7 Aug, 2020. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Gorilla Web
SYNOPSIS An inside look at the legal battles that lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union are waging during the Trump administration. When a mother is separated from her child, a soldier is threatened with the loss of his career, a young woman's right to choose is imperiled at the pleasure of a government official, and the ability to exercise our basic right to vote is threatened, the consequences can be devastating to us and to future generations. The Fight celebrates the unsung heroes who fiercely work to protect our freedoms. https://youtu.be/eK8Pj4kN0YQ ONLINE AVAILABILITY Dates: Thursday, August 27 - Sunday,…
Jul 27
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Finding Yingying
27 Jul, 2020. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Gorilla Web
SYNOPSIS Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old Chinese student, comes to the U.S. to study. In her detailed and beautiful diaries, the aspiring young scientist and teacher is full of optimism, hoping to also be married and a mother someday. Within weeks of her arrival, Yingying disappears from the campus. Through exclusive access to Yingying’s family and boyfriend, Finding Yingying closely follows their journey as they search to unravel the mystery of her disappearance and seek justice for their daughter while navigating a strange, foreign country. But most of all, Finding Yingying is the story of who Yingying was - a talented…
Jul 24
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For the Love of Rutland
24 Jul, 2020. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Gorilla Web
SYNOPSIS As her small, blue-collar city struggles to emerge from the opioid epidemic and gets caught up in battles over change, identity, and self-mythology, Stacie Griffin – a remarkable and resilient woman who lives in the toughest neighborhood of the heroin-battered town of Rutland, Vermont - relates her story with candor and honesty. https://vimeo.com/421160632 ONLINE AVAILABILITY Dates: Thursday, August 27 - Sunday, August 30 Time: All hours Access to the film: Fest Pass or Ticket Viewing Limited: Vermont residents only Q&A with Filmmaker: Available during Festival CREDITS Director: Jennifer Maytorena Taylor Producer: Jennifer Maytorena Taylor FILM INFORMATION Genre: Documentary Feature…
Jul 24
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Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President
24 Jul, 2020. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Gorilla Web
SYNOPSIS If it hadn’t been for a bottle of scotch and a late-night visit from musician Gregg Allman, Jimmy Carter might never have been elected the 39th President of the United States. This dynamic film charts the mostly forgotten story of how Carter, a lover of all types of music, forged a tight bond with musicians Willie Nelson, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and others. Low on campaign funds and lacking in name recognition, Carter relied on support from these artists to give him a crucial boost in the Democratic primaries. Once Carter was elected, the musicians became frequent guests…
Jul 24
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John Lewis: Good Trouble
24 Jul, 2020. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Gorilla Web
SYNOPSIS An inspiring chronicle of the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia, John Robert Lewis. Using interviews and rare archival footage, the documentary portrays Mr. Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration policy. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, who just recently passed away at 80 years old, director Dawn Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. Included as well are interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues…
Jul 27
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Life in Synchro
27 Jul, 2020. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Gorilla Web
SYNOPSIS Welcome to the beautiful, cold, hard world of synchronized ice skating - the toughest sport you’ve never heard of. Synchro has been empowering generations of women since 1956 when it was founded by a father who saw the need for team sports for girls. Today these skaters lift, leap, and spin together in ways the rink has never seen before, but this innovative sport is still somehow overlooked by mainstream media. Journey alongside incredible women around the country as they push their teams and themselves beyond the routine and up towards greatness. https://vimeo.com/386405046 ONLINE AVAILABILITY Dates: Thursday, August 27…