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Schedule for Sunday, November 23
“Just by being truthful and honest with its subjects, this film feels like a call to action. Listen to it.” (Film Threat)
Through the eyes of two survivors—Deanna Walters, a brutally beaten mother who seeks justice, and Kit Gruelle, an advocate—we bear witness to the complexities of intimate partner violence. These women’s experiences challenge entrenched assump- tions and provide a window into a world that’s been hidden by our silence, laws, and lack of understanding.
Q&A Nov. 23, 2:00: Hope’s Door Executive Director CarlLa Horton, Director of the Westchester County Office for Women Robin Schlaff, and Laura Rossi, Esq., Senior Program Officer of Westchester Community Foundation
Cynthia HIll. 2014. 80 m. NR. USA.12:00 PM 2:00 PM 8:15 PM
1 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
"...[A]n urgent, gripping real-life spy story that should be seen by every American, and quite likely by everybody else too." (Andrew O'Hehir, Salon)
Laura Poitras (recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Fellowship and co-recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service) was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted emails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four." With her camera in tow, she and journalist Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before your eyes.
Laura Poitras. 2014. 114 m. R. Germany/USA, English/German/Portuguese. RADiUS-TWC.12:05 PM
"Birdman is the very definition of a tour de force..." (David Edelstein, New York Magazine)
Michael Keaton returns to the big screen in a role that only he can play. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Keaton) - famous for portraying an iconic superhero - as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover everything he's lost. Visually stunning, technically superb and featuring knock-out performances from an all-star cast-- Birdman is not just a comeback for Keaton-- it's a comeback for the magic of film itself.
Alejandro González Iñárritu. 2014. 119 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.12:15 PM 2:45 PM 5:15 PM 7:45 PM
"It is one of those scorching films that burns through emotions, uses up actors, wrings out audiences. And the jazz, well, it has its own moments of brutal, breathtaking fusion." (Betsy Sharkey, LA Times)
Damien Chazelle. 2014. 106 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.2:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:15 PM
A Quiet Inquisition
“Dr. Carla Cerrato’s bravery cannot be underestimated.” (filmmakers Kahn and Zeka)
Because of Nicaragua’s 2007 total ban on abortion, an Ob-Gyn at a Managua public hospital confronts a terrible choice: Should she provide care she believes will save her patients’ lives, or follow the law? Named one of the films not to miss at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, A Quiet Inquisition offers a compelling example of what prohibition looks like on the ground through the eyes of the medical professional.
Q&A Nov. 23, 6:00: filmmaker and former JBFC educator Holen Sabrina Kahn, via Skype
Holen Kahn/Alessandra Zeka. 2014. 65 m. NR. USA, Spanish with subtitles. N/A.6:00 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)