Schedule for Friday, November 2
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The Island President
"Extraordinarily compelling." (Salon)
In 2008 Mohamed Nasheed was elected president of the Maldives, a vast archipelago of low-lying islands in the Indian Ocean. Immediately, he took on a direct threat to his nation: rising sea levels caused by climate change, which will eventually inundate it completely. With unprecedented access, The Island President tells a fascinating, even upbeat, story of the politics of climate change and the struggle for democracy. After playing a leading role at the 2009 Climate Summit in Copenhagen, Nasheed was forced from office earlier this year.
John Shenk. 2011. 101 m. PG. US. Samuel Goldwyn.2:30 PM
"The achievement of this simply told, exceptionally fine film is the clarity with which it portrays the drama of a good soul in an inert body." (Ty Burr, Boston Globe)
1 Academy Award Nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role
Based on the autobiographical writings of journalist Mark O'Brien,The Sessions tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality. The Sessions is a heart-warming joyful comedy starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy.
Ben Lewin. 2012. 98 m. R. US. Fox Searchlight.2:35 PM 5:05 PM 7:10 PM 9:15 PM
"A film that begins as a family quest but evolves into a gripping study of know-don't-tell reticence and the umbilical tie of a lost homeland." (Jeannette Catsoulis, NY Times)
Filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother passed away leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared since immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Sifting through a mountain of photos, letters, and artifacts from her past, Goldfinger soon uncovers a complicated family history that reveals the troubled and taboo story of three generations of Germans - both Jewish and non-Jewish - trying to piece together their lives in the aftermath of World War II.
Arnon Goldfinger. 2012. 97 m. NR. Israel, Hebrew with subtitles. IFC Films.2:40 PM 5:10 PM 7:20 PM 9:30 PM
The Atomic States of America
"Potent, emotionally powerful, and highly revealing." (Sundance Film Festival)
With the Fukushima disaster in Japan reverberating in our minds and the aging Indian Point power plant right around the corner, this alarming film describes the history of American nuclear energy and its dire consequences, especially on our health. Based on Kelly McMaster's memoir about growing up in the shadow of the Brookhaven reactor, this is an acutely topical cautionary tale and call to action. As McMasters says, "We all live downstream from something."
Q&A and Reception Nov. 27, 7:30: Panel discussion with the president of Riverkeeper, Paul Gallay, who appears in the film, and others.
Don Argott/Sheena M Joyce. 2012. 92 m. NR. US. 9.14 Pictures.5:00 PM
The Invisible War
"This is advocacy cinema...which makes it difficult to watch. And that's what makes it necessary." (San Francisco Chronicle)
1 Academy Award Nomination for Documentary Feature
A groundbreaking investigation into one of America’s most shameful secrets: the epidemic of rape in the US military. Acclaimed filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated; Outrage) paints a chilling picture of rape as institutional policy, in which the victims are not only blamed for the crimes committed against them but must also bear the agony of living with the aftermath. Many bravely participated in this crucial film, which won the Audience Award at Sundance.
LESS DISTANCE FROM WAR
Q&A Nov. 8, 7:15: Less Distance from War filmmaker David Berman and film subject Nick Mottern with JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman
Kirby Dick. 2012. 93 m. NR. US. Cinedigm Entertainment Group.7:15 PM 9:45 PM