Schedule for Thursday, November 8
- The Invisible War
- The Sessions
- The Flat
- Into the Current: Burma's Political Prisoners
- West of Memphis
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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.2:30 PM 7:15 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
"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 4:50 PM
Into the Current: Burma's Political Prisoners
"Why can we have a United Nations resolution for intervention in Libya, but not in Burma?" (filmmaker Jeanne Hallacy) Hidden away from the world’s eyes, the people of Burma (Myanmar) long suffered under the heavy grip of a military dictatorship. This stirring documentary opens our eyes to the toll taken on the nation’s prisoners of conscience, ordinary people who exhibited astonishing bravery in the face of harsh punishment and imprisonment. Featuring secretly shot footage never before been shown in public and focusing on the advocacy work of former prisoner Bo Kyi, it paints a detailed portrait of how the dream of a free Burma stayed alive. Critical viewing, especially in light of recent reforms in the country.
The Nov. 4 Q&A with the filmmaker has been REINSTATED. The filmmaker will speak after the screening.
Jeanne Marie Hallacy. 2011. 76 m. NR. Thailand/USA, Burmese with subtitles.5:00 PM
West of Memphis
"While West Of Memphis won't surprise anyone who's followed the case, it does play its own role, particularly in illuminating how unsatisfying the end of the story really was." (Linda Holmes, NPR)
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's Paradise Lost trilogy thrust Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr., and Jason Baldwin, onto the world stage making the West Memphis Three case a cause célèbre for Hollywood. Produced by Peter Jackson and the wrongfully convicted, but not entirely vindicated, Damien Echols, West of Memphis is a powerful and very personal take on a case that continues to haunt the American South.
Amy Berg. 2012. 146 m. R. US. Sony Pictures Classics.7:00 PM