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Schedule for Tuesday, March 19

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New Releases

"...a stinging, brutally funny satire of modern politics from Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain that ads up to lesson on how to defeat a despot with a Smile button." (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)

Academy Award Nominee- Best Foreign Language Film

When controversial military dictator Augusto Pinochet's permanence of power is put up to a vote of "yes" or "no", opposition leaders hire a young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. With scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot's minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free.

Official Website / Trailer | Rolling Stone review

Pablo Larrain. 2013. 115 m. R. Chile, Spanish with subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics.

2:20 PM 5:10 PM 7:35 PM

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The Gatekeepers

New Releases

"It is guaranteed to trouble any one, left, right, center or head in the sand, with confidence or certainly in his or her own opinions. If you need reassurance or grounds for optimism about the Middle East, you will not find it here. What you will find is rare, welcome and almost unbearable clarity." (A.O. Scott, NY Times)

Academy Award Nominee for Documentary Feature

For the first time ever, six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel's secret service agency, agree to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. Filmmaker Dror Moreh gets candid answers from a notoriously secretive group of men, the final result-- a fasicinating and penetrating look at five decades of Israeli history.

Official Website / Trailer | NY Times review

Dror Moreh. 2013. 97 m. PG-13. France/Germany/Israel/Belgium, English/Hebrew. Sony Pictures Classics.

2:35 PM 5:20 PM

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Beyond the Hills

New Releases

"The complexity of the film's moral world makes the movie far more than a simple anti-religious screed." (Dana Stevens, Slate.com)

Cristian Mungiu's new film, inspired by an actual exorcism performed in a Romanian Orthodox church in 2005, is further proof that his Palme d'Or win in Cannes for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days was well deserved. Dealing again with two young women whose strong bond is put to a test, it's a portrait of dogma at odds with personal liberty. There are no easy scapegoats for the consequent tragedy, just the disturbing suggestion that doom lies on the other side of those hills.

Official Website / Trailer | Slate.com review

Cristian Mungiu. 2012. 155 m. NR. France/Romania, Romanian. IFC Films.

3:00 PM 6:00 PM

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A Place at the Table

Community Matters: Local Issues, Discussion, Activism

"A Place at the Table is advocacy journalism at its best, lining up its facts, illustrating the widespread problem with a few trenchant and compelling cases, and offering solutions." (Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer)

50 million people in the U.S. don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite the U.S. having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity, ultimately demonstrating how this issue with serious economic, social, and cultural implications, can be solved through very practical means.

Q&A and reception: WhyHunger board members activist and singer/songwriter Jennifer Chapin and author Prof. Jan Poppendieck (who appears in the film) will join JBFC Executive Director Steve Apkon. WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.

Community Matters is a series dedicated to generating discussion and activism around topics that affect us locally, including health, environment, education, housing, and energy. Sponsored by the Westchester Community Foundation.

Official Website / Trailer

Kristi Jacobson/Lori Silverbush. 2013. 84 m. PG. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

7:30 PM