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Displaced and Refugee Film Festival

A Film Festival tackling issues of displacement and refugees.
The Artistery (4303 SE Division) and Evangel Baptist (2830 NE Flanders)


Lost Boys of Sudan, Friday, February 3 - 9pm (Artistery)
Megan Mylan directs a feature-lenth documentary which follows two young boys on an extraordinary journey from Africa to America. Orphaned in Sudan's civil war, the two boys are living with thousands of other displaced Dinka in a Kenyan refugee camp. From there they were chosen to travel to America. Safe at last from physical danger, the two find themselves confronted with the abundance and alienation of American Culture. A beautiful and disturbing film, Lost Boys of Sudan won an independent Spirit Award and screened across the U.S. to strong audiences and critic's praise.

Rabbit Proof Fence, Saturday, February 4 - 10am (Evangel)
Based on true events, 'Rabbit-Proof Fence' is a moving story of racial prejudice, agoraphobi desert vistas, and amazing endurance as three little girls walk 1,500 miles to find their mothers in 1930's Australia. Australian director, Philip Noyce directs a perceptive, uplifiting drama which highlights a disturbing chapter in Australian history during which white Australians panicked about the supposed disaster of an 'unwanted third race' of 'half-caste' Aborigine children. Many of these children were forcibly removed from their families and kept in special training centers that served to segregate from both colonial culture and their native tribal ones. This movie ensitively highlights the suffering of the stolen generations and hints at larger lessons on the nature of displacement and cultural identity.

In This World, Saturday, February 4 - 1:30pm (Evangel)
Film for Adults followed by coffee and art exhibition
Michael Winterbottom's tragic road movie follows real life economic refugees, Jamal and his older cousin Enayat, from their Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan all the way to London. Shot unobtrusively with a minimal crew this film captures perfectly the struggle of the two young men as they cross forbidden borders, scorching deserts, endless stretches of sea and ddangers of every kind in their quest to reach London with all its promised ideals of Western affluence. 'In this World' took the Golden Bear ath the Berlin Film Festival in 2004. It contains scenes of grphic cow slaughter some may find disturbing.

An American Tale, Saturday, February 4 - 1:30pm (Evangel)
Film for children followed by a short workshop
This Steven Spielberg produced 1986 animation follows the adventures of Fievel, a young Russian mouse as he travels with his family to a new life in America. Fievel and his parents dream of America as a land where they will finally be free from the tyranny of the evil cats who plague Russia. During the journey the young mouse becomes separated from his family and must face the terrifying ordeal of integrating into a completely alien culture as he is accidentally orphaned. This is a charming children's film, encouraging kids to empathize with the difficulties of being a stranger far away from home in a baffling new world. Crash, Saturday, February 4 - 7pm (Artistery)
A Brentwood housewife and her D.A. husband. A Persian store owner. Two police detectives who are also lovers. An African-American television director and his wife. A Mexican locksmith. Two carjackers. A rookie cop. A middle-aged Korean couple. They all live in Los Angeles. And during the next 36 hours, they will collide. Los Angeles is the backdrop for Paul Haggis' look at a social and racial tension within modern America. Crash has been ritically acclaimed and has an amazing cast of Hollywood A-listers. It is rated R for violence and sexual content.

Dirty Pretty Things, Sunday February 5 - 2:30pm (Artistery)
Stephen Frears directs Audrey Tatou (Amelie) in a clever movie that addresses the daily hardships of London's ever -expanding underground immigrant population. Tatou is a Turkish hotel maid who finds herself unwittingly caught up in the illegal organ trade, befriending an illegal African immigrant who works at the same hotelfurther and further drawn into the underworld of criminal London. The film, however, says much more about the nature of life for immigrants in modern London as they struggle with integrating their religious, cultural and even social background into the melee of a city where everyone they encounter daily are similarly trying to adjust as they too eke out a living. Contains brief scenes of a sexual nature.

Turtles Can Fly, Sunday, February 5 - 7:30pm (Artistery)
Written, directed and produced by Iranian filmmaker, Bahman Ghobadi, Turutles Can Fly features a cast of local non-actor children and is set in and around a refugee camp in Kurdistan on the eve of the American Invastion. The story revolves around Satellite, the child leader of an unlikely band of orphans and misfits who spend their days sweeping the surrounding fields for valuable mines, as he falls in love with a sad-faced travelling girl and tries to help her clairvoyant brother and the mysterious three-year old who follos them everywhere. This movie is extremely powerful and in placted difficult to watch. Teh devastation of the land and its inhabitants is revealed in the matter-of fact perspective of children and is equally displayed with every poignant detail of its unbearable nature. The exquisitely haunting mountains play backdrop to violence and tragedy, but at the same time the heart and humour of the children is an undeniable source. If you only see one movie this weekend, make it this one.

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