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Arlington International Film Festival

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Cambridge, MA

October 15, 2015 at 12:00pm - October 22, 2015 at 10:00pm

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2015 AIFF PROGRAM

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15TH
12:00 PM ~INTERNATIONAL SHORTS PROGRAM I (80 MIN)
THE MISSING SCARF (7 MIN)
Eoin Duffy, Director | Ireland |2013 | Animation
A black comedy exploring some of life’s common fears: fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of rejection and finally the fear of death. Narrated by George Takei and short listed for the 2014 Oscar Short Animation award.

INEZ: A Challenging Woman (33 MIN)
Trevor Birney & Eimhear O’Neill, Directors | Ireland | 2014 | Doc
Through archival footage, an interview with Inez McCormack herself, and contributions from friends and colleagues such as Hillary Clinton, Mary Robinson and President Michael D. Higgins, this award-winning film explores the life of a remarkable woman who began her career as a civil rights activist in Northern Ireland in 1968 and continued as a passionate and effective advocate of social justice until her death in 2013.
THE VOW (40 MIN)
Cameron Zohoori, Director | Lowell, MA | 2014 | Doc
An in-depth look at the story of one remarkable young man, with the hope of gently provoking interesting questions about youth, family, immigration, race, and other topics important to the health of communities around the country and the world.

1:40 PM ~ FLYING PAPER/Sculptures (88 MIN)
SCULPTURES THAT LOST THE SENSE OF TIME (6 MIN) WORLD PREMIERE
Luigi Pane, Director | Italy | 2015 | Experimental
A playful exploration that reveals impossible paradoxes in the creation of art. For an artist, what is his own art…to what extent can he become one with his work? Does the work develop a life of its own, with its own soul, wanting to be part of the artistic process? And as its creativity fuels the process, it also slowly consumes itself, just as humans expend energy to eventually become a pile of dust. What if the artist, witnessing this phenomenon, would then want to repossess his artwork and make it part of himself again?
FLYING PAPER (82 MIN)
Nitin Sawhney & Roger Hill, Directors | USA/Palestine | 2014 | Doc
An uplifting story of resilient Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown. Since summer 2010, the directors began working with a great team of Palestinian youth, trained through our Voices Beyond Walls Youth Media Program to cinematically capture the culture of kite making and flying kites among youth.
3:30 PM ~ POWER & IMPOTENCE/Juan & the Cloud (81 MIN)
JUAN & THE CLOUD (15 MIN)
Giovanni Maccelli, Director | Spain | 2014 | Animation
Juan is a child who doesn’t have any friends; la nube is a cloud who doesn’t have any cloud friends.

POWER & IMPOTENCE (66 MIN)
Anna Recalde Miranda, Director | Paraguay | 2014 | Doc | U.S. PREMIERE
A Shakespearian drama about power and the fragile nature of politics. This political thriller crescendos as we follow the adventures of Fernando Lugo, a former bishop (Liberation Theology Movement) who was elected President of Paraguay in 2008 and served through the tragic coup d'état of June 2012.

5:15 PM ~ CLOSED SEA/Kresnik/Nena (86 MIN)
KRESNIK: The Lore of Fire (14 MIN) AIFF BEST NARRATIVE SHORT
DAVID SIPOŠ, Director | Slovenia | 2014 | Nar | U.S. PREMIERE
Peter and his cousins are spending their summer vacations with grandfather. They decide to spend the night camping outside, with no suspicion of the ordeals they will endure before the sun rises.

NENA (12 MIN)
Alauda Ruiz de Azúa, Director | Spain | 2014 | Nar | U.S. PREMIERE
Javier has the honor of being the first boy to break the heart of Ana. Sixteen years later, her reappears in her life. Ana, the adolescent does not want to open the door…what does Ana the adult want?

CLOSED SEA (60 MIN)
Stefano Liberti & Andrea Segre, Directors | Italy | 2012 | Doc | USA PREMIERE
A close up view of the plight of several African migrants and refugees trying to escape Libya in 2008. Their aim is to reach Lampedusa – a small Italian island in the Mediterranean. What makes this documentary so compelling is the revelation of what refugees must go through to apply for asylum in Europe.

7:00 PM ~ HOMAGE TO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (115 MIN)
NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists LIVE -- An Entertaining Evening with some of Our Country’s Most Compelling Scientists and Engineers. Presented by AIFF - NOVA and Winton Capital Management.
A rock star hanging out with a beauty pageant winner isn't surprising. But it is surprising when they're both MIT-trained scientists. Meet them - and more fascinating scientists and engineers. Secret Life of Scientists Executive Producer Joshua Seftel and Producer Tom Miller will lead a “talk show” style presentation featuring short films and live interviews with notable scientists featured in the Emmy-nominated series including:
• Engineer/Classic Rock God Tom Scholz from the band Boston
• Biologist/Miss Massachusetts Pageant Winner Erika Ebbel
• Experimental Psychologist/Late-Night TV Foil Steven Pinker
• Psycholinguist/Highway Speed Demon Jean Berko Gleason
• Roboticist/Adventure Sportsman Colin Angle
• String Theorist/Science-Faith Navigator Jim Gates
• Alzheimer's Researcher/Aerosmith Sideman Rudy Tanzi
After Party at Cambridge Brewing Co.

9:15 PM ~ REFUGIADOS/Fallt (79 MIN)
FALLT (3 MIN)
Chadwick Whitehead, Director | USA |2014 | Animation
A farmer struggles to keep his land when Mr. Fall's fault-finding goes too far. Gravity must be found and a judge must question his judgment. 

REFUGIADOS SIN TIERRA (96 MIN)
Fernando Molina & Nicolás Bietti, Directors | Chile | 2013 | Doc | U.S. PREMIERE
Filmed in Chile, a documentary that follows a group of people returning to their village after the eruption of a volcano, despite the authoritie’s concern for their safety.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16TH

11:00 AM ~ LITTLE PEOPLE BIG DREAMS/Wedding Cake (99 MIN)
WEDDING CAKE (9 MIN)
VIOLA BAIER, Director | Germany | 2013 | Animation | MA PREMIERE
Two marzipan figures come to life on top of a wedding cake and start to sculpt the perfect marriage out of cake icing. Wedding Cake is a film that shows the bittersweet way in which everyday routine, lack of effort and disappearing interest in one’s partner can affect relationships.
LITTLE PEOPLE BIG DREAMS (90 MIN)
Mak CK, Director | Singapore | 2014 | Doc | BOSTON PREMIERE
Explore the bizarre world of Dwarf Empire, a theme park where dwarves from all over China perform for gawping tourists. Director Mak CK’s camera boldly peers into the lives and dreams of these little people and the film, through their stories, touches on complex issues of exploitation and otherness, community and survival.

1:05 PM ~ SHOULDER THE LION/Knight (86 MIN)
KNIGHT OF THE SEAS (11 MIN)
Fernando Alcántara & Iñaki Gaztañaga, Directors | Spain | 2014 | Nar | U.S. PREMIERE
Pedro Leyva maintains an endless game of chess against boredom, loneliness and time itself. This Cuban sailor has seen, after many years of sailing, how his life has become a journey of no return.

SHOULDER THE LION (75 MIN)
Erinnisse Rebisz & Patryk Rebisz, Directors | USA/Poland | 2014 |Doc
A photographer, who is blind, questions the power of images in today's visually saturated culture; due to his advancing hearing loss, a musician is forced to give up his dream of playing music and must reinvent his future; a painter who lost half her brain, who was also the inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film "Million Dollar Baby," searches for her place in life, unsure of what she should be to the world. The film attempts to ask what it takes for someone to keep on going in the face of such challenges.

2:55 PM ~ LOST IN THE BEWILDERNESS/Rice & Matchsticks (126 MIN)
RICE & MATCHSTICKS (9 MIN)
JAVIER BELTRAMINO, Director | Argentina/U.K. | 2015 | Animation | MA PREMIERE
Grief dwells within an old man in overwhelming solitude. His wife’s death and the pragmatic indifference of his son and daughter behold the elderly figure clinging on to a long-used suitcase, custodian of his egotist ambitions. But something startling will shake his bitter lethargy, bringing about a magical redemption.
LOST IN THE BEWILDERNESS (97 MIN)
Alexandra Anthony, Director | Watertown, MA | 2014 | Doc
Q&A w/filmmaker - 20 MIN
A feature-length documentary about the filmmaker’s cousin Lucas, who was kidnapped at age five from his native Greece, and found on the eve of his sixteenth birthday in the U.S. This story of international parental abduction, filmed over the course of twenty-five years, chronicles Lucas’s journey of growth and self-discovery, and culminates with Lucas becoming a father himself. It is not only a detective story but also a lyrical meditation on childhood, lost and found, and an exploration of how the themes of ancient Greek myth and tragedy, with the family at their center, are still very much alive in the modern world.

5:30 PM ~ CAVEDIGGER/Shorts Program (74 MIN)
LA TROMPETA (10 MIN)
Andrés Nieves Director | Spain | 2014 | Animation | U.S.A. PREMIERE
In the Roaring Twenties, where debauchery, alcohol and jazz are at their peak, Jeffrey is a famous jazz trumpeter having fun playing with Larry and Glen every night at New Orleans clubs. Everything is fine until one night when the worst thing that can happen to a musician happens. 

Painting Class (5 MIN)
Mahdi Amini, Director | Iran | 2014 | Nar
A poetic slice of an art class, a moment shared between teacher and student.

Switchman (5 MIN)
Hsun Chun Chuang, Director | Taiwan | 2015 | Animation
On a quiet normal Sunday, Dr. Evil Mantis enters K-City unexpectedly armed with an intent to destroy. Enter an unlikely young man, a superhero, and the legend is about to begin.

The Time of Reflection (9 MIN)
Alba E Garcia, Director | N.Y | 2014 | Animation
An inventor in the future loses her twin sister tragically.

CaveDigger (45 MIN)
Jeffrey Karoff, Director | USA | 2013 | Doc
Ra Paulette digs cathedral-like, 'eighth wonder of the world' art caves into the sandstone cliffs of northern New Mexico. Each creation takes him years to complete, and each is a masterwork. But patrons who have commissioned caves have cut off nearly all of his projects due to artistic differences.   Fed up, Ra has chosen to forego all commissions to create his own Magnum Opus, a massive, secret, 10-year project. CaveDigger was Oscar-nominated for Best Short Documentary in 2014.

7:10 PM ~ ICE WARRIORS (131 MIN)
ICE WARRIORS: USA Sled Hockey (86 MIN)
Co-presented with WGBH
Brian Knappenberger, Director | U.S.A. | 2014 | Doc
Q&A w/Executive Producer, Judith Vecchione – 45 MIN
The training is tough as the U.S. sled hockey team prepares for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Sled hockey, called "murderball on blades," is played as aggressively as able-bodied hockey - but these players battle with their sticks, sharp sled runners and the serrated ice picks used to propel their sleds. They fight it out at eye level with a fast-moving puck in this game of force, speed and strategy.

9:30 PM ~ HOW NOT TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY/We Are Nobody (74 MIN)
WE ARE NOBODY (20 MIN)
Pablo Fajardo, Director | Spain | 2014 | Nar | USA PREMIERE 
The skill of cynicism, immediate despair, proven incompetence…when your future is at stake, the past is not important.
 
HOW NOT TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY (74 MIN) AIFF BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
Stuart J. Parkins, Director | U.K. | 2015 | U.S. PREMIERE
Following a week in the life of a young photographer, Tom has returned to London after spending two years traveling in India. At a crossroads in his life, he struggles to reconnect with his friends while searching for his half- sister. Along the way, Tom is forced to face up to his past and soon realizes that it may not be his life he's been running away from but himself.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17th
11 AM ~ WAKIPONI MOBILE PROGRAM (161 MIN)
WAKIPONI MOBILE SHORTS PROGRAM – U.S. PREMIERES (101 MIN)
Co-presented with Harvard University Native American Studies Department
Q&A w/Filmmakers – 60 MIN
The Wakiponi traveling studio was created in 2004 by filmmaker Manon Barbeau, and co-founded by the Council of the Nation of Atikamekw and the Youth Council of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador with the objective of giving First Nation youth the opportunity to express themselves through video and music, all the while fostering an openness to the world. These youth become ambassadors of a rich contemporary culture that is too often overlooked.

THE INDIANS, THE EAGLE & THE TURKEY (48 MIN)
Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortier & Karine van Ameringen, Directors | 2014 | Doc
Youth redefine what it means to be an “Indian” today, and claim the medium of creation to build a new image of themselves, amidst tradition and modernity.

CALL and RESPONSE (6 MIN)
Craig Commanda, Director | 2014 | Doc
A dialogue between contemporary and traditional music.

RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SYNDROM (6 MIN)
Darrell McBride, Director | 2014 |Nar
A powerful video about the scars left by the Aboriginal residential schools.

DE FACE OU DE PROFIL (5 MIN)
Sharon Fontaine, Director | 2014 | Doc
Sharon, a 16-year-old woman, uses her wit and humor to reflect on our use of online avatars.

CARTE POSTALE DU DOZOIS (5 MIN)
Lina Gunn, Director | 2014 | Doc
Follow Lina on a skidoo ride and stop to fetch water in a lake or to cut down trees for firewood. Prepare bannock, install a prospector tent and put a net in the water for fishing. That's Dozois in winter!

WHERE THE RIVER WIDENS (5 MIN)
Zach Greenleaf, Director | 2014 | Doc
Inspired by the friendship and the work of fishermen, Zach Greenleaf sings the mig'mag culture of his Gesgapegiag village, "Where the River Widens."
THE ROUTES (4 MIN)
James McDougall, Director | 2014 |Doc
A man travels his community by bike, recalling the memories and disturbing events that have marked its history.

MR. SANDERSON (9 MIN)
Ray Sanderson,Terrie McIntosh, Directors | 2014 | Doc
Mr. Sanderson is an intimate documentary featuring Ray Sanderson, a single father who lost his vision due to gun violence. He provides inspiration, encouraging viewers to see life through a different lens.

NEKA (5 MIN)
Nemnemiss McKenzie, Director | 2014 | Doc
On a paper crumpled with time, a young woman pays tribute to her mother.

MEGWITETM (4 MIN)
Crystal Dawn Jerome, Director | 2014 | Doc
A woman remembers the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood.

GROWING (4 MIN)
Allison Coon-Come, Director | 2014 | Experimental
Carried away by the gentle sounds of a music box, the difficult transition from childhood to adulthood is seen between light and shadow.

2:00 PM ~ MILL WORK (80 MIN)
MILL WORK
Tom Calderwood & Reed Snyder | Arlington, MA | 2015 | Doc
Q&A w/Directors & Edward Gordon, Director of the Museum Program at Old Schwamb Mill – 20 MIN
The Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington, MA, began in 1864 as a picture frame manufactory and is the rare survivor of the small, family-owned mills that helped define New England. It is the oldest continuously operating mill site in the United States. Its unique 19th-century elliptical faceplate lathes, its original belt-driven shaft-and-pulley machinery, and the original hand-turning process are used to this day to create custom-made oval and circular frames.

3:40 PM ~ PHOTOS BY KIRK/Candies (65 MIN)
CANDIES (15 MIN)
Iván López, Director | Spain | 2014 | Nar | U.S. PREMIERE
This is the story of two people who run into each other under very different circumstances from when they first met; time has passed and both have changed.

PHOTOS BY KIRK (28 MIN)
Jamie Day Fleck, Director | Canada | 2014 | Doc | WORLD PREMIERE
Q&A w/Filmmaker – 20 MIN
Photographer Jamie Day Fleck tells the story of an Armenian Genocide survivor who immigrated to America in 1920, and worked as a photographer in the Bronx from the 1920s to 1970s.

5:05 PM ~ THE ARCTIC DEFENDERS (90 MIN)
ARCTIC DEFENDERS (90 MIN)
John Walker, Director | Canada | 2013 | Doc | U.S. PREMIERE
Set in the dramatic and alluring landscape of the north, Arctic Defenders tells the remarkable story that began in 1968 with a radical Inuit movement that changed the political landscape forever. It led to the largest land claim in western civilization, orchestrated by young visionary Inuits with a dream - the governance of their territory - the creation of Nunavut. The story reveals Canada’s misguided attempts at sovereignty in the north and finds hope and inspiration from determined people who changed the rules of the game. 

7:00 PM ~ THE PHILOSOPHER KING/Whale Valley (114 MIN)
WHALE VALLEY (15 MIN)
GUÐMUNDUR ARNAR GUÐMUNDSSON, Director | Denmark/Iceland | 2014 | Nar | MA PREMIERE
The film shows a pure love story between two brothers who live in a remote Icelandic fjord with their parents. When the younger brother witnesses a life-or-death moment involving his big brother, it sets in motion the possibility of either a great tragedy or a turning point to better times in the brothers' lives.

THE PHILOSOPHER KING (98 MIN)
Rouzbeh Noori, Director | Sweden | 2014 | Nar | U.S. PREMIERE
An American classical musician visits his brother who has moved to Sweden. They embark on a road trip in an attempt to repair their estranged relationship.

9:15 PM ~ THE SHATTERED MIND/Ants (84 MIN)
ANTS IN APARTMENT (11 MIN)
Tofigh Amani, Director | Kurdistan/Iraq | 2014 | Nar | U.S. PREMIERE
This is a story about a family of three who live in the ‘ant’s apartment’ in the midst of one of the deserts in Iraq. One day after the war, a strange thing happens that changes their lives.

THE SHATTERED MIND (48 MIN)
Ann Marie "Jade" Bryan, Director | U.S.A. | 2014 | Nar | BOSTON PREMIERE
Q&A w/filmmaker – 45 MIN
An exploration into a black deaf family’s journey while their daughter struggles to overcome adversity, hearing loss and brain trauma. The filmmaker, Jade, lost her hearing at age 5, studied film at the N.Y.U. Tish School of the Arts, where she was the first deaf African-American to graduate with a BFA in the advanced film program and later formed two production companies, DeafVision Filmworks, a non-profit, and Jade Films & Entertainment.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18TH

11:00 AM ~ INTERNATIONAL SHORTS PROGRAM II (103 MIN)
OS MENINOS DO RIO (15 MIN)
JAVIER MACIPE, Director | Spain/Portugal | 2014 | Nar | MA PREMIERE
In the riverside neighborhood of Oporto, all the children prove their courage by jumping from the stunning bridge Luis I into the Duero River. Leo has never done it before. He is different but he is getting tired of everyone thinking he is a coward.

NAMNALA (15 MIN)
Nacho Solana, Director | Spain | 2014 | Nar | U.S. PREMIERE
José is an outdated man with an outdated business. His store, a tech support venue, has made him feel alive in the past, but is about to close. On one of his last working days, José is visited by a mysterious customer. 

AUN NO ESTOY MUERTO (15 MIN)
Alain Lefebvre, Director | Spain | 2015 | Nar | U.S. PREMIERE
Antonio has a mission to undertake. And it might be his last.
1900 – 2000 (6 MIN)
Agathe Pillot, Armelle Renac, Benoît Berthe, Caroline Le Duff, Gabrielle Locre, Vivien Risser, Directors France | 2013 | Animation | U.S. PREMIERE
The year is 1900, and Georges and Madeleine are auditioning for a stage show in which they exhibit the technological wonders of the next century. Unfortunately for Georges, his lovely assistant is fed up with the act, and, right in the middle of the show, she absconds with their time machine.

DISCOVERING MOSES BRUNO (29 MIN)
Stuart J. Parkins, Director | Spain | 2015 | Nar
Richard, a young American man, ventures into the Pyrenees mountains camera in hand, in search of information about the adventures of Moses Bruno Fierro, a legendary character his grandmother told him about when he was a young boy. He plans to film a documentary, not expecting that his life will change forever.

NENA (12 MIN)
Alauda Ruiz de Azúa, Director | Spain | 2014 | Nar | U.S. PREMIERE
Javier has the honor of being the first boy to break the heart of Ana. Sixteen years later, he reappears in her life. Ana the adolescent does not want to open the door…what does Ana the adult want?

METROS ÚTILES (5 MIN)
David Cervera, Director | Spain | 2014 | Nar | U.S. PREMIERE
The challenge is to find your space in the world, or what remains of it. 

TRUTH & CONSEQUENCES (15 MIN)
Vasni J. Ramos, Director | Spain | 2014 | Nar | WORLD PREMIERE
Two persons are forced to tell the truth… a “truth” that all we all already know. 

PASTICHE VOL 1 NO 1 (5 MIN)
Ned Daly, Director | Needham, MA | 2014 | Nar | U.S. PREMIERE
Q&A w/ filmmaker – 15 MIN
A kind of found poetry, the opening or closing lines of novels by authors as varied as Samuel Beckett and Toni Morrison, with appropriated images from the American film noir canon. Based on Daly's edgy graphic novel of the same name, the bizarrely unrelated text elements are knit together with sound and image. Pastiche has already been compared to the works of David Lynch and Pedro Almodovar

1:00 PM ~ HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKERS PROGRAM (186 MIN)
Awards Program – 60 min
The Quest for Us | Marcia Roy & Pavina Safarova, Directors |Youth Breaking Borders|NY|Doc|14 min
Invisible People | Demas Gunter, Director | TX | Doc | 3 min
Galatea | Christine Yee, Director | Press Pass TV | MA | Animation | 3 min
V. The Great Performer | Youth Breaking Borders | NY | Doc | 10 min
Directors: Abdoul Akanji, Charles Canario, Danissa Santos, Eduardo Enciso, Hatim Mohamed, Ivanna Vatamanyuk, Jeremy Franklin, Pierre Louis Junior, Marvin Brunache, Maxner Brisson
Dead Artist | Simon Davenport, Director | ICA | MA | Experimental | 5 min
2x4 | Ismael Diallo, Director | ICA | MA | Nar | 4 min
The Test | Liam Sanderson, Director | UK | Nar | 9 min
Mad World | Fanisleidy Martin, Director | FL | Nar | 9 min
Small Town Dreams | Jade Leblanc-Ernest, Director | TX | Doc | 5 min
Punch Girls | Georgina Williams, Director | MA | Nar | 4 min
Escape Velocity | James Tralie, Director | PA | Nar | 4 min
Garage Band | Ben Crocker, Director | MA | Nar | 12 min
Adventures of Malia | Shubhavi Arya | India | Animation | 12 min

Best HS Experimental | INHABITED | Alexia Salingaros, Director | TX | 2 min
Best HS Animation | LUMINOSITY | Alexia Salingaros, Director | TX | 5 min
Best HS Documentary | PICKING UP THE PIECES | Joshua Tebeau, Director | Poland | 28 min
Best HS Narrative | QUEEN | Arvonne Patterson, Director | MA | 2 min
Best of Festival HS | JORDAN | Katie Russel, Director | Raw Art Works | MA |7 min

Student reception following the screenings

4:50 PM ~ SINCE GOD DIED/Bendito Machine (77 MIN)
BENDITO MACHINE (12 MIN) AIFF BEST ANIMATION SHORT
JOSSIE MALIS, Director | Spain | 2014 | NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE
An exotic traveler comes from far away to discover the beauty of a supposedly unexplored territory. Instead, he finds himself in the middle of a turbulent conflict. Trapped against his will, he must wait patiently until the storm has passed.
SINCE GOD DIED (65 MIN)
Etienne Chedeville, Director | France | 2014 | U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by a 16-year old filmmaker, this beautifully photographed story follows four teenagers who reflect on the memories of their recently deceased friend while vacationing in the south of France.

6:30 PM ~ GABO: The Magic of Reality (90 MIN) AIFF BEST OF FESTIVAL
Justin Webster, Director | France | 2015 | Doc | NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE
This film asks the question: How did a boy from a backward town on the Caribbean coast become a writer who won the hearts of millions, from the poorest to the most powerful political leaders, and whose works changed our perception of reality? The answer is the incredible story of Gabriel García Márquez, winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature, who grew up amidst poverty and violence in northern Colombia. Propelled by a love of life and a sensual, magical sensibility, he followed a path that not only made him a pioneer of life-affirming literature, but also took him to the forefront of the great political struggles of Latin America in the 70s and 80s, and to militant journalism and friendships with political leaders such as Fidel Castro and Bill Clinton.
8:20 PM ~ VESSEL/A Good Egg (85 MIN)
A GOOD EGG (13 MIN)
Sabrina McCormick, Director | N.Y | 2015 | Nar | WORLD PREMIERE 
A comedic drama that tells the story of 37-year old Mimi. She has a miscarriage and must decide to either try again with her out-of-touch boyfriend or hold out for someone else or both.
 
VESSEL (90 MIN)
Diana Whitten, Director | Netherlands | 2014 |Doc
This multi-national award-winning documentary, written and directed by Diana Whitten, begins with a young doctor who lived by the sea, and an unlikely idea.  Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion law around the world, felt compelled to challenge this.  Her method: to provide abortions on a ship in offshore waters. A fearless sea captain sails a ship through loopholes in international law, providing abortions on the high seas, and leaving in her wake a network of emboldened activists who trust women to handle abortion on their own terms.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 19TH

12:00 PM ~ INTERNATIONAL SHORTS PROGRAM III (98 MIN)
AGI (ELEGY) (30 MIN)
Yousef Kargar, Director | Iran | 2015 | Nar | U.S. PREMIERE
An old man, an expectation, a hope…
HUG (8 MIN)
Teymour Ghaderi, Director | Iran | 2015 | Nar
A poignant family reunion is depicted in this sweet, sad, ironic short.

YO PRESIDENTA (18 MIN)
Arantxa Echevarria, Director | Spain | 2015 | Nar | U.S. PREMIERE
This comedic parody is a commentary on the social issues of our time. Chaos reigns as elections take place in Europe…they need to find a leader quickly. Through a psychological study, it is shown that the most gifted to lead the nation is a person who has the most friends on Facebook.  

THE WRONG MAN (16 MIN)
ROBERTO GOÑI, Director | Spain | 2013 | Nar | MA PREMIERE
He is an ordinary sales rep, she is an attractive sea archeologist and there is a loot of 200,000 euros. These are the ingredients of this romantic comedy with a touch of thriller.

SEA WOMEN (22 MIN)
Marta Solano, Director | Spain | 2014 | Doc
The story of women in the fisheries of Cantabria in Spain. Not merely mothers and widows, they also have to manage indispensable tasks and provide support to fishing families.

IT HIT UPON THE ROOF (4 MIN)
Teymour Ghaderi, Director | Iran | 2014 | Nar
A visually sweet, lyrical and poetic look at a family living in a country torn by decades of war. We see a creative and imaginative way that a young boy deals with the hardships of everyday life.

2:00 PM ~ THE END OF LOVE/My Kingdom (94 MIN)
MY KINGDOM (4 MIN)
Debra Solomon, Director | U.S.A. | 2014 | Animation
A not-so-meditative meditation on the nature of personal space.
THE END OF LOVE (90 MIN)
Eric Hsu, Director | Taiwan | 2015 | Nar
“The mystery of why people can be physically and intimately connected when the relationship never was”. This film follows the lives and the loss of love experienced by four separate couples, including an elderly man who falls for a woman that he had been interested in as a young man. “Perhaps we all think we know what love is when love sprouts; whereas we only get to know what love was when it dies.”

3:55 PM ~ OPEN CAGE/Antonio (83 MIN)
ANTONIO (15 MIN)
María Susana León Azula Director | Colombia | 2015 | Nar | WORLD PREMIERE
1954, Colombia: Antonio, a 75-year-old man is an experienced radio-theatre actor; his voice is his way of living. With no warning, Antonio’s life is going to change as he faces the arrival of the TV to his country.

OPEN CAGE (68 MIN)
Sinisa Galic, Director | Serbia/Germany | 2014 | Nar | U.S. PREMIERE
Anna (Leni Wesselman), a young photo-journalist from Berlin, travels to Serbia for a photo documentary about refugees. Arriving in Serbia’s capitalm Belgrade, Anna finds out that she can’t realize her task the way she intended.
5:40 PM ~ PALM TO THE SUN (86 MIN)
Tomohiko Iwasaki, Director | Japan | 2015 | Nar | U.S. PREMIERE
Quirky, original story of two shy puppeteers who hide behind masks and can only interact socially by speaking through their puppets. Odd yet clever.

7:30 PM ~ A CHANCE TO DRESS/Novena (104 min) Panel
NOVENA (18 MIN)
Anna Rodgers, Director | Ireland | 2013 | Doc
Novena is an award-winning documentary capturing a rare moment when two people who are gay and lesbian, are invited to give a speech at a Catholic mass in Dundalk, Ireland.

A CHANCE TO DRESS (41 MIN) AIFF BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Alice Dungan Bouvrie, Director | Arlington, MA | 2015
Panel Discussion w/Filmmaker and subject, MIT Professor Emeritus John “Tephra” Southard – 45 MIN
76-year-old Professor Emeritus John Southard recently came out to his family, friends and M.I.T colleagues as a cross-dresser after nearly 40 years of easy collegiality. His exuberant outing is reflected, in part, by his efforts to reach out as an educator and counselor to other closeted students and faculty.

9:35 pm ~ NOUS IRONS VIVRE AILLEURS/The Sacristan (77 MIN)
THE SACRISTAN (10 MIN)
Octavio Guerra & Violeta Blasco, Directors | Spain | 2014 | Nar | WORLD PREMIERE
Pepe is the sacristan of the Cathedral of Murcia. Pepita is a parishioner who has been working with the cathedral for the last 40 years. Every day both of them keep the routine of organizing the Masses but sometimes things get complicated. 

NOUS IRONS VIVRE AILLEURS (67 MIN)
Nicolas Karolszyk, Director | France | 2013 | Nar
Zola is an African national that allows an enigmatic and charismatic company manager to convince him that Europe is the only way out of his struggles. So, sick with fear, Zola decides to embark on a dangerous journey to France. Great French rock’n roll soundtrack featuring Johnny Hallyday.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20TH

12:00 PM ~ JARDIN BARROCO/Padre (74 MIN)
PADRE (12 MIN)
Santiago ‘Bou’ Grasso, Director | Argentina | 2013 | Animation
Argentina 1983 - the dictatorship comes to an end in the country, but not in this woman's life as she nurses her bedridden military father.

JARDÍN BARROCO (62 MIN)
Jairo López, Director | Spain | 2014 | Doc | U.S. PREMIERE
An experimental documentary, this film captures the performance construction of artist Roberto García Mesa in a room at the Gallery Conca Contemporary Art Space in La Laguna, Tenerife. García freely creates through poems, actions, performances, installations and graphic works, with director Jairo Lopez shooting freely with his camera. The result is a spontaneous composition guided by chance and the search for beauty between the shadows.

1:35 PM ~ DREADLOCK STORY/Sig/Mute (96 MIN)
SIG (11 MIN)
Jean-jacques Cunnac, Director | France | 2014 | Nar
Sig, short for Sigmund…Signore…?

MUTE (4 MIN)
Job, Joris & Marieke, Directors |Netherlands | 2013 | Animation
A comic take on the idea of bursting to express oneself…with no ability to speak.

DREADLOCK STORY (83 MIN)
Linda Ainouche, Director | USA/Jamaica | 2014 | Doc
The history of Rastafarianism is explored through the prism of hair. The spiritual significance of the much-criticized dreadlocks hairstyle as well as the roots of Rastafari culture, both of which are entangled with the Hindu tradition in Jamaica, are uncovered in revealing interviews with historian Verene Shepherd, David Hinds of the reggae band Steel Pulse, and Monty and Blade Howell, sons of Leonard ‘Gong’ Howell (‘the first rasta’).

3:25 PM ~ COLLEGE SHORTS PROGRAM (188 MIN)
Best of Festival-College | ADAGIO | Kevin Wolf, Director | CA | Nar | 8 min

Alison & Jeremy | Alyxandra Press, Director | CA | Doc |28 min
Banditos | Evan Ari Kelman & Sebastian Savino, Directors | NY | Doc |16 min
Believe Me |Zhan Danelyan, Director | Russia | Nar | 9 min
Espes | Tanit Fernández & Issac Rodríguez, Directors |Spain | Doc | 12 min
Hum | Tom Teller & Andrew Guastaferro, Directors| CA | Animation | 9 min
Mac Throttle | Max Throttle, Director | CA | Animation | 7 min
Moo! A Cow Story | Christian Benavente, Director | CA | Animation | 9 min
Murphy’s Law |Alex Fichera, Director | CA | Nar | 18 min
Tell me a Story | Justin Ney, Director | MA | Doc | 14 min
Note by Note | Jenna Kirshon, Director | CA | Nar | 22 min
Titanes del Arte | Mor Albalak, Director | CA | Doc | 16 min
Unspoken | Eric Michael Otten, Director| CA | Doc |20 min
Networking Reception at The Friendly Toast.

7:00 PM ~ ANGKOR’S CHILDREN (111 MIN)
ANGKOR’S CHILDREN (66 MIN)
Lauren Shaw, Director | USA/Cambodia | 2014 | Doc
Q&A w/Filmmaker – 45 MIN
Cambodia’s cultural and artistic renaissance is recounted through the voices of three young Cambodian women from the first generation after the Khmer Rouge genocide that killed two million people, including 90% of artists and intellectuals.
9:15 PM ~ CLORO/Vorrei Che Fosse Notte (87 MIN)
VORREI CHE FOSSE NOTTE (9 MIN)
Claudio Pellizzer, Director | Italy | 2015 | Nar | U.S. PREMIERE
When love becomes obsession and madness, desperate for oneself and one's past seems to be the only way to save themselves. An intimate drama of women in a kaleidoscopic journey between dream and reality.

CLORO (98 MIN)
Lamberto Sanfelice, Director | Italy | 2015 | Nar | U.S. PREMIERE
Jenny is seventeen and dreams of becoming a synchronized swimmer, but her carefree adolescent life in Ostia, a seacoast town near Rome, is shaken by the sudden death of her mother. With a sick father and a nine years old brother to look after, Jenny is forced to move to a mountain village in the middle of Abruzzi. Soon the girl will start to bear the weight of these responsibilities while the desire to pursue her dreams grows.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21ST

12:00 PM ~ INTERNATIONAL SHORTS PROGRAM IV (86 MIN)
FERDINAND KNAPP (15 MIN)
Andrea Baldini, Director | France | 2014 | Nar
Ferdinand Knapp is the greatest actor of all. Preparing for a new play, the lines between his character’s malevolent personality and his own begin to blur, and his double warps his reality into a nightmare.

YUNAISY (13 MIN)
Juan Pablo Daranas Molina, Director | Cuba | 2014 | Nar
Carlos is a young Cuban filmmaker facing censorship for the first time. He must decide to either accept a great career opportunity or maintain the integrity of “Yunaisy”.
TRUTH & CONSEQUENCES (15 MIN)
Vasni J. Ramos, Director | Spain | 2014 | Nar | WORLD PREMIERE
Two persons are forced to tell the truth… a “truth” that all we all already know. 

TYRFING (19 MIN)
Stephen Polakiewicz & Eric Propp, Directors | Roxbury Crossing, MA | 2015 | Nar
Norse folklore whispers of the cursed sword TYRFING, which brings doom to all who wield it and death to all who face it. Safeguarding the honor of his beloved, a valiant Viking duels a berserk raider who commands the damnable steel.
LA RED (THE NET) (10 MIN)
SAMUEL QUILES, Director | Spain | 2013 | Nar | NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE
Esperanza waits for the sea to return her husband. Clinging to an old fishing net, she tries to keep her memories from fading away, but her grandson Fabian is intent on destroying them and tearing the net by playing football. Anchored in yesterday, Esperanza must leave behind the boat and this chapter of her memories to live a new day tomorrow.

KRESNIK: The Lore of Fire (14 MIN) AIFF BEST NARRATIVE SHORT
DAVID SIPOŠ, Director | Slovenia | 2014 | Nar | MA PREMIERE
Peter and his cousins are spending their summer vacations with their grandfather. They decide to spend the night camping outside, with no suspicion of the ordeals they will endure before the morning sun rises.

1:45 PM ~ FOR EVER/Frollein Frappé (99 MIN)
FROLLEIN FRAPPÉ (16 MIN)
Vanessa Aab, Director | Germany | 2014 | Nar | U.S. PREMIERE
Franz and Greta are deeply in love with each other, even though they are cousins and social conventions forbid them to act on their desire and feelings for each other. In the tradition of 20′s surrealist cinema, the line between dreams and reality blur. 

FOR EVER (83 MIN)
Fabian Driehorst, Director | Germany | 2015 | Nar | U.S PREMIERE
A young woman meets a Serbian immigrant, a trumpet player in the Berlin subway, and they embark on a doomed love affair with a Romeo & Juliet ending.

3:45 PM ~ INFIERNO O PARAÍSO (96 MIN)
INFIERNO O PARAÍSO (96 MIN)
German Piffano, Director | Colombia | 2014 | Doc | MA PREMIERE
Shot over a period of ten years, “Heaven or Hell” tells the story of Jose Antonio Iglesias, an architect whose crack addiction sent his life spiraling out of control. Piffano paints a compassionate portrait of a man who faces the ups and downs of life with courage.
5:45 PM ~INTERNATIONAL SHORTS PROGRAM V (68 MIN)
LADY URMIA (31 MIN)
Mohammad Ehsani, Director | Iran | 2013 | Doc
A poetic documentary about Lake Urmia, in the northwest Iran, which is drying up completely. The environmental catastrophe will also affect neighboring countries such as Iraq and Turkey. The film is narrated in the voice of the Lake itself, crying for help and trying to bring international attention to its suffering.

NAJES: The Unclean (19 MIN)
Bahram & Bahman Hajaboullou, Directors | Iran | 2014 | Nar |
A devoted Moslem man hits a dog and since dogs are believed to be unclean, he is in doubt about whether to take care of it or to abandon it.
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Saman Hosseinpuor, Director | Iran | 2013 | Nar
The Barber begins cutting a young boy’s hair while watching a football game on TV and…
CONVERSATION WITH CIGARETTE (17 MIN)
Russell Brown, Director | Spain | 2014 | Nar | U.S PREMIERE
A black comedy with Ian Hart (Harry Potter: The Sorcerer's Stone), who stars in this one-man chamber piece about a gentleman facing off with his greatest enemy. 
7:15 PM ~ HAITIAN PERSPECTIVES IN FILM (94 MIN)
OWNING OUR FUTURE: HAITIAN PERSPECTIVES IN FILM (94 MIN)
Community Supported Film/Sheridan Works
Q&A w/Filmmaker, Educator and Director Michael Sheridan of Community Supported Film – 30 MIN

OWNED OR OCCUPIED | Bichara Villarson | 2 MIN
IMPORTING DISASTER | Jenipher W. Charles | 5 MIN
MILKING LOCAL CAPACITY | Jéthro Claudel Pierre Jeanty | 6 MIN
SHIFTING GEARS | Muselene Carilus | 5:34 MIN
OUT OF THE RUBBLE | Robenson Sanon | 7 MIN
GHETTO CLEAN, GHETTO GREEN | Steeve Colin | 8 MIN
CRAFTING THE NEXT GENERATION | Ghristien Sylvaaince | 8 MIN
THREADING THE NEEDLE | Sylvestre Fils Dorcilus | 6 MIN
BANKING ON MY CHILDREN | Jean Wilson Therrier | 8:33 MIN
BRAVE THE WORLD | Marie Jessy | 7 MIN

9:10 PM ~ JOAN’S BOYS/Conversation/Another Day (73 MIN)
CONVERSATION (4 MIN)
Frederic Garcon, Director | India | 2015 | Nar
A man and his girlfriend meet up at a local coffee shop and conversation ensues.

ANOTHER DAY (29 MIN)
Nayra Sanz Fuentes, Director | Spain | 2014 | Nar
This award-winning short is a testament to the new independent films being made by women. Another day in the life of Ana, but her boyfriend, family and friends don’t know her reality, not even a piece of it!

JOAN’S BOYS (60 MIN)
Catherine Van Campen, Director | Netherlands | 2013 | Doc
Joan Sträter offers psychotherapy to out-of-control teenagers, predominantly from ethnic minorities. Mostly boys. They have all had encounters with the police, for reasons varying from robberies to abuse, skipping class or shoplifting. The documentary shows Joan counseling Alaa and Adil, fourteen-year-old twins of Moroccan origin. Joan's Boys is a film about the interaction between Joan and 'her boys', about how their often completely separate worlds can connect. The film is not just a double portrait of patient and counselor; it is also about 'looking' and 'being looked at' and how we so easily judge worlds foreign to us.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22ND

12:00 PM ~ THE LONGEST KISS/Strings (84 MIN)
STRINGS (11 MIN)
Pedro Solís García, Director | Spain | 2013 | Animation | U.S. PREMIERE
María’s routine at school is altered by the arrival of a very special child. Soon, they become close friends. 

THE LONGEST KISS (73 MIN)
Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque, Director | Canada/Sudan | 2013 | Doc | U.S. PREMIERE
The meeting of the Blue and White Nile in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, is referred to as ‘the longest kiss in history’. As the Arab Spring was in full bloom, Sudan, straddled between the Middle East and Africa, and was about to split in two. Facing conflicting identities, the youth in north Sudan are faced with a stale leadership while others in south Sudan hope to start over. Focusing on the stories of six people searching for a place to call ‘home’ ahead of the south’s secession, director Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque paints an intimate and detailed portrait of the country’s complex fragmentation.

1:45 PM ~ WELCOME TO THE CIRCUS/Däwit (122 MIN)
DÄWIT (15 MIN)
David Jansen, Director | Germany | 2015 | Animation
Produced digitally with the style of the animation based on the classic art of woodcut, this award-winning short tells the story of Däwit, who is rescued from his violent father and grows up far away from his family among wolves. Embarking on a mysterious journey to find his own identity, he encounters great hardships but ultimately finds peace in forgiveness.
WELCOME TO THE CIRCUS (87 MIN)
Courtney Coulson, Director | Palestine | 2015 | Doc
Q&A w/filmmaker – 20 MIN
Set in the West Bank city of Ramallah, the Palestinian Circus School welcomes the LIDO, a circus school from France, into their home. In one month, the two schools must come together to create a mobile circus for the children of Palestine.

4:10 PM ~ GABO: The Magic of Reality (90 MIN) AIFF BEST OF FESTIVAL
Justin Webster, Director | France | 2015 | Doc | NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE
This film asks the question: How did a boy from a backward town on the Caribbean coast become a writer who won the hearts of millions, from the poorest to the most powerful political leaders, and whose works changed our perception of reality? The answer is the incredible story of Gabriel García Márquez, winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature, who grew up amidst poverty and violence in northern Colombia. Propelled by a love of life and a sensual, magical sensibility, he followed a path that not only made him a pioneer of life-affirming literature, but also took him to the forefront of the great political struggles of Latin America in the 70s and 80s, and to militant journalism and friendships with political leaders such as Fidel Castro and Bill Clinton.

6:00 pm ~ POWER TO THE PEDALS/Search for the Monster (70 MIN)
THE SEARCH FOR THE MONSTER OF THE LAKE QUANNAPOWITT (4 MIN)
Sarah Lynne Reul, Director | Arlington, MA | 2015 | Animation
This is a thesis film, a three-minute, digitally hand-drawn animated short about the candidate search to fill an open lake monster position. The layouts are based on the landmarks of the real Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, MA.
POWER TO THE PEDALS: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change (41 MIN)
Bob Nesson, Director | Somerville, MA | 2014 | Doc
Q&A w/Filmmaker and Subject, Wenzday Jane – 30 MIN
This documentary portrays the transformative vision and extraordinary efforts of Wenzday Jane, a young woman whose mechanical skills and innovative actions are reshaping her community. Wenzday goes to the heart of the sustainability issue by offering solutions, and suggests that things don’t have to be the way they are.
7:45 PM ~ TASHI & THE MONK/Here’s That Second Chance (107 MIN)
HERE’S THAT SECOND CHANCE YOU HOPED FOR, ROBERT H. GOSS (17 MIN)
Brynmore Williams, Director | Somerville, MA | 2015 | Doc
Q&A w/ Filmmaker – 20 min
Robert H. Goss suffered a traumatic brain injury six years ago. He fell down a flight of stairs, hit his head and lapsed into a coma. As a result, he lost his passion and pleasure for Art and Jazz. He was devastated. But four years later a miracle happened. This is the story of his second chance.

TASHI & THE MONK (40 MIN) AIFF BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Andrew Hinton & Johnny Burke, Directors | MA, USA | 2014 | Doc
Q&A w/Filmmakers – 30 min
On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place. Former Buddhist monk Lobsang was trained under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, but eight years ago he left his life as a spiritual teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas which rescues orphaned and neglected children.Five-year-old Tashi is the newest arrival. Her mother recently passed away and she’s been abandoned by her alcoholic father. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings. Can the community’s love and compassion transform Tashi’s alienation and tantrums into a capacity to make her first real friend?

NOTE: Film and time schedules subject to change. Please check with the theater box office or on-line at www.landmarktheaters.com/boston.
FESTIVAL PASS HOLDERS: The AIFF Festival Pass guarantees admission as well as priority seating to any film, provided that holder arrives at least 20 minutes prior to the screening. Festival Pass holders will receive a ticket from the box office for each screening upon presenting their Pass.



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