Friday night, March 31st 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)

Anthony in the Key of B

Ethan Kuperberg — 20 min.
After receiving his first “B”, Harvard-bound Anthony is forced to question his priorities as his dreams literally go up in flames. And everyone sings!

Subways

Daniel Conrad — 20 min.
A film by Daniel Conrad.

The Definition of Insanity

Robert Margolis — 85 min.
An intense portrayal of the inner workings of the marketplace called American Showbiz. It’s a character study about an actor gradually losing touch with reality in the tough acting scene of New York.

Intermission

In Henry’s Shoes

Steve Holsapple — 2 min.

"Madness"... is just one word author, Henry Miller ("Tropic of Cancer") used to describe his tumultuous relationship with writer, Anais Nin in Paris in 1932. Filmmakers Steve Holsapple and Patrick Minor collaborate with actor Ed Claudio to create this film short, "In Henry's Shoes", a word-by-word, frame-by-frame depiction of a letter written from Miller to Nin on August 6, 1932..."I only thought I loved you before; it was nothing like this certainty that's in me now."

The Pursuit of Pleasure

Maryanne Galvin — 58 min.
A lively documentary film challenging commonly held beliefs about female sexuality, gender roles, relationships and satisfaction. Seven articulate, highly diverse women discuss marriage, celibacy, sexuality, sensuality, incest, gender roles, beauty, sisterhood, community, intimacy and work.

Mature Content - Parental Discretion Suggested

Saturday Shorts Section April 1 12 noon (doors open 11:30 a.m.)

Coming of Age

Shirley Brenton — 20 min.

Flypaper

Raygan Henley — 15 min.
A pesky housefly bedevils an uninspired writer.

Train Life

Calixto Flores — 23 min.
A documentary about commuters on Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor--A 170 mile commuter rail line running between Auburn, in California’s Central Valley, and San Jose, at the south end of the Bay Area. With round-trip commutes ranging from four to six hours, these daily travelers spend large portions of their day just getting to-and-from work.

Stranded

Jimmy Ren — 20 min.

The Zit

Mike Blum — 4 min.

A zero budget but feature film quality computer-animated short. The film is a labor of love from over 70 professional Disney animators who worked on it over the past three years as an after hours project.

Intermission

Wear Something Nice

Camille Cellucci — 20 min.

A film about the intricacies of dating.

Soshi

Caz McIntee — 20 min.

Soshi is based on The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon written in Japan in the tenth-century. This time traveling video, full of humor and candid insights presents over 45 women sharing opinions and reflections of their experiences living in Southern Japan. The juxtaposition of the ancient Japanese text and culture with the contemporary provides a measure of the personal, societal and familial concerns that the women face, presenting striking parallels between the ancient and modern human condition. As an experimental video it incorporates linear and non-linear narrative image sequences montaging 8mm film, hand drawn and digital animation with miniDV footage.

Polar Bears of the Canadian Arctic

Fred Heiman — 25 min.
Arctic seas are freezing later, and thawing earlier, which many scientists attribute to global warming. Polar bears spend the summer months fasting as they wait for sea ice to form. The loss of their crucial feeding period is taking a measurable toll on the health of the Hudson Bay Polar Bear: body mass has dropped 15%. This film captures wonderful footage of these majestic predators as they interact with us and their environment.

 

Saturday Human Rights Night – Presented by the 2nd UNAFF Traveling Film Festival Davis

The Davis Film Festival joins with the United Nations Association Film Festival (www.unaff.org) to bring some hard-hitting local and international documentaries about Human Rights to the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second Street in Davis. The festival begins at 4 p.m. Saturday (doors open 3:30). Dinner break at 5:30 p.m. Dessert reception at the Varsity from 6-7:15 p.m. The films resume at 7:15 and go until 11 p.m. with several speakers.

Chavez Ravine: a Los Angeles Story

Jordan Mechner / Don Normark, Andrew B. Anderson, Mark Moran (USA)
4 p.m. 25 min.

In 1949, photographer Don Normark stumbled on Chávez Ravine, a closely-knit Mexican-American village on a hill overlooking downtown Los Angeles. Enchanted, he stayed for a year and took hundreds of photographs, never knowing he was capturing on film the last images of a place that was about to disappear. The following year, the city of Los Angeles evicted the 300 families of Chávez Ravine to make way for a low-income public housing project. The land was cleared˜homes, schools, and church razed to the ground. But the real estate lobby, sensing a great opportunity, accused the LA Housing Authority's Frank Wilkinson of being a communist agent. The city folded and instead of building the promised housing, it sold the land to baseball owner Walter O'Malley, who built Dodger Stadium on the site.

Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Petr Lom (Kyrgyzstan/UK/USA)
4:30 p.m. 55 min.

When a Kyrgyz man decides to marry, he often abducts the woman he has chosen. Typically, he and several friends hire a car, stake out his bride-to-be's movements, snatch her off the street, and take her to the groom's family home. A delegation is then sent to her family. The abducted woman is held until someone from her family arrives to determine whether they will accept the "proposal" and she will agree to marry her kidnapper. Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan documents in harrowing detail four such abductions, from the violent seizures on city streets and the tearful protests of the women, who are physically restrained and persuaded to accept their fate by the women of the groom's family, to the often tense negotiations between the respective families, and either the eventual acquiescence or continued refusal of the young women. Subsequent interviews with the kidnapped brides, their families as well as their in-laws' families reveal both the deep cultural roots of the tradition as well as growing rejection of it in this newly independent and rapidly modernizing society, especially by young women who wish to continue their education. Although bride kidnapping has been illegal in Kyrgyzstan since 1994, it is a law that is rarely enforced, and one in three rural ethnic Kyrgyz women have been forced into such marriages. Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan is a remarkably illuminating look at what will seem to most Westerners, apart from the most committed cultural relativists, as a shocking social custom but one that, at the same time, raises provocative questions about the nature of love and marriage.

  Break 5:30 until 7:15 (with dessert reception 6-7:15 p.m. at Varsity)

Speak Luvo, Speak Jane

Peter Jordan / The Bernard van Leer Foundation (Kenya/South Africa/USA)
7:15 p.m. 15 min.


In African communities plagued by AIDS, what has been the impact of the epidemic on the minds of the continent‚s youngest children? With the disease still kept a secret, what have children been left to infer on their own about the sickness seen and heard everyday around them? In Speak Luvo Speak Jane eight-year-old Luvo and five-year-old Jane share their impressions growing up in South Africa and Kenya, as they struggle to overcome the deadly impact of AIDS on their families. Local nursery school children, equipped with plastic video cameras, document how children in their villages understand AIDS and what we can do to help their orphaned friends.

 

Speaker – Jasmina Bojic, Founder and Executive Director of the UN Association Film Festival

7:30 p.m.

Stealing a Nation

John Pilger, Christopher Matin (Chagos Islands/UK/USA)
7:45 p.m. 60 min.


Stealing a Nation is an extraordinary film about the plight of the people of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean˜secretly and brutally expelled from their homeland by British governments in the late 1960s and early 1970s to make way for an American military base. The base, on the main island of Diego Garcia, was a launch pad for the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Diego Garcia is America‚s largest military base in the world outside the US. There are more than 4,000 troops, two bomber runways, thirty warships and a satellite spy station. Before the Americans came, more than 2,000 people lived on the islands, many with roots back to the late 18th century. There were thriving villages, a school, a hospital, a church, a railway and an undisturbed way of life. The islands were, and still are, a British crown colony. In the 1960s, the government of Harold Wilson struck a secret deal with the United States to hand over Diego Garcia. Unknown to Parliament and to the US Congress, the British government plotted with Washington to expel the entire population˜in secrecy and in breach of the United Nations Charter.

  8:45 p.m. Intermission

God Sleeps in Rwanda

Kimberlee Acquaro, Stacy Sherman (Rwanda/USA)
9:00 p.m. 25 min.


The 1994 Rwandan genocide left the country nearly seventy percent female, handing Rwanda‚s women an extraordinary burden and an unprecedented opportunity. An inspiring story of loss and redemption, God Sleeps in Rwanda focuses on the spirit of women survivors to overcome the genocide‚s legacy of grief and loss. The film follows five courageous women as they rebuild their lives and, in doing so, redefine women‚s roles in Rwandan society and bring hope to a wounded nation.

Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action

Roberta Grossman / Lisa B. Thomas (USA)
9:30 p.m. 90 min.

Having brutally occupied the homeland of Native Americans, Europeans forced the indigenous population onto reservations˜land that was specifically selected because of its apparent worthlessness. Today, multinational energy companies and others are coming back to extract the hidden mineral wealth of the reservations, and are leaving a trail of toxins that, if unchecked, will make the land unlivable for centuries to come. Framed by the ecological and spiritual wisdom of Winona LaDuke, Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action presents a vision of how people all over the world can turn around the destructive policies of thoughtless resource plundering and create a new paradigm in which people can live healthier lives with greater understanding of, and respect for, the planet and all of its inhabitants.