1 a Minute
- 90 min
Somewhere in the world, a woman dies of Breast Cancer, every minute. The clock is ticking... What will you do?
- 70 min
Two weeks before the election of Barack Obama, filmmaker Jeff Deutchman asked his friends around the world to record their experiences of 11/4/08, a day that had become "historic" before it had even taken place. He collected footage from a combination of passionate amateurs and acclaimed independent filmmakers, including Henry Joost (Catfish), Margaret Brown (The Order of Myths), Joe Swanberg (Alexander the Last) and Benh Zeitlin (Glory At Sea).
In this vérité documentary, we see the results of that project: in St. Louis and Austin, idealistic volunteers think they can turn their states blue; in Chicago, voter lines are made even longer when Obama shows up to cast his own vote; in Alaska, children seem to be as invested in the election results as their parents; in Paris, an organization discusses whether there could ever be a black President of France; in Dubai, Berlin, Geneva and New Dehli, expatriates express their emotion from a distance; and in Harlem, a felon casts doubt on whether any of this will actually affect his life.
As we approach the final announcement of Obama's victory at 11pm EST, what emerges is a portrait of how people choose to live through "history": the celebration of a new future remaining entangled with the universally visible tensions of the past.
2 frogs dans l'ouest
- 105 min
Marie Deschamps (Mirianne Brûlé) a toute la vie devant elle mais ne sait pas quoi en faire. Au grand désespoir de ses parents (Germain Houde et Diane Lavallée), elle abandonne ses études collégiales et décide de partir travailler à Whistler dans le but de perfectionner son anglais. Après un périple sur le pouce à travers le Canada, son arrivée en Colombie-Britannique est bien moins idyllique que prévu. Heureusement, elle fait la rencontre de Jean-François Laforest (Dany Papineau), un skieur Québécois, installé là-bas depuis 10 ans. J-F la présentera à ses amis anglophones et l'introduira au style de vie des montagnes. Quelque part dans l'Ouest, ces rencontres et cette aventure changeront sa vie.
A Christmas Snow
- 110 min
For Kathleen, Christmas has always been an unwelcome reminder of her father’s abandonment almost 30 years ago. Although she has tried to forget her past, it has not forgotten her. In the days leading up to Christmas un unforgiving blizzard traps her in her own home with two unlikely roommates. Same, a gentle older man Kathleen took in for the night and Lucy, the daughter of her soon to be fiancé bring her face to face with the hurts of her past. Will she be able to let go and grab hold of a life-changing forgiveness or will she continue to be haunted by the pain of the past?
A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures
- 88 min
nWave Pictures presents this animated adventure surrounding a sea turtle's 50-year journey around the globe, featuring the voices of Anthony Anderson, Ed Begley Jr., Tim Curry, Melanie Griffith, Stacy Keach, and Jenny McCarthy. Fly Me to the Moon 3-D's director, Ben Stassen, heads up the project, written by Domonic Paris. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
- 120 min
Giving in to intense media pressure, the Home Minister in Delhi finally instructs the Central Bureau of Investigation to depute Special Officer Siddhant Chaturvedi to travel to Jhanjhar, Bihar, and work together with Pratap Kumar to try and locate three medical students from M.K. Gandhi Medical College. The three students, Gautam Sharma, Dhirush Patel and Dinu were in Jhanjhar to celebrate Dusshera and were scheduled to return back to Delhi. Ramesh Jain, the student Union President, informs the media that the trio were arrested by Jhanjhar Police and since then their whereabouts are unknown. Jhanjhar Police deny that the students were ever there, and are hostile, compelling the CBI to bring in more agents. While differences crop up between investigative tactics of the two agents, upper Caste Hindus, aided by the police, target the fearful Dalits and lower-caste Hindus, brutally torturing them and setting their houses on fire. With the entire local community refusing to come forward with any information, and pressure from the Chief CBI Chief to withdraw, the duo must now consider using other methods to try and find out what really happened to the three students. Written by rAjOo ([email protected])
Addicted to Love
- 112 min
Old Pop, a retired factory worker, lives in a former industrial area of Beijing with his extended family. He likes going to the market with his old colleague, Lao Chang. One day, he recognizes a face he had been unable to forget: his first love, Li Ying. An elegant old woman, Li Ying seems to have trouble remembering people, and her daughter is openly hostile to Old Pop. Despite these obstacles, the two elders start meeting in secret. Discovering that Li Ying has Alzheimer, Old Pop plays little games with her to exercise her mind. As in his award-winning first films, Liu Hao uses non-professional actors to recount an unusual love affair with a poetic and humorous touch.
- 135 min
Tangshan, 1976. Two seven-year-old twin children are buried under the rubble of the devastating earthquake. The rescue team explains to their mother, Li Yuanni, the freeing either child will almost certainly result in the death of the other. Forced to make the most difficult decision of her life, she finally chooses to save her son Fang Da, the male twin.
Li Yuanni has no idea that her decision is overheard by her daughter Fang Deng, the female twin. Although she has been left behind as dead, the little girl miraculously survives for several more days before being pulled clear by another rescue team who believe that she is simply a corpse. She wakes up in the pouring rain next to the dead body of her father.
Suffering from the emotional shocks of the disaster and the painful memory of her mother’s choice, Fang Deng refuses to reveal her identity. She is adopted by a middle-aged Chinese couple and years later moves to Canada to marry. Shadowed by the traumatic experiences of the earthquake and devastated by her mother’s decision to abandon her, she continues to be emotionally withdrawn throughout her adult years.
Sichuan, 2008, 32 years later, when the Sichuan earthquake takes more lives, Fang Deng returns to China as a volunteer with a rescue team. The process of witnessing other people’s suffering at the time of the natural disaster helps her to overcome her own trauma and forgive her mother. She finally reunites with her family after 32 years apart.
Agadez, the Music and the Rebellion
- 75 min
Tuareg nomads have lived in the Sahara Desert for centuries, connecting North Africa and West Africa with their Camel Caravans. They are fiercely independent and have become famous for their rebellions, fighting to protect their freedom and culture. Omara Moctar, known as 'Bambino' is a young musician who has become a cult hero in Niger and represents a new generation of Tuareg. He is becoming known as one of the great guitar players of West Africa. After several years of exile, he has returned to his home town, Agadez, a remote center of Tuareg culture at the edge of the Sahara. With the Sultan's blessing, he recently had a concert outside the Grande Mosque to celebrate their culture and their transition to the modern world. Written by Anonymous
All American Orgy
- 98 min
Three couples try group sex at a lakeside strawberry farm, naively hoping it will lead to enlightenment.