2018 SfAA Film Festival

OfficialSelectionFilmFestivalSfAA2018.pngThe 2018 Annual Meetings proudly present the first SfAA Film Festival based on an international call for submissions and a selection process. Join film makers, producers, and commentators from 14 countries for a broad range of documentaries (feature films and shorts) focusing on environment, human rights, language preservation, ethics, and more.

(T-100) TUESDAY 1:30-3:20, Regency C2

WILLIAMS, Tshay (Filmmaker) Walking Wounded. A short video about Black women, public space, and Philadelphia. Using women’s experiences, the film explores street harassment from the intersection of race and gender. Length of Film: 6 minutes

MORALES, Selina and SHAPIRO-PHIM, Toni (Philadelphia Folklore Project) Because of the War. In Philadelphia, four Liberian women use their music to address injustice and inspire action for social change. Survivors of Liberia’s civil wars, they are accomplished, brilliant singers – mothers, refugees, immigrants, Africans – who haven’t stopped contributing positively to the world, no matter the obstacles. Because of the War documents the power of traditional songs to make meaningful connections between and among people, and to help re-build communities. Directed by Toni Shapiro-Phim and produced by the Philadelphia Folklore Project. Length of Film: 65 minutes, Q&A with filmmakers

(W-110) WEDNESDAY 1:30-3:20, Congress B

VIALAR, Victorien (Filmmaker) Yenepa. The shooting took place in a 3km area. I especially filmed each character to show their singularity. The family is not an entity but a mosaic. The different points of views about daily life and the country are crossed. It’s also a movie about transmission, the family legacy: passing on the values, ancestral knowledge and traditions. Length of Film: 88 minutes

(W-140) WEDNESDAY 3:30-5:20, Congress B

NULF, Jenny (Tugg EDU), DAVIDSON, Kief and KOS, Pedro (Directors), SHEPHERD STERN, Cori (Writer) Bending the Arc. Bending the Arc is a powerful documentary about the extraordinary team of doctors and activists behind Partners in Health - including Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, and Ophelia Dahl - whose work thirty years ago to save lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle in the halls of power for the right to health for all. Epic, yet intimate, the film is a compelling argument for the power of collective and personal vision and will to turn the tide of history. Length of Film: 102 minutes

(W-107) WEDNESDAY 5:30-7:20, Congress B

CLERICI, Francesco (Filmmaker) Handle with Care (Maneggiare con Cura). A mysterious artifact taken from a collection of unusual relics from the past is being lavished with attention by a team of specialists. It looks like a futuristic sculpture, but it is actually a scientific instrument. The film follows, step by step, the restoration of a 1950 particle accelerator at the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia in Milan. We observe the restoration of the materials, surfaces, and valves, as well as the recovery of memories and gestures. It is a collective rite: restorers, curators, and former users of the machine work to transform a “thing” taken from the everyday life of the laboratory into a museum “object,” the guardian of several stories. Length of Film: 78 minutes

(TH-20) THURSDAY 8:00-9:50, Congress B

YALÇIN, Yusuf Emre (Filmmaker) Tarzan Kemal: Story of a Citizen. This is the story of a man who has dedicated his life to nature. A man who refused the system, who got rid of his clothes and money after his graduation of the college… He played his drum to make people aware of their own environment like Diogenes once did with his lantern on the same land. For some, he was insane, while for some others, he was a philosopher. The reason why he ended up with such a kind of life was a love story that is told. Is it so indeed?  Length of Film: 60 minutes

NAZARPOUR, Hosein (Cartoon3000 Animation Studio) Footwriting. Rahim is a 25-year-old villager who’s lost his hands due to an electrocution incident in childhood. With a strong will, he’s using his feet instead to take care of his daily life as well as creating extraordinary fineart painting called “miniature.” He expresses himself through the miniatures. His life is a constant fight for survival. Length of Film: 29 minutes

(TH-50) THURSDAY 10:00-11:50, Congress B

CHOI, Sangsun (Filmmaker) The History of Intimacy. Laundromat worker, Sangsun Choi who is the director of this film at the same time, forges intimate, personal relationships with his regular customers, which transcend the simple pleasantries one would normally expect. In a laundry store, the filmmaker performs a participant observation with a camera to be a part of the cultural dynamics between a customer and a clerk. A laundry store becomes not only the place to clean the clothes, but also the space that creates a strange intimacy. Length of Film: 5 minutes

CRAIN, Cathleen and TASHIMA, Niel (LTG Assoc) Being the ChangeLTG Associates’ anthropologists and a professional videographer created video ethnographies for Department of Health Care Services, State of California focused on healthy families and communities. Designed to bring the faces and voices of participants and their worlds into direct relation with policy makers, program developers, and legislators, they have been used for briefings, education, and policy and program development. The videos were based on co-created interviews and video footage from across the state conducted with community leaders engaged in innovative community health projects (“Being the Change”) and low-income parents working to raise healthy children (“Raising Up the Children”).

(TH-110) THURSDAY 1:30-3:20, Congress B

RAINOFF, Greg (Filmmaker) Burning Paradise. Burning paradise uses the story of carboneros - indigenous charcoal makers- as a window into the links between environmental devastation, campesino marginalization, and out-migration. It’s not data-driven or academic. It doesn't make an argument. It’s a post card from another paradigm that transports an audience into another world and in so doing, gives us a chance to relate to this thing we call poverty. Length of Film: 74 minutes, Q&A with filmmakers

(TH-140) THURSDAY 3:30-5:20, Congress B

CRATE, Susan (GMU) and KRAMER, Seth (Ironbound Films) The Anthropologist. The film features the parallel stories of two women: Margaret Mead, who popularized cultural anthropology in America, and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist currently studying the impact of climate change. Uniquely revealed from their daughters’ perspectives, Mead and Crate demonstrate a fascination with how societies are forced to negotiate the disruption of their traditional ways of life, whether through encounters with the outside world or through climate change. Length of Film: 78 minutes, Q&A with filmmakers

(TH-170) THURSDAY 5:30-7:20, Congress B

BOURRU, Laure (Filmmaker) Young Inuk, Slices of Life. Through a series of portraits, the spectator is invited to discover the activities of young Inuit in the heart of winter. Slides, fishing under the ice pack or throat singing ... the film recounts moments of this extraordinary life. Length of Film: 31 minutes

PASSARO, Rubens (Filmmaker) Universo Preto Paralelo / Black Parallel Universe. A parallel drawn between the human rights violations in Brazil’s slave past and in the military dictatorship by works of the nineteenth century and statements given to the National Truth Commission (federal agency who investigated human rights violations during the Brazilian military dictatorship). Who are the Brazilian national heroes?  Length of Film: 12 minutes

CHOUNAL, Varun (Filmmaker) A Tune of Devotion. Sufism, an umbrella term for an Islamic art form that amalgamates religion and aestheticism to produce soul-stirring art, is the centerpiece around which revolve the stories of three artists and their interpretations of what Sufism entails. Pradeep Sharma’s historical research on the movement provides an educative background against which the Nizami Brothers’ ‘Qawwali’ (a devotional performance at an Islamic shrine), and Manjari Chaturvedi’s ‘Sufi Kathak’ (a Sufi take on the primarily Hindu dance form), offer song and dance interpretations of the broader art form. Mixed with the spiritual concerns of the form are the very real questions of gender, institutional support, and prejudice that inform these individuals' narratives. Length of Film: 11 minutes

KALASH, Tamim (Filmmaker) Eyes in Qaah. This feature Documentary follows the life of two young girls. Katia and Fatima had lived in one of the refugee camps inside Syria near the Turkish border, known as “Qaah” over a period of one year. The two girls had their own singing band in this camp, were known for their beautiful voices, and they were inseparable. Through the eyes and vocals of Katia and Fatima, their heartbreaking story narrates the agony of the Syrians who were forced to leave, and the new way of life these internally displaced had to endure. Katia had a dream of becoming a journalist in order to raise awareness about the Syrian uprising and the grave human rights violations that are being perpetrated against the Syrian children and their families. They had left their hometown escaping airstrikes to Qaah camp, only to find more blood and massacres. Length of Film: 27 minutes

(F-20) FRIDAY 8:00-9:50, Congress B

BAUMGARTNER, Jan (Filmmaker) Alafia. “Alafia – Health”: This is what many of the patients from the Saint Jean de Dieu Hospital wish for one another. Located in the north of Benin, in the city of Tanguieta, people from various different religions, cultures, and ethnic groups meet and they all share the same need for medical support. The patients come from the surrounding villages, as well as from the bordering countries Togo, Niger, Burkina Faso and Nigeria: Some of which have spent several days travelling - often by bicycle, motorbike, or even by foot. Several manage to reach the hospital; however, others will end up never making it in time. The documentary film gives an insight into the realm of medical treatment for mothers and their children, in one of the most prominent hospital facilities in the region of Western Africa. Length of Film: 26 minutes

PICKETT, Jesse (NW Normal U, Capilano U & Looking China Org) and GU, Shirley (NW Normal U) Still Turning. By inventing the Lanzhou Waterwheel, Duan Xu channeled the power of the Yellow River to irrigate local crops. This brought prosperity to the dry lands of Lanzhou. The art of making the Lanzhou Waterwheel was all but lost in the 21st century, until Duan Xu’s 20th descendent Duan Yicun took it upon himself to learn the craft. Now 74, Duan Yicun finds the waterwheel market chaotic and competitive. Looking to future generations, he is hopeful the waterwheel tradition will continue. Duan Yicun believes the Yellow River has yet another role to play in the community of Lanzhou and China abroad. Length of Film: 11 minutes 

REISBERG, Urmas (Filmmaker) Outdoor Games. Nine Estonian mothers have a common wish: they want their children to be outside much more than is common in Estonia (1 hour a day in municipal kindergartens). In 2015, inspired by Scandinavian examples, they opened the first outdoor kindergarten in Estonia. It was located at the edge of the Mother river on the outskirts of Tartu, meaning that the children could play, study and eat at the beach, in the woods and in a small tipi regardless of the weather. Outdoor Games takes an anthropological look at these mothers in the first year of their initiative. Length of Film: 28 minutes

(F-50) FRIDAY 10:00-11:50, Congress B

HUAMAN, Jhosimar (Filmmaker) and HUMENIK, Zachary (Producer) Charango Man. What happens when technology replaces tradition? This is the question that filmmaker Zachary Humenik asks in his short documentary, Charango. Filmed in Cusco, Peru, Charango tells the story of a school where students learn to make Andean instruments by hand. Taught by world renowned luthier, Sabino Huaman, the students learn tangible skills as they uncover the importance of preserving musical traditions in an ever-changing world. Length of Film: 21 minutes, Q&A with filmmakers

OLIVEIRA, Frederico (Lakehead U) Field School 2017: Lakehead University and Lac Seul First Nation (Canada). This video is the result of a research and educational partnership developed between Lakehead University and Lac Seul First Nation. Following community priorities to tell the territorial history of Lac Seul, university and indigenous students were trained in methods of sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, and traditional teachings about ancestral and current uses of the land. Length of Film: 7 minutes, Q&A with filmmakers

BUDHWA, Rick and FOLLETT, Amanda (Filmmakers) Sacred Ground: In Honour and In Memory of Our Ancestors. In August 2011, a team of archaeologists, anthropologists and community members stepped onto a traditional burial site in Hagwilget, British Columbia, Canada, where a power company had accidentally disturbed a centuries-old burial ground. They didn’t know what they’d find, only that it would be sensitive and it would be profound. Over four weeks that followed, the team recovered disturbed human remains and reburied them in a nearby cemetery, documenting their experience as it unfolded. By managing for the intangible elements of culture and recognizing the community’s need for closure, they successfully brought resolution to years-long upheaval that had plagued Hagwilget.  Length of Film: 18 minutes, Q&A with filmmakers

(F-80) FRIDAY 12:00-1:20, Congress B

CRAIN, Cathleen and TASHIMA, Niel (LTG Assoc) Raising Up the Children. LTG Associates’ anthropologists and a professional videographer created video ethnographies for Department of Health Care Services, State of California focused on healthy families and communities. Designed to bring the faces and voices of participants and their worlds into direct relation with policy makers, program developers, and legislators, they have been used for briefings, education, and policy and program development. The videos were based on co-created interviews and video footage from across the state conducted with community leaders engaged in innovative community health projects (“Being the Change”) and low-income parents working to raise healthy children (“Raising Up the Children”).

(F-110) FRIDAY 1:30-3:20, Congress B

RUFF, Corinne (Jetty Rock Fdn) The Oyster Farmers. The Oyster Farmers, a feature length documentary, centers on coastal life in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. The once-prolific Eastern Oyster, an economic and cultural keystone, historically decimated, is poised to recapture its legacy. Oyster farmers in the Barnegat Bay lead a Baymen’s renaissance, cultivating a resurgence of the oyster, to restore its heritage. The film centers on themes of seafood sustainability, water stewardship, and the rebirth of oystering in New Jersey as told through the lives of the men and women working the Bay today. Length of Film: 71 minutes, Q&A with filmmakers

(F-140) FRIDAY 3:30-5:20, Congress B

SIMPSON, Bart (Filmmaker) Brasília: Life After Design. A meditation on living in one of the most planned cities on earth - Residents of the visionary, brutalist city of Brasília seek to connect in today’s Brazil. Length of Film: 88 minutes