RE: [Videolib] film suggestions please

Katherine Litwin (
Thu, 27 Mar 2003 14:59:37 -0600

Here are some suggestions:

Two Women
A bold, dramatic attack on the treatment of women in post-revolutionary Iran
by the country's most important and outspoken feminist filmmaker. The story
follows the friendship of two university students. While one is able to find
a good job and a happy marriage, the other is subjected to the most severe
inequities of the male-dominated, fundamentalist society. She is pursued by
a stalker who commits an act of violence, but her "improper" independence is
also blamed for the attack. Her father commits her to an arranged marriage
in which her past liberties are denied and her spirit is broken. Government
censors held up Milani's script for seven years, but the film became a major
success with audiences. "...impressive, unsettling, deeply felt..."
Van Gelder, <i>New York Times</i>). In Farsi with English subtitles.
Tahmineh Milani---Iran---1999---96 mins.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Niloufar Pazira, Hassan Tantai, Sadou Teymouri
Original release date: 2001
Video/DVD Release Date: 4/22/2003
Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf examines the troubling story of life in
neighboring Afghanistan in this compelling drama. Nafas (Niloufar Pazira) is
a reporter who was born in Afghanistan, but fled with her family to Canada
as a child, escaping the violence of the country's political instability.
However, her sister wasn't so lucky; she lost her legs to a land mine while
young, and when Nafas and her family left the country, her sister was
accidentally left behind. Nafas receives a letter from her sister announcing
that she's decided to kill herself during the final eclipse before the dawn
of the 21st century; desperate to spare her sister's life, Nafas makes haste
to Afghanistan, where she joins a caravan of refugees who, for a variety of
reasons, are returning to the war-torn nation. As Nafas searches for her
sister, she soon gets a clear and disturbing portrait of the toll the
Taliban regime has taken upon its people. Also featuring Hassan Tantai and
Sadou Teymouri, Safar E Gandehar was shown in competition at the 2001 Cannes
Film Festival.

Life and Nothing More
The film investigates the aftermath of a devastating 1990 earthquake which
killed some 50,000 people in northern Iran. This region provided the setting
for Kiarostami's <i>Where Is the Friend's Home</i>. Kiarostami's search for
the two young actors who played central roles in that film becomes the
dramatic source of <i>Life and Nothing More</i>as a father and son travel
to Quoker, the hometown of the two boys, and along the way meet earthquake
survivors who desperately and valiantly work to reconstruct their lives.
"in many ways the most beautiful and powerful Iranian film I've seen"
(Jonathan Rosenbaum,
<i>Chicago Reader</i>). Farsi with English subtitles.
Abbas Kiarostami---Iran---1992---91 mins.

Berlin Jerusalem
An Israeli epic. Two women seek out a new life in the Holy Land in this
rapturously beautiful, deeply moving, and extremely powerful portrait of the
birth of Israel. <i>Berlin Jerusalem</i> tells the story of two women: Else
Lasker-Schuler, a German expressionist poet, and Mania Shohat, a Russian
revolutionary. Their journeys intersect in Jerusalem, both a real city and
the mythical place of their dreams. They shudder at the reality but remain
committed to making a better world. Gorgeously photographed, this is a feast
for the senses, and a highly provocative commentary on the conflict in the
Middle East today from the great and prolific Israeli director, Amos Gitai.
German, Hebrew and other languages, with English subtitles.
Amos Gitai---France/Israel/Great Britain/Netherlands/Italy---1989---83

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-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Kim Crowley
Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2003 11:56 AM
Subject: [Videolib] film suggestions please

We have a group in Fort Collins that puts on the "Eracism Film Series"
each year. In the past they have shown a mix of documentaries and feature
films (four in all). They show a film and have a speaker-led discussion
afterwards. Past films have included "Mississippi Masala" and "Essential
Blue Eyed" "Mi Familia" and "Journey to a Hate-Free Millenium." The
series will take place in September/October, one film each week.

This is the first year I have been involved and we are thinking of
"Postville" and "The two Towns of Jasper, TX" for the documentaries; and
"Rabbit Proof Fence" for one of the feature films. The group would like
another film that deals with people from the Middle East. Either a Middle
Eastern film or, preferably, a film dealing with the Middle Eastern
community (a middle eastern community) in the US. Since we still have
lots of time to rearrange films, this could be either a feature film or a
documentary. We would like it to be a fairly recent film.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions,

Kim Crowley, Technology Coordinator
City of Fort Collins Public Library
201 Peterson Street phone: 970.221.6662
Fort Collins, CO 80524 fax: 970.221.6398

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