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AIFF 2012 logoThe second annual Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) continues through Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Regent Theatre.

Here is an up-to date listing for the film schedule:

Sunday, Oct. 21
9:45 a.m. Selected Shorts (50 minutes)
    Tumblee (3 minutes)
    Lizzy (12 minutes)

    Où est Fleuri Rose (23 minutes)
    Automaton Emergence (2 minutes)
    Interfaces (15 minutes)
    The minutesers (11:29 minutes)
11 a.m. BUDRUS (82 minutes)
12:30 p.m. LARBI OR THE Fate of the Great Football Player (92 minutes)
2:15 p.m. GIVE ME THE BANJO (83 minutes)
    Q&A w/filmmaker (20 minutes)
4:10 p.m. CONSENT (86 minutes)
    Q&A w/ filmmaker (25 minutes)
6:10 p.m. Brendyn Schneider, Storyteller (15 minutes)
    IN THE STORY TELLER’S CIRCLE (90 minutes)
8 p.m. Indian Dance Troupe (max 20 minutes)
    PLAY LIKE A LION (72 minutes)

 

 

Snapshot of top flicks

Here is a look at some of the films:

 

"All Me"

This feature documentary chronicles the life of Rembert, 66, an African-American who grew up in Cuthbert, Ga. Rembert spent most of his childhood working in the cotton and peanut fields. When he could attend school he loved drawing but not much else.

Attendance at a civil rights demonstration got him thrown in jail without charges or a trial. An escape over a year later resulted in a prison sentence, but only after Rembert had survived an attempted lynching. While serving seven years on Georgia chain gangs, Rembert fell in love with both his future wife and with leather as an art medium.

Rembert's background: Life and eight children intervened after prison; it was not until 1995 that Rembert began to carve, tool and then dye pictures on leather in his studio in the front room of his home in New Haven, Conn.  Most of his colorful art depicts scenes and themes from African-American life in segregated Cuthbert and from the time he spent on those chain gangs.

His work was exhibited at the Yale University Art Gallery in 2000 and a triptych about a lynching was acquired by Yale for their permanent collection.  Rembert subsequently exhibited at various other venues.

His first major catalogued one-man exhibition was presented in New York in 2010 by Adelson Galleries in association with Peter Tillou Works of Art.  Rembert and his family still live in New Haven's inner city.

In 2012 a traveling exhibition, a retrospective of Rembert’s art, was curated by the Hudson River Museum, where it showed from February to May.  It exhibited at the Greenville Art Museum in Greenville, S.C., through August. 

Vivian Ducat's background: She is a New York based filmmaker who spent the first part of her career in London working for the BBC, directing films for series that include "The Story of English" and "The Epic Quest for Oil."

Returning to New York, Ducat produced programs for the WGBH series, "The American Experience," "The AIDS Quarterly" with Peter Jennings and many more.

Ducat, who graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, has a master’s degree from Columbia University.  She studied film directing at the Film Director’s Training Course, an internal program of the BBC offered to promising young staff members.
"As a director of the festival and a film programmer, it is an honor to support this special film which documents  a slice of history addressing the African American experience in the segregated South and the fight for civil rights as well as the story of an artist and his art,” said April Ranck, executive director of the AIFF.


Racing the Rez" by Brian Truglio

Friday, Oct. 19 the festival will screen the premiere of "Racing the Rez" by Brian Truglio, local filmmaker from Somerville. This film is being awarded 2012 Best Documentary.
Truglio fused his passion for running with strong connections to the people and culture of the Navajo Nation in Arizona.

The film is a documentary that tells the story of Navajo and Hopi runners from two rival high school cross country teams in northern Arizona who are fighting for a state championship.  Shot over two years, it focuses on how the sport impacts the lives of five boys growing up on the reservation and helps them confront the challenges they face on and off the course.  
Truglio will be present for the discussion following the screening.  Christopher McDougall, a big supporter of the project who helped Brian with fund-raising on Kickstarter to complete postproduction, will be present.  At this screening McDougall will reveal the "best story never told,” the missing chapter that concerns the Hopi tradition of running.


"My So-Called Enemy" by Lisa Gossels

The second film that night is "My So-Called Enemy," a documentary by filmmaker Lisa Gossels.  It will be screened earlier in the day at Arlington High School and Arlington Catholic High School and will be followed by a discussion led by Gossels.

Upon screening this film the organizers of the festival saw the opportunity to work with the local schools to bring in the film and discussion, promoting the value of conflict resolution.     
In July 2002, 22 Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls traveled to the United States. to participate in a women’s leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace.

"My So-Called Enemy" is the story of six of the girls and how their transformative experience in the program, of knowing their “enemies” as human beings, meets with the realities of their lives at home in the Middle East over the next seven years.
This is a timely film about the human consequences of all conflicts as seen through the eyes of six young women who are thoughtful, intelligent, and articulate beyond their years. It is about multifaith and multicultural understanding and the important role of women in the building of peaceful communities.
Gossels is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. A member of Selah, a national network of Jewish social-justice leaders, Lisa became a documentarian because she believes in the power of film to affect social change.

She is the President of Good Egg Productions, Inc., a New York City-based production company. Her first film, "The Children of Chabannes," won an Emmy. Her second film, "My So-Called Enemy," has garnered a CINE Golden Eagle and five film festival awards since premiering at Silverdocs in 2010.


"2012 High School Shorts"

On Saturday, Oct.  20, the festival will screen their program of "2012 High School Shorts."  Films from Toronto, will open the day and provide the opportunity to view the work of the younger generation of filmmakers.


"Play Like a Lion" by Joshua Dylan Mellars

On Sunday, Oct. 21, the festival will close with a screening of “Play Like a Lion” by Joshua Dylan Mellars.  The film chronicles the legendary Indian sarodist maestro (lute player) Ali Akbar Khan, who introduced Indian classical music to the U.S. at New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1955.

Kahn is a national treasure in India and the U.S., a Grammy nominee and, according to master violinist Yehudi Menuhin, "possibly the greatest musician in the world."

His son, American-born Alam Khan, travels from California to India on his first concert tour without his ailing father.  When Alam shares with his father the weight he feels of living up to his family's north Indian classical music tradition he remembers his father's advice: "Don't worry, play like a Lion!" See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HixL4KOuzVo


Sunanda Narayanan, dancers to perform

Following the screening, Sunanda Narayanan and her dancers will give a performance.  Sunanda is an acclaimed exponent of the Vazhuvoor tradition of Bharatanatyam.
She is the prime disciple of Smt Rhadha, a foremost choreographer. Sunanda has been performing for more than two decades and has given more than 250 public performances all over the world.
Sunanda has several awards to her credit; as well as winning the Senior Scholarship of the Government of India she was selected by the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram (a state government cultural association in India) to perform under their sponsorship. She has won several awards including the Tamil Isai Sangam award, the Fine Arts Foundation India award, the Sindhu Memorial Award, and the Lions Club award.

 

"The Maiden Danced to Death": Thursday, Oct. 18, 8:45 p.m.    

The film festival in celebrates the Hungarian community beginning with a live performance by Forgás, a local Hungarian folk dance troupe followed by a screening of the East Coast premiere of the Hungarian film, "The Maiden Danced to Death," written and directed by Endre Hules.
 A Canadian/Hungarian/Slovenian coproduction, the film premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival in February 2012, won the Cine Golden Eagle Award, and the screenplay won the European MediaPlus Award.
Set in post-Communist Hungary, the film is a story about two brothers – two dancers; one defected, the other stayed… one gave his soul to commerce, the other to the Party.

After 20 years, they meet again…and the dance begins.  Expelled by the Communists 20 years earlier, Steve (Hules), has earned success abroad before returning to Hungary where his very presence challenges the ideals of his brother Gyula (Laszlo) who “stuck it out” at home all those years.

"The Maiden Danced to Death" is a reckoning with old shadows, and an examination of the individual’s social responsibility in old and new Europe.
The production boasts some of Hungary’s top talent, including Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, A.S.C ("The Deer Hunter," "Close Encounters," "Deliverance," "Maverick"), Screen Actor’s Guild award recipient Endre Hules ("Angels & Demons," "Apollo 13," "Se7en") and actor, Zsolt Laszlo ("The Eagle," "Kontroll").

To find out more about the second-annual Arlington International Film Festival, visit www.aiffest.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . See also the festival Facebook page.

 

Best of Festival

The festival opened Oct. 17 with the film awarded Best of Festival, "All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert."

Filmmaker Vivian Ducat and subject Winfred Rembert participated in a moderated discussion/Q-&-A session after the screening.

Wednesday, Oct. 17
7 p.m. Best of Festival Shorts (31 minutes)
    ALL ME: The Life & Times of Winfred Rembert (78 minutes)
    Q&A w/filmmaker & subject (45 minutes max)

Thursday, Oct. 18
 7 p.m. Reinaldo Arenas (Short from Cuba) (3 minutes)
THE WALL: A World Divided (57 minutes)
Q&A w/ filmmaker & composer (30 minutes)
8:45 p.m. Hungarian Dance Troupe & Musicians (15 minutes)
    THE MAIDEN DANCED TO DEATH (107 minutes)

Friday, Oct. 19
6 p.m.  "Suddenly Zinat" (short from Iran) (21 minutes)
    "Racing the Rez" (59 minutes)
    Q&A w/filmmaker and Christopher McDougall, author of "Born to Run" (1hr)
8:45 p.m. "My So-Called Enemy" (89 minutes)
    Q&A w/filmmaker & counselor

Saturday, Oct. 20
9:45 a.m. Selected Shorts (50 minutes)
    Integrity (6 minutes)
    Leonora & Gabriel (8:16 minutes)
    The Reader (10 minutes)

    Vanishing (30 minutes)
    Pizzangrillo (15 minutes)    

11 p.m. High School Shorts
12:45 p.m. MICROPHONE (116 minutes)
2:55 p.m. CHINESE TAKE-AWAY (93 minutes)
4:45 p.m. Aconcagua, Chilean Folk Dancers (20 minutes)    
SKYDANCER (75 minutes)
6:45 p.m. Armenian Musician (20 minutes)
MY GRANDMA’S TATOOS (58 minutes)
Q&A w/ Historian (30 minutes)
8:50 p.m. ASHBASH…A Love Story (56 minutes)
    Q&A w/ filmmaker and subject (25 minutes)
10:20 p.m. LOVE IN THE MEDINA (113 minutes)


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