Athens Film & Video to host AFI International Filmmakers

Athens Film & Video to host AFI International Filmmakers
Monday-Wednesday, November 13-15, 7 & 9pm
Athena Cinema (http://www.ohiou.edu/Athens/bldgs/athena.html)
20 Court St, Athens, Ohio
FREE

Sudden Opportunity Film Screenings! The Athens Center for Film and Video (http://www.athensfest.org/) has been invited by the American Film Institute to host four international filmmakers. Because of delays in securing tour confirmation, we are counting on the Athens community to freely use e-mail, word-of-mouth, and personal contacts to “get the word out” about this very special 3-day event.

These filmmakers are participants in the AFI Fest 2006 in Los Angeles, which runs November 1–12. The AFI Project 20/20 (http://www.afi.com/onscreen/afifest/2006/project2020.aspx) is a pilot program, designed to enhance cultural exchange, understanding and collaboration through filmmakers and their films from around the world. Each filmmaker will be available for questions and answers

Coming to Athens are: Danny Lerner, an Israeli filmmaker screening his work, FROZEN DAYS; from South Africa, Norman Maake will present his latest film, HOMECOMING. Joining them are Goutam Ghoush, from India, who will screen THE JOURNEY, and finally, Lucy Walker, a British filmmaker who will present her latest feature documentary, BLINDSIGHT.

Go to (http://www.afi.com/onscreen/afifest/2006/project2020.aspx) for additional info on the films. Blurbs below.

*Monday, November 13: 7pm FROZEN DAYS dir. Danny Lerner (Israel)
In Hebrew with English subtitles 91 min.
Meow is a young woman roaming the streets and nightclubs of Tel Aviv. She lives in empty apartments and surfs Internet chat rooms. When she decides to meet Alex, her email chat buddy, a suicide bombing prevents their meeting, putting him in the hospital in a coma and her in his empty apartment. When she assumes his identity, she finds herself sinking into a dangerous deluded reality. An incredibly accomplished debut film that is steeped in the miasma of Tel Aviv after dark.

*Monday, November 13: 9pm THE JOURNEY dir. Goutam Ghosh (India)
In Hindi with English subtitles. 120 min.
On the train to Delhi, a renowned novelist meets an inquisitive young filmmaker whose probing plunges him back into the world of his latest novel, where truth and fiction are intertwined. Goutam Ghosh has crafted a beautiful film about a man in search of the one “…whose soul looks him in the eye.”

*Tuesday, November 14: 7pm HOMECOMING dir. Norman Maake (South Africa)
In Sotho with English subtitles. 90 min.
HOMECOMING is centered on the lives of three veterans of the armed branch of the African National Congress (ANC). After years of exile, three friends return home to post-apartheid South Africa and are surprised to discover that “home” is not the same, and integrating back into South African society will not be easy. Determined to reclaim their lives, they pursue individual paths while maintaining their inseparable friendship. The story is inspired by the real life experiences of acclaimed filmmaker and writer, Zola Maseko, who also wrote the film’s screenplay.

*Wednesday, November 15: 7:00 pm BLINDSIGHT dir. Lucy Walker (Great Britain)
In English, and Tibetan with English subtitles. 104 min.
Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind man to conquer Everest, is going to lead six blind Tibetan teenagers with little to no mountain climbing experience up the mountain. The climbing group sets out for an adventure beyond compare. Interspersed with revealing and heartbreaking portraits of each teenager, the most awe-inspiring mountains in the world set the stage for this harrowing and charming adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

AFI PROJECT: 20/20 (http://www.afi.com/onscreen/afifest/2006/project2020.aspx) is a program designed to enhance cultural exchange, understanding, and collaboration through filmmakers and their films from around the world. In an unprecedented alliance with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the U.S. Department of State, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, AFI FEST created this program to foster cross-cultural understanding and respect while nurturing filmmaking excellence. This is a part of the U.S. Government’s Global Cultural Initiative.

Local support for this event comes from the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University, the School of Film, and from International Studies. For information, contact: Ruth Bradley 740-593-1330

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