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CHRISTIANIA—40 YEARS OF OCCUPATION

Wed, Nov 18, 2015
at 7 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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CHRISTIANIA—40 YEARS OF OCCUPATION

DIRECTOR: ROBERT LAWSON, RICHARD JACKMAN - WASHINGTON (SEATTLE, WA)

 

(DOC) For over 40 years a squatter community has occupied an abandoned military base in the center of Copenhagen, Denmark. The community was born when youthful idealism and a severe housing shortage incited hundreds of young people to turn 85 acres of deserted brick buildings, woods, ramparts and canals into their home. Finding the idea of eviction to be politically unpopular, the government declared Christiania a short-term social experiment. Decades later, Christiania is still standing. Through interviews with longtime residents, police officers and government officials, Lawson and Jackman’s film explores consensus democracy, alternative building methods, drug policy, and Scandinavian...

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DRAWING THE TIGER

Sun, Nov 15, 2015
at 2 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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DRAWING THE TIGER

DIRECTOR: AMY BENSON, SCOTT SQUIRE - WASHINGTON (SEATTLE, WA)

 

(DOC) Filmed over the course of seven years, DRAWING THE TIGER focuses on the lives of a family of Nepalese subsistence farmers and their daily struggles. The parents have watched their children go off in different directions. Their hopes for a brighter future are pinned almost solely on their eldest daughter, Shanta, who has been studying voraciously to become a doctor in an underfunded, poorly run school. When Shanta is awarded a scholarship for a city education in Kathmandu the fulfillment of her dreams feels imminent, but opportunity is coupled with the kind of sacrifice that comes with the...

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HADWIN’S JUDGEMENT

Sun, Nov 15, 2015
at 6 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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HADWIN’S JUDGEMENT

DIRECTOR: SASHA SNOW - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VANCOUVER, B.C.)

 

(DOC) Grant Hadwin was a logging engineer and expert woodsman whose job was finding and removing the largest, oldest and most valuable trees from British Columbia’s remote and ancient forests. Unable to reconcile his love for the forest with the highly skilled part that he was playing in destroying it, Hadwin was driven to commit a strange and unprecedented crime. Interweaving speculation, myth and reality HADWIN’S JUDGEMENT charts his descent into torment and self-destruction, a journey that ended with a mysterious discovery that made him not just a madman, but also a visionary. “Offers a timely warning that is...

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THE SANDWICH NAZI

Fri, Nov 13, 2015
at 9 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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THE SANDWICH NAZI

DIRECTOR: LEWIS BENNETT - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VANCOUVER, B.C.)

 

(DOC) We meet 50-something Salam Kahil in full (off)-color in his Vancouver delicatessen, where one sign says “Best Sandwiches in North America!!” while another warns “This deli contains coarse language and nudity.” “I’ve been treating my customers the same way for 26 years,” he shrugs, and it’s clear that his customers are used to it, enduring the constant onslaught of wincing vulgarity with varied hilarity, bewildered smiles and sometimes flat-out discomfort. But most of them know that beneath the bluster is a mile-wide generous side, an endearing personal history...and some of the best sandwiches they’ll ever eat. 

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