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Sun, Feb 8, 2009
at 2 PM (WH)

Fri, Feb 13, 2009
at 8:15 PM (B3)

Paper Cannot Wrap Up Embers

DIRECTOR: Rithy Panh - Cambodia

Winner of the European Film Award for best documentary, Paper Cannot Wrap Up Embers is an exploration of contemporary Cambodia and the legacy of its recent past, as seen through the eyes of a community of prostitutes who inhabit a decaying apartment building in Phnom Penh.  Driven to prostitution by the necessities of survival, they relate their sense of disconnection from the very forces that have shaped their destinies: the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge, Western tourism, UN peacekeeping and the all-encompassing winds of capitalism.  Panh's haunting film captures them away from their customers and the noises of the street,...

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Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 1:30 PM (WH)

Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 11:45 PM (WH)

Portrait of a Woman

DIRECTOR: Margot Quan Knight - Short Cuts I: International Ties (United States)

A woman, well-documented by home snapshots (Kodachrome to digital), ages before our eyes.

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Sun, Feb 15, 2009
at 12 PM (WH)

The Presentation Theme

DIRECTOR: Jim Trainor - Short Cuts IV: Sketched in Time (United States)

The story of a Peruvian POW outmaneuvered by a blood-sucking priestess.

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Mon, Feb 16, 2009
at 6 PM (WH)

Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 2:15 PM (WH)

Pressure Cooker

DIRECTOR: Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker - United States

Fighting to overcome the challenges of broken homes, abusive relationships and financial burdens, three inner-city seniors and Philadelphia's Frankford High School find an unlikely champion in Wilma Stephenson, cooking instructor.  A legend in the school system, Mrs. Stephenson is a force to be reckoned with, and her boot camp method of teaching the culinary arts is not for the faint of heart.  Under her fierce direction, the usual distractions of high school--the cheerleading practices, football games, and school dances---are swept aside as the students prepare for a citywide cooking competition to win scholarships to some of the country's top culinary...

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Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 1:30 PM (WH)

Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 11:45 PM (WH)


DIRECTOR: Johnny Kelly - Short Cuts I: International Ties (Great Britain)

An amusing animated meditation on the subject of inertia.

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