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Mon, Feb 9, 2009
at 8:45 PM (B2)

Thu, Feb 12, 2009
at 8:30 PM (B1)

Fri, Feb 13, 2009
at 6:45 PM (B2)

Under the Bombs

DIRECTOR: Philippe Aractingi - Lebanon

During the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel, which devastated Lebanon's infrastructure and civilian population, filmmaker Aractingi experienced firsthand the rocket attacks on Beirut.  He shot footage of the destruction and chaos and then, following the ceasefire, filmed a fictitious narrative, a thriller about a Shiite woman searching for her missing son with the aid of a Christian cab driver.  These combined elements form his engrossing docu-fiction road movie in which we see the reality of incredible destruction and devastating community trauma.  Despite the context, Aractingi does not opt for political diatribe, but rather for an emotional, strikingly authentic cry...

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Sun, Feb 15, 2009
at 7:30 PM (B3)

Mon, Feb 16, 2009
at 6:30 PM (B3)

Upstream Battle

DIRECTOR: Ben Kempas - Germany

One of the most infamous environmental battles in the last decade has centered on the four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, which runs from Southern Oregon through Norther California to the Pacific.  In 2002, an estimated seventy thousand salmon died from water management decisions that did not favor fish runs.  In Upstream Battle Kempas tells the remarkable story of the battle over the use of the river, in which the stakeholders in this ecosystem--farmers who rely on the water for irrigation; tribes of the Hoopa, Yurok, Karuk and Klamath whose cultures are based on salmon fishing; and commercial fishermen...

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