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7 DAYS IN SLOW MOTION

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 1:45 PM (CM)
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 12:15 PM (B1)
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 3:45 PM (B2)
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7 DAYS IN SLOW MOTION

DIRECTOR: Umakanth Thumrugoti - INDIA

Set in middle-class India, where the pressure of examinations is the most defining aspect of a parent and child’s lives during school years, 7 Days in Slow Motion follows Ravi, a young boy who lives his life by the pie chart his mother creates and defines for him–60 percent education and only 2.9 percent for fun! When he and his friends chance upon the camera of a visiting American tourist, they decide to make their own Bollywood film. The seven days they allot for the production turn out to be a comic experience, but also one in which Ravi accidentally...

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A BAREFOOT DREAM

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 5:30 PM (WH)
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Wed, Feb 16, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)
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A BAREFOOT DREAM

DIRECTOR: Kim Tae-Kyun - SOUTH KOREA

This year’s Korean submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, based on a true story, is a feel-good family film that will delight anyone who loves soccer. Kim Won-Kang, a former player for Korea’s national soccer team, hits the skids after he’s too old to play. Traveling through Southeast Asia, he lurches from one get-rich-quick scheme to another until he lands in war-torn East Timor. There, he finds children playing soccer in bare feet because their families don’t have money for shoes, and in their devotion to the game, he finally finds purpose. Kim Tae-Kyun dwells on the excitement...

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BOY

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
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Thu, Feb 17, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B2)
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Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 6 PM (B1)
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Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 8:15 PM (B4)
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Sun, Feb 27, 2011
at 10:30 AM (WH)
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BOY

DIRECTOR: Taika Waititi - NEW ZEALAND

Lightly blending quirky comedy and gentle naturalism, Waititi’s heart-tugging story explores the elusive moment when a boy starts to make the choices that determine the man he will become. Inspired by Waititi’s Oscar-nominated short, Two Cars, One Night (PIFF 31), this coming-of-age tale is set in 1984. “Michael Jackson is king—even in Waihau Bay, New Zealand. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has magic powers). Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy’s father, Alamein (Waititi), appears out of the blue. Having...

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CHEKHOV FOR CHILDREN

Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 2:30 PM (WH)
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CHEKHOV FOR CHILDREN

DIRECTOR: Sasha Waters Freyer - UNITED STATES

Chekhov for Children tells the inspiring, charming story of the 1979 Broadway staging of “Uncle Vanya,” a heartbreaking play about middle-aged longing—by New York City fifth and sixth graders, under the direction of celebrated New York writer Phillip Lopate. Using a wealth of often amusing student-made films and videos from the time, mixed with contemporary interviews with some of the now middle-aged participants, Freyer, himself one of the students, explores the interplay between art and life for a dozen friends across three decades. “It is childhood which animates our adult lives, and it is through the arts that we all...

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THE COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B1)
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Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 9 PM (B3)
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THE COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN

DIRECTOR: Carlos César Arbeláez - COLOMBIA

Arbeláez takes the perspective of children to contrast a world of their innocent playfulness with the absurd, violent world of adults. Manuel and Julian, best friends who live in a small community in the Colombian mountains, accidentally kick their prized soccer ball into a minefield. Their effort to get their precious ball back, an essential part of their everyday lives and dreams, becomes a symbol of colliding worlds, as purity clashes with harshness. Arbaláez cast non-professional actors from the Antioquia region where the film was shot, lending the film a charming authenticity. “Moving, funny, poignant, and insightful...a powerful debut!”—Screen International....

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THE FIRST GRADER

Fri, Feb 11, 2011
at 6 PM (B2)
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Mon, Feb 14, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)
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THE FIRST GRADER

DIRECTOR: Justin Chadwick - GREAT BRITAIN

A deep and rich exploration of a man’s life-long fight for dignity and freedom, The First Grader, based on a true story, is set in a remote primary school in Kenya. Among the hundreds of children hoping to enroll for the free education newly promised by the government, one applicant causes astonishment. He is Maruge, an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties. He fought for the liberation of his country and now wants the chance of an education so long denied. Moved by his passionate plea, head teacher Jane Obinchu supports his struggle to gain admission, and together they...

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FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 6:30 PM (CM)
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 2:30 PM (CM)
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FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO

DIRECTOR: Carlos Saura - SPAIN

Fifteen years after Flamenco, his landmark film on the history of Spanish music and dance, Saura re-teams with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and music director Isidro Muñoz to introduce an exciting new generation of flamenco singers, musicians, and dancers. “There is a new and incredibly powerful flamenco being created by young talents who have so much to offer—both in orthodox flamenco and in fusion flamenco, blending in other music styles. The new work cannot be conveyed without giving the context of the great Spanish masters. So, our first mission was to start ‘placing’ the different artists we already know in the...

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LOUDER THAN A BOMB

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 2:30 PM (B1)
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Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 5 PM (WH)
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LOUDER THAN A BOMB

DIRECTOR: Greg Jacobs, Jon Siskel - UNITED STATES

Chicago’s “Louder than a Bomb” (LTAB) draws more than 600 high school students from 60 schools from all over the city’s diverse neighborhoods to compete in what is now the largest youth poetry slam competition in the world. Rather than emphasizing individual performances, however, LTAB is unique in judging teams, not individuals, forcing participants to work collaboratively with their peers. For many kids, being a part of such an environment is life-changing. In the tradition of Spellbound and Wordplay, this irresistibly gripping film gives us an inside look at four teams (and their star “slammers”) as they compete for the...

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PINK SARIS

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B3)
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 7:45 PM (B3)
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Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 2:30 PM (B1)
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PINK SARIS

DIRECTOR: Kim Longinotto - GREAT BRITAIN

“Pink Saris” refers to the hot-colored garments worn by the Gulabi Gang, women who resist the traditionalist view of Indian society, including the ostracization of so-called “untouchables,” the taboos surrounding inter-caste marriages, the routine physical abuse of “disobedient” wives, and the marrying-off of girls before they’ve entered puberty. Longinotto, whose past films have celebrated strong-willed women fighting for justice, follows Sampat Pal Devi, leader of the “Pink Gang,” a group of female activists from the Dalit caste who crusade to help battle practices that have kept Indian women subservient for centuries. As Longinotto tracks the remarkable Sampat’s effective conflict resolution...

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A WAR IN HOLLYWOOD

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B1)
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Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 3:45 PM (B3)
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A WAR IN HOLLYWOOD

DIRECTOR: Oriol Porta - SPAIN

The Spanish Civil War, perhaps Hollywood’s first cause célèbre, saw famous actors, directors, and screenwriters joining together to denounce Fascism in Spain. The subject of more than 50 Hollywood films, including such classics as For Whom the Bell Tolls and Spanish Earth, the defeat of democracy in Spain left an open wound in the hearts of many, who used their affection for democracy as a potent symbol of the romantic spirit of many of their screen characters. Porta offers a fascinating approach to the relationship between filmmaking and politics, focusing on the personal story of Oscar-nominated screenwriter Alvah Bessie (Object...

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