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Films & Schedules - GREAT BRITAIN

THE ARBOR

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 2:15 PM (B1)
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 8 PM (B1)
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THE ARBOR

DIRECTOR: Clio Barnard - GREAT BRITAIN

British playwright Andrea Dunbar made a name for herself in 1980 with the raw semi-autobiographical play (later a film) “Rita, Sue and Bob Too.” The plot is set in The Arbor, a poor housing project in the English town of Bradford and a hotbed of domestic squabbles, eternally drunk and vulgar fathers, frustrated mothers, and children in trouble with the law. Dunbar had a similarly hard life, dying at age 29 and leaving behind three young children by three different fathers. Over a two-year period, Barnard made recordings of conversations she had with members and acquaintances of the Dunbar family,...

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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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THE GRUFFALO

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 12:45 PM (WH)

THE GRUFFALO

DIRECTOR: Max Lang, Jakob Schuh - GREAT BRITAIN

Helena Bonham-Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Wilkinson, and John Hurt lend their voices to this animated fable about a mouse who wanders into the woods in search of nuts and nearly ends up being served in a soup instead. (27 mins.)

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OVER YOUR CITIES GRASS WILL GROW

Wed, Feb 16, 2011
at 7 PM (B3)
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Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 8:15 PM (WH)
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OVER YOUR CITIES GRASS WILL GROW

DIRECTOR: Sophie Fiennes - GREAT BRITAIN

German sculptor Anselm Kiefer’s manufactured landscapes and monumental installations are informed by one of the most provocative and rigorous minds in contemporary art. Fiennes’ striking film takes us into his singular world in exhilarating fashion, in the process creating a work as intriguing as its subject. Shot at Kiefer’s La Ribitte, his sprawling studio/estate in Barjac, France, which was once a silk factory, process and product find equal fascination. Here, Kiefer has worked on a series of elaborate installations and paintings—above and below ground—constructing and devising with earth, ash, gold, acid, glass, concrete, and lead; wielding blowtorches, brooms, and bulldozers...

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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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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 12:15 PM (WH)

WISH 143

DIRECTOR: Ian Barnes - GREAT BRITAIN

A young man, desperate to come of age before time runs out, has nothing to lose but his virginity. (23 mins.)

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