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I COULD BE YOUR GRANDMOTHER

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

I COULD BE YOUR GRANDMOTHER

DIRECTOR: Bernard Tanguy - FRANCE

Touched by an old Romanian homeless woman who reminds him of his grandmother, a lawyer starts helping other street people by perfecting their pitches with wit and humor. (19 mins.)

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IDENTITY CARD

Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 6:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 5:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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IDENTITY CARD

DIRECTOR: Ondrej Trojan - CZECH REPUBLIC

Prague, 1974. Four friends—Petr, Ales, Popelka, and Mita—are about to come of age in socialist Czechoslovakia. As with all youths at age 15, they are required to attend a ceremony at which they are to be issued identity cards. Officially, this is a milestone in the life of citizens; in reality, however, it’s a document that the police can use to humiliate and manipulate young rebels at their convenience. Having turned up in jeans and, even more remarkably, without the ubiquitous pioneer neckties, the four boys immediately attract the attention of the zealous policemen charged with conducting the ceremony—a sign...

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IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT, DARKNESS PREVAILS

Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT, DARKNESS PREVAILS

DIRECTOR: Fern Silva - BRAZIL/UNITED STATES

“Silva’s film suggests a future already arrived, merging the destruction with the creation of life. ... The film resides in a well of deep time, civilizational history swallowed by the life of the planet.”—Genevieve Yue, Reverse Shot (13 mins.)

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INVASION OF THE ALIEN BIKINI

Sat, Feb 25, 2012
at 11:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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INVASION OF THE ALIEN BIKINI

DIRECTOR: Young-doo Oh - SOUTH KOREA

Young-Gun is a lonely man who spends his nights protecting the innocent as a self-appointed crime fighter and general tidier-upper of the streets. “Disguised” in a raincoat and bad fake mustache, one night he saves a strange, beautiful woman named Monica being harassed by a gang of hoodlums. Shaken up, Monica comes back to his apartment with him, where he soon discovers that she is an extraterrestrial on a very special mission. Unfortunately, it turns out to be in serious conflict with Young-Gun’s strict vow of chastity. Featuring kung fu fights, a gorgeous babe with tentacles, and an extremely erotic...

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THE ISLAND PRESIDENT

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 3:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Fri, Feb 24, 2012
at 6:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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THE ISLAND PRESIDENT

DIRECTOR: Jon Shenk - UNITED STATES

The Maldives—200 tiny inhabited islands and 1,200 coral reefs in the middle of the Indian Ocean—are “the height of the good life, a cross between paradise and paradise,” says Mohamed Nasheed, the country’s president. Nasheed endured years of imprisonment, torture, and exile as a result of combating an often brutal dictatorship, but he now faces a worse evil than dictators: climate change. If sea levels continue rising at present rates, the Maldives will cease to exist. Shenk captures the beauty of the Maldives and Nasheed’s charm and charisma, following Nasheed as he navigates intricate backroom diplomatic battles, trying to forge...

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