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WAJMA (AN AFGHAN LOVE STORY)

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 3 PM (Cinemagic)
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WAJMA (AN AFGHAN LOVE STORY)

DIRECTOR: Barmak Akram - AFGHANISTAN

It’s snowing in Kabul, and gregarious waiter Mustafa charms a bright, pretty student named Wajma. The pair begins a clandestine relationship—they’re playful and passionate but ever mindful of the societal rules they are breaking. When Wajma discovers she is pregnant, her certainty that Mustafa will marry her falters, and as word of their forbidden dalliance gets out, her father must decide between his culturally-held right to uphold family honor and his devotion to his daughter. Wajma (An Afghan Love Story), its title deliberately sardonic, takes an unblinking and unapologetic look at the modern reality of women caught in situations from...

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WALESA: MAN OF HOPE

Mon, Feb 17, 2014
at 7:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Feb 20, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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WALESA: MAN OF HOPE

DIRECTOR: Andrzej Wajda - POLAND

This remarkable historical epic, tracing Lech Walesa’s rise from simple shipyard electrician to leader of Poland’s Solidarity movement and Polish president, is the last part of venerable director Andrzej Wajda’s trilogy about how worker disillusionment with Communism helped to bring about the system’s demise. Centering on Walesa and his wife Danuta, the screenplay, built around a 1981 interview he gave to Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, chronicles two decades of high stakes events while, in Wajda’s words “...making a movie about a people’s hero...a politician who came from the social lows and rose to his position purely and only thanks to...

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THE WAY WE DANCE

Mon, Feb 17, 2014
at 7:30 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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Fri, Feb 21, 2014
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE WAY WE DANCE

DIRECTOR: Adam Wong - HONG KONG

A surprise hit in Hong Kong, the low-budget The Way We Dance, like most dance movies, is a celebration of vibrant youth, as well as hopes and dreams fulfilled. Leaving her parents’ tofu restaurant behind, aspiring dancer Fleur enters university and joins the hip-hop dance club. Her idiosyncratic moves are too advanced for the other dancers, but she finds approval from the chairman of the tai chi club, who encourages her to connect with her inner martial artist. With an appropriately minimalist (romantic drama) plot, Wong inventively mashes contemporary street and traditional Chinese moves with Kung-fu spirit to capture “the...

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WE ARE THE BEST!

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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WE ARE THE BEST!

DIRECTOR: Lukas Moodysson - SWEDEN

Stockholm, 1982: 13-year-old best friends Bobo and Klara are united by their feelings of outsiderness—embarrassed by their parents, repulsed by the conformity of the school’s popular kids, and hating gym class. After wandering into the local community center music room and banging on the instruments, they declare themselves a punk band—never mind that they can’t play a lick. In need of some proper musicianship, they recruit their classmate Hedvig—a talented guitarist, though painfully shy and socially marginalized by her parents’ unfashionable enthusiasm for evangelical Christianity. Now a trio, the three friends create a joyful noise as they play music together...

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WHAT IS CINEMA?

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Fri, Feb 14, 2014
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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WHAT IS CINEMA?

DIRECTOR: Chuck Workman - UNITED STATES

Chuck Workman is best known for creating unforgettable Oscar montage sequences. In What is Cinema?, he shares his understanding and love of avant-garde cinematic language by creating a visual essay out of clips from films that have pushed the boundaries of the art form. Woven among them are new and archival interviews with a pantheon of personal filmmakers that provide food for thought on where cinema might be headed. Workman’s interview subjects include the likes of Mike Leigh, Jonas Mekas, Yvonne Rainer, David Lynch, video artist Bill Viola, Kelly Reichardt, Costa-Gavras, Ken Jacobs, and Michael Moore, who consider key artists...

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THE WIND RISES

Thu, Feb 6, 2014
at 6:30 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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Thu, Feb 6, 2014
at 6:45 PM (OMSI)
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THE WIND RISES

DIRECTOR: Hayao Miyazaki - JAPAN

Miyazaki, co-founder of the legendary Studio Ghibli, eschewing his typically fictional characters ensconced in a fantasy world, instead brings to life the story of Jiro Horikoshi, visionary designer of one of history’s most beautiful airplanes—the prototype for the Zero WWII fighter. Adapted from Miyazaki’s own serialized manga, which was itself inspired by Tatsuo Hori’s 1937 story of the same name, this epic tale of love, invention, and hope spans decades, sweeping through great historical moments of 20th-century Japan. In what he has said is his last film, the winner of dozens of international awards, Miyazaki dazzles with his usual beautifully...

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THE WISHFUL THINKERS

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 7:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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THE WISHFUL THINKERS

DIRECTOR: Jonás Trueba - SPAIN

Waiting for the green light on his next project, young filmmaker León (Francesco Carril) is in a state of limbo. So what’s he to do? Wander Madrid, get drunk, go on dates, meet up with friends, fall in love, and of course talk about movies. Shot on black-and-white 16mm film stock, writer/director Trueba’s film is a joyous love letter to cinema and the filmmaking process, in particular the French New Wave, whose vintage aesthetic the film consciously evokes. While a film about the craft of making work, it’s also a meditation on contemporary Spanish society, a boy-meets-girl tale, and a...

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A WORLD NOT OURS

Fri, Feb 14, 2014
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 5:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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A WORLD NOT OURS

DIRECTOR: Mahdi Fleifel - LEBANON

Drawing on a family history of videomaking, Fleifel offers an intimate glimpse into the crumbling Ain el-Helweh (“Sweet Spring”) refugee camp in Lebanon—a settlement of less than a square mile that has, for more than 60 years, been home to more than 70,000 people. Fleifel spent his formative years there in the 1980s, before his family settled in Denmark. For years he’s been returning and keeping a video diary, and in A World Not Ours, he provides a frank, funny, and nostalgic insider portrait of the community. The conversations with residents, friends, and family provide an unfiltered take on Palestinian...

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