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Films & Schedules - SWITZERLAND

ABOVE AND BELOW

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 1 PM (Cinema 21)
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Wed, Feb 24, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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ABOVE AND BELOW

DIRECTOR: Nicolas Steiner - SWITZERLAND

Nicolas Steiner’s sublime exploration of lives lived on the fringe is set in a seemingly apocalyptic world that happens to be our own. Living above ground, April dons a spacesuit to simulate life on Mars as part of a remote science program in Utah, while Dave has left modern society for an abandoned military bunker in the California desert. Meanwhile, finding shelter below in Las Vegas storm drains, are Lalo, Rick, and Cindy, who contend with frequent, dangerous flooding to survive on their own terms. “…[Above and Below] treats its subjects with a dignity that transcends judgment and a poetic...

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IRAQI ODYSSEY

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
at 7 PM (World Trade Center)
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Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 12 PM (Cinema 21)
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IRAQI ODYSSEY

DIRECTOR: Samir - SWITZERLAND

Bombs, war, angry bearded men, shrouded sobbing women, shattered cities: Iraq, as seen through the eyes of the Western media these days. In this riveting and timely film, author and director Samir tells the compelling story of his globalized middle-class Iraqi family—now scattered between Auckland, Moscow, Paris, London and Buffalo, New York—recounting their stories of departures and uprootings. Samir also engrossingly chronicles how Iraqis’ dreams of building a modern and just society after their nation achieved independence in the 1950s were brutally dashed over the course of half a century of dictatorship, war, and foreign occupation. (162 mins.)

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