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Selections For 2015


Directors: Robert Rippberger
USA/Syria (English)
2015, 70m

Description: Newsweek Middle East editor, Janine di Giovanni, submitted a proposal to cover the war in Syria. The magazine denied the request, deeming the situation too dangerous. She decided to go anyway. The conditions are extreme with constant shelling and bombardment, threat of sniper fire, and kidnappings. Only two weeks before the trip her friend, James Foley, was taken by three armed men and later executed. A few weeks after the trip, Steven Sotloff, who Janine speaks with while in Aleppo, is also captured and killed. Journalists are targets, and that much Janine knows. Yet, she and her crew put themselves in harm’s way to bear witness and make sure the world knows about the suffering of the Syrian people.


Director/Producer: Nobilis Bellator
Writer: Noufel Bouzeboudja
Key Cast: Conrad Harvey
Spain (English)
2015, 7min 15 sec

Description: An allegorical representation of a very old historical construction that has become a monument and is given a human conscience thru the poem of Noufel Bouzeboudja with narration by Conrad Harvey. ALLEGORIA is a call for the protection of our night skies endangered by humans that make bad use of urban lighting which wastes tremendous amount of energy and contaminates the night skies. 80 Percent of Americans Can’t See the Milky Way Anymore.

Mercy’s Blessing

Director: May Taherzadeh
USA/ Malawi (English sub)
2015, 30min

Description: In a rural village in the heart of Africa a teenage boy has a dream: to get his younger sister and himself out of poverty. But when a twist of fate shatters his hopes, everything seems lost and he is faced with the ultimate choice.

Mother’s Cry

Director/Producer: Lisa Russell
Writer/Key Cast: Savon Bartley
USA (English)
2015, 2 min 35 sec

Description: In a rural village in the heart of Africa a teenage boy has a dream: to get his younger sister and himself out of poverty. But when a twist of fate shatters his hopes, everything seems lost and he is faced with the ultimate choice.

Nature Rx, Part 1

Director: Justin Bogardus
USA (English)
2015, 2m

Description: Nature has a marketing problem. Polar bears, ice caps, mass extinctions, and hurricanes are not waking people up fast enough.A timely satire, “Nature Rx” challenges and reinvigorates the whole conversation about preserving our planet – inspiring people to look with totally fresh eyes at how we value our world, each other, and importantly ourselves. Delivered in a suitable post-modern capsule, a prescription drug commercial, with just the right mix of compassion, humor, and courageous honesty – “Nature Rx” reminds us who we really are – human beings – products of this Earth and what really matters when we get back to Nature.

Slave to Chocolate

Director: Adam Radly

USA (English)

2015, 75m



Description: While Adam was in Mali he shot several interviews with children who had been abducted and forced to work on coco farms in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). This project follows the progress (or lack of it) made by major chocolate manufacturers over several years to address this disturbing issue. Chocolate from Cote d’Ivoire represents more than 45% of global supply and is used by all major chocolate manufacturers. The documentary includes interviews with young men who were abducted and forced to work on these coco fields. Stay tuned to learn more.

The Kitchenistas of National City

Producer: Mary Ann Beyster

USA (English)

2015, 24m



Description: The Kitchenistas of National City is a short documentary film about a community changing social norms in of a major city in California through healthier lifestyles. National City has the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in San Diego County and the state of California.

Women Are The Answer

Director/Writer/Producer: Fiona Cochrane
Editor/Cinematographer: Zbigniew Friedrich
India (English)
2015, 90 min 50 sec

Description: Population growth has been left out of the climate debate because it is seen as controversial, yet it is one of the most important factors. The global population has passed the 7 billion mark and India is overtaking China as the most populous nation in the world, but one state in southern India has found the solution.The unique history of Kerala and ‘the Kerala Model’ is outlined, using it as an example of achieving population control in developing countries without coercion.