Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love

Part of our “New U.S. Indies and World Cinema” program.
Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Country: U.S. (2008)

Language: French, English
Running Time: 102 minutes
Screening: Sunday, March 29, 2009, 5:00 p.m.

Senegalese pop sensation Youssou Ndour has spent the last 20 years in the spotlight as a world-renowned musician and the iconic representative “voice of Africa.” At the height of his career, Youssou became frustrated by the negative perception of his Muslim faith and composed Egypt, a deeply spiritual album dedicated to a more tolerant view of Islam. Continue Reading

Worlds Apart

Part of our “New U.S. Indies and World Cinema” program.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Country: Denmark (2008)
Language: Danish with English subtitles
Running Time: 108 minutes
Screening: Sunday, March 29, 2009, 1:00 p.m.

Sara and her family proudly belong to Jehovah’s Witnesses. In the local community, they go from door to door and preach about Judgment Day and the eternal salvation for Jehovah’s chosen ones. But when Sara falls in love with Teis, she is confronted with her most difficult choice in life. Continue Reading

Unmistaken Child

Part of our “Buddhist Wisdom” program. The Beyond Borders Film Festival screening will be the U.S. premiere of Unmistaken Child.

Director: Nati Baratz
Country: Israel (2008)
Language: Tibetan, Nepali, Hindi, English
Running Time: 102 minutes
Screening: Friday, March 27, 2009, 7:00 p.m.

In 2001, when his master Lama Konchog passed away, Tenzin Zopa, Lama Konchog’s disciple of 21 years, was bereft. At the instruction of the Dalai Lama, Zopa searches for his master’s reincarnation, expected to be embodied in a little boy who might be anywhere in the world. Continue Reading

Tricks

Part of our “New U.S. Indies and World Cinema” program.

Director: Andrzej Jakimowski
Country: Poland (2007)
Language: Polish with English subtitles
Running Time: 96 minutes
Screening: Saturday, March 28, 2009, 1:oo p.m.

The charming, bittersweet narrative unfolds from siblings Stefek, 6, and Elka, 18, and Elka’s car mechanic boyfriend during a sun-drenched summer in a provincial Polish town. The siblings live with their shopkeeper mother, whose husband dropped her for another woman years earlier, and Stefek’s worldview is shaped by his sister’s bargaining with destiny. Continue Reading

Sugar

Closing night to feature Sugar, official selection at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Director/Writer: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
Country: US (2008)
Language: English, Spanish
Running Time: 114 minutes
Screening: Sunday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.
Writer/directors Fleck and Boden will be on hand for Q&A following the screening.
Read Erik McClanahan’s review of this film.

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