12:00 Noon to 2:15
LIFE IN A FIST FULL OF RICE
Director Tashi Gyamba
Synopsis North-East India is a rich treasure trove, arguably one of the elder cradles of civilization. The film explores three states in the region and brings forth temporal and spatial, similarities and differences in between unique microcosmic societies within these shared boundaries.
MANN KI SAFI (Clean Your Mind) Shorts
Director Shams Tanweer
Q&A Following Movie
Synopsis Mann Ki Safai is a story of a boy named Golu, who experiences disparity and casteism in his school. Golu belongs to an unprivileged society and is always told to sweep and clean the classroom. He shares his hurt and discrimination with his grandfather who tells him that only those who have a clean mind can do justice to cleaning the outside filth. This inspires Golu to question the system and in his own way he wins his respect.
Director Mortada Gzar
Synopsis People know him as “Hakam the blind”. He transforms sewing machines into Braille printing machines. A Baghdad resident, Hakam spends his time listening to the voices of his city. When he survives a blast, he invents a special way to communicate with Baghdad.
THE COUNTER: 1960
Venice Premiere; Run time 18:30
Synopsis:Three North Carolina University students are frustrated by string of police killings of unarmed black youth. They want to contribute to positive change. Joseph, the current Black Student Union president, is reminded, by his parents of his own grandparents’ involvement in the Civil Rights movement. He thanks them and pulls out two heirloom pieces he inherited from his grandfather, a Masonic ring and watch.
Before entering a popular, off-campus diner, Joseph slips on the two pieces of jewelry resulting in a miraculous occurrence, time travel. He and his friends shift back to 1960 and find themselves seated at a ‘whites only’ lunch counter. The past is about to inform the present.
U .S .Premiere
Director Jeftha Pattikawa
Synopsis In ‘Tifa’ Jeftha Pattikawa researches the symbolic and emotional value of the Tifa drum. It is a film about identity, the transfer of cultural heritage and the uniting power of rhythms and free sounds. Originally the Tifa is used to bridge the tangible world to the world of spirits and to warn the inhabitants of the Moluccan Islands (Melanesia) of the arrival of the ‘Marinjo’, a messenger. Every beat has a deeper meaning and belongs to a specific clan. Through time the Tifa got a symbolic significance. Moluccans say: ‘as long as the tifa sounds, our people lives.
Director Rajaditya Banerjee
Q&A Following Movie
Synopsis Death Certificate revolves around the life of a tribal woman Sabitri and her search for her husband Ramlokhon who happily provided water to thirsty rail passengers in a remote corner in Eastern India. Ramlokhon doesn’t return home one evening. Ramlokhon’s friend Shibu comes to look for him in his village and informs Sabitri and the grand old man (dadu) in the village that Ramlokhon is missing.
They embark on a journey to look for Ramlokhon through the mountains and forests filled with memories of the missing man. They arrive at the station only to hear that someone has been run over by Kiul passenger train. Station Master informs Sabitri that he hopes it isn’t Ramlokhon but in the worst case scenario in case the dead body is his she must obtain a death certificate.
MALATI KATA (Malat’s Tale )
Shorts India Bengali
Director MANISH GHOSH
Q&A Following Movie
Synopsis Journalist Rai went to a village , along with photographer Rick to survey and cover the story of early marriage of girls as an assignment.They visited schools and houses of the village to spread awareness.
One afternoon , when Rai was talking to some of the girls of the school , she learnt that Malati, a girl who stood first in her class and wished to be a teacher , was being married forcefully at a mere age of 15 to an old aged grocer.
Malati wanted to continue her study instead of marrying. Rai went to her mother and other villagers to protect girls from their early marriage.Malati’s father and the grocer threatened Rai.
The Kingmaker of the Mughal Empire
Director Avnish Rajvanshi
Synopsis“This historical docudrama chronicles the life of a kingmaker who influenced, controlled and changed the reign of seven Mughal Emperors in medieval India. The timeline of the film is between 1707-1720; focuses on Raja Ratan Chand. He was the most powerful person in the Mughal empire during 1712-1720, with control over judiciary, revenue and civil affairs. The genius of Raja Ratan Chand, and valor is filmed with beautiful dramatic depiction covering several incidents of the period. The is a story of an extraordinary person coming from a small village who changed the course of Mughal dynasty in the medieval India.”
TE MAKUTU, THE CURSE
Two star-crossed lovers in colonial New Zealand incur the wrath of a deadly spirit that follows them into the present where they must decide between lives apart or love and death.
Director Biography – Jonathan Zsofi
Internationally award-winning Director Jonathan Zsofi-Guy’s films speak of a joie de vivre amidst dark of historical epochs.
Documentary Feature film
Director Sara Baur –Harding
Q&A Following Movie
Synopsis is an intimate portrait of two women artist whose determination and grace have trans generational consequences.
A documentary feature film that follows classical Indian dancers Vijayalakshmi and her mother Bharati Shivaji from Los Angeles to Delhi to Southern India ,as they revisit the people and places that have been instrumental in helping them to revive the once dormant dance from Mohniyattam.
THE GATHERING, with director: Micki Dickoff Q & A
Receiving, GIIFF Lifetime achievement award 2018
PLUS: AMBASSADORS OF MUSIC live concert: Drinks and Refreshments
Director Micki Dickoff
Q & A Following Movie
Synopsis “The Gathering” tells the story of Witness to Innocence, the largest organization of death row exonerees in the United States. These innocent men and women, some spending decades on death row for murders they didn’t commit, come together once a year to share their thoughts and feelings, fears and dreams with the only people who really understand what they experienced. Their stories are heartbreaking, shocking and anger-provoking. The exonerees at this 10th annual Gathering empower each other, speaking out about a broken justice system that makes many mistakes and compels them to be warriors against the death penalty.
GIIFF Lifetime Achievement Award 2018
Micki Dickoff Bio
Emmy award-winning director Micki Dickoff has been a social activist and independent filmmaker for more than three decades. Her production company, Pro Bono Productions, produces socially significant narrative and documentary films. Her films have dealt with AIDS, human rights, racism, and the justice system, and have been released theatrically, broadcast on national and international television, and honored at film festivals around the world. Her award-winning films include documentaries Neshoba: The Price of Freedom, Bush’s Deadly Ambition, Step By Step and Too Little, Too Late, and dramatic films In the Blink of an Eye, Mother, Mother and Our Sons.
AMBASSADORS OF MUSIC
Kahyla Marin Billboard recording artist and SALT PEOPLE
Val Serrant comes from the village of tacarigua Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He sings and plays Traditional drum, assorted percussion, kalimba and steel drums. , Kev North, Influenced by the British blues rock bands of the early 70`s and the later Punk explosion, Kev relocated from Luton via Lowestoft to London in the late 70’s. Henry Mobley plays acoustic upright bass, electric bass guitar and electric upright bass.