SCHOOL PROGRAM Bobbi cannot stand Teddy and Teddy isn’t exactly thrilled with Bobbi. Now that’s all right on the playground, but Teddy is 36 and Bobbi is 10 and they live in the same house; Teddy is about to marry Bobbi’s mother Cheryl. When Bobbi is jumped and her bicycle is stolen, Teddy realizes that finding the bully and getting the bicycle back is the perfect opportunity to repair their relationship. But their journey through the many worlds that make up their community ends up connecting them in a way neither could have imagined. Directed by James Richards, 2013, 72 min, USA, drama, English. Buy tickets here
Small World 6pm at 408 Zankel, Teachers College
Shane is a young man recently released from prison and back living in his old neighborhood. Whilst clearing his room he finds an old pair of roller skates and filled with nostalgia gets straight on them. Being slightly overconfident he collides into Shelly, is knocked off his feet and falls in love. However skeletons from both sides threaten to ruin their relationship and when Shelly's mum invites Shane round for dinner, it is apparent that those skeletons are about to be revealed. Directed by Ethosheia Hylton, 2013, 22mins, UK, Short Romantic Drama, English. Shown with
Paraiti is the healer and midwife of her rural, tribal people – she believes in life. But new laws are in force prohibiting unlicensed healers. She gets approached by Maraea, the servant of a wealthy woman, Rebecca, who seeks her knowledge and assistance in order to hide a secret which could destroy Rebecca’s position in European settler society. Directed by Dana Rotberg, 2014, New Zealand, Drama, Maori, English, English subt.
South African Shorts Meet and greet three young South African filmmakers, young women who are starting in the film industry in South Africa. They will present their short films and talk about their work. The program will close with a catered reception. Join us and support young African women filmmakers!
The Manicurist US Premiere Diana, the owner of a successful nail salon has shelved her dreams of becoming a singer – until Sonia, a gospel sensation, walks into her salon. Sonia awakens in Diana the dark memories of trauma and makes her feel an insatiable jealousy. Directed by Beathur Mgoza Baker, 2014, 25min, South Africa, drama, English. Shown with The Last Doorman & The State
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Last Doorman US Premiere In the twilight of his life, Harry, a dignified doorman at a five-star hotel, spends his nights lovingly maintaining his collection of miniature trains. But the world is changing and it seems a free South Africa has no use for an older white man. Directed by Anneke Villet, 2013, 24min, South Africa, drama, English. Shown with The Manicurist & The State
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The State US Premiere As South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, THE STATE looks 20 years ahead to a dystopian future. A system of apartheid exists between those who are blindly obedient to the State and those who are not. Supporters reside in the gated suburbs where there is service delivery and work opportunities for all. Detractors are relegated to deprivation in the townships and can only enter the gated communities with a rarely-issued Pass. The government has the right to detain and ‘convert’ detractors without trial. This is the world that 24-year old Nomzamo learned to survive in after her activist parents’ death. Forced to fend for herself from an early age, she resents the choice her parents made and cares only for her own survival. Until a foray into the gated suburbs leads to her arrest and ‘conversion’ by The State. Will she comply and betray the activists or is defiance born in the darkest hours? Directed by Lwazi Mvusi, 2014, 24min, South Africa, drama, English
African vs African Americans is a hard-hitting documentary that addresses the little known tension that exists between Africans and African Americans. The film opens with personal testimonials that expose this rift then walks us through the corridors of African colonialism and African American enslavement, laying bare their effects and how these have divided and bound Africans and African Americans. Directed by Peres Owino, 2014, 90 min., United States, documentary, English.
Conversation with director Peres Owino & Catered Reception
THE CHAPEL TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY 525 W. 120TH ST New York, NY 10027
Purchase RETURN TO GOREE on DVD for $5 only. Please note: 10% of the film is in French without English subtitles. DVD includes film Return to Goree, Youssou N'Dour Concert on Goree Island and two documentaries about Sotigui Kouyate.