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O Menino e o Mundo / The Boy and the World A film by Alê Abreu

Brazil, Animation/Drama/Fantasy, 201380 min, Digital, ColorNo dialogue

Wednesday, April 23 - 4PMAlamo Village 3

Saturday, April 26 - 1:30 PMAlamo Village 3

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Las niñas Quispe / The Quispe Girls A film by Sebastián Sepúlveda

Chile/France/Argentina, Drama, 201383 min, Digital HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Wednesday, April 23 - 7PMAlamo Village 3

Saturday, April 26 - 2PMAlamo Village 2

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  The Chile Film (La Sangre Rojo y Verde de Nuevo Mexico)

Kelly Brinn Urig

USA, Culture/Food Documentary, 201226 min, HDCAM/DVCPro, ColorEnglish

 

THE CHILE FILM examines the history of chile and how it came to New Mexico. This short film provides an overview of the different varieties, the health benefits of chile, perspectives on chile cultivation, and the economic impact that chile has on New Mexico.

 

World Premierewww.thechilefilm.com 

Print Source: Kelly Brinn Urig, thechilefilm@gmail.com

 

 

 

   
  The 6th World

Nanobah Becker

USA, Sci-Fi, 201215 min, RED, ColorEnglish

 

Tazbah Redhouse is a pilot on the first spaceship sent to colonize Mars. A mysterious dream the night before her departure indicates there may be more to her mission than she understands.

 

Regional Premierewww.futurestates.tv/episodes/6th-world 

Print Source: Nanobah Becker, nanobah_becker@hotmail.com

  

 

 

   
  Susana Almanza: The Life of an Activist

Andrea Zarate

USA, Documentary, 20126 min, HD/Digital, ColorEnglish, Spanish

 

Susana Almanza, Chicana and activist, has fought for the rights of working-class Latinos in the East Austin community all her life. As a grassroots organizer in the environmental group People in Defense of the Earth and her Resources (PODER) she shut down the Holly Power Plant, one of her greatest achievements yet. Susana recounts her past history and how it has shaped her into the person she is today.

 

Festival Premiere

Print Source: Andrea Zarate, a.zarate@utexas.edu

  

 

 

   
El árbol de las fresasThe Strawberry Tree

Simone Rapisarda Casanova

Canada/Cuba, Documentary, 201171 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Filmed in the remote fishing village of Juan Antonio, Cuba, just before it disappeared at the hands of a hurricane, El árbol de las fresas is a mesmerizing cinematic poem that tests the boundaries between anthropology, documentary and reverie. The villagers' ingeniousness and resilience, as well as their playful and irreverent relationship with the filmmaker, render a sensitive portrait of a unique culture into a reflection on documentary filmmaking and on humanity on the edge of time. El árbol de las fresas won Honorable Mention in the Knight Documentary Competition at the Miami International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.ibidemfilms.org

Simone Rapisarda Casanova was born in rural Sicily and inherited his first camera as a child when his father died in a car accident. He was raised by a mother that taught him how to read using Italo Calvino's The Baron in the Trees, and as a result, he hopes one day to live in the trees. He currently lives in Toronto, Canada.

Producer: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaProduction Companies: Ibidem FilmsScreenwriter: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaCinematographer: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaEditor: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaSound Design: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaPrint Source: Simone Rapisarda Casanova, simone@ibidemfilms.org

Saturday, April 28 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Yakuaya / La esencia del aguaWater Essence

Marcelo Castillo

Ecuador, Experimental Documentary, 201152 min, HD, ColorNo dialogue

Yakuaya means "the essence of water" in Quechua. The film is a nonverbal documentary that is about the value of water as essential to life. The documentary follows the journey of a drop of water, which originates in a glacier, and eventually reaches the sea. On its way it touches the lives of a peasant, it is enclosed in the rhythm of a water bottling factory, it transforms the life of a woman, it awakens hope in a desert and welcomes the innocence of two children in the sea, among other adventures. This visually engaging film, whose aim is to inspire reflection in its audience, premiered at the Ecuador Film Festival and screened recently at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

North American  Premiere

www.yakuaya.blogspot.com

Marcelo Castillo has worked independently as film director and still photographer for nine years, during which time he's directed a myriad of short films and photography series. In addition to his work in the audiovisual field, he has conducted several projects on social and community life.

Producer: Carlos IdrovoScreenwriter: Carlos Idrovo, Gullermo QuintanaCinematographer: Filippo Burbano, Marcelo CastilloEditor: Gabriel Páez, Jorge FloresSound Design: Mauricio ProañoMusic: Mauricio Proaño, Juan F. Jijón, Víctor Andrade, Jens MunchPrint Source: Marcelo Castillo, marceloxcastillo@yahoo.com

Friday, April 27 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Cerro Rico, Tierra Rica

Juan Vallejo

Colombia/Bolivia/USA, Land/Social Issues Documentary, 201190 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

More than ten thousand miners in southwestern Bolivia still excavate the slopes and tunnels of Cerro Rico ("Rich Hill"), the richest silver field in mining history, even though most of the mineral resources of the mountain have been depleted. Raising issues of social and economic sustainability, Cerro Rico offers a striking, unsparing portrait of labor in the highlands of South America, creating a universal statement about the historic cost on workers due to global demands for Earth's wealth. Shot in iconic Potosí and in the surreal salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, where half of the world's lithium is still untapped, Cerro Rico has screened at film festivals all over the world, including the Victoria Film Festival in Canada and FIC VALDIVIA 18.

US Premiere

www.piscofilms.com

Juan Vallejo is a U.S.–born, Colombian–raised filmmaker. He studied Architecture in Bogotá, Colombia, and Film Direction at Purchase College (SUNY) in New York. He recently obtained an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. This is his first feature-length work.

Producer: Juan VallejoCinematographer: Juan Vallejo, Robert Alan RackhamEditor: Juan Vallejo, JiYe KimSound Design: Andrea BellaMusic: Andres SubercaseauxPrint Source: Juan Vallejo, piscofilms@yahoo.com

Thursday, April 26 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

A Wild Idea

Veronica Moscoso

Ecuador/USA, Activism/Documentary, 201127 min, HDV, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

A Wild Idea is a documentary about the Yasuní-ITT Initiative, Ecuador's unprecedented proposal for fighting global climate change. In exchange for payments from the world community, the country will leave untouched its largest oil reserves. The film takes the viewer to the Ecuadorian Amazon, capturing the rain forest's stunning biodiversity. The film also focuses on the millions of barrels of oil lying beneath a place known as the ITT Block. A Wild Idea has been sharing its point of view with audiences world-wide, and recently won Best Short Film at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.awildidea-movie.com

Producer: Veronica MoscosoProduction Companies: UC Berkeley Graduate School of JournalismEditor: Veronica MoscosoSound Design: Dan OlmstedMusic: Max LohPrint Source: Veronica Moscoso, vero@veromundo.com

Friday, April 27 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Guañape Sur

János Richter

Italy/Peru, Documentary, 201023 min, HDCAM, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Guañape Sur is a barren rock island off the coast of Peru. No soil, no water. Nothing grows there. Around its shores, a restricted area has been established. The island serves hundreds of thousands of sea birds as a breeding ground. A war has been fought over guano. And even during peacetime, harvesting it from the sharp rock is a brutal fight. Everything on the island is done by hand. The beautiful cinematography contrasts with its subject matter, and leaves the viewer impressed by the landscape and the workers' experiences. Guañape Sur has previously screened around the world, including at the prestigious Hot Docs and IDFA.

Regional Premiere

Producer: János RichterProduction Companies: ZeLIGScreenwriter: János RichterCinematographer: Jakob StarkEditor: János RichterSound Design: János RichterPrint Source: Georg Zeller, zeller@zeligfilm.it

Wednesday, April 25 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Soldados da Borracha Rubber Soldiers

Cesar Garcia Lima

Brazil, Documentary, 2010 26 min, HD, Color Portuguese with English Subtitles

 

Between 1942 and 1945, fifty-five thousand Brazilian men worked in the Amazon to extract rubber as part of the World War II effort. At the end of the war, they received no tributes and continued extracting rubber in the forest in the Brazilian state of Acre, where most of them later died. Acre was the site of the largest number of these workers, and in this film four survivors of this period share their stories.

 

World Premiere

www.soldadosdaborracha.blogspot.com

 

Producer: Susanna Lira, Luciana Freitas Production Companies: Modo Operante Produções Screenwriter: Cesar Garcia Lima Cinematographer: Pedro Faerstein Editor: Tito Gomes, Cesar Garcia Lima Sound Design: Etienne Chambolle Music: Caldo de Piaba Print Source: Luciana Freitas - Modo Operante Produções, luciana@modooperante.com.br

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Fri. April 22 3:00 PM FREE!

 

 

No Meio do Rio Entre as Árvores Within the River Among the Trees

Jorge Bodanzky

Brazil, Human Rights Documentary, 2010 73 min, Digital, Color Portuguese with English subtitles

 

Within the Amazon Basin, there are a total of 35 communities living across 16.4 million acres of conservation areas of rainforest. The river is the only means of access to these communities. No Meio do Rio Entre as Árvores captures images of an abundant world, full of beauty, but where predatory economic exploration has left its marks.

 

World Premiere

www.raizdistribuidora.com.br

 

Jorge Bodanzky was born in São Paulo in 1942. Director of various films, such as Iracema, Uma Transa Amazônica, O Terceiro Milênio, and Igreja dos Oprimidos, he has produced and directed hundreds of documentaries and currently holds visual art and music workshops with communities in the Amazon.

 

 

 

Producer: Beto Lacerda, Jorge Bodanzky Screenwriter: Jorge Bodanzky Cinematographer: Jorge Pennington Editor: Rodrigo Menecucci Sound Design: Alice Bodanzky Music: Thiago Cury, Marcus Siqueira Cast: Indigenous peoples of the Amazon Print Source : Raiz Distribuidora, distribuidora@raizprod.com.br

 

Jones Auditorium at the Ragsdale Center, St. Edward's UniversityTue. April 26 7:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Nostalgia de la luz Nostalgia for the Light

Patricio Guzmán

Chile/France/Spain/Germany, Documentary, 2010 90 min, HDCam, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Co-sponsored by Austin Film Society

Astronomers from all over the world gather in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile to observe the stars. Here, the transparency of the sky means that you can see to the very limits of the universe. Below the desert, the dryness of the ground keeps human remains intact forever: pre-Colombian mummies, explorers, miners, and the remains of disappeared political prisoners from Pinochet's dictatorship. Women sift the desert soil for the bones of their loved ones while archaeologists uncover traces of ancient civilizations, and astronomers examine the old and distant galaxies. Melding celestial and earthly quests, Nostalgia de la luz is a gorgeous, moving, and deeply personal odyssey. Named Best Documentary at the 2010 European Film Academy Awards.

 

Austin Premiere

www.icarusfilms.com

 

Patricio Guzmán, born in 1941 in Santiago, Chile, and current chair and founder of the International Documentary Film Festival in Santiago (FICDOCS), is known for his political and historical documentaries, including Salvador Allende, The Pinochet Case and The Battle of Chile, winner of numerous international awards.

 

Producer: Renate Sachse Production Companies: Rosa Filmes, Ad Vitam Production Screenwriter: Patricio Guzmán Cinematographer: Katell Djian Editor: Emmanuelle Joly, Patricio Guzmán Sound Design: Freddy González, Jean-Jacques Quinet, Damien Defoys Music: Luis Rossi, Hernán Muñoz, Natalia Cantillano, Julio Zapata, Celso López, Marco Álvarez, María Eugenia Villegas, José Miguel Tobar, José Miguel Miranda, Randall Ledermann Print Source: Icarus Films, mail@icarusfilms.com

 

Photo Courtesy of Icarus Films

 

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