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Please Don't Beat Me, Sir!

Director: Shashwati Talukdar and P. Kerim Friedman.
Over 60 million Indians belong to communities imprisoned by the British as "criminals by birth." The Chhara of Ahmedabad, in Western India, are one of 198 such "Criminal Tribes." Declaring that they are "born actors," not "born criminals," a group of Chhara youth have turned to street theater in their fight against police brutality, corruption, and the stigma of criminality — a stigma internalized by their own grandparents. 'Please Don't Beat Me, Sir!' follows the lives of these young actors and their families as they take their struggle to the streets, hoping their plays will spark a revolution.

Wicca in Serbia

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A brand new Serbian film Loveless Zoritsa ( Crne Zorica) Serbian-Greek co production directed by Greek film director Hristina Hatziharalabous and Serbian film director Radoslav  Pavković is a comedy with elements of adventure, released recently, and it may predict new era of contemporary Serbian film. Producers of this film are international; Super Films (Belgrade), Federico Film (Warsaw), Frame by Frame (Nicosia) and 'Pan entertainment (Athens). Well, let me start with this! ...

from Nomad to Nobody

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Director: Michael Buckley.
Storyline: from Nomad to Nobody Motivated by previous travels to Tibet, the narrator sets off on a personal quest, focusing on the fast-disappearing Tibetan nomad culture. Why are the nomads being forcibly relocated by Chinese officials? Why are they are being shifted off their traditional grazing lands into concrete ghettos? In these settlement camps, nomads are marginalised and have little chance of making a decent living, or finding a new profession. Previously, when grazing yaks, they were self-sufficient and lived in an entirely sustainable way. Now, they are unemployed, and dependent on the Chinese government for hand-outs—and for food. Between 1995 and 2015, official Chinese policy has targeted the removal of more than two million Tibetan nomads from their land for settlement. In an era where sustainability is the mantra, Chinese policy makes no sense. This re-settlement policy is designed to wipe out nomad culture and its strong connections to traditional Tibetan values. Nomads are the stewards of the vast grasslands of Tibet—they have been grazing these lands with their yaks for close on 4,000 years. Without the nomads, the grasslands (already affected by climate change) will further deteriorate and turn into desert. This could have global impact, as these grasslands constitute an important carbon sink. What are the motives behind China's forcible settlement of Tibetan nomads on such a huge scale? Why are Chinese mining and dam-building companies moving into the same grassland regions? What happens to nomads after shifting to a semi-urban environment? What happens if they try to mount protests? What does the future hold for the vast grasslands of Tibet? These are questions the documentary sets out to explore, in this personal take on the plight of Tibetan nomads.

THE INVOCATION, interview with Emmanuel Itier and Claude-Budin Juteau

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 The film THE INVOCATION (2010) is one of the most enterprising documentaries to come out of the past year, tackling the endlessly debated question: is world peace possible? Many contest that human nature is conflict and thus war is and always will be inevitable. But others maintain that peace indeed is possible, and THE INVOCATION explores how. These filmmakers, Emmanuel Itier and Claude Budin-Juteau, took it upon themselves to travel all around the world speaking to some of the most important...

THE INVOCATION, interview with Emmanuel Itier and Claude-Budin Juteau

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The film THE INVOCATION (2010) is one of the most enterprising documentaries to come out of the past year, tackling the endlessly debated question: is world peace possible? Many contest that human nature is conflict and thus war is and always will be inevitable. But others maintain that peace indeed is possible, and THE INVOCATION explores how. These filmmakers, Emmanuel Itier and Claude Budin-Juteau, took it upon themselves to travel all around the world speaking to some of the most important f...

African Premiere of The Invocation at 2nd Eko International Film Festival

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The African premiere of Emmanuel Itier’s multiple award winning movie THE INVOCATION narrated by the famous Hollywood actress Sharon Stone will be at the 2nd Eko International Film Festival (EKOIFF) on Saturday July 9, 2011, at the prestigious Silverbird Galleria, 133 Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos. THE INVOCATION is a thought provoking film about God and World Peace. An exploration of the notion of the Divine around the world and through Religion, Spirituality...

LIMINAL screens online at Great Lakes Int. Fest tonight!

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Stephen Keep Mills' short psychological narrative fiction film LIMINAL screens tonight online at the 2010 Great Lakes International Film Festival. Go to: http://www.greatlakesfilmfest.com/ and for $1.49 view any film in the festival. LIMINAL has captured the attention of festivals and audiences worldwide with the dynamic and award-winning performances of Tonya Cornelisse and Alejandra Gollas. The cinematography of Michael Alba is a textbook for steadicam accomplishment. The conflict involves a r...

M.... POSTERS by ManuelSeixas

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M..., for Merit. Metamorphosis. Miscellany. Method. Marvellous. Myself. Magician. Magical. Maestro. Man. Manner. Maturity. Meditation. messenger. Messiah. Mind. Moon. Mamma. Madonna. Manuel. M.... by ManuelSeixasSee more Manuel Posters ...

Handfasting of Priestess Kandi Ranson and Dwayne Paul King.

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Handfasting of Priestess Kandi Ranson and Dwayne Paul King.Written by ã 2008 Priestess Kandi Ranson all rights reservedToday Priestess Kandi Ranson and Dwayne Paul King, both of Kluckin Films, will be joined in union as one, with a horror themed reception to follow.Date: 8-8-08Time: 8:08 PM ESTPerformed by: Carol McCall and Rev. John LewisMaidens of The Bride: Trashelle Price and Heather Price-PaukovGuardians of The Groom: Wendell Smith and Jeff BraceyMany will witness this unionThe ceremony is...

Ken Feinberg at the Cannes Film Festival

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                The Cannes International Film Festival has almost nothing in common with the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and Hollywood, and yet, people tend to treat each other in the same way: every man for himself. When someone takes time out of their schedule to speak to you, knowing that you are not going to buy their movie or advance their career in some way, that person is someone who is worth talking to. This was the sort of situation that led me to Ken Feinberg, write...

Shriekfest Film Festival kicks off

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The 5th annual Shriekfest Film Festival (a celebration for filmmakers and screenwriters of all ages) will take place at Raleigh Studios 5300 Melrose in Hollywood, CA (From the 101 freeway, take the Gower exit South to Melrose, go Left and the studios will be on the right across from Paramount Studios) there is plenty of street parking and a paid parking structure The fest will kick off with a panel of horror filmmakers September 10th sponsored by LA Indie Film Group, then continue with an openin...

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