Thursday, March 30 | 7:00 pm
On the Bride’s Side
– Exclusive Vancouver premiere –
98 min. | 2016 | Italy
DIRECTORS: Gabriele Del Grande, Antonio Augugliaro, Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry
On the Bride’s Side By a chance encounter in a cafe, a Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinian-Syrians in Milan who have fled war-torn Syria and washed up on the Italian island of Lampedusa. They decide to help the five journey to Sweden to claim asylum as refugees while they themselves hope to avoid being arrested as traffickers. How? By faking a wedding. What at first seemed a joke takes form as the friends assemble the masquerade. A friend dresses as the bride and the refugees, Italians and friends make up the wedding party as they journey three thousand kilometres across Europe. They bring a film crew for the “wedding” video. This real time filming of the masquerade is a compelling, emotionally charged journey that still has time for music, celebration of being alive and remembrance of those lost. As we travel through the borders and safe houses, we see another side of Europe, one that is compassionate, irreverent, transnational; one that ridicules the rules, restrictions and the very notion of Fortress Europe.
GRAND PRIZE, FIFDH
Thursday, March 30 | 9:00 pm
Fantassut/Rain on the Borders
15 min. | 2016 | Canada
DIRECTOR: Federica Foglia
PRODUCERS: Deepa Mehta, David Hamilton
Fantassút / Rain on the Borders A short, atmospheric documentary shot in the Idomeni refugee camp in Greece where 11,000 refugees lived a kind of suspended animation waiting for borders to open and hoping to continue through the Balkan route.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Occupation of the American Mind
84 min. | 2016 | U.S.A.
DIRECTORS : Loretta Alper, Jeremy Earp
The Occupation of the American Mind examines how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and pro-Israel lobbying groups have waged a series of coordinated PR campaigns to manage political fallout from Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land and shape American media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Israel’s favor. “We’re talking about a sophisticated and sustained campaign that for decades has silenced meaningful debate about Israel’s repression of Palestinian human rights while vilifying pro-Palestinian voices,” said Sut Jhally, the Executive Producer of the film. “The point of the effort is to make sure nobody questions U.S. support for Israel, and there’s no question it’s been amazingly effective. What we’re trying to do with this film is simply clear some space for rational and balanced discussion about the conflict and U.S. support for Israel.”
The film traces the development of pro-Israel “hasbara” – or propaganda – efforts in the U.S. We in Canada are subject to these same efforts.
Every Canadian as well as every American should see this film. Narrated by Roger Waters.