One World Film Festival 02.19.2009

One World Film Festival 02.19.2009

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Click here to View PDF of Ace 2.19.2009 print edition Watch This One World Film Festival delivers diversity For everyone who said “what Lexington needs is a Film Festival,” the answer came in 1998 when the non-profit One World Films was created in Lexington. Since then, they’ve been showing movies that you’d often be lucky to find on DVD or Sundance, much less at a theatre. You probably remember reading the great reviews of Under the Same Moon, for example — a feature film telling the story of one nine year-old boy living in Mexico with his grandmother, who sets out for the U.S. to find his mother — but you never had a chance to see it. You might’ve loved Pete Seeger’s performance inauguration weekend, but you probably haven’t seen the documentary of his life, Power of Song (it plays this Thursday at the Kentucky). And when you watch the Oscars this Sunday — even if it’s only to root for Lexington native Michael Shannon — you probably won’t be familiar with most of the documentary nominees, like War Dance (which plays at the Library, March 1). And you might know Slumdog Millionaire, but you probably never heard of Amal. Now you can see them too. The mission of One World Films is to increase awareness of issues particularly those of culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender that challenge the increasingly diverse population of Lexington and the Bluegrass area. Discussions follow the films. Pete Seeger: Power of Song Thursday Feb. 19, 7pm, Kentucky Theatre With songs, stories, interviews, and film clips, the film chronicles the major humanitarian and ecological causes of the 20th century, through which the lives of Pete Seeger, his family, and friends are woven. Reception following film sponsored by Woodsongs Volunteers Moving Midway Sunday Feb. 22, 2pm, Lexington Public Library Theater This film is … well, nothing like what happened when the Dame moved from one end of Main to the other. When commercial development and a busy highway begin to encroach on Midway Plantation, a beautiful antebellum house near Raleigh, NC, the owner decides to physically relocate the whole plantation. Godfrey Cheshire — a former film critic and cousin to Midway Plantation’s owner — documents the move. Alicestyne Adams, Director, Underground Railroad Research Institute, Georgetown College, will lead an audience participation conversation following the film. Reception following film sponsored by the Human Rights Commission A Walk To Beautiful English & Amharic with Subtitles (53 min.) Thursday Feb. 26, 5pm and 7:30pm, Kentucky Theatre This documentary is the story of three Ethiopian women, rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities. Socially and physically stigmatized, they leave their homes in search of medical treatment for obstetric fistula, a condition caused by obstructed labor during childbirth. Reception following film sponsored by The Muslim Women’s Council of Kentucky War Dance Sunday Mar. 1, 2pm and 4:30pm, Lexington Public Library Theater 2008 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature Set in civil-war torn Northern Uganda, this film follows the lives of youngsters who attend school in a refugee camp and momentarily forget their struggles on their trip to their nation’s capital to participate in a prestigious music festival. Reception following film sponsored by The International Hospitality Program, University of Kentucky Outsourced Sunday Mar. 8, 2pm and 4:30pm, Lexington Public Library Theater Romantic comedy overlays a sharp satire that shows the human side of the frustrations brought about by today’s “global economy.” A sales manager in Seattle, whose department is being outsourced to India, is sent to Mumbai to train his successor and in the process learns about globalization. Arranged Thursday Mar. 12, 5pm and 7:30pm, Kentucky Theatre This film explores the world of orthodox religion (Islam and Judaism), the practices of arranged marriage, and the evolving friendship between two young women. Reception following film sponsored by The Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice Up the Yangtze Yung Chang, Director Mandarin with English Subtitles (109 min.) Thursday, Mar. 5, 5pm and 7:30pm, Kentucky Theatre Up The Yangtze had its U.S. premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. It portrays a farewell cruise up the Yangtze River in China, where the enormous Three Gorges Dam is under construction. Aboard the luxury cruise ship are prosperous Westerners waiting to catch a last glimpse of the classic river landscape before it is inundated by the dam’s rising waters. Under the Same Moon Spanish with English Subtitles (109 min.) Sunday Mar. 15, 2pm, Lexington Public Library Theater A full-length feature, Under the Same Moon shows the painful dilemma of Mexican “illegals” living and working clandestinely in the U.S. and the loved ones they are supporting back home. The film tells the story of a nine-year old boy living in Mexico with his grandmother, who sets out to find his mother in the US. Amal Hindi with English Subtitles (101 min.) Thursday Mar. 19, 5pm and 7:30pm, Kentucky Theatre A multi-layered portrait of contemporary India, this feature film was shot in New Delhi and takes the form of a modern-day fable. The Year My Parents Went on Vacation Portuguese with English Subtitles (105 min.) Sunday Mar. 22, 2pm, Lexington Public Library Theater In 1970s Brazil, young soccer fan Mauro is whisked from home and sent to live with his grandfather in the Sao Paulo Jewish ghetto. Mauro thinks his parents have gone on vacation, but they’re escaping Brazil’s political unrest. Reception following film sponsored by Hadassah, Jewish Women’s Organization. ■

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