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SHOWING 249 FILMS FROM THE FESTIVAL YEAR 2005
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BOWERY DISH

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 52 minutes
  • Directed By: Kevin R. Frech
  • Country: USA
In recent years, New York City's infamous Skid Row neighborhood has undergone massive gentrification. This film's lively use of imaginative editing, interviews, and archival footage charts this volatile process of moving from drug-infested flophouses and violent bars to million-dollar lofts and trendy restaurants. In English and Spanish. |Read More
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BOY FROM A WAR MOVIE

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 27 minutes
When his mother is raped by a Serb soldier and then sent to the other side of the border late in her pregnancy, 10-year-old Alen is abandoned in the middle of the Bosnian conflict. This short explores both the tragedy of the Bosnian nation and the beauty and cruelty of its people. |Read More
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BREACHED

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 22 minutes
  • Directed By: Laura Richard
  • Country: USA, Mexico
A pregnant Mexican woman is determined to have her baby on American soil. In order to take advantage of immigration policy, she waits until her cervix is dilated enough to cross the border in “active labor.” To complete her journey, Maria must face the intense physical strain of childbirth and the dangerous complications of illegal border crossing. |Read More
Drama
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BROOKLYN CONNECTION

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 53 minutes
  • Country: Netherlands
Across Latin America, Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East, dozens of wars are waged by groups attempting to overthrow their rulers. How do they form? Where do they get money and weapons? Brooklyn is the answer for one 40-year-old Kosovo immigrant who owns a roofing company in the borough and is building a guerilla army. In English and Albanian. |Read More
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BULLETS IN THE HOOD: A BED-STUY STORY

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 22 minutes
  • Country: USA
Co-director Terrence Fisher's world has been traumatized by gun violence. In 2004, he watched his best friend get shot and killed by a police officer. The killing of this innocent teen outraged Bedford-Stuyvesant residents, but a grand jury ruled it simply a tragic accident and no indictment was issued against the officer. Fisher and his friends fought back by organizing protests and filming this documentary. |Read More
Documentary
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CASHBACK

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 19 minutes
  • Country: U.K.
Your time is more than money at Sainsbury's Market, where Ben Willis works the night shift. From the sexually harassed checkout girl to the daredevil stuntman in the meat department, Ben's coworkers have perfected the art of dealing with the boredom of working an eight-hour shift. Ben dreams of becoming a painter and his own "art" becomes a sophisticated daydream about the essence of beauty found in the female form. |Read More
Drama
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CAT'S BAD HAIR DAY

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 15 minutes
  • Directed By: Debby Wolfe
  • Country: USA
Thirteen is not an easy age for shy Alicia. Her only friend, Michelle, is a sex-obsessed flake and her single dad would rather pick his toes than talk to her. To make matters worse, boys have been chasing her after school, a cutie in seventh grade science won't leave her alone, and the older boy from down the street is knocking at the door. Belittled, traumatized, and ignored, Alicia is becoming a woman, whether she likes it or not. |Read More
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CHICKA CHICKA 1-2-3

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 7 minutes
  • Directed By: Virginia Wilkos
  • Country: USA
The whimsical tale that tells the story of a competitive day in the life of some sporty digits; on hundred and one numbers race each other up the apple tree. As the numerals pile up and bad bumblebees come buzzing on the horizon, which number will save the day? |Read More
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CHILDREN OF "OPEN CITY"/OPEN CITY

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 157 minutes
  • Country: Italy
Offering a rare glimpse into the making of a masterpiece from 1945-Roberto Rossellini's classic of Italian neorealism, Rome Open City- this fascinating documentary emphasizes Rossellini's desire to "do something useful" in the wake of World War II and to find a reason for the Italian people's sacrifices. |Read More
Documentary

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