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SHOWING 156 FILMS FROM THE FESTIVAL YEAR 2004
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AFGHANISTAN, THE LOST TRUTH

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 64 minutes
  • Country: Iran
An honest look at a war-ravaged land after the fall of the Taliban, going beyond the now-clichéd images of so many recent films. Actress/director Maleknasr travels the country interviewing a wide range of Afghans who, despite the turmoil and suffering they have endured, poignantly voice their collective dreams for their nation's future. |Read More
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AGENCY

  • Runtime: 90 minutes
HBO's Entourage has introduced viewers to the omnipresent Hollywood agent. Meet the real-life "masters of Hollywood" who represent Hollywood's leading figures and who, some say, hold the future of filmed entertainment in their hands. Moderator: Georg Szalai (Hollywood Reporter) Panelist(s): Jeremy Barber (United Talent Agency), Cassian Elwes (William Morris Independent), Arianna Bocco (Gersh Agency) |Read More
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ALL THE PRETTY PICTURES

  • Runtime: 90 minutes
Traditionally, times of adversity, war, and cultural repression are fertile breeding grounds for creative expression and artists are among the first to respond. Yet, if present-day Hollywood seems more inspired by commerce than confrontation, what will the emerging American filmmaker's response to current events be? Is an artistically and socially engaged film renaissance in our future? Moderator: Anthony Kaufman (Village Voice, indieWIRE) Panelists: Christine Vachon (Killer Films), Ted Hope (This is that.) |Read More
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AMELIA

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 60 minutes
  • Country: Canada
In acclaimed Canadian choreographer Lock's own interpretation of his modern ballet, the power and grace of his La La La Human Steps dance troupe are brilliantly complemented by striking cinematography and editing, which surround the dancers so completely that it appears Amelia is fully realized on screen rather than on stage. With transcendent music by David Lang and lyrics by Lou Reed. |Read More
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AMERICA BROWN

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Country: USA
In this warm coming-of-age drama, a high school quarterback, still coping with the untimely death of his older brother and the pressures of West Texas football, journeys to Brooklyn in search of answers. What he finds there may not be what he sought, but it may be what he needs. |Read More
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AMERICA'S HEART AND SOUL

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 87 minutes
  • Country: USA
Schwarzberg's lovingly crafted documentary is a cinematic paean to the splendors of America -- its vast landscape, diverse people, and incomparable natural wonders. The filmmaker packed up his camera and hit the road, recording his encounters with ordinary Americans -- from a Vermont farmer to an Appalachian coal miner -- and set it all to stirring original music by John Mellencamp. |Read More
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In our search for romance does the new celluloid version of love leave room for the fairy tale? When chivalry, feminism and film collide we find…the modern love story. Panelist(s): Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas (Revolution Studios), Lynda Obst (How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days) |Read More
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ANOTHER ROAD HOME

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 77 minutes
  • Country: USA
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is given a human face -- actually, as many human faces as a family reunion -- through Israeli filmmaker Elon's quest to find Musa Obeidallah, the Palestinian man who kept house for her family in Jerusalem for more than 20 years. The search begins soon after September 11, in Paterson, New Jersey, one of the largest Arab communities in the country. |Read More
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BAADASSSSS!

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Country: USA
Mario assumes the role of his father, Melvin, in this heartfelt homage to the making of the elder Peebles' groundbreaking 1971 feature Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (also in the Festival). Intercutting brief clips from Sweetback with dramatic re-creations, Baadasssss recounts the trials Van Peebles pere endured to finance and film this pioneering indie effort, now considered a touchstone of the blaxploitation genre. |Read More

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