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APRIL 15, 16 &17 2005 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL

Celebrating Women & Non-Violent Activism: 12 Films w/ Filmmakers, Guest Speakers, Receptions, Music & Art

FILMS & EVENTS OF SPECIAL NOTE for political activists: Sunday April 17: EVERY MOTHER’S SON with special guests updating the police killings including Kadiatou Diallo (Amadou’s mother) @ 4:15 pm; Live Free or Die Sunday, 4/16 at 1:00pm; Sunset Story about feisty elderly activists on Friday at 4:00pm, Sunday at 2:30pm ; Paradise Lost @ 6:00pm,Sunday about Arab village in Israel with w/Special Guest, Ryme Katkhouda.

The Festival celebrates women’s creation of social change in an unjust world. From the mothers of sons killed by police in “Every Mother’s Son” to a Catholic nun “In Good Conscience” challenging the Church to minister to homosexual Catholics, these 12 films directed by women cover a variety of women’s issues from the United States to India, Israel/Palestine, Senegal, France and the UK, all sure to spark great conversation among women, men and children.

Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave, Huntington, NY
Advance Tickets at http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/womens_filmfestival.htm 631-423-7611 or Box Office
All- Festival Pass: $70/Public, $40/Members; Special Events Tickets from $9-$20, General Admission $6-$9
Contact for Interviews, Photos, further info: susan@cinemaartscentre.org 631-423-7611 x 14 or Ella x12

Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre will be holding the 2005 International Women’s Film Festival celebrating women and non-violent activism on Friday April 15 through Sunday, April 17.

Think of “Spellbound” crossed with “Strictly Ballroom” and you’ll come close to the sweet and hilarious “Mad Hot Ballroom”. This Sneak Preview prior to the Tribeca Film Festival is the Cinema Arts Centre Opening Night Film and the hot ticket for family viewing with Writer/ Producer Amy Sewell and Director of Photography Claudia Raschke-Robinson bringing the irresistible stars of the film- NYC public school kids who trained for a ballroom dancing competition- for Q & A and reception following the film. Also at the Friday night reception will be Festival Honorees L.I.Fund For Women and Girls and the daughter of the late poet-activist Mary Jane Helrich.

The Festival celebrates women’s creation of social change in an unjust world. From the mothers of sons killed by police in “Every Mother’s Son” to a Catholic nun “In Good Conscience” challenging the Church to minister to homosexual Catholics, these 12 films directed by women cover a variety of women’s issues from the United States to India, Israel/Palestine, Senegal, France and the UK, all sure to spark great conversation among women, men and children.


It is a wide range indeed from Agnieszka Holland’s “The Secret Garden” starring Maggie Smith, showing Friday at 2pm and Saturday at noon to the Closing Night “Writer of O”, Director Pola Rappaport’s mystery of the French S&M fantasy writer! Included with the screenings are discussions, personal appearances, receptions, art and music. Saturday night’s Double Feature: Pleasure and Suppression will be followed by a reception with refreshments and the soothing sound of Jamaica- born, Oyster Bay-bred Singer/Songwriter Sparlha Swa.

Cinema Arts Centre Schedule

Friday, April 15th

The Secret Garden Friday at 2:00pm, (Saturday at Noon)

The classic novel for all ages come to life in this award-winning film

Director Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa) and writer Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands) weave a lovely adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel.
USA/UK, 1993, 102 min., color, Rated G

Sunset Story Friday at 4:00pm, (Sunday at 2:30pm)
( Special guest, producer Eden Wurfeld Sunday screening only)
Where do elderly political activists retire?
Sunset Story is a funny and intimate documentary drama that focuses on what happens to people who have been political and social activists when they get old. Set against the backdrop of a retirement home for political progressives, the film goes inside the world of two women, Irja (81) and Lucille (95), whose feisty engagement with life draws them together inextricably. Sunset Story takes us into a world we never thought relevant and ends up hitting home with unexpected urgency and emotion. USA, 82 min., color, 2004, Director: Laura Gabbert

Opening Night Film
Sneak Preview followed by reception with Mad Hot Guests and fest honoree LI Fund for Women and Girls helping women and girls build a world of compassion, equality, and justice. Fest Dedication to Poet/Activist Mary Jane Helrich

Mad Hot Ballroom Friday at 7pm , (Saturday at 9:30pm)
Special guest, producer Amy Sewell, Director of Photography Claudia Raschke-Robinson
& children from the film (Fri screening only)

“Irresistible! Spellbound crossed with Strictly Ballroom!” - Kenneth Curan, LA Times
A lovely and sweet film, Mad Hot Ballroom is a perky documentary about Manhattan,
Brooklyn, and Queens tweens in a city-wide ballroom dancing competition and the caring adults who surround them. Director Marilyn Agrelo is able to capture with easy charm and grace what happens between 10- and 11-year-old boys and girls as they break out of their childhood shells and interact with each other – and surprise themselves with abilities they didn’t know they had. USA,110 min., color, 2005, Director: Marilyn Agrelo Film & guests courtesy of Paramount Classics

Moolaadé Friday at 9:30 , (Saturday at 7:00pm)
African cinema’s founding father, Ousmane Sembene, continues to be its most fiery provocative spirit. Extending the strong feminist consciousness that marked his previous triumph Faat Kiné, Moolaadé is a rousing polemic directed against the still-common practice of female circumcision. Though the subject matter might seem weighty, this buoyant film is anything but – Sembene places the action amid a colorful, vibrant tapestry of village life. Four little girls threatened with clitoral mutiliation are given protection (Moolaadé) by one strong woman ready to reject “tradition.” Winner of the Grand Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. Senegal, 124 min., color, 2004, Director: Ousmane Sembene


Sparlha like Sparlha who graduated from OBHS? Anyone remember her?
Anyway, women are hot. Movies are hot. Activists are hot. Music is hot. Go to this. or somethin. :)
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