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JFF: Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd

(2015, 56 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
Director:
Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd starts at 7:00 PM.

Screens in program Just Film Fest: Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd + The Troublemaker

DIR: Patricio Henríquez ONFB, 2014, 98 min. 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12 – 7:00 PM WEBSITE & TRAILER | NFB.CA/FILM/UYGHURS_ PRISONERS_OF_THE_ABSURD 


This feature documentary recounts the incredible odyssey of 22 men from China’s persecuted Uyghur minority who were detained in Guantánamo as terrorists. These Turkicspeaking Muslims, persecuted by the authorities in Beijing, escaped to the Middle East where they were captured and sold as terrorists to the American forces. From northern China to Guantánamo, Cuba, this new documentary by Patricio Henríquez charts the incredible odyssey of three of these “prisoners of the absurd,” linked to worldwide terror networks through no fault of their own

JFF: The Troublemaker

(2014, 82 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
Director:
The Troublemaker starts at 8:50 PM.

Screens in program Just Film Fest: Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd + The Troublemaker

For over a year, the filmmaker followed the most unlikely President of the United Nations General Assembly, Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann – a Nicarguan priest, a revolution theologian, an advocate of the developing world, a reformer.

With a front row view to see on how the UN dealt with some of the most severe crises to have rocked the world in recent years, the film reveals how D’Escoto tried to change things, and sheds light on the UN’s opaque mechanisms. We show how in the only global government we have, the best intentions are thwarted, but also the dysfunction, the pettiness, the power dynamics that have over time rendered progress impossible.

JFF: The Hand That Feeds

(2014, 84 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
Directors:
The Hand That Feeds starts at 8:50 PM.

Screens in program Just Film Fest: Lowdown Tracks + The Hand That Feeds

At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. Behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick.

Risking deportation and job loss, the workers team up with innovative young organizers and form their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one roller-coaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers battle in back rooms and workers walk the picket line with support from the “Occupy” crowd. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent. But whatever happens, these workers will never be the same.

JFF: The Wanted 18

(2015, 75 mins)
Directors:
The Wanted 18 starts at 4:30 PM

Screens in program Just Film Fest: Six Saturday Matinee Films

It started simply enough, with the purchase of 18 cows. Bought by residents of the West Bank town of Beit Sahour, the cows were a symbol of freedom and resistance, allowing them to provide milk for their children rather than buying it from an Israeli company.

But these were not ordinary times. The first Palestinian popular movement in the West Bank was rising and soon the illegal cows, cherished by the Palestinians, were being sought by the Israeli army. With humour and passion, The Wanted 18 captures the spirit of the 1987 uprising through the personal experiences of those who lived it, bringing to life one of the strangest chapters in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Guest: Paul Cowan in attendance

JFF: Nefertiti's Daughters

(2015, 39 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
Directors:
Facing Fear & Nefertitti’s Daughters starts at 3:10 PM

Nefertiti’s Daughters is a story of women, art and revolution. Told by prominent Egyptian artists, this documentary witnesses the critical role revolutionary street art played during the Egyptian uprisings. Focused on the role of women artists in the struggle for social and political change, it spotlights how the iconic graffiti of Queen Nefertiti placed her on the front lines in the ongoing fight for women’s rights and freedom in Egypt today.

Remi Award, Houston International Film Fest 2015; Grand Jury Prize, Athens Film and Video Festival 2015

Screens in program Just Film Fest: Six Saturday Matinee Films

JFF: Milk Men

(2015, 76 mins, DCP)
Director:
Milk Men starts at 1:00 PM.

Screens in program Just Film Fest: Six Saturday Matinee Films

Psychologist and filmmaker Jan Haaken revisits the region where she spent childhood summers on her aunt and uncle’s dairy farm, following four families as they try to survive amidst intense pressures that have led most dairies to go under. Filmed over the changing seasons in the richly scenic agricultural terrain of the Pacific Northwest, dairy farming emerges as a fascinating tale of modernity. Regardless of the size of their operations, these families all struggle to hold onto traditions while adapting to change, from economic and technological forces to shifting intergenerational and gender roles. Milk Men explores as well the symbolic place of dairy cows in the public imagination, and societal discomfort with industrializing a business long associated with rural America.

Filmmaker in attendance

JFF: Knitting Nannas

(2013, 22 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
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Knitting Nannas & Cooking Across Cultures starts at 12:00 PM.

Knitting Nannas Against Gas is a group of sweet ladies who ‘protest’ by unfolding some lawn chairs, popping the kettle on and knitting. The KNAGs, who formed in Australia in 2012, campaign against the growing coal-seam gas (CSG) industry, which they argue threatens to destroy prime farmland and unspoiled ecosystems. They are also absolutely delightful and effective.

From the Nannafesto: “We peacefully & productively protest against the destruction of our land, air, and water by corporations and/or individuals who seek profit and personal gain from the short-sighted and greedy plunder of our natural resources. We support energy generation from renewable sources, and sustainable use of our other natural resources. We sit, knit, plot, have a yarn and a cuppa, and bear witness to the war against those who try to rape our land and divide our communities.”

Screens in program Just Film Fest: Six Saturday Matinee Films

JFF: Lowdown Tracks

(2015, 86 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
Director:
FEATURING Lorraine Segato
Lowdown Tracks starts at 7:00 PM.

Screens in program Just Film Fest: Lowdown Tracks + The Hand That Feeds

Music is an expression of the spirit for everyone. But for some who survive on the periphery of society, it can also be a life-saving coping mechanism and the last stand of their dignity.

Emmy-winning director Shelley Saywell’s moving and inspiring documentary was created with singer/activist Lorraine Segato. It captures the music and stories of five musicians who are homeless or on society’s margin. The causes, from abuse to mental health to simple bad luck, are all touched on in their stories in the film. But at its heart, Lowdown Tracks is about bringing into focus the heartache and the beautiful potential we should see when we walk by someone on the street. In the end, it is a celebration of the power of music and survival.

"An inspiring ode to the power of music to sustain people living on the margins… It’s a valuable sociology lesson, and the tales of abuse, bureaucratic bungling and financial hardship are heartbreaking. And the talent is wondrous." 4 stars, Susan G Cole, Now Toronto

JFF: Facing Fear

(2013, 23 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
Director:
Facing Fear & Nefertitti’s Daughters starts at 3:10 PM

Worlds collide when a former neo-Nazi skinhead and the gay victim of his hate crime attack meet by chance 25 years after the incident that dramatically shaped both their lives. Together they embark on a journey of forgiveness that challenges both to grapple with their beliefs and fears, eventually leading to an improbable collaboration…and friendship.

Academy Award Nominee, Documentary Short Subject 2014

Screens in program Just Film Fest: Six Saturday Matinee Films

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