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One of the world's leading documentary festivals presents short films from this year's edition, including Cambodian karaoke with a social message, Taiwanese mountain watchers, and the search for an elusive photograph of Jesus. Rooftop Films is proud to partner with The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, two organizations that share a similar ethos and mission. This program includes stunning sel
Full Frame is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of non-fiction cinema. Each spring Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to Durham, North Carolina for a four-day, morning to midnight array of over 100 films, plus discussions, panels, and southern hospitality. Set within a four-block radius, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation between filmmakers, film professionals and the public. The 2011 festival will take place April 14-17.
Full Frame's mission is to support the documentary form and community by showcasing the contemporary work of established and emerging filmmakers and by preserving film heritage through archival efforts and continued exhibition of classic documentaries. The festival is committed to building wider national and international audiences for documentary film and enhancing public understanding and appreciation of the art form and its significance.
This screening is also presented in partnership with Union Docs, a Williamsburg-based non-profit organization whose mission is to present a broad range of innovative and thought-provoking non-fiction projects to the general public, while also cultivating specialized opportunities for learning, critical discourse, and creative collaboration for emerging media-makers, theorists, and curators. uniondocs.org.
Ali Shan (Yung Chang | Canada/China | 7 min.)
Watching crowds assemble and quietly file onto a train in the early morning darkness, you begin to suspect that this is no ordinary commute. But you don't yet know why. As profound and satisfying as this journey's ultimate destination is, the images that linger after viewing this intriguing film are the faces of expectant, then exultant, pilgrims to Ali Shan, Taiwan's legendary mountain, also known as "ancestor mountain." This suspenseful and ethereal short film shows us that sharing a primal experience may be the most joyful way to begin the day.
Born Sweet (Cynthia Wade | Brooklyn, NY | 28 min.)
Charity organizations dug new wells to provide drinking water for the residents of a remote village in Cambodia, but the water from those wells contained arsenic and many people became sick. Some died. Vinh is an "arsenic boy" of 15 who is weak and has spots on his skin. He longs to fall in love but knows he may not live much longer. Most of all, he dreams of becoming a karaoke star. Evocative and poetic, Born Sweet offers a softer approach to advocacy and an honest look at the unintended consequences of good deeds.
Maria's Way (Anne Milne | Scotland & Spain | 16 min.)
Every day, Maria Teodora Mediavilla sits at an old desk under two umbrellas along the Way of St. James, greeting the pilgrims and tourists walking or biking to Santiago. Watching the travelers go by, the film’s quiet documentation encourages us to contemplate the mysteries of what constitutes a religious calling.
The Poot (Elham Asadi | Iran | 42 min.)
The Poot serves as a beautifully crafted tribute to the ancient Iranian tradition of carpet weaving, documenting the detail and precision that goes into each hand-loomed creation. No part of the process is overlooked: plants are ground into a range of colorful dyes, sheep are sheared and their wool spun into yarn, which is then plunged into enormous dye baths, plans for the next intricate pattern are diligently designed, rhythmic weaving turns string into mat, and a beautiful artifact takes shape before our eyes. In this pure visual treat, stunning cinematography and an ambient soundscape come together to celebrate handmade work in an age of mass-production.