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Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:00 pm | 2017 AIFF Opening Night


Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:00 PM

HONK: A Festival of Activist Street Bands (7 mins)

Patrick Johnson, Director USA | 2016 | Doc

SHADOWGRAM (93 mins)

August Contento, Director | Italy | 2016 | Doc | US PREMIERE

After Party/Reception Bistro Duet Restaurant (VIP tickets & Festival Passes holders Invited) 


To buy tickets visit Capitol Theatre website http://www.capitoltheatreusa.com

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International Shorts Program I (72 min)

Fist of People, 20 min, Nar, 2016, South Korea


Johnny Express, 6 min, Animation, 2014, South Korea

A Whole World for a Little World, 15 min, Nar, 2017, France

Lunch Time, 15 min, Nar, 2017, Iran

20 Kicks, 6 min, Animation, 2016, Bulgaria

A Share of a Share, 2 min, Nar, 2016, Iran/Kurdish

Co-presenting with the Boston Irish Film Festival

No Irish Need Apply/Boston, 7 min, Doc, 2017, Ireland/USA

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3:10am 3:10am

International Short Program III (81 MIN)

Test of Courage, 20 min, Nar, 2017, Germany/Czech Republic

Co-presenting with Boston Latino International Film Festival

Entre Sol y Sombra, 30 min, Doc, 2016, Spain

Co-presenting with Boston Latino International Film Festival

Through Your Eyelids, 16 min, Nar, 2016,


Sisak, 15 min, Nar, 2017, Germany - 

Best of Festival Short

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1:25pm 1:25pm

International Shorts Program II (90 MIN)

Downside Up, 15 min, Nar, 2016, Belgium

Co-presenting with Boston Latino International Film Festival

Phil's Camino, 28 min, Doc, 2016, USA - Best Doc Short

Au Revoir Balthazar, 10 min, Animation, 2016, USA

Best Animation Short

Euna, 19 min, Nar, 2017, Germany

Just Go, 11 min, Nar, 2017, Latvia

The Typewriter Repairman, 7 min, Doc, 2017, USA

Q&A W/Director Thomas Draudt and Tom Furrier, Principle of Cambridge Typewriter

Cambridge Typewriter, 102 Mass Ave, Arlington


DRAUDT and Tom's last name is

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4:00pm 4:00pm


2017 AIFF CALL For Entries Open

October 26-29, 2017

Capitol Theatre | 204 Mass Ave | MA 02474  

        The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is pleased to announce the opening of this year’s Call for Entries. Submission information can be found on the website, Aiffest.org and entries posted on FilmFreeway.com. AIFF continues to unearth some of the best independent storytellers in all genres and presents a diverse array of local, national, and international narrative and documentary features, shorts, and student films. Award sponsors include Glidecam Industries, Inc., High Output, CyberLink, Engine Room Edit, Rule Camera, Talamas, and WGBH, Artscope Magazine, Arlington Community Media, Inc (ACMi), KUMON.

Each year, the festival hosts more than 2,000 cinema fans and presents 50 plus screenings. Filmmakers, producers, students, and media outlets from across the United States regularly converge at this festival and exit Arlington infused with big ideas and extraordinary new connections. Director, April Ranck says of the Festival, "the enthusiasm that culminates in Arlington around the film screenings, visiting directors, and conversations is exciting; people come together infused with energy and ideas because of the stories shared by amazing indie filmmakers. It is wonderful to see the interaction among community organizations, businesses/corporations, educational institutions, and audience members. The Arlington International Film Festival is an annual event not to be missed!” 

Recognized for drawing an impressive lineup of premieres as well as identifying talented filmmakers early in their careers, AIFF is proud to have screened films that have been recognized world-wide, chosen to tour internationally with the State Department, official selections of the Cannes Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival in Italy, Berlin Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, purchased by HBO and PBS and nominated for Academy Awards.

As AIFF opens its Call for Entries, we look forward to another year of exceptional films that foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film and nurturing the next generation of filmmakers. 

#indie2017 #YOUTH2017

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THANK YOU so much to ALL! 

As we prepare to enter into the Thanksgiving and Holiday season, the Arlington International Film Festival would like to express our gratitude to all our sponsors, judges, volunteers, organizations, partners, high school students, musician, viewers, followers and indie filmmakers around the world that partner with us to produce this annual festival.                

We are grateful to be part of Arlington and the greater Boston community and it is our pleasure to bring cultural, educational and social events to our community. Wishing you all Happy Holidays and...   

We look forward to seeing you in 2017!

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12:00PM FIDDLESTICKS (80 MIN) Co- presentation w/Boston Jewish Film Festival


Veit Helmer | Director | Nar | 2014 | Germany

A colorful children's adventure opened the "New German Films " section at the Marche  du Films of Cannes Festival 2015. Director Veit Helmer says of his film "it's a classic live-action adventure for young and older children between the age of 4 and 144", who grew up with the Little Rascals by Hal Roach and the adventures of Pippi Longstocking. Nowadays, the majority of movies for young children are animate films. I want to do something different". In fact Helmer would like children to question authority. It is important that kids have healthy suspicion because adults are not always in right". 


Wapikoni Mobile Shorts | Quebec | Canada |40 min

Q&A w/  Cassandre Pérusse and Widia Lariviére. 

Wapikoni Mobile... a project by and for indigenous is a traveling studio created in 2004 by filmmaker Manon Barbeau and co-founded by the Council of the Nation Atikamekw and the youth the Youth Council of The First Nation of Quebec and Labrador. While encouraging the emergence of talent, it facilitates interaction and communication between young people and contributes to their openness to the world as well as their influence in their communities. These youths become ambassadors of a rich contemporary culture that is too often overlook.

For the 6th year, we are proud to present a selected program of their shorts. 

Co-present w/Harvard University HUNAP - Brendais University - UMASS and Boston Québec Delegation | Sponsor by Boston Quebec Delegation

2:20 PM: BETWEEN ALLAH AND ME (and Everyone Else) (60 min)                                  Co-presenting w/The Center for Arabic Culture in Somerville                     

Between Allah and Me (and Everyone Else) (60 min)

Kyoko Yokomad | Writer/Director | Doc | 2014 | Canada

The film explores the challenges of four Canadian Muslin women making decision either to start or to stop wearing hijab, unveiling how the hijab carries many diverse meanings and messages, and it's intricate and complex effects on Muslin women, their families and communities, and the larger multicultural society.


4 Houses (5 min) 

Mayumi Nishijima | Director |Animation | 2014 | Japan | USA Premiere

A metaphor for no one knows what to expect in life.

Allegory of the Jam Jar (18 min) 

Boris Kuijpers & Ruth Mellaerts | Directors | Nar | 2015 | Belgium

Hans is a 50-year old businessman. He has a challenging job, a wonderful collection of ties and a pristine apartment. One day, when a crack appears on the perfect walls of his home, Hans slowly starts losing control of his seemingly perfect life. 

Sexteen (25 min) 

Santiago Samaniego | Director | Nar | 2016 | Spain | USA Premiere

A family crisis breaks out when the daughter is caught sexting with a guy named Omar. More than a coming age story and the social mores of sending nude photos over the internet, it captures the difficult dynamics of a divorced family and how it translates to parenting.

Mystic Jungfraujoch (4 min) 

Markus Eichenbeger | Director | Doc | 2015 | Switzerland | New England Premiere

Markus Eichenberger received permission to stay at the Jungfraujoch station high is the Swiss Alps, usually of limits to tourists, and recorded a time-lapse view from the top of Europe, shot 48 hours. Breathtaking.

Best Cinematography (Documentary) Award at Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival; Official Selection at the Vienna International Film Festival and the Madrid International Film Festival

Tandem (14 min) 

Leandro Alastuey | Writer/Director | Nar | 2016 | Spain

A young couple suffers a hard economic situation. They have incurred lots of debt, spent all their savings and cannot find jobs. Their love and hope are the only things that keep them together, but will it be enough?


Fish (4 min) 

Saman Hosseinpour | Director | Nar | 2016 | Iran

An Old couple living in an apartment, the man is sleeping and the woman is doing housework. The woman wants to change the fish tank's water but it slips off her hands and falls the ground. They've run out water and there's no water for the fish. But with the help of the man, they find water for it.

Home Care (92 min) 

Slávek Horák | Director | Nar | 2015 | Czech Republic | 

Karlovy Vary, tells a story of a selfless home care nurse Vlasta who is indefatigable in a concern for her family and capricious patients, always on the move with two brown leather bags in hand. Then, one day, things change and Vlasta, forced outside of her comfort zone, realizes that she might need some care too. A touching film set under the benevolent Southern Moravian sun courageously incorporates visual and verbal slapstick in making its case for life - ostensibly in the face of death - and vivaciously drives this message to a audience. 

Home Care was selected as the Czech entry for the Best Foreign Language at the 88th Academy Awards. 


AIFF Jury Award for "Best of Festival" 

Betsy Kalin | Director | Doc | 2016 | USA | East Coast Premiere

Panel Discussion with Director/Producer Betsy Kalin and Associate Producer Ruby Gómez

East LA Interchange tells the story of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights, the oldest neighborhood in East Los Angeles. Targeted by government policies, real estate laws, and California planners, this quintessential immigrant neighborhood survived racially restrictive housing covenants, Japanese-American Internment, Federal redlining policies, lack of political representation, and the building of the largest and busiest freeway interchange system in the nation, the East L.A. Interchange. The documentary explores how the freeways - a symbol of Los Angeles ingrained in America's popular imagination - impact Boyle Heights' residents: literally, as an environmental hazard and structural blockade and figuratively, as a conversational interchange about why the future of their beloved community should matter to us all. The story of Boyle Heights is an example of the promise - and peril - of American progress.

Awards: Winner of the Award of Excellence IndieFest Film Awards; Best Feature New Urbanism Film Festival; 1st place Jury Award Frozen River Film Festival; Best Doc Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival.













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10:00PM RUSSIAN ROULETTE/CLIMAS (89 MIN) Co-Presenting w/Boston Latino Int. Film Festival

Russian Roulette (5 min)

BEN ASTON | Director | Nar | 5 min | 2014 | UK

London seems a little less lonely when Lucy meets a libidinous cosmonaut on Chatroulette.com...

Sundance 2015 after winning the Jury Prize at Sundance London

CLIMAS (84 min)

Enrica Perez | Director | Nar | 1 hr 24 min | 2014 | Peru

Three women of vastly different ages and origins cope with life in three distinct regions of Peru. Eva, a young girl from the lush tropics of the Amazonian jungle, experiences a sexual awakening by way of a forbidden relationship with her uncle. Victoria, a wealthy socialite from Lima, suffers a terrible secret that renders her inner life as grey and melancholy as the city surrounding her. Zoraida, an elderly peasant from a destitute village in the Andean Mountains, confronts the worst fear in the wake of the unexpected return of her estranged son. Three unconnected regions, three introverted women, three stories of discovery shaped by three different geographies, societies and climates of the same fragmented country.

Premiered at the Warsaw Film Festival; Official Selection of the Festival del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de Cuba; Epic Award for upcoming Filmmakers at the Festival de Cine de Lima. 

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DADA | Maria Luna | Director | Nar | 18 min | 2015 | Spain 

FRANKIE (ITALIAN ROULETTE | Francesco Mazza | Director | Nar | 20 min | 2015 | USA  

ELEMENT | Nina Paola Marin Diaz | Director |Nar | 4 min | 2016 | Colombia 

RISKY GAME | Stefan Plepp & Christine Kabisch |Directors |Nar | 11 min | Germany

AlIKE | Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Mendez | Directors  | Nar | 9 min | 2015 | Spain 

FAILED | Marina Bruno | Director | Nar | 3 min | 2015 | Canada

WASTE OF A FALL | Marina Bruno | DIrector | Nar | 6 min | 2014 | Canada

UNTITLED CHRISTMAS STORY | Mauricio Franco | Director | Nar | 11 min | Spain

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Arthur Musah, Director | Doc | 50 Min | USA - MIT | Award Best Doc

Q&A w/Filmmaker

Arthur Musah is a filmmaker from Ghana and Ukraine. His latest documentary NAJIA BETA premiered in 2016 at the Pan American International Film Festival in Cannes. Arthur studied filmmaking in the MFA program at the University of Southern California as an Annenberg Fellow and holds a bachelor's and a master's in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dreaming of shaking up education in Nigeria, a team of Nigerian and Nigerian-American MIT students heads home one summer to teach technology to high school-schoolers through a competitive robotics camp in Lagos. As they seek to contribute to a new and better Nigeria, their ideals are tested by reality master's in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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AIFF Jury Award Best Short Documentary

Jorge Guerrero | Director |Doc| 25 min | 2016 | Spain 

HORROR VACUI | Daniel Chamorro | Director | Nar | 15 min | Spain


AIFF Jury Award Best Short Narrative

Gonzaga Manso | Director | Nar | 14 min | 2015 | Spain 

400 MILES | Felix Martiz | Director | Nar | 30 min | CA

THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB | Philip Du Jamerand | Director |Nar | 8 min | FR

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The Day of the Bleeding Gums (5 min)

AIFF Jury Award Best Short Animation

Dimitar Dimitrov-Aminiter | Director | Animation  | 2014 | Bulgaria | New England Premiere

An animation draw frame by frame on smartphone and the messages of this short being, a painter has value only in the moment of its creation; the rest is just a postcard from faraway  voyage. 

Imber's Left Hand (62 min)

Richard Kane | Director  | Doc | 2014 | MA

Q&A/Reception w/Richard Kane, Director, Co-producer Melody Lewis-Kane & Rebecca Nemser, Art Critic | Hosted at 13Forest Gallery, 167 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington

A bittersweet and deeply moving document of John Imber a local artist that lived and painted among us and his courageous and darkly humorous to response to a diagnosis of ALS. The film traces Imber's life, career, and adaptation switching from painting with his right hand to the left, then to both as the degenerative condition worsens. Adversity only makes him more determineted: more than 100  portraits in three months. In one scene, while reviewing family photos, he come across a picture of himself at nine Passover Seder. His partner, Hoy says it's his Judaism that's at the root of who he is. "How so?" Imber's asks, to which Hoy  replies "How you present yourself, your sense of responsibility, your constant search for truth t and authenticity." The wait in which Imber carries on that search against the greatest  of odds it a the heart of his portrait. Especially moving in the way in which members of the Stonington, Maine community rally to support Imber-dropping by to give him a back rub or bring a dish to eat-even as he invites them to have his portraits painted. In the end, Imber's Left Hand is a testament to live-giving force that is art and the ability of two at their community to face uncertain future  with passion and resolve.   

Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Boston Jewish Film Festival. Best Film Audience Award at the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival, Best Documentary Audience Award at the New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival, and Best Film Audience Award at the Hartford Jewish Film Festival (tie).

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QUIET MUJO (11 min)

Ursula Meier | Director | Nar | 11 Min | 2014 | Bosnia/Herzegovina/ SWITZERLAND

It’s training time at the Zetra stadium in Sarajevo. Ten-year-old Mujo misses his penalty kick. The ball flies over the goal and disappears among the tombstones of the graveyard that replaced the sports grounds during the war. “Go search among the Christians!” some of his playmates yell. “Seek among the Muslims!” others snicker. Searching for the ball, Mujo wanders in the kingdom of the dead.

Official Selection of Cannes Film Festival 2014 and BEST SHORT HOPE HUMAN AWARD 

ARMENIA (85 min)

M. A. Littler | Writer/Director | Nar | 2016 | Switzerland/French/Germany/Armenia | USA Premiere

Armenia is cinematic interweaving of film, literature and history. The day after his 50th birthday, Haig Boghos (portrayed by Alain Croubalian), a world-weary singer embarks on a personal journey revisiting his family's history of genocide, exile, and diaspora. His journey leads from his current hometown Basel to his childhood home Cairo, and from Beirut to Armenia - the homeland of his forefathers - Armenia. Haig's odyssey culminates in the discovery of mass grave - the last resting peace of many of the victims of the Armenian genocide 1915/16 including Haig's great-grant parents. 
Circling themes of family, identity, and spirituality, Armenia is a geographical, historical and psychological journey into one man's mind and into the collective consciousness of a troubled country and its people. However, Haig Boghos' odyssey is not solely a personal journey. It is much rather the journey of an archetype, a universal tale of displacement  and forlomness  that will resonate with everyone who feels a sense of spiritual homelessness. 

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Special Presentation...The Flag

Tyler Parker | Director | Doc | 15 min | 2015 | NC

AIFF is pleased to feature a film from this year's Harvard College Film Festival as the opener for this year's High School Filmmakers Program.

In the summer of 2015, a gunman killed nine black parishioners in a Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, blowing open the doors to conversations of race, rage, and reconciliation across the state. The Flag, made during the director's junior year of undergraduate studies, documents those conversations under the shadow of the Confederate Flag flying high in front of the South Carolina State Capitol Building in Columbia, SC.

Best Documentary - Best Direction (Documentary) - Best Editing (Documentary) - Best Sound Editing (Documentary) at Harvard College Film Festival 2016

Electric Love 

Isaac Eliot, Megan Faretta, Micah Richardson, Ethan Crain and Akai Fitzpatrick | Directors | Experimental | 3 min | 2016 | Massachusetts 

Best Short Documentary

Todo tiene su tiempo/Everything Has Its Time

Marylys Merida | Director | Doc | 6 min | 2015 | MA


Jack Kelly, Liam Mulcahy, Lizzy Embick, Alayna D'Amico, Taryn Osborne | Directors | Narrative | 8 min | 2015 | MA


A Way Out 

Ayanna Marte | Director | Experimental | 3 min | 2015 | MA 


Taryn Birkett | Director | Experimental | 2 min | 2015 | Canada

Best Short Narrative

Teach Me Fish

Asa Minter | Director | Narrative | 10 min | 2016 | Arlington | MA  


Sara Test | Director | Experimental | 3 min | 2015 | MA & Group POV MA

Dancing Machine 

Linwood Giles III | Director | Experimental | 3 min | 2016 | MA

Best Short Experimental

I Don’t Need U

 Alyssa Peguero | Director | Experimental | 4 min | 2015 | MA

Park Bench 

Thaisha Belis, Jack Eliot, Beatrice Jackson, Danajae Jones, Paul Vekiarides and Johnathan Yannis | Directors | Experimental | 3 min |2016 | MA

The Tree of Me 

Elee Stalker | Director | Experimental | 2 min | 2015 | Canada

Livin the Lies

Annmarie Soba | Director | Doc | 11 min |2015 | Maysles Doc Center NY

Fruition to Frustration 

Angaer Arop | Director | Experimental | 2 min | 2015 | Canada

The Great Robbing of Randall Cobb 

Lorenzo Rugerio | Director | Narrative | 15 min |2016 | MA 

Best of Festival                                                                                     

Attached At The Soul

William Leon | Director | Narrative | 9 min | 2015 | CA 

The High School Awards program sponsor by

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El Ascensor/The Lift

Javier Polo | Director | Nar | 7 min | 2016 | Spain | New England Premiere

After intimate familiarity with its various daily passengers, an elevator decides to teach a lesson to those living he serves.


Martin Rosete | Director | Nar | 86 min | 2016 | Spain/USA | New England Premiere

Winner of the 2013 Melies d’Or award and nominated for a Spanish Academy Award (Goya Award) for his short film Voice Over, Martin is a rising star in both the commercials and film industries. He is a multicultural Director whose ability to evoke so much humanity takes viewers on an engrossing emotional journey. Money is Martin’s feature film directorial debut which premiered at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. Set in the Hamptons, two wealthy businessmen that are about to get away with $5 million in ill-gotten money are enjoying a lovely dinner party with their partners when an uninvited house guest arrives and this narrative takes an unexpected turn.

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Kristin Catalano | Director | Doc | 76 min | 2015 | USA

After 50 years away from academia, 85-year-old WWII Vet, Clarence Garrett, returns to UW-Milwaukee to fulfill his biggest regret–not earning his Bachelor’s Degree. While Clarence’s drive and determination are idealistic, the reality of his age is undeniable. When unforeseen circumstances land him in the hospital, he is forced to abandon his goal of graduation to survive a critical operation.

Official selection of the Rome International Film Festival, Skyline Indie Film Festival, Austin Film Festival and winner of the Best Doc Feature in the Beloit International Film Festival.  

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Paper Lanterns

Barry Frechette | Director | Doc | 60 min | 2015 | USA

Q&A with Director Barry Frechette

On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima. Little known is the fact that among the estimated 140,000 casualties of that day were 12 American prisoners of war held at the Hiroshima Military Police Headquarters since July 28, when they had been shot down during a bombing raid. For decades, many of the families of these 12 Americans were never informed as to the fate of their loved ones. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Mr. Shigeaki Mori, himself a hibakusha (A-bomb survivor), the names of these 12 are now included in the Hiroshima Peace Museum, and the relatives have learned the truth. Paper Lanterns documents the story of Mr. Mori and his dream of reaching out to the relatives of these lost American airmen. 

Official selection of the United Nations Association Film Festival and Hiroshima International Film Festival 2016.

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7:00pm 7:00pm

7:00PM COACH (95 MIN) Preceded by STEREOTYPES (7 MIN)

Stereotypes (7 min)

Michael Dillon | Director | Doc | 2016 | USA | Premiere

Q&A w/Filmmaker

Stereotypes is the story behind the new photo series by photographer Kevin J. Briggs. When a negative encounter at work sparks Briggs to react, he does so in the best way he knows, through his art. What begins as a personal grows into collaboration reflection, and results in strong step forward in one of today's most important conversation.

Coach/Jiáolián (75 min)


Esteban Arguello | Director | Doc | 75 min | 2015 | USA- China

Panel Discussion with Esteban Argüello, Producer/Director & Norman de Silva.

This is the story of 27-year-old Norman de Silva, who overnight was given the head coaching job of the Chinese Basketball Association’s (CBA) Foshan Long Lions. Although basketball has been in China for over a hundred years, their professional league is still very young. In an effort to make the CBA games more exciting and to enhance the training and development of local players, the CBA allows each team to contract up to two American players and an American coach. For Norman, China is an opportunity at the job he's always wanted, but as he delves deeper into the lives of his players he sees kids that have been put through exhausting and mundane drills for years to become model athletes. In order to win, Norman has to help his players fall in love with basketball again. 

Jiàoliàn [Coach] is a rare time-capsule of what it means to play basketball in China at a time when age-old Eastern practices are clashing with new Western methods.

Official Selection of the Sebastopol Doc Fest, Ethnografilm Festival, Paris, D.C. Asian American FF, Washington DCand Frozen River Film Festival.

10:00PM – midnight| VIP After-Party at Za Restaurant

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7:45 PM: Tashi & The Monk / Here's That Second Chance (107 MIN)


Brynmore Williams | Director | Somerville, MA | 2015 | Documentary

Q&A w/ Filmmaker – 20 min

Robert H. Goss suffered a traumatic brain injury six years ago. He fell down a flight of stairs, hit his head and lapsed into a coma. As a result, he lost his passion and pleasure for art and jazz. He was devastated. But four years later a miracle happened. This is the story of his second chance.


AIFF Best Documentary Short

Andrew Hinton & Johnny Burke | Directors | MA | 2014 | Documentary

Q&A w/Filmmakers – 30 min

On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place. Former Buddhist monk Lobsang was trained under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, but eight years ago he left his life as a spiritual teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas which rescues orphaned and neglected children.Five-year-old Tashi is the newest arrival. Her mother recently passed away and she’s been abandoned by her alcoholic father. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings. Can the community’s love and compassion transform Tashi’s alienation and tantrums into a capacity to make her first real friend?


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6:00 PM: Power To The Pedals / Search for the Monster (70 MIN)


Sarah Lynne Reul | Director | USA | 2015 | Animation

This is a thesis film, a three-minute, digitally hand-drawn animated short about the candidate search to fill an open lake monster position. The layouts are based on the landmarks of the real Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, MA.

POWER TO THE PEDALS: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change (41 MIN)

Bob Nesson | Director | Somerville, MA | 2014 | Documentary

Q&A w/Filmmaker and Subject, Wenzday Jane – 30 MIN

This documentary portrays the transformative vision and extraordinary efforts of Wenzday Jane, a young woman whose mechanical skills and innovative actions are reshaping her community. Wenzday goes to the heart of the sustainability issue by offering solutions, and suggests that things don’t have to be the way they are.

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4:10 PM: GABO: The Magic of Reality (90 min)

GABO: The Magic of Reality

Justin Webster | Director | France | 2015 | Documentary | NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE

This film asks the question: How did a boy from a backward town on the Caribbean coast become a writer who won the hearts of millions, from the poorest to the most powerful political leaders, and whose works changed our perception of reality? The answer is the incredible story of Gabriel García Márquez, winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature, who grew up amidst poverty and violence in northern Colombia. Propelled by a love of life and a sensual, magical sensibility, he followed a path that not only made him a pioneer of life-affirming literature, but also took him to the forefront of the great political struggles of Latin America in the 70s and 80s, and to militant journalism and friendships with political leaders such as Fidel Castro and Bill Clinton.


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1:45 PM: Welcome To The Circus / Däwit (122 MIN)


David Jansen | Director | Germany | 2015 | Animation

Produced digitally with the style of the animation based on the classic art of woodcut, this award-winning short tells the story of Däwit, who is rescued from his violent father and grows up far away from his family among wolves. Embarking on a mysterious journey to find his own identity, he encounters great hardships but ultimately finds peace in forgiveness.


Courtney Coulson | Director | Palestine | 2015 | Documentary

Q&A w/filmmaker – 20 MIN

Set in the West Bank city of Ramallah, the Palestinian Circus School welcomes the LIDO, a circus school from France, into their home. In one month, the two schools must come together to create a mobile circus for the children of Palestine.

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12:00 PM: The Longest Kiss / Strings (84 MIN)


Pedro Solís García | Director | Spain | 2013 | Animation | US PREMIERE

María’s routine at school is altered by the arrival of a very special child. Soon, they become close friends. 


Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque | Director | Canada/Sudan | 2013 | Documentary | US PREMIERE

The meeting of the Blue and White Nile in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, is referred to as ‘the longest kiss in history’. As the Arab Spring was in full bloom, Sudan, straddled between the Middle East and Africa, and was about to split in two. Facing conflicting identities, the youth in north Sudan are faced with a stale leadership while others in south Sudan hope to start over. Focusing on the stories of six people searching for a place to call ‘home’ ahead of the south’s secession, director Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque paints an intimate and detailed portrait of the country’s complex fragmentation.

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9:10 PM: Joan's Boys / The Conversation / Another Day (73 MIN)


Frederic Garcon | Director | Belgium | 2015 | Narrative

A man and his girlfriend meet up at a local coffee shop and conversation ensues.


Nayra Sanz Fuentes | Director | Spain | 2014 | Narrative

This award-winning short is a testament to the new independent films being made by women. Another day in the life of Ana, but her boyfriend, family and friends don’t know her reality, not even a piece of it!


Catherine Van Campen, Director | Netherlands | 2013 | Documentary

Joan Sträter offers psychotherapy to out-of-control teenagers, predominantly from ethnic minorities. Mostly boys. They have all had encounters with the police, for reasons varying from robberies to abuse, skipping class or shoplifting. The documentary shows Joan counseling Alaa and Adil, fourteen-year-old twins of Moroccan origin. Joan's Boys is a film about the interaction between Joan and 'her boys', about how their often completely separate worlds can connect. The film is not just a double portrait of patient and counselor; it is also about 'looking' and 'being looked at' and how we so easily judge worlds foreign to us.



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7:15 PM: Haitian Perspectives In Film (94 MIN)


Community Supported Film/Sheridan Works

Q&A w/Filmmaker, Educator and Director Michael Sheridan of Community Supported Film – 30 MIN

OWNED OR OCCUPIED | Bichara Villarson | 2 MIN

IMPORTING DISASTER | Jenipher W. Charles | 5 MIN

MILKING LOCAL CAPACITY | Jéthro Claudel Pierre Jeanty | 6 MIN

SHIFTING GEARS | Muselene Carilus | 5:34 MIN

OUT OF THE RUBBLE | Robenson Sanon | 7 MIN



THREADING THE NEEDLE | Sylvestre Fils Dorcilus | 6 MIN

BANKING ON MY CHILDREN | Jean Wilson Therrier | 8:33 MIN

BRAVE THE WORLD | Marie Jessy | 7 MIN

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5:45pm 5:45pm

5:45 PM: International Shorts Program V (68 MIN)


Mohammad Ehsani | Director | Iran | 2013 | Documentary

A poetic documentary about Lake Urmia, in northwest Iran, which is drying up completely. The environmental catastrophe will also affect neighboring countries such as Iraq and Turkey. The film is narrated in the voice of the Lake itself, crying for help and trying to bring international attention to its suffering. 

NAJES: The Unclean (19 MIN)

Bahram & Bahman Hajaboullou | Directors | Iran | 2014 | Narrative |

A devoted Moslem man hits a dog and since dogs are believed to be unclean, he is in doubt about whether to take care of it or to abandon it.

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Saman Hosseinpuor | Director | Iran | 2013 | Narrative

The Barber begins cutting a young boy’s hair while watching a football game on TV and…


Russell Brown | Director | Spain | 2014 | Narrative | US PREMIERE

A black comedy with Ian Hart (Harry Potter: The Sorcerer's Stone), who stars in this one-man chamber piece about a gentleman facing off with his greatest enemy. 

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3:45pm 3:45pm

3:45 PM: Infierno O Paraíso (96 min)


German Piffano | Director | Colombia | 2014 | Documentary | MA PREMIERE

Shot over a period of ten years, “Heaven or Hell” tells the story of Jose Antonio Iglesias, an architect whose crack addiction sent his life spiraling out of control. Piffano paints a compassionate portrait of a man who faces the ups and downs of life with courage.

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1:45pm 1:45pm

1:45 PM: For Ever / Frollein Frappé (99 MIN)


Vanessa Aab | Director | Germany | 2014 | Narrative | US PREMIERE

Franz and Greta are deeply in love with each other, even though they are cousins and social conventions forbid them to act on their desire and feelings for each other. In the tradition of 20′s surrealist cinema, the line between dreams and reality blur. 


Jasin Mjumjunov - Nina Pourlak| Directors | Germany | 2015 | Narrative | US PREMIERE

A young woman meets a Serbian immigrant, a trumpet player in the Berlin subway, and they embark on a doomed love affair with a Romeo & Juliet ending.

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12:00 PM: International Shorts Program IV (86 MIN)


Andrea Baldini | Director | France | 2014 | Narrative

Ferdinand Knapp is the greatest actor of all. Preparing for a new play, the lines between his character’s malevolent personality and his own begin to blur, and his double warps his reality into a nightmare.


Juan Pablo Daranas Molina | Director | Cuba | 2014 | Narrative

Carlos is a young Cuban filmmaker facing censorship for the first time. He must decide to either accept a great career opportunity or maintain the integrity of “Yunaisy”.


Vasni J. Ramos | Director | Spain | 2014 | Narrative | WORLD PREMIERE

Two persons are forced to tell the truth… a “truth” that all we all already know. 


Stephen Polakiewicz & Eric Propp | Directors | Roxbury, MA | 2015 | Narrative

Norse folklore whispers of the cursed sword TYRFING, which brings doom to all who wield it and death to all who face it. Safeguarding the honor of his beloved, a valiant Viking duels a berserk raider who commands the damnable steel.


Samuel Quiles | Director | Spain | 2013 | Narrative | NE PREMIERE

Esperanza waits for the sea to return her husband. Clinging to an old fishing net, she tries to keep her memories from fading away, but her grandson Fabian is intent on destroying them and tearing the net by playing football. Anchored in yesterday, Esperanza must leave behind the boat and this chapter of her memories to live a new day tomorrow.

 KRESNIK: The Lore of Fire (14 MIN)

AIFF Best Narrative Short

David Sipos | Director | Slovenia | 2014 | Narrative | MA PREMIERE

Peter and his cousins are spending their summer vacations with their grandfather. They decide to spend the night camping outside, with no suspicion of the ordeals they will endure before the morning sun rises.


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9:15pm 9:15pm

9:15 PM: Cloro / Vorrei Che Fosse Notte (87 MIN)


Claudio Pellizzer | Director | Italy | 2015 | Narrative | US PREMIERE

When love becomes obsession and madness, desperate for oneself and one's past seems to be the only way to save themselves. An intimate drama of women in a kaleidoscopic journey between dream and reality.


Lamberto Sanfelice | Director | Italy | 2015 | Narrative | NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE

Jenny is seventeen and dreams of becoming a synchronized swimmer, but her carefree adolescent life in Ostia, a seacoast town near Rome, is shaken by the sudden death of her mother. With a sick father and a nine years old brother to look after, Jenny is forced to move to a mountain village in the middle of Abruzzi. Soon the girl will start to bear the weight of these responsibilities while the desire to pursue her dreams grows.


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7:00pm 7:00pm

7:00 PM: Angkor's Children (111 MIN)


Lauren Shaw | Director | USA/Cambodia | 2014 | Documentary

Q&A w/Filmmaker – 45 MIN

Cambodia’s cultural and artistic renaissance is recounted through the voices of three young Cambodian women from the first generation after the Khmer Rouge genocide that killed two million people, including 90% of artists and intellectuals. 

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3:25pm 3:25pm

3:25 PM: College Shorts Program (188 MIN)

Best of Festival-College | ADAGIO | Kevin Wolf, Director | CA | Narrative | 8 min


ALISON & JEREMY | Alyxandra Press | Director | CA | Documentary |28 min

BANDITO | Evan Ari Kelman | Director | NY | Narrative | 16 min

BELIEVE ME |Zhan Danelyan | Director | Russia | Narrative | 9 min

ESPES | Tanit Fernández & Issac Rodríguez | Directors | Spain | Documentary | 12 min

HUM | Tom Teller & Andrew Guastaferro | Directors | CA | Animation | 9 min

MAC THROTTLE | Max Throttle | Director | CA | Animation | 7 min

MOO! A COW STORY | Christian Benavente | Director | CA | Animation | 9 min

MURPHY'S LAW | Alex Fichera | Director | CA | Narrative | 18 min

TELL ME A STORY | Justin Ney | Director | MA | Documenatry | 14 min

NOTE BY NOTE | Jenna Kirshon | Director | CA | Narrative | 22 min

TITANES DEL ARTE | Mor Albalak | Director | CA | Documentary | 16 min

UNSPOKEN | Eric Michael Otten | Director | CA | Documentary | 20 min


Networking Reception at The Friendly Toast.

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1:35pm 1:35pm

1:35 PM: Dreadlock Story / Sig / Mute (96 MIN)

SIG (11 MIN)

Jean-Jacques Cunnac | Director | France | 2014 | Narrative

Sig, short for Sigmund…Signore…? 


Job, Joris and Mariek | DirectorsNetherlands | 2013 | Animation

A comic take on the idea of bursting to express oneself…with no ability to speak.


Linda Ainouche | Director | USA/Jamaica | 2014 | Documentary

The history of Rastafarianism is explored through the prism of hair. The spiritual significance of the much-criticized dreadlocks hairstyle as well as the roots of Rastafari culture, both of which are entangled with the Hindu tradition in Jamaica, are uncovered in revealing interviews with historian Verene Shepherd, David Hinds of the reggae band Steel Pulse, and Monty and Blade Howell, sons of Leonard ‘Gong’ Howell (‘the first rasta’).

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