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28th Annual New England Film and Video Festival


March 26 (Wednesday) 7 pm
Directors Lisa Seidenberg, Randy Bell, and Pacho Velez in Person

Being Human

Directed by Lisa Seidenberg
US 2002, video, color, 31 min.

Documentarian Lisa Seidenberg follows several English human rights activists as they campaign for the right to be naked in public. Seidenberg constructs a funny, perceptive, and often moving portrait of a people marginalized and often ridiculed by mainstream society.

 

 

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March 26 (Wednesday) 7 pm
Directors Randy Bell and Pacho Velez in Person

Orphans of Mathare

Directed by Randy Bell and Pacho Velez
US 2002, video, color, 60 min.

Winner of the Rosa Luxemburg Award, this moving documentary follows the lives of several children now living at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home in the Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya. Orphaned by AIDS or runaways from abusive parents, the children lived on the streets, sniffing glue, foraging through trash for food, and sleeping under cars until they were brought to the Home. The film follows them as they go to school, struggle with the poverty and violence that surrounds them, and reflect on their former lives. As it does so, it lays bare the many factors that comprise the massive orphan crisis in Kenya, from poverty and AIDS to the unyielding customs of native tradition and conservative Christianity.

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March 26 (Wednesday) 9 pm
Produced at the Film Study Center, Harvard.
Director Jim Wolpaw and Producer Steve Gentile in Person

Loaded Gun: Life, and Death, and Dickinson

Directed by Jim Wolpaw
US 2002, video, color, 60 min.

The appeal of Jim Wolpaw’s disarming documentary lies with its central ploy: the semi-serious account of a "filmmaker’s" search for an actress to play poet Emily Dickinson in his movie. Auditioning actors and expert-interviewees present a barrage of responses—from the hilarious to the profound—to the familiar details of Dickinson’s life. The end result, for both the "filmmaker" and the audience, is nonetheless a richer and deeper understanding of Dickinson’s exquisite work.


Documentary Master Class: Fact, Fiction, and the Ethics of Documentary

Filmmakers Jim Wolpaw and Steve Gentile will be present following the screening to conduct a short master class on documentary ethics. Discussing the ethical dimensions of blending fact with fiction in the documentary format, Wolpaw and Gentile will raise a variety of issues that film and video makers eager to work in the documentary discipline will find pertinent to their endeavors.

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