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Tag Archives: Cleveland International Film Festival

“Afterward,” New Film On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Premieres At The Cleveland International Film Festival

Afterward official photoJoin us for the Cleveland premiere of "Afterward," a 94-minute documentary from Jerusalem-born psychoanalyst Ofra Bloch that explores the lingering and cross-cutting trauma embedded in generations of Germans, Israelis and Palestinians. The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards is sponsoring the film at this year’s Cleveland International Film Festival. Bloch, who lives in New York City, began making the documentary intending to focus on the second and third-generation descendants of the perpetrators of the Holocaust, her attempt to shed hostility she carried against Germans as a people. After filming began, however, she recognized her own prejudices – especially against Palestinians, a group she was raised to hate -- were preventing her from telling the full story. She expanded her scope to... Read More →

Interview With Directors Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip On Their New Film, “Dawnland”

Dawnland co-directors Ben Pender-Cudlip (left) and Adam Mazo Boston-based filmmaker Adam Mazo is quick to admit that he knew little about Native populations growing up in Minnesota. He’s committed to changing that for future generations with “Dawnland,” the 90-minute documentary premiering this month at the Cleveland International Film Festival. The film centers on the decades of government policy that forced Native children from their families and into adoptive homes, foster care and boarding schools. The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards will sponsor three screenings. The idea for “Dawnland” was sparked from Mazo’s work on another film, “Coexist,” about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. “We were talking about how it felt wrong to not be teaching about genocide in this... Read More →

New Documentary “Dawnland” Explores Only Truth And Reconciliation Commission In The U.S.

Can the United States transition “from being an occupier to being a neighbor”? So asks gkisedtanamoogk, a Native man living in Maine. He poses this question in “Dawnland,” a moving 90-minute documentary that the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards is proud to sponsor this year at the Cleveland International Film Festival. The documentary follows four key participants in a truth and reconciliation commission entered into five years ago by the Wabanaki people and the state of Maine. It centers on the consequences of decades of government policy that ripped Native children from their families and placed them in foster homes. The commission, which ran for 27 months, reported that between 2002 and 2013, Native children in Maine were five times more likely to be forced from their homes than... Read More →

New Documentary “The Revival” Gives Queer Black Women The Mic

Four of the women from "The Revival." Photo credit: TheRevivalMovie.com If self-described "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet" Audre Lorde were alive today, you might find her celebrating with the women of "The Revival," a salon-style poetry tour dedicated to amplifying the voices and experiences of queer women of color.  The tour is the brainchild of Jade Foster, a poet in Brooklyn, N.Y. and founder of Cereus Arts, an artists’ collective. It's October 2012 outing was immortalized in the documentary, "The Revival: Women and the Word," making its Northeast Ohio debut this month at the Cleveland International Film Festival. It is the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards community film this year. "The Revival" women are a mix of 20-to-40something poets, singers and songwriters, all... Read More →

“Good Luck Soup” Premieres At The Cleveland International Film Festival

Join us for the world premiere of "Good Luck Soup," a 72-minute documentary on the experiences of Cleveland’s Hashiguchi family before, during and after internment in the U.S. camps of World War II.  The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards is sponsoring the film at this year's Cleveland International Film Festival. Matthew Hashiguchi focuses on his grandmother, the 90-year-old matriarch Eva Hashiguchi, to explore the stories of three generations, weaving interviews, historical footage and personal mementos into a chronicle of Asian American Midwestern lives. In production for five years, the documentary is a labor of love for Hashiguchi, who served as director, editor, producer and cinematographer on the project. “This is the place I really wanted to show it,” said Hashiguchi, 31, an... Read More →

“By Blood” Documentary Explores The Legal Battle Waging Between American Indians And Descendants Of Their Slaves

Just who is an American Indian? For hundreds of years, this riddle of identity has vexed the federal government and the tribes alike, writes Marcos Barbery, an investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker. He and his co-director, Samuel Z. Russell, worked for four years to craft a concise 64-minute movie to explore it.  “By Blood,” sponsored by the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards at the 2015 Cleveland International Film Festival, takes up a contentious case moving through the federal courts now: Descendants of slaves once owned by the Cherokee and Seminole nations, made members of the tribe by treaty at the conclusion of the U.S. Civil War, are fighting to continue to be counted as Indians. And leaders of the tribes are opposing them, having disenfranchised some 30,000... Read More →

“Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth” Premieres At Cleveland International Film Festival

For the first time, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards will sponsor a movie at the Cleveland International Film Festival: the documentary, "Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth." It will screen three times this month. Directed by long-time Alice Walker collaborator Pratibha Parmar, the film weaves interviews, readings and archival footage to explore the themes of Walker's literary work and advocacy. At age 70, Walker is best known for writing The Color Purple, 1982's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. It generated enormous controversy, and an influential film, which the documentary explores. Also central is Walker’s lifelong activism – stretching from voter registration drives in the 1960s to championing women's rights in the present-day. Collaborators and critics and Walker herself speak to the... Read More →
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