Marooned in Iraq – Kurdish Iran – 2002 – Drama/Comedy. A rare glimpse into the culture of the Kurds. “A sorrowful road comedy set in a place where hardship and humor are brothers in arms.”-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Even though the film’s tone grows ever more elegiac, it stubbornly remains a celebration of the Kurdish capacity to… Continue reading Oct 25. Marooned in Iraq
Road Home, The – China – 2001 – Drama/Romance. “A layered, delicately but surely romantic tribute to the simplicity and grace of a bygone era..”- Detroit News. When his father dies, Luo Yasheng returns from the city to his childhood village where his father was the much-loved local teacher. But what begins as a short… Continue reading Road Home, The
Story of the Weeping Camel – Mongolia/Germany – 2004 – Drama. “A beautiful little film that hovers somewhere between eye-popping documentary and warm-hearted fable.”-Fresno Bee. “A beautiful and delicate reminder of the myriad ways in which life is lived on this huge planet of ours.”-Miami Herald. Springtime in the Gobi Desert. A family of… Continue reading Story of the Weeping Camel, The
Buena Vista Social Club – Cuba – 1999 – Music Documentary. “The music is incredible enough on its own–but the lives and the culture behind it, that’s what makes this documentary a must-see.”-Widgett Walls. In 1996 famed musician Ry Cooder travelled to Havana, hoping to find some musicians who were legends in the 1950’s. If they were… Continue reading Buena Vista Social Club
Shall We Dance? – Japan – 1996 – Comedy/Drama. “Good-natured, lighthearted, and a look inside Japanese society to boot.”-Movie Habit. A smash hit in Japan, it tells the warm, frequently funny story of a middle-aged workaholic whose incredibly dull life takes a funny turn when he signs up for a ballroom dance class – just… Continue reading Shall We Dance?
Gadjo Dilo – Roma/France/Romania – 1997 – Drama. Director Tony Gatlif. One of the best films about Roma (Gypsy) life in Eastern Europe today. “Gatlif, of Algerian Roma heritage, is one of those rare, instinctive artists who seems wholly motivated by the desire to envelope viewers in his sense of intoxication with the world’s beauty… Continue reading Gadjo Dilo
Holo Mai Pele – Hawaii – 2001 – Epic Hula Myth Performance. Anyone wanting to witness the expression of a non-European stone-age culture still vibrant, even blossoming in the 21st century, should see this film. Pele, the goddess of volcanoes, fire, lightening, wind, and the creation of land, is one of the most important deities… Continue reading Holo Mai Pele