What: Screening of seven films, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers
When: Sunday, March 13 from Noon–8:00 p.m.
Where: SOMArts Theater
This one-day-only film festival celebrates crossings and dismantling of symbolic, nationalistic, cultural, internal, and external borders. The films presented here deal with strong social justice themes such as the restoration of civility within the criminal justice system, and personal/social recovery after national and man-made disasters.
12:00 (noon) – City of Borders (66 minutes) by award winning director Yun Suh
In the heart of Jerusalem stands an unusual symbol of unity that defies generations of segregation, violence and prejudice: a gay bar called Shushan. City of Borders goes inside this underground sanctuary where people of opposing nationalities, religions and sexual orientations create an island of peace in a land divided by war. City of Borders premiered at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival where it won a special Teddy (Audience) Award and continues to screen worldwide from Toronto to Tokyo.
1:15 – Living Condition (excerpt) (6 minutes) by Dee-Hibert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
1: 30 – Crepe Covered Sidewalks (6 minutes) by acclaimed singer and actor Renee Wilson
A heart-warming documentary of actress Renee Wilson’s return home to the devastation and desolation of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and the effects the aftermath has on her and her family. It is a story of love, loss and rebirth, five years after the storm, told through the eyes of an insider. Wilson spent the last four years filming and shaping the history of her family’s experiences pre and post Katrina to present day in New Orleans.
2:40 – Short #2 TBA
3:00 – The Wall (65 minutes) by Ricardo Martinez
Filmed over two years along the US/Mexico border, The Wall interweaves the lives of vigilante group the minutemen, border towns, a sheriff, and two illegal immigrants. Ricardo Martinez’s thought-provoking film explores the complicated world of border policy and immigration. Leaving out heavy-handed narration, the film tells the story of the fence’s construction by following the border residents themselves, as they each learn of the impending plans. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary 2010 at the SF Latino Film Festival, Best Picture at the 2009 Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival, and Official Entry at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
4:15 – Forgotten War (a work in progress 10 minutes and a prelude to In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee) by Deann Borshay Liem
4:30 – In The Matter of Cha Jung Hee (64 minutes) by Deann Borshay Liem
Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. So began a 40-year deception for a Korean adoptee who came to the United States in 1966. Told to keep her true identity a secret from her new American family, the 8-year-old girl quickly forgot she had ever been anyone else. But why had her identity been switched? And who was the real Cha Jung Hee? In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee is the search to find the answers, as acclaime filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem (First Person Plural, POV 2000) returns to her native Korea to fin her “double,” the mysterious girl whose place she took in America. A co-production of ITVS in association with the Center for Asian American Media and American Documentary/POV.
6:00 – Q & A session with the filmmakers
7:00 – Reception with the filmmakers
And special thanks to Art With Impact for helping us promote this event.
Art With Impact is a progressive arts-centered, social engagement organization based in San Francisco, working with today’s most influential emerging and established artists and filmmakers collectively focused on socially conscious issues. In celebration of their recent launch, Art With Impact presents San Francisco Collaborates, a fun and art-filled evening of lively music, great food and drinks, interactive videos and raffle featuring well-known local businesses on April 15, from 6-10pm at Noma Gallery, 80 Maiden Lane, 3rd floor. For more information, please visit www.artwithimpact.org