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Films 2009

OW"What in the World Are We Doing to Our World?"

Director: Adam Schmedes
Denmark | English
2008 | 52min.

OW"What in the World Are We Doing to Our World?"

Chameleon Beach
( Kamaeleonernes Strand )
Middle East Premiere

Remarkable high-definition photography gets viewers up-close-and-personal with a lovable group of African chameleons on a Mediterranean beach in this absorbing nature documentary. This March of the Penguins on sand, not ice, captures never-before-seen moments in nature with breathtaking intimacy and beauty, and showcases some remarkable creatures. Director: Adam Schmedes
Denmark | English
2008 | 52min.
OW"What in the World Are We Doing to Our World?"

Director: Kathleen Gallagher
New Zealand | English
2009 | 73min.

OW"What in the World Are We Doing to Our World?"

Earth Whisperers Mother Earth
( Earth Whisperers Papatuanuku )
International Premiere

The environmental documentary Earth Whisperers Mother Earth focuses on 10 visionary New Zealanders who set out to prove that a shift in consciousness can have a healing effect on our environment. Poignant, moving, and beautifully shot, it is a powerful demonstration of what can be achieved through belief, dedication, and passion. Director: Kathleen Gallagher
New Zealand | English
2009 | 73min.
OW"What in the World Are We Doing to Our World?"

Director: Robert Kenner
USA | English
2008 | 93min.

OW"What in the World Are We Doing to Our World?"

Food Inc.
( Food Inc. )
Middle East Premiere

Experts Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) anchor this stomach-churning, fast-paced examination of the big business behind your food, which will definitely change the way you look at (and for) your next meal. Scarier than any horror film, it is alarming, inspirational, and utterly essential for everyone who, well, eats. Director: Robert Kenner
USA | English
2008 | 93min.
OW"What in the World Are We Doing to Our World?"

Director: Werner Boote
Austria | English, German
2009 | 96min.

OW"What in the World Are We Doing to Our World?"

Plastic Planet
( Plastic Planet )
Middle East Premiere

Forget the Stone Age, welcome to the Plastic Age. Personable filmmaker Werner Boote hosts this wry, alarming journey across Europe, China, the United States, and India to discover that most omnipresent, long-lasting of all substances -plastic- and how it may very well be taking over the earth. Music by The Orb.Director: Werner Boote
Austria | English, German
2009 | 96min.
OW"What in the World Are We Doing to Our World?"

Director: Toshifumi Matsushita
Japan,  USA,  Bolivia | Quechua
2008 | 102min.

OW"What in the World Are We Doing to Our World?"

The Gift of Pachamama
( El regalo de la pachamama )
Middle East Premiere

The indigenous culture and traditions of the Andean Quechua people are brought to life in this loving environmental fable for children, set amidst the salt fields and mountain villages of Bolivia's spectacular altiplano. A young boy travels across Bolivia with a salt caravan, discovering its ancient cultures, traditional rituals, and immense spirituality. Director: Toshifumi Matsushita
Japan,  USA,  Bolivia | Quechua
2008 | 102min.
DDocumentary Competition

Director: Ghassan Salhab
Lebanon | Arabic, English, French
2009 | 66min.

DDocumentary Competition

1958
( 1958 )
Gulf Premiere

The year 1958 marks two events: first, the birth of the filmmaker in Senegal; second, the beginning, in his parents' native country of Lebanon, of a serious internal conflict that will result in a long series of civil wars. The film 1958, then, is an intertwining of a private history with national histories that mixes themes covering exile, colonization, and Lebanese politics.Director: Ghassan Salhab
Lebanon | Arabic, English, French
2009 | 66min.
DDocumentary Competition

Director: Ebrahim Saeedi, Zahavi Sanjavi
Iran,  Iraq |
2008 | 60min.

DDocumentary Competition

All My Mothers
( Hamey-e Madaran-e Man )
International Premiere

Filmmakers Ebrahim Saeedi and Zahavi Sanjavi combine archival footage with eyewitness accounts to detail Saddam Hussein's vicious campaign against Iraqi Kurds during the 30-year reign of the Baathist regime. The recent unearthing of mass graves and the existence of villages almost exclusively populated by women highlight just how efficient Hussein's campaign was.Director: Ebrahim Saeedi, Zahavi Sanjavi
Iran,  Iraq |
2008 | 60min.
DDocumentary Competition

Director: Nabiha Lotfy
Egypt | Arabic
2009 | 60min.

DDocumentary Competition

Carioca
( Carioca )
World Premiere

A cinematic tribute to Tahia Carioca has been long overdue. Veteran documentary filmmaker Nabiha Lotfy takes up the challenge in this rare treat. Wrongly described as the Arab world's Marilyn Monroe, Carioca was not only a pioneering dancer and actress, she was also a rebel and a militant.Director: Nabiha Lotfy
Egypt | Arabic
2009 | 60min.
DDocumentary Competition

Director: Johan Grimonprez
Belgium,  Netherlands | English
2009 | 80min.

DDocumentary Competition

Double Take
( Double Take )
Middle East Premiere

Johan Grimonprez' experimental documentary is a fascinating found-footage fabrication, an essay that envisions Alfred Hitchcock as an unwilling victim of the political and cultural shifts of the Cold War era. Comprised of newsreel footage, period television programs, and clips of the master and his films, Double Take playfully examines the catastrophe culture that invaded every American home in the 1950s.Director: Johan Grimonprez
Belgium,  Netherlands | English
2009 | 80min.
DDocumentary Competition

Director: Boris Mitić
Serbia | Serbian
2009 | 60min.

DDocumentary Competition

Goodbye, How Are You?
( Dovidjenja, kako ste? )
Middle East Premiere

The wittiest, blackest political aphorisms of the modern era are saluted in this entertaining Serbian travelogue detailing how citizens use language to critique - and resist - the madness of politics. A fascinating essay-film in the tradition of Chris Marker and Jean-Luc Godard, and a primer on Balkan intellectual thought, resistance, and history.Director: Boris Mitić
Serbia | Serbian
2009 | 60min.
DDocumentary Competition

Director: Michael Ballhaus, Ciro Cappellari
Germany | German, Turkish, English
2009 | 96min.

DDocumentary Competition

In Berlin
( In Berlin )
Gulf Premiere

The city of Berlin has gone through tremendous changes in the 20 years since the Berlin Wall fell, and it remains in a state of constant flux. Cinematographers Michael Ballhaus (who was born in Berlin) and Ciro Cappellari have created a poetic cinematic essay, a love letter to the vibrant metropolis and its inhabitants.Director: Michael Ballhaus, Ciro Cappellari
Germany | German, Turkish, English
2009 | 96min.
DDocumentary Competition

Director: Tahani Rached
Egypt | Arabic, English, French
2009 | 105min.

DDocumentary Competition

Neighbors
( Giran )
World Premiere

Neighbors delves into the history of Garden City, once a new outpost for the indigenous colonial elites, now an isolated inlet detached from the city of Cairo. Masterfully avoiding cheap nostalgia, director Tahani Rached travels from the opulent salons of the haves to the makeshift rooftop living rooms of the have-nots.Director: Tahani Rached
Egypt | Arabic, English, French
2009 | 105min.
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