Windows to the World Film Symposium

Windows to the World Film Symposium

Using a series of Independent Television Service (ITVS) films, Windows to the World: A Cultural Education Film Symposium is a program that engages military and civilian learners from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) and participants from the greater Monterey County area interested in international cultural awareness.

The program will share films created by film-makers in dozens of countries that highlight important themes of cultural and political activism, war and conflict resolution, governance and democracy, and the economic impact of globalization. Many films feature languages other than English.

The intent of the event is to provide the participating learners with a greater appreciation of the global community. Faculty from the NPS, DLIFLC, MIIS and additional experts will introduce the films with a focus on the place or issues in each film, as well as leading panel discussions and question and answer sessions.

The symposium is being offered in conjunction with ITVS International’s Global Perspective Project, which promotes an international exchange of documentary films made by independent producers, bringing international voices to U.S. audiences, and American stories to audiences abroad. A select number of the films will be featured in upcoming broadcasts on PBS’s Independent Lens and Global Voices.

Faculty from NPS, DLIFLC, MIIS and additional experts will introduce the films with a focus on the place or issues in each film, as well as leading panel discussions and question and answer sessions. Visit our website, http://www.windows-to-the-world.org for more information and be sure to register for the films you would like to see to ensure you have a seat at the show.

Thursday, October 16 – DLIFLC

Screenings at 3:15 PM of the following films:

THE DEVIL’S MINER Living in poverty with their mother in the mountains of Bolivia, 14-year-old Basilio and his 12-year-old brother, Bernardino, brave deadly conditions while working long shifts in the Cerro Rico silver mines to earn enough money to attend school. THE DEVIL’S MINER follows the brothers into the underground mining tunnels where they tempt fate to gain a better life.

SHAYFEEN.COM: We’re Watching You Get an intimate look at the recent multi-party elections in Egypt through the eyes of three women working to assure the election’s legitimacy. The women provide unprecedented access to activists operating in and around the highest levels of both government and opposition groups.

PLEASE VOTE FOR ME In the city of Wuhan in central China, three eight-year-old elementary school students campaign for the coveted position of class monitor. This is the first election for a class leader to be held in China. The candidates hold debates, campaign tirelessly and show their intellectual and artistic skills, until one is voted the winner.

DINNER WITH THE PRESIDENT Directors Sabiha Sumar and Sachithanandam Sathananthan sit down with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to address his ideas of a democratic ty in their country. The directors engage Musharraf in conversation about s political past and vision for the future and ask the bold question–how doesan army general plan to establish democracy in Pakistan?

FOR GOD, TSAR AND FATHERLAND Russian nationalism percolates in a castle outside Moscow, where Mikhail Morozov–who longs for a return to the glory days of Old Russia–rules autonomously over young initiates, laying the groundwork for a rapidly growing right-wing movement.

MOTHERLAND AFGHANISTAN One in seven Afghan women currently dies in childbirth. MOTHERLAND AFGHANISTAN introduces the women behind these devastating statistics. Afghan American filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi examines her father’s works as an OB/GYN as he struggles to make a difference, first at Kabul’s recently renamed Laura Bush Maternity Ward and then in an isolated provincial hospital, where patients often travel for several days to get treatment.

Friday, October 17 – The Golden State Theater

IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA – This intimate documentary goes behind the scenes with Africa’s first freely elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia. The film explores the challenges facing the new president and the extraordinary women surrounding her as they develop and implement policy to rebuild their ravaged country and prevent a descent into civil war.

Saturday, October 18 – NPS

Screenings at 1:00 PM of the following films:

ABC COLOMBIA An intimate portrait of a small rural community in Colombia controlled by paramilitary forces, ABC COLOMBIA follows a group of young children through a school year, exploring the realities that nurture and perpetuate the violence that often forces them to make difficult choices.

A STORY OF PEOPLE IN WAR AND PEACE Historians consider the Karabagh War (1989-1994) one of the first signs of the Soviet Union’s collapse. Journalist and former POW, Vardan Hovhannisyan, lived alongside the soldiers, doctors and villagers caught in the conflict and captured their immediate thoughts and last words to their families. Twelve years later, Vardan returns to Karabagh to try find and lessons for peace.

Screenings at 3:00 PM of the following films:

IRANIAN KIDNEY BARGAIN SALE With an official kidney referral agency as the backdrop, IRANIAN KIDNEY BARGAIN SALE follows young Iranians through theorgan trade process: from their first encounter to surgery and kidney removal.

SHADYA Shadya Zoabi, a charismatic 17-year-old karate world champion, strives to succeed on her own terms within her traditional Muslim village in northern Israel. Despite her father’s support, she faces the challenge of balancing her dreams with her religious commitments and other’s expectations. SHADYA takes an intimate look at the evolution of a young Israeli Arab woman with feminist ideas in a male-dominated culture.

Screening at 5:30 PM of:

BRIDGE OVER THE WADI In Israel, for the first time, a group of Arab and Jewish parents decide to establish a bi-national, bi-lingual grade school in the Wadi Ara village. BRIDGE OVER THE WADI follows the school’s first year and shows how fragile the attempt is to create an environment of co-existence against the backdrop of the complicated reality of the film’s subjects

Sunday, October 19 – MIIS

Screenings at 1:00 PM of the following films:

BLACK GOLD Multinational companies have made coffee the second most traded commodity in the world, but as westerners revel in designer lattes, impoverished Ethiopiancoffee growers suffer the bitter taste of injustice. Tracing one man’s fight for a fair price, BLACK GOLD is an eye-opening expose of the eighty billion dollar coffee industry.

THE DEVIL’S MINER Living in poverty with their mother in the mountains of Bolivia, 14-year-old Basilio and his 12-year-old brother, Bernardino, brave deadly conditions while working long shifts in the Cerro Rico silver mines to earn enough money to attend school. THE DEVIL’S MINER follows the brothers into the underground mining tunnels where they tempt fate to gain a better life.

Screenings at 3:30 PM of the following films:

PICKLES, INC In the Israeli Arab village of Tamra, in Galilee, eight widows challenge social conventions and establish the Azka Pickle Cooperative, seeking financial independence for themselves and their children. With little formal education and no work experience outside of the home, the women face endless hurdles in expanding their business start-up.

AFGHANISTAN UNVEILED Filmed by the first-ever team of women video journalists trained in Afghanistan, this uncompromising film reveals the effects on Afghan women of the Taliban’s repressive rule and of the U.S.-sponsored bombing campaign. The filmmakers present footage of women whose lives have been decimated by recent events.

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