6 MUST SEE FILMS AT SUNDANCE 2016
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6 MUST SEE FILMS AT SUNDANCE 2016

Below are the 6 titles. These themes run from the story of a young woman to become the first female eagle hunter in Mongolia; to the ever unfolding environmental problems in Peru and the Amazon Jungle where the indigenous inhabitants are battling with Peruvian government wanting big business to come in and develop this sacred land; to a young Iranian girl trying to establish her voice a female rapper/singer (banned by Iranian government) and her fight to abolish child brides in her country as well as to not be sold herself; to young people discovering lust and love in China for the very first time; to the first time hearing from “settlers” and their supporters in the West Bank.

WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE

A FILM BY HEIDI BRANDENBURG & MATTHEW ORZEL

WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

WORLD PREMIERE

when two worlds collide

In this tense and immersive tour de force, audiences are taken directly into the line of fire between powerful, opposing Peruvian leaders who will stop at nothing to keep their respective goals intact. On the one side is President Alan Garcia, who, eager to enter the world stage, begins aggressively extracting oil, minerals, and gas from untouched indigenous Amazonian land. He is quickly met with fierce opposition from indigenous leader Alberto Pizango, whose impassioned speeches against Garcia’s destructive actions prove a powerful rallying cry to throngs of his supporters. When Garcia continues to ignore their pleas, a tense war of words erupts into deadly violence.

Filmmakers Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel capture all angles of a volatile political and environmental crisis with breathtaking access and bold, unflinching camera work. From the raucous halls of justice to deep in the heart of the Amazon jungle, When Two Worlds Collide exposes a titanic clash between a president hungry for economic legitimacy and an outspoken environmentalist desperate to protect an ancient land from ruin. WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE is the directorial debut for Matthew Orzel and Heidi Brandenburg.

SCREENING TIMES

Friday 1/22 6PM Yarrow Hotel Theater

Saturday, 1/23 3PM Redstone Cinemas

Saturday, 1/23 9PM Holiday Village 2  P&I

Sunday, 1/24 3PM Broadway Centre Theater – Salt Lake City

Thursday, 1/28 1PM Holiday Village 4

Friday, 1/29 3PM Sundance Mountain Resort

Saturday, 1/30 10AM Holiday Village 4

 

 

THE SETTLERS

A FILM BY SHIMON DOTAN

WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

WORLD PREMIERE

The Settlers

Award winning director Shimon Dotan (Hot House, 2007 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award winner) is back with another compelling and insightful film.  The first film of its kind to offer a comprehensive view of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank, The Settlers is a historical overview, geopolitical study, and intimate look at the people at the core of the most daunting challenge facing Israel and the international community today.

In the nearly 50 years since Israel’s decisive victory in the 1967 Six-Day War, hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens have established expanding communities in the occupied territories of the West Bank. Frequently coming into direct conflict with the region’s Palestinian inhabitants, and facing the condemnation of the international community, the settlers have been viewed by some as the righteous vanguard of modern Zionism and by others as overzealous squatters who are the greatest impediment to the possibility of peace in the region.

THE SETTLERS opens up a space in between these extremes, offering unprecedented access to pioneers of the historical settlement movement and a diverse range of modern-day settlers, religious and secular alike. The result is a comprehensive, provocative exploration of the controversial communities who continue to extend an inordinate influence on the sociopolitical destinies of Israel and Palestine.

SCREENING TIMES

Friday, January 22, 3:00 p.m.– Yarrow Hotel Theatre

Saturday, January 23, 1PM – Redstone Cinemas

Saturday, January 23, 9PM – Salt Lake City Library

Sunday, January 24, 3PM Holiday Village 2 – P & I

Wednesday, January 27, 9AM – Temple

Friday, January 29, 12:15 PM – Holiday Village 2

 

SONITA

A FILM BY ROKHSAREH GHAEEMMAGHAMI

WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

U.S. PREMIERE

Sonita film

If 18-year-old Sonita had a say, Michael Jackson and Rihanna would be her parents and she’d be a rapper who tells the story of Afghan women and their fate as child brides. She ultimately finds out that her family plans to sell her to an unknown husband for $9,000.

As a female rapper in conservative Iran, Sonita’s talents are a liability. But Sonita insists on dreaming big. Her beats are as solid as stones, her rhymes are fierce, and her videos are a piercing howl against the constant injustice, fear, and sexism women must endure. It was only a matter of time before her charismatic presence and spirited eyes changed her fortune, and with the help of acclaimed director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, she is suddenly offered a scholarship that leads her on a dangerous trip back to Afghanistan and ultimately to Utah. All the while, Sonita’s conservative mother insists she must be married off soon, at a price, and threatens to derail Sonita’s life at its most critical juncture.

An intimate portrait of creativity and womanhood, Sonita highlights the rarely seen intricacies and shifting contrasts of Iranian society through the lens of an artist who is defining the next generation. Winner of the Audience Award at 2015 IDFA – Amsterdam.

SCREENING TIMES

Friday 1/22 6:00 PM– Sundance Screening Room

Saturday 1/23 2:30 PM– Holiday Village 1 – P/I

Monday 1/25 9:00 PM – Yarrow Hotel

Wednesday, 1/27 Noon – Temple

Thursday, 1/28 6:45 PM – Broadway Centre Theatre – Salt Lake City

Friday, 1/29 6:30 PM – Redstone Cinemas

Saturday, 1/30 9:15 AM – Holiday Village Cinema

 

PLEASURE.LOVE 

A FILM BY YAO HUANG

WORLD DRAMATIC COMPETITION

WORLD PREMIERE

Pleasure Love

PLEASURE. LOVE. tells the two stories of a young man and a young woman experiencing passionate love for the first time with older more experienced lovers. Each story begins with its protagonist meeting an older lover at a dance hall and embarking on a sultry affair. The younger characters are immature and stubborn while the older ones look for innocence and sincerity, yet they all long for pure emotions and love in a materialistic society. Having left their hometowns for the big city in search of a brighter future, they learn that what is important resides in the heart.

At what point do we shift from learning how to love to teaching others how to do so? This question is thoughtfully examined in writer/director Yao Huang’s intricate puzzle of love, sex, and time. Pleasure. Love concocts an intertwined narrative of characters and emotions where the enjoyment comes from tracing the connected lines through the cycles of love.

PLEASURE.LOVE is the directorial debut for Yao Huang – a promising new talent from China.  We are hoping this film will pass through the censors!

SCREENINGS

Friday, 1/22  5:30 PM Prospector Square Theater

Saturday, 1/23  12:30 PM Redstone Cinema 1

Saturday, 1/23  6 PM Holiday Village 2 – P/I SCREENING

Sunday, 1/24   9:45 PM Broadway Centre Theater – Salt Lake City

Wednesday, 1/27 2:30 PM Egyptian Theater

Friday, 1/29 – 9AM Temple Theater

 

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS

A FILM BY OTTO BELL

WORLD PREMIERE

SUNDANCE KIDS SECTION

The Eagle Huntress

Step aside, Katniss! Make room for Aishol-Pan, the 13-year-old eagle huntress from Mongolia.  For 2,000 years, the Kazakh people of the Altai region in western Mongolia have practiced a tradition of hunting with golden eagles, whose wingspan can reach up to 7.5 feet wide. Though this practice has traditionally been the domain of men, Aishol-Pan decides that she wants to become an apprentice hunter after spending her childhood helping her father, a renowned eagle hunter, care for his birds. Under the tutelage and support of her father and her grandfather—and very few others—Aishol-Pan learns all aspects of falconry, from taming her very own eagle to training for an annual competition, where she will compete against 70 eagle hunters on her quest to gain acceptance.

Featuring breathtaking cinematography and intimate footage, this film not only explores the life of a young girl striving to pursue her passion and break down gender barriers in a very traditional culture but also provides an engaging glimpse into the lives of this remote community, as they balance their traditional lifestyle with the modern world.  THE EAGLE HUNTRESS is executive produced by Morgan Spurlock and Shine Global and directed by Otto Bell.

SCREENING TIMES

Sunday, 1/24 11:30 AM Prospector Square

Sunday, 1/24 6PM – Salt Lake City Library

Tuesday 1/26 1:00 PM– Holiday P/I Screening

Saturday, 1/30 3:30 PM – Redstone Cinemas

 

DIRT

Directed by Darius Clark Monroe

NARRATIVE SHORTS COMPETITION

Dirt

Some things must die to live.

Houston native, Darius Clark Monroe, graduated with honors with a B.A. from the University of Houston, and an M.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Monroe has received fellowships and grant support from Austin Film Society, Tribeca Film Institute, Charles and Lucille King Fellowship, Spike Lee Fellowship, Warner Bros, Cinereach, IFP, IDFA, DCTV, and the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund. He was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” and “10 Filmmakers to Watch” from The Independent. 

Monroe is currently prepping his next project, a feature length psychological thriller entitled Year of Our Lord. His most recent short DIRT world premieres at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

SHORTS PROGRAM 2

SCREENING TIMES

Friday 1/22 6:30 PM– Redstone 1

Saturday 1/23 Noon – Broadway Centre Cinema

Monday 1/25  11:30 AM – Prospector Square Theatre

Thursday 1/28 Noon – Temple Theatre

 

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