Farmer Nancy Prebilich and her family are struggling to keep their 5th generation Sonoma County farm afloat during the recent recession. However, when both of Nancy’s parents suddenly pass away she begins to wonder what happens when the cost of preserving family heritage is the family itself? It’s more than just a story of one family’s struggle but instead represents what is happening all across the U.S. as houses are foreclosed and small farms face ruthless competition from large factory farms & land developers.
Presented by KQED’s “Truly CA” and SF DOC FEST.
Directed by Morgan Schmidt-Feng, 80min, 2015, USA
A GAY GIRL IN DAMASCUS: THE AMINA PROFILE explores the story of Amina Arraf, a Syrian- American revolutionary whose blog “A Gay Girl in Damascus” acquires a huge following as the Syrian uprising gains momentum. Sandra Bagaria, a smart, young Montreal professional, is involved in an online affair with her when Amina is allegedly abducted by the Syrian secret police—sparking an international movement to save her from torture, rape or even death.
Playing out like a detective story, A GAY GIRL IN DAMASCUS: THE AMINA PROFILE involves American intelligence agencies, major global media outlets, and a host of activists and sympathizers. But what starts as a love story becomes a tale of deceit and betrayal enabled by the global Internet and viral social media.
Directed by Sophie Deraspe. 84 minutes. English, French, and Arabic with English subtitles.