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BATTLEGROUND

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October 11, 2022 @ 12:01 am – 11:59 pm
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“Personal, timely & brimming with ideas, overflowing with pain. There are timely films and then there is Cynthia Lowen’s BATTLEGROUND.”
Kate Erbland, Indiewire

People at a Reproductive Rights rally in D.C. holding pro-choice signs above their heads.

‘Battleground” shows how we have alarmingly and startlingly arrived at the end of Roe, when 7 in 10 Americans support access to abortion and 1 in 4 women will terminate a pregnancy.

It is the story of how a minority of people are manipulating the levers of power to subvert our democracy and advance their agenda against the will of the majority. While the film depicts the clash of abortion and politics in America, it is really about the erosion of our democratic systems and the disintegration of the separation between church and state.

The team behind this film is unwilling to accept an America where women’s lives are gambled with for political gain. If people do not understand the motivations and machinations that have created this situation, we will be unable to change it. That means fostering civic engagement at all levels, shifting culture, engaging the next generation with the same vigor as the anti-abortion movement is and exposing the detrimental outcomes when reproductive rights are politicized.

Who are anti-abortion people? What are they driven by, how do they operate and what are their goals? ‘Battleground’ gets inside the anti-abortion movement as never seen before to answer these questions, with many surprises: they are women, young people, even Democrats. With close access, the film shows how the anti-choice movement is strategizing and organizing, and their determination to overturn Roe at any cost. As their power and influence propels the Supreme Court sharply right, and states race to enact unconstitutional abortion bans, the film also depicts those on the front lines of the fierce fight to maintain access.

“With the Supreme Court’s recent anti-abortion ruling, the doc is poised to become an instruction manual for mobilizing the pro-choice movement.” – Addie Morfoot, Variety

“A truly eye-opening glimpse into a remarkably focused group” – Elizabeth Weitzman, The Wrap

“A powerful wake up call that answers the question millions of Americans are asking right now: how have we arrived at this unimaginable turning point?” – Women and Hollywood


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EXPOSURE

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December 16, 2022 @ 12:00 am – December 23, 2022 @ 11:45 pm
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As the arctic polar ice caps melt, reaching the north pole has become increasingly dangerous. Yet an expedition of ordinary women from the Arab world and the west strap on skis and haul heaving sledges toward True North, against all odds and polar advice.
Award-winning filmmaker Holly Morris (The Babushkas of Chernobyl) captures it all, from frostbite and polar bear threats, to sexism and self-doubt in this intimate story of resilience, survival and global citizenry – on what may be the last-ever expedition to the top of the world.

Directed by HOLLY MORRIS, run time 88 min.


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25th UNAFF Anniversary: Session 15

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October 26, 2022 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm
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The 25th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) will be held from
October 20-30, 2022. This year’s theme REFLECTIONS continues our enduring
devotion to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
emphasizing our 25th Anniversary milestone.

Session 15

THE MISSION – When COVID hits, longtime activist Valerie Tulier-Laiwa knows her neighborhood will be greatly affected. With the help of several childhood friends, she jumps into action to meet the needs of the Latino community and beyond. Her personal story isn’t just what brought her here, it’s what keeps her going. Directed by Hélène Goupil, run time 18 min. 8:40PM

SIGN THE SHOW – a feature-length documentary providing insight into Deaf Culture and the quest for access to entertainment. It brings together entertainers, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HOH) community, and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters to discuss accessibility at live performances in a humorous, heartfelt, and insightful way. Directed by Cat Brewer, run time 96 min. 9:10PM



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25th UNAFF Anniversary: Session 14

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October 26, 2022 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm
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The 25th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) will be held from
October 20-30, 2022. This year’s theme REFLECTIONS continues our enduring
devotion to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
emphasizing our 25th Anniversary milestone.

Session 14

STREET REPORTER –  Sheila White dreams of becoming a photojournalist and escaping her life of homelessness. Yearning to make this change, she studies at a local university while completing homework late into the night at the women’s shelter. As a reporter at Street Sense newspaper, Sheila and her reporting partner, Reggie, cover the story of DC’s “Tent City.” Street Reporter is a deeply intimate, character-based film produced with community collaborators that provides a window into the power of community journalism in one woman’s life, casting a vision of the re-humanizing effects of life’s most basic need: a place to call home. Directed by Laura Waters Hinson, run time 27 min. 6:30PM

RICOCHET – Ricochet tells the story of the historic trial following the tragic incident at Pier 14 in San Francisco when a young woman named Kate Steinle was killed by the ricochet of a bullet accidentally fired by an undocumented immigrant, José Ines García Zaraté. The incident sparked a political and media firestorm – spearheaded by the anti-immigrant rhetoric of presidential candidate Donald J. Trump – that rattled the nation, exploited the tragedy of a family, and demonized an innocent man in the process. Against this backdrop, this film follows the ensuing trial. The defense is led by a team from the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office featuring Chief Attorney Matt Gonzalez and Francisco Ugarte, Managing Attorney of their Immigration Defense Unit. They must overcome not only the prosecution in this case, but also the court of public opinion warped by political agendas and false media narratives. Directed by Jeff Adachi, Chihiro Wimbush, run time 76 min. 7:10PM



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ALPHAVILLE

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November 12, 2022 @ 12:00 am – November 14, 2022 @ 11:45 pm
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Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) is on a mission to eliminate Professor Von Braun, the creator of a malevolent computer that rules the city of Alphaville. Befriended by the scientist’s beautiful daughter Natasha (Anna Karina), Lemmy must unravel the mysteries of the strictly logical Alpha 60 and teach Natasha the meaning of the word “love.”

“A dazzling amalgam of film noir and science fiction. Raoul Coutard’s camera turns contemporary Paris into an icily dehumanized city of the future.”
– Tom Milne, Time Out (London)

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard, 1965. Starring Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff, & László Szabó, Runtime, 99 min. Language, French with English subtitles.

Part of The Ultimate Outsider: A tribute to Jean-Luc Godard.



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Masculin Féminin

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November 2, 2022 @ 12:00 am – November 6, 2022 @ 11:45 pm
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With Masculin féminin, ruthless stylist and iconoclast Jean-Luc Godard introduces the world to “the children of Marx and Coca-Cola”, through a gang of restless youths engaged in hopeless love affairs with music, revolution, and each other. French new wave icon Jean-Pierre Leaud stars as Paul, an idealistic would-be intellectual struggling to forge a relationship with the adorable pop star Madeleine (real-life ye-ye girl Chantal Goya). Through their tempestuous affair, Godard fashions a candid and wildly funny free-form examination of youth culture in throbbing 1960s Paris, mixing satire and tragedy as only Godard can..

Directed by, Jean-Luc Godard, 1966. 103 min. French with English subtitles. DCP.

Part of The Ultimate Outsider: A tribute to Jean-Luc Godard.


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Band of Outsiders

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October 21, 2022 @ 12:00 am – October 22, 2022 @ 11:45 pm
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Claud Brasseur and Sami Frey (“Belmondo’s suburban cousins” – JLG) and mutual girlfriends Anna Karina, horse around with the idea of burglarizing the villa where she’s staying, but things go memorably awry. A jeu d’esprit, based on Fool’s Gold by Dolores Hitchens.

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Starring Anna Karina, Sami Frey, and Claude Brasseur. 97 min. DCP. French with English subtitles.

Part of The Ultimate Outsider: A tribute to Jean-Luc Godard.



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Breathless (35mm)

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October 8, 2022 @ 12:00 am – October 12, 2022 @ 11:45 pm
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The film (along with Truffaut’s The 400 Blows) that gave rise to the French New Wave tsunami, making Jean-Paul Belmondo a star and morphing the face of an affectless American blonde gamine–Jean Seberg–into that of a heartless noir femme fatale. Belmondo imagines himself a Bogart or a Cagney, but is really a two-bit Parisian hood who falls hard for the little girl in a T-shirt peddling the New York Herald Tribune on the Champs-Élysées. The debut feature by former Cahiers du Cinéma critic Godard, Breathless moves, sounds, and looks like a love story–with cinema.

Directed by Jean-Luc Goddard, 1960. 90 min. Language, French with English subtitles. 35mm.

Part of The Ultimate Outsider: A tribute to Jean-Luc Godard.



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SOLOMON KING

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November 12, 2022 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm
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“Don’t you suckers know the days of Uncle Remus and Old Black Joe are gone?,” barks ex-CIA operative/ex-Green Beret/nightclub owner Solomon King to a group of Black gang members at the Sugar Hill Club, in actor/director/writer Sal Watts’s long-lost Black urban crime/action film.   SOLOMON KING was shot independently in Oakland, CA in 1973 with a cast of mostly non-professional Black actors, a killer soul-funk soundtrack and incredible clothes from Watts’s own Mr. Sal’s Fashion stores.   In the vein of SHAFT, the film stars Watts as an African American version of James Bond/Matt Helm, seducing beautiful nightclub singers and beating the crap out of the henchmen of an oil-obsessed Middle Eastern ruler.  Produced on a shoestring budget and shot on location in many of the businesses Watts owned, the film is a priceless document of early Seventies Black culture, music and fashion in Oakland – and a powerful metaphor for Black empowerment, with Solomon turning the tables on every duplicitous Establishment character he encounters.

Directed by Jack Bomay and Sal Watts, 1974.  With “Little Jamie” Watts, Claudio Russo, Samaki Bennett, Tito Fuentes, Belinda B. Burton. Runtime, 85 min.



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THE HEALER STONES OF KAPAEMAHU

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October 24, 2022 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm
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Q&A with Directors Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson and Editor Bill Weber following the screening!

On Honolulu’s famed Waikiki Beach stand four giant boulders placed as a tribute to the four legendary mahu–individuals of dual male and female spirit-who brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii long ago. Although the stones have survived for centuries, their story has been hidden and the respected role of mahu erased. TheHealer Stones of Kapaemahu documents the trail of post-colonial suppression through the eyes of a Native Hawaiian director, herself mahu, and uses rare archival materials, new historical findings, and vivid animation to bring the unexpurgated story back to life.

Directed by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, 2022. 56minutes.



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