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2019 HOLA Mexico Film Festival will run from May 31st to June 8th in Los Angeles. The 11th edition of HOLA Mexico will open with the Los Angeles premiere of THE GOOD GIRLS (LAS NIÑAS BIEN). The film, directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella and will close with the Los Angeles premiere of MIRREYES VS GODINEZ (MIRREYES CONTRA GODINEZ), in addition to announcing the programing for its sections Documental, MX Ahora, and Nocturno. MIRREYES VS GODINEZ directed by Chava Cartas is a comedic social critique on Mexico’s polarized society. The film stars Regina Blandón and Daniel Tovar and is produced by Francisco…

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival presents 13 timely and provocative films, from June 13-20, 2019, that shine a bright light on bravery and resilience in challenging times, with incisive perspectives on human rights issues affecting people around the world. As racism and xenophobia continue to rise within the highest echelons of power, this year’s festival presents cinematic works that expose and humanize cases of legalized and legitimized oppression of the disenfranchised that demand the world’s attention. Now celebrating its 30th year, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival truly reflects its ethos of celebrating diversity of content and perspective, providing…

Cinema Without Borders is proud to present GoE Bridging The Borders Award for the 11 Consecutive year at the prestigious SEEfest, South East European Film Festival LA. GoE Bridging The Borders Award offered by Cinema Without Borders and sponsored by GoEnergistics, goes to a feature film that helps bringing people of our world closer together. Winner will be announced on May 6th during the closing ceremony of the 14th Edition of the festival at the Writer’s Guild theater. Jury members for Bridging the Borders Award assigned by SEEfest are: Jan Cvitkovič Jan Cvitkovič, the Slovanian filmmaker, is an Archeologist, writer, director.…

When I am not touched by a film, I prefer to avoid writing about it and share a critic’s review with our visitors. Tehran, City Of Love, with no doubt is a well made film by a talented film director, it follows the life of three depressed characters all through the film with dark humor. One of the characters is a middle-aged man who is a body building instructor and fails in romantically attracting a young man that is his student. The other character is a depressed man that sings in memorial ceremonies and finds the opportunity of becoming a…

Bomb, a Love Story is about love and war, or better to say, how cruelty of war helps blossoming of a love. The story of Bomb, a Love Story happens during the Tehran bombardments during Iran/Iraq war and creates the atmosphere and mood of the city on those dark and unforgettable days quite faithfully. Bomb, a Love Story will be screened on May 10, 2019 – 7:30 pm at  Billy Wilder Theater as part of UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema. Iraj (Payman Maadi) and Mitra (Leila Hatami) are a couple that have troubled relationship. Iraj is bothered by the fact that his wife, before their marriage…

Kamran Heidari creates the genre of his own. His films are new kind of dacudrama and dacufiction, while he never leaves his real characters and real events, he turns them masterfully to an impressive drama. One of his latest films, Ali Agha, reminds me the Italian Neorealist cinema and specially films like Vittorio De Sica’s Umberto D, where the main character in both films are struggling for survival, they are old and they both have a deep affection for their animal companions. Umberto has a hard time to let his little dog go and Ali Agha can’t leave his pigeons.…

UCLA Film Archive continues its long tradition of celebrating the best cinema from Iran and the Iranian diaspora with the latest edition of its annual survey of works by Iranian filmmakers, past and present. This year, the program illuminates the latest cinematic trends with several comedies and outright satires appearing in the lineup alongside gripping dramas and documentaries that explore the complex realities of Iran’s contemporary moment and the difficult history that shaped it. UCLA presents new restorations of two landmark works by two founding filmmakers of the pre-revolution Iranian New Wave, Forough Farrokhzad and Ebrahim Golestan, whose significant contributions…

DC Independent Film Festival has announced the Award winners for its 20th edition. One of the winners is Sedika Mojadidi that has received Best Film by a Woman Director Inaugural Award for her film FACING THE DRAGON. https://youtu.be/UVSRq1KWpfo Sedika Mojadidi, director/producer/cinematographer, is an Award winning independent filmmaker, Sedika Mojadidi has directed two feature documentaries, “Motherland Afghanistan,” (2006, PBS< Independent Lens) and “Facing the Dragon”, (PBS, 2018). Some of her television work includes: the critically acclaimed ABC News documentary series, “Boston Med” and television/documentary projects for PBS, The Discovery Channel, TLC, A&E, Guardian Multi Media and Human Rights Watch. Her writing is published…

The Asian-American Film Festival of Oregon, DisOrient, arrives at the University of Oregon on March 14 and continues through March 17. The festival showcases Asian-American documentary, fiction and short films “by us, for us and about us.” In its 14th year, the festival strives to raise awareness of social justice issues through the power of cinema. Asian-Americans are one of the least represented demographics in the film industry. According to the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Asian-Americans represented “only 1 percent of all leading roles in Hollywood.” DisOrient hopes to change this pattern with support of Asian-American…

GUANGDONG, South China — For three centuries, quiet Zurong Village at the southernmost tip of China’s mainland hasn’t had much to offer visitors, aside from tropical fruit. But that all changed when a local businessman decided to make the small town the center of a nationwide film festival. For the past three years, the village has hosted the Zurong Dialect Film Festival, China’s first to celebrate the country’s dialects. The country is host to over 130 languages with countless regional variants, according to the Ministry of Education. However, dialects differ so greatly that Chinese speakers often cannot even understand them. In Zurong…

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