Saturday, April 07, 2007

SFIFF 2007 Women-Directed Documentaries, Part 1

(Brian Steidle)

I’m delighted to report that fifteen of the 25 feature-length documentaries screened at SFIFF this year are directed by women. The U.S. film THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK (Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern, co-producers and co-directors of the 2007 Academy Award-nominated documentary THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT)
(Annie Sundberg)

is a devastating exposé of the genocide in Darfur; and Sundberg and Stern are excellent examples of social activism through cinema. This superb doc, which I first saw in January at Sundance, follows the young hero Brian Steidle, an ex-Marine who is learning to change the world through peaceful means, as he witnesses and photographs the worst imaginable atrocities.

(Ricki Stern)
(Brian Steidle)
Nicholas Kristof, the “New York Times” columnist writes about the situation: "It's as if history gives us a chance to redeem ourselves after Rwanda, and yet we are failing again."
During the after-film Q&A at Sundance, Brian said modestly. "I'm just a guy who tried to wake up the conscience of a bunch of people." Since 2003, 450,000 innocent people have been massacred (300 die each day) and 2.5 million have been displaced to Chad. Every seat in the house should be sold out for the three Festival screenings.

Sat. April 28 3:30 SFMoMA
Sun. April 29 1:00 PFA
Wed. May 2 6:15 Kabuki


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