Norman A. Geske Cinema Showcase for the remainder of the fall 2015 semester: Kalyanee Mam who will be appearing for a Q&A on the opening night of her movie from Cambodia titled A RIVER CHANGES COURSE on Friday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. Jack Walsh and Marsha Kahm who will be appearing for a Q&A on the opening night of their movie titled FEELINGS ARE FACTS: THE LIFE OF YVONNE RAINER on Friday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. And Afia Serena Nathaniel who will be appearing for a Q&A on the opening night of her movie from Pakistan titled DUKHTAR (DAUGHTER) on Friday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. More information can be found at www.theross.org. All of these visitors will be available to attend UNL classes to interact with students on the Friday afternoons over their visits. If you are interested in having any of them attend your classes please contact Danny Ladely at the Ross.
A RIVER CHANGES COURSE
Directed by: Kalyanee Mam
Runtime: 1 hour, 23 minutes
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Release Date: October 4, 2013
Distributor: Indie Street
Cast: Sav Samourn, Sari Math, Khieu Mok
Friday, November 13 – Thursday, November 19
Kalyanee Mam’s documentary feature reveals the anguishing sense of loss behind a profusion of ravishingly beautiful images.—Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Mam’s camera work is exquisite in its immediacy and agility.—Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
Instead of delving into the politics of their plight, Ms. Mam delivers a universal story.—Nicole Harrington, New York Times
The Geske Cinema Showcase presents director Kalyanee Mam who will appear for a Q&A with the audience following the opening night screening of her film A RIVER CHANGES COURSE on Friday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Today,” remarks Sav Samourn, “everyone needs land.” Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at Sundance, A River Changes Course tells the story of three families living in contemporary Cambodia as they face hard choices forced by rapid development and struggle to maintain their traditional ways of life as the modern world closes in around them. In the deep jungles of Cambodia, Sav Samourn and her family depend on the forests for their food and livelihood. But with the encroachment of large companies and the slashing and clearing of forests, Sav Samourn soon discovers there is no room for wild animals and ghosts in the forests she calls home. In a fishing village on the Tonle Sap River, Sari Math is forced to quit school to help support his family. But as the fish catch steadily dwindles, Sari and his family realize their lives as fishermen are changing forever. In a small village outside of Phnom Penh, Khieu Mok must leave and find work in a garment factory to support her familyʼs mounting debt. But life in the city proves no better and Khieu finds herself torn between her obligations to send money home and her duty to be at home with her family. From a remote northern jungle, down along the Tonle Sap, to the rice fields in the countryʼs center and the pulsing heart of urban Phnom Penh, the radical changes in Cambodia today are transforming not only the countryʼs landscape – but also the dreams of its people.
Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer
Directed by: Jack Walsh
Cinematography by: Marsha Kahm
Runtime: 1 hour, 23 minutes
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Release Date: 2015
Cast: Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneeman, B. Ruby Rich
Friday, November 20 – Tuesday, November 24
The Norman A. Geske Cinema Showcase Presents Director Jack Walsh & Cinematographer Marsha Kahm appearing at the opening night screening of FEELINGS ARE FACTS: THE LIFE OF YVONNE RAINER for a Q&A with the audience following the 7:30 p.m. screening. This will be the US Theatrical Première of FEELINGS ARE FACTS: THE LIFE OF YVONNE RAINER. Moreover, the groundbreaking American dancer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer was our guest and participated in the Film/Video Showcase at the Sheldon Art Gallery in 1986.
As dancer and choreographer, Yvonne Rainer famously took the pedestrian and made it revolutionary — a trick achieved in reverse by Jack Walsh’s adoring portrait of the octogenarian iconoclast. …Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer is an accessible, conversational and unswervingly conventional documentary which no one could ever confuse with Rainer’s own avant-garde cinema offerings.—Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
In 1966, Yvonne Rainer changed the world of modern dance with her performance ‘Trio A’ by analyzing the repertoire of human movement in a radically unspectacular way. Influenced by Merce Cunningham and John Cage, she developed socio-political choreographies in which she explored on stage everyday movements in a way that deliberately thwarted audience expectations. Determined not to appear biddable, she began experimenting with film – applying to the new medium the same revolutionary impetus that was to be found in her body work. At the age of 56 she came out as a lesbian, and in 1997 she won the Teddy Award with MURDER and murder. Making abundant use of film excerpts, archive footage and reinterpretations of Rainer’s choreographies, director Jack Walsh succeeds in illustrating the artistic development of an unswerving yet likeable avant-gardist – from the 1950s to the present day. Complementing Rainer’s own recollections are contributions from dance experts and fellow-travelers such as Carolee Schneeman and B. Ruby Rich. Today, aged 80, she is still working on the stage, after Mikhail Baryshnikov persuaded her to make a belated comeback as a choreographer in the year 2000 © Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Directed by: Afia Serena Nathaniel
Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Country: Pakistan, Norway, USA
Release Date: October 16, 2015
Distributor: Dukhtar Productions LLC
Cast: Samiya Mumtaz, Saleha Aref, Mohib Mirza, Asif Kahn, Samina Ahmed, Gulistan Ibrahim
Friday, December 4 – Thursday, December 10
Dukhtar grabs you from the outset and never lets go.—Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times
Its principal merit is the quiet authority of Ms. Mumtaz, who combines a mother’s passionate concern with glimmers of an awakening consciousness.—Andy Webster, New York Times
Dukhtar is an issues film with the twisted, heart-pounding feel of a road-trip thriller …—Diana Clark, Village Voice
THE NORMAN A. GESKE CINEMA SHOWCASE presents Afia Serena Nathaniel, director of DUKHTAR, who will be appearing at the 7:30 p.m. opening night screening on Friday, December 4 for a Q&A with the audience following the screening.
In a village in Pakistan, a young mother Allah Rakhi (Samiya Mumtaz) kidnaps her ten-year old daughter Zainab (Saleha Aref) to save her from a child marriage. Pursued by her husband’s family and the groom’s henchmen, they escape onto the open mountainous highway where seeking help Allah Rakhi convinces a reluctant Sohail, (Mohib Mirza) a cynical ex-Mujahid truck driver, to take them on-board. Described by Variety as “Crisp Grandeur”, the film unfolds against the surreal landscapes of northern mountainous Pakistan all the way to the vibrant city of Lahore as the deadly hunt for mother and daughter intensifies.
Shot in 30 days in below freezing conditions mostly in the disputed territory between Pakistan and India with more than 200 extras, and chase scenes filmed on the world’s highest altitude roads, helmed by a first-time female director-producer with an all-male crew of 40 men, this feminist road-trip movie has created history in the fledgling independent film industry of Pakistan.
Director Afia Nathaniel says, “The seed of the film is inspired by the true story of a mother from the tribal areas of Pakistan who kidnaps her two daughters and seeks a new future for them. The story resonated with me deeply because in Pakistan, I come from a humble family of very strong women, women who have endured extremely tough lives in hope of a better one for their children. So while studying Film Directing at Columbia University in New York, I penned a fictional screenplay for this road-trip thriller. The mother’s journey into the unknown would raise important questions about the price we are willing to pay for freedom, dignity and love in a time when modernity, tradition and fundamentalism have come to a head. In the ten years that it took me to make this film, I became a mother to a daughter myself and the issue of child marriage became even more personal. Every year, around the world, nearly 15 million girls lose their childhood to marriage and for me this is an unacceptable reality. And so the determination to make the film and have it seen by audiences never left me.”