2014 FEATURED FILMS
ANITA is an acclaimed feature documentary film by Academy Award-winner and Sun Valley resident Freida Lee Mock. Now a distinguished law professor, in 1991, Anita Hill appeared before the Senate Judicial Committee during the confirmation hearing of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Public reaction to her testimony helped create groundbreaking legislation against workplace sexual harassment.
BAY OF ALL SAINTS is a feature documentary filmed over six years by Annie Eastman in Brazil. Through an introduction by a handyman, who became an integral part of the story, Eastman met Geni, Jesus and Doña Maria, three single mothers, who, though illiterate, found their voices and roles as leaders in the ongoing fight to save their stilt community on the Bay from destruction. http://www.bayofallsaints.com/
BUDDHA COLLAPSED OUT OF SHAME is a dramatic feature length film from Afghanistan. Amidst the rubble from statues of Buddha blown up by the Taliban, poor families live in caves at the foot of the cliffs. Baktay, a six-year-old Afghan girl is challenged to go to school by her neighbor’s son who proudly reads his lessons. Finding the money to buy a precious notebook and taking her mother’s lipstick for a pencil, Baktay sets out. On her way, she is harassed by boys playing games that mimic the terrible violence they have witnessed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CmUMo8e0ok
RAFEA: SOLAR MAMA documents the real-life story of Rafea, a Bedouin woman who struggles against tradition and society as she seeks to become the first solar engineer in Jordan. Living with her daughters in one of Jordan’s poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border, Rafea travels to India to attend the Barefoot College, where illiterate grandmothers from around the world are trained in six months to be solar engineers. http://rafeasolarmama.com/
TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE is a feature length dramatic film shot in Senegal, which grew out of a Student Academy Award-nominated film by Jeremy Teicher. Rooted in reality, the film tells the story of Coumba and her little sister Debo who are the first to leave their family’s remote African village to attend school. But when an accident suddenly threatens their family’s survival, their father decides to sell 11-year-old Debo into an arranged marriage. http://tallasthebaobabtree.com/