Schwarzberg's lovingly crafted documentary is a cinematic paean to the splendors of America -- its vast landscape, diverse people, and incomparable natural wonders. The filmmaker packed up his camera and hit the road, recording his encounters with ordinary Americans -- from a Vermont farmer to an Appalachian coal miner -- and set it all to stirring original music by John Mellencamp.
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In our search for romance does the new celluloid version of love leave room for the fairy tale? When chivalry, feminism and film collide we find…the modern love story.
Panelist(s): Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas (Revolution Studios), Lynda Obst (How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days) | Read More
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is given a human face -- actually, as many human faces as a family reunion -- through Israeli filmmaker Elon's quest to find Musa Obeidallah, the Palestinian man who kept house for her family in Jerusalem for more than 20 years. The search begins soon after September 11, in Paterson, New Jersey, one of the largest Arab communities in the country. | Read More
Mario assumes the role of his father, Melvin, in this heartfelt homage to the making of the elder Peebles' groundbreaking 1971 feature Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (also in the Festival). Intercutting brief clips from Sweetback with dramatic re-creations, Baadasssss recounts the trials Van Peebles pere endured to finance and film this pioneering indie effort, now considered a touchstone of the blaxploitation genre. | Read More
Pedro, a gay dentist with a very active social life, agrees to take care of his 11-year-old nephew for two weeks -- but it soon becomes a more permanent arrangement. In the tradition of Kramer vs. Kramer, Albaladejo seamlessly merges dramatic situations with offbeat humor, creating a potent, heartwarming film. | Read More
Under the Taliban, Afghan women were forced to become faceless. This engrossing, optimistic film follows a group of American women who travel to Kabul, where many of them were born but forced to flee, to teach beauty skills. They end up fostering inner healing and spiritual transformation, restoring long-lost self-confidence, and learning much about themselves along the way. | Read More
Elton, a 13-year-old South African opera singer, fell in love with opera after his cousin gave him a tape of famed Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Elton's performances, from solo stints at open-air festivals to opening for established opera singers, are punctuated by his undeniable talent and passion. Screens with Cinderella of the Cape Flats. | Read More
After her fiancé's fatal hit-and-run, amateur photographer Molly refuses to travel by car. Yet in many other ways she becomes dangerously careless while grappling with life without love in her once-comforting Vermont town. Featuring assured performances by Vinessa Shaw, Tim Blake Nelson, and codirector Daly (Wings, Diner). | Read More
It isn't easy to cross the border between Pakistan and India -- even for a camel. The only Indian film to win an award at this year's Golden Elephant International Children's Film Festival at Hyderabad, Blind Camel tells the enchanting story of a child who unwittingly crosses the border from India into Pakistan in pursuit of his stray camel herd. | Read More