March 2013 films
THURSDAY, MARCH 14
6:00 p.m. – Ethel
United States / 2012 / 97 minutes /Rated: G
Director: Rory Kennedy
Shortlisted for Best Documentary, 2012 Academy Awards®
“A loving portrait.” – Newsday
This highly enjoyable and tender portrait of Ethel Kennedy is a loving tribute to her mother by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy, the youngest of Ethel and Robert Kennedy’s 11 children. It’s the first time that Ethel has spoken on camera for 30 years. The film chronicles her childhood as the daughter of a successful Chicago businessman to her 1950 marriage to RFK and her role, following her husband’s 1968 assassination, as a devoted, competitive, and at times free-spirited matriarch. Instilling a sense of compassion in her children, she encouraged each child to find a social cause of their own, though she never sought the limelight for herself. Featuring interviews with the 83-year-old matriarch, plus a treasure trove of home movie clips, personal photographs and stirring archival footage, this is a warm-hearted and enjoyable glimpse into America’s most captivating political family.
United States / 2012 / 92 minutes / Rated: 14A
Director: Freida Lee Mock
English and Spanish with English subtitles
Co-winner, Audience Award, Aspen Filmfest
“Remarkably uplifting and inspirational.” – L.A. Times
This heartwarming, inspirational and often funny film is the story of Father Greg Boyle, the charismatic visionary behind Homeboy Industries, the largest and most successful gang intervention rehab programme in the United States. Powered by the belief that “nothing stops a bullet like a job”, Father Greg – or ‘G-Dog’ as he is known – believes the remedy for kids at risk is radical and simple: boundless, restorative love. His unstoppable compassion has turned around the lives of thousands of African-American, Latino and Asian gang members. From its location in East Los Angeles, Homeboy Industries takes in 12,000 gang members annually, providing free job training, tattoo removal, counseling, yoga, and fatherhood and substance abuse classes. With a 70 per cent success rate, the programme has become an international model for rebuilding and redirecting the lives of gang members. Strong language, violent images.
FRIDAY, MARCH 15
6 p.m. – The Invisible War
United States / 2012 / 95 minutes / Rated: 14A
Director: Kirby Dick
Audience Award, 2012 Sundance Film Festival
“One of the most important films of the year.” – Los Angeles Review of Books
This riveting award-winning film is a ground-breaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem – today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The U.S. Department of Defence estimates that there were a staggering 22,800 violent sex crimes in the military in 2011. One-fifth of all active-duty female soldiers are sexually assaulted. Female soldiers aged 18-21 accounted for more than half of the victims. Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of rape victims, The Invisible War is a moving indictment of the systemic cover-up of military sex crimes, chronicling the women’s struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. Mature themes, strong language.
8.30 p.m. – Sound City
United States / 2013 / 108 minutes / Rated: NR
Director: Dave Grohl
Official Selection, 2013 Sundance Film Festival
“Sound City hits you like a shot in the heart.” – Rolling Stone
Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) makes his documentary directing debut with this high-spirited, emotional and funny mash note to a machine – the legendary Neve analog mixing console — that helped change the face of rock ‘n’ roll. A rollicking look at a dumpy California studio where a lot of musicians found magic, Grohl brings passion and heart to this lovingly assembled account of what it feels like to make real hand-crafted rock music. A who’s who of rock ‘n’ roll recorded at Sound City – Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Rick Springfield, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails, and more. When the studio closed, Grohl purchased the Neve console, and now he has invited many of the greatest recording artists who graced the Sound City studio to help him make a new album. It all makes for a highly entertaining film – and a killer soundtrack. Strong language, tobacco use. No admittance by anyone under 18.
SATURDAY, MARCH 16
11 a.m. – Magic Camp
United States / 2012 / 85 minutes / Rated: G
Director: Judd Ehrlich
Best Family Documentary, Newport Beach Film Festival
“A gem of a documentary.” – Kaua’i Times
This poignant, funny and inspirational film will steal your heart. Welcome to Tannen’s Magic Camp in rural Pennsylvania, where young magic lovers come together every summer to learn how to become professional magicians. At Tannen’s, there are no campfires, no sing-alongs – just magic. Welcome to the ‘real Hogwarts’, a place where kids can escape the pressures of growing up and just be themselves. Each year, the top four campers are selected to prove their worth in the camp’s final competition. As the aspiring illusionists prepare to perform on the same stage where superstars such as David Copperfield and David Blaine once honed their craft, they learn that it will take more than just nimble fingers and showmanship to win: they need to believe in themselves and find the magic within. This heart- warming film will be followed with a live performance by magician Mike Bishop. Recommended for ages 12 and up (brief language).
India / 2012 / 84 minutes / Rated: 12A
Director: Dylan Mohan Gray
English and Hindi, Manipuri and Xhosa with English subtitles
Official Selection, 2013 Sundance Film Festival
“Dramatic, compelling, but most of all, wonderfully humane.” – Stephen Lewis, former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa
An intricate tale of ‘medicine, monopoly and malice’, Fire in the Blood tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 – causing 10 million or more unnecessary deaths – and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back. Shot on four continents and including contributions from such global figures as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and Joseph Stiglitz, as well as ‘everyday people’ who are alive today because of their efforts, the film is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition that came together to save millions of lives. Far from a dour lament against social injustice, the film is a stirring reminder of how seemingly powerless individuals can band together to accomplish great things. Mature themes.
4:15 p.m. – Koch
United States / 2012 / 95 minutes / Rated: NR
Director: Neil Barsky
“A riveting portrait of a towering and polarising man, it’s also great fun!” – Mother Jones
Ferocious, charismatic, hilariously blunt – but never boring — former mayor Ed Koch was the quintessential New Yorker. He ruled the city from 1978-89, a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy, and rampant crime. Former Wall Street Journal reporter Neil Barsky has crafted a highly entertaining, intimate and revealing portrait of this intensely private man, his legacy as a political titan, and the city he helped transform. Widely praised for saving New York from financial ruin, Koch was criticised by African-American leaders for his racial insensitivity, and by human rights activists for his handling of the burgeoning AIDS epidemic. He famously called the brutal attack on the ‘Central Park jogger’ the “crime of the century”. With a flair for the dramatic right to the end, Koch passed away on February 1 – the same day that this film opened in New York cinemas. Strong language, mature themes. No admittance by anyone under 18.
9:15 p.m. – The Central Park Five
United States / 2012 / 119 minutes / Rated: 14A
Directors: Ken Burns, David McMahon, Sarah Burns
Freedom of Expression Award, U.S. National Board of Review
“Not only gripping and heartbreaking, but terrifying.” – BET.com
In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and charged with brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. News media swarmed the case, calling them a “wolf pack.” Convicted, the five would spend years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit before the truth about what really happened became clear. Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, The Central Park Five finally gives this story of injustice the attention it deserves. Based on Sarah Burns’ riveting book and co-directed by her husband David McMahon and father, the acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, this incendiary film tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories, an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice. Strong language, violent images.
SUNDAY, MARCH 17
3 p.m. – The Loving Story
United States / 2012 / 77 minutes / Rated: NR
Director: Nancy Buirski
Shortlisted for Best Documentary, 2012 Academy Awards®
“The most romantic film of the year.” – Film Journal International
A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this beautifully made and inspirational film about Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving. The marriage of Mildred, who was part-black and part-Native American, and Richard, who was white, was declared illegal by the courts in their home state of Virginia in 1958. Facing a prison term simply for being a mixed-race couple – Virginia was one of 20 states to have such laws – the Lovings fought back. In the 1967 landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia, America’s laws against inter-racial marriage were finally struck down. Telling the story in their own words, the history-making couple make a powerful statement about the quiet, enduring power of love in this engaging and riveting documentary that is a journey into the heart of race relations in the United States, and one of the must-see films of the year. Mature themes. No admittance by anyone under 18.
5 p.m. – A River Changes Course
Cambodia-United States / 2012 / 83 minutes / Rated: NR
Director: Kalyanee Mam
Khmer and Jarai with English subtitles
“A profound new take on the Cambodian experience.” – Phnom Penh Post
This cinematically spectacular and sensory journey is a profound portrait of Cambodians marching from their ancient culture into a globalised economy, charting the lives of three Cambodians and their families who have lived off the land and the sea, but must adapt to a new reality caused by deforestation, overfishing and the burden of debt on a farming life. Beautiful, tender, sometimes hilarious – but also heart-breaking – the film is a breathtaking and unprecedented journey from the remote, mountainous jungles and floating cities of the Cambodian countryside to the bustling garment factories of modern Phnom Penh, telling a universal story of struggle, survival, love, family, and hope. Brief nudity. No admittance by anyone under 18.
PRECEDING SHORT: Escape. Directed by Adrian Kawaley-Lathan, it is part of the Eyes on the World exhibition at the Bermuda National Gallery.
7:30 p.m. – 56 Up
United Kingdom / 2012 / 144 minutes / Rated: PG
Director: Michael Apted
“Critic’s Pick! Remarkable, poignant, fascinating.”—New York Times
This enjoyable, provocative and entertaining film is the latest in the Up Series of documentaries by acclaimed filmmaker Michael Apted. Launched in 1964, the series explores the Jesuit maxim “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man”. By asking children from different socio-economic backgrounds about their lives and their dreams for the future, the first film was meant to determine whether a class system was in place in England. Apted has interviewed the original group every seven years, examining the progression of their lives. Now, they are 56. From cab driver Tony, to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan and the iconoclast Neil, the present age brings more life-changing decisions and surprising developments. Nearly every facet of life is discussed with the group, as they assess whether their lives have ultimately been ruled by circumstance or self-determination. Tobacco use.