Chicago: Special Screening March 28
With reception and discussion
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
April 29, 2013 at Gene Siskel Film Center + Q&A with Filmmaker
Screening May 6 at the Gene Siskel Film Center
Film Festival, March 28–May 6, 2013
In 1963 the US Supreme Court decided the landmark case of Gideon v. Wainwright. The holding was simple: in felony cases people who cannot afford a lawyer must be provided one. But Gideon's promise has not been fulfilled.
Alternating between the participants' scenes of daily life and Nagieb's own experiences, My Afghanistan depicts a country where civilians are the greatest victims of the war, and Afghans struggle to live in the constant shadow of violence.
Meet Masha, a 19-year-old who grew up in the Putin era, on her journey through the Kremlin-created Nashi youth movement. This coming-of-age tale focuses on Masha's personal political struggle and paints a grim picture of the Russian political climate.
Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives with her daughters in one of Jordan's poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. When she is selected for an intriguing programme called the Barefoot College in India, Rafea doesn't need to think twice, and travels to join 30 illiterate women from different countries to train to become solar engineers.
A true cinematic experiment, The Act of Killing explores a chapter of Indonesia's history in a way bound to stir debate—by enlisting a group of former killers, including Indonesian paramilitary leader Anwar Congo, to re-enact their lives in the style of the films they love.
Filmmaker Paul Saltzman retraces his steps as a young civil rights worker in Mississippi who was assaulted by a group of young men led by Byron "Delay" De La Beckwith, the son of the man convicted of killing civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Decades later, Saltzman returns to the south to meet with Beckwith and see what, if anything, has changed in the New South.