Producers' Forum

Teza - Director Haile Gerima in person!


Friday, January 25, 2013, 8:00PM @ International House Philadelphia

Teza (Ethiopia/Germany, 2008, 140 mins), set in Germany and Ethiopia, examines the displacement of African intellectuals, both at home and abroad, through the story of a young, idealistic Ethiopian doctor – Anberber. The film chronicles Anberber’s internal struggle to stay true, both to himself and to his homeland, but above all, Teza explores the possession of memory – a right humanity mandates that each of us have – the right to own our pasts.
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Janeane from Des Moines - Director Grace Lee in person!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7PM
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street

Mixing 'documentary' and 'performative' material, Janeane from Des Moines is a political satire about Janeane Wilson (Jane Edith Wilson), a conservative Iowa housewife determined to find a Republican candidate who will take America back from the Democrats. She dives into Iowa Tea Party politics and the lead-up to the Iowa caucus, but a crumbling economy causes her to lose everything she holds dear -- her job, her marriage, her health, and her home. As Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich criss-cross Iowa during her hour of need, Janeane presses them for answers that she and many of her fellow Americans would like to hear. MORE INFO

Grace Lee: Exploring the Gap between Rhetoric and Reality

Monday, February 11 from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Instructor: Grace Lee
Fee: $25. $15 for Scribe and PIFVA members

In this Master Class, director Grace Lee will discuss the ethical, aesthetic, and practical implications of mixing scripted elements with documentary material. Can artifice enable us to comprehend underlying truths otherwise invisible within a conventional documentary structure? What is the difference between "fact" and "truth"? What is the filmmaker’s ethical responsibility to audience and subject? How does this strategy impact the filmmaking process from development/pre-production to post-production and distribution?

Her film Janeane from Des Moines will be screened on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00PM.

Presented in partnership with the Asian American Studies Program at University of Pennsylvania, The Greenfield Intercultural Center at University of Pennsylvania, The Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) at University of Pennsylvania, Film and Media Arts at Temple University, and Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association (PIFVA)


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The Contradictions of Fair Hope - co-directors S. Epatha Merkerson & Rockell Metcalf in person

Tuesday, March 12, 7PM
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street

The Contradictions of Fair Hope sets the stage in rural Alabama, prior to Emancipation, and traces the development, struggles, contributions and gradual loss of tradition of one of the last remaining African American benevolent societies, known as “The Fair Hope Benevolent Society” in Uniontown, Alabama. Through gripping human stories of some of the last surviving society members and interviews with historians and local residents, the film provides an unprecedented look at the complex and morally ambiguous world of Fair Hope juxtaposed against the worldly pleasures of what has become known as the annual “Foot Wash” celebration. MORE INFO

Teza - Director Haile Gerima in Person!


Friday, January 25, 2013, 8:00PM @ International House Philadelphia

Teza (Ethiopia/Germany, 2008, 140 mins), set in Germany and Ethiopia, examines the displacement of African intellectuals, both at home and abroad, through the story of a young, idealistic Ethiopian doctor – Anberber. The film chronicles Anberber’s internal struggle to stay true, both to himself and to his homeland, but above all, Teza explores the possession of memory – a right humanity mandates that each of us have – the right to own our pasts.
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