NAILA AND THE UPRISING
2017, Just Vision Films, 76 min, USA/Palestine, Dir: Julia Bacha

When a nationwide uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a young woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time. NAILA AND THE UPRISING chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila Ayesh and a fierce community of women at the frontlines, whose stories weave through the most vibrant, nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history: the First Intifada in the late 1980s. Using evocative animation, intimate interviews and exclusive archival footage, this empowering documentary spotlights the courageous women activists who have remained on the margins of history - until now.


IMAGINE
1972, Eagle Rock Entertainment, 68 min, USA, Dir: Steve Gebhardt, John Lennon, Yoko Ono

A window into the lives of two of the world’s most beloved artists, IMAGINE depicts John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s artistic processes as they compose the classic albums “Imagine” and “Fly” at their home in 1971. With a killer soundtrack and rare studio footage, this made-for-television gem is rarely screened in theaters, and its impressive surround sound offers a chance for Lennon and Ono fans to hear the music in a way that cannot be duplicated at home. Don’t just imagine this unique celebration of love, dreams and music - see it on the big screen!


CHUNG KUO – CHINA
1972, Rai Teche, 215 min, Italy, Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

Rarely screened in its complete form, CHUNG KUO – CHINA is a fascinating foray into the heart of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution. Originally invited to make a piece of propaganda, Antonioni took advantage of his unprecedented access and shot nearly 100 hours of travel footage across three regions in China to create this grand-scale documentary. Although Antonioni’s subtle observational style was far too unfocused to earn the Communist government’s approval (leading to widespread efforts to halt the film’s distribution), his lively interest in his subjects can be felt in every frame. A collage of human faces and very little dialogue, the film is an immersive travelogue and perhaps the best of his documentaries.


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