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JALANAN

Director: Daniel Ziv | 107-mins. | Indonesia | 2013 | Documentary

Doc Central. JALANAN (‘Streetside’) tells the captivating story of Boni, Ho & Titi – three gifted, charismatic street musicians in Jakarta – and spans a tumultuous, 5-year period in their own lives and that of Indonesia. The film follows these young, marginalized buskers and their never-before-seen sub-culture, while also painting a striking, moody and intimate portrait of Indonesia’s frenzied capital city. Using the powerful soundtrack of the musicians’ original compositions to drive the film, it traces their elusive quest for identity and love in the day-to-day of a city overrun by the effects of globalization and corruption. Indonesian and Javanese languages with English subtitles. Director, Daniel Ziv attending.

THE SINGHAMPTON PROJECT

Director: Jonathan Staav | 60-mins. | Canada | 2014

Doc Central. In August, 2012, on a lot of land just outside of Toronto, Canadian Chef, Michael Stadtländer, and French Landscape Artist, Jean Paul Ganem, designed and planted a total of seven edible gardens. Chef Stadtländer then installed a kitchen at each of these gardens and created dishes to match the artistic concept of each garden. From August 10 until August 26, from 3-7pm daily, more than 800 people were treated to a gastronomic feast as they strolled from garden to garden, tasting the bounty of this art over seven courses. Among the many challenges along the way, the toughest challenge of all was being faced with the driest year in 65-years. Director, Jonathan Staav magically weaves pleasure, and pain, into this once-in-a-lifetime event – THE SINGHAMPTON PROJECT. Jonathan Staav (Director) attending.

THE RIGHT JUICE

Director: Kristjan Knigge | 93-mins. | Portugal | 2014 | Romantic Comedy

Fiercely Independent. If life gives you oranges, make THE RIGHT JUICE. A comedic drama about a 40-something, ex-banker who moves from London to the Algarve in southern Portugal to re-invent himself as an orange farmer. Through his quest to find water for his trees, save his marriage and make peace with his past he discovers that simply changing the venue and his career doesn’t deliver the life changes he expects. In the words of one of the mentors he meets along the way: ‘Sometimes a man need not change what he does, but why he does it.’

CHARLIE’S COUNTRY

Director: Rolf de Heer | 108’ | Australia | 2013 | Drama
ENCORE: Monday September 29 @ 9:30
World Cinema. In a remote northern community, Charlie – David Gulpilil (SATELLITE BOY) is struggling. A government crackdown has, by and large, taken the fun out of life. The cops confiscated his gun, then his spears (dangerous weapons), his catch (a water buffalo), they offer poor food and won’t give him a home, they won’t let him drink and by ironic intervention, they make him help catch his dope dealer. Convinced that the old ways have got to be better than oppressive whitefella law, Charlie heads into the bush to live with his ancestors. Director, Rolf de Heer (TEN CANOES) has created a heartfelt, heartwrenching experience born of one man’s frustration. CHARLIE’S COUNTRY is a warm and reflective account of a man struggling to retain his dignity in a fading culture. The film was in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard) where Gulpilil won Best Actor for his outstanding, yet seemingly effortless, performance. Print source – Visit Films.

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