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SUNDAY JULY, 24, 2005, AT 6:30 P.M.


ANTI WAR CINEMA

 

 

5 MINUITES

A Short Film by CATHERINE PIROTTA

(15 min-In English)

Live every minute of your life as if it were your last.
The last five minutes of a man’s life become an examination on the fleeting nature of existence and time.
“5 MINUTES” illustrates what 5 minutes mean in the lives of different characters. The film follows ROBERT WHELAN’S last five minutes of life. On her journey to the hospital, his wife, ARIEL encounters different people who spend the time their own way.

Director Bio

Catherine Pirotta hails from Lima, Peru and has written and directed four films and received six awards for her services and excellence in filmmaking including nods from the ABC Network, Women In Film and Tribeca.

Her screenplay Adopting Change gained her a “Recognition of Creative Excellence” from the ABC Network and gained critical acclaim in festivals around the world. Her previous project Nobody’s Fault was selected for the top honor at The Peruvian Film Festival in her native Lima.

Director's Statement

I came up with the ides of “5 MINUTES” about a year ago. I heard the story of a friend whose husband was suffering from a terminal illness and was fighting an insurance company for the right to have an operation which will not save him, but give him 6 more months to live.
Hearing this made me question myself about how precious time can be for some persons, while sometimes for others, including me, simply pass wastefully. I mean what had I done the last six months?
Since then, I wanted to make a film that explores this. I tried to include characters that the audience could relate to everyday activities, such as someone going to work, being stuck in traffic for hours and getting really mad because of that, or the seemingly endless wait for a bus (when we let time pass through unaware)
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BEYOND THE GLOBAL VILLAGE

A Short Film by HASSAN FAYYAD
Titles and Music Design by ROYA ARYANPAD

(A film without words – 7 min.)

Based on Marshal McLuhan's communication theories and his memorable book:
War and Peace in the Global Village.

BEYOND THE GLOBAL VILLAGE is a collage and montage of images that sharply illustrates how electric technology stimulates more discontinuity and diversity and division and destruction than the old mechanical society.
McLuhan called our era a ''transitional era of profound pain and tragic identity quest.'' ''But,'' he added, ''the agony of our age is the labor pain of rebirth.''
Today, War and Peace in the Global Village speaks to a new generation, and a wider international audience.


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SUNDAY JULY, 24, 2005, AT 7:00 P.M.


THE CRANES ARE FLYING (1957)
A Film by MIKHAIL KALATOZOV

In Russian with English subtitles
94 min


 

Veronica and Boris are blissfully in love, until the eruption of World War II tears them apart. Boris is sent to the front lines…and then communication stops. Meanwhile, Veronica tries to ward off spiritual numbness while Boris' draft-dodging cousin makes increasingly forceful overtures. Winner of the Pa/me d'Orat the 1958 Cannes Film Festival, The Cranes Are Flying is a superbly crafted drama, bolstered by stunning cinematography and impassioned performances.


There will be a panel discussion following the film with Roya Aryanpad, Katherine Pirotta, and Hassan Fayyad, moderated by Majid Roshangar