Videos: Weekend Film Series to Launch Sept 19

September 10, 2010

A ‘Weekend Film Series’ is set to launch September 19 at BUEI, with future dates for the Weekend Film Series scheduled on Nov 21, Jan 16 and Feb 20. The ‘Weekend Film Series’, to be held monthly, is a joint production of Bermuda Documentary Film Festival director Duncan Hall and the BUEI.

The series will take a break in October for the presentation of the Bermuda Documentary Film Festival to be held October 22-24 at the BUEI.

For the September Weekend two films will be shown; Mid-August Lunch, by director Gianni Di Gregorio will screen at 3 pm, while The Oath, by Academy Award-nominated director Laura Poitras, will screen at 4:30 pm.

Tickets to each film, $15, go on sale Friday September 10 in the gift shop at the BUEI. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Mid-August Lunch
Mid-August Lunch won three prizes at the Venice Film Festival, earned Di Gregorio the Best New Director award at the David di Donatello Awards (Italy’s Academy Awards), won the Satyajit Ray Award at the London Film Festival for Best First Film, and was nominated for Best Picture at the European Film Awards. The film, in Italian with English subtitles, is a tale of good food, feisty women and unlikely friendships during a very Roman holiday.

The Oath
Documentary film The Oath is the second in a planned trilogy of films by Poitras about the U.S. war in Iraq. The first film, My Country My Country, was nominated for an Academy Award. The Oath, which has won prizes at the Sundance, Edinburgh and Hot Docs film festivals, will screen in English and Arabic, with English subtitles.

Shot in Yemen, the film offers a quietly disturbing look into the inner workings of al-Qaeda through the eyes of two brothers-in-law, each of whom worked for Osama bin Laden. Abu Jandal, a former bodyguard to bin Laden, named names in the aftermath of 9/11 and now works as a taxi driver in Yemen. Salim Hamdan, a former driver for bin Laden, spent years in prison at Guantanamo Bay.

“The film provides us with a view of the ‘War on Terror’ from the other side, which we rarely see,” Hall says. “It is a deft exploration of the twin tragedies of terrorism and America’s response to it.”

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