2016 Program Selection Q-T

Tickets are available for all shows by looking on this list then, after you mark your pick(s), purchasing (on-line) HERE (by) using the day/time individual program list, or (by) purchasing at the theater (with no service charge.  If purchasing at theater, we recommend that you arrive no later than twenty (20) minutes in advance of screening.) 

Reversing The Mississippi (USA, 52 min.)

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Screening:

April 1, 9:30 pm, Camelot

(2013 AmDocs Film Fund Winner)

California Premiere

Ian Midgley, USA, 52 min.

On a road trip across America, filmmaker Ian Midgley met two young innovators whose projects, resourcefulness and idealism inspired him. You may have seen Marcin Jabukowski’s TED talk: he’s the physicist who started Open Source Ecology, an effort to democratize the production of tools for agriculture. And you may have read about Nat Turner, the New York City teacher who relocated to the Lower Ninth Ward soon after Hurricane Katrina: he started Our School at Blair Grocery, an urban agriculture experiment meant to empower neighborhood youth, but recently beset by financial difficulties. Midgley decides to play matchmaker, sensing collaboration between the two men could be fruitful.

See No Evil (Netherlands, 72 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 4:00 pm, Camelot 

North American Premiere

Jos De Putter, NETHERLANDS, 72 min.

A portrait of the daily life of three famous elderly apes who spend their days in retirement homes; a movie-star, a scientist and a crippled. We have watched and taught them for many years, as they have watched us. A sometimes bitter, poetic recapture of the intriguing relationship between Chimp and Man, as ‘remembered’ by the protagonists.

Seeding Fear (CANADA,10 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 11:30 am, Camelot

California Premiere

Craig Jackson , CANADA, 10 min.

Through heavy-handed investigations and ruthless prosecutions Monsanto has fundamentally changed the foundations of farming. Michael White, a fourth generation farmer and seed cleaner, never imagined that he and his elderly father would end up in their crosshairs.

Seven Days A Week (United Kingdom,10 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 5:00 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Tal Amiran, United Kingdom, 10 min.

For the last 36 years, Paul has opened his North London paper stall at 4.40am, seven days a week, every week of the year.  Now 66, and with his time selling papers nearing an end, Paul reflects on his life in the paper booth and what the future holds for the stall he inherited from his father.

Sick World (South Korea, 66 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 4:00 pm, Camelot

North America Premiere

Hyun-Mi Park, SOUTH KOREA, 66 min.

Whether it is modern medicine or alternative medicine is not important; what is really important to patients is the effectiveness of a cure.

Signum (POLAND, 14 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 1:30 pm, Camelot

North American Premiere

Witold Giersz, POLAND, 14 min.

Impressions on the topic of the cave paintings – art based on simple, now highly sophisticated means of expression. In this painting one  observe artists striving to break the static drawings. Now thanks to the possibilities offered by animation, one could fulfill their dream and give characters motion. Prehistoric artists paintings suggest a plot of each episodes of film.

SILA, Gatekeepers Of The Arctic ( SWITZERLAND, 70 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 4:30 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Corina Gamma, SWITZERLAND, 70 min.

SILA is a term that encompasses weather, balance, and consciousness. In the world’s most northerly inhabited town, a small Inuit settlement struggles with the drastic change in weather pattern, threatening their traditional lifestyle. Their stories are intertwined with international researchers on Greenland’s Inland Ice Cap. Both sides of witnesses bring a human face to the politicized issue of climate change and illustrate the impact it has on a small isolated Arctic community.

Skin And Bones ( DENMARK, 58 min. MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY)

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Screening:

Sat., April 2, 9:00 pm, Camelot

(MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY)

 

Palm Springs Premiere

Michael Dinesen, DENMARK, 58 min.

The three friends nicknamed Mugge, Søgaard, and Nasser share a strong friendship based on humor. Just like most other young men, they are mainly interested in sports, sex, and partying. Unlike most other young men, however, these three friends suffer from Progressive Muscular Dystrophy. Strapped to their wheelchairs, the three friends live their lives, trying to maintain as much normalcy as possible.

So You Want To Be A D.J ( USA, 4 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 12:00 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

Vincent Sassone, USA, 4 min.

Join the journey of putting together a summer arts camp for high school students, in the art and science of being a DJ. Featuring interviews from the various parties who put together the highly successful camp, as well as the thoughts of the students themselves, this short film should make you come away feeling inspired about how to create innovative arts programming for your students!

Sonia's Dream (PERU, 14 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 11:30 am, Camelot

California Premiere

Diego Sarmiento, PERU, 14 min.

Sonia Mamani lives in Capachica, a peninsula of Lake Titicaca (Puno, Peru). She learned to cook at the age of fifteen and has been travelling ever since, teaching women not only how to prepare traditional dishes but also to appreciate their customs and identity.

Strive (GERMANY, 25 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 11:30 am, Camelot

North America Premiere

Jutta Schoen, GERMANY, 25 min.

A portrait about the fleeting nature of beauty, about striving for perfection, about passion – about the ballet dancer Claudia Ortiz Arraiza.

Super-Unit (POLAND, 21 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 2, 11:00 am, Camelot

North America Premiere

Teresa Czepiec, POLAND, 25 min.

Superjednostka (Polish for “super unit”) is a huge block of flats designed as a ‘housing machine’. Up to three thousand people can live on 15 floors of the building. The lifts only stop every three floors so the residents must go through a maze of corridors and stairs in order to get to their flats. The main characters of the documentary are people living in Superjednostka and going through important moments of their lives there. This is where their emotions throb, their expectations engender, and their desires come true… or not. 762 flat doors and 762 stories. We are only opening a few of them.

Surire (CHILE, GERMANY, 80 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 11:30 am, Camelot

North America Premiere

Bettina Perut, Iván  Osnovikoff, CHILE, GERMANY, 80 min.

The Surire salt flat is located in the Chilean high plateau at 4,300 meters over the sea level, on the border with Bolivia. In its surroundings live a handful of elders, the last survivors of the Aymara culture in the area. As background, the machinery of a mine site roams the landscape, intermingled with flamingos, vicunas and llamas. SURIRE is a film that from observation and cinematic language portrays this unique space in which coexist natural beauty, human absurdity, and cultural decline.

Territory (United Kingdom,17 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 4:00 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Eleanor Mortimer, United Kingdom, 17 min.

The rock of Gibraltar is shared between two primate species: people and monkeys. The monkeys populated the upper rock long before the latest human inhabitants, the British, arrived, and now, 300 years on, there are tensions between the two. Attempts to expel the monkeys from the town with peashooters are in vain, as the animals rise to the challenges of the new game. This leads the government to resort to more drastic tactics.

Thank You For Your Service (USA, 101 min.)

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Screenings:

Sun., April 3, 12:30 pm, CSU Palm Desert

Sun., April 3, 5:00 pm. Camelot

Palm Springs Premiere

Tom DonahueUSA, 101 min.

The US military faces a mental health crisis of historic proportions. This film takes aim superficial understanding of war trauma and the failed policies that result. Director Tom Donahue (Casting By) interweaves the stories of four struggling Iraq War veterans with candid interviews of top military and civilian leaders.

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The Absence (MEXICO, 15 min.)

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Screenings:

Wed., March 30, 10:00 am, CSU Palm Desert (NSDNDocsDF)

United States Premiere

Arturo Baltazar, MEXICO, 15 min.

Mrs. Mary is an elder woman who lives alone in the country, far away from her loved ones and her late husband. For her, remembering has become something as essential as doing housework. Her birthday is coming and with it the promise that her family will go and visit her.

The Call (BRAZIL, 19 min.)

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Screenings:

Mon., April 4, 2:00 pm, Camelot (NSDN – EDoc)

United States Premiere

Max Eluard, BRAZIL, 19 min.

The Cuban Lázaro Escarze is 87 years old. For the first time in his life he has a telephone line. He has not seen his son for years, and he knows little about his life. The telephone could transform their relationship.

The Cardboard Artist (USA, 11 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 1:30 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

Matthew Kaundart, USA, 11 min.

Calder Greenwood, an LA-based street artist creates elaborate cardboard and paper mache installations throughout the city. Through exploring ephemeral art and coming to know one of its creators, this film reveals how there’s great beauty in realizing some things must come to an end.

The Dean Scream (USA, 10 min.)

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Screenings:

Mon., April 4, 2:30 pm, Camelot

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Bryan Storkel, USA, 10 min.

Perhaps on the way to election success, one instant may have affected Howard Dean’s future in politics… or did it?

The End Of The World (POLAND,38 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 12:00 pm, Camelot

North American Premiere

Monika Pawluczuk, POLAND, 38 min.

The radio is a motif, linking the night’s events; we hear it in the ambulance, in a city’s monitoring centre, where we observe the night life of the city presented on dozens of screens. The radio binds the elements of the film together in terms of structure and meaning.

The Funeral Singer (VIETNAM, USA, 15 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 2:30 pm, Camelot

West Coast Premiere

Thanh Hoang, VIETNAM, USA, 15 min.

For the past 25 years, Mr. Bay has been hired as a funeral singer. His mournful song is meant to express the loved ones’ gratefulness to the deceased and to awaken the souls of their children. Father of seven daughters, Mr. Bay has lost hope of fathering a son to whom he can pass on his career and who will someday sing at his own funeral.

The Hatch House (CZECH REPUBLIC,USA, 11 min.)

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Screening:

Thu., March 31, 1:00 pm, CSU Palm Desert

California Premiere

Bara Jichova, CZECH REPUBLIC,USA,11 min.

Using stop motion and live action techniques, this film creates a portrait of a unique cube like cottage and it’s owner Ruth Hatch, both representing a bigger idea of existing in the world;  quintessential mid-century minimalist architecture.

The Joneses (USA, 80 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 7:00 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

(Closing Night Film)

Moby LoginottoUSA, 80 min.

Jheri Jones, a 74 year old transgender divorcee, and her family live in Bible Belt Mississippi. Reconciled after years of estrangement, and now living with two of her four sons in her trailer park home, Jheri embarks on a new path to reveal her true self to her grandchildren while her son Trevor begins a surprising journey of his own. A compelling documentary about an unorthodox family and the deeply complex personal bonds that make or break us.

The Lights (ARGENTINA, 25 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 2, 1:30 pm, CSU Palm Desert (NSDNEDoc)

North America Premiere

Juan Renau, Manuel Abramovich, ARGENTINA, 25 min.

A facade decorated with Christmas lights that turn on and off. A father and his son polishing their work, curious people passing by and staying to see the luminous house and its makers.

The Memory Of Turtles (MEXICO, 15 min.)

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Screening:

Fri. April 1, 3:00 pm, CSU Palm Desert

World Premiere

Ben Guez, MEXICO, 15 min.

An ailing repairman in northern Mexico leaves his cluttered workshop to return to a desert coast deep within his memory.

The Pakistani Fighter (USA, 10 min.)

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Screenings:

Thu., March 31, 10:30 am, CSU Palm Desert

Mon., April 4, 5:00 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

Sofian Khan, USA, 10 min.

Bashir Ahmad, the godfather of Mixed Martial Arts in Pakistan, describes his journey from serving as an American soldier in Iraq, to becoming Pakistan’s premier MMA fighter on the international circuit.

The Private Lives Of Salmon (USA, 5 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 11:30 am, Camelot

World Premiere

Liz McKenzie, USA, 5 min.

Catch a rare underwater look at wild Alaskan salmon on the spawning grounds, as they complete the most important act of their lives—bringing on the next generation. Award winning writer-naturalist Richard Nelson explains the intricately choreographed mating dance of salmon.

The Rise And Fall And Rise Of David (TURKEY, USA, 11 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 1:30 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

Deniz Tortum, TURKEY,USA, 11 min.

Without seeing the original, artist Serkan Ozkaya builds his double-size, golden replica of Michelangelo’s David based on a computer model, only to witness its collapse days before the opening of the Istanbul Biennial, where the work was to be shown. Collector Steve Wilson from Kentucky finds the artist and the duo initiate a resurrection of the restored statue on the streets of New York after a long journey in the Atlantic.

The River Man (NETHERLANDS, IRELAND, 17 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 11:00 am, Camelot Theatres

North America Premiere

Richard Gorodecky, NETHERLANDS,IRELAND, 17 min.

Connie Corcoran has dedicated his life to the mighty Blackwater river and, over the years, its currents have shaped him. He is one of Ireland’s great salmon fishing guides, but if the salmon numbers continue to decline, he may be one of its last. This is a fated love story between a man and a river.

The Shelter (SWITZERLAND, 101 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 2:00 pm, Camelot

North America Premiere

Fernand Melgar, SWITZERLAND, 101 min.

A winter spent in the heart of an emergency shelter for homeless people in Lausanne. Every night the same dramatic ritual unfolds at the door, leading to occasionally violent confrontations. The watchmen have the difficult task of “sorting the poor”: women and children first, men later if there is room. Only 50 “chosen ones” will be allowed inside to receive a hot meal and a bed. The others know that the night will be a long one.

The Silences (AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, 73 min.)

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Screenings:

Thu., March 31, 3:30 pm, CSU Palm Desert

Fri., April 1, 4:00 pm, Camelot

North American Premiere

Margot Nash, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, 73 min.

A personal essay, this film examines the tangled bonds, secret histories, and unspoken traumas of family life that stretches from New Zealand to Australia. Exploring early childhood and past “silences”, it draws upon a wealth of photographs, letters, oral histories, documentary footage and clips, unfolding a story of kinship between mother and daughter.

The Solitude Of Memory (MEXICO, 20 min.)

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Screenings:

Sat., April 2, 12:30 pm, Camelot (NSDNDocsDF)

United States Premiere

Juan Pablo González, MEXICO, 20 min.

This film is a profound reflection of memory and mourning. It is a soft, poetic, and personal introduction to the world on a subatomic level. A mixture of tiny atoms and big bombs, physics and femininity.

The Things We Keep (USA ,5 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 2:30 pm, Camelot

Palm Springs Premiere

Rosalie Miller, USA, 5 min.

A glimpse of one man’s yearly journey into the Coconino Forest to collect firewood and reconnect with his roots. As he recounts his early inspirations and life as a sawmill worker, we discover a past based in a simpler time and an aesthetic appreciation of nature and for the world around us.

The Three Hikers (USA, 96 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 7:30 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Natalie Avital, USA, 96 min.

In 2009, when American hikers Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal mistakenly wandered off the beaten path near Iraq’s poorly marked border with Iran, they quickly experienced the draconian consequences of their error. This gripping chronicle of the ensuing two-year prison ordeal for them and their families is an intimate, inspiring look at loving perseverance that sheds new light on the delicate diplomacy behind the trio’s release set against the backdrop of the complex geopolitical stalemate between the United States and Iran and the emergence of their crisis as an international news story.

The Trivialist (AUSTRALIA, 70 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 2:00 pm, Camelot

International Premiere

Ronen Becker, AUSTRALIA, 70 min.

A dropout and a misfit, Neven Solian is also blessed with a photographic memory. His gift makes him a trivia champion, but as he searches for a sense of belonging, Neven’s obsessive streak drives him further into isolation.

The Wear Of Agony (MEXICO, 11 min.)

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Screening:

Sat. April 2, 3:00 pm, CSU Palm Desert (NSDNDocsDF)

United States Premiere

Mariano Renteria, MEXICO, 11 min.

This is the re-interpretation of a truth. It is a visual waltz through the spaces, people and objects that the working class in Mexico is built upon, where these people’s reality and dreams dance and dialogue.

The Wedding Of The Trees (ITALY, 18 min.)

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Screening:

Thu., March 31, 3:00 pm, CSU Palm Desert

North America Premiere

Clemens Wolfart, Melanie Kindl, ITALY, 18 min.

In a small mountain village, in the Basilicata region of southern Italy, a pagan fertility ritual has survived over the centuries. Even Christianity was not able to uproot its core. It is a rare remnant of ancient magic tree cults, which existed in a similar form in many European countries. The ceremony is very popular and enjoys a living tradition. Every year, hundreds of emigrants return back home to attend the celebrations. The dearly venerated San Giuliano, patron saint of Accettura, sanctifies the archaic tree wedding.

Then Then Then (CANADA, 30 min.)

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Screening:

Fri. April 1, 12:00 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Dan SchiolerCANADA, 30 min.

Through a hypnotic and unsettling blend of archival footage and music, this film offers a stark glimpse into the moral struggles of a generation coming to terms with its own inability to affect social change. Lesser-known acts of protest spotlight dissenters’ turn to more radicalized acts of protest against those in power and the machinery designed to stifle their opposition.

 

 

Thrive (USA, 13 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 5:00 pm, Camelot

United States Premiere

Paul SzynolUSA, 13 min.

A lovely focus on a prodigious talent and irrepressible spirit of a musically precocious 12-year-old blind boy who plays the piano. It is clear, even to those who can’t see, that talent has no boundaries.

Titans Of Art (USA, 16 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 10:30 am, CSU Palm Desert

United States Premiere

Mor Albalak, USA, 16 min.

Although they live in Cuba as successful artists, they have had to overcome many obstacles due to the embargo placed on their country by the United States because of rocky relations with the Cuban government. Their livelihood is on the line as they face questions of how they will obtain their materials and continue to be brilliant artists on a global scale.

Tobias (MEXICO, 41 min.)

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Screening:

Wed., March 30, 3:30 pm, CSU Palm Desert  (NSDNDocsDF)

United States Premiere

Francisca D’Acosta Turrent, MEXICO, 41 min.

This is the story of a barefoot mountain boy and his journey toward the professional basketball court.

Tommy and David (ITALY, USA, 4 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 2, 7:30 pm, Camelot

Palm Springs Premiere

 Sara Joe Wolansky, ITALY, USA, 4 min.

Tommy sells ‘penis shorts’ modeled after Michelangelo’s David in order to pay tribute to his favorite work of art. Over ten thousand people have purchased them.

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (USA, 99 min.)

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Screenings:

Thu. March 31, 5:30 pm, Camelot (Opening Night)

California Premiere

Joe Berlinger,USA, 99 min.

Internationally renowned life and business strategist Tony Robbins, is a revelatory cinema-vérité film that goes behind the scene of his mammoth seminar Date with Destiny, attended by over 2,500 people in Boca Raton, Florida each year, to give an insider look at how one man can affect millions. Granted never before seen access to the behind the scenes machinations of this mega-event, this film captures both the immense effort of producing this live seminar as well as the life changing transformations of the participants in real time. Embedding with Tony Robbins and his team over the course of six days, Academy Award nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger turns an unflinching eye on Tony Robbins powerful and uncompromising approach to achieving success, ensuring the attendees leave Date With Destiny with new perspective on the forces, thoughts and feelings that motivate their behavior and help them better take control of their lives. Pulling back the curtain on Tony Robbins, a man that traverses the globe and consuls over 200,000 people annually, including world leaders, pundits and celebrities, Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru is an emotional tour de force that unveils the inner-workings of this mega event, the zealous participants and the man himself.

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Transient Hotel (MEXICO, 90 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 2, 10:00 am, CSU PALM DESERT  (NSDNDocsDF)

Palm Springs Premiere

 

Karla Paulina Sánchez, MEXICO,90 min.

An old transient hotel, located in the red zone of Mexicali, in the border between Mexico and the United States, receives every day hundreds of deported migrants that seek to reach or get back the American dream. They turn this hotel into a temporal home. Time travels and the guests are facing the ruthless and devastating reality of the mirage of their dreams.

Trial By Fury (USA, 93 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 2, 7:00 pm, Camelot (In attendance MARK GERAGOS)

Mon, April 4, 3:30 pm, CSU Palm Desert

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Shareen Anderson , USA, 93 min.

A heinous crime unleashes a media firestorm trial that lands Scott Peterson on death row for the murder of his wife and unborn child. Ten years later it is clear that not everything in this case is what it seems, raising the question: was justice truly served? Using evidence and new information that was never presented to Peterson’s jury at the time, This film re-examines the facts of the case and the affect the intense media attention had on justice.