There are two films coming to Boulder International Film Festival that will be of special interest to BJN readers.
Every Face Has A Name
On April 28, 1945, the eyes and film cameras of the world were on Malmö, Sweden, as thousands of survivors of German concentration camps took their first steps of freedom. In making this surprising documentary, director Magnus Gertten’s research led him to the names of many of these joyous, confused refugees. Now, 70 years later, they see this film for the first time and are able to tell their stories and the overwhelming happiness they felt that day. With a poignant juxtaposition, we are then transported to current-day Italy where people and emergency services are waiting at an Italian dock for some of the millions of today’s refugees from Syria. And once again, the people streaming off those boats are anonymous faces without names. SUBTITLED
Directed by Magnus Gertten
Co-presented by One Action 2016: Arts +Immigration Project
TalkBack at the TalkBack Cafe
Saturday, March 5, 12:00pm, Boulder Theater
Saturday, March 5, 5:00pm, E-Town Hall
Closing night at BIFF is a terrific film that opened the Sundance Film Festival just last month:
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
USA, Feature Documentary, 2015, 91 min
At age 93, Norman Lear is as vital and engaged as ever. This stylish and technically imaginative film crackles with Lear’s comedy and indelible characters that made him the most influential—and often the most controversial—creator, writer and producer in the history of television. This film’s brightly assembled celebration of the veteran showman holds up a mirror to today’s American television, asking if it’s addressing issues of difference and prejudice as directly (and daringly) as Lear’s shows, such as “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.” Lear also has some great stories about the second act of his life, his founding of advocacy group People For The American Way.
Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
Sunday, March 6, 6:30 pm, Boulder Theater
Closing night tickets are $26.50, include the closing ceremony and awards presentations, and the film screening. They are available here: