Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Silent Forests

In Cameroon and Congo’s lush jungles, one of Africa’s most iconic species – the forest elephant – is being slaughtered to extinction. 
After a 2011 survey revealed that more than half the Central African forest elephant population has been lost to poaching in the last decade, there has been a concerted effort throughout the Congo Basin to save those that remain. 
The documentary Silent Forests will explore this story through a range of dynamic subjects; including Cameroon’s first female eco-guard, a grassroots wildlife law enforcement group, a Congolese biologist studying elephant communication, and a team of anti-poaching sniffer dogs led by a Czech conservationist. 
Silent Forests is a character-driven and cinematic look at the fight for the future of the forest elephant.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Silent Grace

Silent Grace is a feature film written and directed by Maeve Murphy. It is about friendship and survival. A fictional story based on real events, covering the untold story of Republican women prisoners’ involvement in the 1980/81 Dirty Protest and first Hunger Strike.
Aine a young tear away criminal is thrown into the same cell as Eileen, a high-ranking Republican woman leader. At first at odds, Eileen helps save Aine’s sanity. An unlikely friendship develops between them as Aine joins the protest and Eileen helps her to survive. In a remarkable turnaround of events when Eileen embarks on a hunger strike, Aine risks all to help save her life...
It is inspired by Nell McCafferty's The Armagh Women and adapted on the play/screenplay "Now and at the hour of our Death" that Murphy co-wrote with theatre company Trouble and Strife.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Rahbar Ghanbari

Rahbar Ghanbari is a veteran of Iranian TV and a prolific maker of short films.
Ghanbari has also helmed two feature films prior to his best-known film Growing in the Wind (Rouyidan Dar Bad).
Ghanbari is a filmmaker with weighty things on his chest, but he does not shy away from the notion that movies can not only be informative ,but also entertaining and moving.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Héctor Babenco

Héctor Eduardo Babenco (1946 –2016) was an Argentine-born Brazilian film director, screenwriter, producer and actor.
His mother, Janka Haberberg, was a Polish Jewish immigrant, and his father, Jaime Babenco, was an Argentine gaucho of Ukrainian Jewish origin.
He worked in several countries including Argentina, Brazil and the United States. His best-known films are Pixote (1980), Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), Ironweed (1987), At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1990) and Carandiru (2003).
He directed some of the most respected American actors of his time, including William Hurt, John Lithgow, Raul Julia, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Tom Berenger, Daryl Hannah, Aidan Quinn and Kathy Bates.
His last film was My Hindu Friend (2016), which stars Willem Dafoe. It recounts the story of a film director close to death.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019