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Posted by Jackie Marusiak at 1:11AM

Blog post written by Jackie Marusiak, Documentary Studies and Production ‘21, FLEFF Intern.


The 21st annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival is less than a week away!


Looking at the festival schedule can be overwhelming, but guidance from the FLEFF blogs will help highlight the most exciting events throughout the week.


As a blogging intern, I’ve been hearing about FLEFF’s featured films, guests, and discussion opportunities for weeks and can’t wait to dive in. Here’s the top five Cinemapolis events you can’t miss.


1. Abu with filmmaker Arshad Khan on Thursday, April 4 at 6:45 p.m.

Abu, Arshad Khan’s feature documentary debut, explores issues of migration, sexuality and religion. Khan, who identifies as gay, examines his relationship with his devout Muslim father after his father’s death. Through a combination of archival family footage, observational footage and Bollywood film, Khan creates a raw, autobiographical view into his life and family.

Read more about Abu in my blog from March 8.


2. Our New President on Friday, April 5 at 6:45 p.m.

Told solely through footage from Russian-state sponsored media, Our New President examines the 2016 presidential election. A timely and controversial subject, this satire probes discussion about Russian media and American politics in an original way. This film is sure to shock, an experience I’m looking forward to.


3. El Ultimo Malon with live music from Cloud Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.

El Ultimo Malon is one of a few surviving silent Argentine films, dating back to 1918. A reenactment of an actual Mocovíe protest that occurred in 1904 in the Sante Fe province of Argentina, El Ultimo Malon’s subject matter and backstory provoke discussion galore. Actress and Ithaca College professor Cynthia Henderson will perform an opening monologue prior to the screening, and Cloud Chamber Orchestra will perform during.


4. Feminist Animations with filmmaker Kelly Gallagher on Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m.

Kelly Gallagher’s glittery and flashy animations are both aesthetically pleasing and rich in cultural content. Focusing on stories of resistance and perseverance, Gallagher applies her signatures style to everything she creates. She also teaches film at Syracuse University and runs an animation production house, Purple Riot Studio. A collection of Gallagher’s animation projects will screen on Saturday with Gallagher in attendance.


5. The Chambermaid on Wednesday, April 3 at 4 p.m. and Thursday, April 4 at 9:15 p.m.

In The Chambermaid, Eva (Gabriela Cartol) works as a maid at a hotel in Mexico City. The film focuses on Eva’s struggle to elevate herself while being a single mother. The disparity between the hotel guests and hotel workers parallel the reality in many Latin American countries. The film recalls this year’s Academy Award winner in the Foreign Language Film category, Roma.

Look at FLEFF film descriptions here, and check the entire 2019 schedule on the FLEFF homepage.

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