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Posted by Lea Troutman at 2:23PM

Written by Lea Troutman, Film, Photo & Visual Arts '21, FLEFF Intern, Baltimore, MD

FLEFF is quickly coming around the corner and with that my fellow interns and I are planning which films and events to attend during the festival. Here are my top 5 must see events, in no specific order. 

Swing Kids, Drama/ Musical 2 hr 14 min

Swing Kids is a south Korean drama/ musical film directed by Kang Hyeong-cheol. This film is about "Soldiers at a POW camp plan a tap show to distract themselves and the prisoners from the hardships of the Korean War." This film seems very unique compared to alot of the titles at FLEFF, mostly because it is a musical film, which aren't usually featured in festivals. Swing kids will be showing Wednesday April 3rd at 4:10pm and Thursday April 4th at 9:15pm. 

I Am Not a Witch, Drama 1 hr 33 min

I Am Not a Witch is directed by Rungano Nyoni. This film follows Shula, who is the first child taken to a traveling witch camp. In this camp she is told that should she cut the ribbon and attempt to escape, she will be cursed and transformed into a goat. Nyoni actually traveled to Ghana to observe and research a real witch camp by taking note of their everyday lives. In the making of this film Nyoni took inspiration from stories of witchcraft accusations in Zambia. This film will be playing at Cinemapolis Wednesday April 3rd at 4:20 pm and Friday April 4th at 4:00pm. 

Rikun Zhu & his films Anni, Welcome and the Dossier

I wrote a research blog on his films and Zhu's life, so I am very excited to actually meet him and watch the films I have researched. I was chosen to research him for my interest in Asian Films and documentary film-making, so Zhu and his work is right up my alley. Rikun Zhu's amazing work with the Beijing Independent Film Festival and documentaries exploring political and social commentaries are extremely disruptive, so much that he had to move away from China. You can read more about this in my blog post. Three of Zhu's films will be featured. “Dossier” follows the story of a Tibetan woman and her experts from her secret government dossier. She is an advocate for the Tibetan people, as she speaks out through her documentation of the environmental and human rights challenges Chinese people face, giving them voices. “Welcome” explores the air quality issues in China and the severe public health impairments that have risen that the state tries to cover up. “Anni” was filmed undercover by Zhu in Hefei, Eastern China, following 10-year-old Anni who has been prohibited to attend school because of her father. Anni deals with public condemnation and living her life “bearing the stamp of authoritarianism. ” Anni will be showing on Thursday April 4th at 6:45pm, Welcome will be showing Saturday April 6th at 5:00p and The Dossier will be showing Sunday April 7th at 1:55pm. 

El Ultimo Malon, History 1hr 37min 

This film is an Argentine silent film that is a dramatization of the last Indian uprising in Argentina. This film will be opened by Ithaca College Professor, Cynthia Henderson and accompanied with live improvisational music by the infamous Cloud Chamber Orchestra. My last blog post was on Henderson's career, life and contributions in FLEFF and I am very excited to get to see her preform again. This special experience will only be available Saturday April 6th at 7:30pm. 

Kelly Gallagher Animations 

When I first saw Gallagher's work I was instantly hooked by the social justice themes, the music, and the flashy colors. Gallagher "has been producing original and colorful handcrafted films and animations for the past decade that explore overlooked histories and movements of resistance and perseverance." Many of her work features a handcrafted collage stop-motion style that is very unique to her style and the nature of the themes she makes films about. Gallagher is an assistant professor of film at Syracuse University. If you want to meet Gallagher and see her work, she will be showing at Cinemapolis Saturday April 6t at 2:00pm. 

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