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Posted by Rebecca Cox at 8:33PM

Blog posting written by Rebecca Cox, Cinema and Photography, ’16, FLEFF Intern, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

In less than a week the theaters of Cinemapolis will be buzzing with festivalgoers and guests. Most of these films cover global issues such as the Partition of India and the BP oil spill. With so many films to choose from, here is a list of five events to see at Cinemapolis:

1.  A Thin Wall by Mara Ahmed (65 min.)

Thursday, March 31 at 7 pm

The documentary examines the effects of the 1947 Partition of India that are still lingering today. Shot both in Pakistan and India, the film captures the personal narratives of those displaced by the Partition. Both sides detail the devastating effects of what is known as the largest mass migration of humans in history. Within these personal anecdotes, Ahmed utilizes animation, art and music to aid the film and its atmosphere.  

2. Here Come the Videofreex by Jon Nealon (80 min.)

Friday, April 1 at 8:30 pm

Follow the pioneers of multimedia journalism through the 1970s as they pave the way for the future of media. The “Videofreex” are known as the first group of journalists to incorporate handheld video cameras in their reporting.

The documentary includes original restored footage shot by the “Videofreex.” Some footage includes interviews with murdered Black Panther, Fred Hampton and other underground counter culture of New York in the 70s.

3. Shoulder the Lion by Erinnisse Rebisz and Patryk Rebisz (74 min.)

Saturday, April 2 at 3:10 pm

Join a photographer who becomes blind, a musician who is losing his hearing to tinnitus and an artist who has lost half of her brain as they work to individually overcome the challenges they face through their disabilities. The documentary follows all three subjects into their lives as they journey through daily adversity physically and spiritually.

4. The Epic of Everest with live music (85 min.)

Saturday, April 2 at 7 pm

One of the oldest films at FLEFF, the documentary examines the third attempt to clime Mount Everest. In 1924, Captain John Noel shot the entire expedition with a hand-cranked camera. The attempt resulted in the deaths of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine. The film captures some of the earliest footage of Mount Everest along with the emotional toll of the climb.

The Cloud Chamber Orchestra will be playing live during the screening.

5. After the Spill by John Bowermaster (65 min.)

Sunday, April 3 at 2:30 pm

Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina hit the coast of Louisiana and five short years later, 200 million gallons of oil were spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in what is known as the BP oil spill. The coastline of Louisiana has been traumatized in two of the worst environmental and ecological disasters in history.

This documentary considers the coastline today. How has the coastline itself changed since Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill? How have the locals adjusted since both tragedies?


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