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Posted by Anna Bornstein at 2:15AM

Much to my dismay, you won’t be able to see all 34 film screenings at Cinemopolis at this year's Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. To help you narrow down your decisions, here are my top five not to be missed screenings!  


1.) The Challenge: Yuri Ancarani.

“The Challenge” gives viewers a glimpse into the luxury lives of wealthy Qatari Sheikhs with a passion for amateur falconry. The film intertwines beautiful cinematography with entertaining subject matter, including men taking their pet cheetahs for car rides through the desert in their ferraris.


2.) The Shore Line: Produced by Liz Miller.

“The Shore Line” is a collaborative documentary series featuring tales of sea level rise from around the world. Ranging from the coast of Bangladesh to Canada, the series offers a versatile view on the international effects of climate change. Producer Liz Miller will screen several shorts and follow them up with a discussion on solutions and new ways of thinking about the environment.


3.) Kill Me Please: Anita Rocha da Silveira.

The lives of youth in Rio de Janeiro are disrupted after the area is hit by a series of mysterious murders. After fifteen year old Bia experiences a close encounter with death, she will do anything to stay alive.


4.) Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World: Catharine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana

No single piece of music was arguably more influential in the creation of rock than the 1958 instrumental “Rumble” by American Indian Guitarist Link Wray. Rumble was the first song to use distortion and feedback. The song was banned from the radio in fear it would incite violence.

“Rumble” recognizes the importance of Native American influence on music history despite myriad attempts to censor, ban, and erase Indian culture from the United States.


5.) Tehran Taboo: Ali Soozandeh.

This animated drama reveals the hypocrisy of Iranian Society, where sex, drugs, and rock’n roll coexist with strict religious law. Tehran Taboo tells the story of several strong willed women as they strive for personal emancipation from their strict society as their lives intersect with a musician.


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