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Kassim the Dream - Opening Night - February 5, 2009 7PM

Cinema Room Films 2009

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OPENING NIGHT: KASSIM THE DREAM - MARCH 5, 2009

Celebrate the Opening Night of the San Joaquin Film Society's Cinema Room program with the California Central Valley Premiere of the multiple award-winning film "Kassim the Dream," from Executive Producer Forest Whitaker and Director Kief Davidson!

Kassim the Dream

Kassim the Dream

Kassim the Dream

 

Kassim the Dream
87 min | Uganda, USA | 2008 | Opening Night Film
Director: Kief Davidson
Central Valley Premiere

OFFICIAL WEBSITE
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Winner, Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award - AFI FEST
Winner, AFM Silver Docs Award - SilverDocs
Winner, DOC U Award - International Documentary Festival Amsterdam
Winner, Audience Award - US Sports Festival
Nominee, Best Documentary - International Documentary Association

This is the story of World Champion Boxer, Kassim "The Dream" Ouma - born in Uganda, kidnapped by the rebel army and trained to be a child soldier at the age of 6. When the rebels took over the government, Kassim became an army soldier who was forced to commit many horrific atrocities, making him both a victim and perpetrator. He soon discovered the army's boxing team and realized the sport was his ticket to freedom. After 12 years of warfare, Kassim defected from Africa and arrived in the United States. Homeless and culture shocked, he quickly rose through the boxing ranks and became Junior Middleweight Champion of the World. Kassim, now age 27, seems to have obtained the American Dream with his jovial nature, fame and hip hop lifestyle. As Kassim trains for his next world title fight against Jermain Taylor in Little Rock Arkansas, keeping his demons out of the ring becomes increasingly difficult. His desires to reunite with family in Uganda intensify when Kassim's only hope for a safe return is a military pardon from the president and government responsible for his abduction.

SPECIAL SCREENING
THUR. 3/05 at 7:00PM

Matinée Movie Lounge


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SPECIAL SCREENING: DREAMS OF DUST

Kassim the Dream

Kassim the Dream

 

 

Dreams of Dust (Rêves de poussière)
87 min | Burkina Faso, France, Canada | 2006
Director: Laurent Salgues
French with English Subtitles

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Nominated, Grand Jury Prize, 2007 Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection, Venice Film Festival
Official Selection, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Official Selection, Rome Film Festival

"Hynotic widescreen photography... Salgues' screenplay is perfectly crafted." --Deborah Young, Variety

Mocktar, a Nigerien peasant, comes looking for work in Essakane, a dusty gold mine in Northeast Burkina Faso, Africa, where he hopes to forget the past that haunts him. In Essakane, he quickly finds out, the gold rush ended twenty years before, and the inhabitants of this wasteland and strange timelessness manage to exist simply from force of habit. The beautiful Coumba, however, is still courageously struggling to raise her daughter after the death of her family. Mocktar will soon be fighting not only to survive, but also to provide a better future for this mother and her child.

SPECIAL SCREENING
THUR. 3/12 at 6:30PM

Matinée Movie Lounge


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MY AFRICA

Voices! Words! Inspiration! Power! People! Experience "The Power of Art," featuring artists, innovators, and cultural advocates, expressing their views and visions of Africa. The program opens with "Anita's Africa," an Official Selection of the 2009 San Joaquin International Film Festival.

WED. 4/01 at 6:30PM
Matinée Movie Lounge

 

 

 

Anita's Africa

Anita's Africa
18 min | Canada, Uganda | 2007
Director: Beverley Reid
Northern California Premiere

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Anita Byaruhanga is a lively ten year old girl living with her aunt and cousins in a small village on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda. In Anita's Africa young viewers are led on a fascinating tour of her neighborhood, her school, and the crowded streets of Kampala. The audience is also introduced to the wonderful and exotic animals who make their home not far from Anita's including elephants, giraffes, lions, and zebras. Young viewers will gain an understanding of life as it is for a ten year old in the developing world and come to appreciate the similarities and differences between their lives and Anita's.

 

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The Golden Voice

The Power of Art: Women Voices in Africa
51 min | African Continent, Canada | 2007
Director: Claudine Pommier
Northern California Premiere

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Culture is no longer a static body of knowledge, values, practices and expressions shared and passed on by a community. It is a dynamic reality. THE POWER OF ART explores how contemporary African women who choose to be professional artists claim their position, and deal with the stereotypes associated with being an African and a woman. The film also focuses on the role professional artists may play in addressing the challenges women are faced with on the African continent.

 

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BEST SHORTS OF SJIFF '08

Celebrate a vibrant collection of the award-winning short films of the 1st San Joaquin International Film Festival, held in June 2008.

THUR. 4/02 at 6:30PM
Matinée Movie Lounge

 

*discounted tickets for senior, student or disabled person only available at door

 

The Golden Voice

The Golden Voice
25 mins | USA-Cambodia | 2006 | Short Narrative
Director: Greg Cahill
SJIFF 2008 Best Narrative Short-Length Film

Ros Sereysothea (Actress Sophea Pel) was Cambodia's most beloved female rock singer until Pol Pot's nightmarish regime took over the country in 1975. Her enchanting voice, once used to entertain, was now her only chance of survival.

www.thegoldenvoicemovie.com

 

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Kuna Ni Nanang

Kuna Ni Nanang (My Mother Said)
5 mins | USA | 2007 | Short Documentary
Director: Jessica Sison
SJIFF 2008 Best Documentary Short-Length Film

In this day and age, when everything is documented and even cell phones have cameras, one woman has no souvenirs or photos of her beloved mother. Meet Elena Bautista - 101 Years Young on April 19, 2008.

www.nanangmovie.com

 

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My Happy End

My Happy End
6 mins | Germany | 2007 | Short Animated Narrative
Director: Milen Vitanov
SJIFF 2008 Best Animated Short-Length Film

All dogs chase their tails. A dog once succeeds in catching his own tail. That changes his life as he finds his best friend in it.

www.my-happy-end.com

 

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The Drift

The Drift
9 mins | USA | 2007 | Short Experimental
Director: Kelly Sears
SJIFF 2008 Best Experimental Short-Length Film

A mysterious disappearance on a 1960s space journey launches the counter-culture revolution. Psychedelic Rock, wayward space transmission, radical happenings, rogue scientific research, the space race, high hopes, failed dreams, and bodily levitation all come together in the story of The Drift.

www.kellysears.com

 

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Aquarium

Aquarium
17 mins | USA | 2007 | Short Narrative
Director: Rob Meyer
SJIFF 2008 Best Student Short-Length Film

At 15, David and his two buddies are the youngest members of the Boston Aquarium Society; they make their way to a monthly meeting, but David has a secret he is reluctant to share. Honorable Mention at 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

www.robmeyerfilms.com

 

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The Piano Lesson

The Piano Lesson: A Comedic Musical
6 mins | Canada | 2006 | Short Narrative
Directors: Erahm Christopher
SJIFF 2008 Best Local Short-Length Film

A cheerful nine year old forced by his mother to learn to play the piano. Arriving late and unpracticed, Conrad begins a comic struggle to outwit his haughty old teacher and survive the piano lesson.

www.ec-films.com

 


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SCREENINGS @ 2ND SAN JOAQUIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

In May 2009 during the 2nd San Joaquin International Film Festival, it hosted the dynamic A World of Shorts featuring over 100 short films from around the world; and a Master Class by world-renowned animator, Bill Plympton. read more

 

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