The International Rescue Committee in San Diego will host a film festival beginning May 1 that presents documentaries about the refugee experience.The International Documentary Film Series, screened at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park on three consecutive Wednesdays, features three films. Each screening includes a Question and Answer session with either a resettled refugee or someone involved in making the film.The first film, “Angels Are Made Of Light,” tells the story of a school in Kabul, Afghanistan that is rebuilding following the conflict there. The second, “We Are Not Princesses,” follows four Syrian women living in Beirut who come together through the Greek play “Antigone.” The third, “It Will Be Chaos,” interweaves two stories of refugees in Europe, an Eritrean man in Italy and a Syrian family in Germany, to illustrate what’s happening across the Mediterranean.“It’s extraordinary circumstances and … [Read more...] about Refugee film festival comes to San Diego as arrivals remain short of annual cap
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Each spring for 38 years, the San Diego Museum of Art has brought a very special annual event to our city. Titled “Art Alive,” it’s centered on an exhibition that pairs 100 talented artists and designers with prized paintings and sculptures from SDMA’s permanent collection. The designers produce artistic floral arrangements inspired by the forms and colors of the original artworks, and their creations are displayed in the museum alongside the inspiring originals. To ensure peak freshness, the exhibition runs only through the weekend, and this year nearly 12,000 visitors flocked to attend before it closed. Besides the exhibition itself, a number of other related events took place during the recent (April 11-14) Art Alive weekend. The biggest was Friday evening’s “Bloom Bash,” which drew 1,550 guests for a wildly festive affair with cocktail bars, dozens of food booths, live music — and, of course, access to the exhibition itself for those … [Read more...] about San Diego Museum of Art blooms again!
Benito Bautista says that he may be subconsciously drawn to the complexities of the human experience, and that is something that continues to appear in his work. The independent filmmaker creates everything from documentaries to crime romance, and he wants his creative work to stir up excitement and contemplation, similar to the ways he was moved when first discovering the power of film as someone in the audience.“I vividly remember learning and enjoying oral storytelling from my grandfather and the grown-ups in my family when I was a little kid. Then, before high school, I started teaching myself how to use charcoal in dry brush and oil paint and storyboarding,” he says. “When I finally experienced watching a movie in a theater in Manila, I was in awe and deeply affected. I felt like I was able to relate to some characters in the film, experience unfamiliar characters, landscapes and visual aesthetics, and realize untapped emotions that I thought I didn’t … [Read more...] about Local filmmaker drawn to stories about social issues and human connection
The San Diego Arab Film Festival is in its eighth year and brings with it films from countries like Tunisia, Algeria, Syria and Jordan. The films tell the stories of universal experiences — like family tension and growing older — but also take viewers to faraway settings like the West Bank and the streets of Cairo. It runs through Sunday, and we went to the opening night at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park to see a film and talk to some of the people involved. There we met Larry Christian, the president of an organization called Karama, which organizes the festival. It’s a local non-profit with a goal of promoting understanding of the issues of the Arab and Islamic world.“We want, and we think that people will get an enhanced appreciation for the creativity or Arab culture, the humanity of people who both make are and are portrayed in art, and that that will humanize, put faces on these people,” he said in an interview with The Conversation … [Read more...] about From the San Diego Arab Film Festival, a Yemeni director tells his story
The San Diego Arab Film Festival will kick off this year’s event with a screening of the first Yemeni movie to be submitted for an Oscar.The festival, put on by Karama, an organization that focuses on issues in the Arab and Islamic world, particularly those relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, began in 2012.“We do activities designed to challenge negative stereotypes about the region and the people who are from it,” said Larry Christian, co-chair of the festival committee. “The medium of film is such a good way to describe human interactions and depict an culture in honest and straightforward terms.”Director Amr Gamal will be present for the showing of “10 Days Before the Wedding,” which is the first commercial film in modern Yemeni history, according to the film festival’s website. It was submitted for the foreign-language film category for the 2019 Oscars. The film, which will screen in Arabic with English subtitles, tells the … [Read more...] about Arab Film Festival to bring first Yemeni Oscar submission to San Diego