Village vs Empire
(screens with Tidal – short film)
Dir. Mark J Kaplan
2018 | South Africa | Norway | South Korea | 68min
Village versus Empire (2016) is set on Jeju Island, off the coast of the Korean Peninsula – one of the ‘Seven Wonders of Nature’, and known as The Island of Stone, Peace Island and a Woman’s Island -a place of beauty and wonder, with more UNESCO Natural Heritage Sites than any single geographic location on planet earth.
But, there is trouble in this paradise. It is being transformed – militarised. Its fragile ecology and ancient shamanistic traditions are currently being devastated by the construction of a US naval base that is perceived by the islanders as a globally dangerous provocation which imperils the island’s future and masks its troubled history. Village versus Empire, dramatizes the threat to Island life and nature, through the performances of an artist, Dohee Lee, born on the island and deeply troubled by its transformation, the activists who contest its occupation, the residents who have lived through its changes and the archive through which its traumatic past is uncovered.
Director: Trygve Heide
2018 | South Africa | 27 minutes
It was hard, to say the least, for Lisa Beasley following a near-fatal BASE jumping accident. Since her accident, Lisa’s love for the ocean and its life has allowed her to heal. Diving has allowed her to, once again, feel free and limitless as she tries to conserve marine life.
Beyond the Frontlines: Tales of Resistance and Resilience from Palestine
Director: Alexandra Dols
2017 | France| Palestine | 114 min.
Through the work of Dr Samah Jabr, a psychiatrist and writer at the An-Najah University in Nablus Palestine we view the appalling conditions suffered by the inhabitants of Palestine from an analysis of constant containment, uncertainty and violence. Dr Jabr is an impressive mental health advocate and when she is on screen her measured and empathetic tones are hypnotic. The French director Alexandra Dols has worked with Dr Jabr over many years and has published some of her books. Meticulously filmed, Dols is a documentary filmmaker of astounding skill and the film presents a picture of a living Hell for a population under violent occupation. British filmmaker, Ken Loach (director of Cannes Grand Prix winners When the Wind Shakes the Barley and I Daniel Blake) has come out strongly in support of the film. He says “Dr Samah Jabr is a wise and thoughtful woman. Alexandra Dols’ film shares her insights with us, generous, humane and deeply disturbing. Please see this film!”
Winner of the Sunbird Documentary Award Palestine – 2017
SOAS University Palestine UK Mental Health Network London – 2017
Days of Cinema – FilmLab Palestine 2017 – Best documentary