World Cinema – Documentary
BEHIND THE BLUE VEIL, Robyn Symon
Mali-USA / 2013 / 60 min / DCP / Tamasheq & French w/English subtitles
Beyond the fabled city of Timbuktu….
Mamatal, the son of a Tuareg chief sets out on a journey across the Sahara to save his culture known as the “blue people of the Sahara” before they disappear. But when the North African government of Mali collapses, he finds himself and his people caught up in an international crisis - a battle between Tuareg rebels fighting for independence and Al Qaeda bent on taking over the Sahara to plot future terrorist attacks against the United States and Europe.
This compelling documentary by Emmy winning Producer/Director Robyn Symon (Dir. of Transformation: The Life & Legacy of Werner Erhard) is the first exclusive look behind the international headlines of the crisis in the Sahara and exposes the government corruption and neglect of an indigenous people who just might be the best hope for defeating Islamic radicals in the region.
Producers: Robyn Symon / Cinematographer: Wes Malkin / Editor: Robyn Symon / Composer: Faris Amine, Bilalan Ag Ganta Moussa, Chris Jackson / Featuring: Mamatal Ag Dahmane, Salah Ag Mohamed Alher, Barbara Worley, Hsen Larbi, Rudy Atallah / Contact: Robyn Symon firstname.lastname@example.org www.symonproductions.com www.behindtheblueveil.com https://twitter.com/BehindBlueVeil www.facebook.com/behindtheblueveil
THE DIRECTOR: Two-time Emmy winning Writer/Producer/Director Robyn Symon, was a Senior Producer at the PBS station WPBT in Miami where she co-hosted, wrote and produced the series “Florida!” for The Travel Channel and produced the hit pledge special “Boleros: Unforgettable Love Songs.” A former TV news reporter, Symon produced the national PBS series “Voices of Vision,” hosted by NPR’s Scott Simon about the work of global non-profit groups. In 2007, Symon debuted in the indie arena, directing “Transformation: The Life & Legacy of Werner Erhard” ” about one of the most controversial cultural figures of our time.
World Cinema – Short Documentary
NOT ANYMORE: A Story of Revolution, Matthew VanDyke
Syria & Turkey / 2013 / 15 min / HDCam / English & Syrian w/English sub-titles
The story of the Syrian revolution as told through the experiences of two young Syrians, a male rebel fighter and a female journalist, as they fight an oppressive regime for the freedom of their people.
Producers: Matthew VanDyke and Nour Kelze / Cinematographer: Matthew VanDyke / Editor: Ivan Kander / Featuring: Nour Kelze and Omar Hattab (Mowya) / Contact: Matthew VanDyke email@example.com www.syrianrevolutionfilm.com www.matthewvandyke.com twitter.com/Matt_VanDyke facebook.com/pages/Matthew-VanDyke
THE DIRECTOR: A first-time director from Baltimore, MD, Matthew VanDyke was the subject of international press coverage when he fought in the Libyan revolution as an American freedom fighter and soldier in the rebel army. He was captured by Gaddafi’'s forces and spent nearly 6 months as a prisoner of war, before escaping from prison and returning to combat until the end of the war. His first film is about the revolution in Syria.
The 28th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival runs Oct 18 - November 11, 2013 in Ft Lauderdale, Hollywood, Sunrise, Pompano Beach and on Grand Bahama Island. The fest moves to Saint Augustine January 16 - 19, 2014. There are over 200 films plus a galaxy of parties, cruises, and special events. Special guests include Ann-Margret, Ed Asner, Tab Hunter, Anna Paquin, Lea Thompson, Aphrodite Jones, Guy Harvey, Jonathan Bird, Pauly Cohen, William Grefe, Jonas Armstrong, Hannah Tointon and Michael Bolton. FLIFF is the Guiness World Record holder for longest in the world.
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