|All Roads Film Festival
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The National Geographic All Roads Film Project showcases
breakthrough films and still photography from indigenous and under-represented minority
cultures around the globe. Launched in 2004, All Roads supports diverse cultural
perspectives with an international film festival, funding, networking, and distribution
opportunities to bring together voices that celebrate the vibrant stories of our world. An
asterisk * signifies an All Roads Seed Grantee. For more details: For more
September 28 October 1
ALL ROADS PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM
EXHIBIT in Egyptian Theatre Courtyard
2006 All Roads Photography Program Awardees offer documentation
and insight into their cultures: Saiful Huq, Bangladesh Stolen Dreams:
The story of the abandoned victims of political violence; Larry McNeil, USA
Fly by Night Mythology (perspectives on Native-American biculturalism); Sandra
Sebastián Pedro, Guatemala - Inherited Violence; Newsha Tavakolian,
Iran - Women in Axis of Evil.
Thursday, September 28 - 7:00 PM
OPENING NIGHT ALL ROADS TO TIBET
Preceding the screening, National Geographic Music presents the acclaimed Tibetan
vocalist Yungchen Lhamo, known to many as the voice of Tibet, to open the
program. Yungchen has spent a decade in exile, translating the pure strains of her native
art into a distinctly modern musical language.
US Premiere! MILAREPA, 2005, Tibet-India, 95 min. Dir. Neten Chokling
Rinpoche. This epic adventure is the story of Milarepa, the man who became
Tibets greatest Buddhist mystic, but whose path to enlightenment began with revenge.
In Tibetan with English subtitles.
Friday, September 29 - 7:00 PM
NORTHERN LIGHTS Life is harsh
in the Arctic North, but the people are warm. Put them together and unexpected lessons are
learned about living.
LA Premiere! ARCTIC SON, 2006, Canada-USA, 76 min. Dir. Andrew Walton.
Stanley Jr. escapes a hip-hop city life to join his father and his Gwichin roots
in the rugged Arctic, and embarks on the universal quest to discover who he is and where
Preceded by the short:
"The Hardest Of These Is Love"
Finland, 2005, 25 min. The US Premiere of director Suvi Wests short
about a young Sami woman who asks about love, marriage, and dating in her Sami town with
humorous and frank results. In Sami with English subtitles.
Friday, September 29 - 9:30 PM
LIVE CONCERT - National Geographic
Music presents the US premiere tour of Emmanuel Jal, one of the hottest rappers to
explode out of Africa. The former Sudanese child soldier now inspires millions with his
music and lyrics.
Saturday, September 30 2:00 PM
WOMEN HOLD UP HALF THE SKY An
expressive collection of womens short works and what matters to them, through their
eyes. The LA Premiere of director Sarah Del Serondes "Saah"
(Over There) US, 2005, 20 min. A trip to a medicine man reveals how the Diné walk in
beauty, a philosophy that is central to their way of life. In Diné with English
subtitles. The US Premiere of "Mare" Mexico, 2006, 11 min. Directed by Ana
Santos Mejia & Luna Maran. A trip to the beach explores metaphorical meaning for a
young Mixteca woman. The US Premiere of director Beck Coles "The Lore
Of Love" Australia, 2005, 25 min. Indigenous Australian elders explore the themes
of love, sexuality and traditional marriage with their granddaughters according to
Australian indigenous traditions. In Pintupi, Warlpiri, Luntja with English subtitles. The
Los Angeles Premiere of "Jaisalmer Ayo! Gateway Of The Gypsies" India-US,
2004, 54 min. Directed by Melitta Tchaicovsky & Pepe Ozan. A musical and
dramatic look at the impact of globalization on several nomadic castes of Roma Gypsies in
India. In Hindi, Rajasthani with English subtitles.
Saturday, September 30 5:00 PM
UNDER THE SAME SUN Captivating stories from people who live
two identities, between two countries and in two distinctly different cultural worlds.
LA Premiere! THE
JOURNEY OF VAAN NGUYEN, Israel-Vietnam, 2005, 84
min. Dir. Duki Dror. Vaan Nguyen, a young Israeli-born Vietnamese woman, confronts
issues of her lost identity as she takes her first trip to Vietnam. In Vietnamese &
Hebrew with English subtitles.
Preceded by the short: "Sueños Binacionales (Binational Dreams)" Mexico,
2005, 30 min. Dir. Yolande Cruz. Chatino and Mixteco Indian villages living on two
sides of the Mexican border compare dreams of prosperity and community. In Chatino &
Spanish with English subtitles.
Saturday, September 30 8:00 PM
THE WALLS BETWEEN US
ZERO DEGREES OF SEPARATION,
Israel-Canada, 2005, 89 min. Dir. Elle Flanders. Love and national identity
converge for gay & lesbian, Palestinian/Israeli relationships in Israel. In English,
Arabic, Hebrew, with English subtitles.
Preceded by the short:
The LA Premiere of "The Last Supper Abu Dis" Palestine,
2005, 26 min. The Palestinian town of Abu Dis witnesses the precarious wall being built
right in front of them. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Sunday, October 1 3:00 PM
SHORTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
The World Premiere of director Sandra Hoffmann M.s music
video "Mi Papai (My Grandfather" * Chile, 2006, 5 min. A music video
invites us inside the Mapuche world, and describes the beautiful landscapes of the
country. The US Premiere of director Filoteo Gomez Martinezs "Dulce
Covivencia (Sweet Gatherings)" Mexico, 2004, 18 min. Following age-old
traditions, a Mixe community grinds sugar cane into panela unrefined sugar in the
forests of Mexico. In Mixe with English subtitles. Director Avie Luthras
"Lucky" South Africa-UK, 2005, 20 min. An orphan must leave his Zulu
village for the city of Durban and forms an unlikely bond with his intolerant neighbor. In
Zulu, Tamil with English subtitles. The Los Angeles Premiere of "Taina-Kan,
The Big Star" Brazil, 2005, 15 min. Dir. Adriana Figueiredo & Vincente
Barcellos. A beautiful animated short of a Karaja Indian story that teaches a lesson
about self-centeredness. In Portuguese with English subtitles. "Petroglyphs of
Rapanui"* Rapanui, 2006, 8 min. Dir. Santi Hitorangi & Susan HitoShapiro.
An artistic depiction of the beautiful and powerful petroglyph carvings on the small
island of Rapanui (Easter Island), off the coast of Chile. The Los Angeles Premiere of
director Tyrone Sangas "Plastic Leis" US, 2005, 17 min. A young
hula dancer is torn between what tourists want and her Native Hawaiian tradition. In
Native Hawaiian. Director Cedar Sherberts "Gesture Down: I Dont
Sing" US-Mexico, 2006, 10 min. A starkly beautiful first-person rumination on
place, longing and identity from the Kumeyaay Nation along the US/Mexican border. In
Kumeyaay Indian, English, Spanish, and Tipai with English subtitles. "De La
Patada" Mexico, 2005, 2 min. Directed by Ana Santos Mejia & Luna Maran.
This quick experimental animation leaves you to decide why a quiet boy kicks a ball. In
Sunday, October 1 - 5:30 PM
ANCESTORS, ELDERS & LAND
Indigenous elders share whats important to remember for the continuation of
US Premiere! 5 SEASONS, Australia, 2005, 52 min. Dir. Steve McGregor.
Numurundi elders enjoy the benefits of the modern world while continuing to be guided by
the changing seasons and the stories of the Dreamtime. In Numurundi & English with
US Premiere! MY FIRST CONTACT*, Brazil, 2005, 51 min. Dir. Mari
Correa & Kumaré Txicão. Members of a rainforest tribe recall their first
encounter with Western culture through historical footage and impromptu reenactments. In
Ikpeng & Portuguese with English subtitles.