Academy Award-nominated film The Invisible War, a stark exposé about rape within the US military, is on the line-up for the Documentary Film Festival which runs March 14 to 17. *Photo supplied
Academy Award-nominated film The Invisible War, a stark exposé about rape within the US military, is on the line-up for the Documentary Film Festival which runs March 14 to 17. *Photo supplied
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With the Oscars behind us we can now look forward to the next event on every movie-lovers’ calendar – BermudaDocs.

Organizers have announced the line-up for the 2013 festival which includes Academy-Award documentary nominee The Invisible War and Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winning film A River Changes Course.

These are among the 12 films selected for screening at the four-day Bermuda Documentary Film Festival which runs from March 14-17.

The Invisible War, also winner of the Audience Award in the US Documentary category at Sundance, is a ground-breaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best-kept secrets — the epidemic of rape within the US military.

A River Changes Course is a “cinematically spectacular” and sensory portrait of Cambodians marching from their ancient culture into a globalized economy.

The festival also includes Oscar-shortlisted documentaries Ethel and The Loving Story, Freedom of Expression Award winner The Central Park Five, 2013 Sundance selections Sound City and Fire in the Blood, the latest installmentof acclaimed filmmaker Michael Apted’s Up Series, 56 Up, festival audience favourite G-Dog, and a portrait of the late Mayor Of New York, Ed Koch.

The festival will also feature a family documentary for the first time. Magic Camp, about a legendary camp in rural Pennsylvania for aspiring young magicians, won the Best Family Documentary award at the Newport Beach Film Festival. The 85-minute film will screen at 11am on Saturday March 16, and will be followed by a live performance by Bermudian professional magician Mike Bishop.

Escape, a short film by Bermudian filmmaker Adrian Kawaley-Lathan will screen in front of A River Changes Course. The film is part of the current Eyes on the World exhibition at the Bermuda National Gallery.

Here is the full line-up provided by the festival:

 

Thursday March 14

6 pm – Ethel, short-listed for the Best Documentary Oscar®, and winner of multiple festival awards, is a highly enjoyable and tender portrait of Ethel Kennedy, the devoted and free-spirited matriarch of the Kennedy clan. Featuring interviews with the 83-year-old matriarch, plus a treasure trove of home movie clips, personal photographs and stirring archival footage, this is a warm-hearted and enjoyable glimpse into America’s most captivating political family.

8:30pm – G-Dog is the heartwarming, inspirational and often funny story of Father Greg Boyle, the charismatic visionary behind Homeboy Industries, the largest and most successful gang rehab intervention programme in the United States and a model for gang rehab programmes worldwide. From its location in East Los Angeles, Homeboy Industries takes in 12,000 gang members annually, providing free job training, tattoo removal, counseling, yoga and substance abuse and parenting classes.

Friday March 15

6pm – The Invisible War, nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Documentary, is a riveting, ground-breaking film about one of America’s most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of rape victims, the film is a moving chronicle of the women’s struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice.

8:30pm – Sound City, which had its world premiere at January’s Sundance Film Festival is directed by Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), who has made a high-spirited, emotional and funny mash note to a machine – the legendary Neve analog mixing console – that helped change the face of rock ‘n’ roll. A rollicking look at a dumpy California studio where a lot of musicians – including Nirvana, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Nine Inch Nails, and more – found magic, Grohl brings passion and heart to this lovingly assembled account of what it feels like to make real hand-crafted rock music.

Saturday March 16

11am – Magic Camp, is the poignant, funny and inspirational story of Tannen’s Magic Camp in rural Pennsylvania, where young magic lovers come together every summer to learn how to become professional magicians. It’s the same camp attended by superstars David Copperfield and David Blaine. The young magicians learn that it takes more than nimble fingers and showmanship to win the camp competition – they need to believe in themselves and find the magic within.

2pm – Fire in the Blood is an intricate tale of ‘medicine, monopoly and malice’, telling the story of how Western governments and pharmaceutical companies blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south – and the unlikely coalition of people who decided to fight back, and ultimately saved millions of lives.

4:15pm – Koch tells the story of the ferocious, charismatic, hilariously blunt – but never boring – former Mayor of New York, Ed Koch, who ruled the city from 1978-89, a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy, and rampant crime. Widely praised for rescuing the city from financial ruin, he was criticised by African-American leaders for his racial insensitivity and by human rights activists for his handling of the burgeoning AIDS epidemic. The brutal attack on the ‘Central Park jogger’ occurred near the end of his tenure as mayor.

9:15pm – The Central Park Five tells the story of five black and Latino teenagers who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for the brutal attack and rape of a white female jogger in Central Park. This incendiary film tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories, an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.

Sunday March 17

3pm – The Loving Story, short-listed for the Best Documentary Oscar®, is a beautifully made and inspirational film about Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving, who successfully fought Virginia’s laws against inter-racial marriage. Telling the story in their own words, the history-making couple make a powerful statement about the quiet, enduring power of love in this engaging and riveting documentary that is a journey into the heart of race relations in the United States.

5pm – A River Changes Course, winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the World Documentary category at January’s Sundance Film Festival, is a cinematically spectacular and sensory portrait of Cambodians marching from their ancient culture into a globalised economy. Beautiful, tender, sometimes funny – but also heart-breaking – the film is a breathtaking and unprecedented journey from the remote, mountainous jungles and floating cities of the Cambodian countryside to the bustling garment factories of modern Phnom Penh, telling a universal story of struggle, survival, love, family, and hope. The short film Escape, by Bermudian director Adrian Kawaley-Lathan, will precede the feature.

7:30pm – 56 Up, by acclaimed director Michael Apted is the latest instalment of the Up series of films that began in 1964, exploring the English class system through the prism of the Jesuit maxim “give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man”. The group of children first interviewed as seven-year-olds have been interviewed every seven years since as the filmmaker has examined the progression of their lives. Now, they are 56 – and assess whether their lives have ultimately been ruled by circumstance or self-determination.

Trailers and synopses of all films can be viewed at www.bermudadocs.com.

Tickets to Bermuda Docs go on sale Friday March 1 at www.bdatix.bm, Sportseller-Washington Mall, Fabulous Fashions-Heron Bay Plaza, or by calling 232-2255.