|Justice for Sale and Elza screening at Urbanworld Film Festival, Sept. 21-22
NYWIFT members are invited to the following two screenings during Urbanworld Film Festival 2012 (Sept. 19-23 in NYC): Justice for Sale and Elza. NYWIFT members can buy an all-access pass at the filmmaker rate ($300).
Justice for Sale
Friday, Sept. 21, 12 pm. Buy tickets.
The documentary follows the young, courageous Congolese human rights lawyer Claudine Tsongo who refuses to accept that justice is indeed “For Sale” in her country. When she investigates the case of a soldier convicted of rape, she becomes convinced his trial was unfair and uncovers a system where the basic principles of law are ignored—and when the system fails, everyone becomes a victim. The film not only provides a glimpse into the failings of the Congolese judicial system but also raises questions about the role of the international community and nongovernmental organizations in reforming it.
Born in 1980, twin sisters Ilse and Femke van Velzen are a documentary filmmaking team that aim to expose cultural injustices. The two sisters each studied social and cultural development in Amsterdam and Utrecht. After graduating in 2002, they began their own production company IFPRODUCTIONS in March 2003. The sisters use their films as educational tools, and travel to developing countries to screen their films. These screenings help expose the inequality and violence to local communities in their current living conditions. The inspiration for the van Velzen sisters’ films is promoting human rights and women’s rights across the globe.
Saturday, Sept. 22, 6 pm. Buy tickets.
A single mother in Paris, Bernadette tried hard to give her daughters everything. She is thrilled when her eldest, Elza, the first college graduate in the family, completes her master's degree. However, Elza breaks her mother's heart by running away to their native Guadeloupe in search of a distant childhood memory: the father she barely remembers.
A French Guadeloupean filmmaker, producer and director, Mariette Monpierre was born in Guadeloupe but raised in Paris. Monpierre worked at the renowned ad agency BBD&O before venturing into the world of filmmaking. A semi-autobiography, her film speaks on behalf of the many fatherless children and the fantasies they conjure about the fathers they never knew. Elza is Monpierre’s first feature film. She produced several documentaries, educational and musical videos as well as award winning shorts, like Rendez-Vous and Sweet Mickey for President.
About Urbanworld Film Festival
Urbanworld Film Festival is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind. The five-day festival includes narrative features, documentaries, and short films, as well as panel discussions, live staged screenplay readings, and the Urbanworld Digital track focused on digital and social media. Over the last 15 years, Hollywood studios, indie film distributors, and established and emerging filmmakers have consistently chosen Urbanworld to premiere box office and award-winning hits. Urbanworld has also provided a platform for some of today’s leading brands seeking to reach key influencers across the industry and within the consumer marketplace. Urbanworld Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes. Urbanworld endeavors to consistently manifest its mission of redefining and advancing the roles of multicultural constituents in contemporary filmed entertainment.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Sep. 17, 2012