The Greater Farmington Film Festival returns for a fifth year with nine “good films for a better world.”
Presented by kickstART farmington, the festival takes place March 1-4 at venues in Farmington and Farmington Hills. These recently released feature films and documentaries were chosen to engage the heart and mind, explore important contemporary issues, and inspire action:
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Thursday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., Smith Theatre at Oakland Community College
Documentary, directed by Matt Tyrnauer, 92 mins. In 1960, Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs also was involved in many fights in mid-century New York to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. A panel-led community conversation following the film.
Friday, March 2, Farmington Civic Theater, 7 p.m.
Animated, directed by Nora Twomey, 94 mins. Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family. Nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature.
A Season in France
Friday, March 2, Farmington Civic Theater, 9:15 p.m.
Drama (French, subtitled in English), directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 100 mins. Abbas, a high school teacher in the Central African Republic, has fled his war-torn country with his two children. They now live in France, where Abbas works at a food market, while applying for political asylum. A French woman, Carole, falls in love with him and offers a roof for him and his family. When Abbas’ application is rejected, they face a crucial decision.
The Best of the New York International Children’s Film Festival
Saturday, March 3, Farmington Civic Theater, 10:30 a.m.
Animated, various directors, 65 mins. A diverse community must put aside their differences to enjoy a tasty meal in “Stone Soup” (France/Belgium), a hungry creature devises a way to get his fill in “Tiger” (Germany), and a young croc enjoys a tasty treat in “Crocodile” (Germany). A truly delicious selection for children of all ages.
Saturday, March 3, Farmington Civic Theater, 7 p.m.
Animated/Documentary, directed by Amanda & Aaron Kopp, 77 mins. A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. This animated African tale is born in the imaginations of five orphaned children in Swaziland who collaborate to tell a story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character’s journey is interwoven with poetic and observational documentary scenes to create a genre-defying celebration of collective storytelling.
Bending the Arc
Saturday, March 3, Farmington Civic Theater, 9:15 p.m.
Documentary, directed by Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos, 102 mins. A powerful documentary about the extraordinary team of doctors and activists – including Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, and Ophelia Dahl – whose work thirty years ago to save lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle in the halls of power for the right to health for all. Epic, yet intimate, the film is a compelling argument for the power of collective and personal vision and will to turn the tide of history.
Rebels on Pointe
Sunday, March 4, Holocaust Memorial Center, 2:30 p.m.
Documentary, directed by Bobbi Jo Hart, 90 mins. Exploring universal themes of identity, dreams and family, this is the first-ever documentary film celebrating the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The notorious all-male, drag ballet company was founded over 40 years ago in New York City on the heels of the Stonewall riots, and has a passionate cult following around the world. The story ultimately proves that a ballerina is not only a woman dancing—but an act of revolution in a tutu.
Find more information about the Greater Farmington Film Festival and tickets at gffilmfest.com.
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