Athens International Film & Video Festival (AIFVF) & Alden Library Part II

AIFVF 2014 

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Continuing from Part I news story about AIFVF, In Bloom is a coming of age film that takes place in the Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union (1991) under Boris Yeltsin.  Checking in Alden Library for a good encyclopedic source, GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library) can provide background information on the collapse of the Soviet Union as well as the history of Georgia.  Tidbit:  Georgian is one of the oldest living languages in the world and the location of the film, Tbilisi, is more than 1500 years old.  

It’s All So Quiet takes place in the Dutch countryside, as Helmer, a farmer, cares for his ailing father. Life changes for Helmer when he takes in a farmhand to help with renovation.  This film won best international feature from L.A. Outfest and Torino International Gary & Lesbian Film Festival.  For more information and library resources on LBGT issues try our LGBT Subject Guide.  

An Evening with Richard Myers presents new work by experimental filmmaker Myers.  Mr. Myers is known for his 1970 film “Confrontation at Kent State” which he produced in collaboration with other Kent State faculty, staff and students to examine the 1970 Kent State shootings.  Alden Library holds some films on the Kent State incident for example, Kent State: The Day the War Came Home (DVD) or watch it Streaming through VAST (OU online streaming databases of video content).  

Occupied Palestine is the setting for Omar, and the director Hany Abu-Assad follows up his last film Paradise Now with another look at the Palestine territories. In an interview in The Wall Street Journal blog, Speakeasy, Abu-Assad states after filming Paradise Now, “…..‘Okay, how can I explain that experience to a normal audience who have no idea what it means to live under occupation?’ And I thought ‘The best situation to explore paranoia is love. In love, you can become easily paranoid. You become blinded by jealousy or paranoia.’ So I made it more about love than occupation.” (WSJ Speakeasy, Feb 28, 2014).  It also received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.  For additional research on Palestine and Middle East have a look at the database, Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies, or visit the Islam Subject Guide.

Something Necessary, directed by Judy Kibinge, Kenyan filmmaker) and produced by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas).  The film revolves around two characters who have survived the violence in Kenya after the 2007 elections.  Resources for additional information on the 2007 Keynan elections can be found in African Studies Subject Guide, or complete a search in ArticlesPlus or LexisNexis Academic to get international news and information.  

Bill Morrison combined forces with jazz guitarist, Bill Frisell (we have a few recordings at Music & Dance) to create an archival documentary of the 1927 Mississippi River Flood. To hear more Frisell try the Naxos Music Library Jazz (streaming database of jazz sounds from Naxos), and to look at some other work of Bill Morrison try Decasia, another experimental film using archival footage (and selected for the National Film Registry in 2013).  Does using archival sources to make a documentary sound enticing?  Have a look at the Prelinger Archives housed in the Internet Archive a great source digitized cultural artifacts.  

Alden Library has a strong  Southeast Asian collection, and background on Cambodia or the rule of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970’s can be found on the first floor.  The Missing Picture directed by Rithy Panh, uses narration and archival footage to represent the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime.  OU recently hosted the Khmer Studies Forum 2014, Cambodia at the Crossroads.  This film was an official selection for Cannes and the New York Film Festival.

Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi, are now joined by Visitors, directed by Godfrey Reggio with music by Philip Glass.  

Stay tuned for Part III, competition shows at the AIFVF.