Directors: Catherine & Tareque Masud. Bangladesh, 2005, 95 min,
English, Bengali, Sylheti with English subtitles, 35mm
After 15 years in the UK, Shireen and her son Sohel return to their home in
Sylhet, Bangladesh for the funeral of Sohel's father. For Shireen the
homecoming allows her to make peace with her ex-husband and his family, for
Sohel, the journey allows him to connect with a family and a "homeland" he
has never known.
About A Song for Daniel
Director: Jason DaSilva, USA/Iraq, 2005, 9 min., video
A Song for Daniel compares a routine day of two nine-year-old boys—one
living in Baghdad and the other, born and raised in New York City—and
offers a profound examination of culture and place through the eyes of two
Iraqi youth living on opposite sides of the world.
About Letters From Beirut
Big Noise Films, 19 min, Lebanon/USA, DVD
Letters From Beirut is an intimate, personal and powerful telling of the story of the 2006 war in Lebanon. A series of letters written by Hanady Salman - a mother living through the war in Beirut - carve a narrative arc through the intense and haunting images of conflict. She tells the stories of her family and the people she lives the war with - the refugees, the wounded, and the everyday Lebanese, struggling to maintain their sanity and their humanity during a time of war. Letters From Beirut is more than a document of a particular historical experience. What emerges is a universal story - a complex picture of love, pain, resistance and survival in the face of uncertainty and violence.
Big Noise Films is a radical media collective based in New York City. Its feature documentaries include Zapatista (1998), Black and Gold (1999) This Is What Democracy Looks Like (2000), and Fourth World War (2003). It was one of the founding collective members of Indymedia in Seattle in 1999 and has participated in radical media collectives in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Italy, Canada and the US. www.bignoisefilms.org . Big Noise Films Member Rick Rowley will be in Attendance.