The Spirit of 8
TAIWAN/2003/Mandarin, Taiwanese/Color/Video/60min
Director: Li Chia-hua
Keep the Change
TURKEY/2003/Turkish/Color, B&W/Video/27min
Directors: Ceren Bayar, Dilek Iyigun, Elif Karadenizli, Ozge Kendirci, Savas Ilhan
Since causing an incident at eight years old, the director of The Spirit of 8 held fast to a feeling of guilt. At twenty-five, his camera reveals the process of freeing himself from that burden. In 2000, the Turkish authorities intervened in a hunger strike of political prisoners, causing them to suffer memory loss. Keep the Change challenges a Turkish society that has forgotten the incident.
9.18(Mon) 20:05-Director (Li Chia-hua) present @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.22(Fri) 19:35-Director (Li Chia-hua) present @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.28(Thu) 12:30 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
President Mir Qanbar
Director: Mohammad Shirvani
Hoping to become the president of Iran one day, Mir Qanbar campaigns earnestly with his campaign manager and the film crew.
9.19(Tue) 18:55 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.28(Thu) 14:25 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
10.17(Tue) 17:50 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
ISRAEL/2003/Hebrew, Arabic/Color/Video/85min
Director: Ruthie Shatz, Adi Barash
As Dudu and Nino, immigrant teenage prostitutes, course through the streets of downtown Tel Aviv’s Garden district, the camera painfully depicts their intimate friendship and hopes for the future.
9.17(Sun) 19:40 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.28(Thu) 16:00 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
10.19(Thu) 14:40 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
The Pot
SYRIA/2005/Arabic/Color, B&W/Video/12min
Director: Diana El Jeiroudi
until when...
PALESTINE, USA/2004/Arabic/Color, B&W/Video/76min
Director: Dahna Abourahme
The roles and images of mothers and wives desired by Syria’s Islamic society are portrayed through four married women. They reveal their feelings and realities challenging society from within in The Pot. Following four Palestinean families living in Dheisheh Refugee Camp, near Bethlehem, the camera looks straight into the now of their day to day lives, full of sorrow as well as happiness in until when….
9.17(Sun) 17:45 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.24(Sun) 16:50 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.28(Thu) 17:50 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
In the Shadow of the Palms - Iraq
AUSTRALIA/2005/Arabic, English/Color, B&W/Video/90min
Director: Wayne Coles-Janess
In Spring of 2003, the U.S. offensive began. Life in Baghdad changed forever. In a world swallowed by by a tidal wave of propaganda, the director shows us the Iraq he saw with his own eyes.
9.16(Sat) 12:30 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.28(Thu) 19:45 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
10.18(Wed) 14:00 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center

Presented by Cinamatrix
Co-presented by Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Organizing Committee, Athenee Francais Cultural Center, The Film School of Tokyo, Polepole Higashinakano

With support from the Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)