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
Final Solution
INDIA/2004/Hindi, Gujarati, English/Color/Video/150min
Director: Rakesh Sharma
A consideration of hostility between Hindus and Muslims in India, as seen through an investigation of a massacre of Muslims in the western state of Gujarat in 2002. The Hindu political party, which advocates an orthodox India, clashes with and oppresses the Muslim population. Through the testimonies of both Hindus and Muslims, the origins and amplification of the animosities are painstakingly depicted. The director’s sincere approach, as he attempts to discover the beginnings of a solution amidst the mechanics of this seemingly insolvable conflict, is deeply moving.
9.16(Sat) 14:25 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.21(Thu) 16:40 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
10.18(Wed) 16:00 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
The 3 Rooms of Melancholia
Russian, Chechen, Arabic, Finnish/Color, B&W/35mm/106min
Director: Pirjo Honkasalo
An examination of children’s lives amidst the war in Chechnya from three different perspectives. A war started by adults, and the true faces of children living under tragic circumstances who have lost sight of a future to which they are entitled.
9.20(Wed) 14:25 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.23(Sat) 18:40 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
10.18(Wed) 19:00 @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)