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The New York Kurdish Film and Cultural Festival  has announced the third annual New York Kurdish Film and Cultural Festival. 8-Ball Community is co-hosting the festival. Festival will run from December 6 to 8 at Diocese of the Armenian Church, 630 Second Avenue, New York, NY. To learn more about the festival we had an interview with Xeyal Qertel, a Kurdish woman and a human rights activist that resides in New York. Cinema Without Borders: Please tell us about New York Kurdish Film and Cultural Festival back ground and what motivated you to start this festival? https://youtu.be/7wDTzso2FaE Xeyal Qertel: In 2017 some…

Canberra, Australia –  November 9, 2019 – Today Veteran Film Festival announced The Sea Swells, an Iranian short film directed by  Amir Gholami as the winner of Cinema Without Borders’  GoE Bridging The Borders Award sponsored by Go Energistics. At the festival’s award ceremony Adam B. Shepherd, a jury member and President and CEO of Go Energistics, sponsor of the GoE Bridging The Borders Award announced the winning film: https://vimeo.com/372113484 Amir Gholam, director of the The Sea Swells, in an award acceptance message for Cinema Without Borders wrote: “It is a great honor for me to receive this Cinema Without Borders’ GoE Bridging…

NETFLIX is my passports to the world cinema, where ever I travel, I have my iPad and my NETFLIX login info. Without that, I am like a Robinson Crusoe, abandoned from the kingdom of entertainment. A friend of mine, a field critic, that travels to most of the international film festivals around the globe, told me that he could access is Netflix in 22 countries. NETFLIX is available in over one hundred and ninety countries around the world. And I feel I’m happy gypsy carrying my movie theater with me in my iPad. What also excites me about NETFLIX ,…

I first saw Legion M at a Comic Convention and wasn’t quite sure about the idea of fan investment into movies, but Legion M proved that such an idea is pure genius. Legion M is a fan owned entertainment company with approximately 50,000 plus investors with an investment that averages around $500. You can invest $100 into the company and Legion M wants to make that $100 into $200 or $10,000. Investing in movies is a high-risk investment so investing what you can afford to lose is a good rule to abide by. The risk doesn’t stop the fans from…

The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch, is a very funny and intelligently made movie by Michael Steiner.  The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch is Switzerland’s Oscar entry selection and had a great box office revenues in that country  and now is ready to stream on NETFLIX. At Cinema Without Borders we had the opportunity of interviewing Michael Steiner about making of The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch. Please listen to the podcast of this interview: https://soundcloud.com/user-222526075/the-awakening-of-motti-wolkenbruch?in=user-222526075/sets/cwb-podcast The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch,  is the story of  Motti Wolkenbruch , a  young man that through all his life has behaved, and lived up to his family‘s expectations, especially those…

20th edition of Polish Film Festival, LA award ceremony was held at Writers Guild Theater on Friday October 18th. Festival opening/award ceremony was exciting and splendid like the last 19 years of the festival. The only discouraging news came when Vladek Juszkiewicz, founder of Polish Film Festival, LA announced his resignation as director of the festival for 2020 and years after. For us at Cinema Without Borders witnessing devotion and sacrifices of Vladek in the last 20 years this was a big shock and we hope he changes his mind as I said in my speech at the award ceremony, without Vladek, Polish…

The last film by the Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad, Head of the Jury, International Competition at Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star, was The Mountain Between Us, where a surgeon and a journalist battle it out in the wilderness after a plane crash. https://youtu.be/Mu41hu1a_8c Despite the high-profile cast (Idris Elba, Kate Winslet) and a much-feted filmmaker (his earlier features, Paradise Now and Omar, received Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Language Film), this survival drama was received with a modest shrug. Could it be the same issue that plagued, say, Asghar Farhadi, who made the rapturously received A Separation…

LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers, announced the winning films of the festival in an award ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany. Lucas International Film Festival For Young Film Lovers started on September 19th and concluded on September 26th. This year for the second time Cinema Without Borders offered award it’s GoE Bridging The Borders Award sponsored by Go Energistics at this festival. At the award ceremony on September 26th after greetings and opening remarks, Yeganeh Taheri, CWB German Editor and a jury member, read the jury statement: “This year, our jury had a very difficult time choosing the winner of…

I wish all the fans of cinema as art could attend 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival. I call this festival amazing as it offers one of the best collections of international and Canadian films, but it is not only the very strong line up of the festival that makes it so attractive to attend, but also all its side events, such as industry seminars, Q&A sessions, live screenplay reading and music performances. Vancouver International Film Festival runs for sixteen days from Thursday , Sep 26 to Friday Oct 11th. To learn more about 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival we interviewed Curtis Woloschuk,  Associate…

Finding Farideh, a feature documentary by Azadeh Moussavi and Kourosh Ataee, is Iran’s entry for Best International Feature Film Oscar 2020. Finding Farideh” is about an Iranian girl named Farideh, who had been abandoned in a holy shrine in Iran when she was 6 months old in 1976, and then she got adopted by a Dutch couple and left Iran to the Netherlands to start her new life. Her parents promised to take her to Iran when she turns 18, but it never happened because they always thought that Iran is a dangerous country to go. Now, she overcomes her fears…

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