Browsing: Feature Story

Feras Fayyad will ask you to hold your hand up to your ear, rub your thumb across the pads of your fingers, then rub it against a more callused part of your hand. He will tell you to observe the soft friction and ask, “What does it sound like? How do the sounds change?” Fayyad has spent most of his adult life chronicling the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo—a result of the seven-year-long civil war that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is inflicting upon his own people. That incomprehensible devastation is the focus of Fayyad’s Last Men in Aleppo, nominated this…

This is an interview with director Maryam Goormaghtigh, who enthralled audiences in the ACID section at 2017 Cannes with her light comedy road movie Before Summer Ends, Cineuropa: You have Swiss, French and Belgian nationality (and have Iranian roots through your mother), you were born in Geneva and studied at the INSAS in Brussels. Does this mix of cultures influence your work as a filmmaker? Maryam Goormaghtigh: For this film I think it did yes, because I started working on it after wanting to reacquaint myself with Iranian culture, which I didn’t know a lot about. I was born and grew…

Palm Springs – January 13, 2018— Today, at Palm Springs International Film Festival, Cinema Without Borders named Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult as the winner of 2018 HP Bridging the Borders Award offered by Cinema Without Borders. The prize for HP Bridging The Borders Award is an HP ZBook 15, a $3000 value. The prize was provided and sponsored by HP.  The Bridging The Borders Award at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival will be given to the most successful film in bringing the people of our world closer together. Neda Nobari, Founder and CEO of Neda Nobari Foundation, and Bijan…

19th edition of Scandinavian Film Festival, Los Angeles opens on Saturday January 6th and continues on January 7th, 20th and 21st. Here is the complete program of the festival for its first weekend: Saturday, January 6 12:00 pm Kayayo, the Living Shopping Baskets (documentary) (Norway), 2016, 32 minutes, Mari Bakke Riise In the capital of Ghana, 10,000 girls from the ages of 6 work as real life shopping baskets – called Kayayo, carrying heavy loads on their head (from 130 to 220 pounds), earning very little and some end up in prostitution to make ends meet. This documentary is about…

Burbank, CA – December 19th, 2017: Today, Cinema Without Borders and Palm Springs International Film Festival  announced jury members and the eight nominees for HP’s Bridging The Borders Award at 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival selected by Palm Springs International Film Festival Programmers. The Bridging The Borders Award at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival will be given to the most successful film in bringing the people of our world closer together. Cinema Without Borders’ jury members to decide the 2018 winner of the HP Bridging The Borders Award are: Sylvie Bolioli Sylvie Bolioli has worked in the…

In January 13th, 2017 Cinema Without Borders will announce the winner of 2018 HP Bridging The Borders Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival Award Ceremony. In this relation, we will have a few interviews with international filmmakers using HP Workstations about their work, how HP Workstations help them to accomplish their tasks and the impact of HP Bridging The Borders Award in the world of filmmaking. In our first interview we talked to  Hasraf ‘ HaZ’ Dulull,director of The Beyond on camera. Hasraf ‘ HaZ’ Dulull started his career as a Visual Effects Supervisor / Producer before establishing a reputation from…

AYITI MON AMOUR is Haiti Oscar entry for the Best Foreign language Film Award. This is a first for Haiti. This is the first time that Haiti in its film history that Haiti is competing at the Oscars and it is also the first time that a woman of Haitian (Haitian-American) origin realizes a feature length fiction in Haiti to Jacmel (in 2016). We had the opportunity of interviewing  Guetty Felin, writer and director of  AYITI MON AMOUR on camera. https://vimeo.com/246380736 “Ayiti mon amour” has already been awarded twice in 2017 at the “Blackstar Film Festival” and the “Festival International de Cine America”…

To learn more about Kanopy, winner of the CWB’s Seal of Excellence Award for the Best International Cinema Streaming Site, we had the opportunity of interviewing Olivia Humphrey, Founder and CEO of Kanopy. Olivia Humphrey has many years of media distribution experience, including at BBC Worldwide in London, Austar Satellite TV and Roadshow Entertainment in Sydney, where she managed the non-theatrical release slate. She founded Kanopy in 2008 to address the opportunity to build film as a core resource for all students in higher education before expanding into public libraries in 2016. Headquartered in San Francisco, Kanopy distributes a catalog…

TORONTO—Despite persistent foreign aggression against their country, Iran still has a flourishing cultural environment. Its films are recognized the world over for their deep humanism and artistic accomplishment. When Asghar Farhahi won his second Oscar Award for Best Foreign Language Film this year for his brilliant drama The Salesman (the first was A Separation), he refused to attend because of Trump’s cruelly imposed “Muslim ban.” His powerful statement was read onstage: “I’m sorry I am not with you tonight,” the letter read. “My absence is out of respect for those in my country and those in the six nations who have been disrespected by…

THE DIVINE ORDER, a film by Petra Volpe is Switzerland’s submission for the 2018 Academy Awards – Best Foreign Language Film, and winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and Best Fiction Film at the 2017 Traverse City Film Festival, THE DIVINE ORDER will open at the Laemmle Royal and Playhouse 7 in Los Angeles on November 17. A national release will follow. We had the opportunity of having a video interview with Petra Volpe, director of the DIVINE ORDER. https://vimeo.com/243164293 THE DIVINE ORDER is set in Switzerland in 1971 where, despite the worldwide…