Savannah Film Festival honors Oliver Stone with Lifetime Achievement Award

Oliver Stone
Award-winning director Oliver Stone received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Savannah Film Festival

2011 Savannah Film Festival honors Oliver Stone with Lifetime Achievement Award

Screening of Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” followed award tribute

SAVANNAH, Georgia, November 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning writer/director Oliver Stone (“Platoon,” “Wall Street”) was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th annual Savannah Film Festival on Thursday, Nov. 3.

Hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, Stone dedicated his award to native Savannahian and well-known publicist Bobby Zarem, whom he has known for more than 30 years. “The memory of my achievement lies in Savannah, a city Bobby loves so much,” said the award-winning director. Stone ended with, “I got your back, Bobby.”

Stone has won Oscars for directing “Born on the Fourth of July,” which was screened earlier in the day and featured a question-and-answer session with the critically acclaimed director.He has also received Academy Awards for “Platoon,” and for his adaptation of the screenplay “Midnight Express.” He was nominated for best director for his work on “JFK” and for co-writing “Nixon.” He’s also received three Golden Globes for directing “Platoon,” “Born on the Fourth of July” and “JFK” and one for writing “Midnight Express.”

The evening continued with a special gala screening of Roman Polanski’s “Carnage,” winner of the Little Golden Lion Prize at the Venice Film Festival. The film tells the story of two sets of parents who decide to have a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a schoolyard brawl.

The festival will also honor actor Aaron Eckhart (“The Dark Knight,” “Erin Brockovich”); actor James Marsden (“27 Dresses,” “X-Men”); and directors/writers Mark and Jay Duplass (“Cyrus,” “The Puffy Chair”) later in the week. Actress Ellen Barkin (“The Big Easy,” “Ocean’s Thirteen”) and actor Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas,” “Hannibal”) have already received Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Awards while actress Lily Tomlin (“9 to 5,” “All of Me”) was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Additionally, the festival has featured special guests including Universal Pictures President Ron Meyer, Alec Baldwin, James Cromwell, James Toback, Sam Levinson, Anson Mount, Miles Teller, Geoffrey Fletcher, Kenneth Lonergan, and Famke Janssen.

The 14th annual Savannah Film Festival has also presented special screenings including Jim Field Smith’s “Butter;” Lee Hirsch’s “The Bully Project;” Dito Montiel’s “The Son of No One,” starring festival honoree Ray Liotta; David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method;” and Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist.” Shown also were Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk about Kevin;” Ralph Fiennes’ “Coriolanus;” and Sam Levinson’s “Another Happy Day,” starring festival honoree Ellen Barkin.

The annual Savannah Film Festival presents a full range of cinematic creativity from both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers. As the university for creative careers, SCAD offers the only major film program in the United States integrated within an acclaimed art and design university. In the past seven years, the university has been one of the top 10 U.S. film schools in producing Student Academy Award finalists.

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British-American Thriller is Best Film at 55th London Film Festival

The movie adaptation of “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” the 2003 novel of American author Lionel Shriver is the winner of the best film at the 55th BFI London Film Festival Wednesday. The novel won the Orange Prize for fiction in 2005.

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The film described as an unflinching portrayal of a mother’s troubled relationship with her son featured Oscar winner Tilda Swinton, starring as Eva, Kevin’s mother

Kevin (Ezra Miller), 15, commits a massacre at his high school and goes to jail. Stunned, his mother, Eve (Tilda Swinton) can only react to tragedy when it begins to correspond with her husband, Franklin (John C. Reilly), who lives far and recalls the boy’s troubled past.

“We Need to Talk about Kevin” premiered at the last Cannes Film Festival was directed by Scottish film maker Lynne Ramsay. It beat eight other films, including Russian Alexander Sokurov’s Faust that won the Golden Lion at the 68th Venice International Film Festival.

“In the end, we were simply bowled over by one film, a sublime, uncompromising tale of the torment that can stand in the place of love,” said John Madden, chair of the judging panel.
“‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ is made with the kind of singular vision that links great directors across all the traditions of cinema.”

The festival closes Thursday evening with a gala screening of “The Deep Blue Sea,” Terence Davies’ adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s play starring Rachel Weisz.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima with contributions from Mike Collett-White.

Del-York Spearheads “Bem-Vindo A Nollywood’’ Film Festival in São Paulo


Del-York International Spearheads “Bem-Vindo A Nollywood’’ Film Festival
In São Paulo, Brazil

LAGOS, NIGERIA, 25 October 2011 – Del-York International is teaming up with Kinopedia Ltd and the Departamento de Expansão Cultural da Secretaria de Cultura, Prefeitura de São Paulo to host the first Nollywood film festival in South America from 18th–27th November 2011.

This milestone will be held at the Cine Olido in São Paulo, Brazil,, which will host a roundtable discussion featuring some of Nollywood’s most respected practitioners as well as showcase a retrospective of nine films by the award-winning director Tunde Kelani.

Since the Festival marks the beginning of a multi-year cultural exchange with the government of Brazil, The film festival aims at promoting Del-York’s mission to inaugurate a sustainable relationship between the Nigerian film industry “Nollywood” and the Brazilian people, by celebrating the Yoruba heritage and traditions shared by both nations. especially those that trace their origin to the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria and Africa at large,which is commendably portrayed in Tunde Kelani’s films.


Tunde Kelani, a celebrated advocate of Yoruba culture, has long been considered to be one of Nigeria’s most accomplished filmmakers. His four-decade-long career started in the early 1970s as a television cameraman. When the devaluation of the Naira decreased filmmakers’ purchasing power, Kelani ceased his work as a cinematographer to direct and produce his own films on video format with the establishment of Mainframe Television and Movie Productions in 1992 – producing such beloved classics as “Saworoide” (1999) and “Thunderbolt: Magun” (2001).


In Kelani’s words: “The list of nine films selected for the Ffilm festival are important, because the films are valuable not only to the Yorubas in the homeland, but especially to Yorubas in the Diaspora, who despite 200 years to 300 years of slave-trade and how they got to that side of the world, they have remained true and close to the culture.”

According to the 2011 World Bank report, “The Untold Story of Growth & Employment Potential in Nigeria’s Entertainment Industry,” Nollywood has already demonstrated significant impact on poverty alleviation through the creation of jobs especially for the youth. However, one challenge to its continued growth is that the industry lacks a branding strategy to compete with other well-established industries on a global scale. As such, the “Bem-vindo a Nollywood” Film Festival will formally introduce Nigerian films to Brazilian audiences and contribute to establishing the industry on the international stage, thus growing Nollywood’s export potential and multiplying its ability to create employment.

Official Result of the Winners of the 68th Venice Film Festival

Russian Alexander Sokurov’s “Faust” a free cinematic interpretation of the Faust legend from the adaptations by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Thomas Mann won the Golden Lion at the 68th Venice International Film Festival.
The film cost €8 million.

Aleksandr Sokurov with the Golden Lion

Official Result of the Winners of the 68th Venice Film Festival

Hanna Schygulla in “Faust”

Golden Lion for Best Film

Faust by Aleksander Sokurov (Russia)

Silver Lion for Best Director
Shangjun CAI
for the film Ren Shan Ren Hai (People Mountain People Sea) (China – Hong Kong)

Special Jury Prize
Terraferma by Emanuele Crialese (Italy)

Coppa Volpi for Best Actor
Michael Fassbender
in the film Shame by Steve McQueen (United Kingdom)

Coppa Volpi for Best Actress
Deanie Yip in the film Tao jie (A Simple Life) by Ann Hui (China – Hong Kong)

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress
Shôta Sometani and Fumi Nikaidô
in the film Himizu by Sion Sono (Japan)

Osella for the Best Cinematography
Robbie Ryan
for the film Wuthering Heights by Andrea Arnold (United Kingdom)

Osella for Best Screenplay
Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou
for the film Alpis (Alps) by Yorgos Lanthimos (Grecia)

Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis”Venice Award for a Debut Film
Là-bas by Guido Lombardi (Italy) – International Critics’ Week
and a prize of 100,000 USD, donated by Filmauro di Aurelio e Luigi De Laurentiis, to be divided equally between the director and the producer

Orizzonti Award
(full-length films):
Kotoko by Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)

Special Orizzonti Jury Prize (full-length films):
Whores’ Glory di Michael Glawogger (Austria, Germania)

Orizzonti Award:
Accidentes Gloriosos (medium-length films) by Mauro Andrizzi and Marcus Lindeen (Sweden, Denmark, Germany)

Orizzonti Award (short films):
In attesa dell’avvento by Felice D’Agostino and Arturo Lavorato (Italia)

Special Mentions:
O Le Tulafale (The Orator) by Tusi Tamasese (New Zealand, Samoa)
All The Lines Flow Out by Charles LIM Yi Yong (Singapore)

Controcampo Award
(for narrative feature-length films)
Scialla! by Francesco Bruni

Controcampo Award (for short films)
A Chjàna by Jonas Carpignano

Controcampo Doc Award (for documentaries)
Pugni chiusi by Fiorella Infascelli

Special Mentions:
to the documentary Black Block by Carlo Augusto Bachschmidt
to Francesco Di Giacomo for the cinematography of Pugni chiusi

Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement
Marco Bellocchio

Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award 2011
Al Pacino

Persol 3D Award for the Most Creative Stereoscopic Film of the Year
Zapruder Filmmakers Group (David Zamagni, Nadia Ranocchi, and Monaldo Moretti)

L’Oréal Paris Award for Cinema
Nicole Grimaudo

Countries of the filmmakers whose films were screened at the 68th Venice International Film Festival

Edgardo COZARINSKY, Nocturnos (Orizzonti)
Amiel COURTIN-WILSON, Hail (Orizzonti)
Josef DABERNIG, Hypercrisis (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Michael GLAWOGGER, Whores’ Glory (Orizzonti)
Norbert PFAFFENBICHLER, Conference (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Chantal AKERMAN, La Folie Almayer(Out Of Competition)
Nicolas PROVOST, The Invader (Orizzonti)
Nicolas PROVOST, Moving Stories (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Wim VANDEKEYBUS, Monkey Sandwich (Orizzonti Events)
Helvécio MARINS JR., Clarissa CAMPOLINA, Girimunho (Swirl) (Orizzonti)
Mary HARRON, The Moth Diaries (Out Of Competition)
Mark LEWIS, Black Mirror at the National Gallery (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
José Luis TORRES LEIVA, Verano (Orizzonti)
XU Haofeng, Wokou de zongji (The Sword Identity) (Orizzonti)


Tomás LUNÁK, Alois Nebel (Out Of Competition)
Tamer EZZAT, Ayten AMIN, Amr SALAMA, Tahrir 2011 (Out Of Competition)
Eija-Liisa AHTILA, The Annunciation (Orizzonti Events)
Yves CAUMON, L’Oiseau (Orizzonti)
Mati DIOP, Snow Canon (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Philippe FAUCON, La Désintégration(Out Of Competition)
Philippe GARREL, Un été brûlant (Venezia 68)
Claude NURIDSANY, Marie PERENNOU, La Clé des champs (Out Of Competition)
Roman POLANSKI, Carnage (Venezia 68)
Marjane SATRAPI, Vincent PARONNAUD, Poulet aux prunes (Venezia 68)
Marina de VAN, Le Petit Poucet (Orizzonti)
Yolande ZAUBERMAN, Would You Have Sex with an Arab? (Orizzonti)
David CRONENBERG, A Dangerous Method (Venezia 68)
Heinz EMIGHOLZ, Parabeton – Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Christoph GIRARDET, Matthias MÜLLER, Meteor (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Romuald KARMAKAR, Die Herde des Herrn (Orizzonti)
Victor KOSSAKOVSKY, Vivan las Antipodas! (Out Of Competition)
Yorgos LANTHIMOS, Alpis (Alps) (Venezia 68)
CHING Siu-tung, Baish echuanshuo (The Sorcerer and the White Snake) (Out Of Competition)
Ann HUI, Taojie (A Simple Life) (Venezia 68)
Johnnie TO, Duo Mingjin (Dyut Ming Gam) (Life Without Principle) (Venezia 68)
Amit DUTTA, Sonchidi (Golden Bird) (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Gurvinder SINGH, Anhey ghorhey da daan (Alms of the Blind Horse) (Orizzonti)
Eran KOLIRIN, Hahithalfut (The Exchange) (Venezia 68)
Cristina COMENCINI, Quando la notte (Venezia 68)
Emanuele CRIALESE, Terraferma (Venezia 68)
Pippo DELBONO, Amore carne (Orizzonti)
Francesco MASELLI, Carlo LIZZANI, Ugo GREGORETTI, Nino RUSSO, Scossa (Out Of Competition)
Ermanno OLMI, Il villaggio di cartone (Out Of Competition)
Gian Alfonso PACINOTTI, L’ultimo terrestre (Venezia 68)
Alessandro PARIS, Sibylle RIGHETTI, Questa storia qua (Event Out Of Competition)
Yuri ANCARANI, Piattaforma Luna (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Felice D’AGOSTINO, Arturo LAVORATO, In attesa dell’avvento (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
FLATFORM, Movimenti di un tempo impossibile (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Yervant GIANIKIAN, Angela RICCI – LUCCHI, Notes sur nos voyages en Russie 1989 – 1990 (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Pietro MARCELLO, Marco Bellocchio. Venezia 2011. Diploma di regia (Out Of Competition) – short film
Pietro MARCELLO, Il silenzio di Pelesjan (Orizzonti Event)
Fabio SCACCHIOLI, Vincenzo CORE, Miss Candace Hilligoss’ Flickering Halo (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Isamu HIRABAYASHI, 663114 (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Mirai MIZUE, Modern N° 2 (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Amir NADERI, Cut (Orizzonti)
Takashi SHIMIZU, Rabitto horaa 3D (Tormented) (Out Of Competition)
Sion SONO, Himizu (Venezia 68)
Shinya TSUKAMOTO, Kotoko (Orizzonti)
Simon PUMMELL, Shock Head Soul (Orizzonti)
Tusi TAMASESE, O le tulafale (The Orator) (Orizzonti)
Devin HORAN, Late and Deep (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)

Lav DIAZ, Siglo ng pagluluwal (Century of Birthing) (Orizzonti Events)

Gabriel ABRANTES, Daniel SCHMIDT, Palácios de pena (Palaces of Pity) (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Teresa VILLAVERDE, Cisne (Swan) (Orizzonti)
Andrey SILVESTROV, Yuri LEIDERMAN, Birmingham Ornament (Orizzonti Events)
Aleksander SOKUROV, Faust (Venezia 68)
Charles Yi Yong LIM, All the Lines Flow Out (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
KIM Kyungmook, Jultak dongshi (Stateless Things) (Orizzonti)
Kike MAILLO, Eva (Out Of Competition)
Oscar PEREZ, Maria del MAR DE RIBOT, Hollywood Talkies (Orizzonti)
Mauro ANDRIZZI, Marcus LINDEEN, Accidentes gloriosos (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Mattias GUSTAFSSON, Start (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Axel PETERSEN, The Tracks of my Tears 2 (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Rolando COLLA, Summer Games (Giochi d’estate) (Out Of Competition)
Yves NETZHAMMER, Dialogischer Abrieb (Dialogical Abrasion) (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Ammar AL-BEIK, Hadinat al shams (The Sun’s Incubator) (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Collective ABOUNADDARA, The End (Out Of Competition) – short films
Collective ABOUNADDARA, Vanguards (Out Of Competition) – short films

WEI Te-Sheng, Saideke Balai (Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale) (Venezia 68)

Wattanapume LAISUWANCHAI, Passing Through the Night (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Rirkrit TIRAVANIJA, Lung Neaw Visits His Neighbours (Orizzonti)
Tomas ALFREDSON, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Venezia 68)
Andrea ARNOLD, Wuthering Heights (Venezia 68)
Andrew KÖTTING, Louyre – This Our Still Life (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
MADONNA, W.E. (Out Of Competition)
Steve MCQUEEN, Shame (Venezia 68)
Ben RIVERS, Two Years at Sea (Orizzonti)
Ami CANAAN MANN, Texas Killing Fields (Venezia 68)
George CLOONEY, The Ides of March (Venezia 68)
Jonathan DEMME, I’m Carolyn Parker: the Good, the Mad and the Beautiful (Orizzonti)
Abel FERRARA, 4:44 Last Day On Earth (Venezia 68)
James FRANCO, Sal (Orizzonti)
William FRIEDKIN, Killer Joe (Venezia 68)
Lisa IMMORDINO VREELAND, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (Event Out Of Competition)
Ross McELWEE, Photographic Memory (Orizzonti)
Al PACINO, Wilde Salome (Out Of Competition)
Steven SODERBERGH, Contagion (Out Of Competition)
Todd SOLONDZ, Dark Horse (Venezia 68)
Whit STILLMAN, Damsels in Distress (Out Of Competition)
Marco BRAMBILLA, Evolution (Megaplex) [3D] (Out Of Competition) – short films
Ben RUSSELL, River Rites (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)

8th Abuja International Film and Video Festival Ends Tomorrow

Abuja Film Fest

The 8th Abuja International Film and Video Festival will end tomorrow 30th of September 2011. The festival opened last Tuesday September 27th at the Silverbird Entertainment Centre with screenings, exhibitions, networking and seminars.

The Festival was founded in 2004 by the most traveled Nollywood celebrity couple Fidelis and Temitope Duker, who are both filmmakers.

Oliver Stone and others will be honored at Savannah Film Festival


Oliver Stone, Lily Tomlin, Ellen Barkin and James Marsden will be honored at the 14th annual Savannah Film Festival

Special gala screenings to include “A Dangerous Method,” “Another Happy Day,” “Carnage,” “Like Crazy” and “The Artist”
Hosted by SCAD, the Savannah Film Festival will take place Oct. 29-Nov. 5

SAVANNAH, Georgia, September 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning writer/director Oliver Stone (“Platoon,” “Wall Street”) will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award along with Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy Award-winning actress Lily Tomlin (“9 to 5,” “All of Me”) at the 14th annual Savannah Film Festival. The festival, which will take place Oct. 29 to Nov. 5, will also honor Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy and Tony award-winning actress Ellen Barkin (“The Big Easy,” “Ocean’s Thirteen”) with an Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award and actor James Marsden (“27 Dresses,” “X-Men”) will receive a Spotlight Award.

Films to receive special gala screenings will include David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method;” Drake Doremus’ “Like Crazy,” winner of the Grand Jury and Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival; Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” winner of the Best Actor Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival; Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” winner of the Little Golden Lion Prize at the Venice Film Festival; and Sam Levinson’s “Another Happy Day,” starring festival honoree Ellen Barkin. The festival will also screen Agnieszka Holland’s “In Darkness,” Famke Janssen’s “Bringing Up Bobby,” Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk about Kevin,” Mark and Jay Duplass’ “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” and Ralph Fiennes’ “Coriolanus.”

Special guests currently scheduled to attend are Alec Baldwin, Universal Pictures President Ron Meyer, James Toback and Famke Janssen.

Hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, a private, nonprofit, accredited, degree-granting university, the Savannah Film Festival has become one of the largest entertainment events in the Southeast. From feature-length films to two-minute shorts, the annual festival presents a full range of cinematic creativity from both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers.

During the festival, professional workshops and lectures for the community and area high school and college students address topics such as acting, directing, producing, animation and filmmaking, among others. SCAD students are given the opportunity to network with filmmakers, directors, studio executives, producers and others to gain further understanding of their chosen career. The university offers the only major film program in the United States integrated within an acclaimed art and design university. In the past seven years, the university has been one of the top 10 U.S. film schools in producing Student Academy Award finalists.

Over the past six years, many of the evening screenings at the festival have garnered Academy Award nominations. The festival has U.S. premiered two Pedro Almodovar films as well as films by Robert Redford and Woody Allen. Special gala screenings, which were shown before their national release, include “127 Hours,” “Amelie,” “Babel,” “Black Swan,” “Precious,” “Sideways,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “The Wrestler” and “Up in the Air.”

Each year, distinguished honorees are presented awards for excellence in the entertainment industry. Past honored guests have included Sir Ian McKellen, Liam Neeson, Isabella Rossellini, Hugh Dancy, Jeremy Renner, Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Peter O’Toole, Kathleen Turner, Sydney Pollack, Alan Cumming, Roger Ebert, Jane Fonda, John Waters, Danny Glover, Alec Baldwin, Natasha Richardson and Ellen Burstyn.

Individual tickets for the 2011 Savannah Film Festival will go on sale 10 a.m., Oct. 3, 2011 and can be purchased at the Trustees Theater Box Office, 216 E. Broughton St., Savannah, Georgia, online at, or by phone at 912.525.5050.

Morning and afternoon screenings and panels will be $5 for the general public; $3 for students, seniors and military; and free for SCAD students, professors and staff with a valid SCAD ID. The price for tickets to the evening screenings will be $10 for the general public and $5 for SCAD students, professors and staff with a valid SCAD ID. Group discounts are available.

The schedule, which is subject to change, will be available Sept. 30 on the Savannah Film Festival website. For more information on the festival, visit

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The Story Of The Soul Sisters Premiere set for Lagos

The much awaited Nigerian premiere of Rahman Oladigbolu’s award winning film In America: The Story Of The Soul Sisters comes up on Thursday September 8, 2011, at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas at The Palms in Lekki, Lagos. Popular award winning American actor Jimmy Jean-Louis is Tai Ojo in this movie that has been described as one of the best movies by African filmmakers in the Diaspora. Rahman, a graduate of Quincy College and Harvard University is also the author of On Holy Pilgrimage: A Long Journey for Freedom.

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Mirlyne Dorvilus and Kandace Cummings as Sade George and Sonya Ibrahim.

In America: The Story Of The Soul Sisters won the 2011 Annual African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for the Best Film for Africans Abroad and the Best Emerging Filmmaker’s Award at the 2010 Roxbury International Film Festival in Boston Massachusetts.

“It is a masterpiece that showcases the ignoble sub-culture where illegal immigrants are forced to exist in the US. It chronicles the terrible and dishonorable lifestyle that these individuals live on a daily basis just to survive in the West. Added to this desperation is the incessant plea for financial assistance from families in the homeland. Not since Kafka has someone so aptly captured the depths and essence of Western existentialism and its culture of individualism.”

~ Benjamin Nwosu
Nigerian Village Square

The Story

An African medical student seeking better professional opportunity in the United States finds herself caught up in the American immigration war. With the political heat mounting on illegal immigrants, she’s faced only with a dilemma: she either continues to live on the fringes of the society, where there’s no hope for her career goal, or give up all hope on the American dream.

A young American puts her life on hold to restore the glory of her parents estranged marriage. After years of painful sacrifice, and amid the storm of her adolescent crises, she has to make a last shot for their reconciliation, or give up forever on her parents as she goes away to college.

What happens when the lives of these two young women cross? The result is a soul-touching friendship that tests the limits of political laws and redefines human dedication.

AMAA Award Night
Rahman in glasses with Jimmy Jean-Louis with 2010 AMAA awards.

About the Director:

Rahman was born in Oyo State, Nigeria, into the royal family of the kingdom once known as Oyo Empire. He started his formal education at Alaafia Nursery and Primary school at Ibadan, completed his primary education at Saint Andrews Demonstration, Oyo, and his secondary education at Olivet Baptist High School, also at Oyo. Then he made a decision to come to the United States to study film production. But as a thinker says, events sometimes mock at human foresight, and there is nothing more certain than the unforeseen. A peculiar unforeseen would be Rahman’s lot for the next decade after his decision, and which culminated in his first book, On Holy Pilgrimage: A Long Journey For Freedom. Though Rahman decided to write the book to tell his story, to awaken the world about the depth of the mysteries within which life is cocooned, the book initially served only as a therapeutic avenue for him to keep his sanity while going through one of the worst experiences any human could be subjected to. With his body tortured by a mysterious illness, and his intellect by the conflict of cultures, Western scientific and traditional African cultures, his primary motivation to write the book was his discovery of the concept of reincarnation, a complex reality without which he thinks higher understanding of life might be impossible. Confused in his world, living ‘on the lip of insanity, not knowing the reason he was made to suffer, whether by science or witchcraft or fate, Rahman discovered the human mind, the balcony from which both the inside and outside of the universe could be perceived. Spending seven years on the sick bed, this territory became his only realm of work and! play. It would transform the worldview that Rahman had ever known, and put him on the pedestal to a new height, a new way of life. Rahman now lives in Massachusetts.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Aug. 12, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Aug. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — It’s a celebration of film as the 2011 Albuquerque Film Festival (AFF) honors actors Michael Madsen and Dean Stockwell along with cinematographer Haskell Wexler for their inspired careers and achievements in film at the Albuquerque Film Festival Legend Awards (August 18-21, 2011).

AFF has crafted an outstanding lineup of festivities featuring Madsen, “AFF Maverick Award” recipient and revered poet. Madsen will appear at a book signing and poetry reading prior to the screening of Reservoir Dogs at the KiMo Theatre. He will also participate in the Dennis Hopper Memorial Bike Ride – leading a pack of Harley riders down Central Boulevard to the screening of Hell Ride. Director, writer and co-star, Larry Bishop, will also attend the film screening – part of AFF’s Midnight Movies with Michael Madsen series.

In addition to recognizing the works of Madsen, AFF will present several other awards. “Dennis Lee Hopper Award” recipient, Dean Stockwell , will appear at The Guild Cinema for the screening of Married to the Mob, which earned him an Academy Award nomination. Haskell Wexler , best known for his work on One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf , will receive the “AFF Cinematography Award” and present a screening of Matewan. Madsen, Stockwell and Wexler will all be on hand to accept their awards at the Closing Night Ceremony of the AFF Legend Awards at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Albuquerque.

Additional highlights of the festival include screenings of films across various genres and a slew of film workshops and panels hosted by esteemed industry players including Todd Jefferson, Tony Mark, Giancarlo Esposito and Joshua Michael Stern.

For complete AFF 2011 program listings, tickets and festival passes, visit or find us on Facebook.

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Now in its third year, The Albuquerque Film Festival is establishing itself as a first-rate festival that represents diversity, innovation and creative achievement in film.

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Winners of the 32nd Durban International Film Festival 2011

Asghar Farhadi’s Nader and Simin, A Separation won the Best Film prize. The film was already the winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bears for Best Actress and Best Actor at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, becoming the first Iranian film to win the Golden Bear.


The full list of the winners are:

Best Film: Nader and Simin, A Separation (Iran), directed by Asghar Farhadi

A couple has to make a decision to leave Iran to better the life of their child or to stay and take care of a parent suffering from Alzheimers; however, the couple’s marriage may end in divorce.

Best South African Feature: Skoonheid (France/South Africa), directed by Oliver Hermanus

Best First Feature: The Dynamiter (USA), directed by Matthew Gordon

Best Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev for Elena (Russia)

Best Actress: Nadezhda Markina in Elena (Russia)

Best Actor: William Patrick Ruffin in The Dynamiter (USA)

Best Cinematography: Mikhail Krichman for Elena (Russia)

Best Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi for Nader and Simin, A Separation (Iran)

Special Mention Feature Film: Skoonheid (South Africa), directed by Oliver Hermanus

Special Mention South African Feature Film: Eldorado (South Africa), directed by Shaldon Ferris and Lorreal Ferris

Best Documentary: Position Among the Stars (Stand van de Sterren) (The Netherlands), directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich

Best South African Documentary: Dear Mandela (South Africa/USA), directed by Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza

Best Short Film: Dirty Laundry (South Africa), directed by Stephen Abbott

Best South African Short Film: Dirty Laundry (South Africa), directed by Stephen Abbott

Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award: Sobukwe, A Great Soul (South Africa), directed by Mickey Madoda Dube
DIFF Wavescape Surf Film Festival Audience Award: A Deeper Shade Of Blue (Australia) directed by Jack McCoy

DIFF Documentary Audience Award: Fire in Babylon (United Kingdom), directed by Stevan Riley

DIFF Feature Film Audience Award: The First Grader (Kenya,United Kingdom,South Africa), directed by Justin Chadwick.

I came to see films and I saw films

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe sitting in the audience at the 2nd Eko International Film Festival.

“I came to see films and I saw films ; that is what film festivals are all about, not talk shops,” said Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, the CEO of the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) on the fourth day of the 2nd Eko International Film Festival when Joseph Ugochukwu Ubaka’s Lilies of the Ghetto and Abba Makama’s Direc-Toh were screened at the Silverbird Galleria in Lagos, Nigeria.

Bic Leu and Faruk Lasaki
Bic Leu of Finding Nollywood and Faruk Lasaki, Director of the Changing Faces at the 2nd Eko International Film Festival.

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe and Deborah from the United States of America


Other photos show Peace Anyiam-Osigwe and Deborah, a guest from the United States.
Hope Obioma Opara, President Eko International Film Festival and Joseph Ugochukwu Ubaka, Director of Lilies of the Ghetto..

Click here for the Photo Gallery of the 2nd Eko International Film Festival.