Iara Lee’s new documentary The Suffering Grasses and Ellie Fox’s Under The Apple Tree will have their New Jersey Premiere screenings this Saturday, February 9 at the New Jersey Film Festival!
Check out the trailers for these two films:
The Suffering Grasses
Under the Apple Box
Here is more info on this film screening:
The Suffering Grasses – Iara Lee (San Francisco, California)
Set against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, this timely and searing documentary explores the ongoing conflict in Syria through moving interviews with the civilians who have been abused and displaced to the squalor of refugee camps. In all such conflicts, it is civilians—women and children, families and whole communities—who suffer most at the leisure of those in power. While focusing on the plight of those caught in the crossfire, this film also investigates the motivations of those in the al-Assad regime, the Free Syrian Army, and other geopolitical players such as the United States, Israel, Russia, China, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, and the Gulf countries. 2012; 52 min. Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Center For Middle Eastern Studies!
Under the Apple Box - Ellie Fox (Vancouver, Canada)
A compelling, beautifully-filmed feature about a young Iranian woman who is forever tormented by her past. Under the Apple Box opens in l983, when Leila, still a child, agrees to take forbidden photos of other Iranian women. She learns, from an early age, that her own body must be covered up at all times, but is also the object of continual and obsessive observation. When her step-brother attempts to rape her, the crime devastates not only her own life but also the life of the man who stepped in to help her. Although Leila escapes to Canada, and becomes a successful photographer and writer, her life in Iran continues to haunt her. 2012; 76 min. Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Center For Middle Eastern Studies!
Saturday—February 9, 2013
Voorhees Hall #105, Rutgers University,
71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey
$10=General; $9=Students+Seniors; $8=Rutgers Film Co-op Friends
Jimmy John’s of New Brunswick will be providing free sandwiches prior to this screening!
More info is available at www.njfilmfest.com or (848) 932-8482!