American Dreaming - Matthew Hashiguchi, Director

American Dreaming

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Tue Feb 27, 2018 – 5:00 pm | Domenico’s
Sun Mar 4, 2018 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande


American Dreaming

Directed by Matthew Hashiguchi
Documentary Short
USA | 11 min | 2017


For undocumented immigrants, attending college is not a right, but a privilege that very few receive. In the state of Georgia, undocumented immigrants are barred from attending the top most selected public colleges and universities, and to Raymond Partolan, a 23-year-old undocumented immigrant, this is a modern-day form of segregation that he hopes to overcome.

Born in the Philippines, Raymond and his family legally immigrated to the United States when he was one-year old. At the age of 10 he became undocumented, which crushed his dreams of attending college and nearly derailed his life when it had just begun. But rather than give up, Raymond emerged as an outspoken activist in support of immigrant rights. And, even though there are no guarantees of employment or future opportunity for undocumented immigrants, Raymond and many others like him continue to lobby congress, speak publicly and protest for the right to attend college and pursue the American dream.



American Dreaming - Matthew Hashiguchi, DirectorMatthew Hashiguchi
Director

Matthew Hashiguchi is a documentary filmmaker whose work investigates the diverse experiences, identities and cultures of American society. His first feature-length documentary, Good Luck Soup, was broadcast nationally on PBS World’s America ReFramed, received a 2016 Documentary Fund Award from the Center for Asian American Media and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, premiered at the 2016 Cleveland International Film Festival, received an award for Best Local Documentary at the 2016 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival and also features a web-based, interactive documentary and a virtual reality documentary. In addition to filmmaking, Matthew is an Assistant Professor in Multimedia Film & Production at Georgia Southern University.

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Directors: Matthew Hashiguchi
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Language: English
Runtime: 11 min
Rated: PG

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Producer: Matthew Hashiguchi
Writer: 
Matthew Hashiguchi

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Fear Us Women - David Darg, Director

Fear Us Women

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Tue Feb 27, 2018 – 5:00 pm | Domenico’s
Sun Mar 4, 2018 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande


Fear Us Women

Directed by David Darg
Documentary Short
Canada | 27 min | 2017


Fear Us Women is the story of a Canadian civilian, Hanna Bohman, who has spent the last three years as a volunteer battling ISIS and liberating women in Syria. Motivated to fight, Hanna joins an all-female Kurdish army, the YPJ, which embraces the ISIS belief that militants killed by women go to Hell. The film follows Hanna as she is smuggled into Syria, trained to be a sniper and thrust into combat on the front line with ISIS.

She and her comrades liberate ISIS sex slaves, many whom join the fight to seek revenge. Hanna’s harrowing journey reveals a revolution bigger than the fight against ISIS: a fight for equality and women’s liberation in the Middle East. As her status as a former model spreads to the enemy, Hanna becomes a wanted target. She keeps a last bullet for her suicide if capture is imminent.

Fear Us Women is a most intimate look inside the brave female soldiers fighting one of the most dangerous wars on the planet. The film’s title comes from an Arabic tattoo on Hanna’s arm: “Fear us women o’ enemies of humanity, for you who die by our hand will burn in Hell forever.”



Fear Us Women - David Darg, DirectorDavid Darg
Director

David Darg is an award winning film maker and co-founder of RYOT Media. Named one of Esquire Magazine’s “2012 Americans of the Year” and Details Magazine’s “Hollywood Mavericks,” David spent the last decade as a first responder and front line contributor for Reuters, the BBC and CNN, covering some of the world’s largest natural disasters and wars.

David grew up in the Middle East and England. After receiving his degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, he moved to Africa to work in the non-profit sector. David loves to surf and play guitar.

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Directors: David Darg
Country: Canada
Year: 2017
Language: English
Runtime: 27 min
Rated: PG 13

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Producer: Bryn Mooser, Hayley Pappas, Diego Traverso, Olivia Wilde
Editor: David Darg

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My Father's Tools - Heather Condo, Director

My Father’s Tools

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Tue Feb 27, 2018 – 5:00 pm | Domenico’s
Sun Mar 4, 2018 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande


My Father’s Tools

Directed by Heather Condo
Documentary Short
Canada | 6 min | 2017


In honor of his father, Stephen continues the production of traditional baskets. He thus finds peace in his studio, in connection with the man who taught him the work.



My Father's Tools - Heather Condo, DirectorHeather Condo
Director

Heather Condo was born in Maria, Quebec on October 14, 1971 and adopted by a family from Massachusetts. In 2005, she moved back to Gesgapegiag where a lot of her family resides. It was one of Heather’s dreams to make a film about her husband’s gift and it only came to fruition when her son Zach encouraged her to make one with Wapikoni Mobile. On top of being a filmmaker, she loves to hunt, fish, paint and travel.

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Directors: Heather Condo
Country: Canada
Year: 2017
Language: English
Runtime: 6 min
Rated: G

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Producer: Heather Condo
Writer: Heather Condo

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Ninnoc - Niki Padidar, Director

Ninnoc

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Tue Feb 27, 2018 – 5:00 pm | Domenico’s
Sun Mar 4, 2018 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande


Ninnoc

Directed by Niki Padidar
Documentary Short
Netherlands | 19 min | 2015


Ninnoc doesn’t just want to adapt to the group, but she’s also afraid of being excluded. In the documentary NINNOC you crawl in her head. And find her in an empty school.

Can you deviate in a group? Or will you then end up alone?



Ninnoc - Niki Padidar, DirectorNiki Padidar
Director

Niki is a director, 36 years old, born in Tehran, Iran and lives in Amsterdam. Her favorite color is yellow. Her passport says he’s 1.58m tall, but she’s actually 1.56m (1.54m).

Niki mainly makes stories for children and young adults. Besides directing, she comes up with and executes new concepts, writes screenplays and does artwork.

NINNOC is her documentary debut.
In this documentary you crawl in Ninnoc’s head. And find her in an empty school. Ninnoc struggles when she is in a group. She doesn’t just want to adapt to the others, but she’s also afraid of being excluded. Can you deviate in a group? Or will you then end up alone?

Niki likes to visualize the hidden world of thoughts and fantasies. She wants the viewer to be surprised or confused after seeing her stories. And preferably to doubt their own version of reality.

Niki lives in Amsterdam, studied photography at the New School University in New York, did an orientation year at the Rietveld art Academy in Amsterdam and studied communication science at the University of Amsterdam.

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Directors: Niki Padidar
Country: Netherlands
Year: 2015
Language: Dutch with English subtitles
Runtime: 19 min
Rating:

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Producer: Joost Seelen
Writer: Niki Padidar

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