On August 8th at the Jamestown Arts Center venue, “Bär (Bear)“, “Silent River“, and “Tikotin – Het fascinerende leven van een kunsthandelaar in tijden van oorlog en vrede (Tikotin- A Life Devoted to Japanese Art)” will be showing, all at 8pm as part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
“Bär (Bear)“: My grandpa’s past was always very present. It would break through in something he’d say or do, but he’d never talk about it. Only now, by revisiting his life and personality as I knew him, do I feel the weight of his inheritance.
“Silent River“:On the outskirts of Guadalajara, Mexico winds the Santiago River, known locally as “the River of Death.” For forty years, waste from one of Mexico’s largest manufacturing corridors has been dumped into the Santiago. 80% of the companies – brands like IBM, HP, Coca-Cola, Levi’s, Honda and Nestlé – are American and Japanese. The river has been transformed into a sewer and the chemical cocktail includes dangerously high levels of arsenic, lead and chrome – among others. Silent River examines the effects of the pollution on the residents of El Salto.
Tikotin – Het fascinerende leven van een kunsthandelaar in tijden van oorlog en vrede (Tikotin- A Life Devoted to Japanese Art): Passion for Japanese art brings a famous German-Jewish art dealer all over the world. Two World Wars and a series of personal adversities later, the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art shines on Mount Carmel in Haifa. The art dealer travels on, indefatigable. Twenty-five years after his death, his grandson tries to unravel the story of his grandfather. Behind the success story and the exciting adventures, he finds a family man who cannot prevent his family from falling apart. Hero or Egoist? Family man or eternal Bachelor?
Now in its 18th year, FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival™ (RIIFF) will take place August 5-10, 2014. The Festival has become a leading juried competition showcase for international independent filmmakers and their work. In 2013, Flickers screened 216 cinematic works in six days to large and appreciative crowds.
The films screened came from 65 countries, and 36 states in the United States. During the 2013 Festival, there were 55 World and US/North American Premieres. A total of 21 Narrative Feature, 43 Feature/Documentaries and 152 Short Films were screened. Following months of adjudication and review, Festival films were selected from over 5,114 submissions.