On August 8th, the Providence Performing Arts Center will be showing Our Brother’s Keepers at 2:30pm as part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival. The event will be centered on the central questions, “In the Global Village, what obligations and responsibilities do we have for our fellow voyagers on Spaceship Earth? What are the ramifications if we turn the other way?” The movies presented include:
“Vis a Vis“: Workaholic Lara is having the day from hell and the last thing she needs is to spend her time interviewing smug couples about their endlessly fulfilling love lives.
When she pays a home visit to a bubbly gay couple (Ricky and Martin) who are seeking De Facto visa status a hidden agenda becomes apparent causing Lara to reevaluate her own life and make some big decisions. ‘VIS à VIS’ is a bittersweet, topical, offbeat comedy that looks at the choices we make and the lengths we go to for the ones we love.
“From the Sky“:
Hakeem and his son Abbas live in poverty. They also live in a region frequently targeted by drone strikes. Camp is set for the night; a pause in the middle of a journey to make a crucial sale. During their humble meal, Abbas struggles to manage his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aggravated by the presence of drones overhead. Soon, two men visit the camp of Hakeem and Abbas, and conflict ensues. Drawing inspiration from the films of Werner Herzog and Peter Weir, ‘From the Sky’ tells a minimalist story in an atmosphere that blends eerie tension with ethereal cues. It is a film about rites of passage, the cycle of retaliation, and the cost of peace.
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.