Film + Video Festival

Now in its 45th year, the Council on Foundations Film + Video Festival is the premier showcase for grantmaker-funded media. This year�s slate of films embodies the dynamic power media can have to raise awareness and reflect change.

The films will be shown at the times indicated below. On-demand screening will also be available if you�d like to view a film on your own. Please request tapes in the screening room.

Sunday, September 9

1-2:25 p.m.

Fambul Tok a film by Sara Terry, Libby Hoffman, and Rory Kennedy

Fambul TokVictims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone�s brutal civil war come together for the first time in an unprecedented program of tradition-based truth-telling and forgiveness. As it shares the ancient practice of fambul tok (family talk), the film explores a culture that believes true justice lies in redemption and healing for individuals�and that forgiveness is the surest path to restoring dignity and building strong communities.

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2:30-2:50 p.m.

Sin Pais (Without Country) a film by Theo Rigby

Sin Pais (Without Country)Two years ago, immigration agents stormed the Mejia�s house looking for someone who didn't live there. Sam, Elida, and Gilbert were undocumented and became deeply entangled in the U.S. immigration system. With intimate access and striking imagery, this film explores the complexities of the Mejia�s new reality of a separated family.

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3-4:25 p.m.

The Learning a film by Ramona Diaz

The LearningAmerican teachers established the English-speaking public school system in the Philippines100 years ago. Now, in a striking turnaround, American schools are recruiting Filipino teachers. This film is the story of four Filipino teachers who come to Baltimore hoping to use their earnings to transform their families� impoverished lives back home. However, the women�s idealistic visions of the job soon collide with Baltimore�s tough realities.

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4:35�5:55 p.m.

Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale a film by Marilyn Ness

Bad Blood: A Cautionary TaleWhat if your life-saving medicine contained deadly viruses�and the drug manufacturers, the government, and your own doctors knew but failed to warn you? This film chronicles how a �miracle� treatment for hemophilia became an agent of death for 10,000 Americans, as well as the hemophilia community�s powerful and inspiring fight to right the system that failed them and make it safer for all.

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Monday, September 10

9:45-11:10 a.m.

No Tomorrow a film by Roger Weisberg and Vanessa Roth

No Tomorrow Risa Bejarano was the subject of a recent PBS documentary, "Aging Out," about teenagers leaving foster care. In a shocking turn of events, Risa was brutally murdered, and the film about her last year of life unexpectedly became the centerpiece of a dramatic death penalty trial. "No Tomorrow" takes viewers inside the suspenseful trial and challenges their beliefs about capital punishment.

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11:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Cafeteria Man a film by Richard Chisolm

Cafeteria ManAfter several angry kids brought their horrible cafeteria food to the Baltimore City School Board, food expert and chef Tony Geraci came to town as the new food and nutrition director. His plan: feed kids healthy, locally-sourced meals, teach them nutritional awareness, and offer them vocational opportunities in the world of food. �Cafeteria Man� chronicles Geraci�s tenacious efforts to kick-start school reform in Baltimore.

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1:40-3:05 p.m.

Better This World a film by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway

Better This WorldThe story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, who were accused of plotting to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, �Better This World� is a dramatic tale of idealism, loyalty, crime, and betrayal. It follows the radicalization of these boyhood friends while getting to the heart of the war on terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.

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3:10�4:35 p.m.

Where Soldiers Come From a film by Heather Courtney

Where Soldiers Come FromFrom a snowy, small town in Northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan, this film follows the four-year journey of childhood friends who join the National Guard after graduating from high school. It offers an intimate look at the young Americans who fight our wars, the families and towns they come from�and the way one faraway conflict changes everything.

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4:40-6:40 p.m.

The Interrupters, a Henry Hampton Award-winning film by Steve James, Alex Kotlowitz, and Zak Piper

This film is the powerful story of Ameena, Eddie, and Cobe, three antiviolence crusaders who use bravado, humility, and humor to protect their Chicago communities and �interrupt� the violence they once perpetuated. Shot over the course of a year, �The Interrupters� captures their work and reveals their inspired journeys from criminals to courageous allies for peace. According to the New York Times, it has �put a face to a raging epidemic and an unforgivable American tragedy.�

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Tuesday, September 11

9:45-11:20 a.m.

The Power of Two a film by Marc Smolowitz

The Power of Two�The Power of Two� offers an intimate look at half-Japanese twin sisters, their lifelong battle with the fatal genetic disease cystic fibrosis, survival through miraculous double lung transplants, and improbable emergence as authors, athletes, and global advocates for organ donation. Featuring expert interviews and deeply personal testimony from the twins, the film provides unprecedented insight into the personal and societal aspects of this modern medical miracle affecting millions worldwide.

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12�1:30 p.m.  

Movie with a Mission - The Interrupters a Henry Hampton Award-winning film by Steve James, Alex Kotlowitz, and Zak Piper

The Interrupters Join us for lunch and a thought-provoking and idea-igniting dialogue around violence in our communities. With the powerful award-winning film, The Interrupters, as a backdrop, engage with fellow funders and other key leaders in meaningful conversations where we identify strategies and solutions to stem this violence. The Interrupters is the powerful story of Ameena, Eddie, and Cobe, three antiviolence crusaders from CeaseFire Chicago who use bravado, humility, and humor to protect their communities and �interrupt� the cycle of violence they once perpetuated. Shot over the course of a year, the film captures their profoundly important work and reveals their inspired journeys from criminals to courageous allies for peace. From acclaimed producer-director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and best-selling author Alex Kotlowitz, The Interrupters has �put a face to a raging epidemic and an unforgivable American tragedy,� according to the New York Times. Saving young people from self-destruction and reclaiming our communities from the grip of violence is everyone�s business. The Interrupters is the catalyst for this important conversation. This event is cosponsored by the Council on Foundations and Media Impact Funders. Presenters will include Leon Andrews, senior fellow, Institute for Youth, Education & Families, National League of Cities.

1:15-2:45 p.m.

Our School a film by Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coca-Cozma

Our SchoolThree Roma children from a small Transylvanian town participate in a project to desegregate the local school, struggling against indifference, tradition, and bigotry with humor, optimism, and sass. This film is a captivating and often funny story about hope and race, as well as an elegy about generational prejudice and squandered opportunities.

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2:50-4:15 p.m.

To Be Heard a film by Roland Legiardi-Laura, Deborah Shaffer, Amy Sultan, and Eddie Martinez

To Be HeardThis award-winning PBS production tells the story of three Bronx, N.Y., high school students and three innovative, courageous educators who develop a unique program using literacy and poetry to empower young people through language. In our country�where two thirds of all those enmeshed in the penal system are functionally illiterate and only one in eight adults can read well enough to understand the U.S. Constitution�"To Be Heard" helps show why we are in need of new approaches to these problems.

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4:20�6:10 p.m

A Conversation About Freedom Riders a film by Stanley Nelson

The InterruptersThis film is the powerful, harrowing, and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives�and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment�for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism. We will view clips from the film during this special session as Saket Soni, executive director of the New Orleans Workers� Center for Racial Justice, leads a lively discussion about the continuing relevance of the Freedom Riders in today�s society.

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