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Films of Conflict and Resolution

Originally Posted: October 02, 2006

The eighth annual Films of Conflict & Resolution program consists of films that are unique in their multi-faceted portrayals of conflict around the world. This year's Films of Conflict & Resolution section is a showcase for works that use the medium of film to promote transformation.

Every film in this program was made against industry odds, but with the belief that these stories, once viewed by audiences, would resonate with a potent message. The mission is to utilize the power of cinema to increase awareness and understanding of the human realities of war and conflict. Presented will be current and archival work made by filmmakers from around the globe, who in the face of intense conflict, strive to illuminate the realities of the world around them -- and thus foster the process of peace and conflict resolution through their vision and their art.

Films of Conflict and Resolution in Competition:

1:1 (Denmark, East Coast Premiere) by Annette K. Olesen - When a violent crime occurs in a Copenhagen suburb and a young white man's life is on the line, the latent racism within a seemingly tolerant community rears its ugly head.

About the Body

Alona Seroussi's ABOUT THE BODY (Israel, North American Premiere) offers a unique window into the daily lives of a group of terrorist attack survivors in Israel.

In David Gleeson's THE FRONT LINE (Ireland/UK/Germany/Scandinavia, North American Premiere), things aren't what they seem for Joe Yumba, an African refugee seeking asylum in Ireland. Instead of a happy new beginning, he is thrust in the middle of a bank robbery and kidnapping that push him to his ethical limits.

While collaborating with Steven Spielberg, filmmaker James Moll meets Monika Hertwig, the daughter of Nazi Amon Goeth, Commandant of the Plaszow concentration camp where thousands of Jews were murdered. In INHERITANCE (US, East Coast Premiere), Moll documents Monika's attempts to come to terms with the truth about her father.

In WARCHILD (Germany/Slovenia, US Premiere) by Christian Wagner, a mother searches for her daughter who went missing nine years ago amidst the chaos of war in Sarajevo. When she finally finds her daughter in Germany she must make a heart-breaking choice.

WHAT REMAINS OF US (Tibet/Canada, New York Premiere) by Francois Prevost and Hugo Latulippe, is a precious peak into a world kept secret for far too long. Risking arrest by the Chinese government, filmmaker Kalsang Dolma travels to Tibet with a secret video recording of the Dalai Lama in order to share a message of hope with the oppressed Tibetan people.

Conflict & Resolution Competition jurors include: Oscar® and Tony Award Winning Actress Mercedes Reuhl (Lost in Yonkers, The Fisher King) internationally acclaimed director Raoul Peck; Film Festival Director, Nicole Guillemet.

Films Of Conflict And Resolution Out Of Competition:

In the artfully shot, DAY ON FIRE (US, US Premiere), starring 'Rising Star' Carmen Chaplin and Olympia Dukakis, filmmaker Jay Anania tracks a day in the life of several New Yorkers, showing how a Palestinian suicide bomber on an Israeli bus can unwittingly affect and connect them to another.

Nurit Kedar's HANUSZKA (Israel, East Coast Premiere) is the story of Hanna Mandelberger, a 12-year-old Jewish girl who seeks refuge in a Catholic monastery.

Ticket Information:
Passes and tickets can be ordered through the festival website, www.hamptonsfilmfest.org or through the new East Hampton Box Office location at East Hampton Historical Society - 101 Main Street, East Hampton. Tickets by phone - 1.866.HIFF.TIX (443-3849). Founders Pass- $1000; Preferred Pass- $500; Spotlight Package $350, Gold Screening Member $250, Southampton Package $150, Film Discovery Package $100, Opening Night Package $100, Starfish Screening Member $100, Opening Night party - $75; Saturday Night Stella Artois Filmmakers Reception $50, Conflict and Resolution Package- $60; Starfish Package- $60; A Conversation With - $25; Spotlight Films - $20 - $35; Panel Discussions- $10; Films- $12; Early Bird Screenings - $9, NEW! Children 12 and under - $8.

Festival Venues:
United Artists Theatres - 30 Main Street, East Hampton; Guild Hall - 158 Main Street, East Hampton; Hospitality Suite & Press Office at The Huntting Inn - 94 Main Street, East Hampton; East Hampton Box Office - East Hampton Historical Society101 Main Street; Southampton Regal Cinema - 43 Hill Street Southampton; Montauk Movie - 3 Edgemere Road Montauk; Panel Discussions - Bay Street Theatre Long Wharf (at the foot of Main Street) Sag Harbor; Festival Lounge - Coco Restaurant Lounge At the Maidstone Arms Inn 207 Main Street East Hampton; BookHampton, 20 Main Street, East Hampton.

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