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2008 Featured Films
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BORDER TO BORDER, ANDES TO THE OCEAN
6:00pm Thursday October 9th, Old County Courthouse

Taos native Aren Rane is one of three kayakers who attempt to cross the entire country of Chile in 24 hours. Their aim is to raise awareness of the threats to the lovely Futaleufu River from dams and cyanide mines.
Marc Gacond, Switzerland, 2008, 4 mins.

BRAVE NEW WEST
11:30am Sunday October 12th, Old County Courthouse

Jim Stiles came to the West in 1975 and has wielded a fierce activist pen ever since. Through the Moab paper he founded, the Canyon Country Zephyr, Stiles has skewered government, corporations, and development interests in defense of the land. The film features archival footage of Stiles's hero and inspiration, Edward Abbey, the muchmourned curmudgeon of the South West.
Doug Hawes-Davis, Drury Gunn Carr, USA, 2007, 86 mins.

COMPASSION IN EXILE
11:30am Saturday October 11th, Old County Courthouse
11:30am Sunday October 12th, Hotel la Fonda de Taos

For over forty years Tenzin Gyatso, his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has waged a non-violent struggle to heighten international awareness of the suffering of his people under the Chinese yolk. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate offered filmmaker Mickey Lemle unprecedented access. Despite the tragedy of his situation the Dalai Lama demonstrates his usual candor and humor to describe the recent awful history of his country, his forced exile and his compassion even for the Chinese who have devastated his culture, savaged his religion and continue to ban his people from even displaying his image. Features rare footage of interviews with Tibetan exiles, members of his family and with Heinrich Harrer, the great mountaineer whose book Seven Years in Tibet, describes his years as the Dalai Lama's tutor.
Mickey Lemle, USA, 1982, 60 mins.

DAILY STRIPS
8:00pm Saturday October 11th, Old County Courthouse
2:00pm Sunday October 12th, Old County Courthouse

A gifted sketch artist observes the antics of the mountain 'dudes' in the bar and offers a delightful twist to the adrenaline short film.
Dominique Janiszwski, Switzerland, 2007, 6 mins.

DALAI LAMA: A PORTRAIT IN THE FIRST
11:30am Saturday October 11th, Old County Courthouse
11:30am Sunday October 12th, Hotel la Fonda de Taos

The Dalai Lama discusses important human conditions and emotions that we all experience. How can we better communicate and coexist with our fellow human beings? How shall we treat our enemies? The 14th Dalai Lama brings his unique blend of humor and wisdom to the perennial questions of anger, anxiety, tolerance, and compassion. USA, 27 mins.

DE-LIMITED
2:00pm Sunday October 12th, Hotel la Fonda de Taos

This contemplative short looks at Western culture through the eyes of a young girl who spends her day making matches by hand. The striking urban images are foreign to her, offering a poignant juxtaposition to her mundane life.
Alan So, Canada, 2008, 8mins.

DESCENDING THE DRAGON
8:00pm Friday October 10th, Old County Courthouse

Jon Bowermaster takes a Vietnamese exile back to her country in this fascinating exploration of an ancient coastal culture under new rule. The combination of geographical beauty and societal change, seen through native eyes produces an absorbing and poignant study. Bowermaster at his creative and analytical best.
Jon Bowermaster, USA, 2007, 27 mins.
In person Jon Bowermaster.




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