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2008 Featured Films
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DREAMING OF TIBET
6.00pm Saturday October 11th, Old County Courthouse

Driven from their homeland by the draconian Chinese occupation many Tibetans now live in exile. The majority has settled in Northern India while many other thousands are scattered throughout the world. Will Parrinello's objective yet heart rending documentary traces the lives of three of exiles as they build new lives as 'strangers in strange lands' while striving to maintain their own culture. Narration by Peter Coyote, Richard Gere and Goldie Hawn.
Will Parrinello, USA, 2004, 58 mins.
In person: Tseten Phanucharus.

FLOW
11:30am Saturday October 11th, Hotel la Fonda de Taos

H2O, the source of all life, has become a commodity. Corporations, constantly on the lookout for areas in which to expand, and goods to exploit, have begun the systematic privatization of water. People in third world countries are finding the cost of water is increasingly beyond their means. Irena Salina's beautifully shot and wonderfully conceived film highlights the staggering fact that there will soon be not enough water to supply the planet.
Irena Salina, USA, 2007, 90 mins.

GIV-GIII
6:00pm Sunday October 12th, Old County Courthouse

The unpredictability of the high altitude expedition is well illustrated in this finely photographed piece. A team of climbers makes a determined attempt on the Gasherbrum IV but fails. They switch to its sister peak GIII and have immediate and comparatively straightforward success. The fabulous scenery of the Concordia region, surely a strong contender for the most spectacular valley on earth, and the strategic decision making of the mountaineers make for a riveting film.
Sebastian Alvaro, Spain, 2007, 45 mins.

GREENPEACE
1:30pm Saturday October 11th, Hotel la Fonda de Taos

Since evolving into a multi million-dollar corporation has Greenpeace blunted its ability to effectively challenge the entities it now emulates? The infamous grass roots of the now famous organization are related in this compelling account of its origins in Vancouver in 1970. The colorful characters behind the early forays of the Rainbow Warrior into the high seas, recall throwing the I-Ching to plot their course in pursuit of the whaling ships and other strokes of luck that blessed their initialsuccess.
Leigh Badgeley, Canada, 2006, 48 mins.

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

A subtly historic look into what lies just behind many modern American ski areas. A fascinating glance at two major Colorado industries, mining and skiing. Director Nick Waggoner blends oldtimer wisdom with some of the finest powder skiing and snowboarding filmed in many years.
Nick Waggoner, USA, 2008, 27 mins.

LEAVING FEAR BEHIND
1:30pm Saturday October 11th, Old County Courthouse
4:00pm Sunday October 12th, Old County Courthouse

At considerable risk to his own safety and freedom Dhondup Wangchen traveled thousands of miles across his native country canvassing Tibetans for their views on the Chinese hosting the Olympic Games. The film reveals the people's embitterment of the marginalization of their language and culture; the destruction of nomadic life through Chinese forced settlement policies; and most of all the vilification of the Dalai Lama. The tapes of this documentary were smuggledout of Tibet in March 2008, the day before mass protests broke out across the Tibetan plateau. Soon afterwards Dhondup Wangchen and his small crew were arrested and remain in detention.
Dhondup Wangchen, Tibet, 2008, 26 mins.

METLAKO FALLS
1:30pm Saturday October 11th, Hotel la Fonda de Taos

Which is crazier: to plunge over a huge waterfall in a kayak or a tube? Rolf Kelly finds out the hard way in this engaging short video.
Jonathan Ramsay, USA, 2008, 5 mins.




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