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Trenton Film Society

  • March 24, 2018 - March 24, 2018
  • Times: 11am, 1:15pm, 3:45pm, 6pm, & 8:15pm
  • 205 E Front St., Trenton, NJ 08605
  • Phone:609-331-9599
  • Admission: $8 regular price. $25 - all access pass
  • Handicapped Accessible: Yes

An exploration of all things cinematic awaits at this year’s festival — featuring 53 films from 16 countries, including documentaries, narrative films, spoken word, animation and music videos by filmmakers from as close as Trenton, Bradley Beach, and other parts of NJ to as far away as Kosovo, Spain, and Iran. A great opportunity to connect with fellow film lovers and filmmakers! Trenton Film Society Saturday, March 24 at 11am - Saturday Morning Shorts Lunch Time (dir. Alireza Ghasemi, Iran, narrative, 15 minutes) A 16-year-old girl is forced to deal with the responsibility and harsh bureaucracy of identifying the body of her mother. A Month (dir. Zgjim Terziqi, Kosovo, narrative, 26 minutes) Based on a true story, Ana is a quiet, unmarried 40-year-old blind woman who lives month to month with each of her four sisters, who collect government assistance for her care. The Guy Came on Horseback (dir. Hossein Rabiei Dastjerdi, Iran, narrative, 15 minutes) Set in rural Iran, a father must figure out what to do when he realizes his disabled son has fallen in love with their neighbor’s daughter. Cup of Tea (dir. Jitendra Rai, India, narrative, 3 minutes) A young photographer chases a child who has grabbed her bag through the jungle, until he reaches his village, and she finds something unexpected. Wintry Spring (dir. Mohamed Kamel, Egypt, narrative, 15 minutes) Nour lives alone with her father and finds herself in crisis when she hits puberty and can’t tell him. Shala (dir. João Inácio, Brazil, narrative, 10 minutes) A young boy who has a hard time getting adopted from the orphanage creates an imaginary friendship with his only toy, a doll named Shala. Pale Mirrors (dir. Salem Salavati, Iran, narrative, 15 minutes) Shawbo finds herself with only 24 hours to become pregnant. Grasping at her last opportunity to be a mother, she visits the city prison. Trenton Film Society Saturday March 24, 1:15pm - Saturday Afternoon Shorts People First (dir. Chelsea LoCascio, US, documentary, 5 minutes) Students with disabilities at The College of New Jersey share their stories. One Mother’s Fire: The Gail Minger Story (dir. Diana Nicolae, US, documentary, 26 minutes) After her son died in a fire at Murray State University in Kentucky, Gail Minger has not stopped searching for answers, uncovering negligence, forcing accountability, and fighting for change that can save other lives. Weavers of Imagination (dir. Sadegh Jafari, Iran, documentary, 21 minutes) Unsighted men and women in Iran weave intricately patterned carpets by using Braille. Gold Mettle (dir. Nicholas Carney, US, documentary, 30 minutes) Every year Villanova University hosts one of the largest Special Olympics competitions in the nation. Athletes from the Delaware County soccer team share the challenges they face on a daily basis, both on and off the playing field. Hope Works Here: A Camden Story (dir. Peter Prokop, US, documentary, 28 minutes) Three students in Camden, NJ try to overcome their turbulent pasts and rewrite their future at HopeWorks, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education, counseling and entrepreneurship to young people. Trenton Film Society Saturday March 24 at 3:45pm - Saturday Afternoon Shorts Ayesha (dir. Ambarien Alqadar, India, narrative, 19 minutes) When her father encounters a US veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress, Ayesha is forced to change her weekend plans with her boyfriend. The Last Visit (dir. Mark Clauburg, US, narrative, 19 minutes) An accidental meeting between a recently widowed man and a young girl ends up changing both their lives. Walk On (dir. Megan Rossman, US, documentary, 13 minutes) Cecilia is not your average college student. Diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome at age 13, she has been working to persevere despite her little-known disability. The Scary Ham (dir. Sue Mroz, US, narrative, 15 minutes) Two sisters sort through 50 years of family memorabilia after the death of their father, and try to figure out how contend with his beloved ham. I Promised Her Life (dir. Robert Nazar Arjoyan, US, narrative, 15 minutes) On the day of her daughter’s funeral, a grieving Armenian-American mother defies a centuries-old ritual and tests the limits of tradition. Eggs and Soldiers (dir. Imelda O’Reilly, US, narrative, 20 minutes) A single dad gets drunk and forgets the tree on Christmas Eve. Ned, the older son, sets out to make things right and give his younger brother Marco a real Irish Christmas. Trenton Film Society Saturday March 24, at 6pm - Saturday Evening Shorts Lawman (dir. Matthew Gentile, US, narrative, 13 minutes) 1875, Indian Territory. Bass Reeves is the first African-American to be deputized by the US Marshal Service. While bringing two outlaws to justice, Bass begins to question his idea of justice and choosing to fight for a country that may never fight for him. Rules (dir. Yassen Genadiev, Bulgaria, narrative, 20 minutes) Mikhail is a meticulous supervisor of a residential building near the Black Sea. His monotonous life is about to be shaken up by a new neighbor, the young and extroverted Evelina. King Kong (dir. Lo Xu-Ming Tong, Canada, narrative, 19 minutes) When their mother suffers an accident, teenager Eliza must take responsibility for traveling with her younger brother Damian to Montreal to join their father. D for Docs (dir. Joe Sikoryak, US, narrative, 15 minutes) Professor Marty is a documentary film teacher who thinks he has the worst class ever. Now he has to explain himself to the department chair who has come to watch his students’ final projects. Death of an Umbrella Salesman (dir. Steve Herold, US, narrative, 18 minutes) A day in the life of a door-to-door umbrella salesman. Docked (dir. Amie Batalibasi, Australia, narrative, 19 minutes) A young South Sudanese aspiring actress works late nights at a bar and meets an older man at a crisis point in his life. They spend a night walking around together in Melbourne, two people from different worlds who find an unlikely connection. Trenton Film Society Saturday, March 24 at 8:15pm - Saturday Night Feature Take My Hand (dir. Francesco Siro Brigiano, Italy, experimental, 4 minutes) An abstract autobiographical and emotional journey. The pursuit of a visionary language, personal and poetic. Sisak (dir. Faraz Arif Ansari, India, narrative, 15 minutes) In a country where homosexuality is a crime, two men find themselves slowly and silently falling in love through movements and glances on the busy Mumbai train system. Dad is Pretty (dir. Park soo-min, Korea, narrative, 92 minutes) Middle-aged salesman Duk-jae is ignored by his wife and daughter at home and shown no respect at work. When he is given a liquor contract that no other colleagues want — for a cross-dressing club called “Hawaii” — he finds a new “family” who help him reconnect with his own



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