Dreams Deferred: The Struggle for Peace and Justice in Israel and Palestine

Dreams Deferred: The Struggle for Peace and Justice in Israel and Palestine

Shot on a budget under $7,000 and using only on-location lighting, a husband and wife team of first-time filmmakers traveled to Israel and the West Bank to document the nonviolent Israeli and Palestinian peace and justice movement that has received little coverage in mainstream U.S. media. While most American audiences associate the conflict only with war and terrorism, this documentary highlights the voices, opinions, and actions of the growing number of Israelis and Palestinians who are struggling to nonviolently end the Israeli occupation and achieve a just resolution to the conflict. In addition to sit-down interviews, the filmmakers accompany Israeli activists to a demonstration against the separation barrier in Bil’in, take a tour of Hebron with a Palestinian human rights activist, document their experience during an extended military curfew in Jayyous, and follow Israeli activists around settlements and new construction in East Jerusalem. Rather than focusing on one or two personal stories, audiences will be introduced to several Israelis and Palestinians who each have their own unique experiences and opinions about the situation, including former Israeli soldiers and refusers, as well as former Palestinian militants, and a range of nonviolence activists. Interviewees express their thoughts about the conflict, including the obstacles to peace, their reasons for becoming activists, the role of the U.S., the importance of nonviolence, and prospects for a future resolution that recognizes the rights of both peoples. Interviews and first-hand tours reveal perspectives and realities that defy stereotypes and humanize people on both sides.

Produced, Directed, Edited, and Filmed by Jennifer Hitchcock and Vernon Hall

Website: www.supportisraelfreepalestine.org
Vimeo Site: https://vimeo.com/jenniferhitchcock/videos/sort:plays/format:thumbnail
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/DreamsDeferredDoc

INSPIRED: The Voices Against Prop 8 (Official Trailer)

On November 4, 2008 the voters of California passed Proposition 8 revoking marriage rights for same sex couples. The next day in Los Angeles a movement was born.

Chronicling several people's lives in the wake of the passage of Prop 8, we meet several people from all walks of life, inspired to action in ways they never dreamed, to a conclusion they never expected. Experience the passionate rallies and defiant marches of the new gay rights movement as it swept through Los Angeles and ignited the world beyond. Intimate interviews reveal all the ways the movement comes together, and the subtle and not-so-subtle ways it can be pulled apart from within. Shot in early 2009, our cast is anxiously waiting for the California Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of Prop 8, and preparing for "Day of Decision." INSPIRED: THE VOICES AGAINST PROP 8 goes behind the headlines and propaganda to explore the real people who make up a movement.

You will be INSPIRED.

Directed by Charles Gage.  Produced by Ian Jude McIntosh & Charles Gage

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inspiredmovie
Official Site: http://inspiredby8.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/INSPIREDdoc

Giving Time to Time

(original title : Donner du Temps au Temps)
What is time?
In a dream world, how long would life last?
What if you had a time machine?

A 52-minute French documentary about an exploration of time through 15 questions and images.

15 questions attempted to be answered by a shepherd, 6-year-old twins, a 95 year-old man, a martial arts master, a nano-physicist, a novelist, a neurologist, two teens, an archaeological objects restorer, a mother of four, a fireman, a journalist, a midwife, a writer, a singer, a corporate executive and a personal coach.

They answer questions that come up throughout a Man's life by entrusting us with their experience of time passing: their memories, their dreams, their fears, their regrets, their desires.
With novelist Nancy Huston, nanophysicist Harry Bernas, Professor Jean Cambier, singer Sophia Nelson, …

By Masha Schmidt and Sebastien Brochot, directed by Sebastien Brochot, 1st assistant Polina Skoch.

Press kit: sebatv.com/temps
IMDb link: imdb.com/title/tt2290281/

Director's website: SebastienBrochot.com
Production's website: SebaTV.com

Mayan Renaissance

First 8 minutes

“Mayan Renaissance” is a feature length documentary which documents the glory of the ancient Maya civilization, the Spanish conquest in 1519, five hundred years of oppression, and the courageous fight of the Maya to reclaim their voice and determine their own future, in Guatemala and throughout Central America. This elegant, beautiful, and thought provoking film will share their vision for the future, their call for a long-foretold renaissance of Maya culture and wisdom, and their 100 year plan to lead humanity forward, from the year 2012 on.
The film stars 1992 Nobel Peace Laureate and Maya leader Rigoberta Menchu Tum. All of the images, voices, expert commentary and music in the film come directly from Central America, from the heart of the Mayan world.
We finished principal photography for this film in September of 2011, began post-production in October of 2011, and completed post-production in May of 2012. Mayan Renaissance was screened May 16, 2012 at the United Nations in New York City, at the U.N.’s “World Forum on Indigenous Issues.” and was awarded Best Colorado Filmmaker Documentary Award at The Film Festival of Colorado in July of 2012.
This film will be featured on PBS, online, on DVD, and it will also become a permanent part of the PeaceJam Curriculum for students in educational settings worldwide. The PeaceJam Foundation is an international education foundation, led by thirteen inspiring Nobel Peace Prize winners. “Mayan Renaissance” is the first of ten films which will be produced by PeaceJam over the next decade — the Nobel Legacy Film Series, ten films to provide a creative vision from these inspiring Nobel Peace Laureates, for creating a better world.

"Game Over" Interview with South African actress Sarah Kozlowski

1) Game Over is the first movie about pickup artists. How do you feel about the topic?
I have heard about pick up artists that incorporate lying and seducing woman in order to financially gain from them. This story highlights an ever more dangerous type, the ones that do it in order to satisfy various addictions to power and sex. The emotional damage some woman have suffered by these men is just as dangerous as physical abuse.

2) Do you think people can relate to the movie?
Absolutely, there are so many degrees of manipulation that any girl or woman would be able to relate to this story, even if their story was not as severe as Gloria's in the film. It also applies to men suffering from betrayal at the hands of woman!

3) How would you describe the atmosphere on set?
Everyone was so happy to be there. It was very inspiring to watch the attention to detail that the creators had paid to every element of the making of this movie! It is also hilarious watching dancers rehearse for the 100th time to get a routine just right!

4) Is this your first musical film? What makes it special in comparison to other dance movies or musical films?
Most other musicals focus mainly on the entertainment element and lack in the story and message department! This film has it all.

Expendable: A Political Sacrifice

This documentary film demonstrates what happens when an individual's human rights conflict with strategic political need.

It is a unique production. Every abuse, every comment, every sentence, is proven via the publication of government cables and materials made available for public scrutiny on the Expendable.TV website.

The trailer can be viewed directly below. The full film can be viewed further down this page.

Expendable is the fruit of four years of intensive research through a team spanning four continents, many man years of analysis, scrutiny of countless thousands of government documents (some of them classified) and the use of hundreds of verified sources.



To this day, Schapelle Corby remains incarcerated in Keroboken prison, Indonesia. She remains diagnosed as mentally ill and is sustained by strong psychotic medication. She survived an overdose last year, and is now in her ninth year of incarceration.

This film is commended to you, as a true political horror story, which is still unfolding today.

"Game Over" Directors Statement

As an artist I started travelling around the world very early and met a lot of versatile and extraordinary people. I was fascinated by human relationships, special communities, underground movements and social interaction and that led to my study in sociology. Shortly before I started writing my master thesis I met a guy whose behavior seemed irritating, strange and as if he was reciting a speech or a theatrical pattern. My interest was captured and I started researching things he did and said. That’s how I found out about the secret community of pickup artists.

The pickup artists see themselves professional seducers. They train manipulative and psychological techniques to seduce women. It’s a whole industry of coaches, internet forums, local groups, books, internet forums. They use their own vocabulary and the more women you “lay” the higher you get in the hierarchy. I wrote my master thesis about “pua’s” and when my studies were published there was a huge public awareness. Newspapers, tv networks, radio stations and magazines wrote about me and my studies.

The pua’s reacted with lots of hate mails, threats and insulting phone calls. Yet, I still started working on my PhD about pickup artists in 2012. Because I am not only a researcher but also an artist I wanted to express my knowledge about the community in an artificial way, too. I wanted to inform people about the existence of puas, make them see the phenomenon through a young girls eyes. That was when I started working on a theater play and later on a screenplay for Game Over and wrote the story of Gloria and Julien.

Trailer: ARCANE, directed by Bastien Belvaux

Constantly running away in a world that doesn't accept him, a man will have to find, in the depths of himself, a way to turn his difference into a strength. He will then be able to stop hiding.

Directed by Bastien Belvaux.

Trailer "Game Over" (written, produced & directed by Leonie Viola Thoene)

Its about a game. A game of manipulation and love, power and show business. Its Magnolia meets High School Musical. Fight Club meets Black Swan. A story of a secret seduction community called pickup artists, a web of crucial plans, use and betrayal behind the curtain of the dazzling and colorful world of music, dance and theater. Its about a guy who is hiding a secret and invented the rules when playing with peoples minds. And the story of an innocent and gifted girl searching for the truth and finding her voice. A musical trip that will make you wonder whats real, who's faking and who's crazy.


Derrick Redford (Julien Michaels)
Leonie Viola Thoene (Gloria Johnson)
Christopher Cass (Adam Johnson)
Preston Mui (Gordon)
Sarah Kozlowski (Ms. Hurt)
Marina Dishka (Brianna)
Kim Romano (Amanda)
Patrick Ferroni (Josh)
Ondina Frate (Betsy)
John Combs (Philipp)
Natasha Marcuse (Violet Johnson)
Jaime Venum Burgos (Bboy)
Jonathan Legacy Perez (Bboy)
Oren Flearock Michaeli (Bboy)
Dave Birr (Dancer)
Angela Gacad (Dancer)
Morgan Nagatani (Dancer)
Tomas Protivinski (Dancer)
Paulina Pulido (Dancer)
Arielle Fernandez (Alice)

Director of Photography - Tobias Deml
Video Editor - David Schenk
Music Editor - Alex Niedt

Bidder 70

Bidder 70 is the story of Tim DeChristopher, a University of Utah student, who on December 19, 2008, halted the outgoing Bush administration’s controversial Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease sale, bidding 1.8 million dollars to save 22,000 pristine acres around Utah’s National Parks. Tim had no intention to pay or drill; now he’s paying for it with his future.

Check out Bidder 70's trailer here:


The Fourth World [A Billion People At the Bottom of the Pile]

First World. Second World. Developing World … Slums.
There's a hidden world out there that is getting ready to explode:  The world of slums.
A seething mass of humanity--1 billion people--inhabits this hidden world and if the United Nations is right--that number will triple in the years to come.
Who are these people and what are these slums? Are they a danger? A menace? Or are slums a breeding ground for entrepreneurs? A transition point for people on a desperate journey from poverty to middle-class respectability?
The Fourth World takes you inside slums on three continents to meet individuals caught up in the largest people migration in the history of the world. Understanding 'a billion people' is almost impossible, but meeting a handful of slum dwellers strips away the statistic and begins the process of building understanding.
Journey with the filmmakers to Guatemala, Kenya and the Philippines to meet slum dwellers. Listen to published experts--leaders in their fields from three more continents--as they bring understanding to the 'why' of slums, and foreshadow what's going to happen if the world ignores this social powder keg much longer.
Mark Volkers has won multiple national and international awards for his work. He has filmed in more than 20 countries over the past 15 years and brings his unique storytelling style to this powerful documentary film about how one in six human beings live.
The stories are real. The implications of turning a blind eye to this situation are real. We ignore this at our own peril.

Run Time: 54 minutes