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ICA 2012 Film Festival

2012 ICA SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL

July 11 — August 15, 2012

A TOAST TO THE WORLD

This year, the Division of International, Comparative, and Area Studies brings together a delicious cornucopia of 6 films locating the politics of food and water in a global frame. A variety of flavorful genres such as documentary film, comedy, and drama come together to form this delightful summer treat. Each of these tasty offerings from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Russia will be paired by an introduction and discussion led by a Stanford affiliate. Enjoy the international feast!

WEDNESDAYS, 7 PM; BUILDING 200 (HISTORY CORNER), ROOM 002; STANFORD UNIVERSITY

JULY 11

Today’s Special

(2009) Directed by David Kaplan

In this super-feel-good foodie comedy, young Manhattan chef Samir rediscovers his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.

Sponsored by the Center for South Asia

JULY 18

Garbage Dreams

(2009) Directed by Mai Iskander

On the outskirts of Cairo lies the world’s largest garbage village. A labyrinth of narrow roadways camouflaged by trash, the village is home to 60,000 Zaballeen — Arabic for “garbage people.” The Zaballeen have survived for centuries by recycling Cairo’s waste. Members of Egypt’s minority Coptic Christian community, these entrepreneurial garbage workers recycle nearly all the trash they collect, maintaining what could be the world’s most efficient waste disposal system.

The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies

JULY 25

Chonmage Purin

(2010) Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura

Kijima Yasube, a samurai from the Edo Period, travels through time - 180 years - to arrive in present day Japan. He then meets divorcee Hiroko & her son Tomoya Yasube ends up working for Hiroko as a housemaid in return for food and lodging. One day. Yasube starts to make pastries for Tomoya, which leads to Yasube become popular patissier. In the process the three become very close, but the moment they must say goodbye also draws near.

Sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies

AUGUST 1

For the best and for the Onion

(2011) Directed by Elhadj Magori Sani

Agriculture is key to the local economy, with Galmi onions prized throughout West Africa. Shot over the course of one growing season, this is a verite documentary that captures the rhythms of life in Galmi, and how the vagaries of market price and harvest can affect the most intimate personal decisions.

Sponsored by the Center for African Studies

AUGUST 8

Even the Rain

(2010) Directed by Icíar Bollaín

As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies

AUGUST 15

American Experience: The Great Famine

(2010) Directed by
 Austin Hoyt
Aisiyuak Yumagulov

The little-known story of the American effort to relieve starvation in the new Soviet Russia in 1921, The Great Famine is a documentary about the worst natural disaster in Europe since the Black Plague in the Middle-Ages. Five million Soviet citizens died. Half a world away, Americans responded with a massive two-year relief campaign, championed by Herbert Hoover, director of the American Relief Administration.

Sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies