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Monday, October 29, 2007

LOSERS AND WINNERS at the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival
Two cultures collide when 400 Chinese workers move to Germany for a year and a half to take apart an entire gigantic modern coke factory—and ship it back to China. Tensions quickly become evident between the Germans and Chinese over workplace issues, especially the Germans' concerns about safety measures and environmental issues, and the Chinese indignation over their hosts' cultural condescension and criticism of the lazy work habits of the "old foreigners." In providing a human view of the effects of globalization, LOSERS AND WINNERS reveals the ironies and ambiguities inherent in global economic changes, the respective sensations of loss and accomplishment, and of differing personal prospects for the future.

On Saturday, November 10th, at 1:15, as part of the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, LOSERS AND WINNERS will screen at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

I FOR INDIA to play at Two Boots Pioneer Theater
In 1965 Yash Pal Suri, a young doctor, left India for the U.K. with hopes of improving his family's life. Over the next forty years, through regular mailings of his Super8 films and taped thoughts and observations, he shared his new life abroad with family members back home, providing a unique record of the eccentricities-and occasional racism-of his new English hosts. Back in India, his relatives, in turn, responded with their own Super8 "cine-letters," sending tales of weddings, festivals and village life, along with impassioned pleas for his return.

By the end of the film, I FOR INDIA becomes not only a bittersweet time capsule of cultural alienation, discovery, racism and belonging, but also a contemporary exploration of universal, emotionally compelling themes of family separation and the quest for personal happiness, wherever it may take you.

In its US theatrical premiere, I FOR INDIA will play at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater in New York City from Wednesday, November 14th until Tuesday, November 20th.

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