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Arlington International Film Festival Announces its Line-up of Films & Performances

Scheduled for October 17 – 21 at the Regent Theatre, AIFF will screen films from Argentina, Armenia, Canada, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, Poland, UK, and USA.

Oct. 2, 2012 - PRLog -- Arlington, MA (Oct. 2, 2012)  The 2nd annual Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) announces its lineup of independent features and shorts that will screen at this year’s festival by filmmakers from Arlington and around the world.  All films will be shown in their original language with subtitles. The audience will have the opportunity to participate in discussions with filmmakers after many of the screenings.  We will also feature special multicultural performances that will enhance many of the films being screened.  

“This year’s festival represents a great diversity of themes and genres of the independent filmmakers. Their films serve as a vehicle in which to break the barriers created and perpetuated by stereotypes and will provoke the audience to challenge mainstream ideas about various ethnicities,” said April L. Ranck, Executive Director . “I encourage people from all backgrounds to come and enjoy as many films as possible.”

The Festival’s Opening Night Gala will begin with a reception by invitation only. The Regent Theatre will open its doors to the general public at 7:00 PM and our program will begin with our award winning “Best of Festival Shorts” followed by our “Best of Festival” feature,  ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert.  There will be a moderated discussion with the filmmaker, Vivian Ducat and artist, Winfred Rembert following the screening.

The Festival will close on Sunday evening with a tribute to the legendary Maestro Ali Akbar Khan with the screening of Play Like a Lion by filmmaker Joshua Dylan Mellers and a performance bySunanda Narayanan.

Special Featured Performances   listed below are included in the general programming:

Aconcagua, Chilean Folk Dance Group  

Brendyn Schneider, Storyteller  

Forgás, Hungarian Folk Dance Group

Mauricio Gonzalez, Chilean Folk Guitarist/Singer

Sunanda Narayanan’s Dancers, Indian Folk Dance Group

Martin Haroutunian and Friends, Armenian Musicians

Films with an independent perspective made in the United States, from Arlington to California, include:

All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert  by Vivian Ducat, New York, NY

AshBash by Heidi Sullivan, Boston, MA

Consent by Ron Farrar Brown, New York, NY

Give Me the Banjo by Marc Fields, Lincoln, MA

My So-Called Enemy by Lisa Gossels, New York, NY

Racing the Rez by Brian Truglio, Somerville, MA  

Skydancerby Katja Esson, Brooklyn, NY

The Wall: A World Dividedby Eric Stange, Arlington, MA

The number of women filmmakers is increasing each year.   AIFF is proud to promote feature films created by a growing group of talented women which include:  

All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert directed by Vivian Ducat

AshBash directed by Heidi Sullivan

Automaton Emergencedirected byJeong Hyo Kim

Budrus, directed by Julia Bacha

Kahanikar directed byNandita Jain

Leonora and Gabriel: An Instant directed by Lizet Benrey

My So-Called Enemy directed by Lisa Gossels

LOCATION - Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA 02474

General Admission $11
Festival Pass (20 Admissions) $45.00

For more information on the festival program please visit www.AIFFest.org. Tickets and Festival Passes can be purchased at the Regent Theatre Box Office or online at www.RegentTheatre.com.


The 2nd annual Arlington International Film Festival is made possible by the generous contributions of our sponsors and their commitment to the festival.  We would like to especially recognize our fiscal agent, The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.  And these fine local businesses: Acitron Restaurant - Arlington Community Media, Inc –Arlington Advocate - Citizens Bank – Floral Arts Designs -  Jam’n Java Café - Museum of Fine Arts –  Not Your Average Joe’s Restaurant - Punjab Restaurant - RCN - Regent Theatre – RULE - Tango Restaurant – Watertown Saving Bank – Wickedlocal – Yourarlington.com -  Zhen Ren Chuan Martial Arts.

The mission of the Arlington International Film Festival isto foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film — to nurture the next generation of filmmakers within our community.


Wednesday – October 17

7:00PM   Best of Festival Shorts |31 min  


Q&A with filmmaker & subject |45 min

Thursday – October 18

7:00PM  Reinaldo Arenas |Cuba |3 min


Q&A with filmmaker & composer |30 min

8:45PM  Hungarian Dance Troupe & Musicians |30 min

        THE MAIDEN DANCED TO DEATH |Hungary |107 min

Friday – October 19

6:00PM   SUDDENLY ZINAT |IRAN | 21 min

        RACING THE REZ | USA |59 min

Q&A with filmmaker & Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run |1hr

8:45PM   MY SO-CALLED ENEMY | USA/Israel |89 min

Q&A with filmmaker

Saturday - October 20

9:45AM   Selected Shorts |50 min

        Integrity | Nigeria |6 min

        Leonora and Gabriel | Mexican/USA |8:16 min

        The Reader | USA |10 min

        Vanishing | Poland | 30 min

        Pizzangrillo | Italy |15 min    

11:00AM High School Shorts

12:45PM MICROPHONE |Egypt |116 min

2:55PM   CHINESE TAKE-AWAY | Argentina |96 min

4:45PM   Chilean Folk Dancers |30 min          


6:45PM   Armenian Musician | 20 min


Q&A with historian |30min

8:50PM   ASHBASH…A LOVE STORY | 56 min

Q&A with filmmaker and subject |25 min

10:20PM LOVE IN THE MEDINA | Morocco |113 min

Sunday – October 21

9:45AM   Selected Shorts | MA Filmmakers |50 min

        Tumblee | 3 min

        Lizzy | 12 min

        Ou Est Fleuri Rose |23 min

        Automaton Emergence |2 min

        Interfaces |15 min

        The Miners |11:29 min

11:00AM BUDRUS |Palestine |82 min


2:15PM   GIVE ME THE BANJO | USA |83 min

Q&A with filmmaker |20 min

4:10PM   CONSENT |USA |86 min

Q&A with filmmaker |25 min

6:10PM   Brendyn Schneider, Storyteller |15 min

        IN THE STORY TELLER’S CIRCLE |Morocco |90 min

8:00PM   Indian Dance Troupe |30 min

        PLAY LIKE A LION | USA/India |72 min

**Film programs and time schedule subject to change.**

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