SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival NY at Cinema Village - Spotlight on Sunday, March 20th
SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival NY' ninth edition at Cinema Village Friday, March 18th to Sunday, March 20 includes, A block of shorts, Others Before Self, Doc Feature, Messy, Web series, The Desire to Live, Doc Feature, Shoah Ambassadors, Doc Featureand Pieces of Us, Doc Feature.
A Manhattan Spring Chronicle, by Iris Mohr, Don't Despair, by Rachel Annette Helson, Hear Us Sweet Freedom!, by Helen Ispirian, Alone' for Solo Violin, Live EFX, & Electronica, by Douglas Mueller
Others Before Self - Documentary Feature - Directed by Seth McClellan | United States | 54 min at 2:00 PM, Q&A moderated by Dirk Robertson The kids at the Tibetan Children's Village tell the story of the occupation of Tibet and show how their school teaches the wisdom of their culture and helps them work towards returning to their homeland. An intimate and visually stunning portrait of the lives, of the young refugees at the Tibetan Children's Village in the Indian Himalayas.
Messy - Narrative Feature Film - Directed by Nicole Ansari | United States | 40 min at 3:30 PM Lee's marriage is failing. She and her husband decide to call it quits, but they're too broke to live separately. Join Lee as she juggles motherhood, civility with her now ex, and the introduction to online dating where the men come to life as though they were having an in person conversation. Preceded by Surface - Short Film by Steve Reeves | United Kingdom | 12 min at 3:30 PM
The Desire To Live - Documentary Feature- Directed by Mariam Avetisyan | Armenia | 90 min at 5:00 PM, Q&A moderated by Nora Armani
Stories of the indigenous people of Artsakh, after the 44-day war with Azerbaijan in 2020, and the suffering resulting from the devastating loss of lives and land. The Desire to Live is about the right of the people of Artsakh to live on their own indigenous lands and their right to protection from the threat of war and genocide. Preceded by Lazy People - Short Film by Jacqueline Postajian, Kathryn Ferentchak | United States | 20 min at 5:00 PM
Shoah Ambassadors - Documentary Feature- Directed by Keith Famie | United States | 58 min at 7:15 PM, Q&A moderated by Linda Selman
Through their own personal expressions of music and sculpture, two ambassadors bridge the chasm between the generation that endured the nightmare of World War II and today's bright-eyed, tech-savvy young people who have only a limited grasp of what happened just decades before they were born.
Pieces of Us - Documentary Feature Directed by Cheryl Allison | United States | 93 min at 8:45 PM, Q&A moderated by Donna Heffernan An intimate look at the personal journeys of LGBTQ+ hate crime survivors who, by choosing to take their recovery public, inspire the survivor in all of us. The film juxtaposes the inspirational stories of recovery each of the film's subjects (including transgender activist and Stonewall Riots survivor Victoria Cruz, and Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of India) have experienced with the powerful connections their public actions have produced.
All film details are on www.ratedsrfilms.org under SRFF 2022.
"In these difficult times, the wonderful films made by the dedicated filmmakers offer us the added bonus of learning about the human condition, about filmmaking, and about engaging an audience as the first step towards awareness leading to social change. We are lucky in that our hard work as volunteers is rewarded in this way." Said Festival Founding Artistic Director Nora Armani.
SRFF was founded by Actress/ Filmmaker Nora Armani in 2013 as a response to the proliferation of violence in media and entertainment. SRFF believes in the power of film in raising awareness of social issues and promoting positive social change. Over 12 social issues and topics are depicted. SRFF believes that positive social change can happen through the impact of Socially Relevant™films on society.
During its first eight years, SRFF has showcased over 550 films from 35 countries. This year, a roster of 64 selected films is on offer, including narrative films, documentaries, and shorts from 38 countries. The Lockdown category renders homage to the memory of the victims of the pandemic. New categories are Children's Films, Web series, and animation. Online discussions and Meetings with the Filmmakers complement the program.