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Youth Film Festival

Dad rushes mum to the maternity ward, and leaves the four young kids at home, and Dad's also locked the dog in who's eating all the rocky road, but the kids are locked out, and the iron has been left on, and the babysitter can't get her dress out of the locked jammed car door, and the mayhem ... Read more
Based on the popular series of novels by N.Z. author, Tessa Duder, Alex focuses on the life of 15 year old, Alex Archer. The year Is 1959. Alex is preparing for the N.Z. national swimming trials, hoping to qualify for the Olympics in Rome. So confident is she of selection, she is studying Italian ... Read more
AIDS is now the leading cause of death among young Americans. One in five cases is diagnosed among young people. Alone Together humanises these stark statistics and allows the young voices to speak honestly and with dignity. The young people come from vastly diverse backgrounds, yet each is able to ... Read more
This is the story of a land far away where an evil king has passed a law against those subjects who are different. Banished from the kingdom, the exiles live happily enough in a cottage deep in the forest...until the King sends his horsemen to destroy them. Through a Brothers Grimm-like fairy tale ... Read more
A month before the liberation of Brussels, Felix Naussbaum was sent on the last train to Auschwitz and murdered. While exploring his paintings the film tells about the Holocaust and examines how young Germans feel about their past. ... Read more
Tommy and Ruth are friends living in a fishing town. Tommy's dad wants him to be a fisher­man, Tommy wants to be a painter. An old painter arrives in the area and his presence exerts a strong influence on Tommy. ... Read more
Rose, a fiesty rebel who thinks she knows it all-and wants it all, and Adrian, an introverted new­comer who has a more temperate but insecure approach to life, meet on the way to a rollerskating rink. The central story is the relationship between Rose and Adrian. Each week, when inter-school ... Read more
Comedians Penn and Teller take us on a jour­ney through the world of art and find out about perspective, how artists create the illu­sion of depth and the work of David Hockney. A mixture of animation, song, magic and com­edy, this film is as entertaining as it is enlight­ening. ... Read more
Screened, to high acclaim, at the Cannes, Toronto, London and Berlin Film Festivals, Benny's Video elicited the same stunned silence from each audience drawn into its world of violence under brutal examination. With riveting formal control, director Michael Haneke has created a chill, unsparing ... Read more
Blue and her grandfather have a close relation­ship. When he dies, Blue remembers that he's asked to be buried with certain items that rep­resent the life his wife, Blue's grandmother, wishes to ignore. How will Blue overcome her grandmother's resistance to her desire to fulfil her ... Read more
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An Italian-Australian family wants to assimi­late into the local culture. But grandmother is not of a like mind and continues to try and pre­serve her cultural heritage in a suburban back­yard. ... Read more
Four friends go spotlighting: you're 16, a bloke and live in the country what do you do? From dead and not so dead rabbits to the classroom an empowering look at young male identity that never lapses into moralising reasoning. Bunny is a short vignette about peer group pressure and positive ... Read more
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A strange and curious world: artificial scenes, a monster claw, a dancing razor, spilled liquid. Direct from a heaven of tangled filmic ideas. What does it mean? What is being represented? ... Read more
"Displacement is as tangible as cold rain in Con­crete Garden. A young Caribbean girl arrives in six­ties Britain to find herself in a landscape of dark brick streets, school yard racism and a clois­tered community keenly aware of its bound­aries ." A sensitive portrayal of cultural ... Read more
In '82 William Gibson published the first ground-breaking series of what he assumed were science-fiction novels (Neuromancer). Since then 90 percent of his'fictional' concepts have come true. Virtual reality, computer hack­ing, 'smarf pills, software piracy. Gibson's post-modem world, now being ... Read more
Diablo Is Done For is a drama designed for use to encourage the provision of support and assistance for victims of child sexual abuse, as well as to challenge community attitudes towaids children and their families where child abuse is a problem. Diablo Is Done For is a sensitive, vibrant and ... Read more
... ... Dust of Life begins where many accounts of Vietnam end-after the fall of Saigon. In 1975 when the Communist army defeated the South Vietnamese forces, American soldiers made a quick exit leaving behind thousands of Amerasian children. Regarding their Western blood as problematic, the ... Read more
Eli lives in a small Hatariat farming community and wants to be a pilot. His guardian uncle, a chicken farmer, has other plans. When his own and his uncle's dreams for his future collide, Eli runs away to find his true vocation in the city. It's here that he must confront the world as it is, away ... Read more
In a world gone mad, nobody seems to know who they are anymore. Have we evolved too far? ... Read more
Falstaff is dying, he requests the moon, so he asks his daughter. Why would Dad want the moon on his deathbed. An offbeat French short full of wonder and feeling. ... Read more
Family Portrait, the latest film from Li Shaohong (whose previous film, Bloody Morning, was suppressed for three years), is a fascinating look at life in post-Tiananmen Beijing. ... The plot seems quintessentially Chinese: urban photographer, Cao Depei, discovers that his first wife — a ... Read more
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