3rd Annual International Documentary Film Series
The IRC will host the 3rd Annual International Documentary Film Series on three Mondays:
All films start at 7pm at the La Jolla Village Cinemas (Landmark) in the Whole Foods shopping center near the 5 freeway and Nobel. Each film will be followed by a brief talk and question/answer session.
$40 for a series pass
$20 for an individual ticket
Student / IRC Volunteer Tickets
$25 for student/volunteer series pass
$10 for a student/volunteer individual ticket
To view a trailer or learn more about the films, please visit www.IRCfilmseries.com
Yodok Stories Monday, April 25 at 7pm
Yodok Stories portrays North Korean refugees who fled the Yodok Concentration Camp and started a new life in prosperous South Korea. More than 200,000 men, women and children live in North Korea's concentration camps. Few survive the atrocities, yet the camps’ population is kept stable by new persons considered to be 'class enemies'. This film follows the extraordinary and controversial making of a musical based on Yodok Stories.
The Green Wave Monday, May 2 at 7pm
The Green Wave is a very moving documentary, and more timely than it could have possibly known. - Review, Movie Habit.
The Green Wave is a remarkable portrait of modern political rebellion. In 2009, Iranians hoped for change through the presidential elections. Fueled by youthful exuberance and media technology - the revolution took a modern form. This powerful documentary integrates animation with live-action footage and presents testimonials from courageous Iranian bloggers, who dared to tell the world about the movement and its devastating consequences.
Speaking after The Green Wave:
UCSD Professor Babak Rahimi is an expert on Shi'i Islam and Medieval and modern Iranian culture and society. Dr. Rahimi was present during the green revolution in Iran in June 2009. A Union Tribune article was written about his role during that time: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2009/jun/30/ucsd-professor-shared-news-iran/
Pushing the Elephant Monday, May 9 at 7pm
Mapendo may be one of the most extraordinary people you will ever meet on film. For all the pain she has experienced, which she softens not at all when she explains the awful things she has endured, she is an overtly generous soul, and a powerful example of the dictum about dedicated individuals being the only ones who can change the world for the better. - Review from Flick Filosopher
In the late 1990s, Rose Mapendo was imprisoned with her family during violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo. She emerged advocating forgiveness and reconciliation. Rose managed to escape with nine of her 10 children and was eventually resettled in Phoenix, Arizona. More than a decade later, Rose and her daughter are reunited. As they get to know one another, the mother and daughter must come to terms with a painful past, and define what it means to be a survivor, a woman, a refugee, and an American.
Speaking after Pushing the Elephant:
Refugee high school students from IRC's Peacemakers Club will speak after the film about their experiences adjusting to life in an American high school. The Peacemaker Club is part of the IRC Students Plus After School Program at Crawford High School. Students in the club practice public speaking and share their stories with high school students around the county.