“STRANGE TRUTH”: a series of three screenings and conversations with world-renown documentary filmmakers organized by Haverford’s visiting filmmaker Vicky Funari.

Posted February 26th, 2009 at 3:17 pm.

The first screening will be “NEW MUSLIM COOL” & Conversation with
Documentary Filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
February 25, 7:30 p.m. in the KINSC’s Sharpless Auditorium.

Producer/Director Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s credits include the
documentaries “RAMADAN, PRIMETIME” “SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES,” PAULINA,”
“HOME FRONT AND IMMIGRATION CALCULATIONS, and many short films. Her work
has won numerous festival awards and two Emmys. Based in San Francisco,
she has held several arts and journalism fellowships — most recently with
editor Kenji Yamamoto and New Muslim Cool at the 2008 Sundance Institute’s
Documentary Edit and Story Lab.

FILM SYNOPSIS – This screening is a pre-opening “sneak peek”.

NEW MUSLIM COOL:
Hamza Pérez left life as a drug dealer for Islam 10 years ago. Now, after
a devastating break-up with his first wife, he moves to Pittsburgh’s tough
North Side. In a rundown building surrounded by crack and crime, he helps
start a new community for African-American and Latino Muslims. Like Hamza,
many are ex-gang members who are using hip-hop culture to take their
religious message to the streets, slums, and jail cells of urban America.
Raising his two kids as a single dad and longing for companionship, Hamza
finds love on a Muslim networking website and seizes the chance for
happiness in a second marriage. But when the FBI raids their mosque, Hamza
and his community come face to face with a whole new set of challenges,
and have to choose how they respond. While he continues his
MySpace.com-fueled rise as part of the provocative rap group Mujahideen
Team, Hamza starts reaching for a deeper understanding of his own faith—
leading him to some surprising new relationships with Christian and Jewish
allies.  Setting Hamza’s story in the context of young American Muslims’
emergence among the deep dividing lines of the post-9/11 world, New Muslim
Cool gives audiences an authentic, intimate, and fresh view of life in one
of the world’s most rapidly growing and least-understood communities.

Two Screenings in April:
Wednesday, April 1
STRANGE TRUTH: Screening of “LIEUX SAINTS / SACRED PLACES” and
Conversation with Documentary Filmmaker Jean-Marie Teno
7:30 p.m. in the KINSC’s Sharpless Auditorium

Jean-Marie Teno, one of Africa’s preeminent documentary filmmakers, has
been producing and directing films on the colonial and post-colonial
history of Africa for over 20 years. Films by Jean-Marie Teno have been
honored at festivals worldwide: Berlin, Toronto, Yamagata, Cinema du Reel,
Visions du Reel, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Liepzig, San Francisco, London. In
the U.S., many of his films including “AFRICA, “JE TE PLUMERAI”; “A TRIP
TO THE COUNTRY”; “CLANDO”; “CHIEF”; “ALEX’S WEDDING”; and “THE COLONIAL
MISUNDERSTANDING”, have been broadcast and featured at festivals across
the country.

Teno has been a guest of the Flaherty Seminar, an artist in residence at
the Pacific Film Archive of the University of California, Berkeley, and
has lectured at numerous universities. Most recently, he was a visiting
artist at Amherst College as a 2007-08 Copeland Fellow.

FILM SYNOPSIS:

In LIEUX SAINTS / SACRED PLACES, Jean-Marie Teno uses the stories of two
men in Ouagadougou–Jules Cesar, a drum-maker, and Bouba, a struggling
video club proprietor–to examine the larger issues of contemporary
African film production and distribution. Echoing Sembene, he asks, “Does
today‘s African cinema serve as the conscience of the people?”

Jean-Marie Teno’s visit is funded by the Distinguished Visitors Fund.

Tuesday, April 7
STRANGE TRUTH: THE NON-FICTION IMAGINATION, screening and lecture by
Jeanne C. Finley on her work as video artist and documentarian
4:30 p.m. in Sharpless Auditorium

Jeanne C. Finley is a media artist who works in experimental and
documentary forms including film, video, photography, installation,
internet, and site specific public works. Her work has been exhibited in
international institutions including the Guggenheim Museum, SF and NY
Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum and the George Pompidou Center.  She
has been the recipient of many grants including a Rockefeller Media Arts
Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation, Cal
Arts/Alpert Award, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and the
Phelan Award.

Since 1989 she has worked in collaboration with John Muse on many
installation and video projects including Flatland, 2007, Clockwork, 2006,
and Catapult, 2005.  In 2005 Finley was an artist-in-residence at the
Headlands center for the arts. In 2001 she received an Arts-Link
fellowship to Sarajevo to create a film and website with Bosnian media
artists.  During 1990 Finley received a Fulbright Fellowship to Yugoslavia
where she directed programs for Radio/TV Belgrade.  In  1994 she was an
Artist-in-Residence in Istanbul, Turkey through a grant from the Lila
Wallace Readers Digest Foundation.

Finley’s film and video credits include:  “LOST, 2006, LOSS PREVENTION,
(2000), O NIGHT WITHOUT OBJECTS, a Trilogy (1998), A.R.M. AROUND MOSCOW
(1993), INVOLUNTARY CONVERSATION (1991) and NOMADS AT THE 25 DOOR (1991).
These tapes have won awards at international festivals such as the San
Francisco, Atlanta, Berlin Video Festival, Toronto, and World Wide Video
Festival.  Finley is a Professor of Media Studies at the California
College of the Arts and currently lives in San Francisco with her husband,
daughter and son.  Her gallery work is represented by the Patricia Sweetow
Gallery and her films are distributed by Video Data Bank, Women Make
Movies and Electronic Arts Intermix.

Please join us!

Emily Carey Cronin
Associate Director
John B. Hurford ’60 Humanities Center
Haverford College
Haverford, PA 19041-1392
Office: 103 Stokes
Phone: 610.896.1336
Fax: 610.896.1224

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