Clinton School of Public Service LRFF2014 Screenings
The Clinton School of Public Service sidebar at the Little Rock Film Festival features documentary films that deal with pressing international and humanitarian issues.
A two-year graduate program with a “real world” curriculum, the Clinton School is located on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, Ark. The school embodies former President Clinton’s vision of building leadership in civic engagement and enhancing people’s capacity to work across disciplinary, racial, ethnic and geographical boundaries.
E-Team (88mins) – Cinematography Award: U.S. Documentary, Sundance
Director: Katy Chevigny & Ross Kauffman, Producer: Katy Chevigny, Ross Kauffman, & Marilyn Ness
Anna, Ole, Fred and Peter are four members of the Emergencies Team — or E-Team — the boots on the ground division of a respected, international human rights group. Arriving as soon as possible after allegations of human rights abuse surface, the E-Team uncovers crucial evidence to determine if further investigation is warranted and, if so, to investigate, document, and capture the world’s attention. They also immediately challenge the responsible decision makers, holding them accountable. Human rights abuses thrive on secrecy and silence, and the work of the E-Team, backed by their international human rights organization, has shone light in dark places and given voice to thousands whose stories would never otherwise have been told.
Wednesday, May 14, 6pm
The Notorious Mr. Bout (90mins)
Director: Tony Gerber & Maxim Pozdorovkin, Producer: Tony Gerber & Maxim Pozdorovkin
When he was arrested in 2008 in Thailand as a result of a U.S. government sting operation, the career of internationally known arms smuggler Viktor Bout came to a decisive end. Veiled by the obscurity of post-Soviet Russia, Bout had built an empire of aerial delivery so vast he was called “the merchant of death” and was even the subject of a Hollywood film. In sharp contrast to the widely known, super-villain persona, however, was another Bout: a philosophical businessman who simply enjoyed travel, his work, his family, and filming it all with his video camera. (Source: Sundance)
Thursday, May 15, 6pm
Point and Shoot (82mins)
Director: Marshall Curry, Producer: Marshall Curry, Elizabeth Martin, & Matthew VanDyke
In 2006, Matt VanDyke, a timid 27-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, left home in Baltimore and set off on a self-described “crash course in manhood”. He bought a motorcycle and a video camera and began a three-year, 35,000-mile motorcycle trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East. While traveling, he struck up an unlikely friendship with a Libyan hippie, and when revolution broke out in Libya, Matt joined his friend in the fight against dictator Muammar Gaddafi. With a gun in one hand and a camera in the other, Matt fought in — and filmed — the war until he was captured by Gaddafi forces and held in solitary confinement for six months. Two-time Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry tells this harrowing and sometimes humorous story of a young man’s struggle for political revolution and personal transformation.
Saturday, May 17, 12:30pm
Life After Death (74mins)
Director: Joe Callander, Producer: Dave Munson & Suzette Munson
Somewhere in Kigali, Rwanda, Kwasa and his sidekick Fils are best friends in their early 20’s, trying to navigate life in the wake of a genocide. Fils offers Kwasa prudent advice on work and life, while Kwasa, the hilarious, savvy, heart-broke hustler howls at the ghosts of his past while grasping at some kind of stable future.
Saturday, May 17, 3:15pm
Director: Orlando von Einsiedel, Producer: Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara
Virunga is the incredible true story of a group of brave individuals risking their lives to save Africa’s oldest national park in the midst of renewed civil war and a scramble for the region’s natural resources.
Saturday, May 17, 5:45pm