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Film Festival

2014 diversity film festival imageApril 13-27

at the

Grand Cinema

in Tacoma
(606 S. Fawcett Ave.)

$7.50 matinee / $9.50 evening
$7.50 military (with ID)
$2 TCC students (with TCC student ID)

We’ve got a great lineup planned for this year’s Diversity Film Festival!


photo from movie the intouchablesThe Intouchables - April 13 / 2p

Philippe is a wealthy Parisian intellectual; Driss is an unemployed African street tough. When Philippe seeks to hire a caretaker, Driss applies for the job wanting only to document he is seeking work to keep his unemployment benefits. But Philippe offers the job to Driss, who accepts it, and soon the two men form an unlikely friendship that changes both of their lives. Nominated for a Golden Globe and British Film Award, Best Foreign Language Film.

Gala Reception at 4:30p after the film!


image for purgatorioPurgatorio - April 15 / 2p & 6:30p

'Close your eyes. Try to imagine what the world was like when borders did not exist.' PURGATORIO is an epic meditation on the meaning of borders. By capturing a stunning mosaic of compelling characters and broken landscapes that live on the U.S.-Mexico border, director Rodrigo Reyes reflects on the flaws of human nature and the powerful absurdities we have brought into the world.


image from movie fort mccoyFort McCoy - April 17 / 2p & 6:30p

Most people don't know that 425,000 German soldiers were brought to U.S. prisoner of war camps during W.W.II. One of them was Fort McCoy. This is a poignant drama about a family living next to a Nazi POW camp in Wisconsin. It's one man's journey to find value in a war that does not want him.
Winner of BEST DRAMA at Cannes and Hollywood Independent Film Festivals.


image from movie big wordsBig Words - April 22 / 2p & 6:30p

The film's website reads, "Brooklyn, 2008. On the night of Obama's history-making election, three friends, once members of a promising hip-hop group, now in their late 30's, struggle with regret, disappointment and change." Writer-turned-director Neil Drumming examines the choices each of the friends has made leading up to this night and the way that the choices inform their present lives. Politics, culture, and race are all backdrops to this ultimately personal story about the interplay between individual choice and larger socioeconomic forces. As one reviewer puts it, "Change, [Drumming] suggests, is possible for those willing to fight for it -- and there are glimmers of a happy ending in the movie's parting shots."


image from movie 5 broken cameras5 Broken Cameras - April 24 / 2p & 6:30p

A first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. The film is shot by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat and co-directed with Guy Davidi, an Israeli filmmaker. The film, organized around the destruction of Bernat's cameras over a five year period, captures one village's struggle to protect land, culture, and human dignity on the West Bank. Winner of the 2012 World Cinema Directing, Documentary Award at Sundance, and the first-ever Palestinian film to be nominated for an Academy Award for best Documentary Feature.


image from movie the missing pictureThe Missing Picture - April 27 / 2p

Adapted from director Rithy Panh's book The Elimination, this thought provoking documentary explores the story of his family before and after the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh Pol Pot's communist regime and overtook the Cambodian capital on April 17, 1975. Panh was 11 years old at the time. Citizens were rounded up, personal belongings were confiscated and people sent to agricultural labor camps, where torture and hunger dominated life there. Using clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979, Panh searches for the illusive image that would show the world the truth. Winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival "Un Certain Regard" award, The Missing Picture is the first Cambodian film to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film 2014.


$7.50 matinee / $9.50 evening
$7.50 military (with ID)
$2 TCC students (with TCC student ID)

For more information about the Diversity Film Festival, please contact Tina Celentano.

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