The 5th Annual Philadelphia Independent Film Festival at the National Constitution Center

The 5th Annual Philadelphia Independent Film Festival at the National Constitution Center
June 23 - 24, 2012
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11:00-12:50pm - The Contradictions of Fair Hope (Documentary)
July 1865. Over 4 million slaves have been freed. Forced to roam the antebellum countryside, and ill prepared to cope with the realities of their new found freedom, the freed slaves formed ‘benevolent societies’ throughout the South to respond to the abject hunger, illness and the fear of a pauper’s grave.Set in rural Alabama, the film traces the development, struggles and gradual loss of tradition of one of the last remaining benevolent societies in America, known as ‘The Fair Hope Benevolent Society,’ and provides an unprecedented look at its complex and morally ambiguous world.


1:00-2:35pm - A.L.F. (Drama, Documentary)
What happened, that 24th of December ? This is what officer Chartier wants ton find out. To understand, he will have to go back 48 hours earlier : Franck’s Christmas eve. These characters are bound by a limitless empathy towards mistreated animals, and will have to show courage to complete a mission they have been preparing for months. During the questioning, Franck understands that one of his fellows betrayed him.


2:50-3:45pm – Musicians of the Holocaust – Documentary
The Songs They Sang. The Songs They Sang is the remarkable tale of music and performed by Jewish musicians held in ghettos and concentration camps across Europe during the Holocaust. It explores the stoicism of the Jewish people who created art and recorded important historical perspectives in the face of the most horrific of persecutions. The film centres on the work of lyricists Avrom Sutzkever and Shmerke Kaczerginski, who wrote startling and poetic eyewitness accounts of Vilna., and risked his life in order to protect and preserve Jewish writings and music before his untimely death. The documentary also considers his legacy of song and the various people preserving such music today. 


National Constitution Center – Saturday  June 24

11:30am - Bailout 85min (Documentary) (Dir. Sean Fahey)
Fed up with corrupt bailout banks trying to foreclose on them, five Chicagoans drive to Vegas with stacks of cash to give themselves a long overdue bailout of their own.
A feature documentary that explores the causes and effects of America’s financial crisis. We discover how politically powerful banks are systemically eliminating America’s middle class through fraudulent home foreclosures. An enigma wrapped in Doc hybrid form, Bailout is a social documentary that explores American anger with the Wall Street elites who survive and thrive on government bailouts, fraud, & political corruption.


Organized Criminals (18min)(Thriller)(Local)
When an ambitious up and coming criminal (Bobby) decides to get even with a vicious drug dealer from his past (Dominick), he realizes that in order to do so, he has to level the playing field first. Bobbys task is to persuade Vincent that surrendering to his own greed without fear and without regard for his morals will lead them both to creating one of the most intelligent, most modern and most powerful criminal organizations the world has seen yet.”


1:30-2:15pm - Colored Confederates (42min) (Documentary)
A documentary shedding light on an obscure corner of American history: Did blacks actively ‘fight’ for the Confederacy during the Civil War and if so why?


Welcome Home (18min) (Drama) (Local) (Short)
Short film about a local hero coming home from the War in Iraq.

2:30-4:45pm - The Revolutionary The story of Sidney Rittenebrg. (87min) (Documentary) Dir. Lucy Ostrander
During China’s Cultural Revolution, Sidney Rittenberg, an American citizen, became the most important foreigner in China since Marco Polo. Arriving as a GI interpreter at the end of World War II, he was an active participant in the Chinese communist revolution. An intimate of the Party’s leadership, including Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, he gained prominence at the Broadcast Administration, one of the most important agencies of government. But in the convulsions of a giant country constantly reinventing itself, he twice ran afoul of the leadership, and served a total of 16 years in solitary confinement. This is the story of the biggest revolution of the 20th century, unknown to most Americans, told by an American who was there.


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