MINELRES: ASN 2006 film lineup

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Original sender: Dominique Arel <darel@uottawa.ca>


The 2006 ASN World Convention, taking place at the Harriman Institute,
Columbia University, New York, on 23-25 March, is unveiling a lineup of
thirteen recent international documentaries on topics ranging from
ethnic violence to terrorism, identity formation, modernization, and the
Orange Revolution.

>From Denmark comes ONDSKABENS ANATOMI (THE ANATOMY OF EVIL), a seering 
investigation into the motivations of the perpetrators of mass killing in the 
recent Balkan wars. Director Ove Nyholm and experts on ethnic violence will 
participate in a post-screening debate. The film was in official competition at 
the 2005 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam.

No less than five films will focus on the Caucasus. POWER TRIP relates
the rocambolesque attempt by a multinational power company to make their
Georgian customers pay for their newly privatized electricity. ABKHAZIA:
and Abkhaz perspectives on the enduring Abkhaz conflict. The two films
were made by local journalists with the support of the British NGO
Conciliation Resources. BESLAN: SIEGE OF SCHOOL NO. 1 documents the
terrorist attack that has riveted the world's attention. MASSACRES EN
TCHETCHENIE, shown on France's premier pay-TV channel, includes
disturbing amateur video filmed by Russian officers during an
anti-terrorism operation in a Chechen village.

Two documentaries look at history. HOW TO FIX THE WORLD is a digitally
animated adaptation of Soviet psychologist Luria's research on the
cognitive changes that people experienced when learning to read in
Central Asia in the 1930s. THEY LOOKED AWAY investigates the
controversial issue of why Auschwitz was not bombed by the Allies at the
end of World War.

Hours before Ukrainians will go back to the polls for a contested
parliamentary election, the ASN Convention will screen a brand new
documentary on the Orange Revolution, ORANGE CHRONICLES, shot diary-like
by a young Ukrainian-American. BY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT: CHRIS
JACKSON'S JOURNEY TO ISLAM is a documentary examining the life and
career of a NBA star, and his controversial refusal to stand during the
national anthem, serving as an ethnographic window into Muslim American
communities. DAYS MADE OF FEAR-KOSOVO 1998-2005 and THE GLORY OF HIGH
DECANI are two short films on the fate of ethnic minorities in Kosovo
since the 1999 war.

In addition, regular academic panels, CINEMA AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER IN
WAR, will revolve around the medium of cinema and television.

The ASN 2006 World Convention features a hundred panels (as well as
these thirteen films) covering the Balkans, Central Europe, Eurasia
(including Turkey and Afghanistan), the Caucasus, Russia, Ukraine, and a
fast-developing Nationalism Studies section. The program of the
convention can be accessed at www.nationalities.org. The convention is
open to the public and a registration form can be downloaded at
http://www.nationalities.org/ASN_2006_REGISTRATION_FORM.pdf. For
information on the convention, please contact Gordon N Bardos, ASN
Convention Director, at gnb12@columbia.edu or 212 854 8487. For
information on the films, please email Dominique Arel, ASN President, at


FRIDAY MARCH 24, 11.15 AM-1.15 PM

Beslan: Siege of School No. 1

US 2005 (45 mins)
English voice-overs and subtitles
A film by Eamonn Matthews
Contact: Tamara Rosenberg, Channel Thirteen (RosenbergT@thirteen.org)

The siege of School No. 1 in Beslan, Russia, on September 1, 2004 was
the bloodiest act of terrorism in Russia since Chechnya declared
independence in 1991. As the trial of the only terrorist who survived
the siege begins, this wrenching film examines the three-day ordeal that
saw Chechen gunmen hold more than 1,000 hostages, most of them children.
The film includes firsthand testimony and video shot by terrorists
inside the school, examining the events that unfolded, the Russian
government's failure to manage the crisis, and the legacy of Beslan for
survivors, bereaved families and Russia's future stability.

Massacres en Tchetchénie (Massacres in Chechnya)

France 2004 (32 mins)
Russian and Chechen with French subtitles
A film by NPA Productions (nathalie.hecher@canal-plus.com)
An English voice-over will be provided

Journalist Mylène Sauloy recovered amazing amateur video filmed by
Russian officers during an anti-terrorism operation in a Chechen village
in the south of Grozny. One soldier shot footage of his company
surrounding the village of Komsolmskoe, where hundreds of injured
Chechen fighters sought refuge. The village was razed and many rebels
were arrested on camera. In another document presented during the
inquest, many rebels were found dead or tortured. Mylène Sauloy returns
to the village to find many surviving fighters and civilians.  Living
hidden in Chechnya or as European refugees survivors testify to the
violence of Russian repression in Chechnya.

FRIDAY MARCH 24, 2.45-4.45 PM

Ondskabens anatomi  (The Anatomy of Evil)

Denmark 2005 (89 mins)
Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles
A film by Ove Nyholm (info@angelfilms.dk)

Director Ove Nyholm will attend the screening.

Danish director Ove Nyholm searches for an answer to questions like:
what are a mass murderer's motivations in a situation of war?  After
genocide, how does he manage to return to everyday life as if nothing
happened?  Looking specifically at the Serbian case, Nyholm examines how
police and paramilitary dealt with the aftermath of the murders they
committed, and at the role of politicians in the crisis. Nyholm also
draws parallels with the logic and justifications of Hitler's Einsatz
troops.  Nyholm ultimately formulates the line that lies at the basis of
genocide: "You have to die, so I can live."

By the Dawn's Early Light: Chris Jackson's Journey to Islam

2004 (52 mins)
A film by Zareena Grewal (zareena@umich.edu)

Director Zareena Grewal will attend the screening.

This documentary examines Mahmoud Abdul Rauf's life, career, and
controversial refusal to stand during the national anthem at an NBA
game, serving as an ethnographic window into Muslim American
communities.  The film explores constructions of nationalism and
religion, the centrality of the American media as the stage for
competition for religious authority, and the complexities of identity
politics in America at the end of the twentieth century, especially
urgent after the tragedy of 9-11. Ironically, the film ends invoking
another terrorist attack; Mahmoud's home was burned down by the KKK two
days after filming ended.


How to Fix the World

US 2004 (89 mins)
A film by Jacqueline Goss (goss@bard.edu)

Director Jacqueline Goss will attend the screening.

A digitally animated adaptation of Soviet psychologist A. R. Luria's
research in Central Asia and interviews with Uzbek and Kyrgyz farmers
who lived on or near the Soviet-sponsored collective farms in the
1930's. The Soviets had introduced literacy programs into these
primarily Muslim oral-based agricultural communities, and, interested in
documenting the cognitive changes that people experience when learning
to read, Luria captured the cultural conflict of Soviet Socialism and
Islam. These interviews are brought to life through digital animation,
illustrating a particular historical moment when one culture attempted
to transform another in the name of education and modernization.


Abkhazia: one side of a conflict
Georgia 2004 (52 mins)
Russian with English subtitles
A film by Studio Re in conjunction with Conciliation Resources

Ten years and still waiting
Georgia [Abkhazia] 2004 (48 mins)
Russian with English subtitles
A film by Studio Re in conjunction with Conciliation Resources

Rachel Clogg (rclogg@c-r.org) will introduce the films.

These two films, made together by Georgian and Abkhaz journalists, in
consultation with Teresa Cherfas and George Carey, and with the support
of the British NGO Conciliation Resources, explore life on both sides of
the Georgian-Abkhaz divide. Mamuka Kuparadze's "Abkhazia: One Side of a
Conflict" is a Georgian view on life and attitudes in Abkhazia a decade
after a yearlong war between Georgia and Abkhazia. Sveta Korsaia's
subsequent film, "Ten Years and Still Waiting," gives an Abkhaz
perspective on life in Georgia and the aspirations of its population,
including those displaced by the conflict.

SATURDAY MARCH 25, 11.15 AM-1.15 PM

Power Trip
US 2003 (55 mins)
English and Georgian with English subtitles
A film by Paul Devlin, Valery Odikadze, and Claire Missanelli

Claire Missanelli will attend the screening

In an environment of corruption, assassination, and rioting, the story
of chaotic post-Soviet transition is told through culture clash,
electricity disconnections and blackouts.  AES Corp., the massive
American "global power company," has purchased the privatized
electricity distribution company in Tbilisi, capital of the former
Soviet Republic of Georgia. While manager Piers Lewis teaches the
formerly communist populace that they must pay for electricity, the
Georgians devise clever ways to get it free. Lewis must balance his love
for the Georgian people with the hardships his company creates for them
as they rebuild a nation from the rubble of Soviet collapse.

SATURDAY MARCH 25, 2.45-4.45 PM

They Looked Away

US 2003 (53 mins)
A film by Stuart G. Erdheim (s.erdheim@verizon.net) and Ashley Lazarus

Director Stuart G. Erdheim will attend the screening.
Paul Miller will lead a discussion after the film.

In the debate over the Allied response to the Holocaust no issue has
aroused more controversy than the (non) bombing of Auschwitz. They
Looked Away is the first documentary to present evidence of the Allies'
knowledge about Auschwitz during the Hungarian deportations, and to
assess, using comparative historical methodology, the feasibility of
destroying gas chambers and crematoria.  The film presents archival
research on reconnaissance, intelligence, defenses, and bombing
operations in the Auschwitz region, aerial imagery of Auschwitz and
Buchenwald, and first-time interviews with Hungarian survivors,
Holocaust scholars and WWII pilots, bombardiers, and photo interpreters
directly involved in Allied bombing missions.


The Orange Chronicles

US 2006 (105 mins)
English and Ukrainian with English subtitles
A film by Damian Kolodiy (OrangeDoc@gmail.com)

Taras Kuzio will lead a discussion after the film.

After the US Presidential Election, disillusioned Ukrainian-American
filmmaker, Damian Kolodiy, journeys to his family's homeland and finds
himself in the middle of the Orange Revolution where he witnesses the
true meaning of democracy. Orange Chronicles focuses on the passionate
people who filled the frozen streets of Kyiv in protest of an unjust
election and the corrupt government that created it. Narrated by the
filmmaker, who volunteered as an election monitor, the documentary
captures the revolution from the inside out, and in the process, Kolodiy
rediscovers his own modern Ukrainian identity as does the country

Kosovo: Images of an Unresolved Tragedy - Films by Ninoslav Randjelovic

Days Made of Fear - Kosovo, 1998-2005
November 2005 (24 mins)
Serbian with English narration and subtitles

The Glory of High Decani
February 2003 (23 mins)
Serbian with English narration and subtitles

Director Ninoslav Randjelovic (ninoslav28@yahoo.com) will attend the

These two documentaries examine events, changes, and life in Kosovo over
the past several years.  Days Made of Fear examines the issue of
standards for the treatment of ethnic minorities, offering evidence
based on events from 1999-2005 that these standards have not yet been
met.  The Glory of the High Decani examines spiritualtiy in Kosovo
through the ancient Serbian monastery High Decani, one of the last
centers of Orthodox faith in Kosovo today. The film testifies that true
spirituality is the ultimate diplomacy - "diplomacy of the heart," shown
in our ability to forgive, show compassion, and love one

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