In January, The Locavore Film Series continues with four short films with an international flavor.
Films include: THE GAUCHOS OF ARGENTINA by Judith Dwan Hallet;
THE AFGHAN PAINTED TRUCK by Judith Dwan Hallet;
VOICES/PEACE by Amy DeLouise
CHINATOWN by Yi Chen.
Wednesday, January 17 at 7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30)
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
2903 Columbia Pike
About the Films:
THE GAUCHOS OF ARGENTINA by Judith Dwan Hallet
This delightful film profiles the lives of three Gaucho families living in three distinct regions of Argentina: Patagonia, Salta and Corrientes. In Patagonia, we meet Jimmy Holliday whose great-grandparents emigrated from Scotland in 1885. Ever since the family has carried on the Gaucho tradition in Argentina. In Salta, a mountainous region in central Argentina, we meet Rudecindo Campos. Rudecindo loves everything about the gaucho way of life but he realizes that this lifestyle is slowly vanishing and that his children probably won’t grow up to be gauchos. In the far north of Argentina, we meet the quintessential gaucho, 80-year old Don Ansola. He and his sons raise their cattle in the marshlands in the province of Corrientes.
THE AFGHAN PAINTED TRUCK by Judith Dwan Hallet
A journey by truck from Kabul to Bamiyan in central Afghanistan. In Afghanistan everyone paints their trucks, and these gaily-decorated vehicles are seen everywhere, carrying goods, animals and people. In this lively, colorful film, full of humor and the infectious music of Afghanistan, the people themselves speak about their life and their work. Made in 1972, the film has become a cult film among Afghans living in the United who have never seen their country in a time of peace. The documentary offers a glimpse at what it was like when Afghanistan was a far away, exotic kingdom in the Hindu Kush. It was a time before the overthrow its king in 1973, and long before the Russian invasion, the American intervention, and the Taliban.
VOICES/PEACE by Amy DeLouise
People usually hear information about the Israel-Palestinian situation from the media, activists, or academics. In this mini-doc, which does not aim to “solve” the conflict, we hear from Palestinian and Israeli teens–Christian, Jewish and Muslim–who gathered at a camp in upstate New York as part of a months-long dialogue program. They share their fears and their hopes in their own words.
CHINATOWN by Yi Chen
As Chinatowns across the country are facing off with gentrification, just over 300 Chinese American residents remain in Washington, D.C.’s historic Chinatown. Most of them are seniors living in the federally subsidized section 8 project Wah Luck House and have been pushing for the right to remain in the neighborhood as it undergoes development and rising property values since the early 1970s.
Through the stories of three Chinese Americans, the documentary takes an intimate look at the past, present and future of a changing neighborhood from the perspective of its underrepresented low-income community. Just like when the 1960s Civil Rights Movement inspired many Chinese Americans into action, today’s D.C. Chinatown community has overcome the political and cultural isolation and reached out to nonprofit and legal organizations for education and representation in their on-going activism for equality and justice. The documentary sparks the important conversation of what the future will hold for Chinatowns across North America.