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Culture, Development and Education

1. Heart Sutra (23 minutes 40 seconds)
Satoshi Hirayama (Japan)

Heart Sutra was created as the principal text of the Mahayana  movement 500-700 after the death of Buddha. Mahayana Movement was started by a group which disagreed with the assemblies which placed the importance on the Studies and it emphasized that the Buddhism’s essence is the Salvation. The main character of this film is the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. He/She is an imaginary super-star who was very passionate about getting enlightenment and giving salvation. The story starts at a gathering of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara’s pupils on the top of the mountain when Sariputra, one of the pupils asks about the view of the void. Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara answers that it means there’s nothing existing because everything keeps changing, and thus, you should not adhere to anything in this world. Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara explains that energy is the void itself.This film called Heart Sutra will provide a completely new interpretation of the scripture with a concept of Conservation Law of Eneregy throughout this world and the next and it is represented through the traditional dance in Bali, Indonesia.

2. Kids Kingdom (1 hour 22 minutes)       
Tongdao Zhang (China) 
Ever morning, 4-year-old Chen Chen waits for a 4-year-old boy Nande outside the gates of the kindergarten, usually for more than half an hour. If he arrives they spend the whole school-day together--eating, sleeping, and playing-- never tiring of each other’s company, and never running out of new games to play. If Nan De fails to come, Chen Chen prefers to be alone rather than seek out other playmates. While Chen Chen and Nande play, a group of furious parents descend upon the principal’s office , demanding that 5-year-old Chi Chiyang be explelled. Chi Chiyang is a tall and athletic boy who lords his physical strength over ther children. The principal of the kindergarten refuses, but reassures the parents that she can find an adequate solution. One month later, Chi changed...
3. The ballet of dyslexics on dyslexia (16 minutes 21 seconds)
Johnny Vonneumann (USA)
What is dyslexia?   Dr. G. Reid Lyon, an expert on Health and Human development, believes  Dyslexia, of all the learning difficulties will create more pain and more havoc for a youngster, than basically anything we can see academically. the ballet of Dyslexics on Dyslexia is a short documentary. It captures, the mostly misunderstood world, of dyslexia, as it is told thru the personal experiences of 5 dyslexics. The filming style is straightforward and basic, a stationary camera, using only one angle, captures the dyslexics as they tell their stories, as are the production elements a simple beige/white backdrop.

4. A Box with a View (22 minute 19 seconds)
Magee Clegg (India)
'A Box With A View' examines the influence of cable television on villages in the Kerala Backwaters located near the southern tip of India. 25 television channels, which include western programs, are being viewed in the homes of rice farmers who live in an area that is only accessible by water transportation. This village has existed for a millennium, yet its culture is threatened because the younger generations are more interested in monetary and superficial pursuits than preserving their ancestors’ traditions, television is the catalyst. 'A Box With A View' presents the issue through the voices of the people living in the community.

5. Common Ground (6 minutes 17 seconds)
Uma O'Neill (UK)
Exciting and vibrant dance film exploring landscape, culture and relationships. Four people looking for love and understanding, separated by distance and culture. Can they find what they are searching for? Is there any Common Ground?

6. Poi Dogs (12 minutes)
Joel Moffett (USA)
Poi Dogs is the story of two local Hawaii teenagers and their awkward attempts at expressing a budding romantic interest in each other. Toa, a tough-acting lineman on a crappy high school football team, has just lost the big game. Distraught and alone, he drives home on his old ramshackle moped, which breaks down in the shadow of an abandoned sugar mill. Anela, the tough-acting tuba player on his teams marching band, walks up and tries to console Toa. Ashamed, Toa pushes her away. After a tense fight, Toa and Anela find common ground by overcoming their pride and accepting each others help. In the end, Poi Dogs illustrates the first small step towards love by two guarded teenagers.

7. Smog (10 minute 49 second)
clara kraft Isono (UK)
The story unfolds during one night in a run down hotel in a city plagued by smog. The Taj Mahal hotel is run by a charming Indian family and hosts a number of peculiar and colorful characters that add a note of comedy but also humanity to the place. As the night progresses the narrative centers around the relationship of Oskar, a lonesome Finnish traveling salesman and Mari Japanese newly arrived tourist who shakes him into making one of the most important decisions in his life. Maggie a middle aged prostitute and Jesus a funny Colombian taxi driver complete the cast of characters which reveal stories of solitude and displacement. SMOG is about how we can find strength in strangers and how fleeting encounters can have a deep influence in our lives.

8. Keeping time A little step (9 minutes)
India Burke (USA)

'Keeping Time' is a portrait of Sri-Lankan dance-teacher Mathy Pillai. For over 30 years she has performed and taught the 5000 year old dance form 'Bharatanatyam' in New York. The film traces the entwinement of her teaching with the unexpected death of her husband on the night of the annual performance. Through such entangled timings we see that by learning to dance one learns how to live.

9. 30 years (28 minutes 10 seconds)
Ken Hosono (Japan)
30 years’ story about a woman named “A-CHU” who was born in a small mountain village of Yunnan, China. After she grew up in a small village, she moved to Beijing for work. Then she moved to Tokyo, got married and delivered a baby son. As a life of A-Chu changed dramatically over these periods, China also went through a rapid and dramatic change.After so many years after she left her village, she went back to visit home with her son. There, under a patch of blue sky, she shows a memory of her growth in this village that led to existence of herself and her son.

10. Secret of Oz (1 hour 47 minutes)  
Bill Still (U S A)
What's going on with the economy? Foreclosures are everywhere, unemployment is skyrocketing and this is only the beginning. What can governments do? The sad answer is, under our current monetary system, nothing. There isn't enough stimulus money in the entire world to get us out of this hole. Why? Debt! The national debt is like our consumer debt, it's the interest that's killing us. No, today, in our crazy money system, the government has to borrow our money into existence and then pay interest on it. That's why they call it the National Debt. All our money is created out of debt. The interest on that debt makes the world poor. This is the leading cause of misery, poverty, hunger and disease on this planet. Politicians who focus on reducing the National Debt as an answer probably don't know what the National Debt really is. To reduce the National Debt would be to reduce our money, and there is already too little of that for the average person. What's needed is to change our money system to totally eliminate the national debt. Nations don't have to borrow money; they can just issue it debt free, as most people think happens today. This is the secret embedded in the Wizard of Oz.

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