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NCJA Global Motion Picture of the Month: #Bengali #Film ‘2 girls’ by Marc Speroni #NoCriticsJustArtists

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The documentary is based on the research:
“Time to look at girls: adolescent girls’ migration and development”.
by Nicoletta Del Franco, Marina de Regt, Katarzyna Grabska,.
Supported by: Swiss Network of International Studies (SNIS).

Lota comes from the poor rural area of Bangladesh and dreams to improve her status and gain economic independency. She moves to megacity of Dhaka, finds shelter in a slum and starts to work in a garment factory. She works 12 hours a day, earning 50 cents of a dollar per hour.

Tigist, Ethiopian girl, was ment to have more priviledged life. She was born in a family of two teachers, but after both her parents died in a car crash, she became a victim of abuse by her relatives. Escaping from a situation of enslavement, Tigist ends up on the streets of Addis Ababa. Without a place to sleep or anyone to call for, she is quickly surrounded by predators and has to fight for her surivival.

2 Girls is a character-driven and observational documentary about two young women, who are linked to each other through a universal journey of poverty and abuse for the sake of dreaming a better life. It’s a heartbreakingly harsh journey, where Lota and Tigist meet their hopes and destinies. Yet, despite their tough lives, they reveal an inner strength and great dignity. They come from poverty, they fall into even worse conditions, but they never stop striving to improve their state. Overwhelmed by global injustice and gender-oriented abuse, Lota and Tigist manage to keep their souls uncorrupted by the wrongdoings they face.

The story of 2 Girls is a story lived every day by millions of girls all around the world but rarely has it been told with the same power of testimony than in this documentary,

NCJA Global Motion Picture of the Month: @Janapar_Film w/ @Tom_R_Allen directed by @JamesWNewton #NoCriticsJustArists


23-year-old Englishman Tom Allen is all set for a successful career, but he finds himself persisted by the question of our time: isn’t there more to life than this? Leaving it all behind, Tom sets off on the ultimate quest for freedom. For the next 12,000 miles, with neither maps nor guidebooks, Tom films the unfolding of his dream. But the journey takes an unlikely detour when he falls in love with an Iranian-Armenian girl. Filmed over four years with cinematic ambition, Janapar — named after the Armenian word for journey — is an honest and life-affirming tale of finding what you’re looking for when you least expect it.

January Game Changers’ of the Month: @worldcupcinema An organization making major waves in 2014 #NoCriticsJustArtists

Introducing – a revolution in film festivals taking placeWCC14
this fall in Seoul, Korea.There are over a thousand film festivals happening world-wide every year, so what makes this one so special?
Well, here’s how it works:
This April WCC14 will begin accepting feature film submissions on Withoutabox from 193 countries in 8 regions of the world.
  • Fans will be able to view trailers for all of these on their website and iPhone/Android mobile apps and vote on the top 32 films they’d like to see.
  • In August, they will post the 32 features for the world to see and vote 16 films into the Quarter-Finals.
  • From October 10-12th, they’ll screen all 16 films in Seoul before festival-going fans and an international panel of celebrity judges, who will narrow the field down to 8. The voting for the Semi-Finals will be weighted 50% fans and 50% judges.
  • They’ll then invite the top two filmmakers for an all-expenses-paid trip to Seoul, where the judges will decide the World Champion of Cinema for 2014.
For filmmakers, WCC14 is an amazing opportunity to have their features seen world-wide by audiences and distributors, who will have a keen interest in the festival screenings because, for the first time ever, they will have hard numbers from three rounds of feedback on what audiences really want to see.
 So mark your calendars for this April, and we’ll see you in Seoul!
…No Critics At All