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The 16th Annual Anchorage International Film Festival, showcasing over 100 films from 25 different countries in Anchorage, Alaska, Dec 2-11, 2016.
Passes are available online or in person at each venue. Tickets to individual screenings are available in advance only at the BearTooth TheatrePub, or in person at each venue the day of the screening. Thank you for joining us! 

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Saturday, December 3
 

1:00pm

Meet the Patels
Presented by AK Public Media

MEET THE PATELS is a laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams ... and his parents. Filmed by Ravi’s sister in what started as a family vacation video, this hilarious and heartbreaking film reveals how love is a family affair.

Fresh out of a breakup with his secret white girlfriend, who his parents knew nothing about, and freaked out that he’s almost 30 and single, Ravi goes on a family vacation to India with his head and heart spinning.

Ravi is willing to do whatever it takes to find love—but there’s one tricky detail to consider: In his family, everyone has the last name Patel. Patels marry other Patels. It’s not incest, it means they are from the same 50-square mile radius in India. Struck with how overwhelmingly happy the marriages are of his Patel family and friends, Ravi enters a fool-proof Patel matchmaking system and embarks on a worldwide search for another American Patel just like him.

 

Saturday December 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

1:30pm

Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show

HAPPY LUCKY GOLDEN TOFU PANDA DRAGON GOOD TIME FUN FUN SHOW Directed by Carrie Preston. USA  (75 min)

Directed by Emmy winning comedic TV star Carrie Preston (True Blood/Good Wife/Crowded). East Meets West in this live stand-up comedy, sketch, and rock n' roll/spoken word concert film focused on Asian American themes: immigration, bowl cuts, math nerds, the model minority myth. And Hello Kitty everything. (Strong Language. Adult cultural themes. Some curse words)

Meet Slanty Eyed Mama: two good Asian girls gone bad-assed. Virtuostic electric violinist Lyris Hung (who has also played with Jay-Z, The Indigo Girls and Bono) and Comedian/Actor Kate Rigg (who appeared on 3 seasons of the Dr. Phil Show, and recurred on Fox's Family Guy) started their collaboration while still students at the Juilliard school where they began experimenting with funky urban asian spoken word, comedy and rock and roll. Upon graduation they began touring the world-- performing multimedia concerts celebrating the Asian American experience. Invited twice to the Smithsonian with previous shows, featured on PBS, LOGO, Pacific TV, and headlining major music and comedy festivals they are a force to be reckoned with! For this film, they bring their 'Nuyorasian' flow (New York streets meets Asian American style) to the stage as a live concert mashed up with edgy stand up comedy and wild sketches all shot on location around New York City. They take on some of the biggest issues and cultural tropes forming the Asian immigrant experience with a crazy sense of humor and and musical medit-asians on contemporary culture. TV Comedy star and award winning director Carrie Preston (a fellow Juilliard alum) directs with an eye for the absurd, the heartfelt themes under the music, and the immediacy of live performance for a truly unique film experience.


Saturday December 3, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

2:00pm

Drokpa

DROKPA Directed by Yan Chun Su   79 min.China *

Set in the high plateau of eastern Tibet, Drokpa is an intimate portrait of an extended nomadic family whose life is on the cusp of irreversible change. With rare access to a small community of nomads living on the vast yet rapidly degrading grasslands on the eastern Tibetan Plateau, DROKPA, meaning nomads and nomadic culture in Tibetan, reveals the unprecedented environmental and social-political forces the nomads are facing. Richly observed daily lives and family relationships are at once deeply personal and illustrative of the universal issues of gender, freedom, adaptation to a changing climate and the resilience of human spirits.

Saturday December 3, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

3:45pm

El Chivo

EL CHIVO  Directed by Rod Murphy. 79 min, USA

El Chivo ('The Goat') is what the indigenous Tarahumara of Mexico's Copper Canyons call Ultra Runner Wiill Harlan ever since he won their 50 mile Ultra, a race made famous by the bestseller 'Born to Run."

Saturday December 3, 2016 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

4:00pm

The Slippers

THE SLIPPERS Directed by: Morgan White. 91 min, USA

The Slippers traces the unbelievable history of The Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz. They have been bought, stolen, and coveted by many, and are the single most desired piece of Hollywood Memorabilia.




Saturday December 3, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

6:00pm

SHU-DE!

SHU-DE!  (DIR: Michael R Faulkner) 85 Min, USA    

Following in the footsteps of Paul Pena (Genghis Blues), Beatboxer, Shodekeh, travels across the world from Baltimore, MD to Kyzyl, Tuva, Russia to take part in a festival celebrating the 50th Birthday of the legendary musician, Kongar-ool Ondar. While there, he collaborates and competes with some of the worlds best Tuvan throat singers in pursuit of a goal to create an oasis of unity with music. Music is the language in this exploratory documentary filled with rare recordings and open landscapes.



Saturday December 3, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave
 
Sunday, December 4
 

1:30pm

Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith
WALK WITH ME Directed by: Jesse Nesser. 100 min, USA

Walk With Me: The Trials of Judge Damon J. Keith tells the story of ten extraordinary years, four groundbreaking cases, and one unconventional federal judge, whose rulings forever changed the face of civil rights in the United States. 

It may be the greatest story you never heard. 

Judge Damon J. Keith was first appointed to the U.S. District Court in Detroit, in 1967, only three months after race riots tore apart the city. A rookie judge and an African American, he faced controversy almost immediately when, in an unusual confluence of circumstance, four divisive cases landed on his docket—all of which concerned hidden discriminatory practices that were deeply woven into housing, education, employment, and police institutions. Keith shook the nation as he challenged the status quo and faced off against angry crowds, the KKK, corporate America, and even a sitting U.S. President. 

As Judge Keith was reshaping civil rights at the local level, his rulings began setting precedents for change across the nation. Ultimately, the Supreme Court upheld every one of his decisions. There would be no going back. 

Walk With Me is deliberately structured as a tapestry, rather than a chronicle, in order to create balance between an intimate portrait and interesting legal history. In his own words, the Judge recounts the significant emotional events that shaped his life, how he came to his decisions on these groundbreaking cases, and his thoughts about the impact of those rulings then, and now. The film interweaves Judge Keith’s life with those of his colleagues, his contemporaries in the struggle for civil rights, his daughters, and most movingly, the people whose lives were changed by his decisions, whether he ruled in their favor or against them. 

Now 93, Judge Keith still serves on the US Circuit Court of Appeals; a living embodiment of nearly a century of US history. He was once an ordinary “colored” man; a janitor whose personal struggles reflected those of a nation first coming to terms with civil rights. He became a fearless and extraordinary judge whose rulings resonate with surprising relevance in a nation still arguing about ‘”which lives matter” almost 50 years later.


 



Sunday December 4, 2016 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

2:00pm

NANA
*In partnership with the Alaska Jewish Museum
 
At 22, Serena had always known that her grandmother, Maryla Michalowski-Dyamant, was an Auschwitz survivor, but never dared or cared to inquire more about the Nana she had lost at 11. After witnessing the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, Serena suddenly decides to read her grandmother’s memoir, and realizes who she was; more than a survivor, more than a Polish Jew, Serena discovers a woman she barely knew, a woman who despite her heavy past, gave all her strength and life to fighting intolerance. 
Serena embarks on a journey with her mother Alice (Maryla’s daughter) and a film crew; the two retrace Maryla’s life, from her native town of Bedzin, to the horrors of Auschwitz where Maryla was Dr. Mengele’s translator, to Brussels, where she emigrated after the war. Guided by the pages of the memoir, mother and daughter assume Maryla’s voice, reading excerpts of the book in front of places of Nana’s past. 
In Brussels, the two interview people who knew Maryla, and it becomes clear to Serena that her grandmother touched countless people through her testimonies, and why her work was so important; she publicly spoke of her experience in the camps to the new generations so it would never be forgotten nor repeated. She taught and reminded people what can happen in a world without tolerance. 
What Serena doesn’t know is that she is about to receive from around the world over one hundred hours of footage of her grandmother, videos that reveal Maryla’s extraordinary personality, incredible strength, and inimitable sense of humor. The videos will structure the narrative of the film, intertwined with Serena and Alice’s journey, set against the backdrop of a world where anti-semitism and intolerance are on the rise. 
NANA is both a very personal film, which explores the transgeneral weight of heritage and trauma, but also investigates how survivors’ message of remembrance and tolerance can continue in the twenty-first century, in a world where survivors are about to disappear.  


Sunday December 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

4:00pm

The Age of Consequences

THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES (Dir: Jared P Scott) 80 min, USA

'The Hurt Locker' meets 'An Inconvenient Truth', THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of irreversible climate change, resource scarcity, mass migration, and pandemic conflict through the lens of US national security and global instability.




Sunday December 4, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501
 
Tuesday, December 6
 

5:30pm

Best and Most Beautiful Things

BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS (Dir: Garrett Zevgetis) 90min USA

In a celebration of outcasts everywhere, a precocious young blind woman disappears into quirky obsessions and isolation. With humor and bold curiosity, she chases love and freedom in a surprising sex-positive community.

*Director Garret Zevgetis in attendance* 

Director's Statement:
We have all felt like an outcast. I set out to share an authentic and artistic first-person account of an exuberant young woman who faces extraordinary challenges on her journey to adulthood. 
Michelle’s unique story is about growing up and embracing all that life has to offer with unbridled optimism, even in the face of significant obstacles. Through Michelle we discovered the startling lack of opportunities available for all people to fully engage in our society, and the need to bridge the ocean of fear and misunderstanding that infuse attitudes toward people considered “other.” The beautiful differences that exist between all of us make 
up our common humanity.



Tuesday December 6, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave

8:00pm

GAY-LA Film - Real Boy (+Arrival: A Short Film by Alex Myung)
REAL BOY (Dir: Shaleece Haas) 72 min, USA **Subject, Bennett Wallace, in attendance**

REAL BOY is the coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager on a journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. As he navigates the ups and downs of young adulthood, he works to gain the love and support of his mother, who has deep misgivings about her child’s transition. Along the way, Bennett forges a powerful friendship with his idol, Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician with his own demons to fight.

Screens with the Animated Short, "Arrival"

Arrival: A Short Film by Alex Myung
(Dir: Alex Myung) 22 min, USA **Director in Attendance** 
A true coming of age story, Arrival follows one boy's journey into adulthood, and the complicated relationships that go with it. The plot follows a boy growing up with his mother in the countryside, who then journeys into the big city to follow his dreams. All the while the two communicate by sending polaroids back and forth to each other, sharing their now completely different lives. Along the way he meets another boy with whom he is determined to share his life with. The main character becomes stuck in a cycle of indifference rather than standing up and coming out to his mother. The story of the film pulls from Myung's past relationships. It portrays a uniquely modern LGBTQ couple, exploring the highs and lows that come with feeling guilty for loving the right person.
 


Tuesday December 6, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave
 
Wednesday, December 7
 

8:00pm

Goodbye Darling I'm Off To Fight

GOODBYE DARLING I’M OFF TO FIGHT* Directed by: Simone Manetti.  73 min, Italy

After a painful breaking up with her boyfriend, actress Chantal Ughi found that Thai Boxe fighting was a way to get out her anger, and to fight ghosts from her childhood. She moves to Thailand for five years and becomes the world champion.



Wednesday December 7, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave
 
Thursday, December 8
 

5:30pm

The Cinema Travellers

THE CINEMA TRAVELERS Directed by: Shirley Abraham  ( 96 min) India

Once every year, traveling cinemas bring the wonder of the movies to faraway villages in India. Seven decades on, as their lorries and cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, their audiences are lured by slick digital technology. Filmed over five years, The Cinema Travellers accompanies a shrewd exhibitor, a benevolent showman and a maverick projector mechanic who bear a beautiful burden - to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world running. A Cannes-award winning documentary.




Thursday December 8, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave
 
Friday, December 9
 

8:00pm

The League of Exotique Dancers

THE LEAGUE OF EXOTIC DANCERS Directed by: Ramu Rau. 90 min, Canada

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Rama Rau (The Market, Aftermath) and produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Ed Barreveld (Herman's House, The World Before Her), League of Exotique Dancers explores vintage Burlesque’s world of fun, frolic, and feathers, yet also turns the spotlight on the poverty, racism, and sexism that were rampant under all that glitter.

With a blast of brassy jazz and a spin through the glitz of modern Las Vegas, Emmy® Award-winning Storyline Entertainment and award-winning director Rama Rau’s documentary League of Exotique Dancers sets the stage for a provocative and eye-opening “backstage tour” of the golden age of Burlesque through the colourful lives of unforgettable women who made it glitter.  

 

Our guides are none other than inductees of the Burlesque Hall of Fame, all titans of tease and each possessing a way with words as uninhibited and captivating as her routines.

 

Tantalizing tales and expert tips from the frontlines propel an action-packed journey through Burlesque’s heyday that also covers its gradual demise, concluding with an upbeat celebration of its rediscovery and revitalization by a new generation. What emerges is a full-figured portrait of Burlesque-era striptease artists, one that goes deeper into the culture and is more nuanced than many familiar screen depictions.

 

Burlesque not only transformed the lives of our characters, some of whom regularly worked with each other, it also reflected the rapid changes in mid-20th-century North American society—a side of Burlesque culture rarely explored on screen.

 

League of Exotique Dancers peels off the layers of glitter to expose the sexism, racism and widespread stigma faced by Burlesque striptease performers and, indeed, the wider array of working women in that tumultuous era.

 

Illuminated by well-known and rare, never-before-seen, archival material and accentuated by a soundtrack and original music that captures the mood of the era, League of Exotique Dancers is all about its characters. Intimate interviews—held in homes and former haunts, filled with humour and heartbreak—reveal what keeps these formers stars busy today: driving a hearse, running marathons, designing flannel nightgowns, a hypnotherapy practice . . . they’re still full of surprises



http://www.exotiquedancers.com 


Friday December 9, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
 
Saturday, December 10
 

12:00pm

Drokpa

DROKPA*  Directed by:  Yan Chun Su  79 min, China 

Set in the high plateau of eastern Tibet, Drokpa is an intimate portrait of an extended nomadic family whose life is on the cusp of irreversible change. With rare access to a small community of nomads living on the vast yet rapidly degrading grasslands on the eastern Tibetan Plateau, DROKPA, meaning nomads and nomadic culture in Tibetan, reveals the unprecedented environmental and social-political forces the nomads are facing. Richly observed daily lives and family relationships are at once deeply personal and illustrative of the universal issues of gender, freedom, adaptation to a changing climate and the resilience of human spirits.

Saturday December 10, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

12:15pm

El Chivo

EL CHIVO Directed by: Rod Murphy. 79 min, USA

El Chivo ('The Goat') is what the indigenous Tarahumara of Mexico's Copper Canyons call Ultra Runner Wiill Harlan ever since he won their 50 mile Ultra, a race made famous by the bestseller 'Born to Run."



Saturday December 10, 2016 12:15pm - 1:35pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

4:00pm

Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith

WALK WITH ME Directed by: Jesse Nesser. 100 min, USA

Walk With Me: The Trials of Judge Damon J. Keith tells the story of ten extraordinary years, four groundbreaking cases, and one unconventional federal judge, whose rulings forever changed the face of civil rights in the United States. 

It may be the greatest story you never heard. 

Judge Damon J. Keith was first appointed to the U.S. District Court in Detroit, in 1967, only three months after race riots tore apart the city. A rookie judge and an African American, he faced controversy almost immediately when, in an unusual confluence of circumstance, four divisive cases landed on his docket—all of which concerned hidden discriminatory practices that were deeply woven into housing, education, employment, and police institutions. Keith shook the nation as he challenged the status quo and faced off against angry crowds, the KKK, corporate America, and even a sitting U.S. President. 

As Judge Keith was reshaping civil rights at the local level, his rulings began setting precedents for change across the nation. Ultimately, the Supreme Court upheld every one of his decisions. There would be no going back. 

Walk With Me is deliberately structured as a tapestry, rather than a chronicle, in order to create balance between an intimate portrait and interesting legal history. In his own words, the Judge recounts the significant emotional events that shaped his life, how he came to his decisions on these groundbreaking cases, and his thoughts about the impact of those rulings then, and now. The film interweaves Judge Keith’s life with those of his colleagues, his contemporaries in the struggle for civil rights, his daughters, and most movingly, the people whose lives were changed by his decisions, whether he ruled in their favor or against them. 

Now 93, Judge Keith still serves on the US Circuit Court of Appeals; a living embodiment of nearly a century of US history. He was once an ordinary “colored” man; a janitor whose personal struggles reflected those of a nation first coming to terms with civil rights. He became a fearless and extraordinary judge whose rulings resonate with surprising relevance in a nation still arguing about ‘”which lives matter” almost 50 years later.




Saturday December 10, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

4:15pm

Jackson

JACKSON (Dir: Maisie Crow ) 90 min, USA 

What does life look like in a place where the anti-abortion movement has made access to legal abortion nearly impossible? Since the passing of Roe v. Wade over four decades ago, the self-labeled “pro-life” movement has won significant legal, cultural and political battles.

Set against the backdrop of the fight over the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, this film is an intimate, first-of-its-kind look inside the issues surrounding abortion through three women who stand on all sides of this debate and live at a turning point for reproductive healthcare in America.




Saturday December 10, 2016 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

6:00pm

Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show

Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show   (USA) 85 min, Dir: Kate RiggLyris Hung

 East meets west in this live stand-up comedy, sketch, and rock n' roll-spoken word concert film centered on Asian American tropes in Western Culture: immigration, bowl cuts, math nerds, the model minority myth and Hello Kitty everything. Starring comedian Kate Rigg and the electric violin fueled poetic punk duo Slanty Eyed Mama. #badass #comedychicks

Meet Slanty Eyed Mama: two good Asian girls gone bad-assed. Virtuostic electric violinist Lyris Hung (who has also played with Jay-Z, The Indigo Girls and Bono) and Comedian/Actor Kate Rigg (who appeared on 3 seasons of the Dr. Phil Show, and recurred on Fox's Family Guy).  Their collaboration started as students at NYC's Juilliard school where they  experimented with rock n' roll, comedy and spoken word. Invited twice to the Smithsonian, featured on PBS, LOGO, Pacific TV, and headlining major music and comedy festivals they are a force to be reckoned with! It's outrageous political comedy filmed in cabaret spaces, laundry mats and nail salons around New York directed by comedic actress and award winning director Carrie Preston.

Director  bio:  Carrie Preston directed the feature film “That’s What She Said”,  which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and NY Premiere at Soho Intl Film Fest!  She executive produced and starred in James Vasquez’s “Ready? OK!”, which played over 50 film festivals and won numerous awards. She has also directed the Webseries Darwin and The Dodie Show in which she also stars and writes.
A celebrated actress, Carrie played sassy southern waitress Arlene Fowler on the hit HBO series “True Blood” and the quirky genius lawyer Elsbeth Tascioni on CBS’s “The Good Wife”, for which she won an Emmy Award in 2013. She also recurs on “Person of Interest” and is currently starring in the new NBC comedy “Crowded”. 


Saturday December 10, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
 
Sunday, December 11
 

12:00pm

The Slippers

THE SLIPPERS Directed by: Morgan White. 91 min, USA

The Slippers traces the unbelievable history of The Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz. They have been bought, stolen, and coveted by many, and are the single most desired piece of Hollywood Memorabilia.




Sunday December 11, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

2:00pm

Goodbye Darling, I'm Off To Fight

GOODBYE DARLING I’M OFF TO FIGHT * Directed by: Simone Manetti. 73 min, Italy

After a painful breaking up with her boyfriend, actress Chantal Ughi found that Thai Boxe fighting was a way to get out her anger, and to fight ghosts from her childhood. She moves to Thailand for five years and becomes the world champion.




Sunday December 11, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

4:00pm

SHU-DE!

SHU-DE!  (DIR: Michael R Faulkner) 85 Min, USA    

Following in the footsteps of Paul Pena (Genghis Blues), Beatboxer, Shodekeh, travels across the world from Baltimore, MD to Kyzyl, Tuva, Russia to take part in a festival celebrating the 50th Birthday of the legendary musician, Kongar-ool Ondar. While there, he collaborates and competes with some of the worlds best Tuvan throat singers in pursuit of a goal to create an oasis of unity with music. Music is th

Sunday December 11, 2016 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501