The Cultural Exchange: Spring 2012

Sponsored by PGCML, The Creative Edge, and Hyattsville CDC

 The Prince Georges County Memorial Library System Hyattsville Branch is excited to offer monthly screenings of independent films from our audio-visual collection. In partnership with the locally-based Global Film and Humanity Project, Prince Georges County Arts and Humanities Council, Hyattsville Community Development Corporation and the Friends of the Hyattsville Library, our goal is to bring alternative film experiences to the residents of Prince Georges County. The evenings will conclude with a facilitated discussion with
local independent filmmaker, Andrew Millington. Refreshments and drawing for prizes will be provided!
Monday, April 23, 2012 , 7 pm
Documentary (97 min.)
Muna Furah, a Palestinian single mom, struggles to maintain her optimistic spirit in the daily grind of intimidating West Bank checkpoints, the constant nagging of a controlling mother, and the haunting shadows of a failed marriage. Everything changes one day when she receives a letter informing her that her family has been granted a U.S. green card, and she moves with her teenage son to small town Illinois.
Nostalgia for the Light (Nostalgia de la Luz)
Monday, May 21, 2012, 7 pm
Documentary (90 min.)
Guzman travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert. Astronomers from all over the world gather to observe the stars. Atacama is also the place where the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact: those of pre-Columbian mummies; 19th century explorers and miners; and the remains of political prisoners, “disappeared” by the Chilean army after the military coup of September, 1973. So while astronomers examine the most distant and oldest galaxies, at the foot of the mountains, women, surviving relatives of the disappeared whose bodies were dumped here, search, even after 25 years for the remains of their loved ones, to reclaim their families histories.
Monday, June 25, 7 pm

The Hyattsville Branch is proud to offer the final installation of the Spring Independent Film Series. This month the films of three local independent filmmakers will be screened. In partnership with the locally-based Global Film and Humanity Project, Prince Georges County Arts and Humanities Council, Hyattsville Community Development Corporation and the Friends of the Hyattsville Library, our goal is to bring alternative film experiences to the residents of Prince Georges County. The evening will conclude with a discussion facilitated by Miriam Machado-Luces, filmmaker and director.
A Lovers Call (25 min.)
Written and Directed by Najma Nuriddin
In this dramatic film, Aasim, a young single Muslim man living in Washington DC has an instant connection with a beautiful poet named Kala. After spending more time with her, Aasim realizes she isn’t Muslim. He is torn by his new discovery of attraction towards Kala and the principles of his own faith.
Dark City TV – pilot episode (60 min.)
Written and Directed by Howard Brown
This docu-drama with hip hop narration, chronicles the lives of 12 individuals living in the four quadrants of Washington, D.C., highlighting the lives of young people in an urban environment.
Maestrina da Favela, (10 min.)
Written and Directed by Falani Spivey
This film documents a girl and her mission to liberate children from a life of drugs, violence and poverty. Filmed in a slum in Brazil’s capital of happiness, Salvador, Bahia, with sounds from Africa a teenage girl beats empowerment into youth through drums.
Miriam Machado-Luces , B.A. (Broadcast Journalism and Business Management; Howard University) is President & Chief Executive Officer at TVA Media Productions, which she founded in 1993. TVA’s mission is to effect how all content targeting diaspora audiences is created at its root. Today Mimi is an award winning producer, writer and director of documentaries, television programs, films, commercial ads and network promotional spots.
Najma Nuraddin, M.F.A. (Film, Howard University) is a native Californian; she completed her undergraduate degree in Speech and Communications at San Francisco State University. As an independent filmmaker Najma believes films are necessary because without documentation of our lives and our past lives, we will forever remain an unsolved mystery.
Howard Brown, M.F.A. (Film; Howard University) is from the D.C. metropolitan area and is currently a post audio engineer, an independent filmmaker, and a faculty member of the Art Institute of Washington. His
background includes six years as a sound mixer/designer at Team Sound and Vision. He has worked on several short films as Director, Producer and Writer including a Hip Hop drama musical, CAM.
Falani Spivey, B.A. (Political Science; Howard University) is a native Washingtonian and an Independent Filmmaker. She has travelled extensively in South America, the Caribbean, and Africa. Today her
passion is to document the stories and experiences of Africa and her descendants scattered abroad, and to bring the stories to the screen. Her upbringing and international travels have had a profound impact on
her life and have inspired her to make contributions to the global community through film.
The Prince Georges County Memorial Library System
 Accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request. Please contact the branch at least two weeks in advance.
Hyattsville Branch ▪ 6530 Adelphi Rd., ▪ Hyattsville MD 20782 ▪ 301-985-4690 ▪ TTY
301-808-2061 PS 6/12

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