Ghett’Out Film Festival
Update: $8 Student rush tickets available at the door (valid student ID required).
The GHETT’OUT FILM FESTIVAL presents independent artistic and original filmmakers working on the fringes of the French production-distribution system. These filmmakers work with small budgets that limit the visibility of their films – if they are able to get them released at all – to small alternative movie houses. Often self-taught, belonging to minority groups, living in the heart of a multi-ethnic French population and generally coming from lower class neighborhoods, these filmmakers are not the egalitarian ethnic quota but are, in fact, the leaders of a new New Wave.
As in Gil Scott-Heron’s song Get Out Of The Ghetto Blues – which gave the festival its name – this event intends to take the films out of the social and cultural distribution network ghetto to which they were consigned. The festival will bring to light independent films which probe the world and the society in which we live with a humane and political awareness.
A number of discussions will take in conjunction with the festival. Please visit the official festival site or download the festival program (PDF) for further information and complete details on events taking place outside the Brattle Theatre.
DISCUSSIONS: (see below for film schedule)
Thursday, April 5
- Wellesley College: Discussion with Salem Medkuria at 1:30
- Emerson College: Discussion with John Gianvito and Claire Andrade-Watkins at 6:00
Friday, April 6
- Harvard University: Discussion with Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel at 1:00
- Wellesley College: Discussion with Marie-Paule Tranvouez and Codruta Morari at 5:00 (Maison Française)
- Brattle Theatre: Legendary director Charles Burnett will discuss KILLER OF SHEEP at the 7:30 show
Saturday, April 7
- Brattle Theatre: Discussion with filmmakers Stéphane Elmadjian and Soufiane Adel at the 7:00 screening of the Short Film Program
Sunday, April 8
- Brattle Theatre: Discussion with filmmaker Sylvain George at the 6:00 screening of Qu’Ils Reposent en Révolte
Monday, April 9 – Thursday, April 12
The festival moves to New York City and the BAMcinématek on April 9, where screenings and discussions will continue. Please visit the official festival site for more information.