White River Indie Films (WRIF), after an impressive summer film festival, is back with WRIF 365, bringing two films to the Upper Valley for its fall 2017 season.
Friday, November 3: The Uncondemned
This film is described as an "against-the-odds story of a team of legal underdogs who changed international judicial history" and as "a courtroom thriller crackling with suspense." A group of young, inexperienced lawyers found themselves at the center of the first case in history that sought to prosecute rape as a war crime at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. One of the directors, Michele Mitchell, will be present at the film's screening for Q and A. (Sadly, her co-director, Nick Louvel, was killed in an auto accident in 2015, hours after dropping off the film at the Hamptons International Film Festival, where it premiered just 2 weeks later.) In the official trailer (link below), the initial scenes are disturbing to see, but it provides a short introduction to place and people in the documentary.
This is a film about a difficult and timely subject--sexual assault of women. It is also a tale of triumph, for both the young lawyers who lit up the legal world and for the filmmakers, who despite risks to their own safety, managed to get this documentary made with at best a skeletal crew and little funding.
The featured photo, above, is of Witness JJ (courtesy of The Uncondemned press kit.) On seeing the film, in which she appears, she speaks of her own courage, and says “I participated in the struggle to end crimes against humanity.”
The Uncondemned is screening at the Briggs Opera House on November 3 at 7:30 p.m. For further information or to purchase tickets, go to www.wrif.org.
Friday, December 1: Where the Rivers Flow North/A Tribute to the Late Howard Frank Mosher
This is one of Jay Craven’s earlier works (1993), based on Mosher's book of the same title. It's a particularly Vermont story about a logger's fight to continue his way of life despite a proposed hydro dam that would flood his family off of their land. Starring Rip Torn, Michael J. Fox and Tantoo Cardinal. Also at the Briggs Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available, or will be soon, through the WRIF's website, www.wrif.org
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Susan B. Apel, writer, ArtfulEdge