Michigan

  • Where: Detroit, Dearborn, Ann Arbor
    When: September 22-25, 2014

    Film Forward returns to Michigan for a second time, with filmmakers Hilla Medalia (director, Dancing In Jaffa), Marta Cunningham (director, Valentine Road) and Haroula Rose (associate producer, Fruitvale Station). In partnership with University of Michigan, Film Forward will travel to Detroit, Ann Arbor and Dearborn and will bring screenings, filmmaker discussions, and workshops to each city. 

    Dancing In Jaffa tells the story of Pierre Dulaine, a renowned ballroom dancer who believes that dance can overcome political and cultural differences for Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children. Valentine Road explores the complex issues raised by the shooting of an out, bi-racial transgender teen (Larry King) by an 8th grade classmate (Brandon McInerney). With keen insight, the film connects the human wreckage of Larry’s and Brandon’s troubled lives—both bullied and both searching for a sense of belonging. Fruitvale Station is about getting up close and personal with the type of person who’s story we might only see in glimpses, or faceless headlines. The films follows the true story of Oscar Grant, who like so many young black men like him, has his life cut short unnecessarily by gun violence.

    Other films that will be screening with this program, but without filmmaker representatives are: Circles, If You Build It, The Rocket, Twenty Feet From Stardom and The World Before Her

    Schedule Of Events

    All events are free and open to the public.

    Tuesday, September 23
    Detroit

    2:00pm: Valentine Road
    Discussion with director Marta Cunningham following the film
    University of Michigan Detroit Center 

    7:00pm: Fruitvale Station 
    Discussion with producer Haroula Rose following the film
    Charles Wright Museum of African American History

    Wednesday, September 24 
    Dearborn

    7:00pm: Dancing in Jaffa
    Discussion with director Hilla Medalia following the film
    Arab American National Museum

    Thursday, September 25
    Ann Arbor

    10:00am Fruitvale Station
    Discussion with producer Haroula Rose following the film

    3:00pm: Dancing In Jaffa
    Discussion with director Hilla Medalia following the film

    Discussion with director Marta Cunningham following the film
    Michigan Theater 

    Tuesday, September 30
    Ann Arbor


    10:00am: If You Build It
    Discussion following the film
    Library Gallery: Room 100 Hatcher Graduate Library

    12:00pm: Circles
    Discussion following the film
    Library Gallery: Room 100 Hatcher Graduate Library

    4:00pm: The World Before Her 
    Discussion following the film (co-hosted by the U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender)  
    Library Gallery: Room 100 Hatcher Graduate Library

    Wednesday, October 29
    Ann Arbor 

    7:00pm: Dancing in Jaffa
    Skype discussion with director Hilla Medalia following the film
    Library Gallery: Room 100 Hatcher Graduate Library

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