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   from the issue of April 6, 2006

Ross to showcase documentary film festival

A film festival featuring 12 documentaries and featured concurrently at 11 venues nationwide, will play April 6-10 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.


The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival features films selected from the Full Frame Festival's competition in Durham, N.C.

The films will play in Lincoln; Buffalo, N.Y.; Ft. Lauderdale, Lake Worth and Sarasota, Fla.; Martha's Vineyard, Mass.; Olympia, Wash.; Scranton, Penn.; Tucson, Ariz.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Wilmington, Del.

"This is an excellent opportunity for our audiences to view some of the best documentary films currently being made just as if they were attending the festival in person in Durham," said Danny Ladely, director of the Ross.

For information, go online to or call 472-5353.

The films screening in the festival are:

Asparagus! (A Stalk-umentary) - The Asparagus Capital of the World takes on the U.S. War on Drugs, Free Trade, and the Fast Food nation, all to save its beloved "roots."

Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Hip-Hop Head Weighs in on Manhood in Hip-Hop Culture - Former college football quarterback Byron Hurt gives a first person account of his disenchantment with hip-hop's thug-centered, misogynist and homophobic culture.

The Boy in the Bubble -The story of the boy who, due to an immune system disorder, was forced to live in a germ-free plastic enclosure.

China Blue - A rare perspective on Chinese labor and its impact on global economy and culture told through the eyes of a 16-year-old worker in a blue jean factory.

Filthy Gorgeous, The Trannyshack Story - A transgressive rock and roll drag show featuring subversive and absurdist performances.

El Inmigrante - The Mexican-American border crisis is explored through the tragic story of the murder of a young Mexican migrant.

Rain in a Dry Land - A moving chronicle of 18 life-changing months for two Somali Bantu families who journey from the Kakuma Refugee camp to destinations in the U.S. under the auspices of the USRP.

The Refugee All Stars - War refugees from Sierra Leone form an Afro-pop band and express the hope and loss of their brethren.

Sacco and Vanzetti - The story of two Italian immigrant radicals who were executed in 1927 offers insights into present-day issues of civil liberties, the rights of immigrants and the death penalty.

Saz - A dramatic year in the life of 20-year-old Palestinian rapper Samekh Zakhut.

Songbirds - The musical meets the documentary in Sutton, England's Downview Prison, home to 250 female inmates from all over the world. Women in an English prison use musical therapy to deal with their life behind bars.

Sweet Dreams - A film that banishes the stereotype of the Italian-American man, the sport of boxing and the common assumptions of what it means to be tough.



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