At least that’s what Mary Ann Quinn Ponce, the director of the event, expects.
Set for Wednesday, Oct. 3 through Saturday, Oct. 7, the festival will present 61 documentaries from all over the world, selected from nearly 300 entries.
They include the Israeli films “Ameer Got His Gun/Bnei Dodim La’Neshek,” Naomi Levari’s movie about a Muslim 18-year-old who volunteers for the Israeli Army, and “Fluchkes,” Ofer Inov’s meditation on aging, which tracks a group of elderly women as they struggle to create a professional dance performance.
The festival could draw up to 5,000, Ponce said.
Last year, it drew 4,000. The population of Chagrin Falls is about 4,100.
Also on the roster: “Where Dreams Don’t Fade,” Mentor film maker Martin Mudry’s probe of Kenyan long-distance runners; Marcia Rock’s “Why Women Come Marching Home,” the Shaker Heights film maker’s examination of what awaits female veterans on their return home; and “The Great American Bumper Sticker,” a look at the veteran communications device through the eyes of Rocky River’s Cigdem Slankard.
A committee of 12 made the selections, Ponce said, and the films will be shown in blocks of two or three, united by topic.
There’s a program on the human spirit. There’s one on women and peace. And there’s the cure and the quest, a block of films about healing and illness.
Films will be screened in and around Chagrin Falls. The three main venues are Chagrin Falls Township Hall, South Franklin Circle and the Philomethian Street Auditorium.
Ponce said she launched the event in 2010 to honor her son David, who died at age 20 before he could complete his documentary about children orphaned by AIDS who live near Johannesburg, South Africa. “Before he could finish the film, he was diagnosed with leukemia and we lost him three months later,” she said. “Just scores of people stepped in to help finish that film and it went on to win prizes internationally.” David Ponce’s documentary, “The Lost Sparrows of Roodepoort,” will also be screened at the upcoming festival.
Ticket options span $10 for a block of films to a $65 all-festival pass including opening reception.
Contact 440-247-1591 or visit www.chagrinfilmfestival.org.
Source: Cleveland Jewish News
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