November 14, 2003

Free Festival of Award-Winning, Independent Films at Library

Nine award winning, first run, independent and foreign films will be featured in a free film festival at the Chula Vista Public Library.

The films will be presented on Nov. 16, 17 and 18; Nov. 23, 24 and 25; and Dec. 7, 8 and 9 in the auditorium at the Civic Center Branch Library, 365 F St., Chula Vista. The Sunday films will begin at 2:30 p.m., and the Monday and Tuesday films are slated for 6:30 p.m. The film festival is sponsored by the Chula Vista Public Library and the Friends of the Library.

For more information, click on the library’s web site at or call (619) 691-5069.

The films that will be shown in the festival are not subject to rating by the MPAA. They may portray adult situations and are not recommended for ages under 17 without parental permission. The schedule follows:

First week

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2:30 p.m.

“Marion Bridge” - Canadian film

Agnes, in the midst of a struggle to overcome her own self-destructive behavior, returns to Nova Scotia because of the failing health of her mother. Agnes’ arrival sets in motion a chain of events that allows the family to reconnect with the world and one another.

Monday, Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m.

“Ali Zaoua” - Moroccan film with English subtitles

Ali is part of a group of urchins living on the hard streets of Casablanca. In order to survive they create a bond of friendship and family, which is cut short when Ali is senselessly killed and his friends decide to give him a worthy burial—on a private island.

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m.

“El Bola” - Spanish film with English subtitles

El Bola is a 12-year-old boy raised in a violent and unforgiving environment. When a new boy arrives at school, he learns a new definition of friendship and discovers a family where communication and love prevail over domination and violence

Second week

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2:30 p.m.

“Light of My Eyes” Italian film with English subtitles

Follow a precarious romance between two people cast adrift in a lonely urban landscape.

Antonio is an ordinary man without direction or ambition; Maria is a single mother whose life is slipping out of her control.

Monday, Nov. 24, 6:30 p.m.

“Manito” U.S.A. film

In the 1990s, the Washington Heights section of Manhattan transformed from the crack cocaine capital to a vibrant Spanish-speaking community. Ex-convict Junior Moreno is a product of the violent legacy, while his scholarly brother Manny embodies hope for the future of the neighborhood.

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 6:30 p.m.

“He Died with a Felafel in his Hand” - Australian film

A darkly humorous search for love, meaning and bathroom solitude, this film follows Danny through a series of shared housing experiences in a succession of cities on the east coast of Australia.

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