BOSTON PREMIERE THIS WEEK of a shocking new documentary, “Death By Design,” about the damaged lives and environmental destruction that are caused by smart phones, tablets, and all the digital devices we love so much. First showing at the Environmental Film Festival (Thursday, Sept 29 at 6:00 pm, Kendall Square Cinema), and repeat showing at the GlobeDocs Film Festival (Friday, Sept 30 at 5:30 pm, Brattle Theatre). Tickets are available at  Tickets are available at Tickets are available a thttp://dceff.org/film/death-by-design/ and  http://filmfest.bostonglobe.com/film/ death-by-design/.  Filmmaker Sue Williams will attend both screenings.

Co-presenting with the

Boston Latino International Film Festival

La Buena Vida (The Good Life) 

Documentary, 98 mins, Frauke Knappke, Germany/Colombia, 2015

The village of Tamaquito lies in the forests of Colombia. Here, nature provides the people with everything they need. But the Wayúu community’s way of life is being destroyed by the vast and rapidly growing El Cerrejón coal mine. Determined to save his community from forced resettlement, young and charismatic leader Jairo Fuentes sets out to negotiate with the mine’s operators. They’re backed by powerful global resources companies such as Glencore, Anglo American and BHP Billiton and communicating with their representatives isn’t easy. The villagers are promised the blessings of progress, but the Wayúu place no value on modern, electrified houses – on the so-called “better life.” Instead, they embark on a fight to save their life in the forest, which soon becomes a fight to survive. “La Buena Vida” is the story of the Wayúu community, set against a global backdrop of rising energy consumption being driven by the pursuit of growth and affluence. www.bliff.org 

***09/29 @5:45pm – Tsai Auditorium @David Rockefeller for Latin American Studies, Harvard University

***10/01 @4:15 pm – Northeastern University

 Co-presenting with the

Boston Palestine Film Festival

The Curve (81 min)

Rifqi Adnan Assaf, Director | Palestine | 2015 | Drama

Three displaced souls—a reclusive Palestinian, a talkative Palestinian divorcee heading to Syria, and a Lebanese TV director—meet by chance and embark on a road trip across Jordan in a VW minivan while discussing their troubled pasts, fears, nostalgic reminiscences, and hopes for the future.

The most recent entry in a long catalogue of films from the Middle East on the experience of displacement, Rifqi Assaf’s impressive debut feature is part road trip movie, part lyrical meditation on the perpetual journey that is exile.


Thursday, October 20, 7:30 pm - Museum of Fine Arts

Co-presenting with the

Boston Jewish Film Festival

AKA Nadia (115 min)

Tova Ascher, Director | Israel | 2016 | Narrative     Massachusetts Premiere

Maya Goldwasser is a mom, a successful choreographer, and the wife of an Israeli official of the Ministry of Justice. But Maya was born as Nadia, to a Palestinian family. After getting involved with Nimer, a PLO activist, in her youth, Nadia had to abandon her roots and secretly take up a new identity as an Israeli Jew. When Nimer reappears, Nadia is forced to confront her past. In Hebrew, English, and Arabic with subtitles.

Winner of The Israel Critics’ Forum Award for Best Feature Film at the 2015 Jerusalem Film Festival.


Thursday, Nov 17, 2016, 7 pm - Arlington Capitol Theatre