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October 16, 2008, Monterey, CA – The 9th Annual International Film Festival, presented by the Monterey Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association, will be held at the Golden State Theatre located at 417 Alvarado in downtown Monterey from November 13-16, 2008. New this year, films will be shown on Thursday evening, The 9th Annual International Film Festival presented by the Monterey Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association will include a selection of 14 outstanding international documentary films that focus on critical global concerns, such as human rights, the environment, and the impacts of economic globalization, among others. A committee of 15 UNA volunteers has been meeting weekly since spring to preview and select this year’s films. These are from or about India, China, Russia, South Africa, the Philippines, Tibet, Palestine/Israel, Bangladesh, Chile, the USA and other countries. Further information about the program of films below.

The films will begin this year at 7:00 p.m. with a Thursday opening session, November 13th, and continue on Friday and Saturday evening, November 14th and 15th, at 7:00 p.m., and will conclude with a final session Sunday afternoon, November 16th, at 2:00 p.m. For more information about the festival or about UNA, check out www.unamontereybay.org. The price of admission will be $5 per session of 3 or 4 films, with free admission for students with student ID. Tickets are available immediately prior to each session (no advance tickets or reserved seats).

 This International Film Festival is made possible by the generous support of the Arts Council for Monterey County with a grant from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, The City of Monterey and its Cultural Arts Commission, Old Monterey Business Association, Monterey County Weekly, KAZU 90.3 FM Radio, KRXA 540 AM Radio, Sotheby’s International Realty, Granville Homes, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey Peninsula College, Santa Catalina School, and the Golden State Theatre.
To honor the festival, the City of Monterey has declared November 9 to 16 to be “International Film Festival Week” in Monterey.

The Monterey Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association (UNA) is an all-volunteer organization of over 700 members in Monterey County, the largest and one of the most active UNA chapters in the country. In addition to this International Film Festival and other community events, they have held two successful Adopt-a-Minefield Campaigns for Bosnia and Afghanistan, and work with student groups at various local high schools, colleges and graduate schools. Chapter President Larry Levine currently serves as the elected Chair of the UNA-USA’s Council of Chapters and Divisions (CCD). The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) (national organization) is one of the country's largest grassroots foreign policy organizations, and the leading center of policy research on the United Nations. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group designed to educate Americans of every age about critical issues tackled by the U.N. With a large national membership and more than 100 affiliated organizations, UNA-USA sponsors programs and events designed to encourage participation in global issues.

For more information about the local 9th Annual International Film Festival, check out the website: www.unamontereybay.org. Journalists only can call Larry Levine at (831) 625-9414 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Film schedule for Thursday, November 13-Sunday, November 16, 2008:

Thursday, November 13, 7:00 PM

Made in China  (53 minutes)
>From or about: China
Produced and directed by Jean Yves Cauchard                      

Made in China tells one of the millions of stories of migrants from rural China who comprise the backbone of the Chinese economic miracle and may well represent the largest, most rapid migration in human history. The film focuses on a typical couple who work in a manufacturing center with over 1,000,000 workers, in a plant making bathroom products for export.

Children of Leningradsky  (37 minutes)   
>From or about: Russia
Produced and directed by Hanna Polak                      
Children of Leningradsky is a beautiful documentary film about a subject that is not at all
beautiful, the life and plight of homeless street children in Moscow, Russia, in the transition following the fall of Soviet Union. The film presents an amazingly intimate portrait of these children. It was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Short Documentary.

One Water  (68 minutes)   
>From or about: 15 different countries
Produced and directed by Sanjeev Chatterjee                      

One Water celebrates the myriad ways water touches human lives and explores our changing relationship to water as it grows scarce. We are urged to recognize this major global crisis as our own. Filmed in 15 far-flung countries, the film features a musical score performed by the Russian National Orchestra, and commentary by the Dalai Lama, Robert Kennedy Jr, and others.

Friday, November 14, 7:00 PM

Quiet Revolution: Kerala  (26 minutes)
>From or about: India
Produced by Jack Robertson   
Directed by Seth Pollack and others                   

This film explores the success of a community literacy project in rural Kerala, India. where 66 percent of the population was illiterate, primarily women. A one-year project with the aim of teaching all Keralans to read enrolled 350,000 instructors.

The Debt of Dictators (46 minutes)
>From or about: Argentina, South Africa and the Philippines
Directed by Erling Borgen

The Debt of Dictators is the first film to expose the nefarious lending of billions of dollars by multinational banks and international financial institutions to brutal dictators throughout the world. The film transports viewers to Argentina, South Africa, and the Philippines, where they meet those suffering from the sacrifice of essential services to repay these debts.

Coral Connections  (15 minutes)
>From or about: Mexico
Produced and directed by Ana Salceda                      

Filmed along the beautiful Mexican Riviera Maya, this film underscores the effects that uncontrolled development and personal behavior can have on a local population.

Stealing America: Vote by Vote (90 minutes)  
>From or about: USA
Produced and directed by Dorothy Fadiman                      

Stealing America: Vote by Vote brings together behind-the-scenes perspectives from the U.S. presidential election of
2004 – plus startling stories from key races in 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2006. The film sheds light on a decade of vote counts that don't match votes cast – uncounted ballots, vote switching, under-votes and many other examples of that warrant investigation.

Saturday, November 15, 7:00 PM

The Iron Wall  (52 minutes)   
>From or about: Palestine/Israel
Directed by Mohammed Alatar                      

After 1967 and the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, there are now more than 200 settlements scattered throughout the West Bank, blocking the possibility of a contiguous Palestinian territory. The Iron Wall follows the timeline, size, and population of the settlements, and its impact on the peace process, as well as the wall that Israel is building in the West Bank.

Titans of the Coral Sea  (17 minutes)
>From or about: Papua New Guinea
Produced and directed by Jordan Plotsky                      

The Titan people of Papua New Guinea have been fishing the same coral reefs for over 40,000 years. But now, for the first time ever, they are running out of fish. The demands of the modern world are clashing with their traditional ways and with
what the environment can support. Their survival depends on how well they can protect the reefs and still feed their families.

Quiet Revolution: Grameen Bank  (28 minutes)  
>From or about: Bangladesh
Directed by Seth Pollack and others                      

This film focuses on the life of Jostna Begum, a young woman in rural Bangladesh. Jostna describes how participation in the micro-finance program local Grameen Bank has affected the lives of herself, her family and other women who participate.

The Judge and the General  (82 minutes)  
>From or about: Chile
Produced and directed by Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco Leverton                      

This film follows the conservative judge and Pinochet supporter Juan Guzmán, assigned to investigate and then prosecute the infamous former dictator of Chile. Many Chilean attorneys and judges doubted he would actively pursue Pinochet and others accused of human rights crimes. By the end of the film, viewers will know whether those detractors were right or wrong.

Sunday, November 16, 2:00 PM

Dreams Die Hard  (36 minutes)  
>From or about: USA
Produced and directed by Peggy Callahan

One of them wanted to earn money so she could treat her parents like a king and queen, two of them were enticed by the promise of a good education, another one wanted to buy medicine for his sick son; none of them ever dreamed they would become slaves in the United States. But that is what happened.

In Search of International Justice  (66 minutes)
>From or about: 6 different countries
Produced by Judy Films
Directed by Judy Jackson

This is the first film about the International Criminal Court, which came into existence in 2002. The ICC is designed to bring to justice tyrants responsible for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Why has the United States government turned from a champion of the concept to a strong opponent of the ICC? Filmed in six countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Fire Under The Snow  (75 minutes)    
>From or about: Tibet
Produced by Makoto Sasa, Jim Browne and Vladan Nikolic, and directed by Makota Sasa                  

Tibetan Buddhist monk Palden Gyatso was jailed in 1959, for the crime of peaceful demonstration. Starved, tortured and sentenced to hard labor, he could have been freed immediately if he had denounced the Dalai Lama and Buddhism. But he refused and spent 33 years imprisoned and tortured in Chinese prisons. Now released, he is an outspoken anti-Chinese activist.

For more details, see www.unamontereybay.org

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