Feature Film: INSIDE BORIS JOHNSON’S MIND, 52min,. France

Directed by Alice Cohen
Boris Johnson, the UK Brexit leader, left an indelible mark on his country – for better or for worse. While UK is facing its first pandemic crisis on its own, what future is there for Europe and the country?

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Behind his veil of buffoonery, will Boris Johnson embrace the stature that befits a statesman or lead his country to disaster? At heart, is he the United Kingdom’s gravedigger? Or is he a restorer of British greatness?

Behind his veil of buffoonery, will Boris Johnson embrace the stature that befits a statesman or lead his country to disaster? At heart, is he the United Kingdom’s gravedigger? Or is he a restorer of British greatness?

Feature Film: Democracy Vs. The Big Lie: The Truth Behind Mail-In Voting, 61min., USA

Directed by Jesse Grace, Steve Weiss
Democracy vs. The Big Lie, narrated by Alec Baldwin, and directed and produced by South African filmmaker Jesse Grace, is a feature-length documentary that follows the controversy surrounding mail-in voting during the 2020 U.S. election.

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Politicians from both sides, including Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Senator Michael Bennett, Representative Nikema Williams, Representative Adam Kinzinger, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, and more discuss the role of mail-in voting in democracy – the good and the bad.

We document the news media’s coverage of the election starting in the primaries, through the general election, insurrection on The Capitol, inauguration, and beyond. We featured the entire country but highlighted 3 key states: Texas, Colorado, and Arizona covering their elections processes, taking a behind-the-scenes look at how mail-in ballots are processed and what systems each state has in place.

Election officials provide an insider perspective of the elections process, allowing the public to peek behind the veil. Voters share their opinions, concerns, and questions. Former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden are key voices featured throughout. Organizations such as the National Vote at Home Institute are the non-partisan backbones of the story. The documentary wraps up with a look into the future of mail-in voting and its important role in the health of the U.S. democracy moving forward.

The main purpose of this film is to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the elections process focusing on mail-in voting and to shed light on the facts surrounding the security of mail-in ballots.

Short Film: CONFLICT, 12min., USA, Drama

Directed by Chozy Aiyub, Malik J Ali
Conflict is about Mohammad Abdullah, a Palestinian prisoner who is being interrogated by Moshe Levi, an Israeli soldier. They both exchange their own point of views in a heated conversation which eventually creates an unpredictable outcome.

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Director Biography – Chozy Aiyub, Malik J Ali

Chozy Aiyub knew that one day he will make his way to the United States and become a star. Born and raised in Palestine, at a young age he was already involved in performing arts, creating film and music since his father had a very famous band/dance group called “Al-Kawakeb” – translates from Arabic to English as “The Planets”.

Chozy Aiyub was always involved in stage performances, dance and music. Growing up, he got to learn how to play the piano, guitar and drums by ear from being around his father.

At the age of 13, his father bought him his first video camera. That is when Chozy Aiyub began creating short films and casting his friends and neighbors as actors. He would also act in his short films as well. That is when he realized his passion for acting and directing.

In 2015, one of my friends cast me in one of his films titled “BREATHE” and that is when I had my first speaking role in a film. Since then, I caught the acting bug and been taking classes and working on my craft.

Today, I am writing and directing a lot of my own films instead of waiting on the industry to cast people that look like me in their projects and I love it.

Director Statement

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
~ Nelson Mandela

Short Film: HAPPY, 39min., Russia, Documentary

Directed by Ivan Rodin
Bangis Schastlivyi (Happy in Russian) is a son of an influential Guinean, and a simple Russian woman. He is one of the few black people born in the USSR. His whole life is a series of fascinating events: a meeting with his father, whom he has never seen before, gold mining in Africa, loses and gains. Despite all the difficulties, Bangis surname corresponds to reality. No matter what happens, he is still happy.

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Director Biography – Ivan Rodin

Ivan Rodin was born in 2000 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since childhood, he was fond of cinema. Immediately after graduating from high school, he entered the VGIK Institute in Moscow to study documentary filmmaking. His mentor is Emmy-winning director Sergei Miroshnichenko. Ivan’s interests include the study of the recent history of Russia and his hometown, as well as the problems of the country.

Director Statement

“Happy” is not only a portrait of a wonderful person, but also a kind of journey through the history of Russia. Through our hero, we tell about the country: the arrival of foreign students in the USSR, criminal cities, Leningrad rock n roll and much more. It is also a dedication to the black community of Russia, which is not shown in the cinema and media. We really hope that our film will be understood and loved in different places, on different continents.

POLITICAL Festival SHORT Screenplay: The Worst of Times, by D.J. Broderick

Mary and her lawyer sit in jail, trial over, awaiting their fate. With the shadow and sound of the guillotine blade falling, she bemoans the unfairness of it all. My husband and I did nothing illegal. Well, you’re a widow now. But it was the politicians’ fault. Another shadow and another sound reveals their fate.

But why a revolution now? None of the people out there did anything before. I’m afraid your constant denial that anything was wrong didn’t help.

So, as the two are escorted to meet their maker, we learn what really was, or is, the worst of times.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Marie: Val Cole
Lawyer: Sean Ballantyne
Crowd/Robert: Geoff Mays

April 2022 Festival – Highlights and Videos

Showcase of the winning 2022 Feature Film at the POLITICAL Feedback Film Festival.

HOT MONEY, 118min., USA,
Directed by Susan Kucera
Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, General Wesley Clark and his son Wes Clark Jr. take us on a journey through the complicated realities of our financial system and its profound exposure to climate change. Hot Money outs the whole game, the whole charade, the whole crapshoot of the money system with all the humor and intelligence of a New Yorker cartoon. Combined with the wisdom of international business experts and academics, Hot Money is rich with historical context. It severs the knot of economic and political forces that may lead to societal collapse.

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Director Biography – Susan Kucera

Susan Kucera has been working in film since her youth, first as a camera assistant studying the Athabasca Glacier creating educational short films with her father, Glaciologist, Dr.Richard Kucera, for Encyclopaedia Britannica Film Corporation, then as a screenwriter and director of documentaries.

She produced, wrote, directed, and filmed Trading on Thin Air starring Nation Magazine’s Alex Cockburn (2009). She wrote, filmed, directed, edited, and co-produced For the Love of Tango starring Broadway’s Forever Tango, Jorge Torres (2014). She directed and filmed Improv(e) (2011) a documentary short highlighting the work of the Unusual Suspects Theatre Company and the teens from John C. Fremont High School in LA. She directed, filmed, and edited award-winning Breath of Life, starring Richard Dawkins (2014). Susan is director and cinematographer of the film Living in the Futures Past, a collaboration with Academy award-winning Jeff Bridges. The film has won multiple awards including the New York Film Festival and the UN gold medal for Outstanding Achievement in International Communications which best exemplifies the ideals and goals of the United Nations.

Susan lives in Hawaii and Washington State. She enjoys small-scale farming and hiking in between her time filming. Susan’s documentaries have been featured in the U.S, Canada, and the UK on National Geographic, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Shaw, NHK, KCET, LINK TV, Time Warner, and schools and universities as well as translated for and featured on platforms in China, Germany, and Argentina.

Director Statement

I met General Clark and his son Wes Jr. while filming Living In the Future’s Past then met the General again at a speaking engagement two years later and the kernel of a film planted itself in my mind – a conversation between a father and son on how climate change will affect our financial system. It seemed logical to follow up to the introspective Living In The Future’s Past with a nuts and bolts view of how the machinery of our money system contributes and reacts to climate change. We lined up a broad and diverse cast of experts who’ve spent their lives doing the work. What we could see emerging was an easy to understand story whose depth is masked by its light-hearted breeziness. The Covid 19 pandemic cut short our filming and I turned to a New Yorker cartoonist to visualize concepts so somebody like me, who doesn’t have an MBA or ever worked in finance, can be simultaneously entertained and enlightened about one of the prime forces driving our world – debt.

Hot Money is an important film for right now as America stands on the brink of conflict. Many people lack context interpreting the world and this documentary delivers it. Conversations taped more than a year ago about wildfires making homes impossible to insure and the ripple effect that will roar through the financial system seem as startlingly prescient as the scenes describing populist breakdown in a country like Venezuela and how it can happen here. Hot Money offers a glimpse into our future and a chance to avoid the dangerous course we are on. To solve a problem we have to understand it.

March 2022 Festival – Highlights and Videos

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
BEST SHORT FILM: COMMON GROUNDS?
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: COUNTY
BEST FEATURE FILM: BLOODY PETROL

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COMMON GROUNDS?, 30min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Raed Truett Gilliam

In an age of hyperpolarization, the UVA Center for Politics documentary “Common Grounds?” examines the political climate on a college campus, at the Grounds of the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson. Through interviews with students from across the political spectrum, and a group dialogue between some of these students, the film asks a simple question: “Can tomorrow’s generation find common ground?”

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COUNTY, 26min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Fahim Hamid

The biggest secret in politics is the smallest office you could possibly run for. “County” is a documentary about County Committee—the fundamental building blocks of our democracy that our Parties don’t want you to know about—and the activists in NYC fighting to unveil and reform a corrupt system.

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BLOODY PETROL, 52min., Netherlands, Documentary

Directed by Reza Azadi

From Nov. 16th till Nov 21th, 2019, only within less than a week ,the ruling government in Iran, massacred over 1500 citizens in the streets of several country’s cities Regretfullv word’s mainstream media reaction to such massacre was complete silence.and international media didn’t cover a bit of such a human massacre.This documentary tries to showcase a small portion of that massacr,e nothing less than a genocide.

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Feature Film: BLOODY PETROL, 52min., Netherlands, Documentary

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BLOODY PETROL, 52min., Netherlands, Documentary
Directed by Reza Azadi
From Nov. 16th till Nov 21th, 2019, only within less than a week ,the ruling government in Iran, massacred over 1500 citizens in the streets of several country’s cities Regretfullv word’s mainstream media reaction to such massacre was complete silence and international media didn’t cover a bit of such a human massacre.This documentary tries to showcase a small portion of that massacre nothing less than a genocide.

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Director Biography – Reza Azadi

My name is Reza Azadi. Im 51 years old originally from Iran,where i was a professional actor. In 2000 i moved to the Netherlands, where i have made 4 documentary film sofar.
Holocaust ,,, myth ?! 2007

Black Spring 2009

The Literature of the Miracle of the Third Millennium 2011

God’s Still Sheviring 2013

Short Film: COMMON GROUNDS?, 30min., USA, Documentary

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COMMON GROUNDS?, 30min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Raed Truett Gilliam
In an age of hyperpolarization, the UVA Center for Politics documentary “Common Grounds?” examines the political climate on a college campus, at the Grounds of the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson. Through interviews with students from across the political spectrum, and a group dialogue between some of these students, the film asks a simple question: “Can tomorrow’s generation find common ground?”

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Director Biography – Raed Truett Gilliam

Raed is a dedicated storyteller with a global outlook. Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, his life has been one long cross-cultural experience, sparking in him a desire to tell stories that build empathy and understanding.

He is graduating in May 2022 with a Foreign Affairs degree from the University of Virginia, where he was privileged to direct, film, and edit the first ever student-produced documentary for Dr. Larry Sabato’s UVA Center for Politics, “Common Grounds?” Produced during the pandemic, the documentary that investigates the political climate among students at UVA and brings into dialogue students from across the political spectrum.

Director Statement

It was summer of my junior year of high school, and not very long after I had started working on my college applications, that the Grounds of the University of Virginia became the stage for the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville (August 11-12). That was the event that Biden used to launch his presidential campaign, and it all started right at the heart of our campus.

A few years on, the ripples are still felt in a tense and divided political college climate. As an intern at the UVA Center for Politics, founded by Dr. Larry Sabato, I suggested that we create a short, student-produced documentary interviewing students from across the political spectrum. Do students at the university Thomas Jefferson founded want to find common ground? What would that look like? This film seeks to start a conversation.

I grew up in Beirut, Lebanon, in a society plagued by sectarian divisions. The US political scene was a new context, a new experience of the same old human instinct to build walls and shun people of “other tribes”. The hardest part about building a bridge is deciding to start.

It is my hope that, through this documentary, audiences can walk away thinking about what kind of person they want to be, and what conversations they want to seek out and maybe even initiate! That’s why the film’s title is a question: do we want to find common ground on these Grounds?

Short Film: COUNTY, 26min., USA, Documentary

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COUNTY, 26min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Fahim Hamid
The biggest secret in politics is the smallest office you could possibly run for. “County” is a documentary about County Committee—the fundamental building blocks of our democracy that our Parties don’t want you to know about—and the activists in NYC fighting to unveil and reform a corrupt system.

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Director Biography – Fahim Hamid

Fahim Hamid is a Bangladeshi-born and Brooklyn-raised filmmaker who started out as an actor. After getting involved in social and political activism in NYC, he began making commercials and documentary videos for campaigns and organizations. “County” is his first film.

Director Statement

“County” is the culmination of my experiences with political organizing in New York. I hope for it to shed light on a fascinating but oft-overlooked aspect of our democratic system.