FEB 23-MARCH 3, 2019
The Sedona International Film Festival was founded in 1995 as a project of the Sedona Cultural Park. In 2003, the festival became a non-profit entity and began an expansion that included monthly programs, multi-week film series events, workshops and seminars. Gradually, the festival grew from a three-day celebration to a week-long festival of cinema. At present, it is a nine-day event.
The 25th edition of the festival will screen more than 165 films from diverse countries. This year’s special guests include names like Ed Asner, Richard Dreyfuss, Diane Ladd, Mackenzie Phillips and Deepak Chopra, among others.
A Thousand Girls Like Me
Bathtubs Over Broadway
Pizza, Democracy & The Little Prince
Yes She Can
A Fortunate Man
I May Regret
Woman At War
Passive Aggressive Dads
My Fraser Syndrome & Me
The Girl And The Picture
Period. End Of Sentence.
This Rayka Zehtabchi-directed documentary is about women living in a village outside Delhi who are trying to fight the stigma attached to menstruation. It tells the story of these women who do not have access to sanitary napkins but get empowered when a sanitary pad machine is installed in their village.
It is the story of a Sikh-American named Mandeep who faces a hate crime inflicted on his community on July 4. The short film, directed Nardeep Khurmi, features Khurmi, Nicole Pacent and Ryder Choudhury.
The documentary is about six dancers who travel the world and work with youth who are victims of war, poverty, prejudice, sexual exploitation and severe trauma as refugees. It is directed by Rob Fruchtman.
Starring Anupam Kher and Dev Patel, the Anthony Maras film vividly recounts the terror attack on Mumbai’s Taj Mahal hotel in November 26, 2008. A chef and a waiter risk their lives to keep everyone safe.
OSCARS ON THE ROCKS
Audiences will get to catch the Academy Awards on the big screen on February 24 at two festival locations, Mary D Fisher Theatre and Harkins Theatres.
MET LIVE OPERA
The Met Live Opera: Live in HD series will host HD series, conduct live interviews with cast, crew, and production teams and introduce the popular behind-the-scenes features. Each opera will be shown live to the festival attendees. The operas include La Fille du Régiment, Die Walküre and Dialogues des Carmélites. There will be a pre-opera talk an hour before each performance.
Two prominent awards conferred at the festival are the Directors’ Choice and the Audience awards. The categories under these awards include Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Short Film and Best Animated Film.
– Titas Chowdhury