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ELLIS ISLAND:THE MAKING OF A MASTER RACE IN AMERICA
running time: 70 min. | dir. Robert Tutak
The faces of immigrants to the U. S. have changed over the years. The fear of them--fear of the other--never has.
This film documents the influence of American eugenics and nativism on the U.S. immigration policies from early 20th century to Donald Trump. It reconstructs the Inspection Line: medical and mental examination of the immigrants at Ellis Island, and speaks of the eugenics social agenda of race purification to create a Master Race through selection, sterilisation, and elimination of the inferior stock.
THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS
running time: 48 min. | dir. Saud Jubaer
Mohesh, the cow. To please the God, one religion must worship her,
another one must kill her. To save one life, one must sacrifice another.
“The God of Small Things" is a story told through the eyes of a cow. She is owned
by a poor Bengali-Hindu villager and prayed to as God. When she has to be sold,
her new Muslim owner sacrifices her in the name of his God.
Shot entirely on location in rural Bangladesh in the neorealist style of Satyajit Ray, using mostly non-actors.
A Bengali-U.S.-Polish coproduction.
Winner: “Best Student Film” at the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, July 2017; Winner: "Best Screenplay" and "Best Cinematography" at the CUNY Film Festival, New York, April 2017; Winner: Jury Award at the Reel City Film Festival, New York, 2016; Nominated: "Best Film," "Best Directing," and "Best Editing" at CUNY Film Festival, 2017; screened at CUNY TV, New York, 2017, Marche du Film, Cannes, 2017; The Lodz Film School of Poland, 2016.