My Long Neck

My Long Neck { 53 MIN / Australia } DIR: Shalom Almond
Maja is proud of the 16 coils of brass around her neck that distinguish her as a 'long neck' Kayan woman from Burma. But after 20 years of living on display and constantly being photographed in a tourist village in Thailand, she feels the rings becoming more a trap than a source of pride. When a chance meeting with an Australian filmmaker puts a video camera in her hands, she decides to turn the lens around and make a film about what it means to live in a 'human zoo.' The process turns her life on its head and inspires the ultimate act of rebellion.

Cast in Sand: Najla and Agaila { 27 MIN / Algeria & USA } DIR: Rebecca Roberts-Wolfe
Two women of different generations struggle for survival, happiness, and freedom in barren desert refugee camps. Najla, 24, is a passionate student and activist. Her neighbor Agaila, a wise elder and medicine woman, is her role model. Agaila helped build these camps nearly 40 years ago; Najla was born in them. Their personal struggles speak to the larger struggle of their people, painting a picture of daily life in these camps. In this makeshift home, the displaced people of Western Sahara have rebuilt life after fleeing from Morocco's brutal occupation of their homeland, and continue to cry out for justice. | Director in Attendance | Website

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Sunday, March 9