If you’re a fan of indie film and global cinema, take heed: Beyond Borders Film Festival, sponsored by the Rime Foundation and hosted by the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis, begins tomorrow (March 25) and runs through Sunday, March 29.
I first ran across a mention of this ambitious little global film festival when I heard they’d be screening Nina Paley’s brilliant Sita Sings the Blues, a gorgeously animated, very personal reimagining of the Indian epic, Ramayana. And when I looked through the full line-up of films, well, I was a goner.
Twin Cities Daily Planet has a nice write-up on the festival today if you’d like a bit of background (“Beyond Borders Film Festival brings world cinema to Minneapolis”).
According to TCDP, festival organizers have snatched up some terrific festival circuit favorites from around the world, and will screen the world premiere of a new documentary chronicling a Tibetan monk’s search for the next incarnation of the Dalai Lama, Unmistaken Child.
See their whole, impressive line-up of films on the BBFF website.
Watch the trailer for Sita Sings the Blues that first grabbed my attention. (As an aside, the DIY effort behind the making of this film is a triumph of artistic perseverance, if ever there was one. It was mostly animated in Flash, on a home computer, if you can believe it.):
Seriously. You should go. I’ll see you there.
Star Tribune “From Tibet and beyond far beyond” by Colin Covert
KFAI’s coverage (one of the festival programmers, Jim Brunzell, is a host of the weekly show “Movie Talk” for KFAI)
Getafilm blog post on BBFF (and my source of a number of the links above)