OTHERLAND & FROM RUINS TO LIGHT & GIRL IN A MIRROR



CANADIAN PREMIERE

OTHERLAND DIRECTED BY VALERY KLAMM; FOTOTEXT FOUNDATION ET AL (RUSSIA, 2005, 10 MIN)

Told in a series of still photographs, Otherland paints a portrait of a man dreaming to build a new Russia against all odds, including the local “mafiya”, starting with a small town in Siberia.

TORONTO PREMIERE

FROM RUINS TO LIGHT: GEORGES ROUSSE (LA LUMIÈRE ET LA RUINE) DIRECTED BY YASUSHI KISHIMOTO; UFER ART DOCUMENTARY (JAPAN, 1995, 28 MIN)

On January 17, 1995, an earthquake rocked the Hanshin district of Japan. Six months later, French photographer Georges Rousse was invited to create art on the walls and floors of the ruins. This film chronicles Rousse’s collaboration with his Japanese hosts and captures Each stage of his working process.

CANADIAN PREMIERE

GIRL IN A MIRROR DIRECTED BY KATHY DRAYTON; TOI-TOI FILMS (AUSTRALIA, 2005, 55 MIN)

Presented with assistance from the Australian Trade Commission.

Free-spirited, rebellious and talented, Carol Jerrems embodied Australia in the 1970s, in a decade of challenges to traditional social order. Jerrems found her calling as a photographer at a young age and pursued her passion with relentless and uncompromising honesty until her early death at age 30, in 1980. She documented the changing world around her, mixing with filmmakers, photographers and musicians of the urban countercultures of Sydney and Melbourne. Society’s dispossessed – women, children, Aboriginals and youth gangs – became her recurring subjects. Kathy Drayton’s film honours the life and work of this James Dean of Australian photography.