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Vera Klement: Blunt Edge 
11 minutes
Director: Wonjung Bae
Year: 2010
Country: USA
Fri 09:30am

Her 80th birthday approaching, Vera Klement, a Chicago-based painter, adamantly starts a new work, a portrait of Dmitri Shostakovitch. As she paints, Vera, a holocaust survivor, reflects on her life and her art. For another film by director Wonjung Bae see Kyle Kinser: Made in Makanda.

Winner of the Student Academy Award: Documentary.  

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Incident in New Baghdad 
22 minutes
Director: James Spione
Year: 2011
Country: USA

One of the most notorious incidents of the Iraq War — the July 2007 slayings of two Reuters journalists and a number of other civilians by U.S. attack helicopters — is recounted in the raw and powerful testimony of an American infantryman whose life was profoundly changed by his experiences on the scene. 

Nominated for an  Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject.


The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom 
40 minutes
Director: Lucy Walker
Year: 2011
Country: USA

With a quiet beauty, power and dignity, this elegiac film captures the events following the tragic 2011 Fukushima earthquake. From the horror of the subsequent tsunami  to the grim cleanup, we are brought full circle from destruction to rebirth as we witness the survivors’ courage to revive and rebuild as the cherry blossom season comes, a symbol of hope and new beginnings in Japanese culture.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary.

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