Â Academy/UCLA Documentaries Series Concludes with Stories out of Africa
Beverly Hills, CA (rushprnews) May 15, 2007 â€” The documentary short subject â€œGod Sleeps in Rwandaâ€ and the documentary feature â€œDarwinâ€™s Nightmare,â€ which both earned OscarÂ® nominations in 2005, will be screened on Wednesday, June 6, as the final installment in the 2006â€“2007 Contemporary Documentaries series, presented by the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Â The screenings will begin at 7 p.m. at the Academyâ€™s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission is free.
Directed and produced by Kimberlee Acquaro and Stacy Sherman, â€œGod Sleeps in Rwandaâ€ follows five women as they rebuild their lives, redefine their roles in society and bring hope to a nation that was left nearly 70 percent female as a result of the 1994 genocide.
The film is both a harsh reminder of the Rwandan tragedy and a tribute to the strength of those who survived. Acquaro and Sherman will be present at the screening to discuss the film and take questions from the audience.
â€œDarwinâ€™s Nightmareâ€ explores the impact of the Nile perch, a predator so voracious that it has nearly extinguished the entire stock of native fish species in Lake Victoria. Yet because of its prized white fillets, the destructive fish resides at the center of a booming multinational food industry that trades food for weapons, producing an ungodly alliance between African ministers, European Union commissioners, Russian pilots, Indian factory owners, native fishermen and Tanzanian prostitutes.
Â The film was directed by Hubert Sauper and produced by Edouard Mauriat, Anne-CÃ©cile Berthomeau, Antonin Svoboda, Martin Gschlacht, Barbara Albert and Hubert Toint.
The screenings are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at the Academyâ€™s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 Vine Street, at the northwest corner of Fountain Avenue and Vine Street in Hollywood. Parking is available behind the building through the entrance on Homewood Avenue, one block north of Fountain. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or (310) 206-FILM.
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