2011 BOSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

This year we will be screening over 100 short and feature films from 30
countries at the AMC/Loews Theater, 175 Tremont St. in Boston Common.
the Festival will run from April15-24.2011

Opening and closing night Gala Parties following the screenings are the
highlights of the festival, but red carpet affairs, special parties and panel
discussions are held throughout the entire event. The winners of this year’s
awards are announced at the theater following the last screening

The Opening Night film, AY LAV YU, is the saga of Yusuf Agha and his
whole family who have been living in an abandoned village in Turkey for
over a century. This comic tale of love revolves around the juxtaposition of
different cultures and philosophies as Yusuf’s son Ibrahim brings Jessica, his
American love, and her family to stay in this remote village. Featuring
Sermiyan Midyat as leading actor who also wrote and directed the film, it
co-stars Kathie Gill, Mariel Hemmingway and Steve Gutenberg.

The film to be screened on Closing Night, AS IF I’M NOT THERE, tells the
story of Samira, a young teacher in a Bosnian village, whose life is turned
on its head the day a soldier walks uninvited into her kitchen and tells her to
pack a bag. Rounded up with the other women from the village and
imprisoned in a warehouse in a remote region, Samira quickly learns the
rules of camp life, her old way of life becoming a distant fairytale. Written
and directed by Juanita Wilson, the film stars Natasha Petrovic as Samira.

Filmmakers from both of these movies will be in attendance for the
screenings and will answer questions from the audience in a moderated
question and answer session immediately following the film screenings.
Contact the festival office to arrange for a personal interview with these
visiting filmmakers.
info@bifilmfestival.com
617 482 – 3900

About Belinda Jentz

Belinda is a Native of the Midwest she holds degrees from Curry College, BA and Willmar Vo Tech ,Technical degree in Photography. When she's not pursuing her passion and talent for photography she manages a database for a major university in the Boston area. Belinda as well Volunteers her time and talent with Dr Jane Goodall’s Roots and shoots.
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