Session 15
Monday, April 15, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
AMC/LOEWS Boston Common: 175 Tremont St. Boston

Abandoned: Bikes on the Streets                 6min

Abandoned: Bikes on the Streets is a short
mockumentary about the modern urban phenomenon
of bikes being abandoned on city sidewalks. Told from
the perspective of the orphaned bikes, the film brings
its pedal-powered subjects to life by empathizing with
them, and by indicting their former owners. Creative
footage of more than 30 stranded bikes is combined
with a compelling soundtrack, featuring noted musical
artist Moby, to give the narrative a dark yet humorous
tone. Ultimately, it leaves the viewer wondering whether
abandonments are simply examples of people
behaving badly, or indicative of larger problems in
society?

Director: Rob Vandenabeele
Country: USA

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美在正蓝旗 (The Beautiful Zhenglanqi)        14min

Zhenglanqi is located in the southern Inner Mongolia
Autonomous Region, China. It is the birthplace of Yuan
Culture and the Site of Xanadu here is included in the
World Heritage List in 2012. The Beautiful Zhenglanqi
is really a composite of four accounts that have been
woven together into a single image film. The strong
Chinese characters and the beauty of Zhenglanqi are
kept authentically through the new visual narrative.
The film has the audience feel the real beautiful
Xilinguole Prairie, rich Yuan culture and Chahar
national culture. The film is not only visually stunning
but also of significant value of making Zhenglanqi
international.

Director: Wheng Lanqi
Country: China

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Hanging Downtown                                 14min

Strapped into a straitjacket, tied up with rope, and
hung upside down, Jason Escape risks his life and his
pride to make Boston audiences see the world his way.

Director: Ted Fisher
Country: USA

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Sansara                                                        15min

Sansara, a word borrowed from eastern philosophies,
refers to the repeating cycle of birth, life, death, and re-
birth. Set against the backdrop of Van Lake and the
majestic mountains of Eastern Anatolia, Sansara
explores the idea that life proceeds in a cyclical
manner in the rural. The film traces the various
different chapters in the lives of a group of Kurdish
villagers, who have violently been displaced from their
villages several decades ago, and have migrated back
since then. The passage of seasons frames their
experiences through time... And they come full circle,
only to be caught up in a new cycle of seasons and of
migration; a new cycle triggered by a different set of
events this time around.

Director: Bade Uysaler
Country: Turkey

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The New Woman:
Annie "Londonderry" Kopchovsky         26min

Until 1894, there were no female sports stars, no
product endorsement deals, and no young, Jewish
mothers with the chutzpah to circle the globe on a
bicycle. Annie Kopchovsky changed all of that. A spicy
blend of adventure, social history, and portrait of an
athletic pioneer, “The New Woman: Annie
‘Londonderry’ Kopchovsky” is a documentary film
about an improbable journey by bicycle and the
eccentric, fiery woman who dared to undertake it.

Director: Gillian Willman
Country: USA
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