The 2016 Teaneck International Film Festival
Thursday November 3rd to Sunday November 6th, 2016
All About the Films
Note: Films are in English unless otherwise noted. Many films are unrated; parental caution is advised.
Horror - 98 minutes
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
Students $5 at the Door
Saturday, November 5, 11:00 PM
Talk forward with Executive Producer Michael Yedwab; moderated by Marie Aronsohn
Sponsored by Black Box Studios & Black Box PAC
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A real estate reporter named Julia Talben unearths an urban legend about a house being built from rooms where horrific tragedies have occurred. The investigation ultimately leads Talben and a detective to the enigmatic Jebediah Crone and the answer to the question: How do you construct a haunted house?
After Spring
Documentary - 101 minutes
Directed by Steph Ching/Ellen Martinez; Arabic, English, Korean/English subtitles
Talkback with Directors Steph Ching & Ellen Martinez, Cinematographer Jason Graham Howell; moderated by David Bland
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With the Syrian conflict entering its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent.
American Reds
Documentary - 85 minutes
Directed by Richard Wormser
Talkback with Director Richard Wormser; Producer Bill Jersey; moderated by Ellen Rand
Sponsored by Adeline Wijnen & The Puffin Foundation, Ltd.
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The Communist Party USA, despite its grievous faults and failings, and its willful blindness to the tyranny of the Soviet Union, still had a vision of a better world. American Reds is the first documentary to comprehensively examine the history and the contemporary relevance of the party. The battlefields on which American communists fought inequities, remain the sites on which the exact same conflicts rage today: racism, anti-unionism, unequal distribution of wealth, sexism and incipient fascism.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan
India - Comedy/Drama - 163 minutes
Directed by Kabir Khan; Hindi, Urdu, Panjabi/English subtitles
Sponsored by NPZ Law Group, Global Immigration Attorneys
Talk forward precedes film
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A man with a magnanimous spirit tries to take a young mute Pakistani girl back to her homeland to reunite her with her family. The film pulsates with heart and has a story to tell. It makes you laugh. It makes you cry.
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
Documentary - 100 minutes
Directed by Greg Palast and David Ambrose
Talkback with Director Greg Palast; Miss New Jersey USA, Sameera Khan, Muslim rights activist; moderated by Marie Aronsohn
Sponsored by The Puffin Foundation, Ltd.
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Follow gonzo investigate reporter Greg Palast (BBC, Rolling Stone) as he busts the new Ku Klux Klan - the billionaire bandits that are behind a scheme to purge one million voters of color in November. With the help of Willie Nelson, Rosario Dawson, and detectives Ice-T and Richard Belzer, Palast tracks down the secret billionaires behind Donald Trump!
Carvalho’s Journey
Documentary - Biography/History - 85 minutes
Directed by Steve Rivo
Talkback with Director Steve Rivo; David Oestricher, expert on Lenapes; Arlene Hirschfelder, author and historian; Rabbi Steven Sirbu,Temple Emeth
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A real life 19th century American western adventure story, Carvalho’s Journey traces the extraordinary saga of Solomon Nunez Carvalho 1815-1897 , an observant Sephardic Jew born in Charleston, South Carolina, and his life as a groundbreaking photographer, artist, and pioneer in American history. The film features interviews with scholars and writers, rare archival materials, original landscape cinematography and re-creations of the daguerreotype process. Film provided by The National Center for Jewish Film
Dukale’s Dream
Documentary - 70 minutes
Directed by Josh Victor Rothstein
Talkback with Director Josh Victor Rothstein; moderated by Regina Melnyk, Teaneck High School Fair Trade Advisor
Sponsored by Teaneck Fair Trade & Teaneck High School Fair Trade Student Committee
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Hugh Jackman  X-MEN's "Wolverine"  flies to Ethiopia as part of World Vision's initiative to bring attention to their success in raising people out of poverty. Hugh spends an entire day in the fields with coffee grower Dukale who is working hard to lift his family out of poverty. He learns first-hand about the value of fair trade coffee. Inspired by Dukale, Hugh launches Laughing Man Coffee, trading directly with the growers and donating 100% of the profit to support community development programs and social entrepreneurs around the world.
The Innocents
Poland/France - Drama - 115 minutes
Directed by Anne Fontaine; French, Polish, Russian/English subtitles
Talkback with Sister Camille D'Arienzo; Angela Bonavoglia, author & journalist; moderated by Sandi Klein
Sponsored by Sandi Klein's Conversations with Creative Women
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In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent.
Kid Flix Mix 2016
Live action & animated short films - 60 minutes
The Best of the New York International Children's Film Festival
Hosted by Bob McGrath of Sesame Street
Sponsored by The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. & YWCA of Bergen County
For Children 4-8

Thanks to a grant from the Puffin Foundation, children will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Once again, TIFF presents the acclaimed New York International Children's Film Festival assortment of its best animated and live action films from around the world. Bob McGrath, of Teaneck and Sesame Street, will introduce the program, which features musical and narrative works from around the world. The collection is guaranteed to delight our youngest filmgoers.
Last Cab to Darwin
Australia - Comedy/Drama/Romance - 123 minutes
Directed by Jeremy Sims
Talkback with Dr. Richard Rosenbluth, Holy Name Medical Center, palliative care specialist; moderated by Ellen Rand, author & TIFF co-founder
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Rex is a loner, and when he's told he doesn't have long to live, he embarks on an epic drive through the Australian outback from Broken Hill to Darwin to die on his own terms. His journey reveals to him that before you can end your life, you have to live it, and to live it, you've got to share it.
The Last Laugh
Documentary - 88 minutes
Directed by Ferne Pearlstein
Talkback with Director Ferne Pearlstein, Alan Zweibel, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer, director, actor, comedian; writer for Saturday Night Live; moderated by Sandi Klein
Sponsored by Rotary Club of Teaneck
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Feature documentary about humor and the Holocaust, examining whether it is ever acceptable to use humor in connection with a tragedy of that scale, and the implications for other seemingly off-limits topics in a society that prizes free speech. Features Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried.
Life, Animated
Documentary - 89 minutes
Students Admitted Free
Directed by Roger Ross Williams
Talkback with Ilene Lainer, President & Co-founder of New York Collaborates for Autism (NYCA); Quisueya Meyreles, LCSW, mental health professional; Renee Redding-Jones, Director of the Center for Life and Learning
Sponsored by Wendy Dessanti, Weichert Realtors & The Township of Teaneck and The Teaneck Board of Education, “Stigma-Free Zone”
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A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood. Based on the bestseller by Ron Suskind about his autistic son’s astonishing journey back to the world.
Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA
Documentary - 103 minutes
Directed by Robert Greenwald
Talkback with Senator Loretta Weinberg & Producer Tara Kelton; Kate Ranta, - gun violence survivor; moderated by David Bland
Sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg & National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section
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Documentary features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims' families. The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit - and thereby putting people in danger. The film looks into gun tragedies that include unintentional shootings, domestic violence, suicides, mass shootings and trafficking - and what we can do to put an end to this profit-driven crisis.
A Man and a Woman
France - Romantic Drama - 1966 - 102 minutes
Directed by Claude Lelouche; French/English subtitles
Talkback with Neil Amdur, journalist
Sponsored by Arbor Terrace of Teaneck
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A man and a woman meet by accident on a Sunday evening at their children's boarding school. Slowly they reveal themselves to each other, finding that each is a widow/widower. Much of the film is told wordlessly in action or through hearing their thoughts as they go about their day.
Maya Angelou and Still I Rise
Documentary - 114 minutes
Directed by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack
Talkback with Director Bob Hercules; moderated by Jeanette Curtis Rideau
Teaneck Community Chorus will sing two songs
Sponsored by The Teaneck Community Chorus & YWCA of Bergen County
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Dr. Angelou has become a global symbol of peace, humility, and freedom – but parts of her story are not well known. This documentary will reflect on how the events of history, culture, and the arts shaped Dr. Angelou’s life and how she, in turn, helped shape our own world view through her autobiographical literature and activism.
Miss Diamond
Documentary - 5 minutes
Directed by Directed by Juan Castañeda
Talkback with Miss Diamond; transgender activist; Producers Juan Mejia and Juan Yepes; moderated by TIFF Executive Director Jeremy Lentz

An incredibly talented artist and a fierce activist, Miss Diamond knew from a young age that what other people saw, was not who she was. This is the story of survival in a world that often rejects transgender people.
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice
Documentary - 82 minutes
Directed by Deborah Riley Draper
Talkback with Director Deborah Riley Draper; Olympic Silver Medalist Gail Marquis; moderated by Sportscaster Joby Smith
Sponsored by The Bergen County (NJ) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
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Documentary explores the experiences of 18 African American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Narrated by Blair Underwood.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell
with short by Vivian Sessoms on Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit
Documentary - 72 minutes
Directed by Gini Reticker
Sponsored by The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Bergen/Passaic Chapter
Talkback with Counselor Christiana Tah, former Attorney General/Minister of Justice for the Republic of Liberia; Macsu Hill, Liberian eyewitness to terror; Khuraira Musa, celebrity make-up artist & Bring Back Our Girls activist; moderated by Sandi Klein
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The remarkable account of the Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.
Projections of America
Documentary - 52 minutes
Directed by Peter Miller; English, German, French/English subtitles
Talkback with Director Peter Miller; moderated by Ellen Rand

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Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Riskin headed up a secret film unit that sought to redefine America in the eyes of the world during the darkest days of World War II. The filmmakers created powerful short documentaries that showed America's strength not through images of tanks, but in portraits of farmers, school children and window washers. These films were brilliant, moving portraits of America that were unlike any films ever made before, but seventy years later they are forgotten, hidden away in government archives. Narrated by John Lithgow.
India/England/US - Drama - 94 minutes
Centerpiece - hors d’oeuvres, drinks, desserts
Directed by Jeffrey D. Brown
Talkback with Director Jeffrey D. Brown; Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle; moderated by Sandi Klein
Sponsored by Wise Older Women
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Through one extraordinary girl’s story, Sold illustrates the brutality of child trafficking, which affects millions of children around the globe every year. Produced by two time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson, and starring Gillian Anderson and David Arquette, Sold is a call to action, and a testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit.
Strange Victory
Documentary - 1948 - 71 minutes
Directed by Leo Hurwitz
Sponsored by Five Star Premier Residences of Teaneck
Talkback with Dennis Doros of Milestone Films; moderated by Eric Goldman
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Collaging nonfiction materials, newsreel footage, and Hurwitz's brilliantly-shot scenes, Strange Victory powerfully documents the racism and anti-Semitism of postwar America. Images of stickers saying “Save America – Don't Buy from Jews,” signs that read “For Whites Only,” and photos of Ku Klux Klan lynchings are juxtaposed with footage of Nazi rallies and concentration camp inmates. This seldom-shown work, now beautifully restored from the producer’s original 1948 nitrate interpositive, landed its director on Hollywood’s blacklist.
Documentary - 90 minutes
Directed by Dawn Porter
Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Teaneck, NJ
Talkback with Attorney Hillary Schneller, Center for Reproductive Rights; Angela Bonavoglia, author & journalist; Casey Olesko, Planned Parenthood NJ; moderated by Sandi Klein
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From 2011 to 2013, hundreds of regulations were passed restricting access to abortion in America. Reproductive rights advocates refer to these as "TRAP" laws, or Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. Trapped interweaves the personal stories behind these regulatory battles: from the physician who crisscrosses the country assuring medical services are available; to the strong women and men who run the clinics; to the lawyers leading the legal charge to eliminate these laws; to the women they are all determined to help.
Short - Comedy/Drama - 20 minutes
Directed by Leron Lee
Students $5 at the Door
Sponsored by Bergen County (NJ) Chapter of the Links, Inc.
Talkback with Director/Writer Leron Lee; Actor Devon Moyd; moderated by Dedra Tate
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An urban, coming-of-age story of a boy looking for love in the wrong place - his own environment.
India - Drama - 92 minutes
Directed by Anu Menon; Hindi, English/English subtitles
Talkback to follow
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An elderly man whose wife has been in a coma for eight months meets a terrified young wife whose husband has slipped into coma after a sudden accident. Will grief drive them both insane, or can two lonely strangers support each other?