2022 Festival

Fading Portraits

Please note: This program has subtitles.

The Fledge Lansing / 1300 Eureka St, Lansing MI 48912 /    Alcohol offered

Cost: $5 / Tickets: At the door only

Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Subtitles

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Fading Portraits

Fading Portraits provides a rare insight into a society where the government plays a pivotal role in artists’ lives, controlling the fate of their work, and subsequently their role within a society. The predicament that all artists in such societies face is that when the artist’s voice is not heard, it as if the artist does not even exist. Iran is one such society, and Maryam Zandi is one such artist. A renowned documentarian and photographer, Zandi is attempting to publish her photos of the 1979 Revolution and is faced with a dilemma: To give in to the Ministry of Culture & Islamic Guidance’s demand to omit several photos, or to maintain her persistence that historical events can not be censored. Fading Portraits documents her struggle, strength, and persistence in having her voice – and the voice of all artists in similar societies – heard.

Ali Shilandri / 2018 / 55 minutes / Persian / Iran

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Life in Sanctuary

Araceli Velasquez came to the United States when she was 19 to plea for asylum. She made a life in Colorado, met her husband, and had three children. After seven years she was unable to renew her stay of deportation. She sought sanctuary in a Denver church and has continued to seek asylum. Araceli hasn’t left the church in over a year and her life has not been easy.

Laurel Smith / 2018 / 6 minutes / Spanish / USA

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*FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE* In this short documentary from Michigan, a Mexican mother of three fights deportation after suffering imprisonment.

Anthony Collings / 2018 / 27 minutes / English / USA