VICTOR JIMENEZ – SIETE CIUDADES – Spanish show 9/19/2013

Victor Jimenez – Siete Ciudades

This show is in Spanish…

Guest Co Host: Monica Rosales of DocMiami.org

Victor Jiménez was born on April 15, 1965 in Havana, Cuba. He recently published his first poetry book titled Siete Ciudades. His work has been published in a variety of magazines, including Nagari, Baquiana and Sub-Urbano.

Victor’s accomplishments are vast, he is a Television Producer, Film Producer and founder of the three-day DocMiami International Film Festival and Docs in Motion.

The creation of the first International Documentary Film Festival of Miami was the brainchild of former President and Founder Víctor Jiménez, a Promax Gold World Award Winner.

He presently works with the Creative Center of Telemundo Network / NBC Universal.

This poet dreams about another life, a life possible of telling stories in a different way. Through his hands sacred trees flutter, water snakes, fabulous myths and fascinating legends, mythological heroes and gods for every occasion. His hands are stunned by so much beauty. His children, his family, the animals, love, the sea, books and good films are the reasons to create and be better.

“Inside me there is still a flicker of hope for a better world,” Victor assures.

PEARLS ON THE OCEAN FLOOR with ROBERT ADANTO 6/18/2013

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Pearls on the Ocean floor with Robert Adanto

Guest Co Host: Monica Rosales of DocMiami.org

Robert Adanto’s Pearls on the Ocean Floor (2010) is a thought-provoking, feature-length documentary examining the lives and works of Iranian female artists living and working in and outside the Islamic Republic. This unflinching and incisive study, featuring interviews with art luminaries Shadi Ghadirian, Shirin Neshat, Parastou Forouhar and others, capturing the uncertainty of this momentous time in Iran’s history. Speaking with grace and honesty, these brave women express what is seldom seen in the western media: unique individual perspectives regarding issues of identity, gender, and the role that art plays in challenging the traditional stereotypes often associated with women in Iran.

PUI CHAN: KUNG FU PIONEER with MIMI CHAN 6/11/2013

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Pui Chan Kung Fu Pioneer with Mimi Chan

Co Host Monica Rosales of DocMiami.

Special Guest: Mimi Chan

Step into the extraordinary life of Pui Chan, a Chinese immigrant who overcame challenges in early childhood… and eventually made a life for himself.… One that would touch the lives of many others around the world. It all started with a simple dream… and today, the dream lives on. This family-authorized biography follows the path of a young boy who learns the value of hard work and perseverance through kung fu training, escapes the harshness of political oppression, bravely ventures out on his own, and embraces opportunity in a new land. Watch Pui Chan from the beginning, as an eager martial arts instructor in 1960s Boston, Massachusetts, open his own Kung Fu school, and start to spread the tradition, always maintaining the original fundamentals and values he learned as a boy.

Pui Chan would finally realize his dream of building the first authentic Chinese martial arts temple in America as a tribute to his kung fu master. The now highly recognized Grandmaster Pui Chan, 6th generation successor of the Wah Lum Kung Fu System, is one of the pioneers responsible for bringing traditional Kung Fu to America, and leads an internationally renowned martial arts school and system across the world.

Fifty years later, Pui Chan’s eldest daughter and successor Mimi Chan confronts a new set of challenges, trying to keep the traditional values alive in an increasingly modernized era.

Narrated by Mimi Chan.

BABY LET YOUR HAIR DOWN- GEORGIA VAN CUYLENBURG 5/23/2013

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Baby let your hair hang down – Georgia Van Cuylenburg

Guest Co Host: Monica Rosales, Executive Director of DocMiami.org

Special Guest” Georgia Van Cuylenburg, a young Australian Comedian who lives in Hollywood California. Her life goal has always been to change the world – one smile at a time. In 2007 Georgia lost all of her hair suddenly and was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata. For the first time in her life she found it hard to smile. Rather than hiding away, choosing an easier career and giving in to her disorder Georgia decided to go loud and proud.

She allowed cameras into her life to share what it is like to be a woman, specially one who relies on her appearance to make a living, and to lose one’s hair. She shared her tears, her pain and her triumphs. And she put them all together into one film to show the world how she learned that life is not about the hair on your head, it is about the lessons you learn the friends you find and the difference you can make.

Baby Let Your Hair Down is a documentary that follows one girl on her journey from discovery to acceptance of her autoimmune disease.  Alopecia Areata (immune related hair loss. Before she had the condition Georgia worked as a hair model, actress and comedian and relied heavily on her appearance.

BOB MARLEY: THE MAKING OF A LEGEND 3/11/2013

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Bob Marley – The Making of a Legend

BOB MARLEY: THE MAKING OF A LEGEND  has been invited to more than 30 film festivals worldwide, starting with the European Premiere at the EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and North American Premiere at the RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, winning four international awards, including the UNESCO HONOR AWARD at the JAMAICA REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL.Based on footage shot in the early seventies and lost for more than thirty years, NAACP IMAGE AWARD winner Esther Anderson takes us on a journey to Jamaica and into 56 HOPE ROAD, Kingston, to see and hear the young BOB MARLEY before he was famous. The film shows us the WAILERS’ first rehearsal, when the idea of a Jamaican super group like the BEATLES or the STONES was still just a dream. We sit in on the launch of their international career with “GET UP STAND UP”, “I SHOT THE SHERIFF”, and the “BURNIN'” and “CATCH A FIRE” albums that brought to the world REGGAE music and RASTA consciousness together as one, starting a revolution that would change rock music and contemporary culture.

THE LION OF JUDAH 1/29/2013

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Lion of Judah

Guest Co Host: Monica Rosales Director of DocMiami.org

The Lion of Judah (2012), a documentary written and directed by Matt Mindell, tells the story of Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman. Hoping that his horrific suffering can help the next generation better understand what happened, Zisman leads a group of young adults on a journey back to Poland and through humanity’s darkest period. Inspired by the strength of Leo, The Lion of Judah’s powerful message encourages viewers to remember the past and use it to change the world for the better. In film, the group retraces the tragic path Zisman was forced to travel, from the Warsaw Ghetto where he was separated from his family to the Stutthof concentration camp. From there he was sent to Auschwitz, where he survived the war. The group visits Majdanek and other concentration camps throughout Poland. Woven within the context of Leo’s tragedy, the film features trip participants who speak of their own search for answers and identity. Eric Gorenstein, whose father was a concentration camp survivor. Young Poles are also asked their opinions of Jews and the Holocaust, some sadly unchanged from their parents and grandparents deep-rooted anti-Semitic feelings. As the film analyzes viewpoints, it is discovered that the Holocaust is not a thing of the past. Mindell, the Executive Director of the Jewish Enrichment Center in Manhattan, was a producer of The Lion of Judah along with Joe Kavitski, who also served as a cinematographer on the trip. Kavitski, a non-Jew, was so moved by his experience that he has since taught middle school students in the United States about the Holocaust.

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF WILLIE SUTTON 1/22/2013

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In the Footsteps of Willie Sutton

Guest Co Host: Monica Rosales of DocMiami.org

In the Footsteps of Willie Sutton is a documentary film based on the life a colorful and famous bank robber, who was once dubbed The Babe Ruth of Bank Robbers by a NYPD Police Commissioner.  Sutton’s criminal career takes us from the 1920s into the early 1950s.  A master of disguise, he used finesse to gain entry into banks.  Posing at times as a messenger or policeman, he eventually earned him the nickname Willie the Actor. Using his charm, wits, and smooth talking, Sutton never had to resort to violence.  When arrested, it was not an easy task keeping Willie locked up.  He successfully broke out of three prisons, all considered until then as escape-proof. The film takes us through these three prisons today and walks us through his masterful escapes.  Using licensed stock footage and photographs, the film returns us to the eras when Sutton was robbing banks, busting out of prison, and on the lam as a fugitive.  Visits to actual locations where events in the life of Willie Sutton took place, along with period music adds authenticity to the story.  Newsreel footage is used to revisit Willie’s final arrest in 1952, followed weeks later by the ruthless murder of the young man who identified him.  A murder case that remains unsolved to this day.  Deep research has led to interviews of persons who played significant roles in Sutton’s life, who tell some fascinating stories of one of the most unique criminals in history.

 

CELEBRATING LIFE IN UNION with GLADYS BENSIMON 1/15/2013

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Celebrating life in Union with Gladys Bensimon

Guest Co Host: Monica Rosales of DocMiamo.org

Celebrating Life in Union is a story of human resilience, community, and brotherhood of a group of former Cuban political prisoners. Narrated by Andy Garcia and Writer/Producer/Director Gladys Bensimon.

Gladys Bensimon is an award-winning producer/director, and the President of HBR Production Company, a multilingual film and digital production company located in New Jersey.

Ms. Bensimon has worked in a wide range of genres including commercials, features, animated shorts, short narrative films and documentaries. Bensimon has won several awards for her bold animated short films and documentaries that she has written and directed. Her most recent achievement has been in the documentary category with political production Crossing Our Borders/Cruzando Nuestras Fronteras, narrated by Hollywood Actress Maria Conchita Alonso. The documentary received at multiple film festivals and won the award for Best Documentary at the Hoboken International Film Festival. The film has been featured on several top-tier media such as CNN, Univision, Noticias 24, Voz de Cuba, Dennis Miller Show, Fox News, EBTV, USA Today and more.

In addition to her 20+ years of producing and directing, Gladys Bensimon is also a published author. Her first published book, Paha Sapa: Black Hills that she wrote with Novelist Sheila Martin Berry into a book geared to a young audience. Paha Sapa: Black Hills has been translated to many languages and is now available at Barnes and Noble.com, Amazon.com, Borders.com, and more outlets. Her second book will be soon published as part of a series for young readers.

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REMEMBERING COL. CORNELIO ROJAS FERNANDEZ 1/7/2013

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Remembering Col Cornelio Rojas Fernandez

Barbara Rangel, Col Rojas granddaughter and grandson Silvio Gonzalez. Producer & Director Agustin Blazquez, Author, Brian LFrench, Musician, Steve Pichan and Humberto Fontova, author of numerous books and expert on Totalitarian and Dictatorial regimes. Col. Cornelio Rojas Fernandez born in Cuba in the 1900’s His aspirations were to become a military man like his ancestors, after graduation, he began his military career in Cuba’s National Police where he was a Captain, Commander then General Inspector of Cuba’s National Police. With hard work and dedication he became the Chief of Police for the Leoncio Vidal Regiment in Santa Clara. Col Rojas was a pillar of his community, known for his public service and philanthropy, Col. Rojas had a great heart and strong family values. In 1931, he fought for democracy against dictator Gerardo Machado as group leader under Manuel Balan. He came from a line of distinguished patriots, Mambises that fought in Cuba’s War on Independence against Spain. His father Lt. Col. Cornelio Rojas Escobar joined the war of 1895-1898 and his grandfather, Brigadier Col. Cornelio Rojas Hurtado was a 3 Star General that fought in the 3 wars: The Ten-Years War, The Small War and the War of Independence against Spain. When the war ended on 08/24/1898 he was promoted to Brigadier General, he died of natural causes at the age of 88. In January 1959 Castro imposed communism in Cuba and Col. Cornelio Rojas who was Chief of Police in Santa Clara, went missing. Later the family found out that Che Guevara, had occupied Santa Clara and had arrested him for being a high ranking officer. Meanwhile, the Rojas family receives a comunicado a “salvo conducto” from Guevara himself, explaining that no harm would come to Col. Rojas. On January 7,1959 only days after his capture, while the Rojas family was watching television regular programming was interrupted to exhibit the live execution of Col. Cornelio Rojas.

Guests include:

Agustin Blazquez – Cuban Filmmaker of Documentry  “COVERING CUBA 7: Che Guevara. The other side of an Icon

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Steve Pichan – songwriter / recording artist of “You don’t know Che

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Humberto Fontova – Author of book “Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him

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Brian Llyod French – Author of book “Mojito!