Students in the MFA Social Documentary Film Department at SVA present a weekend of thesis film screenings, September 16 – 18 at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street, New York City. Curated by Department Chair Maro Chermayeff, the series kicks off with Sasha Friedlander’s feature Where Heaven Meets Hell (watch an excerpt below), which details the struggles of impoverished sulfur miners working at Kawah Ijen, an active volcano in Indonesia.
La Roca by Raul Santos examines the complicated history surrounding the Rock of Gibraltar. Through archival footage and personal interviews, the film traces the fallout over the decision by Francisco Franco of Spain—the only fascist dictator to survive World War II—to close the entrance to the British colony of Gibraltar in 1969, cutting off 30,000 people from access to food, water, and telephone lines.
On the lighter side, Rachel Loube’s Every Tuesday: The Work and Community of The New Yorker Cartoonists offers a tableside seat with Drew Dernavich, Emily Flake, Sidney Harris and Zach Kanin, four cartoonists for the esteemed magazine that meet each week for lunch and share stories, inspirations, and their own personal neurosis, as well as food.
During the three-day series, more than 20 films will be screened in all. For more information and showtimes, visit SVA.edu.
Image: Still from La Roca by Raul Santos.