The Atlanta Philosophy Film Festival, now in its fourth year, is one of the region's coolest film events. Not only are the offerings free (no one ever said you can get rich from philosophy), their content is consistently challenging, offering viewers an alternative to candy-coated popcorn fare jamming up the screens at most multiplexes.
The festival describes its mission thus:
"Films have been often characterized as being essays on the human condition. In an essay, one should gather insights about the philosophy that guides the questions and attitudes of the work. Films should be no different. Film is Philosophy expressed through the medium of image- realized through light and sound. Presented and structured in such a way as to foster debate in the public and private forum.
The Atlanta Philosophy Film Festival welcomes all those films using the image median to question how we think and how we interact with the world. Films that question what it is to exist. What it is to know. What it is to love. What it means to be ethical and objective. What it is to experience. What it is to...
We welcome films aware of their role as provocateur in a world where answers are more readily available than questions. Films that use dialogue, story, image, style, tone and theme to confront our universal values and confront how we understand our experiences. Films that use ideas as a laboratory to explore the human condition.
We welcome films, that both style and content, embark on the difficult and rewarding journey towards knowledge and better understanding. Our festival is proud to exhibit the Cinema of Philosophy."
This year, the event has expanded to include two programs of films: the first, Wednesday, October 24, at 7:30 pm devoted to the topic of "Love"; and the second, on Thursday, October 25, to the topic "Society."
Films selected for this year's festival include:
Argile (eng title: Clay) by Michael Guerraz (France)
Las Batallitas Del Abuelo (eng title: My Grandfather's Tales) by Néstor Fernández (Spain)
Bendito Machine IV by Jossie Malis (Spain)
Blacktree by Maria Pia Fanigliulo (UK)
Breach by Chaotung Thomas Huang (USA)
Chuzos de Punta (eng title: Cats and Dogs) by Suda Sánchez (Spain)
Espectadores (eng title: The Spectators) by Roger Villarroya (Spain)
Inseparables (eng title: Inseparable) by Ádel Kháder (Spain)
Literalmente (eng title: Literally) by Néstor Fernández (Spain)
Naufragos (eng title: Castaways) by Mario Rico (Spain)
Non Double by Mo Hyun-Shin (South Korea)
Neukölln Berlin Wake Up Dance by Victor Meliveo (Spain)
The Conversation by Piotr Sulkowski (Poland)
There's A Dead Crow Outside by Morgan Miller (USA)
2ºA by Alfonso Díaz (Spain)
A Trois (eng title: Three) by Vanessa Clément (France)
Freud by Federico Calabuig (Spain)
Luminaris by Juan Pablo Zaramella (Argentina)
Memory by Víctor Suñer (Spain)
Parrot Peeter Aurelius by Anti Naulainen & Ando Naulainen (Estonia)
Rotos by Roberto Pérez Toledo (Spain)
Son Souffle Contre Mon Epaule (eng title: Her Breath On My Shoulders) by Noel Fuzellier (France)
Vicky And Sam by Nuno Rocha (Portugal)
Inmovil (eng title: Immobile) by Helio Mira (Spain)
La Manada (eng title: The Pack) by Mario Fernandez Alonso (Spain)
Being A Trans-Person Living In A Two-Gender Society by Petar Veljacic (UK)
The complete line-up can be found at the cleverly named website: http://atlantathinkfestival.org/festival.html
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