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It’s 2005 and Christy – born and raised in Hong Kong – is a week away from turning 30. Her job is stressful, her relationship stuck, her parents aging and annoying.Joyce — also a week shy of her 30th birthday — leads a vastly different lifestyle in Hong Kong. She’s in a dead-end job and has never been in love. With her indomitable optimism she takes off on a trip to fulfill a childhood dream. When Christy is suddenly evicted from her apartment she temporarily moves into Joyce’s while she’s away. Though the two have never met and are as different as night and day, Joyce enables Christy to ‘know’ her in unique and touching ways. Director Kearen Pang has skillfully adapted her extremely successful stage play, graciously opening her heart to wider audiences in this sensitive, uplifting film.
Sat, Feb 18 6:00 PM
Mon, Feb 20 12:10 PM
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A Children's Song
The year is 1937. Alfred, a young German Jewish boy, and his father flee from Germany during the outbreak of WWII, finding a haven in Shanghai - the last port of refuge. When Alfred's father becomes sick, they are taken in by a local Chinese doctor and his family. Alone, scared and lost in this foreign world, Alfred befriends the doctor’s daughter, Meizhen, who shows him a glimmer of hope through music and play during the darkest of times. Their short friendship is broken apart when Alfred and his father must relocate and he never sees her again. Cut to present day when Alfred's granddaughter meets a young female Chinese student during a music scholarship competition who performs an “original song”, the same song Alfred’s granddaughter grew up with. Determined to prove their respective family's ownership, the girls soon uncover the long lost true story of the song’s origins, a story of salvation for over 20,000+ Jews from 1937-1941 in Shanghai.
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A Plastic Ocean
"A Plastic Ocean" begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.
Thu, Feb 23 6:00 PM
Sat, Feb 25 12:10 PM
Sun, Feb 26 12:00 PM
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A Quiet Passion
The great and singular 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson requires a one-of-a-kind filmmaker to tell the story of her life, and in Terence Davies she has found a soulmate. The film follows the poet from her rebellious college days to her increasingly reclusive life in the bosom of her family, eventually to her painful death. As Dickinson, Cynthia Nixon gives a career-defining performance that captures the acerbic wit, ferocious independence and increasing bitterness of a woman whose genius went unrecognized in her lifetime. "A Quiet Passion" is a film of both scathing social satire and tragic grandeur.
Mon, Feb 20 6:10 PM
Sun, Feb 26 9:00 AM
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A Tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway
The 2017 Sedona International Film Festival will feature a mid-week salute to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway. This special evening is a musical tribute to the genius of the renowned composer, featuring selections from ten of his biggest hit shows. Terry Barber, a former member of the two-time Grammy Award winning group "Chanticleer", sings songs that we all know and love from Broadway's most famous shows, the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Standing ovations punctuate this evening of musical gems. Songs like "The Music of the Night", from "Phantom of the Opera" , the gut wrenching "Gethsemane" from "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Memory" from "Cats", "Love Changes Everything", from "Aspects of Love" and others hits from renowned Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals. Terry Barber — an American Countertenor — sings in 14 different languages and has performed worldwide. He's one of 50 Countertenors preforming professionally in the world.
Wed, Feb 22 6:00 PM
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Aaron's Blood
Struggling with his new life as a single father, Aaron copes with his increasingly distant relationship with his only child Tate. Twelve-year-old Tate, a timid hemophiliac, is small for his age and regularly bullied at school. Roughed up by his chief bully, Tate winds up in the hospital suffering a massive nosebleed. After a blood transfusion and Tate is sent home, Aaron starts to notice peculiar changes in his son. When he discovers that Tate could be becoming a vampire, he enlists the help of a local vampire hunter and embarks on a frantic search to find the source of the infection to stop the transformation before it’s too late.
Sun, Feb 19 9:10 PM
Fri, Feb 24 9:00 PM
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After Spring
With the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. "After Spring" is the story of what happens next. 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.
Mon, Feb 20 3:00 PM
Thu, Feb 23 9:15 AM
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Alive & Kicking: The Soccer Grannies of South Africa
Filmed in the heart of Limpopo, the village grannies “Vhakegula Vhakegula” lace up their soccer boots and start kicking their way through centuries of taboos. They play serious soccer then break into laughter and traditional song as they wage a singular fight for a decent life, true health and a snatch at joy in a brutal world.
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All the Marbles
A timid little boy challenges a villainous bully to a game of marbles in a bizarre and fantastical world where marbles are as precious as gold.
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