DC Asian Pacific American Film, USA
September 25 - October 4th, 2008
www.apafilm.org

Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, Australia
November 13 - 23rd, 2008
www.hraff.org.au

 

 

Austin Asian American Film Festival, USA
October 9 - 12th, 2008
www.aaaff.org

Tri-Continental Film Festival, India
January 15 - 18th, 2009
www.apafilm.org

 

 

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[9/21/08]

BROADCAST: Behind Forgotten Eyes will be seen on The History Channel

Behind Forgotten Eyes - History Channel Asia
21 September at 07:00 PM (HK/Sin/Mal)
21 September at 06:00 PM (Thai)

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[1/25/08]

FESTIVAL: Behind Forgotten Eyes is an "Official Selection" of the Amnesty International Film Festival

March 26-30 , 2008
http://www.amnestyfilmfestival.nl/film/1130
Saturday March 29 12:45 - Studio K 2, Amsterdam
Sunday March 30 11:00 - Kriterion 1, Amsterdam

Each spring the Amnesty International Film Festival takes place in Amsterdam, and this year for the second time in The Hague. Since 1995 this film event is a platform for committed film productions about human rights and human dignity. The festival screens both documentaries and feature films. In discussions and talk shows surrounding the films, the film makers, human rights activists and audience have the opportunity to exchange ideas and views.

For more than forty years Amnesty International has devoted itself to the observance of human rights, all over the world. The written and spoken word in the form of rapports, letters to prisoners, governments and international organisations etc.- has proved and still proves to be a powerful medium. Amnesty International emphatically cannot and will not ignore the global shift towards a visual culture. The significance of film (image) as an information source is increasing. Images have the power to break through indifference. The last years have shown numerous examples of the camera helping to start international actions. The making of the film can itself also be seen as a form of campaigning. Due to the more and more advanced and small DV-camera’s it is becoming easier to keep a close eye on regimes in all parts of the world.

This website is navigated in Dutch but each film also has an English synopsis. You can reach the program and these different film descriptions via the link ‘Festivalprogramma’ at the right side of this page. Underneath this link to the program, the link ‘De verdieping’ will bring you to more information on the interviews and debates that will be organized at the Amnesty Filmfestival 2008.

For more info goto: Amnesty International Film Festival

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[1/23/08]

FESTIVAL: Behind Forgotten Eyes is an "Official Selection" of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

SCREENING TIMES:
1. Saturday, March 15, 2008 7:30pm - Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, San Francisco
2. Saturday, March 22, 2008 4:45pm - Camera Cinemas, San Jose

For more info goto: San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

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[1/19/08]

FESTIVAL: Behind Forgotten Eyes is an "Official Selection" of the Philadelphia Film Festival

April 3-15, 2008
(SCREENING TIMES T.B.A)

For more info goto: Philadelphia Film Festival

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[1/15/08]

FESTIVAL: Behind Forgotten Eyes is an "Official Selection" of the Tiburon International Film Festival

March 13-21, 2008
(SCREENING TIMES T.B.A)

For more info goto: Tiburon International Film Festival

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[1/5/08]

FESTIVAL: Behind Forgotten Eyes is an "Official Selection" of the Little Rock Film Festival

May 15-18, 2008
(SCREENING TIMES T.B.A)

For more info goto: Little Rock Film Festival

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[1/4/08]

FESTIVAL: Behind Forgotten Eyes is an "Official Selection" of the Northern Brookhaven Arts Council's Village Cinema Program

 

N. Brookhaven Arts Council's Village Cinema Program
Screening - Monday February 25th, 2008
Speaker: Ryan Seale

For more info goto: Northern Brookhaven Arts Council's Village Cinema Program

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[1/1/08]

FESTIVAL: Behind Forgotten Eyes is an "Official Selection" of the Show Me Film Festival

February 15-17, 2008
(SCREENING TIMES T.B.A)

For more info goto: Show Me Film Festival

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[10/21/07]

WINNER: The ground-breaking documentary "Behind Forgotten Eyes," directed by Anthony Gilmore and produced by Alex Ferrari, WON BEST DOCUMENTARY at the Melborne Independent Film Festival.

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[10/21/07]

WINNER: The ground-breaking documentary "Behind Forgotten Eyes," directed by Anthony Gilmore and produced by Alex Ferrari, WON BEST FILM in the Conflict & Resolution Competition at the Hamptons International Film Festival, beating out some very big Hollywood heavyweights.

For more info goto: Hamptons International Film Festival

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NEWS: NEWS BLAZE! just released a report BFE.


For the full article goto: Newsblaze

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[10/20/07]

NEWS: IndieWire! just released a report BFE & the Hapmpstons. "The 2007 Hamptons International Film Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary – a decade and a half of premieres, screenings, programs & events, tucked away amongst the changing leaves and quiet beaches of fall in the East End. The Hamptons is where talent, industry and audiences come together exchanging ideas, experiences and cinema in what has now become one of leading international film festivals of the world. This year’s Hamptons fest runs October 17th through 21st, 2007, in East Hampton, New York with additional venues in Southampton, Sag Harbor and Montauk. "


For the full article goto: Indiewire

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[10/18/07]

REVIEW: International film site EMVG.net gave BFE an amazing review!! Here is a bit of his review: "During the time of World War II, Japan conquered and took control of some Asian countries. One of the tragedies of the time were the brutal rapings of Korean and Chinese young women, even teenagers and children. After the Nanking incident, Japanese government noticed that the moral values of soldiers had been going down - and what's more important to them, the venereal diseases rapidly increased among the soldiers. And that's the reason why the bordello's came in the picture. And in them, "the comfort women" served Japanese soldiers against their will."

For the full review goto: EMVG.net

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[10/17/07]

WINNER: The ground-breaking documentary "Behind Forgotten Eyes," directed by Anthony Gilmore and produced by Alex Ferrari, WON THE JURIOR'S AWARD at the Kern Projection's Film Festival.

For more info goto: http://www.kernprojections.com/

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[10/15/07]

FESTIVAL: Behind Forgotten Eyes is an "Official Selection" of the Melborne Independent Film Festival

"BEHIND FORGOTTEN EYES" Will play Saturday during Matinee Madness on Nov 3 at the MIFF!

The Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival is scheduled for November 2 & 3 at the Premiere Theaters Oaks Stadium 10. Saturday will feature a matinee "BEHIND FORGOTTEN EYES" as well as an opportunity to meet the filmmakers and the celebrities. On Saturday night we have our annual VIP party which includes live music and food and beverages provided by the finest restaurants in Melbourne.

For more info goto: Melborne Independent Film Festival

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[10/5/07]

REVIEW: International film site Cinema Crazed gave BFE an 4 STARS!! Here is a bit of his review: "This is an important film, it’s a powerful film, and it’s a film that must be seen to show how cruel humanity can be, and how horrible war can be. It’s a masterpiece that I implore you to seek once it hits the festival circuit. Gilmore shows how filmmakers can serve a wonderful purpose to give a voice to those silenced long ago."

For the full review goto: Cinema Crazed

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[9/29/07]

WINNER: Behind Forgotten Eyes WINS THE SILVER DOC AWARD FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY at the Everglades International Film Festival in Dargle, South Africa.

For more info goto: Everglades International Film Festival

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[9/24/07]

FESTIVAL: Behind Forgotten Eyes is an "Official Selection" of the Hamptons International Film Festival in Hamptons, NY.

BFE has been invited to screen at The Hamptons International Film Festival, which was founded to celebrate the Independent film - long, short, fiction and documentary - and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences. The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all. The 15th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival was held October 17 through October 21, 2007.

For more info goto: Hamptons International Film Festival

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[9/10/07]

FESTIVAL: Behind Forgotten Eyes has been nominated for "Best International Documentary" for the Everglades International Film Festival in Dargle, South Africa.

The screening will be on Setember 29, 2007. As soon as we know exactly the screening times and dates we will post them.

For more info goto: Everglades International Film Festival

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[8/9/07]

INTERNATIONAL NEWS: International News giant BCC News! ran an amzing report on the Comfort women's struggle. The fight cotinues. Here is a bit of the article: "Japan - reveal the truth! Admit the crime! Officially apologise! Punish the criminals!" South Korean protesters chant every Wednesday outside the Japanese Embassy in Seoul.In their midst, a small group of elderly women sit silently. They are the survivors of the brutal, Asia-wide system of sex slaves for the Imperial Japanese Army, which the military government encouraged and helped to operate for 13 years, from 1932 until the end of World War II in 1945."


For the full article goto: BBC News

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[8/8/07]

INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Yahoo News! just released a report on the Comfort women's struggle. They are making some major noise. Here is a bit of the article: "As one of Japan's former top television newscasters, Yoshiko Sakurai used a sweet modulated voice to convey the view shared by the country's elite on a controversy dating back more than 60 years: Japan's wartime use of "comfort women," the euphemism for sex slaves. No documents exist to prove that Japan's military coerced women into sexual servitude during the war, Sakurai said. The allegations "are not based on fact."


For the full article goto: Yahoo News!

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[8/9/07]

INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Korean Newspaper Ads for “Comfort Women,” 1944. Here is a bit of the article: "The above are two Korean newspaper advertisements for “comfort women” (military prostitutes) in 1944. The ad on the left was placed in the “Gyeongseong Ilbo” on July 16, 1944 and offered women between seventeen and twenty-three years old 300 yen per month to work as “comfort women.” It also offered an advance payment of 3,000 yen. The ad on the right was placed in the “Maeil Shinmun” on October 27, 1944 and also offered 300 yen per month for “healthy” women between eighteen and thirty."


For the full article goto: Occidentalism

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[8/5/07]

REVIEW: International film site MyMMDI.com gave BFE an 8/10! Here is a bit of his review: "War is hell, as that infamous quote goes. It's hell for the men and women who are out on the front lines risking their lives everyday, and to hear some people tell it, the ramifications of war for those of us in our homelands are just as bad. People gripe about such trivial things as additional airport security and bridge closings when suspicious activity is going on, and although both of those things are an inconvenience, it's certainly not hell for those of us who have the luxury of being at home with our families while a war is going on. Now, think back to the so-called "comfort women" that were employed by Japan during World War II - these ladies weren't involved in the war and never agreed to "serve" the armies, but "serve" they did as sexual slaves. Behind Forgotten Eyes puts faces to this vile piece of Japanese history and explains what happened to these women in graphic, heartbreaking detail."

For the full review goto: MyMMDI.com

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[7/30/07]

REVIEW: Hollywood Mega Website Hollywood is Talking did a remarkable review for BFE. Here is a bit of his review: "In “Behind Forgotten Eyes” (Nameless Films and The Enigma Factory) Gilmore lets the women who are still alive tell their story in a simple and direct way while giving voice to the Japanese soldiers who used and abused them. Having lived and worked in Asia for several years, I know a bit about the history and the culture; Why painful things are not talked about, why it’s difficult to aplogize. The most emotionally devastating part of the documentary is the beginning where the these ‘comfort women’, now quiet advanced in age, speak about why they were silent for all these years and why they are speaking out now. Narrated by television show Lost's Yun-Jin Kim, Gilmore utilizes simple Korean-style animation that powerfully drives home the fact that many of these women were almost children when they were forced into sexual slavery and degredation."

For the full review goto: Hollywood is Talking

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[7/28/07]

REVIEW: Film site Beyond Hollywood wrote a killer review for BFE. Here is a bit of his review: "Anthony Gilmore’s “Behind Forgotten Eyes” is an unendingly mesmerizing tale of cruelty, survival, and the indomitable human spirit. It is at times gut wrenching, and at other times a truly inspiration tribute to women who refuse to admit defeat, even in the face of great and impossible odds. You might think you know about the comfort women of Asia, but you don’t know the whole story until you’ve delved into the world of “Behind Forgotten Eyes”. In their own words, three Korean women tell you about the horrors they endured during World War II, dark memories that continue to haunt their dreams to this day. And you’ll be asking yourself, “In their shoes, could I ever hope to be that strong?"

For the full review goto: Beyond Hollywood

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[7/26/07]

FESTIVAL: Behind Forgotten Eyes is an "Official Selection" of the Utopia Film Festival in Greenbelt, MARYLAND

The Utopia Film Festival desires passionately to identify, promote and engage entertaining and enlightening cinematic works of all genres and styles. Seeking always to provide its audience and filmmakers an enjoyable experience, this event also pursues works that tackle humanity's never ending quest, in all it variables, for the perfect 'utopian' existence.

Screenings will take place in and around Greenbelt's Art Deco-style Roosevelt Center, home of the classic P&G Old Greenbelt Theatre. Historic Greenbelt, a milestone in the history of planned urban development, was designed and built under the Roosevelt Administration’s New Deal Federal Works Program in the 1930s.

We are currently accepting film and video features, documentaries, animations, music videos and experimental genres of all types and lengths for our October 26-28, 2007 festival.

For more info goto: Utopia Film Festival

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[7/21/07]

FESTIVAL: Behind Forgotten Eyes is an "Official Selection" of the Everglades International Film Festival in Dargle, South Africa.

The screening will be in Setember 2007. As soon as we know exactly the screening times and dates we will post them.

For more info goto: Everglades International Film Festival

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[7/3/07]

REVIEW: International film critic J.C. Macek III gave BFE 4 1/2 STARS!!! Here is a bit of his review: "There is no dearth of Documentaries about World War II Atrocities, mainly because during World War II and the decades leading up to that conflict, there was no dearth of Atrocity. The vast majority of these remain hard hitting and provocative, even when we think we've seen it all. The saddest part of all this is that it seems that by now we've seen it all, and we're almost no longer shocked by these living nightmares that have become part of our collective history. Behind Forgotten Eyes is another documentary about World War II horrors. As in many of these, we find the dominating army, convinced of its racial superiority, rounding up certain citizens of their conquered lands, putting them in trucks and train cars and shipping them to camps where the nightmares become real. But you haven't seen this one before."

For the full review goto: World's Greatest Critic.com

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[4/29/07]

INTERNATIONAL NEWS: ASIA Times: Washington enters 'comfort women' debate. "WASHINGTON - Pressure has been growing in Washington in support of a bipartisan resolution calling on the government of Japan to acknowledge its role in forcing some 200,000 so-called "comfort women" into forced prostitution during World War II.In a change from his previous stance, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a public apology on Monday, saying that he stood by the 1993 statement issued by then chief cabinet secretary Yohei Kono acknowledging that "in many cases [the women] were recruited against their own will, through coaxing, coercion, etc, and that, at times, administrative/military personnel directly took part in the recruitments".

Check them out: ASIA Times

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