DFP Professor and Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Peter Gilbert will present his film Brother Number One on October 25 at 7 p.m. at the WFU Byrum Welcome Center. He will also talk about the film as well as his experiences as a documentary filmmaker during a Q&A and reception following the screening.
Brother Number One is a New Zealand documentary co-directed and photographed by Gilbert. The story centers on the torture and murder of Kerry Hamill by the Khmer Rouge in 1978 and follows his younger brother, world champion rower John Dewhirst, on a journey to retrace Hamill’s steps while speaking to eyewitnesses, perpetrators, and survivors of the Cambodian genocide.
Through Rob Hamill’s personal story, Brother Number One explores one of the “forgotten” genocides of the 20th century, examining how and why nearly 2 million Cambodians could be killed by a fanatical regime known as the Khmer Rouge.
The screening, which is sponsored by the Documentary Film Program with a reception provided by Reynolda Film Festival, is free and open to the public.
RiverRun Screens Work of DFP Students
The 14th Annual RiverRun International Film Festival will feature several DFP student films in its North Carolina Shorts Program. RiverRun is a regional event based in Winston-Salem and is one of the premier film festivals in the southeastern United States.
NC Shorts 1
An Unreasonable Woman, produced by Camie Bargerstock and Paula Kosowski profiles adventurous accordionist Shirley Deane who traveled to more than 60 countries during the ’50s and ’60s, breaking gender boundaries of the time.
Queen’s Kingdom, directed by Jacob Rosdail and Kelly McKenna, offers an engaging portrait of Queen Toveia who has been selling hot dogs across from the bus station in downtown Winston-Salem for more than two decades.
April 14, 1:00 p.m. @ a/perture
April 20, 2:00 p.m. @ Hanesbrands Theatre
NC Shorts 2
Gamers of the Lost Ark, directed by Jacob Rosdail and Adam Ward captures the efforts of two friends to turn their passion for video games and their nostalgia for the arcade experience into a profitable business venture.
Children of Kabul, directed by Jon Bougher (MFA 2011) and undergraduate Communications major Jawad Wahabzada, takes you into the lives of four young Afghan children and provides first-hand accounts of a generation washing cars, picking garbage, selling food and hammering metal to earn money for their families. Devastated by war and economic difficulties, these children are the breadwinners of their families, creating an uncertain future for the country.
April 15, 12:30 @ Hanesbrands Theatre
April 20, 4:30 @ Hanesbrands Theatre
As a professor of documentary film history, Dr. Churchill Roberts lectures on how both the perpetrators of and the survivors of the Holocaust have used the medium of documentary film. As a film director, he has walked through the death camps of Auschwitz and Chelmno with survivors as they recounted the painful memories of what happened to them and their families.
On Tuesday, February 14 Roberts will present Reconstructing the Most Terrifying Moments of the Holocaust: A Documentary Approach. In this public lecture, he will examine the use of Holocaust survivor testimonies in documentary films, the objectives and responsibilities of filmmakers in securing these testimonies and the ethical challenges filmmakers face with these portrayals. In addition to seminal works such as Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah, the presentation will include an examination of a film Roberts’ co-directed featuring the efforts of a WWII veteran to find Holocaust survivors he photographed during the liberation of a slave labor camp. The lecture will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 in Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall.
During his visit, Roberts will also meet with students in the DFP’s Documentary Film History course to discuss the life and work of German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. He will supplement an examination of Riefenstahl’s films, Triumph Of The Will and Olympia, with insights from his personal interview with the filmmaker to explore the propagandist traditions within the documentary genre.
As the former co-director of the Documentary Institute at the University of Florida, Roberts worked with DFP faculty members Sandy Dickson, Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson on several films including, The Last Flight of Petr Ginz, Angel of Ahlem, Negroes with Guns and Freedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore