Tribeca Festival 2007

The organisers said: "The films in the World Documentary Competition tackle issues from around the globe-from the illegal Palestinian workforce in Israel to the torture practices of the United States abroad. Alongside more personal accounts - from the story of the first Miss Universe to the friendship between two circus-workers in Uzbekistan - the filmmakers in this section explore universal themes - 9/11 widows travel to Afghanistan to help that country's war widows, Israelis and Palestinians unite to join a weight-loss group and both graffiti and break-dancing are presented as urban cultures that cross geographical, political and racial boundaries." Below is what they say about the films. Read our news story on this year's Tribeca Festival.

The Best Documentary Feature award went to Taxi To The Darkside, while We Are Together received a special jury mention and also scooped the Audience Award.

View other Tribeca Festival Films by strand: Discovery, Encounters, Family Films, Midnight, Showcase, Spotlight, World Narrative Feature Competition

We Are Together We Are Together
We Are Together and A Walk Into The Sea
9 Star Hotel (Malon 9 Kochavim) (Country: Israel; Year: 2007; Director: Ido Haar), Official Site
lipping through the pre-dawn darkness over highways, through traffic and across the border, Palestinian construction workers go to work clandestinely in Israel everyday. Harr's raw, handheld photography follows workers who build their own border shanty community to enter Israel more easily, with no choice but to risk their lives simply to earn a living.
US Premiere
Between Heaven And Earth (Tussen Hemel En Aarde) (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2007; Director: Mascha Novikova, Frank van den Engel), Official Site
In the heart of the Eurasian continent, the ancient center of the world where the Silk Road connected China to Europe, the circus is a deeply rooted cultural phenomenon. This film focuses on two circus artists, whose lifelong friendship under the dictatorship in Uzbekistan is affected by the different political choices they make.
North American Premiere
Beyond Belief (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Beth Murphy)
Inspired by compassion for others whose loss they recognize as mirroring their own, two courageous women whose husbands died in the Twin Towers on 9/11 turn their grief into a catalyst for action. They travel to Kabul to help other widows, soon recognizing that the plight of the Afghan women leaves them feeling almost blessed.
World Premiere
Bomb It (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: John Reiss)
The story of contemporary graffiti, tracing its roots in ancient rock paintings through Picasso to its place in hip-hop culture in 1970's New York City. This kinetic documentary looks at graffiti on five continents, using guerilla footage of graffiti-writers in action. You'll never look at public space the same way again.
World Premiere
Forging A Nation (Hacer Patria) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2007; Director: David Blaustein; Writer: Luisa Irene Ickowicz), Official Site
Accompanied by his mother, cousins, aunts and uncles, the director retraces the steps of his Jewish ancestors, who fled Europe in the 1920s hoping to find in Argentina the land of their dreams. This poignant film journey uses the documentary as a singular tool to explore the multifaceted ways in which the Argentine nation was built.
North American Premiere
Taxi To The Dark Side Taxi To The Dark Side
Taxi To The Dark Side and Planet B-Boy
I Am an American Soldier: One Year in Iraq with the 101st Airborne (Country: UK, USA; Year: 2007; Director: John Laurence), Official Site
This unflinching examination of the war in Iraq follows soldiers from the elite 101st Airborne Division for 14 months, from stateside preparations to their deployment in Iraq and back home again. Throughout, soldiers speak candidly about their experience in the military and demonstrate the powerful bond established as they struggle to stay alive.
World Premiere
Miss Universe 1929 (Miss Universe 1929 - Lisl Goldarbeiter. A Queen in Wien) (Country: Austria, Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, Finland; Year: 2006; Director: Péter Forgács; Writer: Péter Forgács; Stars: Péter Forgács, Lisl Goldarbeiter, Duncan Shiels, Eszter Szász, Marci Tenczer)
Amateur filmmaker Marci Tenczer was smitten with his cousin, Liesl Goldarbeiter and chronicled her rise from a modest childhood in Vienna to the Texas competition where she was crowned the first Miss Universe. Then Hitler upended everyone's universe. Péter Forgács (Best Documentary El Perro Negro, 2005 Tribeca Film Festival) continues his fascinating exploration of Europe's private history through home movies.
North American Premiere
Planet B-Boy (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Benson Lee)
Documentary looking at the world of breakdancing.
World Premiere
Santiago (Country: Brazil; Year: 2007; Director: João Moreira Salles)
In 1992, João Moreira Salles started making a film about Santiago, the butler who had been working for his parents since his childhood. 13 years later, Salles looked back at the unused material on the now deceased flamboyant servant. Through Santiago's detailed memories and erudite contemplations and the director's voice-over, the film reflects deftly on identity, memory and the nature of documentaries
North American Premiere
A Slim Peace (Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Yael Luttwak)
When 14 women-Israelis, Palestinians, Bedouin Arabs, and American settlers-in the West Bank are brought together with the shared goal of losing weight, they find out they have far more in common than they ever would have imagined. A Slim Peace takes a revealing look at the universal struggle for acceptance, understanding and personal transformation in a land of intractable conflict.
World Premiere
A Story Of People In War And Peace (Mardkayin patmutyun paterazmi yev khaghaghutyan orerits) (Country: Armenia; Year: 2007; Director: Vardan Hovhannisyan)
A deeply personal meditation on the horrors of war and its effects is shown through the eyes of Armenian journalist Vardan Hovhannisyan. Weaving together footage he shot during his country's 1994 conflict with neighboring Azerbaijan over the Nagorno Karabakh region, Hovhannisyan creates a devastating portrait of lasting damage inflicted by the battlefield.
US Premiere
The Sugar Curtain (El Telón de azúcar) (Country: France, Cuba, Spain; Year: 2005; Director: Camila Guzmán Urzúa; Writer: Camila Guzmán Urzúa)
Guzman Urzua makes her feature documentary debut with The Sugar Curtain, an intimate portrayal of the singular experience shared by people of her generation - those living Cuba's utopian dream during the golden era of the revolution. It is also a lament for the end of that dream, which began to fizzle after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
US Premiere
Taxi To The Dark Side (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Alex Gibney; Writer: Alex Gibney; Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg, Willie Brand, George W Bush, Dick Cheney, Jack Cloonan, Damien Corsetti, Thomas Curtis, Greg D'Agostino, Carlotta Gall), Official Site, Trailer
An unflinching look at the Bush administration's policy on torture.
World Premiere
The Tree (El Árbol) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2006; Director: Gustavo Fontán; Writer: Gustavo Fontán; Stars: Federico Fontán, Gustavo Fontán, Julio Fontán, María Merlino)
Returning to his childhood home, filmmaker Gustavo Fontán documents his parents' deliberations over a tree planted the day he was born. Simple questions that pass between them - Is the tree dead? Should we cut it down? - become meditations on history, memory, knowledge and the sensory symphony of daily life.
International Premiere
A Walk Into The Sea (A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory) (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Esther Robinson; Writer: Shannon Kennedy; Stars: Callie Angell, Brigid Berlin, John Cale, Nat Finkelstein, Gerard Malanga, Albert Maysles, Paul Morrissey, Julia Robinson, Nadia Williams), Official Site
A search for the truth about a brilliant young filmmaker and Warhol associate who disappeared and may have drowned himself.
We Are Together (Thina Simunye) (Country: UK; Year: 2006; Director: Paul Taylor; Writer: Slindile Moya, Paul Taylor; Stars: Children of Agape, 'Grandma' Zodwa Mqadi, Zwai, Paul Simon, Alicia Keys), Official Site
Life in an African orphanage where the children are united by a love of singing.
North American Premiere

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