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Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sun, Nov 4, 2018

Double Feature! Rungano Nyoni & Alina Nasibullina In Person!
Co-presented by BAFTA
Join us at 4:00 PM in the lobby for a pre-screening reception. Discussion following I AM NOT A WITCH with director Rungano Nyoni. Discussion following CRYSTAL SWAN with actress Alina Nasibullina and cinematographer Carolina Costa.
2017, Film Movement, 93 min, UK/France/Germany/Zambia, Dir: Rungano Nyoni

When 9-year-old Shula (Maggie Mulubwa) turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life in a state-run witch camp. There she is tethered to a long white ribbon and told that if she ever tries to run away, she will be transformed into a goat. As the days pass, Shula begins to settle into her new community, but a threat looms on the horizon. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision – whether to resign herself to life on the camp, or take a risk for freedom. “It's rare and exhilarating that a new filmmaker arrives on the scene so sure of herself and so willing to take bold, counter-intuitive chances.” – Jessica Kiang, Variety.

2018, 93 min, Belarus/USA/Germany/Russia, Dir: Darya Zhuk

In post-Soviet Belarus, unemployed raver Velya (Alina Nasibullina) dreams of emigrating to the U.S. After forging proof of employment to win a much-coveted visa, her dream appears within reach … but the American consulate wants to call the bogus number she’d provided. Velya's only solution is to travel to a small factory town and endure a week in the cramped apartment on the other end of the phone line, whose family matriarch refuses to lie to the authorities but will allow Velya to do so. But the scheme soon upends both the family's and the town’s order, with potentially disastrous consequences for all.

I AM NOT A WITCH in English and Nyanja with English subtitles. CRYSTAL SWAN in Russian and English with English subtitles. | Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Sun, Nov 4, 2018 • 5:00pm

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