What’s Happening Friday at the Big Muddy?

Today at the Fest, you can look forward to a selection of documentary and narrative film on a wide array of topics.

At the Student Center Auditorium, at 4pm, we have Beryl Magoko’s The Cut. The Kuria in Kenya and Tanzania are still practicing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as a ritual. It is painful and even dangerous. The older generation and peer pressure want to uphold the legacy of the ancestors… but the effect of generational practice has created a mixed feeling in the young generation in the 21st century. So what can human right activists do? Join us for a powerful documentary this afternoon.

At 6pm, we have two screenings for the community to choose from. At the Student Center Auditorium, we will be screening two films about the stage: Andrea Baldini’s Ferdinand Knapp, and Creditors by Ben Cura. The titular Ferdinand Knapp is the pre-eminent actor of French theatre, revered by all. In preparing for a new play, the lines between his character’s malevolent personality and his own begin to blur. His double warps his reality into a nightmare and compels him to commit an irredeemable act. In Creditors, a love triangle is unraveled when a young painter is approached by an admirer who eases him into making sense of his relationship with his wife. Based on August Strindberg’s 1888 play, “Creditors” is a modern re-telling of Strindberg’s story of love, betrayal, revenge and psychological manipulation, which he considered to be his one true masterpiece.

At Guyon Auditorium, introspection rules the day, as we follow people looking inside themselves to understand the world around them. The Seventh Fire, directed by Jack Roccobono is a haunting and visually arresting nonfiction film about the gang crisis in Indian Country, presented by Terrence Malick. When Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader on a remote Minnesota reservation, is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved Ojibwe community. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protege, Kevin, dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared Native gangster on the reservation. Saham Hosseini’s Heart Connected is a beautiful love story of a young couple revealing that love endures all. Some Forgotten Calculation, by C.S. Ward is an exploration into the history of computing and our science fiction past. The block concludes with Elizabeth Williams’ Kuwabara Kuwabara, a short, experimental documentary/narrative by senior film student Elizabeth Williams exploring the existential questions that accompany being an American 20-something year old “kid” in the early 21st-century. Deeply personal, the film centers on the lives of the filmmaker’s dearest friends as they struggle to “grow up” in a culture that has so far allowed them to do so vicariously.

At 8pm, the double-screen offerings continue. In the Student Center Auditorium, we have EKAJ, directed by Cati Gonzalez. EKAJ is a love story between two drifters, a naive teenager and a hustler. The film capture’s a runaway journey to New York City. Ekaj meets Mecca who takes him under his care. Mecca has AIDS and multiple problems of his own. He is high all day but still manages to be the only voice of reason in Ekaj’s hopeless world. They cruise the city together looking for money and places to stay. The core of the movie is Ekaj, who thinks he will become the lover of a rich man and be taken care of for life but ends up finding his dreams quickly shattered. Although he makes some money as a prostitute, he finds he is disposable, replaceable and lacking what it takes to survive in the city. Their relationship develops into true friendship and love as they lean on each other for survival For lighter fare, join us at Guyon Auditorium for Frank Laudner’s Max Peril. In an effort to finish a film before turning thirty, Riley Young documents and re-creates the bizarre but supposedly-true stories of a retired secret agent using local talent, a VHS camcorder, and every lowbudget trick he knows.

And, as you can every day of the festival, come see a looping selection of animation and experimental film at the University Museum whenever you’d like!