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Riverside International Film Festival Showcases Directors of Color

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By Anna Wenger

The Riverside International Film Festival kicked off on Friday March 2nd at a University Village red carpet gala, honoring Tippi Hedren from the Hitchcock thriller "The Birds" with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Mrs. Hedren said, "Mr. Hitchcock actually had a great sense of humor."

This annual festival presents international contemporary films to the Inland Empire from all over the world. This year's contributions included Asia, Europe, South America, Mexico, Africa, China and the United States. The Riverside International Film Festival movies are being shown at the Metropolitan Theaters at the University Village and will continue until Sunday, March 11, 2007.

Africa's contribution, Sisters In Law, is directed by Florence Ayisi and Kim Longinotto. The story takes place in the little town of Kumba, Cameroon. There have been no convictions in spousal abuse cases for 17 years. But two women determined to change their community are making progress that could change the world. This fascinating, often hilarious documentary follows the work of State Prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Court President Beatrice Ntuba as they help women fight often-difficult cases of abuse, despite pressures from family and their community to remain silent. Sisters In Law will be shown Saturday, March 10th from 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm.

Full length features, docu-dramas, documentaries and short films are showcased each day. An entire day is devoted to student productions. For screening schedules, go to http://www.riversidefilmfest.org.

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