Tuesday, March 4
Two interesting documentaries screen tonight as part of the Miami International Film Festival
Stalagim - Shoa Ve Pornographia Be Israel (Stalags, Holocaust and Pornography in Israel examines the publication of Nazi-themed pornography in Israel. These Stalag magazines, named after German prisoner-of-war camps, gained popularity among young Israelis in the 1960s by depicting the abuse of soldiers by female SS officers. An Israeli court eventually found the publishers of these magazines guilty of distributing pornography, forcing their publication underground. The film argues that despite their brief existence these Stalag books permanently affected Israel's perception of the Holocaust.
Art Libsker, a senior journalist for Israel's leading economic newspaper, directed the film. It screens tonight at Sunrise Intracoastal at 5 pm.
At 9 pm director Stephanie Black's documentary Africa Unite premieres at the Gusman Center. This film captures a concert held in Ethiopia in honor of the late Bob Marley's 60th birthday. It features performances by the Marley family, Angelique Kidjo and Teddy Afro. While the film focuses on the legacy of Marley's music, it also makes an appeal for a united Africa.
On Wednesday, March 5 music documentary Public Enemy: Welcome to the Terrordome screens at the Regal South Beach 18 at 9 pm. This film follows the influential rap group on their 2002 London tour. Known for its politically charged lyrics, Public Enemy's music has been featured in Spike Lee films, and this group has greatly influenced rap music and pop culture since their debut album.
90 Millas El Documental was directed by Emilio Estefan, husband of pop singer Gloria Estefan, and is a tribute to Cuban music. It features legendary musicians such as Arturo Sandoval, Chocolate Armenteros and Ms. Estefan, who is slated to appear the screening along with her husband. The film screens at the Gusman Center at 10 pm on Thursday, March 6.
On Friday, March 7 at 7 pm, Katrina's Children explores the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina through the eyes of the children whose lives were changed by the hurricane and its aftermath. The film screens at Regal South Beach 10.
American Teen, which screens on Saturday, March 8, explores the lives of four high school teenagers in Indiana. The film prompted film critic Zack Haddad to write, "for years filmmakers have tried to capture the essence of being in high school and no film has been as successful as the documentary American Teen." The film screens at the Colony Theater on Lincoln Road.
A scene from Stalagim - Shoa Ve Pornographia Be Israel