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The Windy City Internatonal Documentary Festival, presented by Columbia College and the International Documentary Association, runs Friday through Sunday, May 24 through 26, at Columbia College Hokin Hall, 635 S. Wabash, and the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. All screenings are free. For more information call 663-1600, ext. 5300.



A half-hour work by Pedro Sena Nunes (1995), about an isolated village in northeast Portugal. (Chicago Cultural Center, 10:30 am)

Belgrade Calling

Kirsi Nevanti's half-hour 1995 work about nationalism in the former Yugoslavia. (Chicago Cultural Center, 11:00)

Letters to Srebrenica

A 19-year-old Muslim refugee living in Switzerland sends video letters to a friend who's still in Srebrenica, an hour-long work by Daniel von Aarburg (1995). (Chicago Cultural Center, 11:30)

Into the Lighthouse

A 1995 half-hour film about a young man who's leaving everything behind to go work at a lighthouse; directed by Olga Ramos. (Chicago Cultural Center, 1:15)

L'amour Fou

A 50-minute Czech-Austrian film (1995) by Martina Kudlacek about a young psychiatrist. (Chicago Cultural Center, 1:50)


A 51-minute Dutch film (1995) about three women who are or have been drug addicts; Jelka Anhalt directed. (Chicago Cultural Center, 2:45)

Tell the Truth and Run

A 110-minute film directed by Rick Goldsmith about former foreign correspondent George Seldes, who's now 98 years old. Ralph Nader, Ben Bagdikian, and Victor Navasky are among those interviewed; Susan Sarandon narrates. (Chicago Cultural Center, 3:55)


Before You Go: A Daughter's Diary

Nicole Betancourt's hour-long 1995 video diary about her father, who has AIDS. (Hokin Hall, 10:00 am)

Independent Little Cuss

Jeff Patterson's half-hour work about a woman with muscular distrophy who's preparing to marrying a nondisabled man against his mother's wishes. (Hokin Hall, 11:00)

At 22: Pictures From Home

A 44-minute film by Sergio Camacho about his family (1995). (Hokin Hall, 11:35)

A Changing of the Seasons

A 90-minute German-South African film about a small town in South Africa during the weeks before the first democratic elections; Stefanie Sycholt directed. (Hokin Hall, 12:20)

Portrait of Dog With Boy

A half-hour 1993 Russian-American work, directed by Robin Hessman and James Longley, that focuses on a 13-year-old boy from Moscow who's been abandoned by his family. (Hokin Hall, 1:50)

Home to Tibet

An hour-long 1995 film by Alan Dater and Lisa Merton about a stonemason returning to Tibet after 12 years in exile. (Hokin Hall, 2:20)

Curtain Call

After suffering a stroke, 77-year-old Edith Jones thinks she can continue living independently, though her daughters disagree; daughter Michel Jones directed (1995). (Hokin Hall, 3:20)

Ringl and Pit

A 1995 documentary by Juan Mandelbaum about Bauhas-inspired advertising photographers Grete Stern and Ellen Auerbach. (Hokin Hall, 4:15)


A Time for Justice

Charles Guggenheim's 40-minute work about the civil rights movement, which won an Academy Award for best short documentary in 1995. (Chicago Cultural Center, 12:15)

Bontoc Eulogy

Marlon Fuentes's hour-long film (1995) about his grandfather, one of 1,100 Philipine natives who were "displayed" at the 1904 world's fair in Saint Louis; it shares the jury's prize for best of festival with Seed and Earth (see listing below). (Chicago Cultural Center, 1:00)

Family Tree

Hayden Grooms's 40-minute film (1995) about a murder in a small town in Iowa, winner of the festival's award for best student work. (Chicago Cultural Center, 2:00)

The Masked

An hour-long Colombian-American work about murder in Medellin by Carlos Aparicio and Adriana Saldarriaga; awarded the prize for best cinematography by the festival jury. (Chicago Cultural Center, 2:45)

Seed and Earth

A half-hour Indian-American film about everyday life in rural Bengal, directed by Lina Fruzzetti, Alfred Guzzetti, Ned Johnston, and Akos Ostor; it shares the award for best of festival with Bontoc Eulogy. (Chicago Cultural Center, 3:45)

Animal Crackers

Joshua Chaiton's 21-minute work about a veterinarian in Toronto; awarded the best-editing prize by the festival's jury. (Chicago Cultural Center, 4:25)

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