AULCIE has been honored as an official selection of the 24th United Nations Association Film Festival. One of the oldest Documentary festivals in America, the UNAFF has honored the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for over two decades.
AULCIE is the incredible story of Aulcie Perry, an African American basketball player who hailed from the violence-filled streets of the 1960s Newark, NJ, and who found his glory in leading Israel’s Maccabi basketball team to the 1977 European championship. He became an overnight sensation in Israel, beloved by the fans and by his adopted country. He converted to Judaism and became an Israeli citizen. His highly publicized relationship with Israeli supermodel Tami Ben Ami became the subject of relentless media attention, making him one of Israel’s biggest stars. But his success wasn’t enough to save him from the descend into drugs and jail time, before finally finding redemption. Dani Menken’s documentary tells the story of this legendary athlete.
“A compelling and inspiring portrait of a singular life journey.” – Gary Goldstein, LA Times.
Dani Menkin | Documentary | 72 Minutes | USA, Israel | English, Hebrew | $11.99 for a 3-day rental period.
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Read more about Writer/Director DANI MENKIN and his film AULCIE HERE.
GCIFF 2021 ENCORE SCREENING!
Jesmark, a Maltese fisherman, contends with a newfound leak in his wooden luzzu boat. Barely getting by, he sees his livelihood—and a family tradition from generations before him—imperiled by diminishing harvests, a ruthless fishing industry, and a stagnating ecosystem. Desperate to provide for his wife and their newborn son, whose growth impediment requires treatment, Jesmark gradually slips into an illicit black-market fishing operation.
Winner: World Cinema Jury Prize for Acting, Sundance Film Festival
“One of the best films of 2021.” – Movie Nation
“An unaffected triumph with a simmering power… a stirringly nuanced and dazzlingly shot humanistic drama.” – Los Angeles Times
“Malta’s views are arresting, but the images Camilleri chooses would never be found in a travel brochure. In his subtle, vérité approach, he captures something special — not one man’s crisis, but a community’s culture.” – The New York Times
Alex Camilleri | Narrative | 95 Minutes | Malta | Maltese w/english subtitles | $12
BEHIND THE SCREENS WITH CAST & CREW:
The film follows several years in the life of Joy Womack, the first American to graduate from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s main training program, and the first American woman to sign a contract with the Bolshoi Ballet.
Joy grew up in a typical American family. She always wanted to be a ballet dancer and moved to Russia when she was 15 to follow her dream. Without a word of Russian, not completely fit for the physical requirements of Russian ballet dancers, Joy shows her strength and dedication to ballet and accomplishing her dreams. We follow Joy’s personal and professional life: from her daily challenges, injuries, performances to becoming a ballet dancer with Bolshoi Theatre group and then prima ballerina of Kremlin Ballet, where she has performance of her lifetime – Swan Lake, before closing this chapter of her life and leaving Russia to pursue new opportunities.
“Visually stunning and dramatically engrossing, this film doesn’t just tell Ms. Womack’s story. It brings the viewer along for an unforgettable ride from the optimistic beginnings through corruption and despair to the eventual triumph of one ballerina’s unique and fascinating story.”
– Bill Waldinger, Classical Ballet and All That Jazz
Dina Burlis, Sergey Gavrilov | Documentary | 91 Minutes | 2021 | Russia, UK, USA | $6.99