The following movie was screened at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

The Man of Two Havanas

The Man of Two Havanas
Discovery Documentary
2007, U.S.A.
Dir: Vivien Lesnik Weisman

Born in Havana and raised in Miami, director Vivien Lesnik Weisman was never able to fully comprehend the huge rift between the Cubans who stayed in Cuba, and the Cubans who got out. Her father, Max Weisman, is a noted political activist, journalist, and radio personality, and is also an open opponent of the embargo placed on the island by the United States, citing that the only thing the embargo does is suffocate the island-country even more than it already is.
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Tribeca Movie Review: Invisibles

The following movie was screened at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

Invisibles

Invisibles
Spotlight Narrative
2007, Spain
Dir: Wim Wenders, Isabel Coixet, Fernando León de Aranoa, Javier Corcuera, Mariano Barroso

The Doctors Without Borders organization sponsored this five-piece documentary on atrocities being committed and inflicted upon the underrepresented and poverty stricken around the world. These five filmmakers each create a heartbreaking vision of the state of affairs currently seen throughout towns and villages destroyed by war, famine, disease, and chaos. Focusing on individuals in Barcelona, the Congo, Uganda, the Central African Republic, and Colombia, the five shorts relate the painful conditions that these people are living in and all the agony they have suffered.

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The following movie was screened at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory

A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory
World Documentary Competition
2006, U.S.A
Dir: Esther B. Robinson

The infamous and enigmatic Any Warhol accrued many a hanger-on during his career, and most notably, during the Factory Years. While the Factory raged on, many of those that found themselves in his tight nit crew laid claim to being artists as well. With all the fame and popularity Warhol was accumulating at that point in time, its no wonder that everyone around him was also trying get a piece of the prize. A Walk Into the Sea examines the life of one such person who floated around Andy during those days, but was never given the attention he desired.
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The following movie was reviewed at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

A Story of People in War & Peace

A Story of People in War & Peace
World Documentary Competition
2006, Armenia
Dir: Vardan Hovhannisyan

In 1994 a truce was arrived at between Armenia and neighboring Azerbaijan, ending a bloody confrontation that had swept both nations after the fall of the Soviet Union. These two former satellites of the Soviet empire were newly independent and both desperate to claim land they both believed pertained to them. During the war, photojournalist Vardan Hovhannisyan followed a small platoon of men, and one female nurse, through their harrowing ordeal. Twelve years later and Vardan realizes that the memory of the incidents is slowly being forgotten by the younger generations. The reasons why the war was fought are being disregarded and overlooked.

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Tribeca Movie Review: The Tree

The following movie was reviewed at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

The Tree

The Tree (El Árbol)
World Documentary Competition
2006, Argentina
Dir: Gustavo Fontán

Can memories of an entire lifetime be harnessed within one single object of affection? Can moments long ago experienced be recalled and relived with the help of a familiar companion? What happens when a family has to make a decision that could alter them forever? Writer-turned-filmmaker Gustavo Fontán attempts to carefully and lovingly answer these questions in his impressive and poetic film essay The Tree.
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Tribeca Movie Review: Between Heaven and Earth

The following movie was screened at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

Between Heaven and Earth

Between Heaven and Earth
World Documentary Competition
2006, Netherlands
Dir: Frank van den Engel, Masja Novikova

In Uzbekistan, the circus is long-standing tradition, highly regarded as an important part of Uzbekistani society. Between Heaven and Earth takes a glimpse at the lives of two circus families, with two very distinct positions on life. The heads of the families, Achat and Tursun Ali, have been dear friends for years. Tursun Ali actually trained with Achat to become a “strong man.” These men have a very high opinion of each other, and understand what each has gone through in their tumultuous lives.

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The following movie was reviewed at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (O Ano em que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias)
World Narrative Competition
2006, Brazil
Dir: Cao Hamburger

The year was 1970. Man had recently landed on the moon and Pelé had scored his one thousandth goal. In Brazil, times were turbulent and agitated. The end of the 60′s ushered in a period of regime change, with the military dictatorship under General Emílio Garrastazu Médici taking flagrant attacks on the rights of all civilians and their free expression. But 12 year-old Mauro was not concerned with such dilemmas. He had bigger fish to fry. He had the 1970 World Cup to look forward to, where Brazil was billed as the favorite to take home the trophy.
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Tribeca Movie Review: The Sugar Curtain

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The Sugar Curtain

The Sugar Curtain (El Telón de Azúcar)
World Documentary Competition
2006, Cuba, France, Spain
Dir: Camila Guzmán Urzúa

A daring look at the remnants of a failed dream, The Sugar Curtain takes a personal route and looks at director Camila Guzmán Urzúa’s experience as a child during the “Golden Age” of Cuban Communism. The dream was that of forming a perfectly functioning community under the tenants of a Communism molded to fit the people of Cuba. When it crumbled, so did the aspirations of a generation brought up to believe they were the future builders of their society.
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