REBEL CITIZEN, portrait of Haskell Wexler, directed by his friend and colleague Pamela Yates, will be presented at Rotterdam Film Festival.
This film - which began during the 2015 tribute to the director - will be screened in its definitive version at Cinema du Reel 2016.
>>>This special screening will be a great opportunity to (re)discover the film, and Haskell Wexler’s exceptional career.
A great filmmaker has died.
Cinéma du réel had paid tribute to his inspiring and politically engaged work in 2015. His friend and longtime collaborator Pamela Yates was with us then. Together they directed his last film Rebel Citizen. It was co-produced by Cinéma du réel.
Pamela pays him hommage:
Haskell Wexler was my life-long friend and mentor.
Haskell was well known as the Academy Award-winning cinematographer of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bound for Glory, but his incredible body of work making political documentary films over seven decades is less known.
For more than 30 years I’d been having conversations with Haskell about life, love, politics and cinema, and what it means to be a politically engaged documentary filmmaker. Every morning when Haskell woke up, he railed against the injustices in the world and what we have to do to end them. Earlier this year, I filmed one of our conversations over several days and turned it into a documentary called Rebel Citizen. In Rebel Citizen, he told some great stories: Did you know that in 1963 Haskell made The Bus, a film about a group of civil rights activists as they traveled overland from California to the March on Washington where Martin Luther King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech? This documentary has great resonance with today’s Black Lives Matter movement. He made a host of films about US intervention in Latin America, in Nicaragua and Brazil. These films profoundly affected how I chose to take artistic risks as a committed filmmaker.
His fearlessness was contagious: His film Underground about the radical Weather Underground fugitives (which he made with Emile Di Antonio and Mary Lampson), cost him his job as the cinematographer of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, when the FBI came to the set to investigate him (Bill Butler took over as cinematographer). Yet he never stopped making risky documentaries. Haskell was one of our most honored elders at 93 years old. He fought for social justice up until the day he died.
Pamela Yates, Director
Lydie Wisshaupt-Claudel's film Killing Time, International competition in World premiere, Grand Prix Cinéma du réel 2015, is selected at the, Poitiers (France, January 29 - February 7 2016).
It was programmed at(Portugal, December 2015), at , Montreal (Canada, November 2015) at , Brussells (Belgium, November 2015) and at (Switzerland, September - October 2015).
It was screened on Sunday June 14h at 7.30pm at thein Paris, as part of the Off Site screenings of the festival.
Frida Kempff's film Winter Buoy, First Films International Competition Cinéma du réel 2015, is selected at the, Poitiers (France, January 29 - February 7 2016).
It was programmed at, Clermont-Ferrand (France, November 2015), at the , La Rochelle (France, November 2015) and at (France, August 2015).
Damien Froidevaux's film La Mort du dieu serpent, Special screening Cinéma du réel 2015, is selected at the Festival Bobines sociales, Paris (France, January 24 - 31 2016).
It will be screened as part of thein Verlhac-Tescou (France) on Sunday March 6 2016 at 4:30 pm.
It was programmed at, Florence (Italy, November - December 2015), at the , Paris (France, November 2015), at the , Arcueil (France, November 2015), at the , Forum des Images, Paris (France, November 2015), at , Ajaccio (France, October 2015) and at the , Lussas (France, August 2015).
Marie Moreau's film Une partie de nous s'est endormie, First films International competition in World premiere, Special mention Libraries Award Cinéma du réel 2015, is selected at, Lyon (France, January 22 - 30 2016).
It was programmed at, Florence (Italy, November - December 2015) where it received the Best Mid-length Film Award, and at , Brussells (Belgium, November 5 - 15 2015).
Giovanni Cioni's film Dal Ritorno, International competition in World premiere, Cinéma du réel 2015, was programmed at the, Bruxelles (Belgium, December 2015), at , Milan (Italy, November - December 2015), at , Oullins (France, November 2015) and at the (Belgium, October 2015).
It is screened from October 8th to November 14th 2015 at the in Brussels.
Pilar Monsell's film Africa 815, International Competition Cinéma du réel 2015, will be theatrically released in Spain, on November 27 2015 in Barcelona, on December 3 2015 in Madrid, on December 9 2015 in Santiago de Compostela.
It was programmed at the following festivals:, Rome (Italy, November 2015), , Sevilla (Spain, November 2015), , Barcelona (Spain, November 2015) where it received the Panorama Platja d'Aro Award, , Guía de Isora, Canary Island (Spain, October - November 2015), , Toulouse (France, October 2015), , Mexico (Mexico, October 2015), , Lussas (France, August 2015), , Tui, Galicia (Spain, April 2015).
It was programmed as part of the Muestra de Cine,(Algeria, April 2015), as part of the Nuevo Cine Español Independiente "Se de un lugar" cycle, Maldá Cinema, Barcelona (Spain, June 2015), as part of the programme of the festival Márgenes, Centro Cultural España en San Jose (Costa Rica, June 2015), as part of "The Limit of our Gaze" Cineastas españolas de no ficción, New York University (United States, October 2015), as part of the Foco Henri Langlois. Ciclo de Cine Intransitadas - Mujeres de Cine, Jaén (Spain, October 2015).
Damien Fritsch's film C'est ma vie qui me regarde (My Life Is Face to Me), French Competition, Special mention Youth Award and Special mention Libraries' Award Cinéma du réel 2015, will be screened as part of thein Verfeil sur Seye (France) on Saturday January 30 2016 at 8:30 pm.
It was programmed at, Clermont Ferrand (France, November 23 - 29 2015).
Daniela de Felice's film Casa, French Competition and Special mention to the Institut français Award Cinéma du réel 2013, is selected at, Orléans (France, December 8 - 17 2015).
It was programmed at the following festivals: (Togo, November-December 2013), , Jakarta (Indonesia, April 2014), in Oullins (France, November - December 2013), de Monpazier (France, November 2013) (France, October 2013) where it won a special jury mention, , Bordeaux (France, September 2013), (France, August 2013), , Široki Brijeg (Bosnia Herzegovina, August 2013), Rencontres de Laignes, Burgundy (France, June - July 2013) and at Nyon (Switzerland, April - May 2013)., Tbilissi (Georgia, October 2015), de Buenos Aires (Argentina, October 2014), (Taiwan, October 2014), (France, June 2014),
It was also programmed as part of the Mois du documentaire 2013 and 2014 (France, November).
It won the Golden Dove for Best Animated Documentary Film at(Germany, October 28 - November 3 2013), the Jury Award at the , Saint Ouen (France, November 30 - December 1st 2013) and the Best Documentary Award at the , Rome (Italy, December 2-6, 2013).
Casa's original drawings were shown in several exhibitions: at the literature festival of the Seine Saint Denis (France, April 5-20 2013).(November 8-10 2013), at in Rennes (France, September 2013) and at the public library of Saint-Denis during the
Leonardo Mouramateus' film A Festa e os cães, Short Films International Competition and Short Film Award Cinéma du réel 2015, was programmed at, Florence (Italy, November - December 2015) where it received the Best Documentary Short Award and at , Paris (France, August - September 2015).
Anouck Mangeat, Noémi Aubry, Jeanne Gomas and Clément Juillard's film Et nous jetterons la mer derrière vous (And We Will Throw the Sea Behind You), French competition in World premiere, Cinéma du réel 2015, was programmed at the , Saint Nazaire (France, June 2016) and at , Oullins (France, November 2015).
Denis Klebleev's film Strannye chasticy (Strange Particles), First Films International Competition Cinéma du réel 2015, Joris Ivens Award and Youth Award, was programmed at(Germany, October - November 2015) and at , Tbilissi (Georgia, October 2015),
It was screened at Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland, 5-15 august 2015) as part of the Films of the Juries Programme, Denis Klebleev was one of the members of the Pardi di Domani Jury.
REBEL CITIZEN, a film by Pamela Yates, was programmed during the 53rd edition of New York Film Festival (September - October 2015).
Last year, Pamela Yates was at Cinéma du réel to take part in a tribute to American filmmaker Haskell Wexler. There, she shown an original project, REBEL CITIZEN, portrait of the filmmaker and his work. This project has become a film, support it on:
Many thanks to Pamela Yates, Nicole Brenez, Travis Wilkerson, Paco de Onís (Skylight Pictures) and everybody involved in the project for making this possible!
And above all, thanks to Haskell for his generosity and passion.