“Sheffield Film Days in Amman”

Date: 30/03/2014 - 3/04/2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Organizer: The Royal Film Commission
Location: The Royal Film Commission – Jordan Jebel Amman, 1st Circle, 5 Omar Bin Al Khattab Street
Entry: Free   

Sunday 30 March


7:00 PM

Kim Longinotto, 90 min, Documentary, Tamil with English subtitles, United Kingdom/ India, 2013

When Salma, a young Muslim girl growing up in a South Indian village, turned 13, her family shut her away for eight years forbidding her to study and forcing her into marriage. After her wedding, her husband insisted she stays indoors. Salma was unable to venture outside for nearly two and a half decades.

During that time, words became her salvation. She began covertly composing poems on scraps of paper, and through an intricate system, smuggled them to the outside world. The poems describe the hardships Salma and countless women like her suffer in their secluded lives.

The film’s world premiere was at Sundance Film Festival. It  has won several international awards including: Peace Film Prize City of Osnabruck at Osnabruck Film Festival, Best International Feature and Best International Director at Documentary Edge Festival, 2nd Place Audience Award at Berlinale Film Festival, Best Film at Human Screen Festival in Tunisia.

Monday 31 March

The Summit

7:00 PM

Nick Ryan, 99 min, Documentary, English, Ireland, 2012

In August 2008, 24 climbers converged on High Camp of K2. 48 hours later, 11 had been killed or simply vanished into thin air. At the heart of “The Summit” lies a mystery about one extraordinary man, Ger McDonnell. Faced with a heart-breaking dilemma he stumbled onto a disastrous scene - three climbers tangled up in ropes and running out of time. When a climber falls or wanders off the trail, the unwritten code of the mountain is to leave him/her dead. Had Ger McDonnell stuck to the climbers' code, he might still be alive.

August 1st, 2008 was the deadliest day on the world’s most dangerous mountain.

The film has won Best Adventure Award at Boulder International Film Festival, Best Editing Award at Sundance Film Festival, Best Mountaineering Film and Grand Prize at Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, the City of Domzal Award and Best Feature Film Award at International Mountain Film Festival Domzale 2014.

Tuesday 1 April

Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers

7:00 PM

Havana Marking, 89 min, Documentary, English, Serbo-Croat and Arabic with English subtitles, United Kingdom, 2012

Over four years, the Director manages to track down five members of the Pink Panthers, a loose network of thieving affiliates who cooperate on a global scale.

In their own words, the most successful jewel thieves of all time take audiences into their world:  the divided former Yugoslavia, the modern diamond trade and a 21st century crime gang. The film features interviews with members of the Pink Panthers gang and associates – the same group responsible for a huge Dubai jewel heist in 2007. As many of the criminals are caught, one can wonder whether this is this end of the gang.

The film was screened in several international film festivals including: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Dubai International Film Festival and Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Wednesday 2 April

Project Wild Thing

7:00 PM

David Bond, 82 min, Documentary, English, United Kingdom, 2013

David Bond is a filmmaker and a father. Things have really changed since he was a kid; his children are hooked on screens and don't want to go outdoors.  Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors. The marketing departments of Apple, Disney and Mattel control his children better than he can.

Determined to get them up and out, David appoints himself as the Marketing Director for Nature. He develops and launches a nationwide marketing campaign to get British children outside.

His humorous journey unearths some painful truths about modern family life. “Project Wild Thing” is the hilarious, real-life story of one man's determination to get children out and into the ultimate, free wonder-product: Nature.

The film’s world premiere was at Sheffield Doc/Fest. It was also screened in several other international festivals.

Thursday 3 April

Here Was Cuba

7:00 PM

Emer Reynolds and John Murray, 78 min, Documentary, English, Russian and Spanish with English subtitles, Ireland, 2013

In October 1962, the discovery that Soviet mid-range missiles were being secretly installed in Cuba sent President Kennedy into a strategic panic. With Fidel Castro and a slew of unfortunate military miscalculations complicating an already cumbersome negotiation process between the White House and President Khrushchev at the Kremlin, the world was teetering on the brink of a nuclear holocaust.

Director Emer Reynolds plots a riveting narrative by weaving together never-before-released recordings of President Kennedy's tense advisory sessions, personal recollections with Khrushchev's son, and interviews featuring the statesmen and soldiers who stood "eyeball to eyeball" with the end of the world.

The film’s world premiere was at Sheffield Doc/ Fest. It was also screened in several international festivals.