50th San Francisco International Film Festival

Friday, May 04, 2007, 12:00 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
Spike Lee, 2006, 255 min.
Lee's documentary on Hurricane Katrina is a powerful elegy for an American tragedy. In addition to this complete screening, acts II and III will be shown as part of a program (attended by the filmmaker) honoring Lee as the 2007 recipient of the Film Society Directing Award.

Special Forces
Pierre Hébert and Bob Ostertag, 2007, 60 min.
6:30 p.m.
Living Cinema presents the North American premiere of its latest audiovisual spectacular, a critique of the current situation in the Middle East. Mixing images and sounds from video games, war footage, and original recordings made in Beirut, the collective will dazzle and provoke.

Strange Culture
Lynn Hershman Leeson, 2006, 75 min.
Tilda Swinton appears in this unconventional documentary about Steve Kurtz, a conceptual artist falsely accused of bioterrorism. The "strange culture" investigated is one of art, dissent, and the U.S. Justice Department's refusal to admit error.