50th San Francisco International Film Festival

Sunday, May 06, 2007, 12:30 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project
Jack Youngelson and Peter Sutherland, 2006, 70 min.
12:30 p.m.
This intimate documentary examines the life and work of American photographer Tierney Gearon, whose emotionally and ethically complex images of her mother and young children garnered both art-world praise and legal charges of exploitation.

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me it Would Become This Bad in Afghanistan
Cyrus Frisch, 2007, 70 min.
2:45 p.m.
Documenting the tension between native citizens, immigrant youth, and the police in Amsterdam, this is the first feature-length work to be shot on a mobile phone and premiere at a major film festival.

Zolykha's Secret
Horace Shansab, 2006, 135 min.
5:00 p.m.
Shansab's remarkably assured and deeply humane feature debut is a moving story about a close-knit family in Afghanistan trying to survive under vicious and oppressive Taliban rule.

Frame by Frame
Various filmmakers, 85 min.
8:15 p.m.
Experimental, atmospheric, and out-of-the-blue heart-stopping, the animated shorts in this lively program are sure to surprise and delight. The program includes this year's Academy Award-winning The Danish Poet, narrated by Liv Ullmann, along with The Tale of How, Acousticity, Birchbeer, Loom, Sheep, Tyger, Whirr, t.o.m., Adjustment, Harrachov, Never Like the First Time!, The Memories of Dogs, and Collision.