May 18, 2024 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Human Rights Play Center Stage with Two Award-Winning Films Opening this Weekend at Laemmle Monica Film Center

Cinema Libre Studio, a Burbank-based independent distribution company with a focus on social issue films, has two powerful films opening this weekend, following a New York City run, which focus on human rights.

 Beyond The Raging Sea, a documentary, follows the harrowing tale of Egyptian adventurers Omar Nour and Omar Samra (Team 02) as they take on the Talisker Atlantic Challenge, an unsupported 3,000 nautical mile journey from the Canary Islands to Antigua.  After two years of preparation, with little open water experience, Team 02 embarked on the world’s toughest row. In collaboration with UNHCR and UNDP, they dedicated their journey to the displaced people who face peril crossing dangerous seas. The Hollywood Reporter called it “a gripping adventure on high seas.”

Omar Samra, the first Egyptian to climb Mount Everest and Omar Nour the first Egyptian professional triathlete are in Santa Monica for Q&A talkbacks with director Marco Orsini following shows on Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 4:30 and Sunday at 12:45 & 3:00.

Website: https://www.beyondtheragingsea.com/
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmiEg_hxdew

Written and directed by Philippe Diaz, “I am Gitmo,” is an award-winning narrative, which Truthdig called, “an effective and necessary reminder that after 23-plus years, Guantanamo is still open. And for that, we should all feel ashamed.”

Synopsis: During the War on Terror after 9/11, Gamel Sadek (Sammy Sheik), a Muslim schoolteacher is taken from his home and delivered to Bagram Air Base, a CIA black site, where he is questioned about the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden. He is tortured when he denies knowing him. Chained and hooded, he is put on a cargo plane to Guantanamo Bay. John Anderson (Eric Pierpoint), a military interrogator, is brought out of retirement and assigned to Gamel’s case leaving his daughter behind in New York. Despite relentless beatings, starvation, and torture in Gitmo, Gamel maintains his innocence. John struggles to accept the new torture methods imposed by General Miller (Sean O’Bryan), newly in command of the prison, and the mandate to force a confession at any cost. As Gamel prepares for a hearing on his status as an enemy combatant with his lawyer Bob Levin (Paul Kampf), he realizes he could be held indefinitely, and that John’s testimony will be the deciding factor.

The film has garnered a Best Actor Award at the Marbella Film Festival and a Special Jury Award at the Socially Relevant Film Festival.

Q&As following three shows with Philippe Diaz moderated by journalist Jeremy Kuzmarov include:

Friday @ 1:00 -Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin who was UN Special Rapporteur on Human rights and Counterterrorism

Saturday @ 7:00  & Sunday @ 7:15 –  Cast members Eric Pierpoint and Chico Brown

Website: https://iamgitmo.com/
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW2MQBN3cx8
______________________

Additional shows ALL WEEK  for both films with senior matinee discounts and student ticket prices!       

Tickets & Showtimes @ Laemmle Monica
1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Link: https://www.laemmle.com/film/i-am-gitmo

in News
Related Posts

9th Annual MAINopoly Event Returns to Santa Monica This Weekend

May 16, 2024

May 16, 2024

Participating Establishments Include Ashland Hill, Holey Grail Donuts, Juneshine, Jameson’s Pub and Others The 9th Annual MAINopoly: A Taste of...

Homeless Man Drags Woman by the Ponytail, Charged With Multiple Felonies

May 16, 2024

May 16, 2024

The Victim Believes the Man Intended to Sexually Assault Her By Zach Armstrong A homeless man who dragged a woman several...

Venice Teachers Honored at 14th Annual WAVE Awards

May 16, 2024

May 16, 2024

The Theme Highlighted the Dedication of Educators to Fostering Unity Amid Challenging Political Times The Venice Chamber of Commerce honored...

New Grab-and-Go Café Opens in Marina del Rey Hotel

May 16, 2024

May 16, 2024

Standout Menu Items Include the Avocado Tartine MOJO Café has opened in the lobby of the Marina del Rey Hotel,...

“We Are Essential” Festival to Promote Water Conservation and Recycling

May 15, 2024

May 15, 2024

Activities Include Compost Workshops, Blind Water Tastings, Coloring Stations and Recycling-Themed Lawn Games “We Are Essential,” a community festival focusing...

Three-Story Complex Opens in Santa Monica, Offers Tenants “Creative” Office Space

May 15, 2024

May 15, 2024

The Building Is Divided Into Two Wings, Connected by a Glass-Enclosed Walk-Through Bridge Structure C.W. Driver Companies, has officially completed...

Migration Celebration Coming to Ballona Discovery Park

May 15, 2024

May 15, 2024

A Native Plant Bundle Pickup and Live Shows Included Prepare for a day of festivities at the Migration Celebration, taking...

Venice Shorts: Hampton Encampment Back on Sidewalk

May 15, 2024

May 15, 2024

New Encampment on the Saint Joseph’s side of the street worries residents By Nick Antonicello  A new sidewalk encampment has...

SMPD Make Six Arrests Over Drug Offenses

May 15, 2024

May 15, 2024

The Department Conducted an Operation Focused on Narcotics-Related Crimes By Zach Armstrong During an operation focused on narcotics-related crimes over the...

(Video) Hang-Ten Therapeutics Uses Sand, Ocean and Surfboards as a Source of Empowerment

May 15, 2024

May 15, 2024

More Information at hang-tentherapuetics.com @yovenicenews Surf therapy is a source of empowerment #therapy #surfing #losangeles #fyp #santamonica ♬ original sound...

Student Photojournalist Scores Recognition for Picture of Venice Woman Living in RV

May 14, 2024

May 14, 2024

The Woman Seen Is a Venice Beach Native Known by Her Friends as “Prophet” By Zach Armstrong Caylo Seals, a...

Suspect Outstanding After Stabbing Incident on Lincoln Boulevard

May 14, 2024

May 14, 2024

The Unidentified Victim Was Transported to a Local Hospital By Zach Armstrong A suspect is still outstanding after a stabbing...

City Seeks Input for Santa Monica Airport Conversion Project, Engagement Process Starts This Weekend

May 14, 2024

May 14, 2024

Residents Will Be at Various Stations to Engage With the Project Team, Listen to Discussions, Learn About Proposals and Share...

(Video) Angel City FC Soccer Is in Full Swing

May 14, 2024

May 14, 2024

The NWSL Team’s Schedule Runs Through November @yovenicenews The season runs through November #sports #soccer #womenssoccer #nwsl #losangeles #fyp ♬...

U2’s The Edge and Morleigh Steinberg Honored With Inaugural HEART Award at Star-Studded Gala

May 13, 2024

May 13, 2024

The Gala Raised $2.7 Million for the Services of Venice Family Clinic, the Nonprofit Health Center Which Serves Over 45,000...