[Boston-wkg-video] Nomads Land Films' Guerrilla Sudanese Refugee Documentary The Art Of Flight To Reach Global Audience via Google Video
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Wed May 10 13:41:15 PDT 2006
PRESS RELEASE - Nomads Land Films' Sudanese Refugee Guerrilla
Documentary The Art Of Flight To Reach Global Audience via Google Video
(May 9 , 2006 - DUBAI) - The Art of Flight, Davin Anders Hutchins'
guerrilla documentary about Sudanese refugees in Cairo and America's
failing policies in the Middle East, will be made available free to a
worldwide audience for a limited time in its entirety on Google Video
(video.google.com) Screened at AFI Fest in Hollywood, International
Documentary Festival Amsterdam and Bangkok International Film Festival,
the film essentially summarizes the events leading up to the Dec. 2005
police massacre of Sudanese refugee protestors outside UNHCR's office in
"This film is essentially a 'vlog' that just happens to have been on
the festival circuit. It takes a hard look at how 25 years and billions
of dollars of financial support for Egypt by the U.S. has created an
unsafe environment for Sudanese refugees and Egyptian citizens alike,"
says Hutchins. The director secretly used camcorders and a laptop to
direct and edit the film. The Art of Flight also features an original
score composed by Hutchins and Al Khafiyeen, a band of Sudanese refugees
living in Cairo. The soundtrack is available on many music download
sites including iTunes (www.itunes.com) and Real Media's Rhapsody
"If the Egyptian government knew what I was filming, I would have
easily been arrested," says Hutchins "I'm quite sure this film will be
banned in Egypt, but it doesn't matter. With Internet distribution, it
can be beamed right into Egypt via the Internet. I hope the film can
shine a light on the repressive environment Hosni Mubarak has created
and help the U.S. change its stance towards Egypt."
The Art of Flight is one of the first new independent documentary
films made available on Google Video (
+flight&pl=true). Anyone wishing to view the film simply clicks on
video.google.com and searches for "The Art of Flight." A copy of the
film is also available on the Nomads Land Films website at:
Hutchins is currently general manager of Nomads Land Films. The
company, which began with a laptop and camcorder kit in a spare bedroom
in Cairo, is now located in Dubai and produces documentaries for
international broadcasters. The Art of Flight delves deep into questions
about the nature of charity, the consequences of American empire and the
price of transience.
"This story isn't finished yet. Even with Darfur raging, apathy
about Sudanese refugees runs high," says Hutchins. "The frustrating part
is to go through festival screeners and channel executives, you almost
never reach the audience who cares most and can help change things on
the ground. Google Video changes that. What matters most is that the
refugees who risked much to tell me their stories to me can have those
stories heard by others."
For interviews with Hutchins, please contact:
press at nomadslandfilms.com. Press kits and photos can be found at:
www.nomadslandfilms.com/presskit.htm. For sales inquiries for The Art of
Flight, please contact info at nomadslandfilms.com.
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