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Grassroots in Dry Lands

Helene Klodawsky
2015 | 52 min & 89 min 53 s

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Helene Klodawsky
Director
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Helene Klodawsky

Helene Klodawsky is a veteran independent filmmaker and a passionate artist. Her poignant films reveal a commitment to both social and political struggles, as well as to her chosen art form. In the deeply felt documentary No More Tears Sister (2005), about a slain Sri Lankan human rights activist, and Family Motel (2007), a riveting alternative drama about a Somali refugee family newly arrived in Canada, she reveals the depth and breadth of her commitment. Undying Love (2002), a tender, evocative film that is both personal and universal, touches on the possibility of redemption after the Holocaust.

Shoot and Cry (1987), Helene’s first feature documentary, foreshadows her most recent work, Grassroots in Dry Lands (2015)—also set in the Middle East. While the early film was groundbreaking in its exploration of the consequences of occupation and militarization within Israeli society, Grassroots in Dry Lands is a moving story of community organizers in poor neighbourhoods of Palestine, Israel and Jordan, and their determination to build a future where all peoples of the region enjoy the same rights.

Spanning a period of 30 years, Helene’s work has been screened, discussed and televised around the world, in venues as diverse as New York’s Lincoln Centre and Kenyan refugee camps. Her films have received awards and nominations from the Academy of Canadian Cinema, Hot Docs, Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, and the Jerusalem International Film Festival. No More Tears Sister opened the 2005 season of PBS’s prestigious POV documentary series, and her 2009 film, Malls R Us, was selected for the Museum of Modern Art’s “Canadian Front” in New York, a year after Family Motel enjoyed the same honour.

Helene’s 2013 feature, Come Worry with Us!, follows Thee Silver Mt. Zion, an underground band facing the complexities of economic precariousness, political engagement and gender. After premiering in competition at the 2014 Rencontres internationales du documentaire, the film travelled to Hot Docs, the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Beat Festival (Moscow), the Independent Istanbul International Film Festival and the Guadalajara International Film Festival, among others.

Her award-winning documentaries include Painted Landscapes of the Times (1986), Motherland (1994), and What If…A Film about Judith Merril (1999). Klodawsky’s films have been broadcast on CTV, CBC, Vision TV, Canal+, Superchannel, Knowledge Network, Channel Four, Sundance International, PBS and SBS. Reviews have appeared in a wide range of periodicals, including The Globe and Mail, National Post, The New York Times, Newsweek International, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, La Presse, Le Nouvel Observateur, The Independent, BBC News Service, Hindustan Times, Asian Tribune, Art in America, and Art Forum. In 2009, Montage magazine featured an in-depth profile of her life and work.

Mother of two daughters, Helene is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She is a member of the Documentary Organization of Canada, the Writer’s Guild of Canada, and Réalisatrices Équitables.


Nathalie Barton
Producer, INFORMACTION FILMS
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Nathalie Barton

Nathalie Barton is president of InformAction Films inc., which she co-founded in Montreal in 1971. She has produced documentaries, especially auteur documentaries, since 1985, including films by emerging filmmakers. Producers Ian Quenneville and Ian Oliveri joined the company in 2000.

Recent production credits include Grassroots In Dry Lands, feature documentary by Helene Klodawsky, coproduced with the NFB, to be released in 2016, The Price We Pay, feature documentary by Harold Crooks, launched at TIFF 2014 and released theatrically in March 2015 (TIFF Top Ten, Best Canadian documentary Vancouver Film Critics Circle), Faith in Government, by Jon Kalina,2014, Frameworks, Images of a Changing World, feature documentary by Helen Doyle, 2013 (Best Arts & Culture Documentary: Prix Gémeaux 2014, finalist Best Feature Documentary: Prix Jutra 2014, Best Canadian Film: FIFA 2013), Trains of Life by André Melançon, 2013, Sand Wars, by Denis Delestrac, coproduced with La compagnie des Taxi-brousse, Rappi Productions and Arte, 2013 (Best Nature & Science Documentary: Prix Gémeaux 2014, Rockie Award for Best Environmental Program: Banff World Media Festival 2014, 10 international awards), East End Forever, feature documentary by Carole Laganière, 2012, Planet Yoga, feature documentary by Carlos Ferrand, 2011, Unlikely Treasures and Small Wonders by Tally Abecassis, 2010.

Nathalie Barton represented documentary on the board of APFTQ from 1994 to 2002, was a member of the executive of Femmes du cinéma, de la télévision et des nouveaux medias from 2005 to 2010, and chair of the Observatoire du documentaire (The Documentary Network) from 2008 to 2011. She is a founding member and member of the board of the African film festival in Montreal, Vues d’Afrique.


Kat Baulu
Producer
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Kat Baulu

As a creative producer at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Kat Baulu supports auteurs working on documentary, animation and interactive projects. Her inspiration comes from raising underrepresented voices and generating stories with social impact. She produced Jobie Weetaluktuk’s award-winning documentary Timuti, filmed in his hometown of Inukjuak. Kat has collaborated with celebrated Indigenous artists and filmmakers such as Nadia Myre, Courtney Montour, Tracey Deer, Michelle Smith and Paul M. Rickard.

Kat is currently launching the short experimental documentary Three Thousand, directed by Asinnajaq (a.k.a. Isabella Rose Weetaluktuk), and the hand-drawn animated film SHAMAN, by first-time filmmaker Echo Henoche.


Ravida Din
Executive Producer
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Ravida Din

Ravida Din is a creative producer who formerly served with the National Film Board of Canada as a producer, executive producer, and as its Director General of English-language production. She managed a varied program of over 200 media works comprising of theatrical and television documentaries, community based media, interactive digital projects, animation and alternative drama. She was a leader in consistently encouraging the creative expression of ideas that were grounded in an analysis of race, gender and class as social determinants that are paramount to an understanding of who we are and how we create positive social change in the world.

Prior to working in production at the NFB, Din worked in several positions in management and marketing. Earlier in her career, Din also worked as a project manager for the Canadian Council for Multicultural and Intercultural Education and as the Executive Director of the National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women. She has spoken extensively at conferences, workshops and university seminars on a range of feminist issues and on the transformational power of documentary films.

Images

John Lucas
Photo : © John Lucas
Nuha Dwaikat Shae
Alex Margineanu
Photo : © Alex Margineanu
Merav Moshe Grodofsky
Alex Margineanu
Photo : © Alex Margineanu
Alex Margineanu
Photo : © Alex Margineanu
John Lucas
Photo : © John Lucas
Alex Margineanu
Photo : © Alex Margineanu
Alex Margineanu
Photo : © Alex Margineanu
Amman, Jordan. Rooftop
Helene Klodawsky
Photo : © Helene Klodawsky
Sderot bus shelter
Alex Margineanu
Photo : © Alex Margineanu
Rimaa Muhamed

Credits

Written, Directed and Narrated by
Helene Klodawsky

Produced by
Nathalie Barton, Kat Baulu, Ravida Din

Cinematographer
Alex Margineanu

Editor
Hannele Halm

Music by
Olivier Alary

Sound Design
Benoît Dame
Catherine Van Der Donckt

with the participation of:

Jordan
Talal Qdah,
Rimaa Muhamed

Israel
Amit Kitain
Merav Moshe Grodofsky

Palestine
Sami Kilani
Nuha Dwaikat Shae

Canada
Jim Torczyner

Cinematographer
Alex Margineanu

Research
Helene Klodawsky
Jodi Hope Michaels
David Leduc
Alex Margineanu

Additional Images
François Dagenais

Location Sound

Jordan
Sarah Kaskas

Israel
Yishai Ilan
Amir Boverman

Palestine
Issam Rishmawi
Shiraz Rishmawi

Camera Assistant

Palestine
Hisham Aerout

Production Assistants and Location Research

Jordan
Serene Husni

Israel
Nava Mizrahi

Palestine
Najwa Mubarki
Nidal Rafa

Original Music
Olivier Alary

Sound Design and Editing
Benoît Dame
Catherine Van Der Donckt

Narration Coach
Catherine Van Der Donckt

Foley
Stéphane Cadotte

Foley Assistant
Sylvain Robillard

Still Photography
John Lucas
Serene Husni
Alex Margineanu

Translations
Serene Husni
Sharonne Cohen

Additional Translation
Tomer Gendler
Waleed Almusharaf
Ali Alousi

Transcriptions
Serene Husni
Sharonne Cohen
Hélène Laporte-Rawji

Image and Post-Production
Post Moderne

Post-Production Supervisor
Anne-Marie Bousquet

Post-Production Coordinator
Myriam Therrien

Assistant Editors
Olivier Deslauriers Prud’homme
Amélie Labrèche
Olivier Lamarre
Franck Le Coroller
Stéphanie Vaillancourt
Marie-Ève Vignola

National Film Board of Canada

Post-Production Coordinator
Jean-François Laprise

On-line Editor and Colourist
Yannick Carrier

Graphic Design
Mélanie Bouchard

Digital Editing Technicians
Isabelle Painchaud
Pierre Dupont
Patrick Trahan

Re-Recording and Voice Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Mix
Jean Paul Vialard

Production Coordinators
Camila Blos
Shiraz Janjua
Christine Williams

Senior Production Coordinator
Isabelle Limoges

Program Administrator
Leslie Anne Poyntz

Special Thanks to Producer
Maral Mohammadian

For Production Collaboration
InformAction

Production Coordinator
Virginie Neveu

Production Accountant
Martine Brunelle

Production Manager
Ian Quenneville

Marketing Manager
François Jacques

Produced in Association with

Creative Head,
documentary Channel Bruce Cowley

Production Executive,
documentary Channel Jordana Ross

Executive Producers
Nathalie Barton, Annette Clarke

© 2015 Produced by InformAction Films in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada



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