A Day At School
Victor Ghizaru

Saturday Jun 11, 2016

Firefighter's Field
Roosevelt Island
405 Main St. New York, NY 10044
Take the F subway to Roosevelt Island (1 stop past 63rd & Lex). The Roosevelt Island Tram is also open and can be entered at 60th Street and 2nd avenue (comes every 15 minutes). When you exit the subway, walk through the outdoor plaza to get to the east side of the Island. The field is just across the street.

7:30PMDoors Open
8:00PMLive Music by Free Cake for Every Creature
8:30PMFilms Begin


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Forest City Ratner Companies
This event is free and open to the public

A Day At School (Victor Ghizaru | Burkina Faso / Canada | 7 min.)


Winding around the dusty, mirage-soaked roads of Burkina Faso on their donkey carts, two young brothers transport soil in this jaunty slice-of-life film. Layered with lively regional folk sounds, the boys fulfill their daily grind, encountering worlds vastly different from their own.


After completing two years at Mel Hoppenheim's School of Cinema, Victor Ghizaru's first short fiction AURELIA film won him the Best Director prize at the 2012 London Film Awards as well as the Royal Reel award at Canada International Film Festival. He then turned to documentary while travelling the world and engaging in an independent humanitarian project. His first short documentary A day at school, shot in Burkina Faso in 2014, premiered at IDFA, HotDocs and later won him the emerging Canadian Filmmaker prize at the Vues d'Afrique Festival in Montreal and the Caroussel international du film de Rimouski. He is currently in post-production on his next documentary short which he shot in Cambodia last year. It will serve as a stepping stone to help finance his first feature project scheduled for 2017. He is also in development for his next short documentary with the help of SODEC, a government funding program for culture.

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