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 The Lemon Tree....(video)...a beautiful movie about two strong and differet? women  caught in the varient circumstances of the Israel-Palestine issue  

 
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

This film is about faith and patience and one I didn’t think I wanted t o see but did and love it!  It all begins as a scheme by a visionary sheik with unlimited financial resources who wants to turn a Middle Eastern desert into a recreational paradise for sport fishermen. The sheik envisions a Herculean water management project that involves the creation of a salmon run where fish can swim upstream to spawn. Dr. Alfred Jones, a British fisheries expert, is approached to evaluate the feasibility of the project, which would involve importing 10,000 North Atlantic salmon to Yemen from Britain. Believing the plan to be preposterous and impossible to carry out, he dismisses the idea but eventually, one crazy step at a time, the plan takes shape and the river is stocked. In the meantime a romantic relationship develops between Dr. Jones and the sheik's assistant.

Now then, will farmed salmon follow their wild cousins’ instincts and swim upstream?

Christine Goyer-Swift

 

 
The Way

The Way

The Way is a story about grief and faith: An affluent, emotionally withdrawn eye doctor (Martin Sheen) learns his adult son has been killed in a freak accident while walking the Spanish pilgrimage route, Camino de Santiago. He flies to the French-Spanish border, has his son’s body cremated and decides to walk the route himself, taking the ashes with him.

Tom’s son (actual son Emilio Estevez) appears to his father in flashback. He was a truth-seeker in life who disowned his dad’s values. On the walk, Tom places himself in his son’s shoes and grudgingly starts to open up to other people.

The story unfolds along the father’s pilgrimage set in the gorgeous vistas of France and Spain. This movie depicts how travelling through an unknown land can lead to greater self-knowledge and understanding. It also has great soundtrack!

Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain 

2011  Nominated CEC Award Best Screenplay

Movie Guide Awards 

2012  Nominated Grace Award Most Inspiring Performance in Movies

 

 
August Rush

August Rush

This is a story about a young orphan who sneaks away from the orphanage to find his real parents. His mother, eleven years before, believed her baby had died. The boy, Evan, is convinced that he is still connected to his parents through a mysterious tune that comes to him through just about anything that makes sound. One night he sneaks away from the orphanage into the big city where he is “adopted” by Wizard (Robin Williams), the leader of a collection of street-performing kids.  Wizard sees Evan’s gift for music, which he wants to use for his own personal gain. He renames the boy August Rush and tries to manage his career. Meanwhile, August finds the school where his mother studied music and, while sleeping under the bed of a homeless girl in a shelter, writes a brilliant musical score that the school asks to use for their yearly concert in Central Park. At the same time, fate is reuniting August’s biological parents, a concert cellist and a rock musician , who actually only got together for one night eleven years before; the night August was conceived.  A feel-good movie that reminds us of our connections and never to give up, either on love or on our gifts.

…Christine Goyer-Swift

 
Mao's Last Dancer

Mao’s Last Dancer

This is the beautiful, rags-to- riches true story of Li Cunxin, a boy with performing arts promise who grew up in poverty-stricken rural China under the dictatorial regime of Mao Tse-Tung. Li Cunxin was one of a handful of children selected from millions, and at age 11 was taken from his parents and trained at a ballet school in Beijing. At the age of 19 he outwitted the bureaucracy and went to Texas, to the Houston Ballet company. In America, for the first time in life, Li experiences freedom – the U.S. being a country where he had been told death stalked the streets and  the sun never shone. In Houston Li becomes a local celebrity and is soon making headlines. Then he impulsively marries an American dance student and announces his intention to defect from China.

This movie makes you feel, long and dream of a better future for those born under Communist rule. In the movie’s strongest sequence, Li goes to the Chinese consulate to argue his case, is separated from his new bride and is detained by his government. In the tense standoff that follows, Li’s new American friends use all their press and government connections to finally obtain the dancer’s freedom.

…Christine Goyer-Swift

 
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