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EXPOSURE FILMS DRAW ATTENTION TO
GLOBAL AND LOCAL NEEDS

2013 MOVIES THAT MATTER SHED LIGHT ON NEW AND OLD ISSUES

Woodstock, NY (Sept. 3, 2013) – The Exposure category of the Woodstock Film Festival continues to be one of the most important parts of the annual festival lineup. These films do not rely on star power or visual gimmicks, but their ability to relay vital information about current events in our world that necessitate public attention. This year's documentaries in Exposure are no exception, allowing us a glimpse into the world of border control, secret government action, and alternative political thinking.

EXPOSURE FILMS
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AMERICAN JESUS
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Directed by Aram Garriga
USA, Spain / 2013 / 78 minutes
World Premiere

Why is there a polarization between the Left and the Right within American Society? Why are there millions of Americans waiting for the end of the world? How does that effect American foreign policy in the Middle East? Why is Christian Pop Culture a growing multi-billion dollar industry? How does spirituality express through the American Dream?

These are some of the questions that American Jesus explores through a wide array of characters that truly represent the American social texture in its very different spheres. Christian organizations, Christian pop culture specialists, secular analysts, apocalyptic preachers and their view of the End Times, Christian bikers, cowboys & wrestlers, creating an enriching and otherwise impossible dialog and drawing a map of American Christianity as it remains today.

American Jesus offers a unique and unseen approach to a subject that has been under constant exploration over the last decades, portraying a wide array of characters from a non-judgemental perspective and letting the viewer extract his own conclusions.

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GOD LOVES UGANDA
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Directed by Roger Ross Williams
USA / 2013 / 90 minutes

"God Loves Uganda" explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry.

The film follows evangelical leaders in America and Uganda along with politicians and missionaries as they attempt the task of eliminating "sexual sin" and converting Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity.

Offering a portrait of Lou Engle, creator of The Call, a public event that brings tens of thousands of believers together to pray against sexual sin, "God Loves Uganda" records the culture clash between enthusiastic Midwestern missionaries and world weary Ugandan.

Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams directing his feature debut; provides a rare view of the most powerful evangelical minister in Uganda, who lives in a mansion where he's served by a white-coated chef.

Shocking, horrifying, touching and enlightening, "God Loves Uganda" will make you question what you thought you knew about religion.

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I AM A VISITOR IN YOUR WORLD
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Directed by Miguel Silveira
USA / 2013 / 82 minutes
World Premiere

Rebecca Babcock is for all intents a normal young woman, but her life was tragically altered at the age of 25 when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Undeterred by her disease she took to the blogosphere to inspire others. Director Miguel Silveira and filmmakers Scott Busch and Ehsan Ghoreishi, in their feature documentary premiere, capture an unflinching depiction that is both graphic in its authenticity and honest in painting a true portrait of living with a life altering illness. Silveira's access to Rebecca and her on going treatment will lead you on an emotional journey as she fights not just her disease, but also the medical system that is stacked against her. Her words moved and inspired a nation of readers that followed her to keep up their own struggles. Now I Am a Visitor in Your World tells Rebecca's story and we find out that she was more than just passing through. –Michael Burke

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PURGATORIO
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Directed by Rodrigo Reyes
USA / 2012 / 80 minutes
East Coast Premiere

A line in the sand is drawn in Purgatorio, where only the desperate and courageous dare cross. Documentary director Rodrigo Reyes questions the role of humanity on planet earth and how the divisions we've created between one another have set in motion a millennium of adversities.

Fast forward to present day, where the border between the United States and Mexico echoes the mistakes of generations past as immigrants are taking great pains to find a better life north of the Rio Grande. They will endure heat exhaustion, dehydration, sexual assault and much worse. All of this to escape a world from where even the most devout must work from dawn until dusk under the baking sun in order to survive. Even then, the fatal whims of a stray bullet can still threaten to cut short a life of perdition, and deliver them to whatever waits beyond. –Terence Gardner

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STATE OF CONTROL
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Directed by Christian Johnston and Darren Mann
USA / 2013 / 84 minutes
East Coast Premiere

State of Control is a firsthand account of the global technological arms race between the voices of dissent and the power of the state. Can the struggle for basic human rights survive in the global media age? Technology enables dissenters while also extending State repression beyond any physical borders.

In the months leading up to the Beijing Olympics, Tibetan rights activists are determined to make their voices heard to the international community. The Chinese government wants nothing to interfere with its triumphant Olympic narrative.

Filmmakers Christian Johnston and Darren Mann traveled to India, Nepal, China and Tibet intending to shoot a documentary about regional unrest. With their efforts were thwarted by constant surveillance by the Chinese government, the filmmakers turned their cameras on themselves and their harassers. State of Control is a chilling depiction of both the ham-handed and high-tech methods of a 21st century Police State. –Eliza Kunkel

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TOWN HALL
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Directed by Sierra Pettengill and Jamila Wignot
USA / 2013 / 74 minutes
New York Premiere

Town Hall casts an unflinching eye at Katy and John, two Tea Party activists from the battleground state of Pennsylvania during the 2012 Presidential election, who believe America's salvation lies in a return to true conservative values.

In Katy, we see a political novice rocketed to media stardom after a sensational confrontation at a town hall meeting with her senator. A young stay-at-home mom turned Tea Party spokesperson, she is gifted a new identity, steeled by the voices of conservative media.

For John, a retired former businessman and lifelong Republican, the America he knows is slipping away. Heading up a local Tea Party group is his last, best chance at stanching the changes he is witnessing all around him.

More than a political treatise, "Town Hall" immerses the viewer in Katy and John's world, painting a portrait of the fears of those who believe they will be left behind by a nation's transition.

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