Three Hikers, The Directed
Natalie Avital USA / 2015 / 96 minutes East Coast Premiere
Times and Venues:
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Natalie Avital, Josh Fattal
SYNOPSIS: LIMITED TICKETS are available at UPSTATE FILMS in RHINEBECK for the Rhinebeck screening.
Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, human rights activists and educators, got more than they bargained for when, in 2009, they inadvertently stepped out of Kurdistan and stumbled into Iran. Caught in the turmoil of strained diplomatic relations following the notorious 1979 hostage-taking episode and more recent student uprisings protesting rigged elections, the three were thrown into prison and charged with crimes punishable by death. Sarah was held in solitary confinement, while Shane and Josh shared a cell. With limited access to diplomatic intervention -- the Swiss Ambassador, the Sultan of Oman, and behind-the scenes American efforts played a role -- the plight of the three, through family and friends, sparked a grassroots movement that eventually caught the attention of Desmond Tutu, Sean Penn and Cesar Chavez. Far more than a story of wrongful imprisonment, The Three Hikers is a testament to courage, endurance and the power of love. Electrifying filmmaking.
-Barbara Pokras, ACE
This is Natalie Avital's directorial debut. Previously she has co-produced scripted narratives and documentaries, including this year's State of Control and the 2013 indie feature Past God. She has also spent many years working as a freelance casting director, working on independent features, commercials, industrials, and music videos. The bulk of Natalie's work in the entertainment industry has been as an actress in independent film, theater and television. She holds a BA in Theater from UCLA.
Cast/Featuring: Sarah Shourd, Joshua Fattal, Shane Bauer, Nicole Lindstrom, Shannon Bauer, Alex Fattal, Nora Shourd, Laura Fattal, Cindy Hickey, Al Bauer, Jacob Fattal, Reza Aslan, Sean Penn, Lonnie Ali, Gary Sick, Faraz Sanei, Richard Kim, Shon Meckfessel, Ben Rosenfeld, Stephen Zunes
Executive Producer(s): Jon Callaghan, Skip Klintworth,
Stephen Nemeth, Glen Zipper
Producer(s): Natalie Avital, Denise Bohdan, Bobby Field, Christian Johnston, Sara McCabe, Jeremy Ward
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