Rotterdam Programmer note

Rotterdam_JPEG(1)” …This subtle, skillfully photographed portrait of a strong young woman who is caught between tradition and progress…The film [TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE ] looks more African than most truly African films. It portrays life in a small, traditional village, the like of which hardly exists in today’s African cinema…” Read the full program notes here by by Gertjan Zuilhof

IFFR Bright Future Section

From Indie Wire: “Now in its 39th year, The Netherlands’ International Film Festival Rotterdam has emerged as a crucial festival for bold international cinema…Though not as old as Cannes or Berlin, Rotterdam quickly took its place as one of the larger and most significant film festivals in Europe arguably in the league of the above named fests as well as Venice and Locarno.”  TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE Bright Future section.

International Film Festival Cine Junior

parisAh, Paris in the spring. TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE will be screening at the 34th annual International Film Festival  CINÉ JUNIOR.  The festival enables young people to discover quality films and is supported by an extensive educational program with the filmmakers and the young audiences.

Göteborg International Film Festival screening

DA Selection 2013_BlackGöteborg International Film Festival will be screening TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE. This year the Göteborg International Film Festival will be larger than ever. The program includes almost 500 films from 84 countries and more than a thousand screenings at 23 different venues.

With each festival invitation, the excitement builds for all of us involved with the making of this special movie.

Girls Not Brides features Tall as the Baobab Tree

Girls Not Brides – a global partnership of more than 200 non-governmental organizations around the world – features TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE .  Jeremy Teicher, the director writes “The resulting story speaks truly to the life experiences of the students and their families and addresses the issue of forced early marriage in an honest way. We consciously avoided over-dramatizing the film—Read Jeremy’s entire blog posting here.

 

Winner Best Feature Narrative

Doha-Giffoni copyTALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE won the “Best Feature Narrative” award from the Doha-Giffoni jury at Doha-Tribeca Film Festival!  The Doha-Giffoni Experience is a cultural partnership between the Doha Film Institute (DFI) and the Giffoni Film Festival, the biggest film festival for young people in Europe.

Tall as the Baobab Tree Challenging conventional movie structure.

TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE is a film that challenges people no matter where they live.Tomorrow I’m flying 12 hours from New York City to Doha, Qatar for our MENA premiere at the 2012 Doha-Tribeca Film Festival. What I’m most excited about is the opportunity to screen the film publicly with audiences in this part of the world.

Our story, performances, and pacing are all designed to convey the rhythms and essence of life in a rural African village, where meals are cooked over open fires and water is drawn from wells. TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE’s simplicity presents a stark contrast to the complexities of our lives in the developed world.

For audiences living in Qatar, one of the world’s most booming economies, what sort of discussion and debate will TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE spark?

While directing this movie, I carefully avoided the fast-paced drama of Hollywood films and the sensationalist, tear-jerking clichés that many people have come to associate with mainstream African cinema. TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE is a movie that is fundamentally different from mainstream cinema—it “breaks” conventional movie structure and pacing in order to truly capture the heart and soul of village life during a time when ancient traditions are conflicting with modern society for the first time.

 

Simple story, heartfelt characters. No flash. Why?

” In telling this story, my goal is to bring the audience into the village and enable them witness this cultural transformation first-hand. Our story is simple and our characters are pure and heartfelt—I didn’t want to rely on a flashy narrative or sensationalist imagery to draw people in.”  Read the director’s  full blog post here at Pure Movies UK.