Escape to New Realities in Doral's DocMiami International Film Fest
|Docs get you in the lives of Frank Zappa and Joel Thome.|
Screenings will include The Invocation, an exploration of God and world peace narrated by Sharon Stone; Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun, the first feature-length film about the famous African-American writer; and Tanzania: a Friendship Journey, from Florida director Sylvia Caminer, about two college friends, one American, one native Tanzanian, who embark together on a journey across the African villages and wilds.
|A still from Portraits of the Malecon, a film from the 2011 DocMiami International Film Festival|
"The films that have come in this year are so incredible. We've got beautiful local films and some amazing films from India and Mexico," said Monica Rosales, executive director of the festival. "They're adding not only to the arts, but to the history of the region that they're coming from or describing."
The 2011 DocMiami International Film Festival Awards Ceremony, hosted for the second time by Univision 23 news correspondent Gloria Ordaz, will feature renowned musical acts Tito Puente Jr., a Latin jazz and salsa musician whose music is a tribute to his father's, Javier Batiz, touted as "the Godfather of Mexican rhythm and blues," and Rich Ferguson, a spoken word performer. Concert ticket proceeds will benefit Brick by Brick for Tanzania!, Inc., an organization that builds schools for needy children in Tanzania.
|A scene from Florida Crackers also at DocMiami Film Fest.|
The DocMiami Film Festival opens at 7 p.m. Thurs., September 22 with an opening cocktail gathering at Romano's Macaroni Grill (8700, NW 18th Terrace, Doral). Screenings will take place from 9 a.m. Fri., September 23 at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa (440 NW 87th Ave., Doral) and closes with the Awards Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Sunday September 25. Tickets to festival events cost from zero to $500. Go to docmiami.org or call 786-493-8308.
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