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     SMALL SMALL THING
U.S.A., Libiria, 2013, 85 mins, Color

MICHIGAN PREMIERE

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Director: Jessica Vale
Executive Producers: Steven Bernstein, Nika Offenbac, Jessica Vale
Co-Producer: Barnie Jones
Cinematography: Nika Offenbac
Editors: Jason Kessler, Jessica Vale
Composer: Jean-Luc Sinclair
Cast: Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Louis Johnson, Dannetha Sampson, Jessica Vale

www.smallsmallthing.com

Small Small Thing begins at JFK Hospital in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, and urban center of this West African country. Olivia Zinnah is 9 years old, severely malnourished and handicapped. Her condition is life threatening. Believing her injuries to be the result of witchcraft, Olivia's mother had been hiding her for years. The doctors conclude her condition is the result of a brutal rape that took place when Olivia was 7 years old. When pressured to reveal her rapist, Olivia names her cousin. This diagnosis has severe consequences. Originally from deep in the Liberian jungle, Olivia and her mother are shunned from their tribe for seeking outside help. They are left stranded in Monrovia at the mercy of President Sirleaf's government and the UN, facing the most difficult decision of all. What price are they willing to pay for justice?

Jessica Vale
Jessica Vale is an accomplished non-fiction film producer and editor, work-ing in the business for over a decade. Originally fromNew Hope,Pennsyl-vania, Jess graduated from TempleUniversity. Her credits include work for CBS News, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, History Channel, The WeinsteinCo., and more. When she’s not deep in the documentary world, Jess spends her time as a musician and artist. In 2005 and 2007, her singles appeared on the Billboard charts. Jessica’s work has been featured in publications around the world such as the front page of the Times London art section, Wired Magazine, the Associated Press, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the NY Daily News.




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          HOTLINE
U.S.A., 2012, 12 mins, Color

MIDWEST PREMIERE

Directors: Deva Blaisdell-Anderson and Lee Miller

www.hotlinethemovie.com/

A thought-provoking and personal drama about a crisis hotline worker who gets a call from someone whose life she's not sure she wants to save.

 
Showings
06/14/14 09:00 AMVenue 3A (MTA)
Michigan Theatre
210 Center Street
06/15/14 04:30 PMVenue 4 (FH)
Foundry Hall
422 Eagle Street


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