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Wednesday, November 16 • 7:10pm - 8:55pm
Rwanda & Juliet (87m) + Kaziranga (15m)

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(India, USA) In English
(2016) 15 min. (1.78:1)

DIR Mariah Wilson, PRO Mariah Wilson, SCR Mariah Wilson, DP Mariah Wilson, EDIT Sumon Saha, MUS Vincent Dee, CAST Uttam Saikia

Nestled in India’s northeastern Assam district, Kaziranga National Park contains the world’s highest density of the endangered Asian One-Horned rhino. But this troubled area, long plagued by civil unrest, is also ground zero for poaching and illegal trade of rhino horn. To help combat this, Kaziranga Park has become the poster child for a hard-line style of conservation that includes a harsh ‘shoot on sight’ policy. Yet even the threat of death isn’t discouraging poaching these days. 2014 slaughter numbers were the highest they’ve been in years, thanks to the tens of thousands of dollars that rhino horn now fetches on the black market. Kaziranga’s rhino population is in crisis. Pained by watching the slaughter of this iconic creature in his own backyard, journalist Uttam Saikia decided to take action against poaching. He used his contacts to develop a network of informants that could provide park authorities with intelligence about planned hunts. He also used his trusted status in this community to act as a mediator between the parks department, and local poachers who are wishing to surrender their arms and return to mainstream society. One of his past successes has even gone on to become a park guard, now protecting the rhino that he used to hunt. But as hard as he works to reform poachers, Uttam worries that without alternate means of income that many of these impoverished villagers will just return to this profitable trade.

Rwanda & Juliet
(USA) In English
(2015) 87 min. (16:9)

DIR Ben Proudfoot, PRO Andrea Batista, SCR Ben Proudfoot, DP Ben Proudfoot, Douglas Burgdorff, David Bolen, EDIT Michael Fallavollita, MUS Nicholas Jacobson-Larson, CAST Andrew Garrod

“Rwanda & Juliet” is a feature-length documentary that follows eccentric Ivy League professor emeritus Andrew Garrod to Kigali, Rwanda, where he mounts Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with Rwandan college students from both Hutu and Tutsi backgrounds. Twenty years have passed since the 1994 Genocide that left 1,000,000 Tutsis dead. Predominantly orphans, the cast of young Rwandans, led by a stunning, strong headed Juliet, tackle their country’s past and their own futures as hopes, expectations, pasts, personalities and cultures collide as opening night approaches.

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Ben Proudfoot

Director, Rwanda & Juliet
Director and producer Ben Proudfoot was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At the age of 15, Proudfoot began studying sleight-of-hand magic and over the next three years, won both the Canadian and International Championships for legerdemain. At 16, he joined the Magic Castle Junior... Read More →
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Mariah Wilson

Mariah is a documentary filmmaker with a focus on wildlife and conservation whose work has taken her to six continents. She has produced content for PBS (Nature, History Detectives), Netflix (Human) Discovery Channel (Hate in America), National Geographic (Lockdown, Doomsday Preppers... Read More →

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Provider — Utah Shakespeare Festival

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Wednesday November 16, 2016 7:10pm - 8:55pm MST
Heritage Center - Hall A 105 N. 100 E., Cedar City, UT 84720
  Competition Screening, Documentary, Feature, Short