Films from PJIFF 2018
“Black Head Cow” (2017)
In a remote Maasai village in rural Tanzania, a bright young school girl is suddenly confronted by an arranged marriage. As part of the first generation to go to school in her community, Naserian faces a dilemma, caught between culture and education. Written and produced by students of Orkeeswa School, Tanzania, “Black Head Cow” explores the pressures of traditional expectations.
“Black Head Cow” is a PJIFF invited film. Screening will be followed with commentary by students from the filmmaking team visiting from Tanzania. www.blackheadcow.com
Director and Editor
“Sue’s Story” (2018)
When Sue Berghoff was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, her life was turned upside down. Like most people, she had never heard of the disease even though it is the second most prevalent form of dementia next to Alzheimer’s. She encountered a society in which the existence of dementia is burdened by misconceptions, fear and shame. What she did next created a ripple effect of hope and change.
“Sue’s Story” is a PJIFF invited film. Screening will be followed with commentary by Dr. Kathleen Poston, Stanford Neurology & Neuroscience Department and other special guests.
Directed by: the Berghoff Filmmaker Team
“CESAR’S LAST FAST” (2014)
Co-directed and produced by Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee
This powerful documentary chronicles the unwavering conviction and personal sacrifice of Cesar Chavez in his decades-long struggle for the humane treatment of U.S. farm workers. At age 61, Chavez embarked on a water-only fast for more than a month, risking his life in pursuit of social and economic justice for farm workers. His work helped to inspire the modern-day Latino civil rights movement. The film includes interviews with Chavez’s brother Richard and his son Paul, Luis Valdez, and Dolores Huerta, among others.
“Cesar’s Last Fast” is a PJIFF invited film. Screening will be followed with commentary by special guests of PJIFF. Screening time will be announced in February.
“I hope this film inspires today’s young leaders and empowers communities by providing an example of a social justice movement that successfully challenged powerful business interests.”
— Richard Ray Perez