Fest to show legal movies

October 15, 2009
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Reporter Rebecca Berfanger wrote this post.

If you’re looking to see some uplifting movies that probably won’t be at a cineplex near you any time soon, while supporting an Indianapolis tradition, check out the Heartland Film Festival, which runs today through Oct. 24 at AMC Castleton Square and AMC Greenwood Park.And if you want to see some legal-themed movies, here are three worth checking out that will play multiple times over the next week and a half:

That Evening Sun” a dramatic feature starring Hal Holbrook, Ray McKinnon, Walter Goggins, Mia Wasikowska, Barry Corbin, and Dixie Carter. A lawyer sends his aging father, a farmer in Tennessee, to a nursing home. The father escapes from the facility and returns home where he finds his old enemy is now a tenant on his farm. As a result, the old farmer moves into another building and refuses to leave until he gets his land back.

Rough Aunties” is a documentary that is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. It follows women who are advocates for abused children in Durban, South Africa, through their program, Operation Bobbi Bear. The film includes the highs and lows of the women’s personal lives as well. Expect tears and cheers.

The German dramatic feature “Storm” makes its U.S. premiere at the festival. A prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague may be in over her head during a trial against a former commander of the Yugoslavian National Army who is accused of crimes against humanity. When a key witness commits suicide, it is up to the prosecutor and her sister to risk their own lives for the sake of the trial.

Dates, times, and locations for these and all featured films are on the festival’s Web site, www.heartlandfilmfest.org.
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