Heidi Trautmann

October and November - Sidestreets – New Film Programs




Sidestreets is pleased to announce the start of two new film programs for October and November.


Over the last two years, in addition to offering cultural education programs for children, organizing arts exhibitions and events, and offering quality English courses, Sidestreets has presented a wide range of film events to the public, as part of its mission to promote critical engagement with culture and the arts as well as social responsibility in our society.


As one of its community initiatives, for example, Sidestreets has been screening free films for children living in the inner city of Nicosia every Saturday since October 2007; these are attended by 15-50 children every week. Some of Sidestreets’ other film events have promoted cultural heritage awareness (the world premiere of “The Stones of Famagusta,” the screening of a film taken by the Swedish Archeological Expedition to Cyprus during 1927-31); and social awareness (the workshop “Conversations on Film” which brought together film-makers from all over Cyprus, the screening of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” as part of the European Green Week Events coordinated by Sidestreets, the screening of Derviş Zaim’s documentary on Cyprus, “Parallel Lives”). Sidestreets’ first two Art Film Series featured the films of Ingmar Bergman (February-March,  2009) and Derviş Zaim (March-April); in May an enthusiastic audience enjoyed an evening of Experimental Short Films by such directors as Man Ray, Hans Richter, David Lynch, Peter Greenaway and Özgür Özcan.


The two new programs for October and November are: “Film Culture: A Taste of the Netherlands” and “Sidestreets’ Art Film Series III: Masterpieces of Avant-Garde and Experimental Cinema.”


1) Film Culture: A Taste of the Netherlands

Sidestreets, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Netherlands, is pleased to present three nights of screenings of Dutch films that have won some 35 awards and prize nominations  between them: Film Culture: A Taste of the Netherlands. The Dutch Ambassador to Cyprus, H.E. Mr. Jan Eric van den Berg, will introduce the event, Dutch Short Films on Friday, 30 October 2009, at 19:00. A reception will follow.



- Friday, 30 October, 19:00 – Selected Dutch short films (57 minutes)

- Monday, 2 November, 19:00 - De Tweeling (Twin Sisters; 137 minutes)

- Tuesday, 3 November, 19:00 - De Dominee (The Preacher; 110 minutes)


*All films are in Dutch with English subtitles.


2) Sidestreets’ Third Art Film Series will start on the 16th of November and continue through part of December. This series will focus on Masterpieces of Avant-Garde and Experimental Cinema, featuring works by Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel, Marcel Duchamp, Isidore Isou, Sergei Eisenstein, and others. Details of this and other events will be announced shortly and available both on the Facebook page “Sidestreets Culture” and Facebook group “Sidestreets Educational and Cultural Initiatives” as well as on the website www.sidestreets.org.


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