Tribeca Film Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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In this week's Arts File, Kerry Nolan speaks with Salon.com senior writer Andrew O'Hehir about this year's Tribeca Film Festival and how it has changed over the years. This year, 47 films are making their world premiere, including 10 by New York directors. The festival started 10 years ago as a way to reinvigorate Tribeca after 9/11 and has morphed many times since. Now its known as one of the city's top events for documentaries and art-house movies.

O'Hehir speaks about two documentaries he expects will get some buzz this year. "Fire in Babylon" tells the story of how an underdog cricket team from the West Indies rose up to defeat the country that once ruled the families of its players. In the tradition of "Spellbound," the film "Koran By Heart" follows students in a competition where they have to recite the Koran from memory.

See a slideshow of stills from these films below.  

FIRE IN BABYLON: Curtly Ambrose of the West Indies salutes the crowd after his Man of the Match performance during the Fifth Test against England played at the Recreation Ground in St John's, Antigua (April 1990).

( Ben Radford/Allsport )

FIRE IN BABYLON: 5th Test England vs. West Indies at The Oval (1976).

( Patrick Eagar )

KORAN BY HEART: Rifdha Rasheed, 10, from the Maldives, is one of the youngest contestants competing in Cairo's annual International Holy Koran Competition.

SPLINTERS: This sports documentary follows four surfers as they prepare for the inaugural Papua New Guinea National Surfing Titles.

 

 

( Alastair Christopher )

OFF THE REZ: This feature-length documentary tells the story of Shoni Schimmel, a Umatilla Indian and one of the best high school hoops stars in the nation. She dreams of a college scholarship, but quite a few roadblocks are thrown in her way.

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