The North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival will be partnering with Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota (LSSND) to host the Fargo premiere of the award-winning Sundance short. The screening will take place at the Fargo Theatre at 7 p.m. Monday, April 8. General admission tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets for students and seniors 55 and older are available for $3.
The screening will include a Q&A session with director A.M. Lukas, and comments about the real-life story behind the film from Shirley Dykshoorn, vice president of Humanitarian Services at LSSND. Proceeds from the event will be donated to LSSND. The film stars Emily Mortimer, of “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Lars and the Real Girl,” and “Transsiberian.”
Shot in Fargo, “One Cambodian Family, Please for my Pleasure” is based on the true story of a lonely refugee from Czechoslovakia who paints an all-too-appealing picture of her American life as she writes a letter begging an organization to send a Cambodian refugee family so that she can help resettle them in her new “hometown of dreams”: Fargo, North Dakota.
“The film is set in 1981 and is steeped in the humor and visual quality of childhood memory,” said Lukas. “This film is based on the very true story of my mother Helena, who escaped persecution in communist Czechoslovakia to be resettled not in her bustling ‘dream city’ of Manhattan, but in the unforgiving landscape of Fargo, North Dakota. The film is about her need, as a refugee who made it out of her bad situation, to help others in a similar position. The film’s subject matter is incredibly timely, even urgent, considering the Trump administration’s divisive stance on refugees and immigration.”
“One Cambodian Family, Please for my Pleasure” was an opening night, official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and has received awards and recognition from: “Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film” at the Edmonton International Film Festival, qualifying the film for a 2019 Oscar nomination; “Best Screenplay” at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and “Special Jury Prize Best Screenwriting” from the SCAD Savannah Film Festival.
A.M. Lukas (formerly Anna Martemucci) debuted as a feature film writer/director with “Hollidaysburg,” recently named No. 11 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of “20 Best Thanksgiving Movies of All Time.” Critics also embraced the film, with the LA Times calling it, “Smart, warm, and authentic, one of the better youth comedies of the last few years.” Her previous work includes “Breakup at a Wedding” and “Periods.” Both were made in association with Anonymous Content and released by Oscilloscope.
LSSND is a statewide social ministry that provides a lifespan of care to individuals, families and communities. LSSND puts faith into action by working to prevent child abuse and neglect, helping troubled youth get back on track and providing addiction and mental health counseling and treatment. The agency also addresses community concerns such as the rural housing shortage and disaster recovery. LSSND provides assistance without regard to clients’ race, religion, gender or economic status. In 2019, LSSND celebrates 100 years of service to North Dakotans in-need.
The mission of the North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival is to educate, engage and facilitate discussion around local and worldwide human-rights topics through the work of filmmakers and artists. The official dates for the 2019 festival are: Oct. 29 in Bismarck at the Heritage Center; Nov. 5 in Grand Forks at the Empire Arts Center; and Nov. 7-8 at the Fargo Theatre.
To purchase tickets to “One Cambodian Family, Please for My Pleasure” visit our online event page.
Pre-sale tickets for the 2018 North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival are currently available. Tickets for individual screenings are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and $2 for Seniors and Students. A Festival Pass to all screenings in Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks is available for $40. Follow the following links to get your tickets today: Grand Forks, Bismarck or Fargo.
The mission of the North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival is to educate, engage, and facilitate discussion around local and world-wide human rights topics through the work of filmmakers and artist. 2018 is the second year for both the film and art festivals.
The 2018 North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival is made possible through the generosity of the Consensus Council, the City of Fargo’s Human Relations Commission, the City of Fargo’s Native American Commission, the Awesome Foundation: Cass Clay, and The High Plains Reader, and through partnerships with Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, the NDSU Memorial Gallery, the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition. The Fargo screening of the film “Home.” was funded in part by Humanities North Dakota, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the screening of “Home.” do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities North Dakota or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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