Now in its sixth year, Student Screening Day at the PSIFF will be held January 13th at the Palm Springs High auditorium. Approximately 1,100 high school students from the Coachella Valley will converge for this highly anticipated event, which screens two world-class films and offers students the unique opportunity to interact with the filmmakers. Following the screening of each film, students will ask questions of the filmmakers in live or Skyped Q-and-A sessions. Lunch will be served from Chipotle.
Every year we hear from students and their teachers that this event is among the highlights of the year. But Student Screening Day is more than a break from the routine of the everyday; it is an opportunity to inspire and be inspired. The screenings use the medium of film to expose students to ideas, cultures, and people from around the world. Over the years, the films shown at Student Screening Day have brought all corners of the globe into the Palm Springs High School auditorium and represent a diverse range of perspectives and story-telling styles.
Past films include the following documentaries and narratives: "Little World" (Spain), "Inuk" (Greenland), "Lucky" (South Africa), "Shakespeare High" (USA), "Soul Boy" (Kenya), "Samson and Delilah" (Australia), and "Louder Than a Bomb" (USA).
Participating are nine local high schools from three school districts: Cathedral City, Coachella Valley, Desert Hot Springs, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Shadow Hills — and for the first time — Rancho Mirage High School, the Palm Springs Unified School District’s new high school.
This year's films are:
SAUDIA ARABIA/GERMANY 2012 98 mins.
Director: Haifaa Al Mansour
WADJDA is a ten-year old girl growing up in a suburb of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Though it’s taboo for a girl to ride a bicycle, Wadjda wants desperately to race the neighborhood boys and she is determined to do so. Her schemes for raising money to buy the bike of her heart's desire may make her dreams come true, but they can also get her into deep trouble. WADJDA is directed by Haifaa Al Mansour, the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia. The film is the first full-length feature to be shot entirely in Saudia Arabia and is the country’s first official submission for Oscar® consideration in the foreign language category.
THE CRASH REEL
USA 2013 108 min.
Director: Lucy Walker
Kevin Pierce is a champion U.S. snowboarder completing his final training in the run up to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. But when he suffers a major accident on the slopes of Park City, Utah, going for the gold is no longer an option. How will Kevin come back from a traumatic brain injury and how will this life-altering event affect every aspect of his life, from his relationship with his family to his own dreams and ambitions? Lucy Walker masterfully weaves together Kevin’s story from hundreds of hours of footage into this riveting and poignant documentary. Shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.