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Deborah Medenbach, Press Director, Woodstock Film Festival, 

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WOODSTOCK (Oct. 6, 2016) -- The dynamic political climate of the United States in an election year may overshadow American awareness of political issues in other parts of the world. This year, the Woodstock Film Festival offers a glimpse into the international politics and hot-button issues in Libya, Israel, Pakistan, Chile and the Ukraine.

Filmmakers are often those bold voices who guide us into hard places and difficult situations, shedding light onto what was once in the shadows and opening a window into what was once hidden” said Woodstock Film Festival’s co-founder and executive director, Meira Blaustein. “We are fortunate to bring to this year’s film festival some of those world travelers and explorers who can take us from darkness into light and from despair into hope”.

This year, the Woodstock Film Festival offers eight documentary and narrative films with an international political focus, most of which will have the filmmakers, and in some cases also the subjects, present. A panel discussion inspired by one of the films rounds out the political focus.


Here are this year’s politically-themed films. Click on the title for full film descriptions:

The Promised Band (2016) NEW YORK PREMIERE

     *A panel discussion Insiders and Outsiders: Feminism in the Middle East inspired by The Promised Band will be held, with Martina Radwan, Olga M. Davidson, Lina Qadri, Viki Auslender, and Jen Heck in attendance, and moderated by Dr. Holly Shaw.

Stronger than Bullets (2016) US PREMIERE- In attendance will be director Matthew Millan.

Freedom Runners (2016) NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE-  In attendance will be director David Waschmann.

Women of Maidan (2016) WORLD PREMIERE-  In attendance will be director Olha Onyshko.

Disturbing the Peace  (2016)- In attendance will be director Stephen Apkon, subject and Combatants for Peace Mohammed Owedah, and subject and Combatants for Peace, Assaf Yacobovitz.

Neruda (2016)- In attendance will be CEO of Participant Media, David Linde.

The Confession (2016) US PREMIERE

Junction 48 (2016)- In attendance will be producers Oren Moverman and Lawrence Inglee.

We welcome your coverage of these films and are happy to provide photos and arrange interviews as needed. For screening times, locations and tickets, go to

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Hailed as "A True American Maverick Among Fests" and named among the top 50 film festivals  worldwide, the Woodstock Film Festival premieres exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round. The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity. The 17th Woodstock Film Festival returns October 13-16, 2016 with an extraordinary lineup of fiercely independent films, panels and special events in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.

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