“Neuland”, Monday, Aug. 17 on POV

A Poignant Look at Young Immigrants Trying to Make A New Life In Switzerland

Meet the young students in Christian Zingg‘s integration class, who came to Switzerland by planes, trains and automobiles — and even by rubber boats. Separated from their families and in many cases traumatized by events in their home countries, these migrants from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Serbia and Venezuela already have long and arduous journeys behind them. Anne Thommen‘s Neuland (“New Territory”) follows the adolescents over two years as they struggle to learn a new language, prepare themselves for employment and reveal their innermost hopes and dreams. But as the end of school draws near, each student must face the same difficult question: Is there a place for me in this country?

School trip of the integration school. Photo Credit -  Gabriela Betschart

School trip of the integration school. ( Photo Credit: Gabriela Betschart)

Neuland follows Mr. Zingg’s adolescent charges as they struggle to learn a new language, prepare for employment and reveal their innermost hopes and dreams. But as the end of school draws near, each student must face the same difficult question: Is there a place for me in this country?

Basel, 2010. On the first day of his integration class, Mr. Zingg introduces himself to a disparate group of young people who have made their way to Switzerland from around the world. He has two years to help these fledglings learn to survive and forge new lives. Part teacher, part life coach, part surrogate father, he gets to know each one, building trust within the group and with each student, and helping them navigate bureaucratic hurdles, family troubles and the difficulties of being a stranger in a strange land.

Ehsanullah Habibi

Ehsanullah Habibi ( Photo Credit: Gabriela Betschart)

Hamidullah Hashimi and Ehsanullah Habibi at school.

Hamidullah Hashimi and Ehsanullah Habibi at school. ( Photo Credit: Gabriela Betschart)

They’re all escaping something — war, family problems, poverty. There is Ehsanullah Habibi, who has finally made it from Afghanistan to Switzerland after traveling for a year on borrowed money — a staggering $20,000. His anxious family waits back home for him to send the loan payments — or the lender will take their property. He calls his parents regularly on a pay phone. “It doesn’t look good in Afghanistan,” his father says. “Make a life for yourself.” “Pray for me,” Ehsanullah asks his dad.

Suffering from anxiety and homesickness, Ehsanullah begins to harm himself, and makes no attempt to hide the bandages on his arms. “We know how helpless we are with this,” a teacher tells Mr. Zingg, “but if that’s a message, a cry for help, then we must speak to him.

Nazlijie at work in a retirement home (Photo Credit: Gabriela Betschart)

Nazlijie Aliji at work in a retirement home (Photo Credit: Gabriela Betschart)

Brother and sister Ismail and Nazlije Aliji left their home country of Serbia after their mother died. Smart, eager and dedicated, Nazlije longs to be a primary school teacher, but she realizes her dream may be out of reach when she hears how many years of education that would require. “You’re talented; you can do it,” her friends at home tell her on Skype in a poignant moment. Mr. Zingg is more realistic when he meets with Nazlije and her uncle. “At the moment, that’s not the path for you,” he gently explains.

Ehsanullah wants to be a house painter, but is stunned to learn he must first pass a test in mathematics. “Take a deep breath,” Mr. Zingg smiles. “I’m 100 percent sure you can do that. . . . But in Switzerland every job has a theoretical, or school part. And that’s the part which will not be easy for you.

In preparation for “Taster Week,” when students seek apprenticeships, they practice applying for jobs by role-playing with Mr. Zingg. After multiple rejections from potential employers, Nazlije is finally accepted for a trial position as an aide at a geriatric residence; Ismail is hired in construction; and Ehsanullah lands a job in a food processing plant. But Ehsanullah’s biggest concern remains paying off the loan, the balance of which is due in less than six months. When Taster Week is over, he quits school and takes a job in a restaurant. Three weeks later, he’s back, but Mr. Zingg will only accept him if he signs a pledge that he will attend 100 percent of the remaining school days and work only on the weekends.

Christian Zingg, teacher of the integration class

Christian Zingg, teacher of the integration class ( Photo Credit: Gabriela Betschart)

In June, the students graduate, and with a bittersweet mixture of hugs and tears they express their gratitude to Mr. Zingg. He asks them all to come back and visit, expressing confidence that they are now on solid footing.

I got to know Mr. Zingg three years ago during a media-education film project with his class,” said filmmaker Thommen. “I was impressed by the trust the pupils placed in their teacher. When Mr. Zingg told me some of the unbelievable stories about the fates of his pupils, I knew I wanted to make a film about this. We decided to accompany him and his next class over the two years from the beginning through the end of their schooling.”

When we started filming, I was initially just curious about all of the young people who gathered in the schoolyard during breaks and the stories they had to tell. In retrospect, I admit that I had my ideas and prejudices about the various nationalities of the young people. But the longer the filming lasted, the less I was able to think in stereotypes and the more complex the individual stories and destinies became. What followed was the admission of my prejudices, and I started to see just the people, with all their contradictions and far from their homes. I genuinely hope that it will touch the viewers and sensitize them to the fates of these young migrants and others like them who are stranded on our shores every day.

Fifteenth Annual TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL, Presented By AT&T, Announces Call For Submissions and 2016 Dates, April 13 – April 24

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, will hold its 15th edition on April 13– April 24, 2016 in New York City. The Festival also announced a call for submissions for narrative and documentary features, short films, and exhibits in interactive storytelling. Returning for the second year is Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios, the Festival’s creative hub and destination for festivalgoers, industry and press where select Tribeca Talks® panels, Awards night, parties, and more will take place.

TFF continues to encourage women filmmakers through The Nora Ephron Prize, sponsored by tff_min_300Coach. For the third year, the $25,000 award will recognize a female filmmaker whose work embodies the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron.

For the past 14 years, TFF has provided a platform for original storytelling, creative expression, and immersive entertainment. The Festival supports and celebrates both American independent voices and established directors from around the world, and hosts screenings of feature and short length films, curated conversations, and master classes for industry and the cultural community. The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival will continue to explore the intersection of storytelling and technology with a variety of programming, including the fourth annual Storyscapes program — a juried showcase of interactive storytelling, Virtual Reality showcases, TFI Interactive, and more.

Deadlines to submit U.S. and international films for the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival are as follows:

September 14, 2015: Submissions open for feature films, short films, interactive storytelling projects

October 16, 2015: Early deadline for feature films and short films

November 25, 2015: Official entry deadline for feature films, short films, interactive storytelling projects

December 23, 2015 – Late entry deadline for feature length world-premiere films only

Complete information regarding eligibility and rules and regulations for the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival will be available at www.tribecafilm.com/festival. Questions regarding submissions may be directed to entries@tribecafilmfestival.org or by calling 212-941.2305.

Speck Makes a High-Fashion Impact with New CandyShell Luxury Edition Collection

Stylish New Protective Luxury Cases Provides Military-Grade Protection Without Compromising Style

Speck, the creator of award-winning slim protective cases for smartphones, tablets and laptops, announced the CandyShell Inked Luxury Edition Collection, a suite of beautiful military-grade protective cases in eight eye-catching patterns. Each Luxury case is adorned in shimmering metallics, sleek mattes, and high-resolution graphics for a luxurious look and feel that is as tough at it is glamorous. Speck’s dual-layer design provides uncompromising protection against drops and falls without adding unnecessary bulk to the phone. Other features include a raised bezel that keeps the screen safe from impact and each button is protected by a meticulously crafted rubber cover.

CandyShell Inked Luxury Edition (PRNewsFoto/Speck Products)

CandyShell Inked Luxury Edition (PRNewsFoto/Speck Products)

To ensure the highest quality finishes, CandyShell Luxury Edition undergoes a highly technical printing process so the patterns resist fading and scratching. Patterns are wrapped all the way around the phone so no spot is left bare. The case also underwent third-party testing to ensure that the metallic finish won’t interfere with

the phone’s signal strength.

At Speck, protection is our first priority, and we never compromise on designing quality cases,” said Jenny Davis, Speck Colors, Materials, and Finishes Design Manager. “CandyShell Luxury Edition let us incorporate our unmatched protection with sophisticated designs so our customers never have to compromise on either.”
Speck’s CandyShell Inked Luxury Edition Collection is available today at www.speckproducts.com and Best Buy stores nationwide at $49.95 for iPhone 6 and $59.95 for iPhone 6 Plus.


Jim Beam Adds New Excitement To Flavor Portfolio With Release Of Jim Beam® Apple

With an eye towards the upcoming holiday party/entertaining season, Jim Beam® officially announces the launch of its latest flavored whiskey from the world’s No. 1 bourbon – new Jim Beam® Apple. With a refreshing take on a legendary family tradition, Jim Beam distillers have brought together the taste of crisp, green apples and Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Bottled at 70-proof, new Jim Beam Apple contains apple liqueur that’s been blended with Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, with a juicy, fresh green apple taste with a balance of tart and sweet, subtle oak undertones, a lingering apple finish with a touch of oak, a fresh crisp green apple aroma with a golden honey color.

New Jim Beam(R) Apple: Bottled at 70-proof, new Jim Beam Apple contains apple liqueur that's been blended with Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. (PRNewsFoto/Jim Beam)

New Jim Beam(R) Apple: Bottled at 70-proof, new Jim Beam Apple contains apple liqueur that’s
been blended with Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. (PRNewsFoto/Jim Beam)

The result is a perfect balance of apple and delicious bourbon, with a light, juicy twist. The Signature Cocktail, “Jim Beam Apple and Soda,” mixes Jim Beam Apple and club soda over ice, with a wedge of lemon, for a delicious, refreshing cocktail all year round.

My family’s been making history since we started distilling bourbon in 1795,” said Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s 7th Generation Master Distiller. “With Jim Beam Apple and our other flavored products, we continue to make even more history as we introduce more people to the delicious taste of ‘America’s Native Spirit.’

Jim Beam Apple joins the brand’s existing flavored whiskey portfolio already in-market, including: Jim Beam® Kentucky Fire (Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, infused with Cinnamon Liqueur); Jim Beam® Honey (Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey infused with Real Honey and Liqueur); Jim Beam® Maple (Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey infused with Natural Flavors) and Red Stag by Jim Beam® Black Cherry (Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey infused with Natural Flavors).
As category leaders in bourbon innovation, we take pride in delivering flavors that complement the tasting notes of the world’s No. 1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon,” said Gigi DaDan, Senior Director of Jim Beam.With Jim Beam Apple and the ‘Jim Beam Apple and Soda,’ we are bringing another option to both whiskey fans and those looking to discover new refreshing cocktails.”

New Jim Beam Apple has a suggested retail price of $15.99 for 750mL, and is now available in bars and retail locations nationwide. Price varies by market and product size, which includes 50mL, 100mL, 375mL, 750mL, 1L and 1.75L.


AGEbeautiful To Debut Fiercest Gray Coverage Yet

New Ultimate Coverage Collection Features High-Intensity NN Shades for the Toughest Grays

Growing old is not fun nor for the faint-hearted. Some of us simply give in and endeavor to age “gracefully”. Others fight aging every step of the way, starting with our hair. Zotos Professional‘s AGEbeautiful Anti-Aging Haircolor is already renowned for its award-winning gray coverage* –and now, the brand is taking it to the “NNth” degree with the launch of their new Ultimate Coverage Collection, featuring NN shades for the most resistant grays.

New AGEbeautiful Ultimate Coverage Collection Features High-Intensity NN Shades for the Toughest Grays. Exclusively Available at Sally Beauty Supply. (PRNewsFoto/Zotos Professional)

New AGEbeautiful Ultimate Coverage Collection Features High-Intensity NN Shades for the Toughest Grays. Exclusively Available at Sally Beauty Supply. (PRNewsFoto/Zotos Professional)

The double neutral formulas are extra pigment-packed to deliver the most rich, intense, opaque color over neutral base colors. This high-performance color promises to eliminate the most stubborn, persistent grays, delivering results that at-home users can count on – and stylists can rely on for their toughest clients. On top of super-strength gray coverage, the new NN shades will deliver on the AGEbeautiful signature guarantee to fight all 5 signs of aging hair: thinning, wiry texture, turning gray, dryness and dullness.

The Ultimate Coverage Collection is available in 6 liqui-creme shades: 3NN Darkest Intense Brown, 4NN Dark Intense Brown, 5NN Medium Intense Brown, 6NN Light Intense Brown, 7NN Dark Intense Blonde and 8NN Medium Intense Blonde.

The Ultimate Coverage Collection will be available in August at Sally Beauty stores nationwide; visit sallybeauty.com to find a location near you.


Chico Offers Limited-Edition Scarf by Watercolor Artist and Entrepreneur Sheila Johnson To Benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)

Chico’s announces the launch of a limited-edition scarf designed by watercolor artist and business entrepreneur Sheila Johnson to support Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. During the campaign, Chico’s will offer the limited-edition scarf, designed by Johnson, at Chico’s boutiques across the US and Canada, as well as online at www.chicos.com. The company will donate $10 to Stand Up To Cancer (up to $100,000) for every scarf purchased from now through to the end of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Chico's Limited Edition Cerulean Sky Scarf  by Artist and Businesswoman Sheila Johnson, To Benefit Stand Up To Cancer(PRNewsFoto/Chico's)

Chico’s Limited Edition Cerulean Sky Scarf by Artist and Businesswoman Sheila Johnson, To Benefit Stand Up To Cancer(PRNewsFoto/Chico’s)


We’re thrilled to continue our important collaboration with Stand Up To Cancer and to join forces with powerhouse Sheila Johnson to help raise funds and awareness for such a worthy cause,” says Liz Hodges, Chico’s Senior Vice President of Customer Experience. “Stand Up To Cancer is a formidable organization that is pushing cancer research forward to an unprecedented degree. Chico’s, together with our customers, is proud to be able to contribute to such a dynamic effort.

The mission of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is to raise funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C was established in the United States in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.

Sheila Crump Johnson is an American artist and businesswoman, co-founder of BET (with her ex-husband, Robert Johnson), CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, and the first black American female billionaire. Johnson is team president, managing partner, and governor of the WNBA‘s Washington Mystics, a position she earned before the 2005 season. On May 24, 2005, Washington Sports and Entertainment Chairman, Abe Pollin, sold the Mystics to Lincoln Holdings LLC, where Johnson served as president. She is the first African-American woman to be an owner or partner in three professional sports franchises: the Washington Capitals (NHL), the Washington Wizards (NBA), and the Washington Mystics (WNBA). Johnson is also CEO of Salamander Hospitality, a company she founded in 2005. Salamander’s portfolio includes: Reunion Resort located in Reunion, Florida; The Woodlands Resort & Inn, in Summerville, SC; The Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, a 900-acre (3.6 km2), 72 hole PGA tour golf course in Palm Harbor, FL; and The Salamander Resort & Spa in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Middleburg, VA. (The Woodlands Resort & Inn was recently sold to Charleston attorney Johnny Linton, but is still managed by Salamander.)

Johnson is a Global Ambassador for CARE, a humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Her I Am Powerful Challenge” raised over $8 million in 2007. She serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of Parsons The New School for Design in New York and funded the opening of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, combining classrooms, public program spaces and galleries. She sits on the boards of VH1’s Save the Music Foundation, Americans for the Arts, the Curry School of Education Foundation at the University of Virginia, and the University of Illinois Foundation. Johnson is also the Ambassador for the Healthy Site Institute, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity for women.

I learned about Stand Up To Cancer many years ago and have been personally invested in this organization since it was started,” says Johnson. “I became involved because I’ve lost so many friends and close family members to cancer. Only research can answer why this disease touches so many, and research needs dollars to continue the fight.”

We are deeply grateful to Chico’s for helping raise awareness about Stand Up To Cancer among their customers all over the U.S. and Canada. We can each play a role in the fight against cancer,” said SU2C Co-founder and (retired) entertainment industry veteran producer and executive Sherry Lansing.