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Mimosas

Winner of the Critics Week Grand Prize at the **Cannes Film Festival**, Oliver Laxe’s stunning new film, MIMOSAS, is a breathtakingly-shot Western that follows a mysterious caravan carrying a dying sheikh into the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. Somewhere in the desert, a caravan is escorting an elderly sheik to the village where he was born. His last wish is to be buried with his loved ones. But death does not wait. Without their leader, the company grows fearful. And at the foot of a mountain pass, they refuse to continue, entrusting the body to two men who agree to carry on and bring it to its final destination. But who are these men? And do they really know the way? Meanwhile in another place, and seemingly another time, a stranger is chosen to find the caravan.
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2019; 2016
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Impression of a War

For more than 70 years, Colombia has been plagued with armed internal conflict. The ongoing struggle between various guerrilla factions, military and paramilitary forces, and drug traffickers has created a culture of violence and fear that has pervaded every aspect of daily life.. Filmmaker Camilo Restrepo, who, like many Colombians of his generation lived through some of the most dangerous years, confronts the violent history of his country through the marks and traces it has left --- newspaper images (the photos, but also the ink itself) dye-stained rivers that are the color of blood, graffiti on the streets, tattoos on the soldiers who fought in the war.. In this artful, poetic meditation, Restrepo unearths the signs, manipulations and portents that lay behind the violence, behind [...]
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2018; 2015
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Oriented

An exceptional and inspirational documentary, ORIENTED follows the lives of three gay Palestinian friends confronting their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv. Khader is a Tel Aviv "darling" from a prominent Muslim mafia family living with his Jewish boyfriend David. Fadi is an ardent Palestinian nationalist who finds himself falling in love with an Israeli "zionist." Naim must confront his family with the truth about his sexuality. All three are conflicted by their desire for change in the face of a seemingly hopeless situation. Meanwhile, a war is brewing... Determined to "change their reality," the three best friends form a group called "Qambuta," a non-violent, cultural resistance movement fighting for gender and national equality. Through their activism, they address what [...]
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2019; 2015
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Last Men in Aleppo

2018 **Academy Award** nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad’s breathtaking work – a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage – follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets; ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes in the hope of saving lives. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema - Documentary at the **Sundance Film Festival**. Nominated for the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the **Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival**. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the **Academy Awards**. *"This heartbreaking yet inspiring film is the best and worst of humanity all in one story." - Colin Covert, **Minneapolis Star Tribune*** *"THE LAST MEN IN ALEPPO documents a cat [...]
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2019; 2017
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Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405

The 2018 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Subject is an extraordinary portrait of artist Mindy Alper, whose astonishing body of work - drawings and sculptures of powerful psychological clarity - reveals a lifetime of struggle with debilitating mental illness.
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2018; 2017
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Sundance Film Festival Shorts Collection 2017

Six innovative, surprising short films selected from the Sundance Film Festival, widely considered to be the premier showcase for shorts, and the launchpad, for more than 30 years, of many now-prominent independent filmmakers. The 2017 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Collection encompasses fiction and animation, from dream-like portraits to laugh-out-loud comedy to poignant reflections of the world we live in. This edition includes two Jury Award winners and *Come Swim*, the directorial debut of actress Kristen Stewart.
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2019; 2017
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Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?

“In 1946, my great-grandfather murdered a black man named Bill Spann and got away with it.” So begins Travis Wilkerson’s critically-acclaimed, immensely powerful documentary, which takes us on a journey through the American South to uncover the truth behind a horrific incident and the societal mores that allowed it to happen. Acting as guide and narrator, Wilkerson begins in Dothan, Alabama, where he interviews civil rights activist Ed Vaughn, as well as local residents, and his own family members. His questioning soon leads to uncomfortable confrontations from both residents in town and his own family, along with real threats of violence. Haunting 8mm home movies reveal further buried secrets, including the possibility of another crime. Official Selection at the **Sundance Film Fest [...]
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2019; 2017
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The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

An essential documentary, Brett Story's incisive, investigative and wide-ranging THE PRISON IN TWELVE LANDSCAPES is an examination of the prison and its place - social, economic and psychological - in American society. Filmmaker Brett Story excavates the often-unseen links and connections that prisons - and our system of mass incarceration - have on communities and industries all around us; from a blazing California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires to a Bronx warehouse that specializes in prison-approved care packages to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of new prison jobs to the street where Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson (and to the nearby St. Louis County, where African-Americans are still fending off police harassment, but of [...]
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2018; 2016
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Kaili Blues: Lu Bian Ye Can

A stunning debut from Chinese director Bi Gan, KAILI BLUES is an audacious, mesmerizing work that announces the arrival of a major new filmmaker. In a small clinic in the rain-drenched city of Kaili, two preoccupied doctors live ghost-like lives. One of them, Chen, decides to fulfill a family wish and sets off on a train journey to search for his brother's abandoned child, only to find himself in a dreamlike world where past, present, and future--as well as fantasy and reality--become one. This remarkable visual achievement, was shot in the mining village Kaili, the director's birthplace, and incorporates poetry he has been writing since he was a teenager.
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2018; 2015
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Right Now, Wrong Then

A deliciously intricate comedy of manners that exposes the fissures in male-female relationships and in cinema itself.. Quite by mistake, art-film director Chunsu arrives in Suwon a day early. With time to kill before his lecture the next day, Chunsu stops by a restored, old palace and meets a fledgling artist, Yoon Heejung. She’s never seen any of his films, but knows he’s famous. They talk. And together, they go to Heejung’s workshop to look at her paintings, have Sushi and Soju.. Their romantically-charged chance meeting continues all the way to a brilliant and achingly funny end point, at which time… we begin again. But now some things appear different.... Winner of the Golden Leopard and Best Actor (Jung Jae-young) at the Locarno International Film Festival.. "This doubled up st [...]
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2018; 2015
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Fireworks Wednesday

From the Academy Award winning director of A Separation and About Elly, Asghar Farhadi’s FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY is a dramatic story of marital intrigue and betrayal set against the backdrop of the Persian New Year.. Rouhi, a young bride-to-be, is hired as a housemaid for an affluent family in Tehran. Upon arriving she is immediately thrust into an explosive domestic conflict. The wife, Mojdeh, is convinced her husband is having an affair with a recently divorced woman living next door and enlists Rouhi as a spy, to follow her husband, and confirm her suspicions. What Rouhi discovers threatens not only the couple’s marriage but her own hopes for a happy future.. Nominated for the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival.. "Mournful, enigmatic and compulsively engrossing, FIREWORKS WED [...]
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2018; 2006
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Kwaku Ananse

Drawing upon the rich mythology of Ghana, this magical short film combines semi-autobiographical elements from the filmmaker's life with local folklore to tell a spellbinding story of a young American woman who returns to West Africa for her father’s funeral, only to discover his hidden double identity. Nyan Koronhwea returns to her father Kwaku Ananse's native Ghana for his funeral. They had lost contact with each other a long time ago. She has mixed feelings about her father’s double life with one family in Ghana and another in the United States. Overwhelmed by the funeral, she retreats to the spirit world in search for Kwaku Ananse. She carries her ambivalence with her into the forest, where she learns the ultimate truth about all human relationships. Nominated for the Golden Bear [...]
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2019; 2013