• Part film, part baptism, director Khalik Allah cast his lens between the prostitutes and churches of Jamaica, the result is a nuanced polyphonic symphony, heightened by a level of intimacy and complete immersion in spirit. A timely respite from the bad news and a response thereto — a film punctuated by prayers, scored with laughter and fortified with hope. Allah introduces us to a succession of vibrant, idiosyncratic souls who call this island home. Their candid testimonies provide a penetrating glimpse into this misunderstood corner of the world and also more

  • From the deserts of California to the sugarcane fields of Florida, Phantom Cowboys follows boys in three industrial towns during two formative periods in their lives, juxtaposing the dreams of their youth with the reality of adulthood. Moving fluidly between different geographical and socioeconomic landscapes, this film offers an intimate portrait of the transition from adolescence to manhood for teenagers in vastly different parts of the country.

  • In the summer of 1992, teenage film geek Sandi Tan and her two friends, Sophie and Jasmine, made one of Singapore’s first indie films, a surreal road movie called Shirkers. Their enigmatic American film instructor, Georges Cardona, played the director; Sandi wrote the script and played the main character, a teenage murderess/savior named S. It was an idiosyncratic experiment, featuring about 100 actors in 100 locations and the largest dog in the country, all accomplished gratis (Kodak provided the film stock). When shooting wrapped, Cardona absconded with all of the more

  • The Florida Project revolves around a precocious 6-year-old and her ragtag group of close friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility, and a sense of adventure, while their parents and the adults around them struggle with hard times.

  • Why is it that some countries seem to be continually mired in cyclical wars, political in- stability and economic crises? The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one such a place, a mineral-rich Central African country that, over the last two decades, has seen more than five million conflict-related deaths, multiple regime changes and the wholesale impoverishment of its people. Yet though this ongoing conflict is the world’s bloodiest since WWII, little is known in the West about the players or stakes involved. For the first time, This is Congo more