• The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend, who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to T, their beautiful 4-year-old daughter. He starts out more

  • Gabriel, a troubled young man, is convinced that reuniting with his first love will bring him the stability and happiness he craves. Against his family’s better judgment, he sets out to find her, but as the obstacles mount on his search, his grip on reality begins to slip and his behavior becomes more erratic. In the end, he risks everything in an increasingly obsessive and desperate pursuit.

  • Habibi, a story of forbidden love, is the first fiction feature set in Gaza in over 15 years. Two students in the West Bank are forced to return home to Gaza, where their love defies tradition. To reach his lover, Qays grafittis poetry across town. Habibi is a modern re-telling of the famous ancient Sufi parable Majnun Layla. The full Arabic title is Habibi Rasak Kharban, which translates as “darling, something’s wrong with your head.”

  • Will Shepard is an American satellite-mapping engineer contracted to create a new, more accurate survey of the country of Armenia. Within the industry, his solitary work – land-surveying satellite images to check for accuracy and resolve anomalies – is called “ground-truthing.” He’s been doing it on his own, for years, all over the world, but on this trip, his measurements are not adding up. Will meets Gadarine Najarian at a rural hotel. Tough and intriguing, she’s an expatriate Armenian art photographer on her first trip back in ages, passionately trying more

  • Based in San Diego’s indie music and art scene, I Am Not a Hipster features original song performances and explores what it means to be creative in the face of tragedy.

  • I’m No Longer Here | Ya No Estoy Aqui traces the journey of Ulises Samperio, a 17-year-old Mexican boy, who after an unfortunate misunderstanding with members of a local cartel, is forced to migrate to the U.S. and leave behind what defines him most: his gang and the dance parties he loves so much. Told across dual timelines, the film jumps between past and present: Monterrey, Mexico and Queens, New York, respectively. In Monterrey, the story begins by following Ulises and his gang, “Los Terkos,” who consider themselves “Cholombianos,” (cholo + more

  • Downtown Cairo, 2009. Khalid, a 35 year old filmmaker is struggling to make a film that captures the soul of his city while facing loss in his own life. With the help of his friends, who send him footage from their lives in Beirut, Baghdad and Berlin, he finds the strength to keep going through the difficulty and beauty of living in the last days of the city.

  • Lila, a fourteen-year-old spends a hot summer in a blue-collar Brooklyn neighborhood far removed from the bustling city. Awkward, lonely, and often playing the third wheel, Lila is determined to emulate the sexual exploits of her more experienced best friend. She fixates on Sammy, a tough older guy, when she hears that “he’ll sleep with anyone.” Deluded in her romantic pursuit, Lila tries desperately to insert herself into Sammy’s gritty world, but in doing so she puts herself into a dangerously vulnerable situation.

  • New York City, 1997. Erik Rothman is another gay man trying to make a connection through a phone sex line when he meets Paul Lucy, closeted, handsome, and with a girlfriend attached. What begins as a highly charged first encounter between the two men soon extends itself into a hopeful moment between potential lovers. As Erik negotiates life as a documentary filmmaker, his relationship with Paul, a precociously successful entertainment lawyer, increasingly becomes something more than just a fling. As the connection grows stronger, they share secrets, friends, drugs and more

  • During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, as the country became a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims, Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together to protect each other. Inspired by true stories, Kinyarwanda interweaves six tales that provide a complex and real depiction of life and human resilience in the face of unimaginable danger.

  • Based in the forgotten, cross-cultured town of Koza, in Okinawa, Japan, this film follows a 10-year-old boy who looks like a monk and drifts amidst his own beliefs. As he searches for an outlet for his spirituality, he encounters the magical force of nature and the history behind the creation of a place that is not quite American yet not Japanese. The boy, who seems to live on the outskirts of an already outsider society, likes to get a cola float and watch the American soldiers get their tacos at more

  • Set in an unidentified world at war, this is the story of a woman making a dangerous journey home. When her guide is killed on the road in an arbitrary act of violence, the woman is forced to rely on a young man, who agrees to travel with her for a price. Increasingly unable to distinguish between reality and hallucination, the woman finds comfort in her relationship with the man and in the presence of a mysterious child from her past. An intense character and landscape study, Look, Stranger is more

  • A sad, funny, romantic account of a mother and two grown sons as they struggle in the wake of a father’s death.

  • Mediterranea is the story of Ayiva, a 28-year old from Burkina Faso who seeks a better life in Europe, so he can provide for his wife and daughter back home. He and his best friend and brother-in-law Abas, go on a harrowing journey across the Sahara, where they are beaten, arrested, robbed, and forced to work menial jobs to earn money for their crossing. Then, Ayiva captains an overcrowded boat across the Mediterranean, and when a storm hits, many of the passengers drown. After arriving in Italy, and waiting for months to be more

  • When a young father witnesses the police shooting of an unarmed black man, the tight-knit community of Bed-Stuy is pushed to the brink in Reinaldo Marcus Green’s Sundance Award-winning portrait of race, family, and consequence.

  • Set against a vivid New York City backdrop, in the heart of Brooklyn, we are taken into the lives of both Lebo Mobama, owner and chef of a small African restaurant which he runs with his mother, Ma Lebo and his brother, Piet; and his fiancee, Mosa Matashane, who has waited six years to start a new life with Lebo in the States. Eager to uphold their African culture, Lebo and Mosa have a traditional Basotho wedding, filled with dance and music, culminating in a sensual ceremony where Mosa is named more

  • Angel LaMere is released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, she embarks on a journey with her 10 year-old sister that could destroy their future.

  • In Tripoli, Lebanon, where family bonds still run deep, a forty-year-old man still living with his elderly mother has given up on the idea of becoming independent. But when she suddenly leaves him, he is left with nothing but the company of a city and what it offers.

  • Two teenage boys who have grown up like brothers go about their lives in the comfortable claustrophobia of an isolated Alaskan town. Early one morning, on a seal hunt with another teenager, an argument between the three boys quickly escalates into a tragic accident. Bonded by their dark secret, the two best friends are forced to create one fabrication after another in order to survive. The shocked boys stumble through guilt-fueled days, avoiding the suspicions of their community as they weave a web of deceit. With their future in the more

  • When forced to choose between the fragile cohesion of her middle-class family and loyalty to her best friend, a Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.