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Aleph by Iva Radivojevic

A rundown of recent releases

Recent Highlights

  • Part film, part baptism, director Khalik Allah casts his lens between the prostitutes and churches of Jamaica; creating a visual prayer of indelible portraits and an intimate polyphonic symphony.

  • Drawn from a never-before-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.

  • Us three, us brothers, us kings. Manny, Joel and Jonah tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents. As Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father and Ma dreams of escape, Jonah, the youngest, embraces an imagined world all his own.

  • In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe.

  • In 1992, teenager Sandi Tan shot Singapore’s first road movie with her enigmatic American mentor, Georges—who then absconded with all the footage. The 16mm film is recovered 20 years later, sending Tan, now a novelist in Los Angeles, on a personal odyssey in search of Georges' vanishing footprints—and her own.

  • Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, this film allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South— trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race.

  • A beautiful actress struggles to connect with her disfigured co-star on the set of a European auteur's English-language debut. Through pitch-black satire, Chained for Life examines the treatment of disability on screen and on set. 

  • For teenagers in three American industrial towns, adolescent dreams intersect with the realities of adulthood. An exploration of youth in transition, spanning nearly a decade.

  • This interwoven narrative explores the aftermath of a police killing of a black man through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an African-American police officer and a high-school baseball phenom inspired to take a stand.

  • Angel LaMere is released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, Angel embarks on a journey with her 10 year-old sister to avenge her mother’s death.

  • Emily Dickinson's persona, popularized since her death, became that of a reclusive spinster—a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world. This film explores her vivacious, irreverent side that was covered up for years—most notably her lifelong romantic relationship with another woman.

  • Amal, an angry teenager, turns into a young woman during an extraordinary context of upheaval and violence in post-revolution Egypt.

Works in Progress

  • Aleph is a mysterious point (an opening) suspended in space and time that contains the entire universe. It’s hidden in a splintered labyrinth where ten characters play a game of magic. Their collected thoughts serve as pieces of a puzzle that connect the labyrinth and lead to Aleph.

  • A zoo that rescues mythological creatures in psychedelic 1960's San Francisco races the U.S. Military to find and save a Baku, a Japanese dream-eating cryptid, to prevent the military from using the Baku to eat the dreams of the counterculture and suppress the anti-Vietnam War movement.

  • Through intimate vérité, archival footage, and visually innovative treatments of her poetry, Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project pushes the boundaries of biographical documentary film to reveal the enduring influence of one of America’s greatest living artists and social commentators.

  • A film about climate change, disguised as a portrait of collective anxiety.

In Case You Missed It

  • An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online.

  • 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.

  • Filmed with vérité intimacy, QUEST is a portrait of a North Philadelphia family and the creative sanctuary offered by their home music studio. The family's ten-year journey is a testament to love, healing, and hope.

  • After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are readying themselves for a siege. Through the volunteers from The White Helmets we experience the daily life, death and struggle in the streets of the city. They fight for sanity where war has become the norm.

  • An eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door-greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional nonfiction love story.

  • A blue-collar family man breaks the promise he’d made years ago to never fight again. Now forty, with a wife and four children who need him, Joe Carman risks everything — his marriage, his family, his financial security — to go back into the fighting cage and come to terms with his past.

  • Ritual, danger and the absolute beauty of fireworks — the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico.

  • Wolf and Sheep is a drama with fantastical elements about a community in a little village in Afghanistan and its everyday life: what is allowed and what isn’t, what is said and what isn’t, and small details, traditions and values never portrayed before.