A Thousand Cuts
Nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns, more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Journalist Maria Ressa places the tools of the free press—and her freedom—on the line in defense of truth and democracy.
IWOW: I Walk on Water
A radical perspective that shifts focus from the idea of separateness to oneness. This film was recorded over several intense months during the Summer of 2019 in Harlem NY, Brussels and Haarlem, Netherlands. A film of formlessness out of the norm. The first film from this director this long. A more spiritual cinematic vision. And a continuation of tradition of polyphonic portraiture with something like a full album for a score.
A spiritual drama about a British Pakistani rapper who, on the cusp of his first world tour, is struck down by an epigenetic illness that threatens to derail his big break.
Simple as Water
In this war story told in a unique key, portraits of Syrian families displaced and fractured by war create a meditation on parental love that is both urgent and timeless. The film is an artful and urgent call to focus on our shared humanity, counter demonizing rhetoric, and ensure our governments and communities keep welcoming those fleeing war.
Socks on Fire
A poet composes a cinematic love letter to his grandmother as his homophobic aunt and drag queen uncle wage war over her estate in Hokes Bluff, Alabama. From director Bo McGuire: “Socks on Fire is a transgenerational docudrama couched in the battle royal for my Nanny’s throne. I returned home from New York City to find that my Aunt Sharon, my favorite childhood relative, had locked her gay, drag-queen brother, my Uncle John out of the family home. As a queer Southerner, who can be both equally protective and skeptical more►
Stateless | Apátrida
Jolted by a Supreme Court ruling that strips their citizenship and identity, a young woman and her cousin fight to bring dignity to their lives in face of a historical legacy of genocide and anti-blackness sentiment on the island of Hispaniola.
The Mole Agent
When a family becomes concerned about their mother’s wellbeing in a retirement home, private investigator Romulo hires Sergio, an 83 year-old man who becomes a new resident–and a mole inside the home, who struggles to balance his assignment with becoming increasingly involved in the lives of several residents.
I’m No Longer Here | Ya No Estoy Aqui
In the mountains of Monterrey, Mexico, a small street gang named “Los Terkos” spend their days listening to slowed down cumbia music and attending dance parties, showing off their outfits, hairstyles and gang alliances. These different bands of disaffected youth refer to themselves as Kolombianos, combining the Cholo culture with Colombian music. Ulises Samperio (17), the leader of Los Terkos, tries to protect his friends from the nefarious elements of a quickly evolving drug/political war, but after a misunderstanding with a local cartel, he is forced to leave for Jackson Heights, Queens, a diverse immigrant community in more►
In the heart of Chinatown, New York, ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year–old Grandma (Tsai Chin) is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck…and suddenly attracting the attention of some Chinese gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang and soon finds herself right in the more►
The Orphanage | Parwareshgah
In the late 1980’s, 15-year-old Qodrat lives in the streets of Kabul and sells cinema tickets on the black market. He is a big Bollywood fan and he daydreams himself in some of his favorite movie scenes. One day, the police bring him to the Soviet orphanage. But in Kabul, the political situation is changing. Qodrat and all the children want to defend their home. As the Mujahideen approach, the children of the orphanage dream themselves away into the Bollywood movies they love.