Peter Hutton explores the incredible landscapes and the maginficent panoramic vistas of Iceland. Skagafjördur is a silent and moving journey through cloud, mist, and timeless monuments of the land. | Read More
With his first doc, Pollack delivers a sharp and angular look at the life and work of his close friend Gehry. The film balances praise and criticism of the famed architect's work from art critics and Gehry himself, who proves to be his own worst critic. Featuring interviews with Julian Schnabel, Dennis Hopper, Michael Eisner, and Gehry's 94-year-old therapist. A Sony Pictures Classics release. | Read MoreDocumentary
This lyrical meditation, co-winner (with "4") of the Rotterdam Film Festival's top prize, depicts one year in the life of a tiny village in northern Spain. Perhaps best appreciated as a painterly travelogue to a world and a place where time means something very unlike the breakneck pace at which we live, the film's rewards for the patient viewer are substantial.
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When 14 women-Israelis, Palestinians, Bedouin Arabs, and American settlers in the West Bank-are brought together with the shared goal of losing weight, they find out they have far more in common than they ever would have imagined. A Slim Peace takes a revealing look at the universal struggle for acceptance, understanding and personal transformation in a land of intractable conflict. Preceded by We Will Win. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Comedy, Documentary
Slippin' documents ten years on the inside of one of the world's most notorious gangs, the Bloods. The film follows five Los Angeles gang members from 1993, at the height of their gang activity-flying their colors, defending their turf-to the present day where they face the consequences of their violent pasts. | Read More
The Small Ones is a distillation portrait of the director's cousin Sandor, a doctor during WWII assigned to reconstruct the bones -- small and large -- of dead American soldiers. Composed of highly abstracted war imagery set against images of children at a birthday party. | Read MoreFemale Director(s)
Inspired by Chris Marker's Sans Soleil, this experimental road movie celebrates being single with one woman's trip through Australia. Still photographs, pixilated moving images and voice-over narration comprise an intimate self-portrait that becomes a personal journey to overcome fear, search for contentedness and accept life's experience as the accumulation of fragments of memory. Screened in the Portraits of Women program.
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Solanas is one of Latin America's great militant filmmakers. On par with his classic Hour of the Furnaces, A Social Genocide is both grand cinema and a passionate plea to reflect on the devastating consequences that globalization, neo-liberal politics, and political corruption have had on once-rich Argentina. | Read More
In the background of the war in Iraq is an invisible army -- one that numbers more than 30,000, yet few Americans know about it. It is an army of low-wage workers imported from South and Southeast Asia to cook food, wash laundry, and deliver fuel. Told through the eyes of three Filipino workers and their families, Someone Else's War provides an intimate look into the forces of poverty and desperation that persuade workers to risk their lives for the chance at a better life in Iraq. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
A Son's Sacrifice follows the journey of Imran, a young American Muslim who struggles to take over his father's halal slaughterhouse in Queens. A first-generation American, Imran must confront his mixed heritage and gain acceptance from his father's immigrant community at the traditional storefront slaughterhouse. On the holiest day of the year, Imran must lead a sacrifice that will define him as a Muslim, as an American, and as a son. | Read MoreDocumentary
A Song For Daniel compares a routine day of two 9-year-old Iraqi boys; one living in Baghdad and the other, born and raised in New York City. A profound examination of culture and place seen through eyes of two boys on opposite sides of the world. | Read More
In the polygamist community cultivated by the notorious (and now incarcerated) "prophet" Warren Jeffs, women are a commodity, children are reared to be ignorant, and free thought is surrendered. For a group of teenage boys, the desire for autonomy means banishment from their homes and families. This fascinating documentary explores the heartbreaking losses and hopeful determination of these exiles as they struggle to make new lives in mainstream America. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Kinshasa, 1974. As Ali and Foreman fought their legendary "Rumble in the Jungle," an equally epic music festival united the hottest African American and native African soul musicians for an electrifying display of ethnic empowerment. Cameramen charted everything from the life on the streets to the haps backstage, but the footage sat unedited… until now. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music