Growing up in Miami, the director witnessed drive-by shootings and death threats directed toward her father, a former friend of Fidel Castro and opponent of the embargo. Using never-before-heard CIA audiotapes and fascinating interviews with her father, Weisman links his past and present in an eye-opening film that's sure to be talked about. In Spanish and English.
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Gemma Atwal's fascinating and dynamic epic follows Budhia, a four-year-old boy plucked from the slums of India and trained as a marathon prodigy by Biranchi Das, a larger-than-life judo coach who runs an orphanage in the eastern state of Orissa. But over the next five years and dozens of marathons, Budhia's roller-coaster journey turns from an uplifting story of promise and opportunity to one of greed, corruption, and broken dreams. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Sports, Documentary
Disoriented by her mother's death and resentful of her father's mistakes, a twentysomething woman in Los Angeles is searching for solid ground. Inspired by a new romance, she tries to help a reclusive hoarder get her life back on track, but soon gets entangled in an emotionally complex situation revealing more about herself than she might be ready for. Judy Marte (Raising Victor Vargas) and Karen Black star. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
In the sandy villages outside Cairo, the Zabbaleen eke out a living recycling the flood of waste pouring out of the most populous area on the African continent. But one girl--six-year-old free spirit Marina--dreams of a better life. This poetic documentary tells her story. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
After a tumultuous affair between international photojournalist Lee (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and troubled writer John (Martin Henderson) ends in John’s disappearance, Lee lands in a mental hospital to recuperate. She strikes up a friendship with a fellow patient bearing an uncanny resemblance to her missing lover. The pair works to uncover the truth behind the disappearance, but Lee’s precarious sanity comes under threat when the clues lead to the last place she would ever expect. | Read MoreDrama, Female Director(s), Thriller, Relationships
At 17, mild-mannered Rosa Jiménez came to the United States to provide a better life for her family back in Mexico. This riveting, heartbreaking film examines how she comes to stand accused of murder in a Texas courtroom. Co-hosted with The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Mohammed El Kurd is a Palestinian teenager growing up in the heart of East Jerusalem, but when his family is forced to give up a part of their home to Israeli settlers, local residents begin peaceful protests and in a surprising turn, are quickly joined by scores of Israeli supporters in My Neighbourhood.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Help Wanted program. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
In Dorothée van den Berghe's (Girl) beautiful and touching coming-of-age story, 10-year-old Karo moves with her parents Raven and Dalia to a vibrant and carefree squatter's commune in 1970s Amsterdam. But when Raven's relationship with a new woman fractures their family and threatens the commune's utopia, both Raven's lofty ideals and Karo's childish innocence will be challenged by the messy realities of human emotion. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
Suffering from scoliosis as a teenager, Audrey Mestre found freedom in the ocean. Years later, she discovered another reason to love the water: the elusive, often raucous free diver Pipin Ferreras. As Mestre follows Ferreras’s almost spiritual quest to push his limits underwater, she moves from supporter to ardent free diver to world-class competitor. Then a challenge from a rival pushes the couple to the brink of what is possible, both above and below the surface. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), ESPN, Sports, Documentary
More than half a million women each year die from preventable complications during pregnancy or childbirth. In her gripping directorial debut, Christy Turlington Burns shares the powerful stories of pregnant women in four parts of the world, including a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
A darkly comic look at precocious teens grappling with sex, excess and alienation. Avoiding the high school party scene and random hookups, Wendy (Amber Tamblyn) and her friends form a clique that claims a more fluid sexuality. Schacter's directorial debut delivers a provocative take on teen romance in this modern promiscuous age. A New Line Cinema Release. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)