The world's preeminent Koran-recitation competition takes place each year in Cairo, drawing Muslim children from as far as Tajikistan and the Maldives to perform in front of a panel of prominent judges. Following these talented youngsters from their intense preparation regimes through the rigorous rounds of the tournament, Koran By Heart is both an inspirational competition film and an engaging survey of the unique experiences of Muslim children throughout the world. | Read MoreSports and Documentary
It was called the "auction of the century." Following the death of fashion luminary Yves Saint Laurent, his partner in business and life Pierre Bergé makes the difficult decision to sell off their immense collection of precious art. This luxuriant documentary uses their beautiful possessions as the puzzle pieces to form an equally beautiful portrait of the private world of an icon and the man who loved him. | Read MoreDocumentary
A fascinating portrait of drag artist Charles Busch from his humble beginnings performing in an East village storefront to his Broadway and film accomplishments. Interlaced with archival footage, interviews, and clips from a-never-before seen short directed by Busch himself. A must-see for any Charles Busch fan. | Read MoreDocumentary
When director Jonathan VanBallenberghe turned thirty-six, he realized that he had been addicted to gambling for a third of his life. To end the problem once and for all, he entered into psychotherapy and made this documentary about the experience. Lapse portrays the fractured state of mind of a person in the grip of a gambling addiction. Its narration and dialogue were recorded during VanBallenberghe’s own psychotherapy sessions. | Read MoreDocumentary
A festive account of a group of senior citizens from Elgin, Illinois who meet one Sunday each month to celebrate life, laughter, loving and dancing all in a night of live music provided by their peers. This mature group—some even in their ‘90s—are far from elderly as they party in their own version of the fountain of youth. | Read MoreDocumentary
For the last 53 years, The Last Ice Merchant Baltazar Ushca has harvested glacial ice from the tallest mountain in Ecuador, prompting this tale of cultural change and indigenous people.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Long Story Short program. | Read MoreDocumentary
This family memoir recounts the history of a North African community. After WWII, Libya still had a small, but strong, Sephardic Jewish population with its own traditions and dialect. Sixty years later, no one remains.
Roumani-Denn tells her family's history--Libyans for centuries, now scattered throughout the Diaspora. Narrated by Isabella Rossellini. In English, Hebrew, Italian and Arabic. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
The intersecting histories of a stadium, a team, and a music legend are examined in a documentary that charts the ups and downs of the New York Mets and the life and career of Long Island native Billy Joel, the last performer to play Shea Stadium. Set to the soundtrack of Joel's final Shea concerts, Last Play interweaves personal Joel interviews with exclusive concert footage—featuring guests like Tony Bennett and Roger Daltrey. | Read MoreSports, Documentary, Music