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Paris-Tehran. A rootless story of young love between Gecko, an Algerian-French hotel bellman and parkourer, and Anahita, an Iranian student forced to leave her country for her own safety after the controversial elections in 2009. Obsessed with tracking the political movement, Anahita's friends broadcast through YouTube and coordinate via Twitter. Romance and the Internet become the ground to explore histories lost and identity yet to be found. | Read MoreDrama
Roberto Rossellini's delicate mediation of the life of St. Francis of Assisi, whom we follow from his immersion in religion to his attempts at melding spirituality with everyday life. Cowritten with Federico Fellini, this gentle film is structured as a series of simple vignettes that serve to convey St. Francis' universal teachings. | Read More
Jonathan Richman, Sleater-Kinney, Rufus Wainwright, and a host of other musicians record a benefit album of songs from Hedwig and the Angry Inch for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School, the first LGBTQ high school in the nation. While the doc follows four students, the music creates a soundtrack for their lives. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
Executive produced by Eva Longoria, this hard-hitting documentary gives pause for thought with every plate of food we eat by exposing the rampant abuse embedded in America’s agriculture and food production industries. The fi lm sheds light on the wage theft and outright slavery that constitutes everyday life for thousands of America’s (mostly Latino) farm workers, and gives voice and attempts to bring justice to those fi ghting to change these practices. | Read MoreDocumentary, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, Food
Maureen Ackerman, a clever, coquettish housewife, starts her day like any other -- the morning crossword, tea, breakfast, after which she sees off her husband with an obligatory kiss and a wave. Then her lover shows up. After seducing her, he gives her a beautiful diamond necklace and challenges her to get it past her husband. Intrigued by both the diamonds and the dare, Maureen concocts a plan involving a pawnshop and a "lost" claim ticket. What follows is a fast game of deception and greed where the tables turn and even the best-laid plans become unraveled. | Read MoreDrama
The members of a fourth-grade class pull an innocent April Fool’s Day prank on their teacher that accidentally kills her. Fearing jail time, they set out to cover up the murder before their D.A.R.E. officer shows up for his weekly lesson. | Read MoreComedy
When the members of a Berlin women's football team (we call it "soccer") learn to their surprise that they have counterparts in Iran, but that those women have never been allowed to play an actual game, they set out for Tehran to make the impossible happen. Co-hosted with Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival. | Read MoreSports
Recess begins -- the schoolyard is flooded with kids! Ten-year-old Jeff reveals his prized cat's-eye marble in a bid to win the Universal Marble Championship. But just before his winning shot, Cricker, the schoolyard bully, grabs it and launches it to the other side of the playground, and Jeff must set off across the infamous "big-kid's area" to retrieve it. With danger at every turn, Jeff plays his way through various games in order to claim his marble, but will he return in time to win the game? | Read More
Inspired by actual events and set on Election Day, 2008, against the sweeping landscape of rural America, For Spacious Sky is the story of three lost brothers finding their way back to each other—one from incarceration, one from addiction, and one from discrimination.
Screening in Shorts Program: Handle With Care | Read MoreDrama