38th CIFF College Program

Thursday, March 20 - Saturday, March 29

Akron Art Museum
1 South High Street
Akron, OH
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Akron-Summit County Public Library
60 S. High Street
Akron, OH
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Tower City Center
737 Canal Road
Cleveland, OH
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The 38TH CIFF has expanded its College Program and is offering FREE morning, matinee, and late night screenings to college students when they present their valid college I.D.

Free films will be screened on each weekday of the 38th CIFF between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., as well as late night screenings beginning after 11:00 p.m. on the Fridays and Saturdays of the Festival.

Tickets will be available one hour before screening start time and are distributed on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. Students will simply need to stop by the Duke Desk (Will Call) located in the hallway just outside the entrance to Tower City Cinemas with their valid college I.D. to gain their ticket for admittance.

For all other 38th CIFF screenings, student discounts are available through online ticket purchases. and at the Film Festival Box Office located inside the lobby of Tower City Cinemas, by using the code COLLEGE.

For more information about College Day, please contact Jomo Benn at: students@clevelandfilm.org.

Films:

Maryan

INDIA
Directed By Bharatbala
Running Time: 151 Minutes

This is a tale of one man’s love for his woman and the sea. MARYAN is a handsome Tamil tiger shark hunter and cocky self-proclaimed king of the ocean. Though he’s standoffish, the fetching Panimalar tries to charm him into... {more}

Ariel

CANADA, ARGENTINA
Directed By Laura Bari
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Ariel Bari lost both of his legs in an industrial accident. Only 33, this skilled mechanic suddenly became wheelchair bound and at the mercy of his country's inefficient health system. Ariel, always good with his hands, becomes obsessed with replacing... {more}

Palestine Stereo (Falastine Stereo)

TUNISIA, PALESTINE
Directed By Rashid Masharawi
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Sami and Stereo are Palestinian brothers trying to rebound after a tragic event. Israelis, attempting to take out a terrorist in Stereo's apartment building, set off bombs that killed Stereo's wife and rendered Sami deaf and mute. For Stereo, immense... {more}

Crack, Back & Sack (Pornopung)

NORWAY
Directed By Johan Kaos
Running Time: 90 Minutes

“Just be yourself, and you'll be fine.” These are the encouraging words of Christian's mom as he boards the train for Oslo at the start of Johan Kaos' rousing CRACK, BACK & SACK. Leaving his simple small town to finish... {more}

War Story

USA
Directed By Mark Jackson
Running Time: 90 Minutes

After a horrific experience in Libya, war photographer Lee (Catherine Keener) has holed herself up in a small hotel in Sicily. Instead of returning home to the noise of New York, she prefers to deal with it alone. Her phone... {more}

52 Tuesdays

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Sophie Hyde
Running Time: 114 Minutes

Sixteen-year-old Billie is trying to come to terms with her mother's transition from female to male. It's an awkward time for her entire family; but for a teenage girl, it's especially rough. As her mom transforms from Jane to James,... {more}

Waltz for Monica (Monica Z)

SWEDEN, DENMARK
Directed By Per Fly
Running Time: 111 Minutes

Lovely Monica Zetterlund, a switchboard operator in rural Hagfors, Sweden, often ditches work for four-hour bus rides to Stockholm. It’s the 50s, and Monica is a jazz singer on the verge of making it big. Leaving her daughter with her... {more}

As the Palaces Burn

USA
Directed By Don Argott
Running Time: 90 Minutes

AS THE PALACES BURN was supposed to be a tour documentary that spotlighted Lamb of God's growing global fanbase. But then all hell broke loose. Halfway through filming in 2012, the heavy metal band was greeted by Czech authorities as... {more}

In the Name of the Son (Au nom du fils)

BELGIUM
Directed By Vincent Lannoo
Running Time: 80 Minutes

How did IN THE NAME OF THE SON—a movie about a suburban mom who questions her Catholic faith—win first prize in a European “genre” film festival? Like its protagonist, at first you might have to accept not knowing. Elisabeth (Astrid... {more}

The Human Factor (La variabile umana)

ITALY
Directed By Bruno Oliviero
Running Time: 83 Minutes

In Milan, high finance and high fashion meet up with low morals and lonely lives. Detective Monaco is tight-lipped and world-weary, deep in his shell since the death of his wife three years ago. He keeps family photos—like his emotions—locked... {more}

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

USA
Directed By Nicholas Wrathall
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Whether it’s trading blows with William F. Buckley, smashing homosexual taboos in mainstream literature, or casually insulting presidential intelligence, Gore Vidal is a man of opinions. Venerated by many as the last great American intellectual, this captivating documentary weaves in... {more}

Ariel

CANADA, ARGENTINA
Directed By Laura Bari
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Ariel Bari lost both of his legs in an industrial accident. Only 33, this skilled mechanic suddenly became wheelchair bound and at the mercy of his country's inefficient health system. Ariel, always good with his hands, becomes obsessed with replacing... {more}

3 Mile Limit

NEW ZEALAND
Directed By Craig Newland
Running Time: 105 Minutes

Journalist Richard Davis hates his job. His true love is music, and he spends his free time trying to get the band he manages on the radio. It's 1965 and the world is going bonkers over rock 'n' roll. Unfortunately... {more}

Ivory Tower

USA
Directed By Andrew Rossi
Running Time: 97 Minutes

The price of college in America has risen 1120% since 1978. In the same time period, prices for health care—the poster industry for excessive costs—have risen by only half that percentage. IVORY TOWER is an unprecedented look at the American... {more}

A Birder's Guide to Everything

USA
Directed By Rob Meyer
Running Time: 88 Minutes

Before she died, David's mother gave him a passion for birding. Over a year after her death, the 15-year-old still hasn't accepted the loss and his father is about to remarry. On the weekend of the wedding, David sights what... {more}

Kidnapped for Christ

USA
Directed By Kate S. Logan
Running Time: 85 Minutes

With a 4.3 GPA and a potential college scholarship, David goes to sleep one night, eager to start his senior year. Sometime in the early hours of the morning, three men broke down his door and took him. His destination:... {more}

Border

ITALY
Directed By Alessio Cremonini
Running Time: 95 Minutes

When Fatima's husband leaves the Syrian regime army to join the rebels, he arranges for a man named Farid to take her and her sister Aya out of the country. If they stay, they could become targets of revenge. Headed... {more}

Continental

USA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA
Directed By Malcolm Ingram
Running Time: 94 Minutes

In pre-Stonewall New York, homosexual activity was illegal. Bars and bathhouses exploited their gay clientele. Enter Steve Ostrow, an opera singer forced to abandon his career due to federal fraud allegations. Ever the entrepreneur and a gay man himself, Steve... {more}

That Burning Feeling

CANADA
Directed By Jason James
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Boy meets girl. Boy sleeps with girl. Boy doesn’t really know girl’s name, but that’s okay because boy has no intention of calling girl. Boy contracts a little something that rhymes with “shmonorrhea.” When Adam (Paulo Costanzo), a young womanizing... {more}

Of Good Report

SOUTH AFRICA
Directed By Jahmil X.T. Qubeka
Running Time: 109 Minutes

The third feature by young South African director Jahmil X.T. Qubeka is the provocative story of a high-school teacher with a penchant for young girls. The film became the center of public attention following its controversial temporary ban by the... {more}

82 Days in April (82 Dagen in April)

BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS, TURKEY
Directed By Bart Van den Bempt
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Herman and Marie have flown to Turkey to pick up their son Maarten’s belongings. While on a tour through that country, Maarten was killed in an accident. All that remains is his back pack. While sorting through it, Herman finds... {more}

The Ghosts in Our Machine

CANADA
Directed By Liz Marshall
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Toronto-based photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur suffers from PTSD. Though she’s not exactly a war photographer, her subject is too potent for publication in consumer magazines. McArthur photographs the cruel mistreatment of animals by humans who operate giant “systems” to process them... {more}

Crack, Back & Sack (Pornopung)

NORWAY
Directed By Johan Kaos
Running Time: 90 Minutes

“Just be yourself, and you'll be fine.” These are the encouraging words of Christian's mom as he boards the train for Oslo at the start of Johan Kaos' rousing CRACK, BACK & SACK. Leaving his simple small town to finish... {more}

She Wolf (Mujer Lobo)

ARGENTINA
Directed By Tamae Garateguy
Running Time: 92 Minutes

There are many sides to the serial killer in SHE WOLF. Well, three to be exact. She's the culmination of three separate identities who morph to attract potential victims and escape capture. It doesn't take much work to lure in... {more}

We Gotta Get Out of This Place

USA
Directed By Zeke Hawkins, Simon Hawkins
Running Time: 91 Minutes

What if your best friend and your girlfriend were starting college soon, leaving you behind in your small Texas town—wouldn’t you do anything for one last good time with them? That’s just what BJ was looking for when he took... {more}

West (Westen)

GERMANY
Directed By Christian Schwochow
Running Time: 102 Minutes

In the very first scene of WEST, Wassilij, Nelly, and their son Alexej seem like a happy family. Playfully throwing snowballs, Nelly and Alexej are wishing Wassilij what appears to be a casual goodbye. Jump to three years later and... {more}

The Ferry

CHINA
Directed By Shi Wei
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Tian Huai'en is a quiet and simple man. Most of his life is spent on the tiny boat he uses to ferry people back and forth across the Dasha river. It's his life work, though he won't accept a dime... {more}

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

NEW ZEALAND
Directed By Anthony Powell
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Nature photographer Anthony Powell spent ten years making his documentary ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE. It was so cold he had to build a special camera to withstand the frigid temperatures. Because of this, he was also able to capture... {more}

One: A Story of Love & Equality

USA
Directed By Becca Roth
Running Time: 102 Minutes

In 2012 North Carolina placed Amendment One on its ballot. The Amendment would forbid any recognition for same sex couples, including civil unions and extending partner benefits. One young lesbian couple living in New York (where Marriage Equality is a... {more}

Amka and the Three Golden Rules

MONGOLIA
Directed By Babar Ahmed
Running Time: 86 Minutes

Amka is a sweet Mongolian boy. The tragic loss of his parents has made him the sole provider for his family. He wakes up early to go into town and get water for his little sister, reminding her about the... {more}

The Sax Man

USA
Directed By Joe Siebert
Running Time: 84 Minutes

Everyone in Cleveland is probably familiar with the “Sax Man.” Whether he's playing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” outside Progressive Field or rocking The Addams Family theme in Public Square, his presence is hard to miss. But how... {more}

Life Inside Out

USA
Directed By Jill D'Agnenica
Running Time: 103 Minutes

Laura is a loving mother and wife who works at a bakery and is constantly being suckered into attending her sister's cheesy scrapbooking parties. It's not an awful life. But for a creative person such as herself, it's hardly satisfying.... {more}

Finding Home

USA, CAMBODIA
Directed By Derek Hammeke
Running Time: 118 Minutes

Stephanie Freed was just another soccer mom, content with her comfortable American lifestyle. But after hearing her father’s horrific stories of human trafficking while he was stationed in Cambodia, she decided she needed to see things for herself. In Cambodia... {more}

Copenhagen

USA, CANADA, DENMARK
Directed By Mark Raso
Running Time: 98 Minutes

After the death of his father, William travels with his friend to Copenhagen to find his estranged grandfather and deliver the letter his dad wrote to him. Originally intended as a guys-only trip, things get heated when his pal's uninvited... {more}

The Dark Matter of Love

RUSSIA, USA
Directed By Sarah McCarthy
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Claudio and Cheryl Diaz are real-life, amiable Wisconsinites and loving parents of a bubbly teen. Unable to have more children, they decide to adopt three from Russia—all at once. A self-proclaimed “Disney family,” the Diazes have an idealized view of... {more}

Detective Downs (Detektiv Downs)

NORWAY
Directed By Bĺrd Breien
Running Time: 100 Minutes

Snappy graphics and a plaintive jazz score mark the opening of this nouveau Norwegian noir. Our world-weary detective is kitted out in trench coat and fedora, his voiceover reminiscent of Bogey’s. But Robert Bogerud is a different kind of private... {more}

Handy

ITALY
Directed By Vincenzo Cosentino
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Martini’s left hand is called Handle, while his right hand is known as Handy. Martini relies upon Handle for his creative drive, while Handy is relegated to the armrest. After decades of being ignored and living with Handle’s mediocrity, Handy... {more}

Grantham & Rose

USA
Directed By Kristin Hanggi
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Seventeen-year-old Grantham has just entered juvenile detention. Tattooed and hiding behind a tough exterior, he instantly clashes with his fellow inmates. This brings him to the attention of Rose, an elderly volunteer who mentors some of the boys. Rose has... {more}

Sources of Life (Quellen des Lebens)

GERMANY
Directed By Oskar Roehler
Running Time: 174 Minutes

SOURCES OF LIFE is a sweeping saga that charts the course of three generations of a post-war German family. Based on filmmaker Oskar Roehler’s memoir Origins, it’s rife with nostalgia and cultural references to the birth pangs of the fledgling... {more}

Watchers of the Sky

USA, CHAD, RWANDA, NETHERLANDS
Directed By Edet Belzberg
Running Time: 114 Minutes

Before German lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined the word in the late 40s, the term “genocide” didn't exist. Of course the acts that it described did; but there was no way to properly explain them and no definition by which to... {more}

On the Job

PHILIPPINES
Directed By Erik Matti
Running Time: 120 Minutes

When a big time drug dealer is murdered, Sergeant Acosta is assigned the case. He's an honest guy, who works extremely hard. Even with his skills, though, finding the killers is going to be difficult. That's because they had the... {more}

Sex, Drugs & Taxation (Spies & Glistrup)

DENMARK
Directed By Christoffer Boe
Running Time: 110 Minutes

Mogens Glistrup is a genius, or at least he was 15 years ago. When his long-lost friend Simon Spies has him take a look at his financial papers, Glistrup finds an interesting opportunity. In an act of revenge, the two... {more}

All About the Feathers (Por Las Plumas)

COSTA RICA
Directed By Neto Villalobos
Running Time: 85 Minutes

Observe the common rooster: his color and texture tell us everything about him. Observe, if you will, the common man: the same can be said for him. ALL ABOUT THE FEATHERS is an unusual bromance (dare we say crowmance?) between... {more}

The Auction (Le démantčlement)

CANADA
Directed By Sébastien Pilote
Running Time: 111 Minutes

For 40 years Gaby has been the sole proprietor of Bouchards and Sons, an idyllic sheep farm in Canada. There are no sons, however; there are two estranged daughters to whom Gaby is devoted. When Marie, his eldest, informs him... {more}

The Bit Player (Ekstra)

PHILIPPINES
Directed By Jeffrey Jeturian
Running Time: 111 Minutes

Loida is a single, middle-aged mother with very lofty goals. For years she's been working as an extra on soap operas, patiently waiting for her chance to shine. However the path to “making it” is anything but easy. The odds... {more}

Yemeniettes

YEMEN, USA
Directed By Shawn Thompson
Running Time: 60 Minutes

YEMENIETTES tells the incredibly inspiring story of a group of teenage girls from Yemen who start their own business. After years of gender inequality and poor education, a new generation of Yemeni females is beginning to empower themselves. Thanks to... {more}

The Black Brothers (Die Schwarzen Brüder)

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND
Directed By Xavier Koller
Running Time: 100 Minutes

It’s 19th century Switzerland and Giorgio, 14, is as happy-go-lucky as the goats in his Alpine home. But his mother has an accident, and the family can’t pay a doctor. A man in black materializes and makes them a deal:... {more}

Copenhagen

USA, CANADA, DENMARK
Directed By Mark Raso
Running Time: 98 Minutes

After the death of his father, William travels with his friend to Copenhagen to find his estranged grandfather and deliver the letter his dad wrote to him. Originally intended as a guys-only trip, things get heated when his pal's uninvited... {more}

The Japanese Dog (Câinele Japonez)

ROMANIA
Directed By Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Running Time: 85 Minutes

When a flood strikes Costache's village in Romania, his wife Maria and all of their possessions are swept away. Now in a village shelter, Costache refuses to sell his land and move onward. He has plans to re-build and refuses... {more}

The Ballad of Shovels and Rope

USA
Directed By Jace Freeman
Running Time: 72 Minutes

“If you wanna love me baby, then I wish you would.” So sings the song 1200 Miles by husband and wife folk duo Shovels & Rope. You’re in Cleveland, so it’s imperative that you recognize great music; and you’re at... {more}

Blind Dates (Brma Paemnebi)

GEORGIA
Directed By Levan Koguashvili
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Sandro is a Tbilisi schoolteacher—balding, single, and living at home at 40. His only friend Iva, a girls’ soccer coach, finds himself similarly lacking a soul mate. Gregarious Iva comes up with schemes to help them meet women through the... {more}

A Time in Quchi (Shu Jia Zuo Ye)

TAIWAN
Directed By Chang Tso-chi
Running Time: 110 Minutes

When Bao is sent to his grandfather's house for the summer, he's not exactly pleased. The countryside seems like another planet compared to the city, and, worst of all, there's no cable TV. As he spends the hours with his... {more}

Awake in a Bad Dream (Wakker in een boze droom)

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM
Directed By Petra Lataster-Czisch, Peter Lataster
Running Time: 114 Minutes

Sabrina, Vicky, and Ingrid are three extraordinarily brave women who allow filmmakers to accompany them on their fraught journeys through diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. AWAKE IN A BAD DREAM is an intimate, commentary-free documentary that shows the different... {more}

Transfusión

USA, MEXICO
Directed By Robert Douglas Lemon
Running Time: 102 Minutes

The food truck craze is everywhere. In Columbus, Ohio they've seen an onslaught of taco trucks in the city, serving up delicious authentic Mexican cuisine. But the trucks are stirring up conversation for other reasons. In the Greater Hilltop area,... {more}

It's Only Make Believe (Eventyrland)

NORWAY
Directed By Arild Řstin Ommundsen
Running Time: 91 Minutes

IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE is not just a strikingly visual tale of love and longing; it’s also a heart-pounding thriller. Jenny has a romantic nature and the face of an angel, but she’s prone to making bad choices. Just when... {more}

For Those Who Can Tell No Tales

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, QATAR, GERMANY
Directed By Jasmila Žbanić
Running Time: 75 Minutes

Kym Vercoe travels from Sydney to Sarajevo one summer. Pleased to be touring the Balkans independently, she creates a chatty video journal. A favorite place is Višegrad in Bosnia, where she enjoys the 16th century Ottoman bridge across the Drina... {more}

A Will for the Woods

USA
Directed By Amy Browne, Jeremy Kaplan, Brian Wilson, Tony Hale
Running Time: 93 Minutes

In the face of global warming, many of us are trying to reduce our carbon footprint. But what about when we die? For psychiatrist Clark Wang, that question comes with great urgency. After a long struggle with lymphoma, doctors have... {more}

Love Is Blind (Kertu)

ESTONIA
Directed By Ilmar Raag
Running Time: 97 Minutes

Saaremaa, Estonia’s largest island, features unique nature in an isolated location. But insularity is not always picturesque, and LOVE IS BLIND, which is set on the island, is an unforgettably gothic tale of warped relationships and the power of forbidden... {more}

Ride with Larry

USA
Directed By Andrew Rubin, Ricardo Villarreal
Running Time: 90 Minutes

When Larry Smith was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he cried on the way home to tell his family. Twenty years later, this retired police captain and successful bakery owner is done crying. Once a bike enthusiast, Larry found balance increasingly... {more}

Rock the Casbah (Rock Ba-Casba)

ISRAEL, FRANCE
Directed By Yariv Horowitz
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Set in the Gaza Strip in 1989, ROCK THE CASBAH follows a group of Israeli soldiers sent to keep watch over the Arabs in the Occupied Territories. Not long after arriving, one of them is killed by a local, who... {more}

The Amazing Catfish (Los insólitos peces gato)

MEXICO
Directed By Claudia Sainte-Luce
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Martha and Claudia could never have imagined the impact they'd have on each other's lives when they randomly met in the hospital. Martha, a cancer patient, and Claudia, recovering from an appendix removal, were placed in the same room to... {more}

A Simple Piece of Paper

USA
Directed By Jean Strauss
Running Time: 57 Minutes

In 2011 Illinois passed State House Bill 5428. It allowed Adult Adopted Persons to finally have a copy of their original birth certificates, making Illinois the largest state to reverse sealed record laws. While opponents of the Bill managed to... {more}

A Long and Happy Life (Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn)

RUSSIA
Directed By Boris Khlebnikov
Running Time: 77 Minutes

Idealistic Sasha left the city for a Russian village on the river, where he bought a small farm. Eager to turn a profit, he hired a group of workers to help with the crops. Unfortunately, his new life becomes threatened... {more}

Here Was Cuba

IRELAND
Directed By Emer Reynolds, John Murray
Running Time: 78 Minutes

Fifty years later, HERE WAS CUBA explores the intensely tricky political predicament that was The Cuban Missile Crisis. Back then, communication was still primitive – which meant that, even in the most urgent times, world leaders had to depend on... {more}

Welcome Nowhere

USA, BULGARIA
Directed By Kate Ryan
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Narrated by Academy Award® nominated actor Ethan Hawke, WELCOME NOWHERE tells the heart-wrenching story of a community of Roma Gypsies living in Sofia, Bulgaria. When their houses were demolished in 2001, they were moved to a tiny settlement where they... {more}

Lesbiana (Lesbiana—Une Révolution Parallčle)

CANADA
Directed By Myriam Fougčre
Running Time: 63 Minutes

Pack your bags! We are going on a roadtrip! You will discover new lands and meet amazing and unique characters as Fougère takes us on a journey from Canada and throughout the U.S., revisiting many of the women she encountered... {more}

Ilo Ilo

SINGAPORE
Directed By Anthony Chen
Running Time: 99 Minutes

There are 1,400 miles between ILO ILO in the Philippines and Singapore, where Teresa comes to serve as a maid to Teck and Hwee Leng Lim, a Mandarin-speaking family. It’s 1997 and Asia is in a deep economic crisis. Families... {more}

The Human Experiment

USA
Directed By Dana Nachman, Don Hardy
Running Time: 91 Minutes

If you made a list of the risks and dangers you face, it might include terrorist attacks, plane crashes, smoking, and driving. But does it include your coffee mug, toothpaste, shaving cream, or lipstick? After watching this thoughtful and disturbing... {more}

The Cooler Bandits

USA
Directed By John Lucas
Running Time: 112 Minutes

In 1991 a group of four African-American teens committed a series of robberies at restaurants in Akron, Ohio. Coming from bleak neighborhoods hit hard by poverty and the effects of the 80s crack epidemic, these young men made poor decisions... {more}

Hopeless Hopeful (La Espera Desespera)

PUERTO RICO
Directed By Coraly Santaliz
Running Time: 97 Minutes

By most accounts Jorge is not a remarkable guy. He lives a routine existence and is seemingly happy with the daily monotony. But when he discovers his wife Lisa is in need of a life-saving heart surgery, Jorge's world becomes... {more}

The New Black

USA
Directed By Yoruba Richen
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Centered around the 2012 battle for Marriage Equality in Maryland, this empowering and disturbing documentary highlights a rarely discussed aspect of the struggle for gay rights. Referred to as the “unfinished business” of Civil Rights within the African-American community, this... {more}

Love Steaks

GERMANY
Directed By Jakob Lass
Running Time: 89 Minutes

When socially awkward Clemens gets a job as a masseuse at a resort hotel, things get off to a rocky start. He doesn't seem to mesh with his co-workers or his snooty bosses. And the customers are weird, including a... {more}

Marmato

COLOMBIA, USA
Directed By Mark Grieco
Running Time: 87 Minutes

Marmato is a mountain village in Colombia sitting on one of the greatest gold reserves in the world. For 500 years the residents have mined the gold with traditional methods. In 2006 a Canadian mining company bought the mines from... {more}

Resurrection of a Bastard (De wederopsstanding van een klootzak)

NETHERLANDS
Directed By Guido van Driel
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Ronnie is not a nice man. In fact, most would say he’s a bastard. A brutal professional thug, he’s the type to murder an innocent bystander and brush it off as “collateral damage.” The man he works for, curiously known... {more}

Alice Walker

UNITED KINGDOM, USA
Directed By Pratibha Parmar
Running Time: 84 Minutes

Alice Walker never did things the way somebody told her to, but the way she had to. ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH is a loving portrait of the passionate personality that made the Pulitzer Prize-winning activist-author a revered and criticized... {more}

Walesa. Man of Hope (Wałęsa. Czlowiek z nadziei)

POLAND
Directed By Andrzej Wajda
Running Time: 128 Minutes

We all know the name and legacy of Lech Walesa, who rose from being a shipyard worker to the President of Poland and became a Nobel Prize winning warrior for equality and fairness. But do we know the actual man... {more}

Dual (Dvojina)

SLOVENIA, DENMARK, CROATIA
Directed By Nejc Gazvoda
Running Time: 102 Minutes

Sometimes the perfect person appears at the worst possible time. Such is the dual nature of fate and the case for Iben and Tina. Iben has a dark secret, and Tina is on the eve of a life-changing interview. When... {more}

The Winding Stream

USA
Directed By Beth Harrington
Running Time: 90 Minutes

THE WINDING STREAM honors the legacy of country music's most vital family, the Carters. Whether as the Original Carter Family, the Carter Sisters, or through their work with June Carter's legendary husband Johnny Cash, the impact they've made on music... {more}

The Dog

USA
Directed By Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren
Running Time: 100 Minutes

We all know the movie “Dog Day Afternoon.” But that was Hollywood’s abridged version. Thirty years later, John “The Dog” Wojtowicz sits down with filmmakers Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren for this provocative look into the life of the man... {more}

All About the Feathers (Por Las Plumas)

COSTA RICA
Directed By Neto Villalobos
Running Time: 85 Minutes

Observe the common rooster: his color and texture tell us everything about him. Observe, if you will, the common man: the same can be said for him. ALL ABOUT THE FEATHERS is an unusual bromance (dare we say crowmance?) between... {more}

The Kill Team

USA
Directed By Dan Krauss
Running Time: 79 Minutes

In 2010, stories of an Army infantry murdering Afghani civilians for sport dominated the news here at home. And in Dan Krauss’ documentary we get unprecedented access to some of the members of the platoon dubbed “The Kill Team.” Focusing... {more}

The Last One

USA
Directed By Nadine C. Licostie
Running Time: 74 Minutes

Before he was born, Cleve Jones’ grandmother made him a quilt. This simple gift of love and continuity was to inspire the largest memorial in history. During the height of the AIDS crisis, Cleve Jones founded the Names Project Foundation.... {more}

West (Westen)

GERMANY
Directed By Christian Schwochow
Running Time: 102 Minutes

In the very first scene of WEST, Wassilij, Nelly, and their son Alexej seem like a happy family. Playfully throwing snowballs, Nelly and Alexej are wishing Wassilij what appears to be a casual goodbye. Jump to three years later and... {more}

Sex, Drugs & Taxation (Spies & Glistrup)

DENMARK
Directed By Christoffer Boe
Running Time: 110 Minutes

Mogens Glistrup is a genius, or at least he was 15 years ago. When his long-lost friend Simon Spies has him take a look at his financial papers, Glistrup finds an interesting opportunity. In an act of revenge, the two... {more}

Life Feels Good (Chce się żyć)

Poland
Directed By Maciej Pieprzyca
Running Time: 107 Minutes

As long as he's been alive, Matuesz has heard people call him a vegetable. Crippled by cerebral palsy and unable to speak, he's been labeled mentally disabled. His parents hold out hope that he can understand them, but doctors refuse... {more}

Heterosexual Jill

USA
Directed By Michelle Ehlen
Running Time: 80 Minutes

It's simple, really. See, Jill thought Jamie was a man, and when it turned out she wasn't, they had an affair anyway. But that had to end because that would have made Jill, well, a lesbian. So Jill does what... {more}

The Sarnos - A Life in Dirty Movies

SWEDEN
Directed By Wiktor Ericsson
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Joe Sarno was the “Ingmar Bergman of pornographic films.” But that was 40 years ago. What’s life like for a pornographer at the age of 88? As Joe hunts and pecks his way through the keys on his typewriter, he... {more}

Watchers of the Sky

USA, CHAD, RWANDA, NETHERLANDS
Directed By Edet Belzberg
Running Time: 114 Minutes

Before German lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined the word in the late 40s, the term “genocide” didn't exist. Of course the acts that it described did; but there was no way to properly explain them and no definition by which to... {more}

Amka and the Three Golden Rules

MONGOLIA
Directed By Babar Ahmed
Running Time: 86 Minutes

Amka is a sweet Mongolian boy. The tragic loss of his parents has made him the sole provider for his family. He wakes up early to go into town and get water for his little sister, reminding her about the... {more}

The Major

RUSSIA
Directed By Yuri Bykov
Running Time: 99 Minutes

Sergey Sobolev furiously weaves in and out of cars at high speeds, anxiously trying to get to the hospital to see his newborn son. Suddenly, he notices a woman and a young boy attempting to cross the street. As he... {more}

Happiness

FRANCE, FINLAND, BHUTAN
Directed By Thomas Balmčs
Running Time: 120 Minutes

In 1999 the King of Bhutan reluctantly approved the use of television and the internet throughout the largely undeveloped nation, not convinced that modernization would contribute to the “gross national happiness” of his country. Now Laya, the last remote mountain... {more}

For Those Who Can Tell No Tales

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, QATAR, GERMANY
Directed By Jasmila Žbanić
Running Time: 75 Minutes

Kym Vercoe travels from Sydney to Sarajevo one summer. Pleased to be touring the Balkans independently, she creates a chatty video journal. A favorite place is Višegrad in Bosnia, where she enjoys the 16th century Ottoman bridge across the Drina... {more}

Ludwig II

AUSTRIA, GERMANY
Directed By Peter Sehr, Marie Noëlle
Running Time: 140 Minutes

LUDWIG II is a sumptuous costume drama about the life of the eccentric Bavarian “fairy-tale king” who was both wedded to the past and prophetic of the future. Ludwig is 18 in 1864, a dreamy aesthete full of fanciful ideas... {more}

Deep City: The Birth of The Miami Sound

USA
Directed By Marlon Johnson, Chad Tingle, Dennis Scholl
Running Time: 57 Minutes

South Florida has been home to several music movements throughout the years, from 2 Live Crew and Miami bass to the Latin sounds of freestyle. But there may be one you don't know about. When you think of R&B, you... {more}

The Cooler Bandits

USA
Directed By John Lucas
Running Time: 112 Minutes

In 1991 a group of four African-American teens committed a series of robberies at restaurants in Akron, Ohio. Coming from bleak neighborhoods hit hard by poverty and the effects of the 80s crack epidemic, these young men made poor decisions... {more}

Class Enemy (Razredni sovraznik)

SLOVENIA
Directed By Rok Bicek
Running Time: 112 Minutes

The Slovenian entry for this year’s Oscars®, CLASS ENEMY is a taut and thought-provoking drama. Robert Zupan is an icy, black-clad high school teacher who takes over when a class’s homeroom teacher goes on maternity leave. Zupan wastes no time... {more}

OJ: The Musical (formerly Orenthal: The Musical)

USA
Directed By Jeff Rosenberg
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Every small town has that one son who made it big, and for Orrville, Ohio that son is Eugene Olivier. From grade school pageants, to high school plays, all the way to the stages of New York City, Eugene has... {more}

Of Horses and Men

ICELAND, GERMANY
Directed By Benedikt Erlingsson
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Kolbeinn is hopelessly in love with his breathtaking prize beauty, Grána. But Grána is in love with the burly, hyper-masculine Brúnn. Grána and Brúnn get a little too bold and end up making love right in front of Kolbeinn. Oh,... {more}

Life & Crimes of Doris Payne

USA
Directed By Matthew Pond, Kirk Marcolina
Running Time: 74 Minutes

At first glance, Doris Payne seems like a pretty normal old lady. The 81-year-old is sweet and charming and could easily remind you of your grandmother. But, as THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF DORIS PAYNE proves, she's anything but ordinary.... {more}

Song from the Forest

GERMANY, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Directed By Michael Obert
Running Time: 96 Minutes

In 1985, 30-year-old renowned American author Louis Sarno packed up the last of his belongings, scraped up $500, and bought a one-way ticket to the Central African Republic. A brilliant musicologist, Sarno was lured by the music of the Bayaka... {more}

Trap Street (Shui Yinjie)

CHINA
Directed By Vivian Qu
Running Time: 94 Minutes

A noirish meditation on new technologies, privacy, and personal relationships, TRAP STREET is set in contemporary Nanjing. Li Quiming is a dreamy young charmer who plays video games and still gets food and cash from his mom. A fledgling surveyor... {more}

Love Is Blind (Kertu)

ESTONIA
Directed By Ilmar Raag
Running Time: 97 Minutes

Saaremaa, Estonia’s largest island, features unique nature in an isolated location. But insularity is not always picturesque, and LOVE IS BLIND, which is set on the island, is an unforgettably gothic tale of warped relationships and the power of forbidden... {more}

Test

USA
Directed By Chris Mason Johnson
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Frankie is an understudy in a big-league dance troupe, but he just can’t seem to make it to the front line. He has his eyes set on Todd, the hunky lead who just so happens to have the brains to... {more}

The Sublime and Beautiful

USA
Directed By Blake Robbins
Running Time: 93 Minutes

When a terrible tragedy strikes a family in a small Kansas suburb days before Christmas, the patriarch David (played by writer/director Blake Robbins) must come to terms with his devastating grief, while trying to maintain a grasp on his home... {more}

American Arab

USA
Directed By Usama Alshaibi
Running Time: 58 Minutes

After the events of 9/11 there was a backlash against Arabs in the United States. Some citizens ignorantly connected all Middle Eastern people with the acts of terrorism that were committed against our country. As Iraqi-American filmmaker Usama Alshaibi displays... {more}

Levitated Mass

USA
Directed By Doug Pray
Running Time: 89 Minutes

It’s not a bird! It’s not a plane! It’s Super Rock! LEVITATED MASS, a sculpture of monolithic proportions 40+ years in the making, was conceptualized by Californian artist Michael Heizer and finally realized with the transportation and arrival of its... {more}

SlingShot

USA
Directed By Paul Lazarus
Running Time: 90 Minutes

You may not recognize the name Dean Kamen, but you're probably familiar with his inventions. His most well-known product is the popular Segway, an eco-friendly scooter than was introduced in 2001. His company DEKA is also responsible for several key... {more}

Borgman

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM
Directed By Alex van Warmerdam
Running Time: 113 Minutes

Drop whatever you’re doing and pay close attention. His name is Camiel Borgman and he knows your wife. Intimately. Long ago she nursed him back to health, but your wife was never a nurse. He’s lurking in the shadows of... {more}

All Cheerleaders Die

USA
Directed By Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson
Running Time: 90 Minutes

When tragedy rocks Blackfoot High, rebellious outsider Mäddy Killian shocks the student body by joining the cheerleading squad. The cheerleaders are initially skeptical of Mäddy’s motives, but she impresses the hell out of them with her skills. This radical social... {more}

R100

JAPAN
Directed By Hitoshi Matsumoto
Running Time: 100 Minutes

Any way you look at it, Takafumi’s life is boring. He gets up, makes his son breakfast, sells upholstery downtown, stops by the hospital to see his comatose wife, and picks up dinner for his son on the way home.... {more}

Coherence

USA
Directed By James Ward Byrkit
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Miller’s comet is the closest celestial body to pass over earth in almost a century. This could be the reason why Em’s cell phone suddenly shatters on her way to a dinner party. At the party, people loudly express divergent... {more}

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