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Kanopy video recommendations

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The Central Park Five | Ken Burns

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THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989. This Peabody Award winning film chronicles the Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.

On April 20, 1989, the body of a woman barely clinging to life is discovered in Central Park. Within days, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise, and Yusef Salaam confess to her rape and beating after many hours of aggressive interrogation at the hands of seasoned homicide detectives. The five serve their complete sentences, between 6 and 13 years, before another man, serial rapist Matias Reyes, admits to the crime, and DNA testing supports his confession.

In 2002, based upon Matias Reyes's confession, a judge vacated the original convictions of the Central Park Five. A year later, the men filed civil lawsuits against the City of New York, and the police officers and prosecutors who had worked toward their conviction. On June 19, 2014, the New York Times reported that New York City had agreed to a settlement.

 

 

I Am Not Your Negro | Raoul Peck

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An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism.

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends--Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.

Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and flood of rich archival material. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople | Taika Waititi

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From acclaimed New Zealand director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows) comes an award-winning new comedy. Julian Dennison stars as Ricky, a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Sam Neil) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together.

 

 

Echo in the Canyon | Andrew Slater

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This documentary celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA's Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound.

 

The Phone Call | Mat Kirkby

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This Oscar-award winning short film follows Heather (Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water, Blue Jasmine), a shy lady who works at a helpline call center. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.

 

The Stranger | Orson Welles

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Having directed two undisputed masterpieces - Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons - Orson Welles delved into the suspense film, crafting a baroque postwar thriller that drew upon the style of his previous work, while laying the groundwork for his later film noir classics The Lady from Shanghai and Touch of Evil. Edward G. Robinson stars as Wilson, a government agent who tracks down a high-ranking Nazi officer (Welles) who has managed to craft a new identity for himself in a quaint Connecticut town, marrying the daughter (Loretta Young) of a local judge.

 

Last Shop Standing | Pip Piper

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Released to critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience reactions since its UK premiere in September 2012, we are delighted to announce that Last Shop Standing - the Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop has been chosen as the official record store day film for 2013. Inspired by the book of the same name by Graham Jones, the film charts the rapid rise of record shops in the 1960s / 70s and 80's, the influence of the chart, the underhand deals, the demise of vinyl and rise of the CD as well as new technologies. Hear from over 20 record shop owners and music industry leaders such as Tony Wadsworth as well as musicians including Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Nerina Pallot, Richard Hawley and Clint Boon as they all tell us how the shops became and still are a part of their own musical education, a place to cherish and discover new bands and new music.

 

Obit | Vanessa Gould

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OBIT. is the first documentary to explore the world of obituary writers and their subjects, focusing on the legendary team at The New York Times, who approach their daily work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time.

 

Sing | Kristof Deak

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Based on a true story, this Oscar-winning short film follows an award-winning school choir and the new girl in class facing a tough choice: to stand up against a corrupt system, or to fit quietly into it. SING is a childhood musical drama set in 1990s post-socialist Budapest, Hungary.

 

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch | Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier

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A stunning sensory experience and cinematic meditation on humanity's massive reengineering of the planet, ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH is a years-in-the-making feature documentary from the award-winning team behind Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark and is narrated by Alicia Vikander. The film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, argue that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the ANTHROPOCENE EPOCH in the mid-twentieth century as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.

 

Bombshell | Alexandra Dean

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Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood's top leading ladies in the 1940s. Behind the glamour and sex appeal, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology.

 

Tortilla Soup | Maria Ripoll

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Three grown sisters, Maribel, Leticia and Carmen try to cope and live with the fact that their father Martin, a veteran chef, is slowly losing his sense of taste. Martin has one simple rule: be at home for Sunday dinner and attendance is both mandatory and non-negotiable. A rift in the family develops when the sisters develop relationships and an obnoxious woman sets her sights on Martin's affections.

 

The Girls in the Band | Judy Chalkin

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The award-winning documentary film THE GIRLS IN THE BAND tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, history-making journeys from the late 30s to the present day. The many first-hand accounts of the challenges faced by these talented women provide a glimpse into decades of racism and sexism that have existed in America.

 

The Endless Summer | Bruce Brown

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This classic documentary is the ultimate surfing adventure, crossing the globe in search of the perfect wave. From the uncharted waters of West Africa, to the shark-filled seas of Australia, to the tropical paradise of Tahiti and beyond, two California surfers, Robert August and Mike Hynson, accomplish in a few months what most people never do in a lifetime: they live their dream. Director Bruce Brown created a film so powerful, it has become a timeless masterpiece that continues to capture the imagination of every new generation.

 

New Boy | Steph Green

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The Oscar-nominated short comedy (based on a story by Roddy Doyle) poignantly captures the experience of being the new kid in school through the eyes of Joseph, a nine-year-old African boy.

 

The Great American Lie | Jennifer Siebel Newsom

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THE GREAT AMERICAN LIE examines the roots of systemic inequalities through a unique gender lens. With America facing widening economic inequality and stagnant social mobility, this film takes audiences on an empathy journey, inspiring a path forward.

 

We Shall Remain | Chris Eyre

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A provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. The centerpiece of this initiative is a television series that tells five heartbreaking, yet inspiring stories. Together they highlight Native ingenuity and resilience over the course of 300 years. The series upends two-dimensional stereotypes of American Indians as simply ferocious warriors or peaceable lovers of the land.

 

Rumble | Catherine Bainbridge

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This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

 

Young Lakota | Marion Lipschutz, Rose Rosenblatt

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In this award-winning documentary, Cecilia Fire Thunder- the first female President of the Oglala Sioux tribe, defies a proposed South Dakota law criminalizing all abortions, with no exceptions for rape or incest, by threatening to build a women's clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation. She ignites a political firestorm that sets off a chain reaction in the lives of three young Lakotas on the Pine Ridge Reservation, forcing each of them to make choices that define who they are and the kind of adults they will become.

 

Mankiller | Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

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She stands tall amongst the likes of Robert Kennedy, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King, Jr. She humbly defied the odds and overcame insurmountable obstacles to fight injustice and gave a voice to the voiceless. And yet few people know her name.

 

All You Can Eat Buddha | Ian Lagarde

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At the Palacio, an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean, Mike's arrival complicates the normal flow of operations. His voracious appetite, mysterious magnetism and unexpected miracles bring him the curious, among which he makes three friends and meets a few admirers, a jealous salsa teacher and an enamored octopus.

All of whom will accompany him in a gargantuan downward spiral mixing civil unrest and intestinal meltdown; a change of administration held up by the most attentive staff in the world.

Nominated for the Discovery Award for Best Film at the Toronto International Film Festival. Nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards. Official Selection at Fantastic Fest.

 

Jiro Dreams of Sushi | David Gelb

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A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Best Documentary Feature nominee at the Tribeca Film Festival.

 

Jellyfish | Etgar Keret, Shira Geffen

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Poignant, often witty and exceedingly cinematic, JELLYFISH tells the story of three very different Tel Aviv women whose intersecting stories weave an unlikely portrait of modern Israeli life.

 

How to Cook Your Life | Doris Dörrie

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A Zen priest in San Francisco and cookbook author use Zen Buddhism and cooking to relate to everyday life.

 

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone | Carol Dysinger

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In the war-torn city of Kabul, a class of young girls from disadvantaged neighborhoods learns to read, write--and skateboard.

 

What We Do in the Shadows | Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi

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Housemates Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, & Jonathan Brugh) are three vampires who are trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and doing housework to trying to get invited into nightclubs. They are just like anyone else - except they're immortal and must feast on human blood. When their 8000 year-old roommate Petyr, turns 20-something human hipster Nick, into a vampire, the guys must guide him through his newfound eternal life.

 

Out of the Shadows | Leah Williams, Leslie Asako Gladsjo, Sabin Streeter, Talleah Bridges McMahon

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The series begins at a turning point in American history: the Selma marches and Watts riots that marked a new phase in the black struggle. Gates explores the rising call for Black Power, redefining American culture, politics, and society.

 

Color Adjustment | Marlon Riggs

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In this documentary, Marlon Riggs carries his landmark studies of prejudice into the Television Age. COLOR ADJUSTMENT traces 40 years of race relations through the lens of prime time entertainment, scrutinizing television's racial myths and stereotypes.

Narrated by Ruby Dee, COLOR ADJUSTMENT allows viewers to revisit some of television's most popular stars and shows, among them Amos and Andy, The Nat King Cole Show, I Spy, Julia, Good Times, Roots, Frank's Place and The Cosby Show. But this time around, Riggs asks us to look at these familiar favorites in a new way. The result is a stunning examination of the interplay between America's racial consciousness and network primetime programming.

 

The Talk: Race in America | Sam Pollard

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This film documents the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police.

 

The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye | Cheryl Dunye

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Vilified by conservatives in Congress, defended by major newspapers, and celebrated by audiences and festivals around the world as one of the most provocative, humorous and important filmmakers of our time, Cheryl Dunye practically invented a new form of cinema - call it the 'Dunyementary.'

Presented here are the films that started it all - the early works which gave birth to an extraordinary and original filmmaking talent. Made with great creativity on often miniscule budgets, they represent the first chapter of the Cheryl Dunye oeuvre. Films in this collection include, GREETINGS FROM AFRICA, THE POTLUCK AND THE PASSION, AN UNTITLED PORTRAIT, VANILLA SEX, SHE DON'T FADE, and JANINE.

 

Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders | Dr. Robert Sadoff, Joan Sadoff, Laura J. Lipson

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In 1965, when three women walked into the US House of Representatives in Washington D.C., they had come a very long way. Neither lawyers nor politicians, they were ordinary women from Mississippi, and descendants of African slaves. They had come to their country's capital seeking civil rights, the first black women to be allowed in the senate chambers in nearly 100 years.

A missing chapter in our nation's record of the Civil Rights movement, this powerful documentary reveals the movement in Mississippi in the 1950's and 60's from the point of view of the courageous women who lived it - and emerged as its grassroots leaders. Their living testimony offers a window into a unique moment when the founders' promise of freedom and justice passed from rhetoric to reality for all Americans.

 

Fight Like a Girl | Jill Morley, Kimberly Tomes, Maureen Shea, Melissa Hernandez

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Follow Jill Morley as she delves inside the world of female boxers to meet the women who are passionate about fighting hard. Real emotional histories and traumas bubble up, fleshing out a compelling story about women overcoming adversity.

 

Whale Rider | Niki Caro

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On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea's direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.

 

The Heretics | Joan Braderman

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Tracing the influence of the Women's Movement's Second Wave on art and life, THE HERETICS is the exhilarating inside story of the New York feminist art collective that produced "Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics" (1977-92).

In this feature-length documentary, cutting-edge video artist/writer/director Joan Braderman, who joined the group in 1975 as an aspiring filmmaker, charts the collective's challenges to terms of gender and power and its history as a microcosm of the period's broader transformations.

 

No Job for a Woman | Michele Midori Fillion

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This award-winning documentary tells the colorful story of how three tenacious female war correspondents forged their now legendary reputations during World War II --when battlefields were considered no place for a woman.

When WWII broke out, reporter Martha Gellhorn was so determined to get to the frontlines that she left husband Ernest Hemingway, never to be reunited. Ruth Cowan's reporting was hampered by a bureau chief who refused to talk to her. Meanwhile, photojournalist Dickey Chappelle wanted to get so close to the action that she could feel bullets whizzing by.

Narrated by Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies, this film features an abundance of archival photos and interviews with modern female war correspondents, as well as actresses bringing to life the written words of these remarkable women. Their repeated delegation to the sidelines to cover the "woman's angle" succeeded in expanding the focus of war coverage to bring home a new kind of story-- a personal look at the human cost of war.

Official Selection at the Vancouver International Film Festival

 

The Quay Brothers Collected Short Films | Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay 

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Two of the world's most original filmmakers, identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have been making their unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation for nearly 40 years and have spawned an enormous cult following. The Quays display a passion for detail, a breathtaking command of color and texture, and an uncanny use of focus and camera movement that make their films unique and instantly recognizable.

Best known for their classic 1986 film STREET OF CROCODILES, which filmmaker Terry Gilliam selected as one of the ten best animated films of all time, they are masters of miniaturization and on their tiny sets have created an unforgettable world, suggestive of a landscape of long-repressed childhood dreams.

 

Stash Short Film Festival: Sci-Fi | Mulitple

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Three talented young filmmakers transport us into the near future with thought-provoking visions of how extraordinary technology will affect us socially and personally.

 

Tokyo! | Bong Joon Ho, Leos Carax, Michel Gondry

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Three short films set in TOKYO chronicle the metamorphosis of a woman, the trial of a man who emerges from a manhole, and a reclusive man's first experience with human contact during an earthquake. Cannes Film Festival: Un Certain Regard Award - Nominee (Bong Joon Ho, Leos Carax, Michel Gondry); Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival: Special Mention - Winner (Bong Joon Ho, Leos Carax, Michel Gondry), Titra Fild Award - Winner (Bong Joon Ho, Leos Carax, Michel Gondry), Narcisse Award - Nominee (Bong Joon Ho, Leos Carax, Michel Gondry); Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival: Best Film - Nominee (Bong Joon Ho, Leos Carax, Michel Gondry)

Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival.

 

Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film - The 1920s | NA

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Avant-garde films from the 1920's.

 

Bugs | Andreas Johnsen

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With global food shortages on the horizon, forward-thinking chefs, environmentalists and food scientists are turning toward an unexpected source of protein: insects. BUGS is an artful and thoughtful new documentary that provides a perfect entry point to insect cuisine. For three years, a cast of charming and brave food adventurers from the Nordic Food Lab traveled the world--from Europe to Australia, Mexico, Kenya, Japan and beyond--to learn what some of the two billion people who already eat insects had to say. Filmmaker Andreas Johnsen followed them as they foraged, farmed, cooked and tasted everything from revered termite queens and desert-delicacy honey ants to venomous giant hornets and long-horned grasshoppers. Throughout the team's experiences, some hard questions started to emerge. If industrially produced insects become the norm, will they be as delicious and as beneficial as the ones in diverse, resilient ecosystems and cuisines around the world? And who will actually benefit as edible insects are scaled up? Equal parts travelogue, nature documentary, food porn and political treatise, BUGS is a beautifully shot film that makes a convincing argument for the inherent flavor of insects and raises unexpected and important questions about the future of our food culture along the way.

 

The Real Dirt on Farmer John | Taggart Seigel

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The Real Dirt on Farmer John is an epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. An outcast in his community, Farmer John bravely stands amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and violence. By melding the traditions of family farming with the power of art and free expression, this powerful story of transformation and renewal heralds a resurrection of farming in America. Through highly personal interviews and 50 years of beautifully textured footage, filmmaker Taggart Siegel shares Farmer John's haunting and humorous odyssey, capturing what it means to be wildly different in a rural community.

 

Edible City | Andrew Hasse

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This film introduces a diverse cast of extraordinary characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system. It is a fun, fast-paced journey through the local Good Food Movement that's taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation, and around the world. Introducing a diverse cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system, Edible City digs into their unique perspectives and transformative work--from edible education to grassroots activism to building local economies--finding hopeful solutions to monumental problems.

 

Modern Life | Raymond Depardon 

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Photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon is renowned for his documentation of the French countryside. In Modern Life he casts an affectionate and irreverent eye on a small community of farmers as they are confronted by the problems and challenges the contemporary world brings. Treated with equal suspicion, strangers and women are gradually accepted into the fabric of the farming life so as to sustain a way of life that celebrates the traditions and methods of old.

The Cevennes region in southern France is a region of hilly passes, lonely farms and lonelier farmers. There we are introduced to aged bachelor brothers Marcel and Raymond Privat, whose old-fashioned shepherding methods and primitive farming techniques lead them into contention with their younger nephew and his 'outsider' wife from Calais. Then there's dairy farmers Germaine and Marcel Challaye, who struggle to maintain their diminishing flock with no help from their numerous children, and chain-smoking solitary farmer Paul Argaud, the very epitome of disillusion and governmental disinheritance. Finally the Jeanroy family offer a bleak picture of those that stay against the odds, with their son Daniel, who would much rather be doing anything else.

Through portraits of these unforgettable people, Modern Life becomes a witness to farmers' lives, values, and stories: all that binds them to the land, and its legacy.

 

Memnto | Christopher Nolan

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Three-time Oscar nominee Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, Inception) directs this critically acclaimed mystery. Leonard (Guy Pearce) is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his wife's killer is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, untreatable form of memory loss. Although he can recall details of life before his accident, Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he's going, or why.

 

Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present | Matthew Akers

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Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly 40 years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her limits and at times risking her life in the process she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. This film follows Marina as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major new retrospective of her work, taking place at The Museum of Modern Art. To be given a retrospective at one of the world's premier museums is the most exhilarating sort of milestone. For Marina, it is far more: it is the chance to finally silence the question she has been hearing over and over again for four decades: But why is this art?

 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post | Desiree Akhavan

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Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows the titular character (Chloe Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night.

 

The Silent Child  | Chris Overton

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Inspired by real-life events, this Oscar-winning short follows Libby, a profoundly deaf child nearing her first day at school. Her emotionally distant, overwhelmed mother and workaholic father seek out a quick fix to make their 'broken' child more equipped to handle the real world.

 

The Secret of Kells  | Nora Twomey, Tomm Moore

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Young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers.

 

Harold and Maude  | Hal Ashby

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Deadpan rich boy Harold (Bud Cort) stages elaborate suicide tableaux to get the attention of his mother, but she keeps planning his brilliant future for him instead. Obsessed with the trappings of death, Harold freaks out his blind dates, modifies his new sports car to look like a mini-hearse, and attends funerals, where he meets the spirited Maude (Ruth Gordon).

 

Helvetica  | Gary Hustwit

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An independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. HELVETICA looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. An exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, this film offers a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type.

 

GTFO  | Shannon Sun-Higginson

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Sparked by a public display of sexual harassment in 2012, GTFO pries open the video game world to explore a 20 billion dollar industry that is riddled with discrimination and misogyny. Although half of all gamers are women, females are disproportionately subject to harassment and abuse from other gamers, and are massively under-represented in the video game design world.

 

Beanpole  | Kantemir Balagov

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In post-WWII Leningrad, two women, Iya and Masha (astonishing newcomers Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina), intensely bonded after fighting side by side as anti-aircraft gunners, attempt to readjust to a haunted world. As the film begins, Iya, long and slender and towering over everyone--hence the film's title--works as a nurse in a shell-shocked hospital, presiding over traumatized soldiers. A shocking accident brings them closer and also seals their fates. The 28-year-old Russian director Kantemir Balagov won Un Certain Regard's Best Director prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival for this richly burnished, occasionally harrowing rendering of the persistent scars of war.

 

Amazing Grace  | Alan Elliot

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A documentary presenting the live recording of Aretha Franklin's album AMAZING GRACE at The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

 

Pumping Iron  | George Butler, Robert Fiore

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Sports film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, directed by George Butler and Robert Fiore. Scripted documentary following the hopefuls for the coveted Mr. Olympia bodybuilding title in 1975. The action begins at Gold's Gym, California and Schwarzenegger is seeking to keep his title as long-reigning champion after five consecutive wins, whilst trying to psych out the younger competitors. His main competition comes from Serge Nubret and Lou Ferrigno; a young deaf guy who lacks confidence in his abilities. All of the entrants make the journey to Pretoria, South Africa in nervous anticipation. Can Schwarzenegger hold onto his title, or will one of his younger opponents finally steal it from him?

 

Santuario  | Christine Delph, Pilar Timpane

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Juana Luz Tobar Ortega is living in a church. She has taken what's referred to as "sanctuary" in St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Greensboro, NC. On May 15, 2017 Juana was ordered to leave the U.S.

After two decades of working with a permit, paying taxes, marriage, family-rearing in the U.S., ICE very suddenly and without explanation revoked her ability to remain in the country. In an effort to remain close to her husband, U.S. resident Carlos Ortega, 4 children, and 2 grandchildren, Juana took refuge at St. Barnabas. Her family remains in their rented trailer in Asheboro, NC, but visits her regularly and stay the night.

Winner of Best Short Documentary at the New Orleans Film Festival.

 

East Side Sushi | Anthony Lucero

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This critically acclaimed indie favorite was the winner of awards at 9 different film festivals, including Best Narrative Feature at SF Indie Fest.

Single mom Juana can slice and dice anything with great speed and precision. After working at a fruit-vending cart for years, she decides to take a job at a local Japanese restaurant. Intrigued by the food, she learns to make a multitude of sushi on her own. Eventually she attempts to become a sushi chef, but is unable to because she is the 'wrong' race and gender. Against all odds, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream.

 

Stolen Education | Enrique Alemán Jr., Rudy Luna

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As a 9 year-old second grader, Lupe had been forced to remain in the first grade for three years, not because of her academic performance but solely because she was Mexican American. She was one of eight young students who testified in a federal court case in 1956 to end the discriminatory practice (Hernandez et al. v. Driscoll Consolidated Independent School District), one of the first post-Brown desegregation court cases to be litigated.

 

Miguelito: A Song to Puerto Rico | Sam Zubryck

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In 1973, the eleven-year-old Miguelito was discovered singing in San Juan airport by the legendary New York record producer Harvey Averne. Within a year, he went from the slums of Manuel A Perez to recording an album with the finest salsa musicians of the time, to finally performing with Eddie Palmieri at Madison Square Garden in front of 20,000 people. Every radio station played some of his tracks, like Payaso and Canto a Borinquen. A year later, he had disappeared from public life.

 

Waiting for Guffman | Christopher Guest

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Almost no one's ever heard of flamboyant, would-be Broadway director Corky St. Clair's hometown of Blaine, Missouri. But Corky fully expects Blaine will be his ticket to Broadway when he writes, directs, choreographs and costumes a local show celebrating Blaine's 150th anniversary in this hilarious comic spoof.

 

An Impossible Love | Catherine Corsini

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At the end of the 1950s, Rachel (Virginie Efira), a young office clerk living in a provincial town, meets Philippe (Niels Schneider), a well-educated man from a wealthy family. They share an intense but short-lived romance, from which a daughter is born. Over the next 50 years, their lives will be shaped by the unconditional love between a mother and her daughter, overshadowed by the impossible love of a woman for a man that rejects her, and of a daughter for an absent and abusive father.

 

Charlie Bartlett | Jon Poll

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Wealthy teenager CHARLIE BARTLETT (Anton Yelchin) is failing miserably at fitting in at a new public high school run by the world-weary Principal Gardner (Robert Downey, Jr.). As he begins to better understand the social hierarchy, Charlie's honest charm and likeability positions him as the resident "psychiatrist" dishing out advice, and the occasional prescription, to his fellow students in need. Along the way, he decides to take some of his own advice, thus wielding a witty dark comedy about the angst-filled years before college.

 

Chinese Portrait | Wang Xiaoshuai

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China in all its diversity. Shot over the course of ten years on both film and video, the film consists of a series of carefully composed tableaus of people and environments, each one more extraordinary than the last.

 

Half the Picture | Amy Adrion

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This celebrated film follows female directors working in Hollywood. HALF THE PICTURE uses the current EEOC investigation into discriminatory hiring practices as a framework to talk to these successful women directors about their career paths, struggles, inspiration and hopes for the future.

Winner of a #WhatNext Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Official Selection at the SXSW Film Festival.

 

Forbidden Films | Felix Moeller

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1,200 feature films were made in Germany's Third Reich. According to experts, some 100 of these were blatant Nazi propaganda. Nearly seventy years after the end of the Nazi regime, more than 40 of these films remain under lock and key.

Director Felix Moeller interviews German film historians, archivists and film-goers in an investigation of the power and potential danger of cinema when used for ideological purposes. Utilizing clips from the films and recorded discussions from public screenings (permitted in Germany in educational contexts) in Munich, Berlin, Paris and Jerusalem, Moeller shows how contentious these 70-year-old films remain, and how propaganda can retain its punch when presented to audiences susceptible to manipulation.

 

I Have Never Forgotten You | Richard Trank

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I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN YOU provides an intimate portrait of famed Nazi hunter and humanitarian, Simon Wiesenthal. This rare biography looks closely at the sacrifices made by one of history's bravest and boldest.

 

The Ceiling | Teppo Airaksinen

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In the midst of divorce, Olavi retreats to his summer cottage only to find that the ceiling has mysteriously come down in this Finnish Short Film.

Nominated for the Palme d'Or - Best Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

The Necktie | Jean-François Lévesque

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A mixture of puppet and hand-drawn animation, THE NECKTIE is the story of Valentin and his quest to find meaning in his life. Stuck in a dead-end job, he has forgotten all about the things that used to bring him joy. Years pass, and boredom replaces all his aspirations and hope for the future. It is only on his 40th birthday, when he rediscovers an old accordion hidden in the depths of his closet, that he regains his lust for life.

Nominated for The Annecy Cristal at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Winner of Best Canadian Short Film at the Montreal World Film Festival.

 

Cashback | Sean Ellis

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Ben develops insomnia after a painful breakup. To kill time, he takes a night shift at the local supermarket. Dealing with the boredom of an eight-hour shift, Ben imagines freezing time, which allows him to see the beauty of the everyday world.

Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival and SXSW Film Festival.

 

Who is Dayani Cristal | Marc Silver

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The body of an unidentified immigrant is found in the Arizona Desert. In an attempt to retrace his path and discover his story, director Marc Silver and actor Gael Garcia Bernal embed themselves among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border, providing rare insight into the human stories which are so often ignored in the immigration debate.

Winner of a World Cinema - Documentary Cinematography Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

 

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It | Mariem Pérez Riera

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Over a 70+ year career, Rita Moreno defied both her humble upbringing and relentless racism to become one of the rare EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) Award Winners of our time. Her resilience and talent triumphed over adversity and broke barriers for generations of artists who refuse to be pigeonholed.

 

The Return of Ruben Blades | Robert Mugge

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The Return of Ruben Blades follows the singer to Harvard, where he gets his master's degree in international law; to his old neighborhood in Panama; to California for a recording session with Linda Ronstadt, and to New York for a performance at S.O.B.'s. The music is a joy, as danceable as it is intelligent, and Mr. Blades makes every nuance count. Transferred to HD from the original 16mm film and lovingly restored.

 

Renedezvous in Paris | Eric Rohmer

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Three tales of romance and heartbreak: A stranger turns a girl's world upside down. A heartbroken woman tries to find a new love. An artist finds disappointment at every turn. Directed by legendary filmmaker Eric Rohmer.

 

Hitchcock/Truffaut | Alfred Hitchcock, Kent Jones

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In 1962, Francois Truffaut persuaded Alfred Hitchcock to sit with him for a week long interview in which the great British auteur would share with his young admirer the secrets of his cinema.

 

Melancholia | Lars von Trier

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Acclaimed filmmaker Lars von Trier grapples with his own experiences with depression to this dark sci-fi drama and Palme d'Or nominee. Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgard) celebrate their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of Justine's sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law John (Kiefer Sutherland). Despite Claire's best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco, with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth, threatening the very existence of humankind.

 

Chinatown | Roman Polanski

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A landmark movie in the film-noir tradition, CHINATOWN stands as a true screen classic. Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together.

 

Mr. Hublot | Laurent Witz

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Mr. Hublot is a withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, scared of change and the outside world. But when a very invasive companion, Robot Pet, arrives in his home, Mr. Hubolt's world is turned upside down.

Winner of Best Short Film, Animated at the Academy Awards.

 

Meru | Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin

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Three renowned climbers navigate nature's harshest elements and their own complicated inner demons to ascend Mount Meru, the most technically complicated and dangerous peak in the Himalayas.

 

Eleanor's Secret | Dominique Monféry

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From Academy Award-nominated director Dominique Monfery comes a sumptuously animated adventure about a magic library where characters from classic children's books come alive.

 

Fixed | Regan Brashear

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From botox to bionic limbs, the human body is more "upgradeable" than ever. But how much of it can we alter and still be human? What do we gain or lose in the process? Award-winning documentary, FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement, explores the social impact of human biotechnologies. Haunting and humorous, poignant and political, FIXED rethinks "disability" and "normalcy" by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds forever.

 

In Whose Honor? | Jay Rosenstein

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The Cleveland Indians. Washington Redskins. Atlanta Braves. What's wrong with American Indian sports mascots? This moving, award-winning film is the first of its kind to address that subject. IN WHOSE HONOR? takes a critical look at the long-running practice of "honoring" American Indians as mascots and nicknames in sports. It follows the story of Native American mother Charlene Teters, and her transformation into the leader some are calling the "Rosa Parks of American Indians" as she struggles to protect her cultural symbols and identity. IN WHOSE HONOR? looks at the issues of racism, stereotypes, minority representation and the powerful effects of mass-media imagery, and the extent to which one university will go to defend and justify its mascot.

 

The Work | Gethin Aldous, Jairus McLeary

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Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, THE WORK follows three men from outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past.

 

Portrait of a Lady on Fire | Céline Sciamma

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Marianne is hired to paint the wedding portrait of Heloise. As the women orbit each other, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Heloise's first moments of freedom.

Nominated for Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language at the Golden Globes. Winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

The Brothers Bloom | Rian Johnson

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All their lives, brothers Stephen (Ruffalo) and Bloom (Brody) have perfected the fine art of the con. Now they're ready for one last spectacular score - luring Penelope (Weisz), an eccentric heiress, into an elaborate scheme that takes them around the world. Watch as writer/director Rian Johnson's (Brick) caper unravels in this brilliant, comedic tale.

 

Black Robe | Bruce Beresford

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In the 17th century, a Jesuit missionary nicknamed BLACK ROBE by the natives and his small party of companions try reaching the Huron tribe in Canada all while facing mistrust, Iroquois warring parties and harsh winter conditions.

 

American Skin | Nate Parker

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After witnessing his son murdered by a white police officer who goes uncharged, Marine veteran Lincoln 'Linc' Jefferson takes justice into his own hands in a series of events he hopes will finally lead to justice for his son.

 

All of Me | Carl Reiner

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A dying millionaire has her soul transferred into a younger, willing woman. However, something goes wrong, and she finds herself in her lawyer's body - together with the lawyer.

 

The Weather Man | Gore Verbinski

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Popular Chicago weatherman Dave Spritz (Nicolas Cage) has a shot at the big time when a national morning television show calls him for an audition. Professionally, Dave is on top of the world, but his personal life is in complete disarray. The harder he tries to hold on, the more he loses his grip. His painful divorce, his Pulitzer Prize-winning dad's (Michael Caine) illness, and trouble with his kids have Dave poised on the knife's edge between stability and calamity. Trying to gain control of his situation, Dave slowly comes to realize that life, much like the weather, is completely unpredictable.

 

Mr. Topaze | Peter Sellers

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Honest French teacher Albert Topaze (Peter Sellers) is fired after refusing to alter the bad grades of a baroness' grandson. Sensing an opportunity, actress Suzy (Nadia Gray) convinces her lover, corrupt city council member Castel Benac (Herbert Lom), to hire Topaze as a managing director for one of his businesses to mitigate any suspicion. When Topaze learns he is being used, he decides to swindle his manipulators. Based on a Marcel Pagnol play, this film was Sellers' sole directorial effort.

 

Russian Ark | Aleksandr Sokurov

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Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (THE SUN) broke boundaries with his dreamlike vision of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, RUSSIAN ARK. It's the first feature-length narrative film shot in a single take (on digital video, using a specially designed disc instead of tape). RUSSIAN ARK is shot from the point-of-view of an unseen narrator, as he explores the museum and travels through Russian history. The audience sees through his eyes as he witnesses Peter the Great (Maksim Sergeyev) abusing one of his generals; Catherine the Great (Maria Kuznetsova) desperately searching for a bathroom; and, in the grand finale, the sumptuous Great Royal Ball of 1913. The narrator is eventually joined by a sarcastic and eccentric 19th century French Marquis (Sergey Dreiden), who travels with him throughout the huge grounds, encountering various historical figures and viewing the legendary artworks on display. While the narrator only interacts with the Marquis (he seems to be invisible to all the other inhabitants), the Marquis occasionally interacts with visitors and former residents of the museum. The film was obviously shot in one day, but the cast and crew rehearsed for months to time their movements precisely with the flow of the camera while capturing the complex narrative, with elaborate costumes from different periods, and several trips out to the exterior of the museum. Tilman Buttner, the director of photography, was responsible for capturing it all in one single Steadicam shot.

 

The Young Karl Marx | Raoul Peck

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This gripping biopic tells the story of how a 26-year-old Karl Marx met Friedrich Engels and created a movement that would change the course of political history. Directed by the brilliant mind behind I Am Not Your Negro, (Raoul Peck) this film faithfully retells the origin story of modern communist thought.

Official Selection at the Berlin International Film Festival. Winner of the Founders Grand Prize at the Traverse City Film Festival.

 

Forever, Chinatown | James Q. Chan

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A documentary about unknown, self-taught 81-year-old artist Frank Wong who has spent the past four decades recreating his fading memories by building romantic, extraordinarily detailed miniature models of the San Francisco Chinatown rooms of his youth. This film takes the journey of one individual and maps it to a rapidly changing urban neighborhood from 1940s to present day.

 

Somm | Jason Wise

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How much do you think you know about wine?

The Court of Master Sommeliers is one of the world's most prestigious and exclusive organizations. Since its inception, fewer than 200 candidates have reached the exalted Master level. The Master Sommelier Exam covers every nuance of the world of wine. Those who have passed have put their sanity at risk to pull it off.

 

Bad Hair | Mariana Rondón

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A nine-year-old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale. Junior is a beautiful boy, with big brown eyes, a delicate frame, and a head of luxurious dark curls. But Junior aches to straighten those curls, to acquire a whole new look befitting his emerging fantasy image of himself as a long-haired singer.

 

A Cat in Paris | Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli

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The Academy Award nominated A CAT IN PARIS is a beautifully hand-drawn caper set in the shadow-drenched alleyways of Paris.

Dino is a cat that leads a double life. By day he lives with Zoe, a little girl whose mother is a detective in the Parisian police force. But at night Dino sneaks out the window to work with Nico - a slinky cat burglar with a big heart, whose fluid movements are poetry in motion as he evades captors and slips and swishes from rooftop to rooftop across the Paris skyline.

Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the Academy Awards, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and the Cesar Awards.