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When tragedy strikes, a young woman returns to her small town. She is reunited with her brother-in-law, but the relationship is strained when she learns new information about her sister’s death and her own emotions become increasingly complicated.
Political activist Boniface "Softie" Mwangi runs for office in a regional Kenyan election, but learns that running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents is an uphill battle when based on idealism alone.
A woman receives a packet of letters from a man from her past. She drops the letters, scattering the contents. As the story unfolds she has to make sense of the chronology and the writer’s intent. A tale of love and longing from Hong Sangsoo.
Conceived by Javier Bardem and filmmaker Eugene Richards following the filming of Terence Malick’s To The Wonder. Bardem plays a priest who listens to local residents of a small Oklahoma town share their stories, confessions and fears.
In this exploration of science, nature, and Indigenous cosmology set against the otherworldly landscapes of Hawaii, 10-year-old Manu and her mother collect wild, endangered bees in hopes of cultivating disease-resistant colonies.
Coming of age is hard enough as it is, but in Iran it’s dictated by strict rules. Ava will have to find her place in the world while navigating family hypocrisy, defying social norms, and facing constant reminders to follow traditions.
Modern-day cowboys lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana’s mountains for summer pasture in this unsentimental elegy to the American West. A tribute to those, past and present, who eke out a bittersweet living on the land.
Oscar-nominated director James Longley’s stirring documentary weaves together the modern history of Afghanistan with portraits of young students and teachers in the old city of Kabul, offering a nuanced vision of a society in the shadow of war.
In this uniquely intimate ghost story, single mom and part-time paranormal investigator Shelia is hired by Richard to examine his Tennessee farmhouse. In searching for his wife’s spirit, Shelia ends up confronting the mysteries of her own life.
In the final installment of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy, Lisbeth Salander must not only prove her innocence, but also identify the same corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life. Once a victim, now she’s fighting back.
In the second installment of Stieg Larsson's phenomenal "Millennium" trilogy, Lisbeth Salander goes on the run after being accused of three murders. It’s up to journalist Mikael Blomkvist to investigate and clear her name.
The first installment of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy introduces the tattooed and brilliant hacker Lisbeth Salander, who teams up with disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist to investigate a murder within a powerful family with a dark past.
High above Central Havana is a community of rooftop dwellers who have been forced upwards due to the city’s chronic housing shortage. In Pedro Ruiz’s visually mesmerizing film, these unique residents reflect on life in a society amid transformation.
Every year, separated couples meet in the middle of a bridge over the US-Mexico border to get married. Meet Jesenia and Luis, whose upcoming wedding will allow them to finally live together safely, and the officiant who makes it all possible.
In the Mexican village of Milpillas, a family remembers the last day they saw their youngest son, Nando, a horse wrangler apprentice. Through the voices and daily rituals of the community, Caballerango evokes the presence of those who have parted.
An urban legend states that in 1983 the Atari Corporation, faced with an overwhelmingly negative response to the E.T. video game, disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in a small New Mexico town. Could the story be true?
Filmmaker and photographer Cheryl Dunn turns her lens on the pioneers and masters of New York street photography, revealing that these shooters are as colourful and unique as the subjects they’ve documented.
Filmed over 10 years, Los Ultimos Frikis charts the tumultuous journey of Cuban heavy metal band Zeus, who went from persecuted to government sanctioned. On their first national tour, the band confronts the fate of heavy metal amid changing times.
An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at everything that went into making The Bridge (Bron/Broen) the iconic Nordic Noir series that it is, from story development to set design, to how Saga’s infamous leather pants were chosen.
Award-winning director Manfred Kirchheimer’s “Canners” takes to the streets of New York City in a humanistic ode to the tireless scavengers who earn their daily bread by collecting the city’s bottles and cans.
Three incarcerated men face the challenge of a lifetime: transform Eli, an adorable but unruly Labrador puppy, into a highly disciplined guide dog in just 12 months. A story of friendship, hope, and tenderness set against the broken US prison system.
Can child stars have a happy life after their iconic runs are over? Jaleel White, aka Steve Urkel (Family Matters), proves they can. Join him and Beverly Hills, 90210’s Brian Austin Green as they chat fame, acting, and their new role as fathers.
The alt-right love him. Many loathe him. But all can agree that Steve Bannon is a distinct force. Legendary documentarian Errol Morris puts the former Trump advisor in the hot seat to try and demystify the controversial populist. Can it be done?
When Bob Leuci turned on his fellow officers to bring down New York’s most corrupt police unit, he was both lauded as a hero and condemned as a rat. But he also exposed the dangerous underbelly of secrecy that penetrates American policing.
What was it like to be a funeral director during the rise of COVID-19 in April 2020? In this intimate portrait, Doris’s Brooklyn funeral home is overwhelmed, but she never forgets her purpose: to celebrate the deceased and give back to the living.
The devastating power of tornadoes is undeniable, but have you ever wondered why the Bible Belt and Tornado Alley overlap? Meet survivors, meteorologists, and everyday people whose experiences with tornadoes have confirmed their belief in the Divine.
Few hobbies require the technical skills of railway enthusiasts. Get to know the niche world of Garden Rail Magazine and its impassioned community, who find focus, therapy, and camaraderie in the hobby of running large-scale trains outdoors.
On stage he makes crowds laugh with his hilariously biting musings. Off stage, comedian Gastor Almonte talks about how his comedy is rooted in his immigrant roots, parenthood, and his beloved neighborhood of East New York.
Welcome to Lanzhou, a city in northwest China that’s famous for its beef noodle soup. In this short documentary, we meet some of the students who flock there to learn the secrets of hand-pulling Lanzhou lamian.
Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's poignant tribute to his murdered childhood friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle between Bagby's grieving parents and Shirley Turner, Bagby's pregnant ex-girlfriend and suspected killer.
A French terrorism-hipster thriller that follows a group of ethnically diverse adolescents as they prowl the streets of Paris to execute a bombing plot. When they hole up in a shopping mall, they fear they may not survive the night - or each other.
In this gritty Western, a lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother. Starring Guy Pearce, Emily Watson, Ray Winstone and John Hurt. Written by acclaimed songwriter Nick Cave.
In this stylish thriller, Yella narrowly escapes her violent ex-husband and starts over in a new town. She finds a job with a handsome executive, and soon a romance blooms. But her perfect new life is threatened when buried truths resurface.
In this mind-bending horror, a troubled young man whose father has mysteriously disappeared goes to a British mansion, where he gets stuck in a never-ending time loop and discovers astonishing facts about his past.
After meeting on a dating app, Sean and Casey are quickly falling in love. There’s only one hitch: he’s being pursued by a dogged sheriff who believes he murdered his whole family. In order to prove his love to Casey, Sean must prove his innocence.
Drama | United States • Two women named Helen live separate lives, but when foreboding signs appear—a meteor reportedly crashes nearby, people go missing, and inexplicable, life-altering changes—the Helens’ realities spiral into a terrifying journey through unknown terrain.
In this tender film about a father’s love, Joey lives happily with Cody and his 6-year-old son, Chip, but when Cody dies suddenly in a car accident, Joey must fight for custody of a boy he’s grown to love as his own son.
After losing their baby 57 hours after birth, John and Ricky try to resume normal life, but long-suppressed doubts and secrets roil to the surface and their two kids begin acting out. Everything changes with the arrival of a surprise visitor.
When an ice cream shop owner in Orangeburg, SC tries to remove a Confederate flag from his property, he’s met with resistance from the Sons of Confederate Veterans, igniting a fight that reveals the deep-seated racism that the flag still upholds.
A rare look at the life and work of legendary fashion designer Pierre Cardin, whose futuristic designs revolutionized fashion for the masses. The film features exclusive archival footage and interviews with Cardin himself at the sunset of his career.
When an elderly man gets in a cab and takes his first ride from Manhattan into Brooklyn, the trip becomes more significant than he could have ever imagined. This project was made under the supervision of Iranian film legend Abbas Kiarostami.
Already dealing with a hectic day filled with traffic and demanding passengers, a taxi driver in Tripoli, Lebanon, is confounded when he finds a mysterious little boy in his backseat. Who is he and what does he want? If only he would speak.
Drama | United Arab Emirates • Simple and quiet moments in the life of an elderly Lebanese couple who are following the madness and chaos of the 2011 Egyptian spring revolution through their TV set. Commissioned by the Sharjah Art foundation for the Sharjah Biennial 10.
Drama | United States • In this neo-noir tale, an aspiring actress and a cowboy arrive in Del Rio, TX, with different pursuits. When their plans fall through, the border town becomes a strange way station where time seems to stand still and things are not what they seem.
Move over, viral videos. The real gems on YouTube have under 1000 views. Comedians Greg Stone and Anthony DeVito set out to find the best of the undiscovered, kicking off with blindfolded motorcycling, kitchen kung fu, and questionable impressions.
Comedy | United Arab Emirates • In Tripoli, Lebanon, where family bonds run deep, a 40-year-old man is content still living with his mother. But when she suddenly leaves him, he struggles with his newfound independence and turns to the company of the city and its motley characters.
Set against a rural backdrop in one of Florida’s poorest towns, “Pahokee” paints an unlikely portrait of hope and aspiration through four seniors who happily defy the odds created by their environment to find a place in the world after high school.
Drama | South Africa • Based on the award-winning novel of the same name, Poppie Nongena tells the true story of a mother’s desperate fight to protect her family during the bitter years of Apartheid in South Africa, when Black women were ripped away from their homes.
Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Film, the story follows the murder of a white woman and the Black teen that everyone—from officers to journalists—was ready to condemn. When his defense lawyer joins the case, everything changes.
Bong Joon Ho, Leos Carax, and Michel Gondry present three short films that take us into an unseen Tokyo—where creatures lurk in sewers, shut-ins venture outside, and the streets can inspire metamorphosis.
In 1973, Suzi Quatro became the first woman to front a rock band and have international hits. Since then, she’s paved the way for bands like Blondie and The Runaways. This is her incredible story. Featuring Joan Jett, Alice Cooper, and Henry Winkler.
Nominated for an Oscar® in the Live Action Short Film category, The Letter Room follows an empathetic corrections officer (Oscar Isaac) who finds escape in the deeply personal letters written to an inmate on death row. Co-starring Alia Shawkat.
The Hyde Amendment denies low-income individuals abortion access. Following an abortion helpline in Philadelphia where every phone counselor goes by Lisa, the film gives voice to women and teens affected by the explicitly discriminatory legislation.
They met on the powwow circuit and went on to redefine it. Adrian and Sean are the first same-sex duo to compete in the San Manuel Sweetheart Dance. The Native American tradition was once for hetero couples only — until these trailblazers came along.
From ex-gang members to military veterans, the call centers of Tijuana are filled with English-speaking deportees who have been forced to trade the American Dream for a new life wedged between home and displacement.
In this quiet and moving short, an abuelita living alone in Mexico has the reunion of a lifetime. Thanks to a government program, she’s able to visit her undocumented family in the US, meet her granddaughter, and finally be an abuelita again.
In the 1970s, Martha Cooper ran through New York City with masked graffiti crews for her debut book, “Subway Art.” Now, 30 years later, the tiny, gray-haired photographer has become an unexpected icon of the street art movement.
In this darkly comic unlikely whodunit, Elsa dutifully takes care of her comatose son, who has been shot under mysterious circumstances. In a small town where rumors run rampant, the investigation dawdles and a mother is tested.
Following a group of families and their showbiz kids inside the notorious Oakwood child actor housing residence, The Hollywood Complex is a refreshingly honest take on the dreams—and delusions—of aspiring child stars.