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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.
Drama | United States • 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.
An aging poet summons his two estranged sons to an isolated hotel, where they entangle with two strikingly beautiful women. Shot in gauzy black and white, Hong Sang-soo’s poetic film offers a powerful meditation on love, family, and death.
In this cinematic riddle of a film, Areum sits in a small café, typing on her laptop. Around her, customers enact various dramas from their lives. Is she writing what she hears or is she hearing what’s been written?
A mesmerizing odyssey into the real, imagined, and nightmarish memories of an elderly Cape Verdean immigrant living in Lisbon, set in both the numbing present day and the mid ‘70s, during Portugal's Carnation Revolution.
Based on their real-life affair, Hong Sangsoo’s drama stars Kim Minhee as an actress reeling from an affair with a married film director. Consumed by thoughts of him, Younghee escapes to Hamburg and returns to Korea ready to face the crowd.
Widely hailed as one of the best films of 2009, Claire Denis' sublime drama is the moving story of a father and daughter whose close-knit, tender relationship is disrupted by a handsome young suitor. Featuring an evocative score by Tindersticks.
Meet the regulars of a closing Las Vegas dive bar as they spend one more bittersweet and debaucherous night telling stories, downing well whisky, and drunk singing. Tomorrow this family of misfits will have lost a home, but for now they drink.
In Eagle Pass, TX, where the US and Mexico meet along the Rio Grande, a cattleman and the mayor face the dawn of a new reality plagued by cartel violence and border closures. Amongst these struggles, a rich tapestry of life emerges along the border.
Benjamin Netanyahu knew how to manipulate the media long before Trump. The film explores Netanyahu’s rise to power, from popular TV guest to controversial world leader, reflected through four decades of public appearances that changed Israel forever.
A struggling father and his two children are barely surviving on the streets of Taipei until they meet a lonely grocery clerk. From acclaimed director Tsai Ming-liang, the visually powerful film is bracingly pure in both its anger and its compassion.
What happens when a pregnant vegan suddenly craves meat? In this exploration of ethical meat-eating and parenthood, Lane hires a butcher to teach her how to be a responsible carnivore and ends up learning about a whole new side of herself.
On the surface, Chris and Gitti appear blissfully in love while vacationing in Sardinia. But as the days wear on, their hidden fears and desires begin to reveal themselves. When they run into another couple, the tensions between them erupt.
Sinan returns home from university hoping to publish his first novel, but his dreams become threatened by his own family. Inspired performances combine with sumptuous imagery in this evocative tale of creative struggle and familial responsibility.