Films

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Albert Maysles Tribute

In honor of the iconic filmmaker Albert Maysles, this year’s retrospective screening features three of the many projects he worked on over his long career.

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Avant

Argentine superstar Julio Bocca struggles to restore the fortunes of Uruguay’s national ballet

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El Cacao

Neoliberal ideology, human rights, and the economics of fair trade collide in this look at the chocolate industry

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Containment

How will we warn future societies about buried radioactive waste?

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China Remix

In Guangzhou, three African immigrants seek success in the local hip-hop scene.

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Double Happiness

A replica in China of an idyllic Austrian village poses provocative questions about appropriation and authenticity.

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Drawing the Tiger

A girl in rural Nepal confronts the hope and burden of trying to break free from generations of poverty

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Driving with Selvi

An 18-year-old escapes an abusive marriage and becomes South India’s first female taxi driver

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East Punk Memories

A documentarian returns to interview Hungarian punk musicians she first filmed in the ’80s

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Elephant’s Dream

Stories of workers at public institutions illuminate the struggle between modernity and colonial legacy

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Enter the Faun

Sold out - A veteran choreographer and a man with cerebral palsy challenge the boundaries of art and medicine

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Ever the Land

New Zealand’s passionately independent tribe Ngāi Tūhoe builds one of the world’s first Living Buildings

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Exit Zero

Following the collapse of Chicago’s steel industry, families explore loss and work to rebuild.

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Flor de la Mar

Venezuelan fishermen fight to protect the ruins of the first European city in the Americas

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The Funeral Singer

A Vietnamese funeral singer celebrates life and family through the process of death and grieving

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Hajwalah

A young man’s passion for illegal joyriding provides a novel perspective on life in Riyadh

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Herders

Using Oculus Rift headsets, viewers plunge into the lives of nomadic yak herders in Mongolia

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How to Dance in Ohio

Young adults on the autism spectrum face and conquer anxiety as they prepare for a formal dance.

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Icaros

A young Shipibo man investigates the history of ayahuasca, a psychoactive brew used by shamans.

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Closing Night: In a Perfect World...

A filmmaker and single mother in NYC observes the dramatic turn her relationship with her son takes as he enters high school and begins to outwardly process a childhood without a father figure.

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J'ouvert

Brooklyn’s wildest party is a late-night festival that kicks off the West Indian Day Parade

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Juanita

A fascinating window into the life of a Mayan traditional doctor, midwife, nurse, and activist

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Land of Songs

A group of sprightly Lithuanian grandmothers keep their village’s folk-singing tradition alive 

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The Ladies

Ukrainian women in the East Village have gathered regularly for 50 years—to make dumplings!

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Sneak Peek: NARI

A live mash up of film and music, NARI is the unsung story of the lives of Lakshmi Shankar and her daughter Viji.

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Matria

Fernando Llanos embarks on a quest to learn about his grandfather, a distinguished but mysterious charro

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One Man’s Trash

A veteran sanitation worker curates a museum of discarded objects in an East Harlem garage

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The Redfern Story

A small group of Aboriginal activists jumpstart a civil rights movement with theater and song

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Rootless

A family straddling city and country life embodies the fading of Mongolian culture in China

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Sailing a Sinking Sea

Delve into the lives and culture of the seafaring Moken, a Southeast Asian ethnic group that relies on the ocean for every aspect of life.

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The Shore Break

A proposed titanium mine on South Africa’s Wild Coast splits a community over its future

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Snapshot Mon Amour

Disasters can have subtle effects beyond visible destruction. In post-Fukushima Japan, a filmmaker investigates unforeseen linguistic fallout.

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What Remains

Spanish anthropologists investigate the mass graves of Franco’s legacy: 118,000 disappeared