UNDER TOMORROW"S SKY
Within the feature-length documentary Under Tomorrow’s Sky, one can see how architect and urbanist Winy Maas has taken over the world with his innovative designs. The documentary is a film about a passionate manw ho sees it as his mission to find solutions towards the city of the future.
THE MAGNITUDE OF ALL THINGS
When Jennifer Abbott lost her sister to cancer, her sorrow opened her up to the profound gravity of climate breakdown. This cinematic journey by the Sundance award-winning director (The Corporation) takes us around the world to witness a planet in crisis: from Australia’s catastrophic fires and dying Great Barrier Reef, to the island nation of Kiribati, drowned by rising sea levels.
FRUITS OF LABOR
A Mexican-American teenage farmworker dreams of graduating high school, when ICE raids in her community threaten to separate her family and force her to become her family's breadwinner. Fruits of Labor is a lyrical, coming-of-age documentary feature about adolescence, nature and the ancestors. Director Emily Cohen Ibáñez documents Ashley’s life guided by the spirit world through her hardships and joys in modern America.
Hamtramck, USA is a documentary film exploring life and democracy in America's first Muslim majority city. We follow Kamal Rahman, a Bangladeshi candidate for Mayor, Fadel al-Marsoumi, a 23 year old Iraqiimmigrant running for City Council, as well as the current mayor, Karen Majewski, Hamtramck’s first female mayor in the city's 100 year lineage of Polish mayors. Through the exploration of the city's rich history and this heated election, Hamtramck, USA wrestles with identity politics, power dynamics, and the immigrant experience in America.
FORGET ME NOT
Forget Me Not follows three unwed mothers staying at a shelter in the countryside on Jeju Island-in South Korea. Each one has to decide if she wants to keep the baby or give it up for adoption. Engelstoft’s sensitive portrait brings us close to a forbidden world and through her own experience as a Korean adoptee, she gives a deeply personal and extraordinary insight into a culture in which women can't choose their own fate.
The stories presented in Baato (n. [Nepali] 1. path, trail 2. way 3. road) follow the route of a partially complete trans-national highway project that promises to transform this roadless Himalayan valley permanently, opening up a direct transport route between China & India. With the new road will come new challenges, new opportunities, and ultimately a new way of being to those who live along its path. It serves as a document of a time and place - one that details life in the Himalayas before a new highway forever transforms this mountainous landscape.
ANERCA, BREATH OF LIFE
Co-directed with his son Johannes Lehmuskallio, Markku Lehmuskallio composes a fascinating poetic ethnography inspired by the singing, dancing, forms of contemporary existence and, above all, the vital breath of these nomad communities mistreated by History. Rights have been violated. Ways of life inherited from ancestors have largely been crushed, but the inner worldview of the people has withstood and remained intact, at least until now.
THE CASE YOU
After five young actresses experienced systematic abuse of sexual and violent nature, they are currently fighting a legal battle. Not much of it has yet reached the public. The women aren’t just fighting back through the courts, they have banded together to tell their story on camera, in a sort of antidote to the toxic audition. The Case You explores what occured back then and what it means for their lives today.
INGRID CAVEN: MUSIC AND VOICE
Part of the cinematic troupe of R.W. Fassbinder (to whom she was briefly married) and the ostensible subject of Jean-Jacques Schuhl’s fictionalized biography Ingrid Caven, Ingrid Caven is perhaps best known as an extraordinary musical performer, a kind of cabaret singer pushing the genre into the 21st century. Filmmaker Bertrand Bonello attended one of her performances at the Cité de la Musique; he was so affected by it that he knew he just had to film her.
THE METAMORPHOSIS OF BIRDS
Beatriz married Henrique on the day of her 21st birthday. Henrique, a naval officer, would spend long periods at sea. Ashore, Beatriz, who learned everything from the verticality of plants, took great care of the roots of their six children. The oldest son, Jacinto (Hyacinth), my father, dreamed he could be a bird. One day, suddenly, Beatriz died. My mom didn’t die suddenly, but she too died when I was 17 years-old. On that day, me and my father met in the loss of our mothers and our relationship was no longer just that of father and daughter.
HER SOCIALIST SMILE
Beginning with her first public appearance in 1913 at age 32, Hellen Keller spent her entire adult life advocating for progressive causes. Though very little moving image or audio recordings exist of Keller, this experimental documentary works around these perceptual restraints to foreground Keller’s words with recorded voiceover and onscreen text. In doing so, filmmaker John Gianvito grapples with an historical figure whose popular image has been frozen in childhood, conveniently ignoring a complex rhetorical legacy.
Tsai Ming-Liang’s films typically have few lines of dialogue. He must have saved all his words for Afternoon, a conversation between him and his muse, actor Lee Kang-sheng, filmed in four static takes as the two sit next to each other in front of the camera. The visibly moved director talks to Lee about mortality, his beloved grandfather, sexuality, and their special bond in this laying bare of intimate thoughts.
THE POWER OF KANGWON PROVINCE
Hong Sangsoo followed his acclaimed 1996 debut with this understated diptych concerning a popular retreat in Kangwon. At first, the film centers on the recently single Jisook, who joins two friends on vacation and falls into a romantic entanglement with a local policeman. Then, the focus shifts to a listless professor, Sangkwon, visiting Kangwon at the same time as Jisook. Already in his sophomore feature, Hong’s soon-to-be signatures of knotted affairs and boozy small talk unfold across a bold yet unassuming structural experiment that invites multiple viewings.
VIRGIN STRIPPED BARE BY HER BACHELORS
Award winning director Hong SangSoo dishes up a fresh take on modern courtship in this tale that follows the evolution of a romance between TV writer Soo-jung, and affluent art gallery owner Jae-hoon. Mutually attracted after meeting at an art exhibition, they find their dalliance derailed when Soo-jung admits to being a virgin.