KING IN THE WILDERNESS (PG-13) - Doc 2018, USA 1hr 51min
King in the Wilderness chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. While the Black Power movement saw his nonviolence as weakness, and President Lyndon B. Johnson saw his anti-Vietnam War speeches as irresponsible, Dr. King’s unyielding belief in peaceful protest became a testing point for a nation on the brink of chaos.
ANOTE’S ARK - Doc 2018, USA 1hr 17min
The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise.
While Kiribati’s President Anote Tong races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many Kiribati are already seeking safe harbour overseas.
EATING ANIMALS - Doc 2018, USA 1hr 34mins
How much do you know about the food that’s on your plate? Eating Animals is an urgent, eye-opening look at the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming. Tracing the history of food production in the United States, the film charts how farming has gone from local and sustainable to a corporate monster that offers cheap eggs, meat, and dairy at a steep cost: the exploitation of animals; the risky use of antibiotics and hormones; and the pollution of our air, soil, and water. Spotlighting farmers who have pushed backed against industrial agriculture with more humane practices, Eating Animals offers attainable, commonsense solutions to a growing crisis while making the case that ethical farming is not only an animal rights issue but one that affects every aspect of our lives.
WAJIB - THE WEDDING INVITATION - Drama/Comedy 2018, Palestine 1hr 36mins
Stuck in traffic with a stack of wedding invitations, a Palestinian father and son slowly reconnect in this drily humorous, award-winning family drama. After several years living abroad, architect Shadi reluctantly returns to his hometown of Nazareth to fulfil a traditional Palestinian custom: hand-delivering hundreds of invitations to his sister’s wedding. As Shadi and his father drive from one house to the next, a cast of characters from every walk of life, old family tensions and intergenerational conflict rise to the surface.
Wajib turns the focus to Palestinians living within Israel’s borders, gently teasing out the complex politics at play. (English Subtitles)
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST - Drama 2018, USA 1hr 31min
Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high school girl. But after she's caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy center that treats teens "struggling with same-sex attraction." At the facility, Cameron is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious "de-gaying" methods, and earnest Christian rock songs-but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community. For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she's able to find her place among fellow outcasts.
THE SENTENCE (PG-13) - Doc 2018, USA 1hr 25min
The Sentence tells the story of Cindy Shank, a mother of three who received a 15-year mandatory sentence for conspiracy charges related to her deceased ex-boyfriend’s crimes. The documentary offers a searing look at the consequences of mandatory minimum sentencing and received critical acclaim when it premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
The Sentence draws on hundreds of hours of footage shot by Valdez, who initially copes with his sister’s incarceration by filming the family moments Shank misses in prison. In the midst of Shank’s sentence, Valdez discovers his voice as a filmmaker and activist. During the last months of the Obama administration’s clemency initiative, the family starts to fight for Shank’s release. The aching question at the core of this deeply personal portrait is whether their attempts to free Shank will succeed.
THIS IS HOME - Doc 2018, USA 1hr 31min
When Syrian residents were forced to flee the civil war that began in 2011, the U.S. began accommodating refugee immigrants, along with some 50 other nations, accepting almost 21,000 by 2016. Nearly 400 moved to Baltimore, where the local branch of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a nonprofit humanitarian organization based in New York City, provides resettlement assistance. Following four refugee families who arrived in 2016, Alexandra Shiva’s This Is Home charts their initial integration into American society over eight months and the various challenges and opportunities they encounter.
BLINDSPOTTING - Drama 2018, USA 1hr 36min
Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in.
Longtime friends and collaborators, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland. Bursting with energy, style, and humor, and infused with the spirit of rap, hip hop, and spoken word, Blindspotting is a provocative hometown love letter that glistens with humanity
AND BREATHE NORMALLY - Drama 2018, Iceland 1hr 40min
Lara (Kristín Thóra Haraldsdóttir) is no stranger to struggle. A single mother, raising her son Eldar, she is faced with mounting debts and diminishing resources. Hope arrives in the form of a job with the passport service at Keflavík airport.
It is only Lara’s vigilance that spots the false passport of Adja (Babetida Sadjo), a female refugee from Guinea-Bissau who claims to be French and travelling alone to Toronto. Adja is detained and disappears into a system with rules, procedures and regulations that must be followed regardless of personal sympathies. You are left with the sense that Lara regrets her intervention almost as soon as it has been made.
Set in a bleak, chilly Iceland where you can hear every howl of wind and splatter of raindrops, And Breathe Normally touches on a number of issues from the treatment of refugees to LGBT rights. It carries those concerns lightly, however, and remains solidly focused on the two women.
HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING - Doc 2018, USA 1hr 16mins
Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, Hale County This Morning allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South - trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming - despite the odds.
How does one express the reality of individuals whose public image, lives, and humanity originate in exploitation? Photographer and filmmaker RaMell Ross employs the integrity of nonfiction filmmaking and the currency of stereotypical imagery to fill in the gaps between individual black male icons. Hale County This Morning, This Evening is a lyrical innovation to the form of portraiture that boldly ruptures racist aesthetic frameworks that have historically constricted the expression of African American men on film
WHAT IS DEMOCRACY - Doc 2018, USA 1hr 47mins
Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, What Is Democracy? reflects on a word we too often take for granted. The film spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’ groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism’s roots in medieval Italy; from modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor.
Featuring a diverse cast, this urgent film connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire.
ON HER SHOULDERS - Doc 2018, USA 1hr 35 mins
Twenty-three-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of exhausting undertakings—from giving testimony before the U.N. to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews and one-on-one meetings with top government officials. With deep compassion and a formal precision and elegance that matches Nadia’s calm and steely demeanor, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach follows this strong-willed young woman, who survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people, even when at times she longs to lay aside this monumental burden and simply have an ordinary life
ARMOR OF LIGHT - Doc 2015, USA 1hr 28mins
THE ARMOR OF LIGHT follows an Evangelical minister and the mother of a teenage shooting victim who ask, is it possible to be both pro-gun and pro-life? In a gripping portrait of courage, director Abigail E. Disney follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the moral strength to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. THE ARMOR OF LIGHT tracks Reverend Rob Schenck, anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, who breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Reverend Schenck is shocked and perplexed by the reactions of his long-time friends and colleagues who warn him away from this complex, politically explosive issue