Finnish cinema takes another bold step forward with this enchanting film about an elderly Nenet woman who entertains a blind girl with tales of her youth as the betrothed of Num, the holiest of holies. Beguiling visuals and winsome performances by a cast of newcomers enhance this fascinating look at a unique culture.
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In this bold and thought-provoking documentary about suicide and its complex aftermath, Steel spends from dusk until dawn filming the Golden Gate Bridge everyday for a year, capturing nearly two dozen suicides that occurred in 2004. Intercut with these frightening leaps are interviews with the family and friends of the deceased. | Read MoreDocumentary
They act. They write. They produce. And they direct. We sit down with some of Hollywood's super hyphenates - - those multi-tasking film stars who have become media conglomerates of their own. | Read More
More money, more problems. Sucked into bad investments, stalked by freeloaders, saddled with medical problems, and naturally prone to showing off, most pro athletes end up broke within a few years of retirement. Drawing surprisingly vulnerable confessions from retired stars like Bernie Kosar, Keith McCants, and Andre Rison, this fascinating documentary digs into the psychology of men whose competitive nature carries them to victory on the field and ruin off it. | Read MoreESPN, Sports, Documentary
Sean is a kid from the projects of East New York struggling to support his family by dealing drugs, while trying to remain a role model to his younger brother. As his relationships deteriorate and the pressures upon him intensify, Sean faces his biggest challenge: owning up to the reality of the life he has created for himself. | Read More
Across Latin America, Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East, dozens of wars are waged by groups attempting to overthrow their rulers. How do they form? Where do they get money and weapons? Brooklyn is the answer for one 40-year-old Kosovo immigrant who owns a roofing company in the borough and is building a guerilla army.
In English and Albanian. | Read More
Perry, a New York artist grappling with his aesthetic and personal identity, strikes up a friendship with an elderly veteran of the Harlem Renaissance. The older man's reveries lead them both on a surreal journey into black America's artistic past. Winner, Special Jury Prize at Sundance '04.
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A family's black sheep (Scott Cohen), once imprisoned and now on parole, returns home to Brooklyn after 15 years. But his return home packs more surprises than he bargained for. His brother has died, his father (Judd Hirsch) and sister-in-law don't trust him, and the family business is on the brink of being sold. | Read MoreDrama
This character driven, cinema verité style documentary immerses us in the world of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). Shot with unprecedented access at firehouses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, the film captures the unique culture and unmatched dedication of "New York's Bravest" as they work, play, and step up to world events. | Read More
London, 1975. Conjoined twins with a creepy, crypto-erotic bond take the burgeoning glam/punk scene by storm in this wrenching adaptation of Brian Aldiss' novel. Luke and Harry Treadway deliver searing performances as two very different parts of one fatally compromised whole, and the film and its music will stick with you for days. | Read MoreDrama and Music
Three roommates treat their hip Tel Aviv neighborhood like their own chic paradise, relatively sheltered from Israeli-Palestinian conflicts. But when an Israeli boy meets an Palestinian boy at a border checkpoint, this artificial bubble bursts. Director Fox follows up Walk on Water and Yossi & Jagger with this story that shows that even love can't bridge irreconcilable differences. In Arabic and Hebrew. A Strand Release.
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In one of the most conflicted parts of the world, a Palestinian family man unites rival parties Fatah and Hamas, Western activists, and even groups of progressive Israelis in a nonviolent movement to save his village from being destroyed. Award-winning documentarian Julia Bacha (Encounter Point, TFF '06) captures with rawness and galvanizing intensity the power of ordinary people to peaceably fight for extraordinary changes. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Co-director Terrence Fisher's world has been traumatized by gun violence. In 2004, he watched his best friend get shot and killed by a police officer. The killing of this innocent teen outraged Bedford-Stuyvesant residents, but a grand jury ruled it simply a tragic accident and no indictment was issued against the officer. Fisher and his friends fought back by organizing protests and filming this documentary. | Read MoreDocumentary