A compelling chronicle of renowned tenor Neil Shicoff and his journey to revive Halévy's 1835 La Juive seven decades after it was banned by the Nazis. The opera's timeless themes of intolerance and fanaticism take on new meaning through the interplay of current affairs and live performance, interspersed with a music video by legendary filmmaker Sidney Lumet. | Read More
Played against the backdrop of the national liberation movements of the '70s and '80s, this lively documentary pays tribute to the golden age of cricket in the West Indies as the teammates set out to triumph over their former colonial masters and make a name for themselves on the world stage. This celebration of the power of sports as a vehicle for social change is set to a thumping reggae beat featuring Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs, and Burning Spear. | Read MoreSports and Documentary
Tibetan monk Palden Gyatso spent 33 years being tortured and starved in Chinese prisons. He watched his nation ruined and his countrymen jailed or killed. Despite this, Gyatso remains unbroken, keeping the flame of his spirit ablaze. Co-hosted with Asian Cinevision. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
The Fourth of July in Los Angeles is always about Fireworks, as two adolescent brothers set out on a quest to impress a group of girls.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Character Flaws program. | Read More
On the last Wednesday before the spring solstice ushers in the Persian New Year, people set off fireworks following an ancient Zoroastrian tradition. Rouhi, spending her first day at a new job, finds herself in the midst of a different kind of fireworks--an acrimonious domestic dispute between her new boss and his wife.
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In this upbeat animated short, an uptight business man is finding it hard to get out of his bed in the morning. After missing his bus to work one day, the disgruntled businessman happens upon a baby bird who had fallen out of the nest. The businessman teaches the fallen baby how to fly, and in the process he discovers how to break out of his own shell and live. First Flight's simple yet heartfelt message coupled with its lovable characters makes it a soaring delight for all ages. | Read MoreAnimation
Carla, a spirited, eleven year old girl is determined to experience her first kiss before she turns twelve in just a few weeks. She has everything planned out with David, a classmate, and her crush. Everything seems to be going according to plan, until she runs into Tom, a punky kid from school who loves to give Carla a hard time. | Read More
Heartbreak and hope abound in this engrossing documentary about the holy grail of horse racing-the Kentucky Derby. Two brothers travel from Arkansas to Dubai and on to Churchill Downs to trace the paths of six rising equine stars, including the heroic Barbaro, and the people, passion and dreams at the core of this breakneck competition.
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