Fifty years after the Supreme Court's groundbreaking civil rights decision, Brown v. Board of Education, this film looks at the unsung heroes in the struggle for desegregation in America. Intimate interviews, eyewitness accounts, and original footage combine to tell the stories of students, teachers, lawyers, and judges whose determination and courage forever changed the nation.
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"What's important is freeing yourself before someone else frees you," declares feisty mother of two Beatrice Kubheka. She's talking to her sons, upwardly mobile Miles and unemployed Nhlanhla. The brothers' different lives in Soweto represent Mama Kubheka's own opposing values, a conflict that ultimately calls into question the very idea of freedom and whether that idea is only possible through the sacrifice of another. Screens with Mix. | Read More
Matthew Broderick is Ben Singer, the world's most negative man. When his roommate, Ibou, falls ill, Ben is forced to host his Senegalese sister, Khadi (Sanaa Lathan). What starts as an awkward living arrangement soon turns into something more, and Ben's usual self-destructive nature gives way as he begins to find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. | Read MoreDrama, Comedy, Romantic Comedy
When a Jamaican family moves into a working-class South London neighborhood during the early 1960s, the white residents are horrified. But a shared love of cricket forges a bond between the father (a quietly heroic Delroy Lindo) and an 11-year-old Jewish boy who longs to make his school team. Strong performances and a positive message distinguish this sports-themed charmer. | Read More
A powerful insight into the isolation so often experienced by bereaved children. The value of this film is in the debate it is likely to generate around how children may behave in grief. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
The Woodmans are a family united in their belief that art-making is the highest form of expression and an essential way of life, but for photographer daughter Francesca, worldwide acclaim came only after a tragedy that would forever scar the family. With unrestricted access to all of Francesca's works and diaries, The Woodmans paints an incisive portrait of a family broken and then healed by its art. | Read MoreDocumentary
Tag along with Will Shortz, the legendary crossword editor of the New York Times, as he and his fellow word enthusiasts construct the newspaper's brainteasers and the annual American Crossword Tournament, which Shortz founded. Also featuring interviews with crossword-puzzle devotees Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, Jon Stewart, Ken Burns, the Indigo Girls, and others. An IFC release. Copresented by The New York Times. | Read MoreSports and Documentary
A spiritual search for answers leads the filmmaker to a California workshop run by a spiritual leader who promotes sexual adventure -- and the possible existence of aliens. In this amusing and emotional film, Jamie and his friends shed their clothes and inhibitions for a wild ride of sex, fear, love, anger, betrayal and joy. Mature audiences only.
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Weaving together the seemingly opposing stories of the Miss India beauty pageant and a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, director Nisha Pahuja illuminates the situation of women across contemporary India, drawing surprising parallels in the way women are perceived and the opportunities that are afforded them in both modernizing and traditional cultures. The World Before Her is a riveting, thoughtful profile of the fundamental contradictions of a country in transition. | Read MoreDocumentary and Family Friendly
Heartwarming. Illuminating. Alarming. The films in this year's World Documentary Competition run the gamut. Get your tickets now to see the film chosen as the best of the Fest by a distinguished jury of some of the biggest names in news media, nonfiction filmmaking, scholarship, and show business. | Read More
Bombay Beach: The rusting relic of a failed 1960s development boom, the Salton Sea is a barren California landscape and symbol of the failure of the American Dream. Using a stylized amalgam of nonfiction and choreographed dance set to the music of Beirut and Bob Dylan, Bombay Beach revisits this poetically fruitful terrain to find a motley cast including a bipolar seven-year-old, a lovelorn football star, and an octogenarian poet-prophet—creating a moving, distinctive, and slightly surreal documentary experience. | Read More
Weaving together the seemingly opposing stories of the Miss India beauty pageant and a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, director Nisha Pahuja illuminates the situation of women across contemporary India, drawing surprising parallels in the way women are perceived and the opportunities that are afforded them in both modernizing and traditional cultures. The World Before Her is a riveting, thoughtful profile of the fundamental contradictions of a country in transition. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, Family Friendly
Veteran Viennese filmmaker Gustav Deutsch's World Mirror Cinema is composed of so-called "found footage" from the early days of film, and juxtaposes early-twentieth-century street scenes from Austria, Indonesia and Portugal, with scenes from actual movies that were playing in theaters in those cities at the time. | Read More
From the New York indie gem Roger Dodger (TFF '02) to the riveting Iranian mystery About Elly (TFF '09), the World Narrative Competition Award Winner has always been one of the most engaging films in the Festival. Get your tickets now to see the film chosen by a jury of internationally acclaimed filmmakers as the best of the Fest. | Read More