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SHOWING RESULTS | FILMS IN THE SECTION 'DISCOVERY'
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OFF AND RUNNING

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 78 minutes
  • Directed By: Nicole Opper
  • Country: USA
With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers—one mixed-race and one Korean—Brooklyn teen Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. Even so, she can't quell her curiosity about her biological African-American roots and decides to contact her birth mother. This choice propels Avery into her own complicated exploration of race, identity, and family that threatens to distance her from the parents she's always known. | Read More
Female Director(s), Sports, Documentary
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ORIGINAL

  • Release Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • Country: Denmark
In this fresh and colorful lovable loser tale, Henry has spent most of his life trying to blend in. When his seemingly normal life turns upside down, his friend convinces him to move to Spain and open a restaurant. But before he can break free of the mundane, he gets sidelined caring for his mentally unstable mother, running into a lost-soul feminist who does performance art in a strip club, and a big bag of steroids. | Read More
Drama and Comedy
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OTHER CITY

  • Release Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Susan Koch
  • Country: USA
There's a part of Washington, DC never seen by the tourists and ignored by the mass media. At least three percent of DC is HIV positive, a staggering rate higher than parts of Africa, but the city is also full of encouraging stories of grassroots movements to extend education, combat stigmas, and spread hope. TFF alum Susan Koch's (Kicking It) eye-opening documentary tells the unheard stories behind the growing epidemic in our nation's capital. | Read More
Female Director(s) and Documentary
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P-STAR RISING

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Directed By: Gabriel Noble
  • Country: USA
In the early '80s, Jesse Diaz was a rising star in the hip-hop world. Now a broke single father in Harlem with two children to support, Jesse finds a shot at redemption in his nine-year-old daughter Priscilla Star, a precocious and immensely talented rapper. Director Gabriel Noble follows four years of father-daughter ups and downs as they navigate the grit and the glamour of the music biz. | Read More
Documentary and Music
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PARAISO TRAVEL

  • Release Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 116 minutes
  • Directed By: Simon Brand
  • Country: USA
In this Colombian box office hit, a lovesick teen (Aldemar Correa) follows his seductive girlfriend as they illegally travel from Medellín to New York. When they are separated in Queens, he begins a desperate search to find her. Featuring John Leguizamo and Ana de la Reguera (Nacho Libre). | Read More
Drama
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PLAYGROUND

  • Release Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 85 minutes
  • Directed By: Libby Spears
  • Country: USA
Executive produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Steven Soderbergh, this astonishing doc travels to the dark heart of one of the world's most sinister industries—the child sex trade. Beginning her journey infiltrating brothels in South Korea and Thailand, director Libby Spears soon discovers that the United States is a major player in the human trafficking racket and turns her attention to the homeland. Featuring original artwork by Yoshitomo Nara. | Read More
Female Director(s) and Documentary
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POWERFUL NOISE

  • Release Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Tom Cappello
  • Country: USA
Bookended by call-to-action quotes from Margaret Mead and Mahatma Gandhi, this inspiring documentary follows three extraordinary women--in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mali, and Vietnam--as they lead day-to-day battles against ignorance, poverty, oppression, and ethnic strife. | Read More
Documentary
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RUN FOR YOUR LIFE

  • Release Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Judd Ehrlich
  • Country: USA
Without one eccentric Jewish immigrant from Transylvania, the New York City Marathon simply wouldn't exist. Ehrlich's fun, loving, and inspirational tribute to the late Fred Lebow shows how one man's imagination and determination created one of the world's most popular sporting events. | Read More
Sports and Documentary
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SENTIMENTAL ENGINE SLAYER

  • Release Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Directed By: Omar Rodriguez Lopez
  • Country: USA and Mexico
Reality and fantasy entangle in the semi-autobiographical tale of a twentysomething misfit's loopy trip through manhood in the dusty US-Mexico border town of El Paso, Texas. While director/writer/star Omar Rodriguez Lopez's psychedelic sonic sensibilities are most well-known for fueling the Grammy-winning rockers The Mars Volta, it is piercingly clear that he is also as a riveting and rare voice for independent American cinema. | Read More
Drama and Music
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