SOCIALLY DARING CINEMA

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Davis and Bennett wander in and out of stranger's lives performing 'The Procedure'. However, when the duo arrive at a remote family home, they face a challenge unlike anything they've seen before.

Alistair and June randomly meet on a park bench at lunchtime. She's not aware, at first, that he's blind but when he misses the handkerchief she passes to him, she realizes. He charms her with an acute appreciation for the scent of roses. On a blindfolded walk through a garden, her face comes into focus with a caress.

Newly arrived to New York City and deserted by her husband Gabriel, Mariana must find a way, in a strange city where she barely speaks the language, to provide for her family, financially and emotionally.

Say hello to Hollywood outcast, best-selling author and chronicler of the rich and famous, Dominick Dunne. "Demonstrates... how the creative urge is something that refuses to age along with the body." -The Age

Two women embark on a love affair. Iva is desperately in love, then her father appears. Hedi feels strongly attached. Winner of a Bavarian Film Prize, Best New Director, and other awards.

Documentary about environmental racism, Army radiation testing & government conspiracy during the Cold War, Jim Crow era.

A weary young drug addict clings to a once hopeful life, amidst the sweat and unforgiving heat of Jacksonville, Florida.

When heavily armed campus police broke into the University of Florida campus apartment of disabled and unarmed Ghanaian doctoral student Kofi Adu-Brempong and, within a minute of entry, shot him in the face, his life was forever changed.

Sirena's Gallery follows a Salvadoran-American woman's struggle as an art gallery owner during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently widowed, Sirena adapts to self-isolation, grief-induced visions, and the world of e-commerce.

An experiential introduction to Shakespeare Award-winning poet Mandy Kahn and the process behind her immersive, performative, peace-building poems. "A sun-powered X-ray into the process of a great artist." - PEN Award-winning author Mitch Horowitz

Four nurses career minded to the point go neglecting their families, were relentless even at their jobs, They breached most of the medical ethics regarding the treatment they gave their patients and many lives had to pay...

After being smuggled into Trinidad and Tobago, an illegal Chinese immigrant discovers the true cost of her passage. "Offers a focused look at the lives of people who would otherwise go unnoticed. -Keeping it Reel

Unresolved conflicts force Juana to revisit long-kept emotions after she runs into her ex-boyfriend during her annual religious pilgrimage. "A minimalist tale in a seldom-filmed setting." -Roger's Movie Nation

Philippe, a twenty-five year old who lives with his parents, is woken at dawn by two police inspectors. He is brought to the station to be interrogated about his father's murder.

THERE WERE ALWAYS DOGS, NEVER KIDS is a documentary ode to legendary New York City video store Alan's Alley, where bizarrely arranged movies enticed clientele from cinephile to celebrity to local prison inmate. Charismatic owner Alan Sklar sifts through the nuance of his neon-flickering livelihood, in his store’s last days as a fixture in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

Five young Zulu women gear up and go backpacking in the iMfolozi game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. They learn of the plight of this primordial wilderness, threatened by rhino poaching and an opencast coal mine. The group's journey of self-discovery, growth and healing serves as a reminder of how we all are intimately linked to nature; what we do to nature, we do to ourselves.

To win back his girlfriend, Paul decides to make a film about his love life, job, and all the funny things that happen behind the scenes at the casting agency! "Bold, progressive and brave." -SPL!NG

John Daly, an ex-Neo Nazi, fled to Israel when his gang tried to kill him for being Jewish. An old Skinhead friend finds John 25 years later and suggests they visit concentration camps in an effort to make amends for their past.

One day, Soumaya is fired from her job. She then sees on TV that news outlets are linking her to jihadist circles, days after her apartment is raided by police...

Inspired by Pirandello's l'Innesto, THE GRAFT tells a story of sexual violence, love, sexism, and marriage. Laura and Giorgio have been married for 7 years, unable to conceive a child. Away on a seaside painting retreat, Laura is raped and becomes pregnant. Personal dramas conflict between husband and wife, magnifying the question of whether to keep the child.

An epic tale of slashing swords, cutting betrayal, and bloody revenge, Samurai Vendetta is justly hailed as one of the best samurai films ever made!

Two young adults in Shanghai, living separate lives, do what they can to break out of their postmodern loneliness. "You might call this Still Life with Cell Phones.” -Video Librarian

Idling afternoons and psychedelic moods immersed in music provide an adrenaline rush for drifting youth in Lisbon. "A strong and mysterious homage to youth." -Cineuropa

It's hard to tell human and robot apart in the technology-infused, computer-controlled planet Earth of the year 2060. What does it mean to be human? Or robot or neither or both? Existentially driven vignettes form a hypnotic arc in this experimental feature.

Following the worldwide smashes Emmanuelle (1974) and The Story of O (1975), influential French filmmaker Just Jaeckin returned in 1977 with the sensual real-life drama Madame Claude. Starring French New Wave icon Françoise Fabian in the title role along with a sinister Klaus Kinski and lovely Dayle Haddon.

Vidhan (Writ), a romantic drama, is a take on relationships. A casual conversation on the use of appropriate language sets off a whirlwind romance between Pranay and Akshar (Abhishek). They start meeting regularly and the romance blossoms. However, there is one issue - Akshar is a sex worker. The film takes us through the vicissitudes of their romantic journey.

Michelle is one part sexual nymph, one part man-hating psycho, and one part 12-year-old child. When she catches the eye of Andy, it turns his life upside down and their relationship becomes the formula for passion, pleasure, and pain.

The peaceful life of a middle aged architect Francis turns upside down after the street attack.

An uninspired filmmaker crosses paths with the fascinating and beautiful student Ritsuko, and they begin an erotic relationship as she becomes his new muse. But when he puts her in his new film, his life starts to unravel and his reality turns delusional as he begins to lose his sanity.

A filmmaker explores the cultural traditions and contradictions across the sexually conservative land of the Kama Sutra.

Iranian-American artist Moosa Harooni transforms seashells into heartfelt miniature sculptures of legendary characters, kings and poets, and ordinary people.

A girl with a sharp mind and a weakness for bourbon finds herself on the trail of a reclusive genius. But her work takes a series of unforeseen twists, and she plunges into a dark world of earth-shattering cosmological secrets. "A mesmerizing and sexy head trip." -Geek Monthly

At a daycare center in Stolin, Belarus, young people with disabilities are directed and participate as actors in theatrical productions. Their perceived limitations evaporate on stage, revealing depths of character and capabilities that are seldom explored.

Bullet Collector follows the traumas of a wide-eyed 14-year-old boy. Recalling the world of Antoine Doinel in François Truffaut's The 400 Blows, this unsettling, visually brilliant drama updates that classic by giving it a nightmarishly Russian spin.

A sci-fi thriller/dark comedy in which a scientist invents time travel and is zapped 6 months into the future. But that future is one where he is a hunted man for murder. He needs to travel back in time to solve the mystery.

A carefree young Rastafarian is prompted to go on a search for his father, who he never met, in Cape Verde, and finds his roots. FIPRESCI and Sophia Award Winner.

Following the death of his best friend, 17-year-old Shelby struggles to readjust at boarding school until a popular girl decides to take him under her wing. With the aid of a reckless and spoiled group of friends, Shelby finds a lot more than he bargained for in a fast-paced world of parties, drugs, and sex.

A narrative of addiction and redemption is woven from the turbulent lives of young adults attending AA meetings and the relationships that Aaron, a rent boy, shares with his clients.

A documentary that exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developed in New York City in late 70s and early 80s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and breakdancing

A troubled private investigator embarks on an unusual assignment to observe a woman from an abandoned apartment. As he witnesses bizarre happenings surrounding her, he begins to feel and see a dark presence which slowly threatens to consume him.

A dramatization of the horrific and notorious Manson Family Murders, in the form of super 8 home movies.

Hedi is the new neighbor of Iva, who raises her daughter Sophia by herself. The two women start a love relationship and Iva is desperately in love. Suddenly Iva's father appears, to whom Hedi feels strongly attached. It seems that only one world exists for Hedi: her own.

Seductive Messalina will stop at nothing to become the most powerful woman in Rome.

A wealthy New York playboy prone to eccentricity and mischief dies unexpectedly, and his socialite friends are summoned for a viewing of his video will. "A tone-deaf riff on social manners and class mores." Screen Space

It was his destiny that young Mouton would live his simple life as a seaside restaurant employee for three years and that he would be torn away from this life after a tragic night at the Sainte-Anne ball.

A serial rapist relishes his attacks on women, but are they only fantasy? A debauched classic of the 1960s "roughie" genre.

Based on the voyages of 16th-century explorer Fernão Mendes Pinto, one of the first Europeans to sail to the Orient.

We are all part of the same story. A feature-length documentary about the complexity of human migration and how this affects two friends in their day-to-day lives. "A heart-driven, superlatively human tale." -The Sound View

Gu (Shota Matsuda), a cocky young Korean-Japanese hoodlum, is targeted by a rival thug after he is blamed for a murder.

In a Bronx dispatch the aspirations and misdeeds of cab drivers, call-girls and low level thugs collide in one wild night.

A young woman is murdered, her body dismembered, its parts dumped across Vienna. Based on a true story. "Confidently balances between emotional immersion and reporting from outside." -Kino Zeit

When Mama Peace is diagnosed with breast cancer, she struggles to raise funds for treatment, make ends meet, and hold onto her Christian faith. "A powerful and one-of-a-kind story." -eelive

Set in the fake news era of present day St. Petersburg, THREE COMRADES is a politically incorrect drama about three mid-level sales managers, 20-somethings, socializing after hours. Friday night bar-hopping gives way to a range of contemporary topics, from the inhumanity of capitalism to sexism. Only one comrade will survive. The romantic, the cynic, or the indifferent?

After Ivan was diagnosed with ALS, his relationship with Lucas is challenged when he starts to lose control of his own body.

Weaving together natural history and biography, A Life Among Whales delves deeply into the unique relationship between humans and whales as told by renowned whale biologist and activist Dr. Roger Payne.

Inga, a 17 year-old, is sent to live with a scheming aunt who wants her to become mistress of her rich neighbour. She falls for a common young man instead.

A raw, gritty, uncompromising and heavily stylised independent feature production, based on the ancient Greek narrative, Homer's: 'The Odyssey'.

An encounter between two lovers pushes the boundaries of narrative filmmaking through the use of long takes and explicit sexual imagery.

This frantic, music-infused indie Indian tale looks at one young man and his dreams of becoming a rap star. Gandu is a startlingly bold and wildly entertaining example of new Indian filmmaking- which, ironically, is banned in India.

12-year-old Daimi rattles around a decrepit house with her Christmastime companion, a magical piglet. A painful truth hides in the murky water of the bathtub, seamlessly blending reality with fantasy.

Icelandic politicians and businesses try to lure aluminum production to the island country. "Offers impassioned visual and rhetorical arguments [and] historical perspective." -Variety

A group of ronin (masterless samurai) patiently plan and execute an assault on a rival Lord's estate, exacting revenge after their master was forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a court official. Set during the Tokugawa shogunate in 1701, based on a true story.

A student becomes entangled in the bizarre dramas of his landlord's family.

Critically acclaimed DO PAHAR recounts the unlikely and fascinating friendship that forms between Sudha, an elderly abused woman and Bilal, a young hit man who she observes one day planning to murder her neighbor. He becomes her hero and savior; she becomes his most improbable partner-in-crime.

CAPTURE THE FLAG portrays a tenuous relationship between a teenage daughter and her father in the socially turbulent 70s. As Annie and her father, Luke, join their friends for an annual game of Capture the Flag, her parents are on the verge of divorce, and this is the first time she and her father participate in the weekend-long game without Annie's mother. A lot more is at stake than winning.

A former star footballer turned social justice campaigner returns to his home town, befriends a young wannabe filmmaker who recently lost his father and is persuaded, despite opposition, into coaching the town's struggling footy team. He recruits refugees to make up the numbers with hilarious results, taking the community on a journey of change.

Home is where the hurt is. Lily finds herself in the living room, staring at four dead bodies. "Brilliant, and highlights how people can hide who they are and the lies that photos can tell." -Bloody Disgusting

The story of a generation's disillusionment and radicalization, set in the fervent years of the Greek economy's collapse. "Punchy, difficult, allegorically urgent Greek tragedy." -Indiewire

Originally released in 1970, Dinah East tells the story of a glamourous 1950s movie starlet who is later revealed to be a trans woman. Marketed at the time as "Hollywood's strangest story," the film is problematic in many respects and far ahead of its time in others. Seen today, it's an undeniably fascinating cult classic curio of a bygone era.

Dreams are the sturdiest vessels for twenty-somethings Ali and Eda, landlocked in the shipyards of Istanbul. "Lovingly crafted with excellent direction and editing." -DVD Compare

A day at the lake. Andrej's ex-girlfriend Nadia pays him a visit. Nadia and Andrej's former best mate Claudius are a couple now. Nadia's request for help confronts Andrej with a shared dark secret.

In an age devoid of memory and truth, a man encounters his soulmate in the BLUE DESERT. Winner of multiple awards and based on Yoko Ono's first art book, Grapefruit.

Haunted by memories and divine visions, a young woman struggles with trauma, rape and pregnancy in this poetic reimagining of the Greek Myth

What happens to art in the Internet age? A documentary on the evolving relationship between contemporary art, audience and digital technology. "Puts together two opposing thoughts, leading to new thoughts." -art4d

A washed-up movie monster relives his halcyon days, in an age where computer graphics are all too prevalent. BYGONE BEHEMOTH is a short and sweet stop-motion tribute to beloved cinema icons and methodologies.

The forbidden-love story The Debut (1977) the first full-length feature from pioneering filmmaker Nouchka van Brakel. Following the theme of Stanley Kubrick's Lolita (1962) and Michael Powell's Age of Consent (1969) - this time told from a female perspective - van Brakel's The Debut (1977) tells the delicate story off the impossible love between a teenage girl and a middle-aged married man.

Sexy, sharp, and a straight-up hustler, Stormy Mattinson is one of the world's most successful madams, running a multi-million dollar escort agency, Companions, in California and Utah. A MADAM’S HEAVEN AND HELL gives a firsthand, behind-the-scenes look at her tumultuous life at the top of the industry, baring witness to all the personal and professional dramas at play.

Two boys are released from prison on their eighteenth birthdays after killing a three-year old when they were ten.

You Are Here is a smartly-crafted commentary on our modern day existence. Comprised of interconnected mini-narratives, the film’s characters find themselves trapped in bizarre social experiments of their own making.

Two aboriginal adolescents discover that life isn't fair in this thrilling teenage story of survival, set in the Australian desert. Hungry, hurt, rejected and aimed at escape, together Samson & Delilah follow the signs of true love.

Tabitha's obsession with fish has displaced all of her human relationships with the exception of her mother, Eloise. When her pet fish Peter and her mother both die unexpectedly, after contacting Tabitha's hands, she concludes that her touch is lethal and begins wearing latex gloves. Only when working in a new job in taxidermy does she venture to remove her gloves and touch once more.

Anahida, a contemporary Armenian woman, is pregnant with the child of her Turkish lover who is haunted by the past. An artistic blending of the real and unreal, the past and present are tightly woven into emotionally visual experience. In Armenian, Hokees literally means "soul" or "spirit."

The story is very freely based on the Cambridge Analytica affair, the theft of 80 millions Facebook users datas for electoral purposes (Donald Trump's election and vote on Brexit). Frédéric Poiret, journalist at Le Nouveau Courrier is told by Laura Bilinski, executive assistant at social network Profile, of a scandal she discovered by accident.

Two enemy soldiers get locked up in a tunnel below the World War I front. Sharing the same fate, they need each other to survive.

A dispossessed drug dealer and his derelict companions are part of a cool generation that confronts cultural decay in the back alleys of a city in Colombia. "A uniquely beautiful and soulful study of a small part of the underbelly of the underworld in Medellin." -Indiewire

A super-freckled, self-hating virgin descends into a dark, depressive, lethal insanity due to low self esteem caused by social beauty standards.

A fast-paced, quirky, laugh-out-loud unpredictable sexy comedy about a young husband's desperate attempts to get a cable box for his wife. Set in the dark, snow covered landscape of northern Finland.

Henning, a fashion photographer, is driven by visions of artistic glory. Encouraged by a literary agent to produce a volume of erotic nudes, he takes aim at the perfect layout with his favorite model, Leslie. All seems to be going well until the mysterious Joyce appears.

KELP is an allegorically hilarious love story about a married man who becomes infatuated with the eponymous seaweed. Exploring relationship themes and the all-too-human delusion of something better on the other side of the horizon, notions of entanglement and escape are cleverly brought to the fore.

Fanni has had enough of money and Anna has had enough of pigs. They embark on a Marxist adventure. "Any allegorical interpretations are as open-ended as Bettina Köster’s slamming techno-pop score is emphatic." -Variety

Eva, a young reserved girl, arrives at the Refuge, a woman's aid center run by Mrs Kane. There she is introduced to the other girls who greet her with mistrust and distance. The Refuge is threatened by government cuts in funding that would leave the girls, homeless. Until they unite in a final act of protest.

A disgraced ex-soldier travels to New York City to become the first American born-and-raised suicide bomber, but an unexpected relationship complicates his plan.

Hundreds of pictures scattered all over the floor of a dark and solitary room. Monika, an East-German woman, has lost her memory and can only fantasize of a forgotten past and an impossible future. A message from her friend Kirsten, on a voice recorder, pushes her to remember her life and friends, in a lost Berlin, against a forgotten wall.

A bold vérité documentary and feel-good portrait of a sprightly 75-year-old priest who tends to 20+ villages in the idyllic French Pyrénées. "Leisurely but engrossing, often touching, and in the end surprising." -Video Librarian

In the most lavish of penthouses, visible only through keyholes, there exists an erotic and dangerous world. Highly-paid sex workers specialize in high-stakes games, and the richer the client, the wilder the ride. When a fantasy gets too rough for one call-girl, escaping becomes her reality.

A young Frederick is secretly taught to read and write by his master’s wife. Using only the air as their blackboard, this act provided an education that paved the way from slavery to freedom

Baldrick, an offensive, inappropriate, politically incorrect, sexist, narcissistic, boss, has created a new reality TV show about, well, himself. Apart from meeting his employees, Baldrick also has some interviews lined up fro his first pilot episode.

A successful photographer is living the life of her dreams with the love of her life in New York City. Their idyllic happiness is shattered unexpectedly, and she struggles to accept the reality of her loss.

Plínio is a ten year old boy who goes to live with his grandmother in the countryside. Bored with the place, his life begins to change when he gains a doll named Frank from his grandmother.

A woman's journey to and across the soul-destroying chasm between veterans and others. Endorsed by the Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences, Returning Veterans Project, and other organizations.

A promiscuous young woman struggles with her emotions when the one man she cares deeply about, her equally restless father, finally finds true love.

"Shooting Star(s)" follows Johnny Nunez, who was abandoned as a child, as he overcomes the obstacles imposed by his humble upbringings in Brooklyn, New York to become today's most prominent Hip Hop celebrity photographer.

WITKIN AND WITKIN explores the worlds of identical twins, Joel-Peter, a world famous photographer and Jerome, a painter. "A profound meditation on art and an excellent dual-biopic." -Hammer to Nail

An Italian student enrolls at Oxford and disrupts the orderly pattern of undergraduate life by refusing to conform to the university's staid traditions and code behavior.

This is the story of a tall 10-year-old girl. She is working on a school project that aims to explain how the world works to her class. She is faced with difficult social and political questions that even adults struggle to answer.

Martin is on his way up the coast for a quiet weekend. Out of nowhere an attractive teenage girl appears on the side of the road. He drives past, but when he stops at a scenic spot up the road, she knocks on his window and asks him for a ride. His decision to drive her home turns into a nightmare when she coerces him inside.

A romantic young writer, struggling financially in London, escapes to his birthplace, the rural mountain town of Siatista, where his imaginative father died under mysterious circumstances. If houses dreamt, who would wake them?

Pilar and Felipe are two lonely beings who haven't found love. At the start of their friendship, Felipe decides not to waste any time and, surprisingly, proposes marriage. With an outright refusal, their relationship spins into a desperate, if adventurous, new direction. A hypnotic speech from an archaic seventies cassette introduces Pilar to Felipe's most intimate mantra.

Victor and Agathe are both drawn to Niagara Falls. Strangers, the two Parisians meet and connect over their shared citizenship. Soon, they are ensorcelled, not just by the power of the falls but by the scarlet blaze of their nouveau love.

In training for a long distance relationship, Mina and Enzo book rooms at an experimental B & B where each room represents a different city and time zone. Couples who commit to the course must adhere to its strict rules: no entering your partner’s room, no cell phones, only meeting for up to two hours a day, etc. The arrival of the proprietor’s niece, Gaia, dismantles all sense of reality.

In the mythical city of Leisure, a sexually-liberated husband and wife seduce a younger, staid couple in to experimenting with bisexuality and group sex.

Still mourning the loss of his beloved wife and daughter in a horrendous car accident, a reclusive sexagenarian decides to visit a rather peculiar and secretive brothel.

One family. One weekend. One hell of a home video. A slice-of-life comedy about life, death, existential crises, and everything in between. Set mid-90s New Zealand.

Nineteen-year-old Poppy Simpson refuses to be defined by Down syndrome and is determined to take charge of her own life.

A gothic punk Caribbean love story arises in the ruins of a coconut plantation in rural Trinidad. "Both haunting and haunted, a palpably realized fever dream of a film." -Caribbean Beat

WHITE SHADOW is the story of Alias, a young albino boy on the run. After witnessing his father's murder, his mother sends him away to find refuge in the city. Executive Producer Ryan Gosling.

Beneath heaven, dreams are hidden in hallways and fears live in the walls. When his best friend's secret is revealed, a teenager follows a path that will transform his life. That's how kids grow up.

It's New Year's Eve, and everyone thinks that Marta and Jorge are the perfect couple. Too perfect. "Some of the most beautiful sequences in recent Portuguese cinema." -c7nema

When an idealistic grade school teacher finds out that children in her school are going hungry - thanks to federal cutbacks - it compels her to do things she wouldn't have thought she could do. "Hungry is a little gem, and so important" - Artemis Women In Action Film Festival

A psychotic criminal couple kidnaps a random teenage couple. The woman rapes the male captive, and lets him watch his lover being raped by the man. They then plan to sacrifice the couple.

TERFSLURRED explores the perceived misogyny of trans identity politics and the intellectual cat-fights fomenting from claims to true womanhood. Carefully making use of already-existing content on subjects of biology, feminism, trans-activism, and more, this found-footage doc is a new introduction to gender and the LGBTQ+ rainbow- like it's never appeared before.

A film about Realization and Acceptance. Kumar, a bachelor in his thirties leaves his corporate job in Kochi to become a graphic novelist. He embarks on a new life as an Uber driver in Kochi while working on his graphic novel titled ‘Pixelia’. One day a transgender named Mandakini gets into his cab and that day changes Kumar’s life forever.

Metallic sounds mixed with rain are the background for the exploitation of two women held as prisoners in an abandoned cinema. They are pimped for pennies by a crude tormentor. Sometimes sharing bad luck can unite, while it can't preclude loneliness. Sometimes the only obstacle to freedom is ourselves.

In an inhospitable rural area in northwestern Argentina, the machismo, misery, and repression of the last military dictatorship frames the tragedy of Bumbún, the daughter of an alcoholic and violent axman who forces her to assume the identity of a man from birth. Her life will be torn between resigning herself to his destiny for her or fighting to change it.

Alfie needs to find the meaning of life. His life. Through a haze of half remembered thoughts and earnest intentions, he struggles to see that the truth he is looking for is in the beauty that is all around him.

"Ever, Rêve, Hélène Cixous" films the roads to creation of a feminist legend, a 1968 activist, a famous playwright and poet who shares all the "wars of liberation" of our time. "Ever, Rêve, Hélène Cixous" is a dream of liberation

Disgruntled housewife, Joan revamps her stenography service into a thriving prostitution ring made up of the neighborhood women. Auteur, Joseph Sarno creates a hotbed of titilating fun.

(Persian with English subtitles) The story chronicles the intertwining lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953; a cataclysmic moment in Iranian history when an American led, British backed coup d'état brought down the democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadegh, and reinstalled the Shah to power.