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Sunday, April 22

(various) - USA, Ethiopia, Haiti - 96 mins

Creative Feds (Erica Ginsberg, Leon Gerskovic), Jackenson (Linda Diatta), Permacounterculture (Leon Guanzon), Puerto Rico: Citizens in Peril (Rich Henrich, Daniel Seymour), Queens in Training (Deanna Del Ciello, Anna Molinaro), and Yewub Dar (Azigza Nuru).... more

Valeriy Todorovskiy - Russia - 132 mins

2:30 PM

"It's pure, absolute, complete beauty. I understood very well that behind this beauty there's not just work and incredible human sacrifice, but that there is a whole world. And I wanted to enter that world and tell a story about it," says director Valery Todorovsky (Hipsters, FFDC Opening Night 2008) about his new film. He describes the ... more

Aparna Sen - India - 90 mins

2:30 PM

With an all-female ensemble, including director Apana Sen and legendary Indian actresses Shabana Azmi and Lillete Dubey, Sonata is a heartfelt meditation on happiness and compromises that simultaneously challenges Indian norms concerning family and friendship and long-standing stereotypes of Bollywood films. The film follows three unmarried, ... more

Naila and the Uprising
Julia Bacha - USA - 76 mins

It has been thirty years since the First Intifada, the Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. In 1988, Naila Ayesh was a young mother who had already survived a brutal imprisonment and who was forced to make a choice between joining her exiled activist husband in Egypt or continuing ... more

No Date, No Signature
Vahid Jalilvand - Iran - 104 mins

On a highway at night, a car driven by Doctor Kaveh Nariman sideswipes a motor scooter carrying an entire family. No one is visibly injured, but the doctor tells the father to have 8-year-old Amir Ali checked for a possible concussion. When the boy's name appears on the doctor's autopsy list a short time later, this tautly filmed drama ... more

Sour Apples
Yilmaz Erdogan - Turkey - 114 mins

The "mayor" of a rural Turkish village is an authoritarian father to a trio of beautiful young women, each of whom is privately engaged in courting and being courted by men whom daddy would not approve of. Eldest sister Türkan (Songül Öden) writes letters to her intended, although they have never met in person. Youngest sister Muazzez ... more

Spectres of the Spectrum
Craig Baldwin - USA - 94 mins

In the post-apocalyptic future of 2007, a scientist discovers an electromagnetic wormhole that enables his telepathic daughter to travel through the history of television. Exploring the airwaves, she discovers a far-reaching government cover-up disseminated through mass media. This feature-length 16-mm film was shot using old kinescopes ... more

A Season in France
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun - France - 100 mins

The delightful sojourn that the title promises could not be further from reality for Abbas (Eriq Ebouaney), a refugee from war-torn Central African Republic living without papers in France. An academic in Bangui, in Paris he works menial jobs to support two children. For a while they live in relative happiness in a borrowed apartment ... more

The Summit
Santiago Mitre - Argentina, Spain, France - 144 mins

5:00 PM

Argentine president Hernán Blanco (Ricardo Darín, in a riveting performance) faces the most important meeting of his career, a summit of Latin American leaders at a posh snowbound resort in the Chilean Andes to form "the first multinational, state-owned company" to better compete with the hated US in the petroleum industry. Blanco is ... more

Savi Gabizon - Israel - 100 mins

5:15 PM

In this affecting drama from writer-director Savi Gabizon, a middle-aged Israeli bachelor is forced to evaluate his life choices when he discovers an ex-girlfriend had given birth to his son 20 years before. At first glance, Ariel has it made: he is established, well-to-do, single, and has no apparent worries. One day, after decades without ... more

Naoko Ogigami - Japan - 127 mins

As anyone who has tried to wield the needles knows, there are as many ways to knit as there are to hold chopsticks. You have to find the method that works for you. So it is with parenting and family, as this thoughtful, offbeat film explores. When her mother disappears on a bender, 11-year-old Tomo (Rinka Kakihara) goes to live with her ... more

Legendary musicians like James Brown got their ideas from the impressive, dramatic performances of African American gospel quartets that played in churches, on local radio stations, and later at concert halls starting in the 1930s. The music documentary How They Got Over about the evolution of these quartets illustrates how this often ... more

500 Years: Life in Resistance
Pamela Yates - Guatemala, USA - 108 mins

Resistance is a way of life, as this film's subtitle implies. Nowhere is this truer than for Mayans in Guatemala, whose struggles are indelibly narrated in 500 Years, the third film in Pamela Yates' and Skylight Pictures' trilogy on the topic (with Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, winner of FFDC's 2012 Justice Matters award, and When ... more

The Fortress
Hwang Dong-hyuk - South Korea - 140 mins

The Fortress illustrates how a footnote in world history can be a welcome and exciting lesson for contemporary viewers. In this lavish film set in 17th-century Korea and situated in the beautiful wintry backdrop of historical Namhan fortress (now a UNESCO site), the Joseon dynasty (Korean) King Injo and his court have taken refuge from ... more

La Tenerezza
Gianni Amelio - Italy - 103 mins

7:30 PM

La Tenerezza is scaled down to an intimate level, taking on public issues and using them as the backdrop to a story of two families and the dysfunction within them. Venerable star Renato Carpentieri plays Lorenzo, an elderly lawyer of dubious ethics. Alienated from his children, he finds himself drawn to some new neighbors. Michela and ... more

No, A Flamenco Tale
José Luis Tirado - Spain - 75 mins

7:30 PM

A beguiling fusion of thrilling cinema and passionate music, No, a Flamenco Tale sweeps us off to a land where the joys and hardships of life are expressed in breathtaking spectacle and song. Clapping hands, stamping feet, stirring singing, intricate guitar, and arresting dance: flamenco is a tradition of bold, soul-piercing gestures. ... more

Stephen Burke - Ireland - 93 mins

This gripping prison-break film follows the relationship between two men on opposite sides of the prison bars. Based on real-life events, Maze charts how inmate Larry Marley (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) becomes chief architect of the largest prison escape in Europe since World War II. Up against him is the most state-of-the-art and secure prison ... more

The Third Murder
Hirokazu Kore-eda - Japan - 124 mins

Factory worker Misumi (Köji Yakusho) admits that he has killed the factory's owner and stolen his wallet because he needed the money. His lawyers take him at his word; after all, Misumi has already done 30 years for previous crimes. Then he announces to the shock of everyone that the wife paid him to kill her husband for the insurance ... more

Sex, Pity and Loneliness
Lars Montag - Germany - 115 mins

This wicked satire about contemporary German urbanites is a darkly funny view of the way we live now. Director Lars Montag interweaves the stories of 13 characters. Among them are an angry, disgraced teacher who goes ballistic because his supermarket doesn't carry his favorite flavor of Kettle Chips; a preening racist cop and his equally ... more