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12 O'Clock Boys X
USA , 2013 , 75 min. Debut filmmaker Lotfy Nathan’s documentary showcases Baltimore’s notorious dirt-bike packs, whose illegal wheelie-popping the police are powerless to stop. The account follows Pug, a boy who’s recently lost his older brother and who yearns to assimilate into the group...
Alaska Is a Drag
USA , 2013 , 14 min. Leo doesn’t fit in at his job at the fish cannery but lives for the day when he can escape and be himself—in all the ways that are important to him...
USA , 2013 , 13 min. A former prisoner finds religion and then takes over his recently deceased father’s financially ailing church. In order to save it, he borrows money from an old street friend. With back payments due, he must face a past that he thought his faith would bury...
A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times
USA , 2013 , 76 min. Samantha Grant scrutinizes not only Jayson Blair’s plagiarism and deceit during his tenure at
The New York Times
, but also the journalistic integrity of the bureaucratic newspaper system. How could his copious fabrications and errors have been overlooked?...
USA , 2012 , 9 min. Eight-year-old Debbie hates cleaning for her Nana. What she needs is a fairy godmother, but what she gets is a pimp...
France , 2013 , 101 min. In this elegantly photographed Cannes prize-winner from Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, one of the most important African directors of the past 20 years, an aspiring, partially paralyzed dancer imperils his life and that of his prostitute girlfriend after an ill-conceived double-cross...
USA , 2013 , 20 min. The most coveted new sneakers go on sale at 8 a.m. and sneakerheads nationwide are camping out overnight to get them. Ronny, a young Filipino-American, has been dreaming of these shoes for months, but will his quest be hindered after a fast-food cashier’s racist joke offends his sister?...
USA , 2013 , 10 min. Believe it or not, this short documentary is about a blind photographer and artist, a man who has learned to “paint using light.” ...
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
United Kingdom , 2013 , 152 min. The fact-based story of Nelson Mandela’s life draws on his own detailed memoir, taking him from his roots in the rural hills of South Africa to almost three decades in prison before he triumphs as president of the country that so brutally suppressed the cause of racial equality...
No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka
United Kingdom , 2013 , 93 min. Nobel-nominated filmmaker Callum Macrae documents the Sri Lankan government’s war crimes against its own people in 2009. Officials deny killing some 70,000 civilians; this film raises awareness in the international community, which must ensure the guilty are held responsible...
USA , 2013 , 94 min. Late in the Civil War, a boy is sent north by bounty hunters to retrieve a fugitive freeman. The most recent in a dynamic new cycle treating the slave experience, director Chris Eska’s sophomore feature has been racking up prizes across the festival circuit since its SXSW debut...
Sweet, Sweet Country
USA , 2013 , 20 min. Living in a small Southern town, 20-year-old refugee Ndizeye struggles to support not only herself, but the family she left behind in a Kenyan refugee camp. Her struggle becomes so much more when her family literally shows up at her doorstep...
Puerto Rico , 2013 , 14 min. A single mother struggles to raise her children on the poor outskirts of Santo Domingo. Tired of hustling in the streets, she decides to leave it all behind and illegally immigrate to Puerto Rico...
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