33 and Counting (Aisha Sultan, US, 2021)
A true-crime story about a 70-year-old grandmother from rural Missouri serving a life sentence for a murder she says her rapist committed.
A Son (Un fils) (Medhi Barsoui, Tunisia/France/Lebanon/Qatar, 2021)
As their son awaits a liver transplant after being seriously injured during a terrorist ambush, a long-buried secrete threatens a couple's future.
A Song for Cesar (Abel Sanchez and Andres Alegria, US, 2021)
A tribute to Cesar Chavez, the farmworkers movement, and the United Farm Workers Union. Through the lens of music, artists explore how Chavez's legacy of peaceful protest, perseverance, and inspiration can change the world.
A Taste of Our Land (Yuhi Amuli, Uganda/Rwanda, 2020)
Set in an unnamed African country, A Taste of Our Land is a narrative film about greed told against the backdrop of the current Chinese influence in African countries.
Above Water (Aissa Maiga, France/Belgium, 2021)
12-year-old Houlaye lives in Tatiste, Niger, and travels several kilometers every day to fetch water. The village joins together to construct a well, the promise of a new life. been walking on water since birth.
Ahed’s Knee (Nadav Lipid, Israel, France, Germany, 2021)
An Israeli filmmaker in his mid-40s arrives in a remote village at the far end of the desert to present one of his films. There, he meets an officer for the Ministry of Culture and finds himself fighting for his freedoms and his mother's life.
White on White (Blanco en blanco) (Theo Court, Chile, 2019)
A photographer goes to the southern tip of Chile to capture the wedding of a powerful landowner. His client is absent, and as he waits for the wedding, which keeps getting postponed, he becomes obsessed with the young bride and her beauty.
Casablanca Beats (Nabil Ayouch, Morocco/France, 2019)
Anas, a former rapper, starts teaching in a cultural center. With his encouragement, the students try to free themselves from the weight of traditions and express themselves through hip hop culture.
Devil Put Coal in the Ground (Lucas Sabean and Peter Hutchison, US, 2021))
This film is an elegy to a vanishing Appalachia with personal storytelling from native West Virginians. It is a meditation on the suffering and devastation brought on by the coal industry and its decline; a crumbling economy; the ravages of the opioid epidemic; the irreparable environmental damage and its tragic impact on human health; and unfettered corporate power.
Fear (Ivaylo Hristov, Bulgaria, 2020)
In this dramatic comedy, a Bulgarian widow reluctantly provides shelter to an African migrant as he plans the remainder of his journey to Germany.
Good Mother (Hafsia Herzi, France, 2021)
After her son is arrested in a gas station robbery, housekeeper Nora does everything she can to help him as he remains incarcerated awaiting trial.
Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice (William Greaves, US, 1989)
Recognized in 2020 with a special Pulitzer Prize, Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a household name in Black America during her lifetime (1863-1931) and considered the equal of contemporaries such as Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. Featuring Toni Morrison reading from Wells’ memoirs, this film documents the dramatic life and turbulent times of the African American journalist, activist, suffragist, and anti-lynching crusader.
Nationtime (William Greaves, US, 1972) — 50th Anniversary!
Nationtime is a report on the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana in 1972, a historic event that gathered Black voices such as Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Coretta Scott King, Dr. Betty Shabazz, Richard Hatcher, Amiri Baraka, Charles Diggs, Isaac Hayes, Richard Roundtree and H. Carl McCall. Considered too militant for television broadcast, this new 4K restoration returns the film to its original 80-minute length and visual quality.
Neptune Frost (Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman, Rwanda/US, 2021)
An Afro-sonic sci-fi musical in which a cosmic romance between an intersex hacker and a coltan miner seeds a revolution. This trans-dimensional sci-fi musical is set in past, future, and present-day Rwanda in the aftermath of the nation’s civil war.
No Desire to Hide (Rikun Zhu, China/US, 2021)
The documentary shows the ordinary lives of young people in China, with all their romantic problems, unfulfilled dreams, and existential crises interwoven into everyday dialogues and conversations with the director.
Outcry and Whisper (Wen Hai, Zeng Jinyan, and Trish McAdam, Hong Kong/China, 2020)
Shot over eight years, Outcry and Whisper is a political manifesto for the resistance of women, whether workers, artists, intellectuals or militants, in Chinese and Hong Kong Society. Their accounts shine light on a ferocious battle for independence.
Rebel Dykes (Harri Shanahan and Siean A. Williams, UK, 2021)
A rabble-rousing full-length documentary about the explosion that happened when punk met feminism, told through the lives of a gang of lesbians in the riotous London of the 1980s.
Screening From Within (Yi Cui and Thomas Lahusen, Canada, 2018)
Workers in China share their experiences of government and NGO-sponsored outdoor film screenings. Many remember when itinerant screening attracted huge crowds of viewers before the government stepped in.
Servants (Ivan Ostrochovský, Slovak Republic/ Romania/ Czech Republic/ Ireland, 2020)
Shot in striking black-and-white, this film is both a morality tale and a political thriller. In 1980 Czechoslovakia, the totalitarian Communist regime demands allegiance from all its subjects, including the clergy. As the Party pressures a seminary to mold its students into satisfactory citizens, seminarians must choose between collaborating as informants or becoming targets of the secret police.
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (William Greaves, US, 1968)
In Manhattan's Central Park, a film crew directed by William Greaves shoots a screen test with various pairs of actors. A couple confronts each other: he demands to know what's wrong, she challenges his sexual orientation. Cameras shoot the exchange, another camera records Greaves and his crew, and the crew occasionally dissects the process of making a movie.
The Gig is Up (Shannon Walsh, Canada/France, 2021)
App developers lured a massive labor force by promising flexible hours with no offices or bosses—but with gig workers from Uber, Amazon, Lyft and more in front of the camera, we see that the human cost of disruption runs deep.
The Hill Where Lionesses Roar (Luàna Bajrami, France/Kosovo/US, 2021)
In a remote Kosovo village, three young women see their dreams and ambitions stifled. In their quest for independence, nothing can stop them; it’s time to let the lionesses roar.
The Horizon (Emilie Carpentier, France, 2022)
In a housing project in the northern outskirts of Paris, 18 year-old Adja burns with the desire to live intensely. While her brother breaks out as a pro soccer player, her best friend blows up as an influencer on social media, and her mother struggles to save her hometown in Senegal, Adja has only a blurred vision of her future, but as her political and environmental awareness rises, Adja joins the fight of her generation.
We Tell: Turf
A group of short participatory community media shorts about the politics of gentrification, homelessness, housing, and the significance of urban spaces for democratic participation. The projects span cities such as Braddock, Pennsylvania; Detroit; Houston; New Orleans; New York City; Philadelphia; San Francisco; and Seattle. The videos reveal how cities have transformed into battlegrounds between communities and those in power who would take land and space to expand their economic and political influence.
Films screened in person with filmmakers and panels at Cinemapolis
Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing (John D. Scott, Canada/US, 2021)
A hybrid experimental bio-pic documentary and literary exploration of Pulitzer Prize-winning Canadian/American poet Elizabeth Bishop. Bishop’s life was disrupted by personal loss and self-destructive habits, but in her sixties, she courageously faces her most tragic heartbreak, writes her greatest work, becomes her truest self, masters "the art of losing," and earns her place as one of North America's greatest poets.
Special Tribute to Dorothy Cotton, Civil Rights Activist from Ithaca
Featuring a short on Dorothy Cotton from a feature length docuymentary in progress, community speakers and historians, and the Dorothy Cotton Choir.
The Unmaking of a College (Amy Goldstein, US, 2022)
A deep dive into the 2019 crisis at Hampshire College when students led a 75-day sit-in at the president's office to thwart her attempt to give up the independence of one of the most innovative colleges in the USA.