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Posted by Sean Murphy at 2:07PM
Sean Murphy

As hard as you may try, there simply aren't enough hours in the day to be able to attend every FLEFF event this year. However, here are some projects being shown at Cinemapolis that you cannot afford to miss.


  1. Tehran Taboo (dir. Ali Soozandeh)

With the theme of GEOGRAPHIES alongside the recent student protests in Iran, Soozandeh’s film has truly found it’s home in FLEFF. This film tells the stories of four young people as they confront the taboos of Islamic society, and how they are defined by them. The film utilizes rotoscope animation in order to show these situations that would otherwise be censored. While American cinema does not have many restrictions in what is able to be shown on screen, Tehran Taboo is a triumph for cultures that do not have such a liberty.


2. The Cloud Forest (dir. Mónica Álvarez Franco)

A small community in Veracruz is the guardian of one of the ecosystems facing the most risk: the cloud forest. By regrouping and reupholstering their needs, education and relationship with their neighbors, opponents and with nature, they search for a simpler and sustainable life.


3.  The Shore Line (prod. Liz Miller)

The Shore Line is a collaborative multimedia documentary series featuring tales of sea level rise from around the world. Ranging from the coast of Bangladesh to Canada, the series offers a versatile view on the international effects of climate change through an immersive storybook format. Several shorts from the project will be screened as well as a Q&A from Miller afterwards.


4. The Challenge (dir. Yuri Ancarani)

With a distinct, but gripping subject matter, The Challenge documents the age hold history of wealthy sheikhs who practice falconry as a casual pastime (as one does). Not only is the film a masterwork in cinematography and depicts the incredible scenery with the utmost care, The Challenge presents a unique perspective of wealth, its possibilities, and how it differs from American presentations of what it means to be “rich”.


5. Kill Me Please (dir. Anita Rocha da Silveira)

The lives of youth in Rio de Janeiro are disrupted after the area is hit by a unsolved wave of mysterious murders. After fifteen year old Bia experiences a close encounter with death, she will do anything to stay alive. Silveira concocts an intoxicating teen horror pic that will leave you sitting with questions long after the credits roll.



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