A Murder in Mansfield
When Collier Landry was 12, his father, a renowned doctor, murdered his beautiful mother in their mansion home. 26 years later, Collier returns to his hometown, accompanied by Academy-Award-winning director Barbara Kopple, and tries to find out what happened.
The Long Season
Dramas large and small abound in this refugee camp, one of many in Beqaa Valley, Lebanon. Award-winning director Leonard Retel Helmrich (Position Among the Stars) delves into this reality with his unique camera style, giving the camp’s occupants faces and voices, and telling their fascinating personal stories.
In a month of filming at a Massachusetts state prison for the criminally insane, director Frederick Wiseman managed to show not just the harshness and horror of the inmates' existence, but also their humanity. The film was banned shortly after its release in 1967 and permitted for public viewing after a long legal struggle.
Five Men and a Caravaggio
Standing on the verge of a midlife crisis, a painter, a poet, a philosopher, a photographer and a writer find inspiration in a portrait of John the Baptist painted by Caravaggio over 400 years ago. The painting leads the men to talk, reflect and dream.
Mrs. Fang is dying. She lies in bed at the center of her house, surrounded by family and friends. Acclaimed director Wang Bing’s film, winner of the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno Film Festival, shows death as a natural and very present part of life.
Thousands of years after the wooly mammoth had gone extinct, visionary geneticists hope to resurrect it, while ivory hunters search for its remains on the islands of the Arctic Ocean. Both groups are willing to go to great lengths to change the world and find fame and fortune.
In Search of Ladino
Ladino encapsulates the sounds of an entire world—complete with culture, hopes and memories. David Perlov brings this world back to life, allowing Israeli Ladino speakers, some of them Holocaust survivors, to tell their stories and sing their songs in the rich language that has always been at the heart of their identities.
The magical desert landscape of Bisbee, Arizona, is haunted by the ghosts of 2,000 miners violently deported from the town a century ago. Director Robert Greene interweaves historical research with original, dramatic reenactments that leave Bisbee’s current residents shaken.
On the cusp of adulthood, with childhood still clinging to their bodies, high school students in a Parisian suburb talk among themselves with impressive candor. Claire Simon’s camera captures them as they touch all the sensitive subjects they only dare to discuss with their peers.