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Pastors encourage an impoverished Kentucky community to donate to Israel in anticipation of Jesus's return. This story of faith, money and power exposes the controversial bond between Evangelicals and Jews, revealing how Trump’s America is led by an End Times countdown.
David Hockney painted his greatest pieces in the 1970s, in the midst of a creative and emotional crisis. As he worked, he gave a filmmaker full and first-hand access to every aspect of his life. A mix of documentary footage, fiction, erotica, and pop culture, this highly stylized, critically-acclaimed film has recently been revived in a new digital restoration.
Osher, Michelle and Eitan who were transferred to foster families, are filmed during the last year of foster care, and first year of independence, at age 18. The film interweaves the personal relationships between themselves, their foster and biological parents. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award
The Enache family, a couple and their nine children, have been living in a shack on a lakeshore, cut off from civilization, for twenty years. When the wilderness they called home is declared an upscale park, they are transferred to an apartment in Bucharest. Their attempts to assimilate into urban life and culture have a dramatic effect on the family dynamic.
The credit for the comeback of Polaroid cameras, now a hit among young enthusiasts, belongs to one very analog guy: Doc Kaps, a spider expert determined to save the world from the digital revolution. His meandering and amusing path toward his goal takes him to Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and others.
Renowned Russian filmmaker Andrey Tarkovsky takes the viewers on a tour of his masterpieces, featuring stories from his own life, as well as fictional and real-world places that shaped and inspired him. Made by Tarkovsky’s son, this film is a unique mix of archive footage and his father’s personal insights.
16 gifted artists work side by side at an extraordinary studio in Berlin. All of them have mental and cognitive disabilities, but it is their talent that got them here, as paid employees, not patients. Their work shows art’s incredible power to express and refine the hidden desires of the soul. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award
Monsters roam the streets of Manila—monsters with free rein to shed the blood of homeless people, drug users, and anyone else they deem suspicious. This incredibly sensitive, impressive and disturbing film documents Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, which turned into a street war against the poor and the homeless—children and adults alike. Beyond the Screen Award Winner
In 1948, Edith Piaf offered a Paillard-Bolex camera to Charles Aznavour, the first he was to own and which would always be with him. It recorded everything. A few months before he died, he started working through the rushes of his films with Marc di Domenico. He then decided to make a film out of them, his film.
When Bruce Lee passed away unexpectedly at 32, he had already climbed to the top of Hollywood’s heap, despite facing racism and discrimination every step of the way. His surprising life story is told through fantastic scenes from his films (both iconic and more obscure ones) and the memories of his friends and colleagues.
Gathered on a ship sailing along the river Volga are people who could have been characters in a classic Russian novel. Just like in the books, they are all looking for love. Jerzy Sladkowski (director of Don Juan) created a film brimming with humor, dancing, dramatic conversations, alcohol, and moments that wrench your heart and make it swell with compassion at the same time.
The patrons of the Roaring 20s say goodbye to their beloved dive bar in the hours before its final last call. Now is the time to say all the things they left unsaid, to do one final deed that would guarantee they are never forgotten. However, much like this film, nostalgia is just another illusion, an American dream never meant to come true.
The doctors at the trailblazing Center for Transgender Medicine in New York City perform groundbreaking surgeries. Shared with raw, heartwarming candor and punctuated with humor, the touching personal stories of Dr. Jess Ting and his patients paint a rare picture of a place that stands at the heart of a community’s struggle for recognition.
The machine-learning algorithms that run so many aspects of our lives are prejudiced, racist, and sexist—just like the experts who created them. Featuring personal stories from victims of biased AIs, the film follows female activists pushing for legislative protection against this injustice. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award
A journalistic investigation into a disastrous fire at a Bucharest nightclub uncovers corruption and fraud at a scope so massive it leads to the fall of the government. Alexander Nanau (Toto and His Sisters) tells this thrilling and uniquely human story with remarkable tenderness.
A documentary about the legendary American choreographer, Merce Cunningham, created through weaving together his iconic works and never-before-seen archival treasures shot between 1942 and 1972 – an era of risk and discovery for Merce and his collaborators, composer John Cage and visual artist Robert Rauschenberg.
Chinese entrepreneurs come to Lesotho, a small country hidden deep in South Africa, in hopes of striking it rich. For the locals, this is an earth-shattering first encounter with globalization. In this surprising and eye-opening modern Western, both groups are pushed to their limits.
Seen through the eyes of Hubert Sauper (Darwin’s Nightmare), Havana is mysterious, enchanting, and filled with contradictions. The director’s search for the Cuban spirit leads to a series of fascinating human encounters revolving around one question: how did the people of this beautiful island survive its complicated history?
For the past 20 years, a group of devout believers has been self-isolating in a mansion in Italy. Led by the Master, they spend their days training, praying, and dancing wildly. Director Valentina Pedicini spent months in their midst, documenting the sect’s way of life and the enthralling intimacy between its members.
The father of filmmaker Lynne Sachs was a chatty, colorful bon vivant, but the important parts of his life were always a secret. In her attempt to solve the mystery of this man, Sachs talks to his nine children, three wives, and mother, and delves into 35 years of footage.
A stretch of rusty old garages on the outskirts of a remote Russian town is where the locals go to actualize their dreams. Each owner designs and builds his own escape, his own refuge. When the rusty doors open, they reveal entire worlds, surprisingly colorful, and filled with beauty.
Even though his fashion editorials were heavily influenced by 1930s German aesthetic, nobody could deny that Helmut Newton was a genius. His friends, colleagues, and the powerful women he photographed paint the portrait of this controversial photographer.
The effects of the revolution Pierre Cardin had started are still rippling through the fashion industry today, decades after he made his first steps as an independent designer. Jean-Paul Gaultier, Sharon Stone, Naomi Campbell and others revisit the vivid highlights of his life while thousands of Cardin gowns and accessories grace the screen.
Italian feminist artist Pippa Bacca had a vision of hope. She wanted to send a message of peace and trust to war-ridden countries, and she picked a creative way to do it: hitchhiking in a wedding dress. But when she reached Turkey, her inspiring journey came to an abrupt, tragic end.
Gisèle Vienne’s epic dance piece, “Crowd,” demands a deep physical and mental commitment from the dancers. As they tour internationally, the boundaries between their characters and personal lives begin to blur, merging life and art into an intoxicating celebration of movement, music, and intimacy.
Winner of the IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary. Patricia and Heidi grew up in Cuba and dreamed of making films. When they defected from their homeland, they lost touch with each other. Now, they are trying to reconnect through video letters: intimate personal diaries documenting the joy, guilt, and homesickness their new lives have brought them.
Israeli Musicians Neta Elkayam and Amit Haï Cohen embark on a musical journey to Morocco, where they play on stage, have many musical encounters, and try to trace their roots. The music, the language, the scenery, and the people make the couple wonder which country they truly feel at home in. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award
For decades Lebanon has been the epicenter of international unrest. Ongoing bloody wars have plagued the country from the mid-1970s and until today, disastrous decisions having shaped the destiny of millions. We will be screening the first two episodes.
Clifford Still, one of the strongest contributors to abstract expressionism, was so deeply committed to his work that he refused to sell his paintings—even when offered immense sums of money. Recently discovered recordings of Still bring a rare authenticity to his life story.
Sahand and Leila are fleeing Iran with their toddler son. In Iran, their relationship—an extramarital affair—is punishable by death. As they start their new life, far away from the threatening past, they face not only the authorities but also a new intimacy they have never known.
The TV adaptation of A Handmaid’s Tale has made Margaret Atwood into a superstar. At 80, the brilliant Canadian author jets around the world to meet her readers and talks with candor and humor about her life story and the sources of inspiration for her work.
Renowned neurologist and bestselling author Oliver Sacks (played by Robin Williams in the film Awakenings) had met with many a personal crisis in his life. At the age of 82, he shared his surprising personal story with candor, courage, and ample humor.
Congo Mirador used to be a bustling fishing village, but the rising lake water is threatening to turn it into a swamp, and the Venezuelan government is not lifting a finger to help. This breathtaking film follows the villagers as they struggle to survive the environmental disaster we all fear.
Robbie Robertson, lead guitarist and songwriter for The Band, now 76, reveals himself to be a captivating storyteller. In a film bursting with music, Robertson and his fellow musicians (from Dylan to Springsteen to Clapton) trace the winding career path of one of the most influential bands in the history of American Rock.
A father and his teenage son take their rickety old car and drive from the Czech Republic to Russia in search of the son’s mother and sister, whom the two have not seen in years. The journey leads them to reevaluate their relationship and finally share the whole story of how their family had fallen apart.
In a training center dedicated to domestic work, a group of Filipina trainees, who will soon deploy to work overseas, are getting ready to face their future employers. The things they must endure are so bizarre, funny, and frightening that it often seems as though they are attending a drama class. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award
Damien is handsome, talented, and charismatic, but at 43 he is still mommy’s little boy because for the past two decades he has been struggling with a heroin addiction, living on the fringes of society and refusing to let go of his past. Holding on to each other with remarkable tenderness, mother and son look for a way to defeat his demons.
Four Dutch teenage boys deemed unmanageable by the system are sent to a remote farm in France, where they should hopefully get back on track. With extraordinary sensitivity, the film examines their complicated dynamic and their attempts to reconcile with their past—until, one day, a girl enters into the picture. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award
Audrey Flack has always said that art was “the only way to decipher reality.” Still at the top of her game at 88, the acclaimed photorealistic artist retraces her steps on the difficult path she had to walk to be recognized as one of the most important artists of her generation.
Armed with a camera, Yael Abecassis followed her mother—legendary Moroccan singer Raymonde—in an attempt to understand and redefine their relationship. Transposed and transformed, Mother and daughter remain entwined, bound by guilt, admiration, pain, and above all—limitless love and music.
Rockfour is one of the most significant rock bands in Israel in the past 30 years. A decade has gone by and a vulnerable Eli Lulai returns to the position of lead singer after an emotional turmoil that led him to quit the band in the midst of a tour in the USA.
Ryun-hee Kim found herself in South Korea by accident. Despite her pleas, the authorities refuse to allow her to return to North Korea. Desperate to be reunited with her family, she tries to go back any way she can, but the seemingly more liberal of the two Koreas refuses to let her go.
From the moment TV and the internet have been allowed into the picturesque little monastery, deep in the mountains of Bhutan, smartphones have taken the place of prayers as the objects of the young monks’ devotion. One of the monks falls in love with a singer he met online and decides to try to cross the boundary between the virtual world and the real one.
Rare, carefully reconstructed archive footage gathered from hundreds of sources captures the bizarre happenings that surrounded the death and state funeral of Joseph Stalin. Director Sergey Loznitsa (Austerlitz) stitches these details together into a horrifyingly clear image of life in the Soviet Union.
Lynne Sachs never met Revital Ohayon, an Israeli filmmaker murdered by a terrorist along with her children. Driven by a news article and working from a great distance, Sachs pieces together the portrait of a woman who was much like her—but lived in a starkly different reality.
James Stevenson, phenomenal cartoonist and columnist (regularly featured in The New Yorker and The New York Times), father of nine and author of dozens of children’s books, never stopped being prolific—even when he had dementia. The story of his life and work is intercut with animations based on his unique illustrations.
Giant graffiti-covered concrete slabs, once part of the Berlin Wall, now stand at 75 sites throughout the United States, including a hotel in Dallas, a casino in Las Vegas, and a church in Arkansas. How did they get there? And why are the Americans so fond of these monuments, when they are busy building a wall of their own?
Doctor Amani dreamed of becoming a pediatrician, but the unending war in Syria forced her underground. This rare and profoundly human documentary follows the young doctor as she runs a secret underground hospital hidden in the caves and tunnels underneath a bombarded city. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award
Renowned Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán returns to his homeland for the first time, 46 years after fleeing because of the government’s persecution of liberals. In this beautiful and sober homesick lament, winner of the best documentary award at Cannes 2019, Guzmán asks what dreams will be allowed for the next generation of Chileans.
Every time Trump issues another regulation that discriminates against LGBTQ people, prohibits abortions, or orders the imprisonment of immigrant babies, the legal team of the American Civil Liberties Union gears up for battle. The filmmakers who directed Weiner present four fierce court battles in the war for US democracy. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award
When they decided to form a band, they taught themselves to play their instruments and then wrote, composed and performed hits that took the world by storm. 40 years later, the Go-Go’s—the most successful all-female band in history—tell us all about it with ample humor and zero censorship.
Armed with a hidden camera and a voice recorder, 83-year-old Sergio goes undercover and infiltrates a retirement home. He is not much of a spy, but his natural charm draws the ladies like a magnet. Maite Alberdi (La Once) delivers a heartwarming and delightfully human spy thriller.
A painter whose paintings were stolen from a gallery in Oslo forces the thief to be her model. In her studio, the two share their secrets, fears, challenges and hurts, until it is no longer clear who supports whom, and their story takes dramatic turns that neither of them could have ever imagined.
Patricio Guzmán returns to his homeland Chile to recover the lost story of the Patagonian indigenous tribes, whose culture was erased, and the story of the people imprisoned during Pinochet’s dictatorship. With his breathtaking cinematography, Guzmán channels the voice of nature, showing us that the land, unlike its human inhabitants, refuses to forget.
This sociological journey back in time began 23 years ago, when several families were evicted from their homes ended up squatting in an abandoned building in Jaffa. What has become of them? What chances does a poverty-stricken child have to make it in the world?
A young filmmaker follows a 94-year-old Soviet war heroine who fought in the Siege of Leningrad. During filming, the two become involved in a spiritual process that awakens the young woman within her. A film about war and loss becomes a story of love and friendship.
What looks at first like a fascinating ritual revolving around an elephant tusk turns out to be restoration and conservation work carried out in a museum. When seen from up close, these complex processes raise profound questions about the essence of artifacts and replicas, and their place in our reality.
The filmmakers of Moriyama San and ButoHouse return to Tokyo and embark upon an adventurous journey with Ryūe Nishizawa, one of Japan’s most influential architects. As he leads them around Tokyo, stopping for occasional meals and conversations, the two paint a portrait of the artist, his city, and his dreams of things that lie beyond it.
The women of the Armenian village of Lichk till the soil, chop wood and take care of the children and elderly all by themselves. The men spend most of the year in Russia, the only place where they can find work. The distance is frustrating and disheartening, but come winter the men return, rekindling excitement and even passion in the women’s hearts.
In a small family-owned café on the shore of one of Bavaria’s most stunning lakes, director Janna Ji Wonders gets to know five generations of women in her family. Filled with love and heartbreak, their stories are dramatic, daring, and exotic, and she shows and tells them with mesmerizing tenderness.
In the late 1970s, back when music still had the power to change the world, young punk-heads and rock-heads took to the streets to protest against fascism, racism, and the xenophobia stirred up by politicians. This is how Rock against Racism was born. This is the movement’s story, featuring a lot of music and rare live recordings.