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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.