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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.