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New Releases

New Releases

Beyond Standing Rock: energy, environment and tribal control

2017, USA, 71 min + 57 min version, in English

Beyond Standing Rock investigates the controversy behind the Dakota Access pipeline and the collision of forces that inspired broad protests. Even as the Trump administration reverses President Obama’s decision to halt the pipeline’s construction, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s struggle for control over their treaty lands is far from over. The documentary shines a spotlight on tribal sovereignty issues and a 170 year-long conflict with the US government over independence and control of resources.

COMPLICIT

2017, USA/China, 88 min, in Mandarin & English.

The intimate journey of Chinese migrant worker Yi Yeting, a benzene-poisoned victim-turned-activist who takes on the global electronics manufacturing industry. Complicit reveals the true human cost of the devices we can’t live without.

The Eyes of Darkness

2017, India, 54 min, in Hindi and local dialects

India’s second most populous state Bihar, where Buddha attained enlightenment, has seen hundreds of forcible bindings of petty criminals and often innocent persons in the last three & half decades. The Eyes of Darkness is a character driven film following Munna Thakur, a bank robber who was forcibly blinded in 2012 many years after he was already reformed. As he fights for justice neither the government nor media pays attention. With exclusive access to Munna and his attackers and all others, this film exposes the most horrific form of vigilante justice taking place in the world’s largest democracy.

La Chana

2016, Spain/Iceland, 83 min, in Spanish with subtitles

With depth, humor and pathos, La Chana celebrates the charisma and flair of a self-taught Gypsy flamenco dancer who in the 1960s-80s rose to international stardom and then suddenly vanished from the public eye at the height of her career.  Peter Sellers saw her dance as a young woman and asked her to perform in the film 'The Bobo' in 1967. Hollywood beckoned, but that was not to be.  In her baroque boudoir in Barcelona, La Chana continues to practice her art and reveals the reason her career came to such an abrupt end. Filled with footage of spectacular flamenco dance and music, this film brings us under the skin and into the irrepressible spirit of this eccentric woman with an uncanny gift for rhythm who, despite all odds, enjoys a comeback in her late sixties.

Mr. Gaga

2016, Israel/Sweden/Germany/Holland, 100 min, in English and Hebrew with subtitles

Enter the creative process of Ohad Naharin, an Israeli choreographer whose joyous performances have redefined the language of dance. Once a sought-after dancer in the company of Martha Graham, Naharin has spent the past 25 years pushing the boundaries of physical and political expression at Tel Aviv's Batsheva Dance Company. Through rich archival footage, intimate rehearsals and eye-popping dance sequences, director Tomer Heymann crafts an affectionate portrait of a cultural maverick and his audacious efforts to bring the joy of movement to people of all ages and physical abilities. The product of an eight-year collaboration between Heymann and his subject, Mr. Gaga is a feast for the senses, celebrating an artist whose exuberant dances capture the thrills and burdens of having a body.

Nowhere to Hide

2016, Norway/Sweden, 86 min, in Arabic with subtitles

After the Americans left Iraq in 2011, a male nurse named Nori Sharif was asked to report on the state of his country, providing unique access into one of the world’s most dangerous and inaccessible areas – the “triangle of death” in central Iraq. Working in the local hospital in Jalawla, he filmed the victims of war over the course of five years. The shocking images show families torn apart, maimed and damaged by the violence in Iraq. And every day more arrive, as the conflicts continue and life is disrupted by attacks over and over again. Often it isn’t even clear who the adversaries are. But the threat level increases, and when the Iraqi army pulls out in 2013 because of militant groups, the population flees – accompanied by the majority of the hospital staff. Sharif is one of the few who remain. When IS advances on Jalawla in 2014 and finally takes over the city, Sharif continues to film. Then he too has to flee at a moment’s notice, to bring himself and his family to safety.

Playing God

2017, Germany, 96/54 minutes, in English

To reckon with the aftermath of 9/11, the US Congress set up a special fund to compensate victims of national disasters, and called upon Ken Feinberg to dispassionately assess claims. Decades before, the compensation specialist had determined damages for Agent Orange-exposed Vietnam vets. Later, he oversaw compensation for the victims of Deepwater Horizon, Sandy Hook, the Boston Marathon bombing and the 2008 bank crisis. In this candid, complex portrait, director Karin Jurschick reveals the man who puts a dollar value on human lives.

Recruiting for Jihad

2017, Norway, 67 min + 79 min International version, in Norwegian + English

For three years a well-known Norwegian extremist gives unique access to his everyday life encouraging jihadists in Europe until he is arrested for supporting terrorism by recruiting for ISIS. This extremely timely film highlights the tension between free societies and those who take advantage of their values while seeking to undermine them. Recruiting for Jihad is especially resonant and newsworthy given the deadly incidents in Paris, Stockholm, London, Berlin, Nice, Brussels, San Bernardino and elsewhere.

Reengineering SAM

2016, USA, 82 min, in English

Sam Schmidt was living out his boyhood dream as an IndyCar racer and earning the title of IndyCar “Rookie of the Year”. His dream came to an abrupt end when he crashed into a wall at 200 miles per hour, leaving him a quadriplegic. Sam’s accident rendered him physically helpless, unable to scratch an itch much less drive again, until a dedicated group of bright engineers stepped up to build him a car that he could drive using only his head. Reengineering SAM chronicles Sam’s personal life and business ventures (he has 15 businesses), his road back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and groundbreaking adaptive technologies that hold promise of a level of independence for anyone confined to a wheelchair.

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

2017, Canada, 97 min/104 min incl., in English

This powerful documentary about the role of Native Americans in contemporary music history—featuring some of the greatest music stars of our time—exposes a critical missing chapter, revealing how indigenous musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives and, through their contributions, influenced popular culture.

SEARCHDOG

2016, USA, 90 min, in English

SEARCHDOG is the story of Matthew Zarrella, a Rhode Island State Police Sergeant who rehabilitates “unadoptable" shelter dogs and transforms them into Search & Rescue/Recovery Dogs.  We come to know Matthew and his dogs and witness extraordinary moments over four and a half years of real-time searches as he trains troopers and their new canine partners to find missing persons.

WINNING

2016, USA, 75 min, in English

One film. Five legendary athletes. The compelling and inspiring story of the journeys of tennis champion Martina Navratilova, golf great Jack Nicklaus, Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci, track and field star Edwin Moses, and Dutch Paralympian Esther Vergeer. Through candid interviews and footage of their most exciting championship moments, WINNING reveals their dreams, challenges, triumphs and explores why some athletes achieve greatness.