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Bound: Africans versus African Americans

USA | 2014 | 90 minutes | Peres Owino

2014 Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision

Controversial and illuminating, this documentary from Kenyan-born Peres Owino uses testimonials to expose the seldom-discussed ways that Africans and African Americans view each other, and looks at the cultures’ shared history to foster mutual understanding. With director Peres Oswino and producers Tene Carter and Isaiah Washington in attendance!

The Boy and the World

Brazil | 2013 | 80 minutes | Alê Abreu

This wordless, sensuous, uniquely original animated film follows Cuca, a young Brazilian boy who ventures from his simple countryside home into a neon-infused, carnivalesque metropolis in search of his father.

The Breach

USA | 2014 | 85 minutes | Mark Titus

The film centers on the fragile ecosystem of wild salmon, including a chronicle of Washington’s Elwha River dam removal as well as a comprehensive look at Alaska’s Pebble Mine mineral exploration project, which could arguably destroy one of the world’s last unspoiled salmon runs.

The Butterfly’s Dream

Turkey | 2013 | 123 minutes | Yilmaz Erdogan

In 1940s Turkey, on the coast of the Black Sea, two friends, and aspiring poets, fall in love with the same young woman and struggle to survive as the country is buffeted by the winds of WWII.

The Case Against 8

USA | 2014 | 112 minutes | Ben Cotner, Ryan White

An eloquent, thorough, rousingly entertaining documentary following the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, better known as the battle to overturn California’s Proposition 8.

#ChicagoGirl - The Social Network Takes on a Dictator

USA | 2013 | 74 minutes | Joe Piscatella

Ala’a Basatneh, a Damascus-born, Chicago-based 19-year-old, proves instrumental in organizing the Syrian revolution while exposing al-Assad’s brutal dictatorship—all from behind her laptop.

The Circle

Switzerland | 2014 | 102 minutes | Stefan Haupt

In the 1950s, Zurich group Der Kreis (“The Circle”) blossomed into an internationally renowned gay liberation community. Schoolteacher Ernst Ostertag and drag performer Röbi Rapp fight for their love, made taboo by society, with inspiring courage, in this hybrid documentary/narrative.

The Congress

Israel | 2013 | 122 minutes | Ari Folman

Ari Folman follows up the Oscar®-nominated Waltz With Bashir with a surreal, vivacious, live action-animation hybrid about an aging actress (Robin Wright playing a version of herself) who sells her image to a movie studio-turned-cinematic dream world.

DamNation

USA | 2014 | 92 minutes | Ben Knight, Travis Rummel

This dynamic investigation into dam removal—including the Glines Canyon and Elwha Dams on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula—positions locals, scientists, politicians, and activists on all sides of the increasingly divisive issue as they battle for control of Earth’s greatest resource.

Dear White People

USA | 2014 | 108 minutes | Justin Simien

2014 Youth Jury Award Prize for Best FutureWave Feature: Grand Jury Prize

A witty and whip-smart satire about being a black face in a (mostly) white place, Dear White People centers on biracial campus DJ and resident advisor Samantha and her fellow African-American students at the prestigious Winchester University.

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