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Difret

Ethiopia | 2014 | 99 minutes | Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

From Executive Producer Angelina Jolie comes this captivating film based on the extraordinary true story of 14-year-old Aberash. After being kidnapped, she kills her attacker. Her act of self-defense pits Aberash and her tenacious lawyer against Ethiopia's long-standing tradition of marriage by abduction. Director Zeresenay Mehari in attendance.

Eastern Boys

France | 2013 | 128 minutes | Robin Campillo

In this erotically charged nail-biter, middle-aged French businessman Daniel changes his life with a single act. When Daniel shyly propositions a Ukrainian hustler in the Gare du Nord, the younger man keeps the date—but doesn’t show up alone.

Electro Chaabi

Egypt | 2013 | 77 minutes | Hind Meddeb

Cairo's wedding festival music is made over in a hyper collision of hip-hop, electro, and folk called "mahraganat," which flourishes across social classes following the revolution.

Fifi Howls from Happiness

Iran | 2013 | 96 minutes | Mitra Farahani

In the time of the Shah, Iranian artist Bahman Mohasses’ salacious sculpture and paintings were often censored. Director Mitra Farahani finds him in Rome, irascible as ever, tackling his “final commission” with verve and wit.

Finding Fela

USA | 2014 | 120 minutes | Alex Gibney

June 6 | African Pictures Film and Party

Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti's magnetism reverberates through time. The social and political significance of his life's work is considered through historic clips and scenes from the Broadway musical "Fela!"

First Snowfall

Italy | 2013 | 104 minutes | Andrea Segre

A beautifully filmed story of intergenerational friendship. Dani is a refugee from Togo who winds up in the shadow of the breathtaking Italian Alps. As he starts to mend the psychic wounds of war, he befriends the grandson of his elderly employer.

Five Star

USA | 2014 | 83 minutes | Keith Miller

In this riveting drama which incorporates details from the actors’ lives, Primo has been an East New York Blood since childhood. John, the son of a fallen gang member, comes to Primo out of curiosity about gang life. As a mentorship blooms, a secret threatens both men’s futures.

For Those in Peril

United Kingdom | 2013 | 93 minutes | Paul Wright

An atmospheric and dreamlike story of survivor’s guilt gone unchecked. Aaron, the sole survivor of a deadly wreck, is plagued by hazy recollections of the event and by his village’s cultural superstition and seafaring folklore.

Four Corners

South Africa | 2014 | 119 minutes | Ian Gabriel

13-year-old chess prodigy Ricardo gets caught between two long-warring gangs, the 26s and the 28s of the pitiless Cape Flats of South Africa, just as the father he's never known is released from prison.

From Neurons to Nirvana: The Great Medicines

Canada | 2013 | 108 minutes | Oliver Hockenhull

This documentary explores the effects of mind-expanding drugs such as MDMA and LSD and their potential medicinal purposes. Interview footage, psychedelic imagery, and information from decades of studies make From Neurons to Nirvana a must-see feature.

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