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Shame

Russia | 2013 | 90 minutes | Yusup Razykov

The desolation and chilling beauty of northwest Russia is masterfully played against the longings of a community of women who await their husbands’ return from submarine missions at sea.

Siddharth

Canada | 2013 | 96 minutes | Richie Mehta

When his 12-year-old son goes missing, a street merchant begins a desperate search, hindered by the man’s poverty, illiteracy, and the challenge of locating anyone in a country of a billion souls.

The Skin

Italy | 1981 | 131 minutes | Liliana Cavani

Based on the novel by Curzio Malaparte, with a script by Catherine Breillat, The Skin (1981) flaunts an all-star cast including Marcello Mastroianni and Burt Lancaster, and is set during the American occupation of Italy in 1944.

Sold

USA | 2014 | 97 minutes | Jeffrey Brown

13-year-old Nepali, Lakshmi, is sent by her family to India to work, only to be forced into prostitution in this compassionate, unforgettable tale of human trafficking adapted from Patricia McCormick’s award-winning international bestseller.

Song of the Fishermen

China | 1934 | 57 minutes | Cai Chusheng

The struggles of a poor family living near Shanghai are illustrated in this silent film by director Cai Chusheng. Newly restored by China Film Archive and screened with a live musical accompaniment, it is an iconic film pairing bleak social commentary with strikingly beautiful and detailed shots.

Starred Up

United Kingdom | 2013 | 106 minutes | David Mackenzie

In this powerful, visceral, and gritty drama from director David Mackenzie (Young Adam), an explosively violent teenage inmate intentionally gets himself transferred to an adult prison, planning to confront a very familiar inmate—his own father.

Stray Dogs

Taiwan | 2013 | 138 minutes | Tsai Ming-Liang

Tsai Ming-Liang (The Wayward CloudVive L'Amour) spins a compassionate, elegant, minimalist and visually powerful yarn about a poverty-stricken alcoholic and his family living on the margins of Taipei society.

A Street in Palermo

Italy | 2013 | 91 minutes | Emma Dante

In two opposing cars on a narrow street, two stubborn women engage in a symbolic fight to the death, determined not to move the aside to let the other pass, in this delightfully theatrical powder keg of a film.

Trace Amounts

USA | 2014 | 96 minutes | Eric Gladen, Shiloh Levine

When director Eric Gladen recovered from a devastating sickness, he quit his job and traveled the country in an RV seeking information to confirm--or disprove--the links between childhood vaccinations and autism, and the role mercury plays.

Two Raging Grannies

Norway | 2014 | 78 minutes | Håvard Bustnes

Seattleites Shirley and Hinda are elderly best friends who are extremely concerned with the possibility of perpetual economic growth for the USA. Follow them on their mobility scooters from Seattle to Wall Street, as they demand answers and attention. Hinda Kipnis and Shirley Morrison scheduled to attend.

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