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Half of a Yellow Sun

Nigeria | 2013 | 106 minutes | Biyi Bandele

Based on the eponymous novel, Half of a Yellow Sun follows the lives of two Nigerian sisters in the 1960s who return home after receiving education in England. The tumultuous Nigerian Civil War is the backdrop to this author-approved drama adaptation.

Ida

Poland | 2013 | 80 minutes | Pawel Pawlikowski

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Acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) returns to his homeland for this intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.

J’accuse

France | 1919 | 165 minutes | Abel Gance

Considered the first great pacifist film, this 1919 French silent concerns a tragic love triangle between a soldier, his wife, and her lover set against the horrors of World War I. This fully restored digital print is courtesy of the Netherlands Film Museum.

Keep On Keepin’ On

USA | 2014 | 84 minutes | Alan Hicks

2014 Golden Space Needle Award: Best Documentary

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This tribute to jazz legend Clark Terry, who taught Quincy Jones and Miles Davis, shows his passionate commitment to mentorship. Now in his 90s, Terry helps blind pianist Justin Kauflin (today a prodigious working artist) realize his dream.

Kinderwald

USA | 2013 | 87 minutes | Lise Raven

This visually stunning drama illustrates the journey of a man who must bring his dead brother’s wife and sons across rural 19th century Pennsylvania. The two boys mysteriously go missing, and the resulting search for them brings out the best and worst in the pioneering community.

Lady Be Good; Instrumental Women In Jazz

USA | 2014 | 80 minutes | Kay D. Ray

“How does it feel to be a woman in a man’s world?” Through archival footage and interviews old (Artie Shaw) and new (Quincy Jones), musician-composer Patrice Rushen narrates the oft-untold history of American women jazz instrumentalists.

The Last of the Unjust

France | 2013 | 218 minutes | Claude Lanzmann

Claude Lanzmann (Shoah) unravels the tale of the “model” concentration camp, Theresienstadt, through conversations with former rabbi and Jewish Council leader Benjamin Murmelstein, who spent the war years negotiating on a day-to-day basis with Adolf Eichmann.

Leninland

Russia | 2013 | 52 minutes | Askold Kurov

Obsession meets civic duty at the Museum of Lenin, built in 1985 in the revolutionary’s hometown of Gorky, where history teacher Natalya and scientific researcher Evgenia honor the controversial leader—even as fewer and fewer visitors come to do so.

Manuscripts Don’t Burn

Iran | 2013 | 127 minutes | Mohammad Rasoulof

In this gripping political thriller, Mohammad Rasoulof defies a 20-year ban on filmmaking to tell the true story of two government assassins tasked with eliminating 21 dissident writers and journalists.

Mirage Men

United Kingdom | 2013 | 85 minutes | John Lundberg, Roland Denning, Kypros Kyprianou, Mark Pilkington

This mind-scrambling documentary suggests that popular myths about the existence of UFOs in Roswell originated from U.S. government disinformation campaigns. Conspiracy theorists square off with former counter-intelligence officers to analyze who was being distracted—and from what.

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