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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.

#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 Dune

France | 2013 | 86 minutes | Yossi Aviram

This award-winning debut feature from Yossi Aviram gathers a strong French cast for the sensitive and suspenseful story of an aging gay cop and his long-estranged son, set in France and Israel.

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.

Fish & Cat

Iran | 2013 | 134 minutes | Shahram Mokri

Bold innovation defines Shahram Mokri’s dazzling drama about a group of university students who encounter mysterious rural locals on their vacation. A single, two-hour shot tracks an elliptical narrative that blurs the lines between the stalker and the stalked.

The Green Prince

Germany | 2014 | 95 minutes | Nadav Schirman

A Palestinian from Ramallah, Mosab Hassan Yousef grew up ready to fight Israel. As an informant, a decade-long assignment required him to betray his father; a moral conflict that’s the catalytic centerpiece of The Green Prince, based on Yousef’s memoir, “Son of Hamas”.

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.

Palestine Stereo

Palestine | 2013 | 90 minutes | Rashid Masharawi

Two brothers in the West Bank are rendered homeless by an Israeli airstrike, and hustle odd jobs to raise enough money to emigrate to Canada. This ironic drama captures the tragicomic absurdities of life under occupation.

A Place in Heaven

Israel | 2013 | 117 minutes | Yossi Madmony

The fateful contract between a secular Israeli army officer and a devout young Holocaust survivor has profound and unexpected consequences in this epic yet intimate portrait, spanning four decades, from director Yossi Madmony (Restoration).

Sam & Amira

USA | 2014 | 90 minutes | Sean Mullin

Two outsiders struggle to get along in New York City—former soldier Sam to assimilate back into civilian life and Iraq-born Amira to attain citizenship. When Amira faces deportation, she finds an advocate in him in this story of forbidden love.

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