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May 16 - June 9, 2013   Start the Festival in style with the SIFF 2013 Opening Night Gala! The evening features the Seattle premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, with director Joss Whedon and cast members Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg scheduled to attend.

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A Tribute to the Music of Muscle Shoals with Patterson and David Hood

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Thursday, May 30
A Tribute to the Music of Muscle Shoals with Patterson and David Hood
Triple Door: Doors 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (all-ages)

The Act of Killing

Denmark | 2012 | 115 minutes | Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn, Anonymous

Powerful and surreal. For over forty years, the leaders of Indonesian paramilitary death squads have considered their acts of genocide heroic. This flabbergasting documentary follows these notorious murderers as they brazenly re-enact their heinous crimes with B-movie panache.

The African Cypher

South Africa | 2012 | 89 minutes | Bryan Little

A survey of the extraordinary street dance styles across South Africa, director Bryan Little's award-winning documentary drills deeper into the philosophy of the dancer's self-expression and, especially, the souls of two extraordinary young performers. Ages 13+

After Tiller

USA | 2013 | 87 minutes | Lana Wilson, Martha Shane

In the wake of the assassination of Dr. Tiller, this documentary examines the personal and ethical imperatives that drive the four remaining physicians who continue to perform late-term abortions despite dangerous legal and personal harassment in this thought-provoking and sometimes troubling documentary.

After Winter, Spring

France | 2012 | 74 minutes | Judith Lit

In this affectionate documentary shot over three years, a French farming community in the Périgord region struggles to uphold centuries of tradition in the face of modernity and a new Europe.

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

USA | 2013 | 84 minutes | Pratibha Parmar

This documentary examines the life of author Alice Walker, who became the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Color Purple in 1983. Director Pratibha Parmar focuses on Walker’s inspirational upbringing during years of violent social changes, and her political and social activism.

Alive and Well

USA | 2013 | 75 minutes | Josh Taft

The courage and strength of the human spirit are illuminated in this gripping documentary, which follows resilient characters coming to terms with the profound reality of living with the hereditary chronic illness known as Huntington's Disease.

Anita

USA | 2013 | 84 minutes | Freida Lee Mock

Twenty years after a poised young law professor sent shockwaves through the nation, Academy Award® winner Freida Mock crystallizes sexist power dynamics, unraveling the lightning-rod moment in Anita Hill's life and the broader discussion of gender inequality in America.

A Band Called Death

USA | 2012 | 98 minutes | Jeff Howlett, Mark Covino

When their old demo tape is accidentally discovered in an attic, rabid internet attention leads to 1970s Detroit punk band Death’s long overdue recognition as the first black punk band and the pioneers of Afro-punk, in this electrifying rockumentary and epic family chronicle.

Barzan

USA | 2013 | 80 minutes | Alex Stonehill, Bradley Hutchinson

When his name appears in the 9/11 Commission Report, Iraqi immigrant and Seattle resident Sam "Barzan" Malkandi, now considered a threat to national security, is detained and deported by the United States government.

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