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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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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.

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.

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.

Blackfish

USA | 2013 | 83 minutes | Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Spotlighting infamous bull orca Tilikum, who caused the death of three people while in captivity, this compelling documentary investigates the negative impacts of the animal entertainment world.

Breathing Earth

Germany | 2012 | 93 minutes | Thomas Riedelsheimer

Thomas Riedelsheimer (Rivers and Tides) explores the world of Japanese artist Susumu Shingu, who dreams of a place where sustainability and art collide, creating a wind-powered home where his graceful wind and water sculptures can breathe with the earth. 

Celluloid Man

India | 2012 | 150 minutes | Shivendra Singh Dungarpur

Award-winning director Shivendra Singh Dungarpur celebrates India’s film heritage in this masterful documentary about the rise of the National Film Archive of India and its obsessively passionate founder P.K. Nair.

The Crash Reel

USA | 2013 | 109 minutes | Lucy Walker

SIFF 2013 Best Documentary: Special Jury Prize

The rise and brutal fall of world-renowned snowboarder Kevin Pearce. Battling with rival Shaun White as the Olympics approach, Pearce crashes and suffers a severe brain injury. His desire to return to snowboarding drives his recovery, but Kevin's family struggles with his selfish passion.

Cutie and the Boxer

USA | 2013 | 81 minutes | Zachary Heinzerling

This film about the creative process, aging, and marriage is also a candid New York love story that explores the four-decade marriage of painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko, as she seeks an identity of her own as an artist.

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