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  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Directed By: Mani Haghighi and Erik Moe
  • Country: Iran
Separated from but still emotionally attached to her husband, a woman searches desperately for her runaway father who is obsessed with going to Abadan, the oil-rich city destroyed in the war with Iraq. Aided by a remarkable cast, Haghighi's directorial debut portrays a middle class rarely depicted in Iranian films today. |Read More


  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 3 minutes
  • Directed By: Jay Rosenblatt
  • Country: USA
Impending doom permeates this gothic meditation on anxiety. Found-footage veteran Jay Rosenblatt has created an at once beautiful and cryptic montage based on Jeanne Marie Beaumont's poem by the same name, which consists of questions, to which the response is always "afraid so." Similarly, Rosenblatt's visual poem starts out innocuous, but gradually devolves into a suffocating puzzle with only one possible answer... |Read More


  • Release Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 72 minutes
  • Directed By: Nikki Parrott and Matthew Barbato
  • Country: U.K.
An intriguing look at sex and celebrity, this richly textured documentary, filled with drag queens and Hollywood glitterati, is actually a serious movie about transgendered life. In this unique and candid documentary, Alexis reveals a more private side as she grapples with the process of sex reassignment surgery. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary


  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Jos de Putter
  • Country: Netherlands
Since its initial publication in Vienna in 1937, the exotic love story Ali & Nino has been surrounded by controversy over the true identity of its pseudonymous author. Alias sets out to shed light on the mystery surrounding Said's identity: Was he a Russian Jew, was he an Azerbaijaini Muslim, or was he even a she -- an Austrian countess? |Read More


  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Country: France
Jane Fonda stars in this coming-of-old-age comedy about five retired friends who move in together. Can their life-long friendships survive when old secrets and jealousies emerge? |Read More


  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 15 minutes
  • Directed By: Justin Liberman
  • Country: USA
This film features four vignettes depicting the Mexican-American man and his place within Los Angeles’ Venice Beach community. |Read More


  • Release Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 82 minutes
  • Directed By: Ognjen Svilicic
  • Country: Germany, Croatia
Ibro takes his 13-year-old son Armin from their small Bosnian village to Croatia to audition for a German film about the Balkan conflict. A skeptical take on the promises of the "New Europe," Armin is also the story of a growing relationship between a father and a son. In Croatian, German, Bosnian and English. |Read More


  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 3 minutes
  • Directed By: Akram Agha and Ishai Setton
When terror rules the world, our children are the future…terrorists. Akram Agha's debut animated film displays a gloomy vision of a world in which terrorism and radicalism rule and new generations of children are being turned into bullets and used as ammunition. While his animations are stunning and imaginative, perhaps most impressive of all is that this three minute animation is able to impress upon us the tragedies of wars and how they feed on children. |Read More


  • Release Year: 1974
  • Runtime: 80 minutes
  • Directed By: Cinda Firestone
  • Country: USA
In 1971, inmates at Attica State Prison seized control of D-yard and took 35 hostages after peaceful efforts for reforms failed. Attica investigates the rebellion and its bloody suppression, revealing institutionalized injustices, sanctioned dishonesty and abuses of power. Provided courtesy of The New York Public Library, Donnell Media Center and New York Women In Film & Television. |Read More


  • Release Year: 1962
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Country: Mexico
Pina Pellicer, best known here for her role opposite Brando in One-Eyed Jacks, gives an unforgettably touching performance in this subtle melodrama as a naïve girl who finds work in the big city, then fashions an alternate reality in the wake of a disastrous love affair. Gabriel Figueroa's stunning black-and-white photography invigorates this new restoration from Mexico's Film Archive. |Read More


  • Runtime: 98 minutes
The characters in these shorts try to maintain a foothold as they navigate the bumpy road of life. |Read More


  • Release Year: 1963
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Directed By: Nelson Pereira dos Santos and Ishai Setton
  • Country: Brazil
A newly-struck copy of a classic early film by Pereira dos Santos, whose Brasilia 18% is premiering at the Festival. Adapted from a novel by Graciliano Ramos, the film follows a ranch hand and his family, who are forced off their land by a severe drought and social injustice, and head off in search of work and a better life. |Read More


  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 39 minutes
  • Directed By: Clara van Gool
  • Country: Netherlands
Oscar and Stella are married, and their cohabitation has taken on all the mundane trappings of routine. But when their neighbor Poortman goes on vacation and leaves them his key so that they can water his plants, the empty apartment across the terrace becomes a place where Oscar and Stella's imaginations can run wild. Stella soon stumbles upon a stranger sleeping in Poortman's bed, at which point events take a significant turn, and the line between fantasy and reality becomes increasingly blurred. |Read More


  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Country: USA
Eddie "Gonzo" Gilman (Ezra Miller) is starting a revolution in BEWARE THE GONZO. When the wild-eyed rebel journalist is ousted from his prep school's newspaper by its über-popular editor Gavin Riley (Jesse McCartney), Gonzo decides to become the voice of the oppressed by starting an underground paper with the help from a beautiful outsider (Zoë Kravitz). Not afraid to question authority and infuriate the school’s principal and staff, they give a voice to all the misfits victimized by Gavin and the rest of in-crowd. But the more Gonzo uncovers about the injustices in his school, the more he learns that the truth comes with consequences in this fresh teen-angst comedy. BEWARE THE GONZO also features Amy Sedaris, Campbell Scott, and Judah Friedlander. |Read More


  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 14 minutes
  • Directed By: Renuka Jeyapalan
  • Country: Canada
Much of our childhood is spent either taking tests or putting others through tests. Renuka Jeyapalan delicately explores this notion in her debut short Big Girls. Nine-year-old Josephine is unabashedly resentful of her mother's newfound love life. When her mother hesitantly introduces her new boyfriend to Josephine, she gives him the cold shoulder. A bittersweet battle of wills erupts that is at once heartbreaking and hilarious. Enemies transform into sweethearts in this poignant tale of modern family politics. |Read More


  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 17 minutes
  • Directed By: Nicolas Panoutsopoulos and Ishai Setton
  • Country: USA
Alex, who wants to be called Alejandro, is growing up in a Mexican neighborhood of East Los Angeles, when a crisis between his parents triggers his adventure along the banks of the Los Angeles River. |Read More


  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 118 minutes
  • Directed By: Francisco Lombardi
  • Country: Peru
Right before the fall of Peru's President Alberto Fujimori in 2000, a demure schoolteacher conspires with a tabloid journalist to assassinate the brutal official responsible for her fiancé's murder. Peruvian auteur Francisco Lombardi based this dark tale of revenge and corruption on a novel by Alonso Cueto. |Read More


  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 15 minutes
  • Directed By: Ishai Setton and Dean Chircop
  • Country: Australia
To the alarm of his soccer-loving Italian father, Mario wants a genuine Australian Rules football for his tenth birthday. Vito fears that if Aussie Rules wins out over his beloved soccer, it could foreshadow terrible things for his family and guide Mario away from his Italian heritage. It's only with some divine intervention that Papa realizes if he gives a little, he'll gain a lot, and ultimately it is only the shape of the ball that was different. In turns both hilarious and heartwarming, father and son ultimately join hands on different fields. |Read More