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
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
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 MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary
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
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.
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 MoreAnimation
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.