WHINA

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TRAILBLAZERS | MIND THE GAP | WORLD New Zealand 2021, 112 min, Directors: James Napier Robertson, Paula Whetu Jones This inspirational film reveals the extraordinary life of New Zealand’s Dame Whina Cooper, a courageous Māori woman whose…

WE DREAM OF ROBOTS (SOÑAR ROBOTS)

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TRAILBLAZERS | ¡VIVA EL CINE! | FAMILY Uruguay 2021, 84 min, Pablo Casacuberta A determined group of teenagers from the Uruguayan countryside tackles math, science, and the physics of friendship as they conquer the world of robotics. We Dream…

THE YOUNG VOTE

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TRAILBLAZERS | ACTIVE CINEMA | MIND THE GAP | DOCS US 2022, 67 min, Director: Diane Robinson As the United States teeters toward theocracy, it is painfully clear that the stakes in the upcoming midterm elections are nothing short of the life,…

SOPHIA

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TRAILBLAZERS | MIND THE GAP | DOC US 2022, 89 min, Director: Crystal Moselle, Jon Kasbe An exploration of brilliance and frailty in the pursuit of artistic perfection, Crystal Moselle and Jon Kasbe’s documentary follows ingenious but unsettled…

SANTOS—SKIN TO SKIN

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TRAILBLAZERS | MIND THE GAP | ¡VIVA EL CINE! | DOCS US 2002, 75 min, Director: Kathryn Golden Bay Area music legend and activist John Santos takes center stage in this documentary thrumming with rhythm, passion, and cultural reflection. Known…

RODEO

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TRAILBLAZERS | MIND THE GAP | WORLD France 2022, 105 min, Director: Lola Quivoron Lola Quivoron kicks up major cinematic dust with her riveting feature debut. Julia, a young woman in love with motorbikes and addicted to speed and dangerous…

HOLY SPIDER (عنكبوت مقدس)

TRAILBLAZERS | WORLD Denmark 2022, 106 min, Director: Ali Abbasi Filmmaker Ali Abbasi follows up his acclaimed 2018 fantasy romantic drama Border (MVFF41) with a tense and unapologetically feminist procedural based on actual events. Zar Amir…

FANTASTIC NEGRITO: HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND YET?

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TRAILBLAZERS | DOCS US 2022, 93 min, Director: Yvan Iturriaga, Francisco Núñez Capriles This locally made doc packs a lot of life into 90 minutes — specifically, the super-sized life of Xavier Dephrepaulezz, better known as Grammy-winning…

CHILE 1976

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TRAILBLAZERS | ¡VIVA EL CINE! | MIND THE GAP | WORLD Chile, Argentina, Qatar 2022, 95 min, Director: Manuela Martelli Manuela Martelli’s debut feature is the poignant story of a wealthy, upper-middle-class housewife suddenly shaken into…

CALL JANE

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TRAILBLAZERS | US CINEMA US 2022, 121 min, Director: Phyllis Nagy When Joy (Elizabeth Banks), a contented suburban housewife, has need for an abortion, she finds herself trapped by a medical establishment indifferent to her survival — until…