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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,…

THE WHALE

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TRIBUTE TO BRENDAN FRASER SPIRIT | US CINEMA US 2022, 117 min, Director: Darren Aronofsky Hinging on a career-defining performance from Brendan Fraser, The Whale is an emotionally resonant tour de force, by turns funny and devastating. Fraser…

TOWN DESTROYER

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MIND THE GAP | DOCS US 2022, 55 min, Director: Alan Snitow, Deborah Kaufman Is art’s role to provoke or placate? What happens when it no longer reflects current societal views? These questions and many more were the subject of hot debate…

TILL

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CENTERPIECEMIND THE GAP AWARD • CREATIVITY & TRUTH MIND THE GAP | US CINEMA US 2022, 130 min, Director: Chinonye Chukwu Visually striking and moving, Till centers the story of Emmett Till through the experience of his mother, Mamie…

SUNNYLAND

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¡VIVA EL CINE! | US CINEMA US 2022, 77 min, Director: Xavi Medina It’s no easy feat to capture the enigmatic, dreamlike magic of childhood in movie form, but Xavi Medina does just that with his feature debut. The filmmaker wrote, directed,…

THE SON

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WORLD UK, US, France 2022, 123 min, Director: Florian Zeller Writer-director Florian Zeller returns with an adaptation of the second play in his family trilogy, which — like his 2020 Oscar®-winning film The Father (MVFF43) —examines the…

SHORTS: FREE TO BE ME

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Total program 80 min We can all feel a little awkward or insecure sometimes, but the young people featured in this international selection of shorts demonstrate some admirable examples of how to believe in yourself—regardless of what others…

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

DOCS US 2012, 86 min, Director: Malik Bendjelloul Detroit-born Sixto Rodriguez may be the best singer-songwriter you’ve never heard of. Though a respected early 1970s folk musician, he faded into obscurity after his first two albums failed…

SANTOS—SKIN TO SKIN

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TRAILBLAZERS | MIND THE GAP | ¡VIVA EL CINE! | DOCS US 2022, 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…

OUR FATHER, THE DEVIL (MON PÈRE, LE DIABLE)

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US CINEMA  |  MIND THE GAP US 2022, 108 min, Director: Ellie Foumbi A complex work of inescapable power, this provocative debut, which won the audience award for Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival, announces Cameroonian-American…