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Angels in the Dust   

Angels in the Dust
South Africa, 2007, 94 min.
A wealthy Johannesburg family abandons their comfortable existence and spends their life savings to establish an orphanage in a village where 50% of the population is HIV-positive. This powerful documentary celebrates how children who are surrounded by death and tragedy can be instilled with strengt... more



Ballerina   

Ballerina
France, 2007, 77 min.
Fans of Ballets Russes will enjoy this resplendent documentary about the training and unique skills of five dancers from the Mariniinski Theater, formerly known as the Kirov Ballet. Rich with ravishing performances, it focuses on some of Russia’s pre-eminent ballerinas.... more



Beaufort   

Beaufort
Israel, 2007, 120 min.
The last days of a legendary Israeli outpost in Lebanon are brought to harrowing life (and death) in this searing docudrama. Drawing comparisons to All Quiet on the Western Front, the film was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival.... more



Before the Rains   

Before the Rains
USA, 98 min.
Acclaimed cinematographer Santosh Sivan brilliantly captures the rustic beauty of his native Kerala with its sweeping vistas as a backdrop for a torrid love affair set in 1937 India—a world where characters are caught between loyalty to British colonialism and the desire for freedom.... more



Body of War   

Body of War
USA, 2007, 87 min.
Veteran talk-show host Phil Donahue’s Academy Award-nominated documentary is a hardhitting indictment of governmental misuse of power focusing on one of its most courageous victims—a soldier paralyzed by a bullet five days after his arrival in Iraq.... more



The Edge of Heaven   

The Edge of Heaven
Germany, 2007, 120 min.
Superb humanist drama, where six lives intersect in the never-ending search for love. When a tragic accident befalls his father, college professor Nejat leaves Germany for Turkey to find a young woman he feels has been wronged—raising questions about family, homeland and sexuality.... more



Gone With the Woman   

Gone With the Woman
Norway, 2007, 92 min.
A fast-paced screwball comedy about a man’s first tentative steps into the potential disaster area of love, about the female monologues that pass for dialogue, and the right of modern man to decide who wears the pants in the family.... more



Hollywood Singing & Dancing   

Hollywood Singing & Dancing
USA, 2007, 118 min.
Hollywood Singing and Dancingis a wonderfully entertaining and comprehensive documentary about the Hollywood Musical—a celebration of song and dance that begins with the era of Busby Berkley through the highly acclaimed 2007 box office smash hit Dreamgirls.... more



Honeydripper   

Honeydripper
USA, 2007, 122 min.
Alabama, 1950. Ty “Pine Top” Purvis (Danny Glover) hatches a plan to revive his ailing jukebox joint by hiring blues star Guitar Sam for a make-or-break show. Two tiny problems: Ty has no money and no clue how to locate Sam.... more



How About You   

How About You
Ireland, 2007, 100 min.
A stellar cast—Vanessa Redgrave, Imelda Staunton, Joss Ackland, Brenda Fricker—anchors Anthony Byrne’s rollicking comedy centered on an Irish retirement home and the extremely rude (and very funny) denizens therein.... more



In the Name of God   

In the Name of God
Pakistan, 2007, 170 min.
Condemned by radical clerics who issued a fatwa (Islamic ruling) against it, In The Name Of God has become a huge hit in Pakistan. Critical of Muslim radicals it also takes on the reaction of US authorities post 9/11.... more



Late Bloomers   

Late Bloomers
Switzerland, 2006, 86 min.
This charming comedy about how the opening of a lingerie shop scandalizes a small Swiss village proves that it’s still possible to have dreams and reach your goals at a mature age.... more



Noodle   

Noodle
Israel, 2007, 100 min.
This touching comic drama centers on a twice-widowed El Al flight attendant and her quest to reunite a young Chinese boy and his migrant worker mother, who has been summarily deported from Israel.... more



Please Vote For Me   

Please Vote For Me
China, 2007, 58 min.
A delightful documentary about an experiment in democracy in a Chinese classroom. Three eight-year-olds vie for the position of class monitor—canvass, debate and take strategy tips from their over-eager parents—in this microcosm of contemporary Chinese culture.... more



A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman   

A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman
Canada, 2007, 92 min.
Peter Raymont’s documentary follows author Ariel Dorfman—the pre-eminent English-language chronicler of Chilean injustice in the wake of Pinochet’s 1973 coup—as he returns to Santiago after years in exile. A trenchant and long-overdue look at the artist as a man of principle.... more



Red Like the Sky   

Red Like the Sky
Italy, 2006, 96 min.
Reminiscent of such classic films about childhood as Cinema Paradiso, this Italian gem tells the true story of Mirco Mencacci, one of the most prominent sound engineers in Italian cinema, who as a playful and curious 10-year-old boy was robbed of his eyesight in an accident, and subsequently ... more



Shake Hands with the Devil   

Shake Hands with the Devil
Canada, 2007, 112 min.
Shackled by an inadequate mandate, a U.N. general fights to prevent the seemingly inevitable violence as civil war threatens to break out in Rwanda in this devastating drama—an indictment of the global community’s failure to respond to humanitarian crisis.... more



Two Embraces   

Two Embraces
Mexico, 2007, 86 min.
Four people forced to fend for themselves in life – a burdened twelve-year-old boy, the cashier he has a crush on, an angry taxi driver and the estranged daughter of one of his passengers – come together in two embraces. An auspicious film debut and poignant tale of lonely people who find a glimmer ... more



Walk the Talk   

Walk the Talk
USA, 2006, 105 min.
After shooting his older brother, rebellious teenager Roy is paroled into the care of his uncle Erik, a successful self-help guru with a seemingly picture-perfect life and family. Walk the Talk is both a hilarious satire on pop psychology and traditional family values and a moving story of fi... more



The White Silk Dress   

The White Silk Dress
Vietnam, 2006, 142 min.
This gorgeous epic, an audience favorite everywhere it screens, revolves around one remarkable woman’s determination to keep her family together as they are trapped in an unrelenting cycle of war and poverty.... more



The Year My Parents Went on Vacation   

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation
Brazil, 2006, 110 min.
With Brazil’s soccer team competing for its third World Cup, 12-year old Mauro’s political activist parents take a ‘vacation’, leaving him to flounder in the alien world of his upright Yiddish grandfather in this charming, wide-eyed coming-of-age saga.... more



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