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Turkey, 2010, 87 min.
Chaotic, modern day Istanbul--a city of 12,000,000 inhabitants and a multitude of cultural influences--provides the backdrop for this taut, suspenseful tale setting three people from radically different backgrounds on a collision course over a bag that may hold the answer to each of their dreams.... more



Aftershock   

Aftershock
China, 2010, 128 min.
Combining stunning special effects with potent family drama this heartrending depiction of the impact of the massive 1976 earthquake that killed more than 240,000 in Tangshan, China uses the disaster to set up the story of a family torn apart--and the 40 years it takes them to reconnect. Winner, Bes... more



Bill Cunningham New York   

Bill Cunningham New York
USA, 2010, 84 min.
As a photographic contributor to the Style section of The New York Times, Bill Cunningham redefined ideas of fashion in post-WWII America. Still snapping pictures, the singular Cunningham—as captured in this joyful and affectionate documentary—gets the celebration he deserves.... more



Desert Flower   

Desert Flower
United Kingdom, 2010, 124 min.
Daughter of a Somali shepherd, Waris Dirie went on to become a top supermodel and a spokesperson against the ongoing genital mutilation of African women. Hormann’s gorgeous biopic of this inspiring woman is anchored by supermodel Liya Kebede’s quietly determined turn in the lead.... more



Dossier K   

Dossier K
Belgium, 2009, 116 min.
Bustling Antwerp and backwoods Albania serve as the twin stages of tragedy in Dossier K, a hard-hitting crime thriller that reunites the buddy cops from the internationally acclaimed The Alzheimer Case (PSIFF 2004). This intense revenge story will leave audiences on the edge of their seats.... more



Even the Rain   

Even the Rain
Spain, 2010, 104 min.
An idealistic young director has to move production of his period piece to Bolivia so as to save on labor costs. There he encounters a population in civic upheaval. This powerful and layered film lays bare the hypocrisies of a post-colonial world where injustices to the dispossessed continue uncheck... more



The First Grader   

The First Grader
United Kingdom, 2010, 98 min.
Eighty-four-year-old Kimani, a former Mau Mau freedom fighter, takes advantage of a new Kenyan law and goes to school…. Justin Chadwick’s emotionally uplifting drama cuts between Kimani’s education and flashbacks to his harsh treatment at the hands of the British. Winner, Audience Award, Tribeca Doh... more



Goethe   

Goethe
Germany, 2010, 102 min.
A lovingly made biography of the early years of Germany’s literary genius, when his romantic travails served as inspiration for his classic writings. A fine lead performance, sparkling cinematography, and gorgeous costumes and sets make this an engaging story of star-crossed love.... more



Grace Paley: Collected Shorts   

Grace Paley: Collected Shorts
USA, 2010, 74 min.
A rich, inspiring portrait of writer, activist and New York icon Grace Paley (1922-2007). Winner, Audience Award, Woodstock Film Festival and Denver Film Festival.... more



The Hedgehog   

The Hedgehog
France, 2010, 98 min.
Disenchanted with life’s hypocrisies, 11-year-old Paloma plans to end it all on her next birthday. But while filming her gilded Parisian apartment building, she discovers that some of its inhabitants are not who she believed them to be. An unlikely trio of friendships develops and hopes bloom in Mon... more



I Am   

I Am
USA, 2010, 76 min.
Post-concussion syndrome sent Hollywood insider Tom Shadyac—director of Liar, Liar, Bruce Almighty and many other films—on a spiritual journey to find meaning outside of the material trappings of success. This funny, deeply felt and controversial documentary is the result.... more



In the Garden of Sounds   

In the Garden of Sounds
Switzerland, 2010, 86 min.
In this transcendent documentary a blind man builds a magical garden of sound in which he works with severely handicapped children. Immersed in an environment of patience and compassion, the tension in their bodies gradually dissipates as they open to the mysteries of sound and music.... more



Jane’s Journey   

Jane’s Journey
Germany, 2010, 107 min.
More than 20 years ago, primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, now 75, decided to give up her career, as well as her private life, in order to devote all her energy to saving our endangered planet. As The Boston Globe once put it: “To be with Jane Goodall is like walking with Mahatma Gandhi.”... more



Kinshasa Symphony   

Kinshasa Symphony
Germany, 2010, 95 min.
A true ode to joy, this heartening, hopeful movie dispels European stereotypes about Africa. It shows how people living in one of the most chaotic cities in the world have managed to forge one of the most complex systems of human cooperation ever invented: a symphony orchestra. Winner, Audience Awar... more



The Last Lions   

The Last Lions
USA, 2011, 88 min.
Fifty years ago there were close to half-a-million lions in Africa. Today there are around 20,000. This cogent, beautifully filmed documentary makes a much-needed case for the protection of lions and “big cats” in general. A cri de coeur that is both timely and fascinating.... more



Loose Cannons   

Loose Cannons
Italy, 2010, 110 min.
The wealthy, pasta-producing Cantone family is well respected in their beautiful Baroque town in southern Italy. But situations spin out of control when eldest son Antonio announces he is gay leaving younger brother Tommaso as the family’s only hope for the future in this outrageously fun family com... more



Louder Than A Bomb   

Louder Than A Bomb
USA, 2010, 99 min.
Winner of audience awards at major U.S. film festivals, Louder Than a Bomb tells the story of the world's largest youth poetry slam competition held annually in Chicago. The vividly drawn, richly complex cast of characters makes this gripping documentary one of the most inspirational films of the ye... more



A Not So Still Life   

A Not So Still Life
USA, 2010, 82 min.
An inspiring testament to the tenacity and brilliance of artist Ginny Ruffner’s revolutionary artistic achievements, as well as her miraculous and determined recovery from a near-fatal car accident. This documentary will challenge you see the world from a new and unexpected perspective.... more



Nothing’s All Bad   

Nothing’s All Bad
Denmark, 2010, 93 min.
A mother confronts the death of her husband while her daughter faces life after a mastectomy. A father, who can’t control his need to expose himself in public, has a son whose handsomeness has become more curse than blessing. This daring and darkly funny film links all four in sometimes disturbing w... more



Of Gods and Men   

Of Gods and Men
France, 2010, 120 min.
Rising fundamentalist violence in Algeria forces a band of French monks to decide whether to flee or remain at the monastery where they have been for many years. A compassionate plea for understanding between cultures in a violent world. Winner, Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival.... more



Oxygen   

Oxygen
Belgium, 2010, 98 min.
Centering on a teen with cystic fibrosis, Oxygen skirts disease-of-the-week cliché to deliver a touching portrait of youth facing mortality far too soon. Winner, Grand Prix of the Americas, Montreal Film Festival, Variety New Talent Award, Zurich Film Festival, Alice in the Cities Award, Rome Film F... more



Paper Birds   

Paper Birds
Spain, 2010, 115 min.
This touching tale of the bonds of friendship amongst the members of a traveling entertainment troupe in a post-civil war Spain celebrates the lost art of vaudeville and features superb performances from Spanish acting royalty: Imanol Arias, Lluis Homar and Carmen Machi. Winner, Audience Award, Mont... more



Potiche   

Potiche
France, 2010, 103 min.
Catherine Deneuve commands the screen with a regal wink as Suzanne Pujol, a trophy wife (“potiche”) whose mettle is tested when catastrophe strikes in her husband’s umbrella factory. Under the assured direction of prolific French filmmaker François Ozon, this stylish French farce is an irresistible ... more



Precious Life   

Precious Life
Israel, 2010, 90 min.
Set against the backdrop of Israel's 2008-09 blockade of Gaza and its military offensive there, Israeli television correspondent Shlomi Eldar's personal, provocative documentary offers a feast for debate and was named to the long list of potential documentary Academy Award nominees.... more



The Rescuers   

The Rescuers
USA, 2010, 99 min.
Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List illuminated the story of a German businessman who saved hundreds of Jews from the concentration camps during WWII. However, there were many such little-known heroes who defied the Nazis to save countless Jews from a similar fate–-chief among them the 13 diplomats... more



The Runway   

The Runway
Ireland, 2010, 101 min.
A nine-year-old boy with a smattering of Spanish finds himself at the center of village life when a Colombian pilot’s plane makes an emergency landing nearby. A droll, warmhearted paean to a community’s coming together, it nabbed the best Irish film prize at the Galway Film Festival.... more



Sound of Noise   

Sound of Noise
Sweden, 2010, 98 min.
The sound and image anarchists behind the 2001 cult short Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers successfully take their concept and talent to a larger arena in Sound of Noise, a delightful comic cocktail of modern city symphony, police procedural and love story. With the most complex and wackily ... more



Summer Pasture   

Summer Pasture
China, 2010, 85 min.
In one of the most beautiful but remote grasslands of eastern Tibet, we are allowed a rare glimpse into the life of nomads, who, having followed 4000 year old traditions, are now at a crossroad, lured by a permanent life in the city.... more



Udaan   

Udaan
India, 2010, 134 min.
This coming-of-age story about a teenager who returns from boarding school to a father he has not seen in eight years and a half brother he did not know existed, received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival.... more



Undertow   

Undertow
Peru, 2009, 110 min.
This bisexual triangle set in a Peruvian fishing village combines elements of magic realism with a beautifully realized romance. It follows the hidden love of a married coastal fisherman for an urbane (male) photographer. Winner, Audience Award, World Cinema, Sundance Film Festival.... more



The Way Back   

The Way Back
USA, 2010, 133 min.
This epic true story follows the escape of six prisoners from a Stalin-era prison camp. To become free, they must journey out of snow-covered Siberia, across the deserts of Mongolia, the Great Wall of China and, ultimately, over the Himalayas into India.... more



The Whistleblower   

The Whistleblower
Canada, 2010, 112 min.
Based on a true story, this tough-minded and unsparing conspiracy thriller follows an American cop (Weisz) to Bosnia, where her job as a peacekeeper leads her to uncover a ring of human traffickers that includes fellow U.N. workers.... more



Wild Horse, Wild Ride   

Wild Horse, Wild Ride
USA, 2010, 106 min.
100 trainers. 100 wild mustangs. 100 days. In this moving documentary, a diverse group of characters participate in the annual "Mustang Makeover" competition in Ft. Worth, TX. What begins with mutual suspicion, ends with a profound bond between these remarkable animals and the men and women who trai... more



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