Two young men named Tord spend some quality time together in the whimsical Tord and Tord.
Swedish with subtitles, 10 min.
The culmination of a years-long project to cultivate talented young filmmakers from the hillside favelas of Rio de Janeiro, 5X Favela’s five short films offer a rare glimpse of the vigorous culture emerging from these communities, exploding the popular myth that they are merely hotbeds of drugs and violence. Featuring rising-star directors Manaíra Carneiro, Wagner Novais, Rodrigo Felha, Cacau Amaral, Luciano Vidigal, Cadu Barcellos, and Luciana Bezerra.
Portuguese with subtitles, 103 min.
Rising from poverty to the presidency of Brazil, the central figure of Lula, the Son of Brazil is a man of justice and peace. Raised by his mother to practice diligence and patience, Lula’s resilience enables him to persevere in his political career even in the face of adversity and certain defeat. Inspired by the life of the populist political leader, this rousing biopic is the latest film from Festival favorite Fábio Barreto.
Portuguese with subtitles, 128 min.
Growing up under a strict father and the even stricter tutelage of his fundamentalist Muslim teachers, Tariq enters college questioning his faith, values, and identity. With the encouragement of his sister, his friends, and a sympathetic world-religions professor, he reluctantly searches for answers. When the sudden cataclysm of 9/11 inflames anti-Muslim fervor on campus, Tariq is forced to make a stand one way or the other.
A couple settling into a new home is in for some very nasty surprises in pitch-black comedy The New Tenants.
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