In 1960, the barefoot Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila stunned the world by becoming the first African to win the Olympic gold medal. Then he won gold again four years later in Tokyo. But his story had just begun with Olympic medals. A few years later in Ethiopia, fate presents this champion with his greatest challenge. Seamlessly blending autobiography, biopic, drama, and documentary, The Athlete is a beautiful and moving investigation of a man who is ceaseless in his journey for greatness.
English, Amharic with subtitles, 93 minutes
The smaller Cherry feels, the smaller she gets—will she disappear altogether? A bit of attention goes a long way when you are only two centimeters tall. Cherry on the Cake will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 2: Animation Nations: Information & Show Times
On her way to work one morning, Amy comes across a suicide note. Determined to do what is "right," she attempts to find the note's mysterious author. Good People will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 1: Illinois[e]makers: Information & Show Times
Chain, starved for beauty in her desolate underground community of scavengers, risks punishment of death by growing a flower using scarce water. Chains will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 5: Best of the American Black Film Festival: Information & Show Times
Estranged from his first wife, abandoned by his second, and plagued by a pair of rebellious teenage stepsons, depressed postman Eric Bishop seeks solace in his devotion to the Manchester United football team. When advice-bearing former star Eric Cantona magically materializes in his bedroom one night, Bishop realizes he must begin putting his life back together. Lauded director Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes the Barley) directs this gentle, whimsical comedy.
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