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2009 — 45th Chicago International Film Festival

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Team Taliban Team Taliban

Director: Benjamin Kegan

This thoughtful documentary provides a provocative glimpse into the world of independent professional wrestling. Adeel Alam, a Muslim wrestler who plays a terrorist in the ring, struggles to balance his devout faith with a life-long passion for wrestling.

Team Taliban will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 1: Illinois[e]makers: Information & Show Times

12 minutes

Ten for Grandpa Ten for Grandpa

Canada / USA
Director: Doug Karr

A fast-paced look at the life of an influential ancestor, Ten for Grandpa tries to uncover whether Grandpa was a manipulative antihero or simply a victim of a McCarthy-era witch hunt.

Ten for Grandpa will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 3: Rediscovery: Information & Show Times

7 minutes

The 'Thank You' Girls The 'Thank You' Girls

Director: Charliebebs Gohetia

This celebration of a singular family of drag queens follows a hapless group of beauty pageant contestants who leave the big city in search of fame, glamour, and adoration out in the rural provinces. This lighthearted, brightly colored romp draws us in—past the girls’ glamorous façades to their destructive everyday habits—as they tear through the Filipino countryside.

Visayan with subtitles, 105 minutes

Those Who Remain Those Who Remain

Directors: Carlos Hagerman and Juan Carlos Rulfo

This intimate documentary depicts the impact immigration has had on the families who have watched brothers, sons, and fathers leave Mexico in order to support their families. A film about nostalgia and longing for those who have left, Those Who Remain gently presents the gorgeous landscape of Mexico's ranchland and the quiet life of its inhabitants, those who have remained.

Spanish with subtitles, 96 minutes

Tomorrow at Dawn Tomorrow at Dawn


When a man loses himself in the escapist world of historical battle reenactment, his older brother, Mathieu, tries to rescue him. But to help, Mathieu must also immerse himself in a world where the line between role-play and reality is blurred. Denis Dercourt—who proved he can generate unnerving tension in even a piano recital in his debut The Page Turner—returns to the Festival with this compelling psychological thriller.

French with subtitles, 96 minutes