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Social Commentary


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107 Mothers (Cenzorka)

Peter Kerékes  |   Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine
Russian, Ukrainian  
Drama, Social Commentary, Women Centered
In a Ukrainian prison, Leysa (actress Maryna Klimova) has given birth to her first baby. But her situation isn’t unique in this women’s correctional facility, where many of the inmates [...]
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Any Given Day

Margaret Byrne  |   United States
Bulgarian, English  
Documentary, Social Commentary, Women Centered
In this raw, moving, and remarkable examination of struggle and resilience, director Margaret Byrne (Raising Bertie) follows Chicagoans Angela, Daniel, and Dimitar as the trio participates in a probation program [...]
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Brother’s Keeper (Okul Tirasi)

Ferit Karahan  |   Turkey, Romania
Turkish  
Drama, Social Commentary
At a remote boarding school for Kurdish boys in the mountains of Eastern Anatolia, close friends Yusuf and Memo make the best of difficult conditions: freezing temperatures, unappetizing meals, callous [...]
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A father reads to a child in bed

C’mon C’mon

Mike Mills  |   United States
English  
Drama, Family Affairs, Social Commentary
Joaquin Phoenix, in a remarkably warm, sympathetic performance, plays Johnny, a restless radio documentary producer who flies across the country to visit his sister (Gaby Hoffmann) in hopes of reconnecting [...]
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Citizen Ashe

Sam Pollard & Rex Miller  |   United States, United Kingdom
English  
Documentary, Social Commentary, Sports
Tennis star Arthur Ashe broke barriers to become the first Black man to win the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, and the Australian Open—at the height of the civil rights movement in [...]
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A Cop Movie (Una película de policías)

Alonso Ruizpalacios  |   Mexico
Spanish  
Crime, Documentary, Social Commentary

An inventive and imaginative interrogation of the troubling double bind of those trying to enforce the law within a dysfunctional system in which morality has no sway.

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Cow

Andrea Arnold  |   United Kingdom
English  
Documentary, Political, Social Commentary
Following on the hooves of other celebrated animal docs (Gunda, My Octopus Teacher, Kedi), Oscar-winning director Andrea Arnold (American Honey, Fish Tank), in her auspicious nonfiction debut, offers this wholly [...]
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For the Left Hand

Leslie Simmer, Gordon Quinn  |   United States
English  
Documentary, Music, Social Commentary
When aspiring Chicago pianist Norman Malone was just 10-years-old, his father violently attacked him with a hammer, leaving the young virtuoso paralyzed on his right side. But Malone never gave [...]
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The Gravedigger’s Wife

Khadar Ayderus Ahmed  |   France, Somalia, Germany, Finland
Somali  
Drama, Family Affairs, Social Commentary
In Djibouti City in the Horn of Africa, Guled (Omar Abdi) is among a group of men who eke out a meager living burying the bodies that are delivered to [...]
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The Harder They Fall

Jeymes Samuel  |   United States
English  
Action, Social Commentary, Western
When outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison, he rounds up his gang to track Rufus down and seek [...]
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A Hero (Ghahreman)

Asghar Farhadi  |   Iran
Farsi  
Drama, Social Commentary
A complex web of lies, posturing, and manipulation envelops Asghar Farhadi’s (A Separation, The Salesman) brilliantly plotted, tension-filled cautionary tale. On short-term leave from the penitentiary where he’s been held [...]
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Hit the Road (Jadde Khaki)

Panah Panahi  |   Iran
Farsi  
Comedy, Family Affairs, Social Commentary
In the striking, humorous, and humanist debut feature from Panah Panahi—son of Iranian New Wave legend Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon, Crimson Gold)—a couple drives their two sons across the [...]
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The Last Forest (A Última Floresta)

Luiz Bolognesi  |   Brazil
Yanomami  
Documentary, Environmental, Social Commentary

Brazilian filmmaker Luiz Bolognesi returns to the rainforest of his homeland to tell the bewitching yet tragic story of Indigenous culture under threat from outside forces.

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The Last Shelter (Le Dernier Refuge)

Ousmane Samassékou  |   France, Mali, South Africa
Bambara, French, Fula, Hausa, Mooré, Susu, Waama  
Documentary, Political, Social Commentary
On the edge of the Saharan desert in West Africa, at the crossroads of hope and defeat, lies the Caritas Migrant House, a temporary waystation for thousands of people every [...]
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Lingui, The Sacred Bonds

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun  |   Chad, France, Germany, Belgium
French  
Drama, Social Commentary, Women Centered
In this sensitive, affecting drama from celebrated African filmmaker Mahamet-Saleh Haroun (The Screaming Man, Grigris), single mother Amina (Achouackh Abakar Souleymane) becomes furious when she learns that her teenage daughter [...]
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My Brothers Dream Awake (Mis Hermanos Sueñan Despiertos)

Claudia Huaiquimilla  |   Chile
Spanish  
Crime, Drama, Social Commentary
Intelligent and thoughtful Ángel is fiercely protective of his younger, more fragile brother Franco. The two have already been incarcerated for a year at a provincial juvenile detention center. They [...]
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The Odd-Job Men (Sis dies corrents)

Neus Ballús  |   Spain
Berber, Catalan, Spanish  
Comedy, Social Commentary
In this wry and thoroughly charming yarn, a trio of real-life plumbers play three handymen who spend six comically tense days in one another’s company. With long-term crony Pep’s impending [...]
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Oscar Micheaux – The Superhero of Black Filmmaking

Francesco Zippel  |   Italy
English, Italian  
Biopic, Documentary, Film on Film, Social Commentary
The most successful African American director of the first half of the 20th century, Oscar Micheaux wrote, directed, and produced more than 44 films and six novels before his death [...]
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Passing

Rebecca Hall  |   United States
English  
Drama, Social Commentary, Women Centered
1920s New York: In a chance encounter, demure Irene (Tessa Thompson) unexpectedly runs into a childhood friend, the vivacious Clare (Ruth Negga)—both women are able to pass as white but [...]
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Prayers for the Stolen (Noche de fuego)

Tatiana Huezo  |   Mexico, Germany, Brazil, Qatar
Spanish  
Drama, Social Commentary, Women Centered
In a solitary town nestled in the Mexican mountains, the girls wear boyish haircuts and have hiding places underground. Ana and her two best friends take over the houses of [...]
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Shankar’s Fairies

Irfana Majumdar  |   India
Hindi  
Drama, Family Affairs, Social Commentary
In 1960s India, Shankar is an indispensable servant working in the house of a wealthy family. Despite their class differences, he shares a close bond with the family’s young daughter [...]
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Sundown

Michel Franco  |   Mexico
English, Spanish  
Drama, Social Commentary
Conspicuously wealthy and decidedly aloof, Neil Bennett (Tim Roth) lives the good life. Vacationing with his sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and her children, he spends his days lounging poolside at a [...]