A Touch Of Sin

A Touch Of Sin

More than any other contemporary Chinese filmmaker, Jia Zhang-ke (Still Life, The World) has captured the cultural shifts that predatory market forces have brought to his country, charting the sudden and dramatic friction between a nation shifting from Maoist...
Watchers of the Sky

Watchers of the Sky

Before lawyer Raphael Lemkin became a human-rights advocate, there wasn’t such a word as “genocide.” And while this term is nothing to celebrate, it has given a name to one of the most vexing crimes against humanity. Partially inspired by Samantha Power‘s...
The Yellow Ticket

The Yellow Ticket

A pivotal German/Polish silent film from 1918, The Yellow Ticket tells the story of a young Jewish woman forced to hide her identity in order to attend medical school in St. Petersburg. Lea, as played by Pola Negri, is at a disadvantage as a woman, an orphan, and a...
The Sublime and Beautiful

The Sublime and Beautiful

When a terrible tragedy strikes a family in a Kansas suburb, days before Christmas, patriarch David (writer/director Blake Robbins) must come to terms with his devastating grief, while trying to maintain a grasp on his home life. Like any person in his situation,...
A Story of Children and Film

A Story of Children and Film

Mark Cousins’ latest cinematic odyssey gathers a mosaic of remarkable clips from 53 films to create a unique portrait of childhood in cinema. Using simple contemporary footage of his nephew and niece, Cousins explores elements of childhood personality and experience...
UMMAH Among Friends

UMMAH Among Friends

Daniel is a world-weary cop at age 24; his hangdog look reflects his stressful job with the German Intelligence Service. One night he nearly dies after a shootout with skinheads. Daniel’s handlers send him underground to the Neukölln area of Berlin with its large...
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