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  • A Certain Morning

    A Certain Morning

    With 1992’s Un Certain Matin, Fanta Régina Nacro became the first woman from Burkina Faso—home to FESPACO, the largest Pan-African film festival in the world—to direct a fiction film. Since then, Nacro has developed a rich body of shorts (as well as one feature film) in which the old and the new cohabitate, illustrating stories from her matrilineal upbringing. Her work depicts the courtyard effect: the entire community comes together to agree and disagree but always finds a positive and…

  • Sankara Is Not Dead

    Sankara Is Not Dead

    After Burkina Faso’s October 2014 popular uprising, the young poet Bikontine starts to question his dreams of seeking a better life in the West. He decides to go meet his fellow citizens along the country’s only rail line. From south to north, through cities and villages, he learns about their dreams and disappointments, confronting his poetry with the realities of a rapidly shifting society. His journey ultimately reveals the enduring political legacy of storied former president Thomas Sankara, who was…

  • Camera d'Afrique

    Camera d'Afrique

    Seventy years after the invention of the cinema—and after several decades of colonial cinema using Africa as an exotic setting, often denying humanity and dignity to its people—newly independent Africans finally took hold of the movie camera. Undeterred by the lack of means and infrastructure, they showed African reality in its variegated forms, seen at last through African eyes. Using extracts from significant films, interviews with filmmakers, and rare vintage footage, Camera d’Afrique recalls the first 20 years of the…

  • This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

    This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

    In the mountains of Lesotho, an 80-year-old widow named Mantoa eagerly awaits the return of her son—her only living kin—from the South African mines where he works. When instead she receives news of his death, she puts her affairs in order and makes arrangements to be buried in the local cemetery. Her careful plans are upset abruptly by the news that provincial officials intend to resettle the village, flood the entire area, and build a dam for a reservoir. Determined…

  • The Milkmaid

    The Milkmaid

    Set in a village in sub-Saharan Africa, Desmond Ovbiagele’s thriller tells the story of Aisha, a Fulani milkmaid, who is kidnapped by religious extremists along with her younger sister Zainab. Aisha manages to escape, but she decides to go back and confront the extremists to try and bring Zainab home. Her quest proves complicated in a world of festering conflict. The Milkmaid—chosen as Nigeria’s entry for the 2021 Academy Awards—showcases the vibrancy of Hausa and Fulani culture while drawing attention…

  • Mirror

    Mirror

    Andrei Tarkovsky’s fourth feature is perhaps the great director’s most personal and evocative work. It traverses three generations of a poet’s family in 20th-century Russia; his relationships with his wife, mother, and children and the society around him coalesce through events connected only by the interior logic of the poetic subconscious, yielding associations that both mystify and enthrall. Unified by Georgi Rerberg’s delicate lensing, Mirror employs radical shifts in both texture and color, abstracting the elemental minutiae of everyday life…

  • Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

    Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

    Taking the final stanza of Sylvia Plath's “Mad Girl’s Love Song” as its starting point, Lili Horvát's second feature finds its mysterious love story in Budapest’s male-driven field of neurosurgery. Márta Vizy (played with magnetic aplomb by Natasa Stork) is a brilliant brain surgeon who returns to Hungary after spending some time in America and discovers that a doctor with whom she once shared a passionate affair claims never to have seen her before—and that her grip on reality might…

  • The Light Ahead

    The Light Ahead

    Known as one of the greatest Russian shtetl films, this restored 1939 classic by Edgar G. Ulmer—adapted from a Mendele Mokher Sforim tale—is a sweetly romantic part-comedy, part-satire. Featuring actors from New York’s Artef and Yiddish Art Theaters, the story follows an impoverished young couple, Fishke and Hodel, in their fictional village of Glupsk, near Odessa. They want to get married, and they dream of a future that transcends their own limitations and the constraints of the world. Ulmer, known…

  • Maynard

    Maynard

    Maynard Holbrook Jackson, the first Black mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, made groundbreaking strides in advancing diversity and inclusion in the city between 1974 and 1994. In this clear-eyed documentary about the charismatic leader, Sam Pollard delves into the details of Jackson’s incredible life and career, from his upbringing in the segregated South to the crises and hard-fought triumphs of his three-term mayorship. At once a carefully researched biographical portrait and an insightful examination of a city’s racial and economic transformation, Maynard is an essential film about a remarkable progressive trailblazer.

    Now playing in our Virtual Cinema until 1/29 as part of our Tribute to Sam Pollard.

  • Winter Journey

    Winter Journey

    Classical music radio host Martin Goldsmith wrote the book The Inextinguishable Symphony about his musician parents, who fled Nazi Germany. Before they left, however, they were able to play their instruments in a small orchestra that was set up by the Third Reich as a propaganda measure. Ironically, this gave them a form of shelter for a time. Co-directed by Anders Østergaard and Erzsébet Rácz, Winter Journey casts the late veteran German actor Bruno Ganz in his last role as…

  • Minyan

    Minyan

    Adapted from a story by David Bezmozgis set in Brighton Beach in the 1980s, Minyan follows David, a young Russian Jewish man, as he comes to terms with his homosexuality. David is strongly attached to his family, his background, and his faith. His closest confidante is his recently widowed grandfather, Josef (Ron Rifkin). David wants to move in with him to help him grieve, and while securing an apartment for them, he gets to know an elderly male couple who…

  • Two Trains Runnin'

    Two Trains Runnin'

    In the Freedom Summer of 1964, hundreds of young people—including James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner—were drawn to the Deep South to take part in the Civil Rights Movement. At the same time, two groups of young men (one led by Dick Waterman, the great champion of the Blues, and the other by guitarist John Fahey) made the same trip in search of Blues legends Skip James and Son House. That these two quests ended in the volatile state…