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A young Austrian filmmaker brings her traditional café table to New York and offers a cup of coffee and a conversation to people who are in need of a break from America’s bigges... more
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The story of a family of African American jazz musicians, from their early days playing as a family band across the American South, through their years performing at famed venues like the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall, to their later years as solo artists in their 70s, 80s and 90s. As individual artists and as a group, the Hamptons overcame poverty and discrimination to practice their art, becoming remarkable performers in the process. The film's central character is the irrepressible Daw... more

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Dream tells the story of a few former students from Anacostia, an impoverished neighborhood in southeast Washington, D.C., who were part of the I Have a Dream Program at the height of the drug wars (1988-1994). Now 37 years old, they candidly share the overwhelming challenges each faced then—including poverty, abuse and addiction; the impact of the program on their lives; and who they are today. It is an intimate first-person account of growing up in communities in crises, the resiliency of the huma... more

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The film is about a mother and daughter relationship. Isabella's mother suffers from a mental disease, and we follow Isabella’s struggle to be more independent from her mother, but the struggle creates conflicts between them. At the same time, Isabella and her mother are deeply connected. They are best friends and each other’s soul mates, as Isabella says. But what happens, when your soul mate is mentally ill –and at the same time your mother? The story follows the development Isabell... more

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The moment Serge Kakudji saw an opera singer for the very first time as a young boy on Congolese television, he immediately fell in love with opera music. He then decided to become a celebrated countertenor. Despite the many doubts of his family, he travels to Europe, determined to make it to the top of the classical opera world.

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18-year-old Takuya gives in to his father's wishes and enrolls in a sumo school, even though he prefers judo. Takuya swaps his trendy clothes for the traditional Japanese kimono and moves to Tokyo. As he leaves, his father warns him: "Do you realize there is no place for you if you come back?" Co-produced by Japanese TV NHK, this documentary film grants exceptional access to the first 9 months of Takuya's initiation, illustrating the dreams and disenchantment of a teenager discovering th... more

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In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn’t get back up. His legs had stopped working; his disease could no longer be ignored. Just a few months earlier doctors had told him that he had multiple sclerosis, which could lead to loss of vision and muscle control, as well as a myriad of other complications. Jason tried exercise to help cope, but the problem only worsened. After his dispiriting fall on the beach, he turne... more

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My diving buddies are an inspiration. They may move around the world and underwater differently, but they refuse to be stuck, in a wheelchair or in life. Meet six members of Eels on Wheels; an organization based in Austin that supports people with disabilities wanting to practice scuba diving. They share with us their stories of courage and passion for life and show us how they’ve adapted to the drastic changes that have happened in their lives. Diving becomes a great illustration that with the righ... more

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Between the past and the present, here and elsewhere, a young South American wanders in Geneva. An immersion into the migrant psyche.
 
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from: Theo S | Germany
Anna Pavlova, Russian party queen, embodies the brutal happiness and tragedy of the Berlin party generation of our times. Lost in the edge between insanity and seldo...more
 
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In Oaxaca, on the coast of southern Mexico, a group of young deaf people receive an unusual proposal: to make a movie out of their dreams. While Eric and his friends watch film...more
 
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'A dream called America’ is a documentary made on Shahbaz, a 15-year-old boy from Gujarat, India. He is the third among the five children of his father Aftab who makes ...more
 
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This film explores the lives of four transgender individuals: Ryan, Jamie, Rae, and Izek who share their stories of transitioning, the hardships that they have bee...more
 
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In the summer of 2008, The Norwegian filmmaker Petter Granrud decided to make a documentary about a true artist. Granrud had heard from an American friend about Ji...more
 
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