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  • Salt of the Earth (NR)

    This rarely screened 1954 classic is the only major American independent feature made by communists; a fictional story about the Mexican-American zinc miners in New Mexico then striking against their Anglo management, it was informed by feminist attitudes that are quite uncharacteristic of the period. more...
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  • Scheherazade: Tell Me a Story (NR)

    Yousry Nasrallah, a former screenwriter for Youssef Chahine and a successful director in his own right, achieves something rare with this Egyptian comedy drama (2009): an urgent political statement that's also a funny, sexy entertainment. more...
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  • Scrappers (NR)

    This superior verite doc opens a wide window onto the world of scrap-metal scavengers, thousands of whom comb Chicago’s back alleys in battered pickups looking for recyclable metals. more...
  • The Secret World of Arrietty (NR)

    Adapted from the British children's book The Borrowers, this 2010 animation feature from Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro) pulses with feeling for childhood and nature and develops a surprising amount of suspense considering it takes place around a single suburban home. more...
  • Semper Fi: Always Faithful (NR)

    According to this documentary by Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon, as many as a million people may have been poisoned by the Marine Corps' dumping of carcinogens into the water supply at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, between 1957 and 1987. more...
  • The Seven Samurai (NR)

    Akira Kurosawa's best film is also his most Americanized, drawing on classical Hollywood conventions of genre (the western), characterization (ritual gestures used to distinguish the individuals within a group), and visual style (the horizon lines and exaggerated perspectives of John Ford). more...