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  • 37 Seconds
  • 37 Seconds

    Those tired of the incessant stream of sequels, reboots, and adaptations can look no further than 37 Seconds, a profoundly unique hidden gem from Japanese filmmaker Hikari. more...
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  • Spinster
  • Spinster

    “People are dicks to single women.” The sentiment isn’t uttered until about three-fourths of the way into the film, but it’s the defining thesis of director Andrea Dorfman’s dramedy. more...
  • Citizen Bio
  • Citizen Bio

    Directed by Trish Dolman this documentary explores the world of biohacking, a phenomenon otherwise known as DIY biology in which individuals conduct biological experiments outside of traditional research institutions, often testing on themselves. more...
  • Mandabi
  • Mandabi

    The second feature by esteemed Senegalese writer and filmmaker Ousmane Sembène (Black Girl), this 1968 film is based on one of Sembène’s own novellas, The Money-Order. more...
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  • Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin
  • Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

    There’s a scene near the beginning of this documentary about English writer and adventurer Bruce Chatwin where filmmaker Werner Herzog takes a figurine from Chatwin’s boyhood home (where it resided with the fabled piece of brontosaurus skin that began his interest in exploration) and reaches toward the camera with it. more...
  • The Hill of Freedom
  • The Hill of Freedom

    At the start of this epistolary 2014 film by South Korean writer-director Hong Sang-soo—the prolific auteur’s 16th feature⁠—a sickly Korean woman drops a pile of letters written by her Japanese ex-boyfriend; the film then takes the form of a disorganized series of vignettes as she reads through them, making this a more literal representation of the emotional dislocation that tinges much of Hong’s work. more...
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  • Through the Night
  • Through the Night

    Loira Limbal's feature directorial debut is likewise heartening and heart-rending as it presents a 24-hour daycare in New Rochelle, New York; Limbal has discussed in interviews the concept of conveying tenderness as both a political ideology and an aesthetic, a symbiosis that’s aptly reflected in this quietly profound documentary. more...
  • Savage State
  • Savage State

    In the middle of the Civil War, a Missouri-based family of affluent French immigrants decides to return to France; to do so, they hire a mercenary to aid them in crossing the war-torn country to New York, from where they’ll sail. more...
  • Bad Hair
  • Bad Hair

    Justin Simien is the latest filmmaker to blend Black social issues with horror elements in the Sundance stand-out Bad Hair. more...