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  • Bilal: A New Breed of Hero
  • Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (PG-13)

    This handsome computer animation (2015) from the United Arab Emirates dramatizes the life of Bilal ibn Rabah, a freed African slave who became the first muezzin (the town crier who signals the hour of Muslim prayer) in the early seventh century. more...
  • Loving Vincent
  • Loving Vincent (PG-13)

    Tampering with an artist's memory can be dangerous business: In 2011, Gregory White Smith and Steven Naifeh published Van Gogh: The Life, an acclaimed biography arguing, among other things, that the Dutch painter's gunshot death in July 1890, in the French town of Auvers-sur-Oise, was no suicide, as scholars had agreed for years, but homicide at the hands of a local bully. more...
  • Persepolis (PG-13)

    Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical comics about growing up in postrevolutionary Iran have been condensed by Satrapi and codirector Vincent Paronnaud into a beautiful black-and-white animation (2007) that both preserves their simplicity and incorporates more fanciful imagery, sometimes from traditional Persian art. more...