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MARINER OF THE MOUNTAINS
dir. Karim Aïnouz


"This deeply personal documentary far transcends the limits of ordinary films about the search for one’s roots. Colorful travelogue, loving letter to his mother Iracema, socio-anthropological essay, meditation on the consequences of colonialization – Aïnouz’s film is all those things. The audience shares the director’s intense experiences, including the smell of oil and the ocean air on the boat, and the expressions of the people he meets on his journey."

—Lenka Tyrpáková
(Programmer, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)

 

LOOK AT ME: XXXTENTACION
dir. Sabaah Folayan

“Like a punch to the gut, Look at Me is an apt title for Sabaah Folayan’s film - an impactful work that throws us into the headspace of a troubled talent, and makes us face the idea that those who hurt us are simply human. This is one of the most affecting, raw, and honest portraits of a star I’ve ever seen; I wish more documentaries would dare to be this vulnerable and revealing.”

—Lauren Cohen
(Co-Director of Programming, Miami Film Festival)

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS BY VITTORIO DE SETA

"[De Seta is] an anthropologist who speaks with the voice of a poet."

—Martin Scorsese

 
NEW RELEASES
CHINATOWN RISING
dir. Harry Chuck & Josh Chuck

"Chinatown Rising presents footage of Chinese American teachers fighting for affirmative action and bi-lingual education, the trepidation of Chinatown families as schools were desegregated for the first time, and Harry’s own leadership role in advocating for the Mei Lun Yuen affordable housing project."
—Ada Tseng, Los Angeles Times
 
 
ELON MUSK'S CRASH COURSE
dir. Emma Schwartz

"Elon Musk's Crash Course uses Musk's grandest pronouncements against him, showing the times that his guarantees were too ambitious for his engineers to realize."
—Melanie McFarland, Salon
 
PLAGUE AT THE GOLD GATE
dir. Li-Shin Yu

"The gripping story of the desperate race against time to save San Francisco and the nation from the deadly disease, Plague at the Golden Gate is based in part on David K. Randall’s critically acclaimed book, Black Death at the Golden Gate."
—Jennifer Robinson, KPBS
 
BOOK PICK
 
IMAGE-THINKING: ARTMAKING AS CULTURAL ANALYSIS
By Mieke Bal

"In this rich, highly illustrated book, Mieke Bal takes us on a journey through the range of her work, using the concept of image-thinking as a point of connection between cultural analysis and artistic practice. Sharing a lifetime of experience of writing about art, making films and installations, as well as curating exhibitions, she shows us how these may be brought into dialogue with insights from theory."
 
SHORT OF THE WEEK

ANCHORED OUT: EVICTED AT SEA
Directed by Katie Bernstein & Clara Mokri
 
"The documentary, directed by Katie Bernstein and Clara Mokri, follows San Francisco's vibrant liveaboards as their boats are targeted by a wealthy community who want them gone—revealing the dark underbelly of class conflict in California."
 
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