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Ailey (2021)

An immersive portrait of the legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey is told in his own words and via the creation of a new commission inspired by the life of this enigmatic man who, when confronted by a world that refused to embrace him, was determined to build one that would.

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Bad Hair (2020)

Justin Simien (Dear White People, HIFF 2014) tackles racial stereotypes through horror without losing his comical edge. Bad Hair combines 1980’s zeitgeist, witty social commentary and ancient African American mythology. 

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Black Girl (1966)

A radical political statement by the most renowned African director of the twentieth century, Ousmane Sembène, is one of the greatest and most groundbreaking filmmakers who ever lived. This is one of the essential films of the 1960s.

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Blind Ambition (2021)

A heartwarming documentary about Team Zimbabwe's very first trip to the world's most famous wine tasting competition: rather than a story about the world of wine, it's a story about human dignity.

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In its frank depiction of gay bars, closeted homosexuality, and the suffocating expectations of a straight society, this pioneering work is both a fascinating time capsule and a remarkably modern cinematic plea for tolerance and change.

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Gaia (2021)

This thought-provoking and disturbing experience has a lot to say about humanity's destruction of the environment, about the "tipping point" we have collectively reached in the Anthropocene, but the film says it with creativity, mad flights of imagination, and humor.

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Gritt (2021)

With shades of Agnes Varda’s Vagabond (HIFF 2018), Itonje Soimer Guttormsen’s episodic feature debut stars Birgitte Larsen as a performance artist frustrated by her personal roadblocks.

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Hit the Road (2021)

Riotously funny at times and quietly devastating at others, this phenomenal feature debut moves Panah Panahi beyond his father’s, Jafar Panahi's, oeuvre to discover a distinct new voice.

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Luzzu (2021)

Accomplished debut from Maltese-American filmmaker Alex Camilleri profiles little-represented lives through one fisherman with intelligence and integrity.

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The lyrical approach of Nastja Säde Rönkkö invites the viewer to co-imagine apocalyptic love stories and recreate memories waiting for us yet on the horizon. The videos in this screening curated by AV-arkki bring forth the poetic quality of Rönkkö’s art, both textual and visual. The subject matter of the videos emerges from the context of the climate crisis and mass extinction.

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North by Current (2021)

Madsen Minax addresses mental health, addiction, grief, and domestic violence, all of which have directly impacted his family. Simultaneously, at the heart of this extraordinary film, there is a rarely seen, rich and layered portrait of trans identity.

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Passion (2021)

BDSM sessions are rituals in Maja Borg’s documentary film that focuses on exploring one’s own limits and the contrast between submission and domination. Spirituality overlaps with sexuality and desire.

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Pig (2021)

Nicolas Cage isn’t just a gifted, fearless actor; he’s a state of mind. The Oscar winner delivers his best performance in years as a chef-turned-recluse, who briefly reenters society after his beloved truffle pig is violently taken from him.

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The Pink Cloud (2021)

This is the cathartic film experience – written in 2017! – we would have never guessed we would need. A poisonous pink cloud forces people to remain in total lockdown, and turns a lighthearted one-night stand between two strangers into a long-term relationship.

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The screening features the winning short films and audience favourites of the R&A Shorts - Cut to the Chase National Competition 2021.

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Relic (2020)

This spine-tingling, heartbreaking tale of a woman with Alzheimer’s, who gets lost in the labyrinthine corridors of both her mind and her home, has a universal power that will resonate with anyone, regardless of personal experience.

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Schoolgirls (2020)

Award-winning Spanish hit tells a coming-of-age story of the sexual awakening of teenage girls in a Catholic school in a country torn between modernity and older customs and beliefs.

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Slalom (2020)

The French director's debut feature is a quietly chilling depiction of a teenager trying to advance in her skiing career – while getting tangled up in the web of her charismatic trainer.

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The Sleepwalkers (2019)

As a metaphor, sleepwalking — aka moving blindly into disaster — is pretty well-worn, but Paula Hernández ekes something new from it in her deliciously observed, tightly focused drama about a family falling apart over a New Year's vacation.

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