2023


A VERY FRAGILE THING
A VERY FRAGILE THING

2023  African Studies  Peace & Conflict  Political Science  World History  Short Films 

What happens when we choose to define ourselves according to our differences? "A Very Fragile Thing" offers a cautionary tale for any society wracked with distrust and division via a first-person journey into the origins of a civil war that has claimed the
lives of half a million Ethiopians since 2020. 


TYPHOON CLUB (4k restoration)
TYPHOON CLUB (4k restoration)

2023  Asian Studies  Cinema Studies  Media Studies  Narrative Films 

Winner of the Grand Prix at the first Tokyo International Film Festival in 1985, Typhoon Club is widely regarded as the seminal film of director Shinji Somaiís career. A work of raw, elemental power, it follows an ensemble of junior high students in a provincial town, beset by a summer-y malaise as a typhoon looms. The 10th best Japanese film of all time, according to Japanís Kinema Junpo poll.

P.P. RIDER
P.P. RIDER

2023  Cinema Studies  Asian Studies  Media Studies  Narrative Films 

From acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Shinji SŰmai comes an exuberant farce tinted with deep shades of melancholy and real violence, P.P. Rider is an ode to the dreams of youth against authority. Adapted from a comic strip-like scenario by Leonard and Chieko Schrader, itís a film of unparalleled freedom, and a testament to Somaiís ability to inject his work with the potent marrow of life.

RECORDIALLY YOURS, LOU CURTISS
RECORDIALLY YOURS, LOU CURTISS

2023  American History  Business  Music  Performing Arts  Sociology 

Filmmaker Yale Strom explores the life and work of Lou Curtiss - creator of the San Diego Folk Festival, Adams Ave. Unplugged Festival, audiophile, folklorist, author, raconteur, radio host and proprietor of Folk Arts Rare Records, a mecca for some of the most celebrated American roots musicians in America.

A COMMON SEQUENCE
A COMMON SEQUENCE

2023  Anthropology  Biology  Cinema Studies  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women  Health  Indigenous Studies  Latino Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Science  Sociology  Spanish Language 

Within the human struggle to live and work on a changing planet, questions of value, extraction, and adaptation echo across seemingly disparate worlds. A Common Sequence examines shifts of life and labor through a critically-endangered salamander and plant patents in the apple industry. Weaving the stories of Dominican nuns running a conservation lab, a group of fisherman attempting to live off of a depleting lake, engineers developing AI-driven harvesting machines, and an indigenous biomedical researcher resisting the commodification of human DNA, the film becomes a meditation on the shifting border between the natural and unnatural world, and the dynamics of power at play.

WITH THIS LIGHT
WITH THIS LIGHT

2023  Children & Young Adult  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women  Economics  Education  Peace & Conflict  Latino Studies  Political Science  Religion & Spirituality 

Nun. Activist. Entrepreneur. Force of nature.  For over 70 years, Sister Maria Rosa Leggol helped over 87,000 Honduran children escape poverty and fortified her legacy as an activist and visionary. Her work continues with Maria and Rosa, two teens in her programs fighting to create their own lives.


OUR BODY
OUR BODY

2023  Aging / Gerontology  Children & Young Adult  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women  Biology  Family Relations  Health  LGBTQ  Medicine  Science  Human Sexuality  Women's Studies 

In Our Body, veteran documentarian Claire Simon observes the everyday operations of the gynecological ward in a public hospital in Paris.  In the process, she questions what it means to live in a womanís body, filming the diversity, singularity and beauty of patients in all stages of life. 

UMBERTO ECO: a library of the world
UMBERTO ECO: a library of the world

2023  Aging / Gerontology  Art History  Cinema Studies  Europe  Literature  World History 

A documentary immersion into all things Umberto Eco, Davide Ferrarioís film takes us on a tour of Ecoís private library, guided by the author himself. Combining new footage with material he shot with Eco in 2015

TRENQUE LAUQUEN (parts 1 and 2)
TRENQUE LAUQUEN (parts 1 and 2)

2023  Cinema Studies  Latino Studies  Biology  Narrative Films  Spanish Language  Directed by Women 

A selection of the New York Film Festival, director Laura Citarella directs a labyrinthine tale of obsessive pursuit and the quest for personal freedom.

HOUSE SPECIAL
HOUSE SPECIAL

2023  Asian Studies  Cultural Studies  Education  Gastronomy  Immigration  Indigenous Studies  Family Relations  Sociology  Women's Studies  World History 

A five-part docu series that chronicles the Chinese Canadian experience through the lens of small-town Asian food joints and the families that run them. Ride the rails with chef and author, Jackie Kai Ellis, as she explores Canadian Chop Suey cuisine.

WALK UP
WALK UP

2023  Asian Studies  Cinema Studies  Narrative Films  Films of Hong Sangsoo 

In his ninth film for Hong Sangsoo, Kwon Haehyo plays Byungsoo, a film director who goes with his daughter  to a building owned by an old friend, Hong fills the building spaces with a profusion of everyday details spanning art, love, career, religion, dietary decisions and home renovations.

THE NOVELIST'S FILM
THE NOVELIST'S FILM

2023  Cinema Studies  Asian Studies  Narrative Films  Films of Hong Sangsoo 

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. For his 27th feature, Hong Sangsoo holds a mirror up to his own artistic process and asks what exactly it is weíre looking for from a work of art. 

HUMAN FLOWERS OF FLESH
HUMAN FLOWERS OF FLESH

2023  Cinema Studies  Cultural Studies  Europe  Narrative Films  Directed by Women 

The film follows Ida, who, after a stirring encounter with the French Foreign Legion, sets sail with her own corps of five men, none of whom speak the same language, to trace the route of this fabled troop.

DRIFT
DRIFT

2023  Directed by Women  Cinema Studies  Narrative Films 

In her dynamic and entrancing directorial debut, Helena Wittmann takes us on a transatlantic voyage unlike any other, scrambling our senses and inviting us to surrender to the ocean's ever-undulating surface.

THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT
THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT

2023  Cinema Studies  Family Relations  Narrative Films  Sociology 

 The Strange Little Cat assembles seemingly unspectacular details into an exciting choreography of everyday life, a carefully staged chain reaction of actions and conversations, turning an apartment into a universe.

GEOGRAPHIES OF SOLITUDE
GEOGRAPHIES OF SOLITUDE

2022  Anthropology  Cinema Studies  Directed by Women  Environmental Studies  Sociology  Photography  2023 

Critic's Pick!  One of the most awarded films of 2022, Geographies of Solitude is a playful and reverent collaboration with the natural world filled with arresting images and made with an activist spirit. The film follows Zoe, a naturalist and environmentalist who has lived Sable Island, on a remote sliver of land in the Northwest Atlantic with a rich ecosystem, for over 40 years.

SANSON AND ME
SANSON AND ME

2023  Cinema Studies  Education  Family Relations  Immigration  Latino Studies  Sociology  Criminal & Law  Political Science 

A vibrant portrait of a friendship navigating immigration and the depths of the criminal justice system and pushing the boundaries of cinematic imagination to rescue a young migrant's story from oblivion.

NOBODY'S DAUGHTER HAEWON
NOBODY'S DAUGHTER HAEWON

2023  Films of Hong Sangsoo 

With her mother about to depart for a new life in Canada, college student Haewon is in quite a state.  Haewon drifts in and out of dreams and has a series of encounters: with a professor who teaches in America and knows Martin Scorsese, with a friend locked in a long-term relationship with a married man, with a famous French actress. 

OUR SUNHI
OUR SUNHI

2023  Films of Hong Sangsoo 

An almost-romantic roundelay of comic attempts at understanding ensues when recent film school graduate Sunhi returns to her university while on campus, she runs into a professor, an ex-boyfriend and a film director who also graduated from the school. Each of the three men offer their advice on life and attempt to lay out the qualities that define her. From acclaimed director Hong Sangsoo.

OKI'S MOVIE
OKI'S MOVIE

2023  Films of Hong Sangsoo 

One of Hong Sangsoo's most structurally audacious films, Oki's Movie comprises four short films arranged in an almost nesting doll formation. An official selection of the New York Film Festival.

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