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Sundance Film Festival 2014

Sundance Film Festival 2014


A program of the non-profit Sundance Institute®, the Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most ground-breaking films of the past two decades, including sex, lies, and videotape, Maria Full of Grace, The Cove, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Inconvenient Truth, Precious, Trouble the Water, and Napoleon Dynamite, and through its New Frontier initiative, has showcased the cinematic works of media artists including Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Pierre Huyghe, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Matthew Barney. These are the selections for this year's competition and festival.


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    Whiplash

    2014

    Directed by:Damien Chazelle

    Starring:Miles Teller, and J.K. Simmons

    Genre: Drama

    Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfectio...

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    Rich Hill

    2014   |   91 Minutes

    Directed by:Tracy Droz Tragos, Andrew Droz Palermo

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society

    In a rural, American town, kids face heartbreaking choices, find comfort in the most fragile of f...

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    To Kill a Man

    2014

    Directed by:Alejandro Fernandez Almendras

    Starring:Daniel Candia, Daniel Antivilo, Alejandra Yañez, and Ariel Mateluna

    When Jorge, a hardworking family man who's barely making ends meet, gets mugged by Kalule, a neig...

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    Return to Homs

    2013

    Directed by:Talal Derki

    Starring:

    Genre: Documentary

    Basset Sarout, the 19-year-old national football team goalkeeper, becomes a demonstration leader ...

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    Whiplash

    2014

    Directed by:Damien Chazelle

    Starring:Miles Teller, and J.K. Simmons

    Genre: Drama

    Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfectio...

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    Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory

    2012

    Directed by:Michael Rossato-Bennett

    Starring:

    Genre: Music [Nf]

    Five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease and dementia—many of them alone in nursing...

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    Difret

    2013   |   96 Minutes

    Directed by:Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

    Starring:Meron Getnet, and Tizita Hagere

    Genre: Drama

    Meaza Ashenafi is a young lawyer who operates under the government's radar helping women and chil...

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    The Green Prince

    2013   |   95 Minutes

    Directed by:Nadav Schirman

    Starring:

    Genre: Documentary

    This real-life thriller tells the story of one of Israel’s prized intelligence sources, recruited...

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    Imperial Dreams

    2014   |   87 Minutes

    Directed by:Malik Vitthal

    Starring:John Boyega, Rotimi Akinosho, Glenn Plummer, Keke Palmer, and De'aundre Bonds

    Genre: Drama

    A 21-year-old, reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future are put to the test when...

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    Fishing Without Nets

    2013   |   107 Minutes

    Directed by:Cutter Hodierne

    Starring:Abdikani Muktar, Abdi Siad, Abduwhali Faarah, Abdikhadir Hassan, and Reda Kateb

    Genre: Culture & Society [Nf]

    A desperate Somali father becomes a pirate in order to feed his family, but experience an intense...

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    The Case Against 8

    2014   |   100 Minutes

    Directed by:Ben Cotner, Ryan White

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society

    A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. Shot ...

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    52 Tuesdays

    2013   |   109 Minutes

    Directed by:Sophie Hyde

    Starring:Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Del Herbert-Jane, Imogen Archer, Beau Williams, and Mario Späte

    Genre: Drama

    Sixteen-year-old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals p...

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    20,000 Days on Earth

    2014   |   95 Minutes

    Directed by: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

    Starring:Nick Cave

    Genre: Documentary

    Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cult...

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    Low Down

    2014   |   120 Minutes

    Directed by:Jeff Preiss

    Starring:John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Lena Headey, and Peter Dinklage

    Genre: Drama

    Based on Amy Jo Albany's memoir, Low Down explores her heart-wrenching journey to adulthood while...

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    E-TEAM

    2014   |   90 Minutes

    Directed by:Katy Chevigny, Ross Kauffman

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society

    E-TEAM is driven by the high-stakes investigative work of four intrepid human rights workers, off...

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    Lilting

    2014   |   88 Minutes

    Directed by:Hong Khaou

    Starring:Ben Whishaw, Pei-Pei Cheng, Andrew Leung, Peter Bowles, and Naomi Christie

    Genre: Drama

    The world of a Chinese mother mourning the untimely death of her son is suddenly disrupted by the...

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    Happiness

    2014

    Directed by:Thomas Balmès

    Starring:

    Genre: Documentary

    Peyangki is a dreamy and solitary eight-year-old monk living in Laya, a Bhutanese village perched...

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    Dear White People

    2013   |   100 Minutes

    Directed by:Justin Simien

    Starring:Tyler Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, and Brandon Bell

    Four black students attend an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over an “African America...

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    Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

    2014   |   105 Minutes

    Directed by:David Zellner

    Starring:Rinko Kikuchi

    A lonely Japanese woman becomes convinced that a satchel of money buried in a fictional film is, ...

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    The Overnighters

    2013   |   90 Minutes

    Directed by:Jesse Moss

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society [Nf]

    Desperate, broken men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields...

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    Watchers of the Sky

    2013   |   120 Minutes

    Directed by:Edet Belzberg

    Starring:

    Five interwoven stories of remarkable courage from Nuremberg to Rwanda, from Darfur to Syria, and...

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    God Help the Girl

    2014   |   111 Minutes

    Directed by:Stuart Murdoch

    Starring:Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Cora Bissett, and Pierre Boulanger

    Genre: Musical

    Three young musicians meet at a crossroads in their creative and personal lives in Glasgow, Scotl...

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    We Come as Friends

    2013   |   110 Minutes

    Directed by:Hubert Sauper

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society [Nf]

    We Come as Friends is a modern odyssey, a science fiction–like journey in a tiny homemade flying ...

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    Watchers of the Sky

    2013   |   120 Minutes

    Directed by:Edet Belzberg

    Starring:

    Five interwoven stories of remarkable courage from Nuremberg to Rwanda, from Darfur to Syria, and...

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    20,000 Days on Earth

    2014   |   95 Minutes

    Directed by: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

    Starring:Nick Cave

    Genre: Documentary

    Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cult...

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    The Skeleton Twins

    2013

    Directed by:Craig Johnson

    Starring:Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson, and Ty Burrell

    Genre: Comedy

    Two twins (Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader) escape death that leads them on a trip to sort out their ...

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    Blind

    2014   |   100 Minutes

    Directed by:Eskil Vogt

    Starring:Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali, and Marius Kolbenstvedt

    Genre: Drama

    Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home—a place she can feel in...

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    I Origins

    2014   |   113 Minutes

    Directed by:Mike Cahill

    Starring:Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, and Archie Panjabi

    Genre: Drama

    A molecular biologist and his lab partner uncover startling evidence that could fundamentally cha...

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    Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory

    2012

    Directed by:Michael Rossato-Bennett

    Starring:

    Genre: Music [Nf]

    Five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease and dementia—many of them alone in nursing...

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    All the Beautiful Things

    2014

    Directed by:John Harkrider

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society

    John and Barron are lifelong friends whose friendship is tested when Barron's girlfriend says Bar...

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    CAPTIVATED: The Trials of Pamela Smart

    2014   |   102 Minutes

    Directed by:Jeremiah Zagar

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society

    In an extraordinary and tragic American story, a small town murder becomes one of the highest pro...

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    2014   |   100 Minutes

    Directed by:Ben Cotner, Ryan White

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society

    A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. Shot ...

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    Cesar's Last Fast

    2010

    Directed by:Richard Ray Perez, Lorena Parlee

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society [Nf]

    Inspired by Catholic social teaching, Cesar Chavez risked his life fighting for America’s poorest...

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    Dinosaur 13

    2014   |   117 Minutes

    Directed by:Todd Miller

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society

    The true tale behind one of the greatest discoveries in history.

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    E-TEAM

    2014   |   90 Minutes

    Directed by:Katy Chevigny, Ross Kauffman

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society

    E-TEAM is driven by the high-stakes investigative work of four intrepid human rights workers, off...

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    Fed Up

    2014   |   90 Minutes

    Directed by:Stephanie Soechtig

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society

    Fed Up blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight loss, revealing a 30...

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    The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

    2013   |   105 Minutes

    Directed by:Brian Knappenberger

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society

    Programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz achieved groundbreaking work in social ...

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    Ivory Tower

    2014   |   101 Minutes

    Directed by:Andrew Rossi

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society

    As tuition spirals upward and student debt passes a trillion dollars, students and parents ask, "...

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    Marmato

    2014   |   87 Minutes

    Directed by:Mark Grieco

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society

    Colombia is the center of a new global gold rush, and Marmato, a historic mining town, is the new...

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    No No: A Dockumentary

    2014   |   100 Minutes

    Directed by:Jeffrey Radice

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society

    Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD, then worked for decades counseling drug abusers. Dock's so...

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    The Overnighters

    2013   |   90 Minutes

    Directed by:Jesse Moss

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society [Nf]

    Desperate, broken men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields...

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    Private Violence

    2013   |   80 Minutes

    Directed by:Cynthia Hill

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society

    One in four women experience violence in their homes. Have you ever asked, “Why doesn't she just ...

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    Rich Hill

    2014   |   91 Minutes

    Directed by:Tracy Droz Tragos, Andrew Droz Palermo

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society

    In a rural, American town, kids face heartbreaking choices, find comfort in the most fragile of f...

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    Watchers of the Sky

    2013   |   120 Minutes

    Directed by:Edet Belzberg

    Starring:

    Five interwoven stories of remarkable courage from Nuremberg to Rwanda, from Darfur to Syria, and...

World Cinema Dramatic Competition
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    20,000 Days on Earth

    2014   |   95 Minutes

    Directed by: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

    Starring:Nick Cave

    Genre: Documentary

    Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cult...

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    Concerning Violence

    2013   |   85 Minutes

    Directed by:Göran Hugo Olsson

    Starring:

    Genre: Documentary

    Concerning Violence is based on newly discovered, powerful archival material documenting the most...

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    The Green Prince

    2013   |   95 Minutes

    Directed by:Nadav Schirman

    Starring:

    Genre: Documentary

    This real-life thriller tells the story of one of Israel’s prized intelligence sources, recruited...

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    Happiness

    2014

    Directed by:Thomas Balmès

    Starring:

    Genre: Documentary

    Peyangki is a dreamy and solitary eight-year-old monk living in Laya, a Bhutanese village perched...

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    Love Child

    2014

    Directed by:Valerie Veatch

    Starring:

    Genre: Documentary

    In Seoul in the Republic of Korea, a young couple stands accused of neglect when "Internet addict...

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    Mr leos caraX

    2014

    Directed by:Tessa Louise-Salomé

    Starring:

    Genre: Documentary

    Mr leos caraX plunges us into the poetic and visionary world of a mysterious, solitary filmmaker ...

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    My Prairie Home

    2013   |   78 Minutes

    Directed by:Chelsea McMullan

    Starring:Rae Spoon

    Genre: Culture & Society [Nf]

    A poetic journey through landscapes both real and emotional, Chelsea McMullan’s documentary/musi...

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    The Notorious Mr. Bout

    2014   |   90 Minutes

    Directed by:Tony Gerber, Maxim Pozdorovkin

    Starring:

    Genre: Documentary

    Viktor Bout was a war profiteer, an entrepreneur, an aviation tycoon, an arms dealer, and—strange...

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    Return to Homs

    2013

    Directed by:Talal Derki

    Starring:

    Genre: Documentary

    Basset Sarout, the 19-year-old national football team goalkeeper, becomes a demonstration leader ...

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    Sepideh

    2013   |   88 Minutes

    Directed by:Berit Madsen

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society [Nf]

    Sepideh wants to become an astronaut. As a young Iranian woman, she knows it’s dangerous to chall...

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    We Come as Friends

    2013   |   110 Minutes

    Directed by:Hubert Sauper

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society [Nf]

    We Come as Friends is a modern odyssey, a science fiction–like journey in a tiny homemade flying ...

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    Web Junkie

    2013   |   88 Minutes

    Directed by:Hilla Medalia, Shosh Shlam

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society [Nf]

    China is the first country to label “Internet addiction” a clinical disorder. Web Junkie investig...

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    The Battered Bastards of Baseball

    2014

    Directed by:Chapman Way, Maclain Way

    Starring:Kurt Russell

    Genre: Sports & Recreation [Nf]

    Hollywood veteran Bing Russell creates the only independent baseball team in the country—alarming...

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    Finding Fela!

    2014   |   120 Minutes

    Directed by:Alex Gibney

    Starring:Fela Kuti

    Genre: Music [Nf]

    Fela Anikulapo Kuti created the musical movement Afrobeat and used it as a political forum to opp...

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    Freedom Summer

    2014

    Directed by:Stanley Nelson

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    In the summer of 1964, more than 700 students descended on violent, segregated Mississippi. Defyi...

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    Happy Valley

    2014

    Directed by:Amir Bar-Lev

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    Genre: Culture & Society [Nf]

    The town of State College, the home of Penn State University, has long been known as Happy Valley...

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    Lambert & Stamp

    2014   |   120 Minutes

    Directed by:James D. Cooper

    Starring:Roger Daltrey, and Peter Townshend

    Genre: Music [Nf]

    Raised in very different backgrounds, friends Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert quickly realized their ...

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    Last Days in Vietnam

    2013   |   98 Minutes

    Directed by:Rory Kennedy

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society [Nf]

    During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon ...

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    Life Itself

    2014   |   112 Minutes

    Directed by:Steve James

    Starring:Roger Ebert

    Genre: Culture & Society

    Life Itself recounts the surprising and entertaining life of renowned film critic and social comm...

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    Mitt

    2014   |   94 Minutes

    Directed by:Greg Whiteley

    Starring:Mitt Romney

    Genre: Culture & Society [Nf]

    A filmmaker is granted unprecedented access to a political candidate and his family as he runs fo...

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    This May Be the Last Time

    2014

    Directed by:Sterlin Harjo

    Starring:

    Genre: Documentary

    Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo's Grandfather disappeared mysteriously in 1962. The community searching f...

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    To Be Takei

    2014

    Directed by:Jennifer Kroot

    Starring:

    Genre: Documentary

    Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei journeyed from a World War II internment camp...

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    We Are The Giant

    2014

    Directed by:Greg Barker

    Starring:

    Genre: Documentary

    We Are The Giant tells the stories of ordinary individuals who are transformed by the moral and p...

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    WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger

    2014   |   120 Minutes

    Directed by:Joe Berlinger

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society [Nf]

    Infamous gangster James "Whitey" Bulger’s relationship with the FBI and Department of Justice all...

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    The Better Angels

    2013

    Directed by:A.J. Edwards

    Starring:Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, and Wes Bentley

    Genre: Drama

    Set in the harsh wilderness of Indiana, this is the story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth. It tells of...

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    The Girl From Nagasaki

    2013   |   107 Minutes   |   R

    Directed by:Michel Comte, Ayako Yoshida

    Starring:Christopher Lee, Sasha Alexander, Michael Wincott, Michael Nyqvist, and Robert Evans

    Genre: Drama

    This 3D feature film production of the classic Puccini opera Madame Butterfly is directed by worl...

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    Living Stars

    2014

    Directed by:Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat

    Starring:

    Argentinians open their homes to the public and perform dance numbers they normally only do alone...

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    Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

    2014   |   90 Minutes

    Directed by:Thomas Allen Harris

    Starring:

    Genre: Culture & Society

    "Through a Lens Darkly" is an epic film that moves poetically between the present and the past th...

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