When They See Us

When They See Us is director/writer/producer Ava DuVernay’s searing, four-part drama about five black and Latino boys who were railroaded into falsely confessing to the most notorious gang rape in New York City history.

In combating the prejudice and rush to judgment of the original event, When They See Us is a mostly sympathetic retelling.

Rafiki

Bursting with the colorful street style and music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, RAFIKI is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but they yearn for something more.

Ask Dr. Ruth

ASK DR. RUTH chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America’s most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, a thick German accent, and an uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. As she approaches her 90th birthday—and shows no signs of slowing down—Dr.

Amazing Grace

“One of the most famous films never released” and “one of Hollywood’s holy grails” is now getting a release. Aretha Franklin (1942-2018) may have been best known as the “Queen of Soul,” but she started her stunning career singing gospel music as a teenager on tour and at home in Detroit, where her father was a star pastor.

The Brink

When Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist less than a week after the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally in August 2017, he was already a notorious figure in Trump’s inner circle, known for bringing a far-right ideology into the highest echelons of American politics. Unconstrained by an official post, he became free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker, turning his controversial brand of nationalism into a global movement.

Birds of Passage

Documenting the true-to-life rise and fall of rival Wayuu clans in northern Colombia, the latest film by creative life partners Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra (producer and director respectively of the 2016 Academy Award-nominated EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT) is an unexpected take on the cartel genre. With incredible attention to the detail of Colombia’s indigenous Wayuu customs, traditions and celebrations, Gallego and Guerra weave an epic tragedy of pride, greed, and the clash between the old and new worlds.

ROMA

Nominated for 10 Academy Awards® including: Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Actress (Yalitza Aparicio), Best Supporting Actress (Marina de Tavira), Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing

Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical ROMA is an immersive, compassionate and  technical masterwork that, though set in the 1970s, speaks directly to contemporary Mexican society.

What Is Democracy

Director Astra Taylor’s idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’s groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism’s roots in medieval Italy; from modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States’ reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor.

If Beale Street Could Talk

In his third feature, Barry Jenkins, director of the Oscar-winning MOONLIGHT, draws deep from the well of James Baldwin, whose profound insight into African Americans’ unique place in American society serves as inspiration for this gorgeous tone poem on love and justice.

Tish (KiKi Layne) is only 19 but she’s been forced to grow up fast—pregnant by Fonny (Stephan James), the man she loves who is going to prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story

In 2004, Cyntoia Brown was arrested for murder. There was no question that a 43-year-old man is dead and that she killed him. What mystified filmmaker Daniel Birman was just how common violence among youth is, and just how rarely we stop to question our assumptions about it. He wondered in this case what led a girl — who grew up in a reasonable home environment — to this tragic end?

Jane Fonda In Five Acts

Jane Fonda is a true artivist. She’s spent a great part of her lifetime creating and remaking herself and her subsequent community in the pursuit of not just her artistic voice, but her activist heart. We highly recommend this look at her life and work, in five (yes relatively long and somewhat indulgent) acts, that ultimately won’t leave you disappointed, but rather inspired and exhilarated.

Boy Erased

Jared (Lucas Hedges) belongs to a loving middle-class Arkansas family, with his mother, Nancy (Nicole Kidman) and Baptist minister father, Marshall (Russell Crowe). Jared gets good grades, plays basketball, and is in a steady—but chaste—relationship with a girl from school. Everything in his life is going according to plan, until a college friend outs Jared as gay.