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Wijdan: The Mystery of Gnawa Trance Music
rating:2.2

Wijdan: The Mystery of Gnawa Trance Music

2000Runtime:0 minutes
Exiled by the Malian Empire and enslaved in Morocco during the 16th century, the Gnawa people are known around the world for their ritualistic trance music -- a sound that has had undeniable influence on blues and rock musicians for generations. Witness a historic meeting between Moroccan musician Brahim El Belkani and Mali's own Sibiri Samaké as the two luminaries discuss their musical roots and share insights on the future of Gnawan trance.

Directed by:

  • Bella Le Nestour
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    Earthquake in Chile
    rating:2.2

    Earthquake in Chile

    1974Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on a novella by Heinrich von Kleist, this made-for-TV drama follows the story of Jeronimo (Victor Alcazar), a commoner who falls in love with Josefa (Julia Pena), a wealthy Chilean heiress he's tutoring. But when their affair is exposed, Josefa is banished to a convent. A series of tragic events unfolds, culminating in a massive earthquake -- which just might be fate intervening on the lovers' behalf.

    Directed by:

  • Helma Sanders-Brahms
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    The Future of Emily
    rating:2.2

    The Future of Emily

    1985Runtime:0 minutes
    When popular movie star Isabelle (Brigitte Fossey) returns home to visit her parents and daughter, family secrets and accusations emerge. The night is made even more complex when Friedrich (Hermann Treusch), Isabelle's love-struck co-star, arrives. Writer-director Helma Sanders-Brahms crafts a poignant, often painful look at the relationship between three generations of strong women in this German production.

    Directed by:

  • Helma Sanders-Brahms
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    Eastern Horror: Vampire Resurrection / Devil Shadow
    rating:2.1

    Eastern Horror: Vampire Resurrection / Devil Shadow

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    This Hong Kong double feature will get your spine tingling with its blend of horror and martial arts. In Vampire Resurrection, a group of tourists on a remote island make a shocking discovery when they realize their hosts -- who come out to entertain them in the evening -- are a clan of bloodsucking vampires. Then, cartoonist Wan Di, whose comics reflect his brutal childhood, is haunted by his mother's murderer in Devil Shadow.

    Directed by:

  • Wing Hung Tang
  • Denice Duff
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    La Captive
    rating:2.1

    La Captive

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Simon (Stanislas Merhar) is a wealthy man living a sheltered life in an affluent Paris neighborhood. He's smitten with his companion Ariane (Sylvie Testud) and spends all his time by her side. His obsession deepens when he sets out to discover everything about Ariane, including her past, her secrets and even her most private thoughts. He even begins to follow her, stopping at nothing to allow his complete vision of her to take shape.

    Directed by:

  • Chantal Akerman
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    Al Manar TV: In the Name of the Hezbollah
    rating:2.1

    Al Manar TV: In the Name of the Hezbollah

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Highly controversial, the Arab television station Al Manar has come under scrutiny for acting as the mouthpiece for the terrorist group Hezbollah, broadcasting incendiary reports and allegedly promoting anti-Semitism. This film goes behind the cameras to explore the practices, perceptions and audience of the station that offers a decidedly different view of Israel than what the Western media depict. Elisabeth Drevillon and Olivier Ferraro direct.

    Directed by:

  • Elisabeth Drevillon
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    Micaela, Una Película Mágica
    rating:2.1

    Micaela, Una Película Mágica

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    When she learns that Dr. Black (Arialdo Jiménez) and his cohorts have devised a plan to deplete the world of all its color, aspiring young artist Micaela (Micaela Casotto) thinks she might be the only one who can stop them. With help from the Wisdom Tree, Micaela transforms into a superhero and sets out to thwart the menacing villain's plot. Directed by Rosanna Manfredi, this family adventure combines live action and vibrant animation.

    Directed by:

  • Rosanna Manfredi
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    History of a Secret
    rating:2.1

    History of a Secret

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    As a child, French filmmaker Mariana Otero grew up thinking her vanished mother was working in Paris. As an adult, she learned the truth from her father: Mariana's mother died in a back-alley abortion. Otero fearlessly explores this dark family secret in this documentary, which looks at the abortion issue from an intensely personal standpoint. The wrenching film won Best Documentary at the 2003 Valladolid International Film Festival.

    Directed by:

  • Mariana Otero
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    Passions
    rating:2.1

    Passions

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    This Russian film, directed by Kira Muratova, charts two young women's bittersweet search for passion. Lilia and Violetta enter the world of horse racing for the love of the game, and while there, they meet jockeys who are fascinated with them. What takes precedence -- love or sports? They'll soon find out.

    Directed by:

  • Kira Muratova
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    Travesuras del Corazon
    rating:2.1

    Travesuras del Corazon

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    This Spanish-language &NFi;telenovela&NFi_; centers on the heartaches and joys of Isabel Revilla (Patricia Pereyra), an actress whose dreams of fame and glory are broken repeatedly, forcing her to find new meaning in life. Fate intervenes when she finds an abandoned baby on her doorstep, an event that ends up placing her on the right path to true love and happiness in this engaging drama from Peru.

    Directed by:

  • Manolo Castillo
  • Marisol Palacios
  • Jorge Tapia
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    No Mercy, No Future
    rating:2.1

    No Mercy, No Future

    1981Runtime:0 minutes
    Roaming the night streets of Berlin in search of God, an untreated schizophrenic woman (a flawless Elisabeth Stepanek) from a wealthy family gives herself over to various men from the dregs of society. The bleak and brutal West German drama was improvised from a series of letters written by a real-life schizophrenic woman. The film earned director Helma Sanders-Brahms the Sutherland Trophy at the 1981 British Film Institute Awards.

    Directed by:

  • Helma Sanders-Brahms
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    Smokers Only
    rating:2.1

    Smokers Only

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    A suicidal young singer named Reni (Cecilia Bengolea) is about to get kicked out of her band when she meets a male gigolo, Andres (Leonardo Brezicki), at an ATM after he picks her pocket. They begin an affair, and she decides to become a hooker so she can spend more time with her newfound love. Suicide's beginning to look good! Filmed in Buenos Aires.

    Directed by:

  • Veronica Chen
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    A Little Family Conversation
    rating:2.1

    A Little Family Conversation

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Directed by French actress Helene Lapiower, this fascinating documentary chronicles a seven-year odyssey into her family's Jewish roots and history, including their emigration from Poland to France decades before. More than a mere family album, the film raises broader cultural and religious questions: How is a family's sense of itself transmitted from generation to generation? How do its religious beliefs change over time?

    Directed by:

  • Helene Lapiower
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    Psychosis
    rating:2.0

    Psychosis

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    This set of stories takes a realistic look at life in a mental hospital. "The Labyrinth" examines the often-tragic lives doctors lead outside the asylum, while "The Voices" tells the story of a woman driven to hallucinations after her child vanishes. A fellow patient slips into depression as he lives in denial of his homosexuality in "No Exit," and in the tale "In Peace," a war veteran has trouble dealing with the horrors he's seen.

    Directed by:

  • Sonia Valentin
  • rating:2.0 2.0 Average Rating

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    Francisca
    rating:2.0

    Francisca

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Helmut Busch is a German spy who comes to Mexico with phony paperwork. He's arrested, but Mexican police strike a deal and ask him to spy on a group of activist students. Helmut pretends to be a French professor and gets close to the students, soon falling in love with the ringleader. But he's faced with a painful decision when the police want him to eliminate his new love. Stars Ulrich Noethen, Fabiola Campomanes and Arcelia Ramírez.

    Directed by:

  • Eva Lopez-Sanchez
  • rating:2.0 2.0 Average Rating

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    Under the Pavement Lies the Strand
    rating:2.0

    Under the Pavement Lies the Strand

    1975Runtime:0 minutes
    Straining under the realization that they have lost their revolutionary fervor, lovers and former radicals Grischa (Grischa Huber) and Heinrich (Heinrich Giskes) take up a new political cause by fighting a proposed abortion law. But fresh, more pressing questions arise when Grischa unexpectedly becomes pregnant. Helma Sanders-Brahms directs this provocative drama that also stars Ursula von Berg and Gesine Strempel.

    Directed by:

  • Helma Sanders-Brahms
  • rating:2.0 2.0 Average Rating

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    Now and Then
    rating:3.8

    Now and Then

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends -- Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta -- recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, they reconcile experiences with boys, secrets, bullies and more. Lesli Linka Glatter directs; Gaby Hoffmann, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Cloris Leachman, Thora Birch and Christina Ricci co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Lesli Linka Glatter
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Now and Then (1995)
    A heartwarming movie about four childhood girlfriends who, in adulthood reunion, relive their experience of the life-changing summer of 1970, including a mystery death, divorce, standing up to the boys, first kiss, and the meaning of true friendship. Each explores her unique identity amidst family and friends. Beautifully directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
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