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Part of the Jewish Film Festival! Set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, 93QUEEN follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are smashing the patriarchy in their community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City. With unprecedented—and insider—access, 93QUEEN offers up a unique portrayal of a group of empowered women who are taking matters into their own hands to change their own community from within.
Sun, May 12, 2019 5:00 PM
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After So Many Days

After a decade of making music together, Jim and Sam, a recently married singer/songwriter duo from Los Angeles, were not the successful band they hoped they’d be. Feeling stuck and anxious about their future, the duo made a spontaneous decision to go “all in,” making a pact to play one show every day for a year. With suitcases and a guitar, the troubadours ventured out for a 365-day tour down unexplored roads, and onto unexpected stages, bringing their music to new audiences throughout 14 different countries. After So Many Days, is an intimate front row seat to the highs and lows of what it’s like for two people to pursue a dream, together.
Thu, May 16, 2019 6:45 PM
Fri, May 17, 2019 8:00 PM
Sat, May 18, 2019 12:45 PM
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Amateurs (Amatörer)

Welcome to Lafors! A small Swedish community in desperate need of a fresh start. Hope rises when the German low-cost superstore Superbilly is considering setting up business in the area. 500 new jobs, that would change everything! Musse at the local government office gets the honour to make the commercial that will be selling Lafors. But Aida and Dana pick up the fight and turn their mobiles and selfie sticks towards everyone that isn't allowed to take part in the commercial. The battle of who has the right to tell the story of Lafors has begun.
Sun, May 12, 2019 8:45 PM
Sat, May 18, 2019 12:15 PM
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An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy

An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy is a film about injustice, redemption, and a burning desire for all people to be treated equally. A son of immigrants and forced into a U.S. World War II concentration camp as a child, NORMAN MINETA became the first Asian American mayor of a major city (San Jose, California); leading to a distinguished 20-year career in Congress; the first Asian American Cabinet member, serving two U.S. Presidents, a Democrat and Republican. He never forgot his roots or the shame and humiliation he and his family felt during WWII, leading the way for an apology from the U.S. government and redress for Japanese Americans. On September 11, 2001, his leadership as U.S. Secretary of Transportation, would ensure that what happened to Japanese Americans during WWII did not happen to any other group based on ethnicity or religion.
Thu, May 16, 2019 7:00 PM
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The Ancient Law (Das alte Gesetz)

Part of the Jewish Film Festival!The digital restoration of this lost gem from the silent era features with an original live score by the extraordinary violinist Alicia Svigals (who accompanied The Yellow Ticket at the Michigan Theater in 2018) and acclaimed pianist Donald Sosin! In a shtetl in Galicia, the son of a rabbi gets a bug for acting and is swept into a glamorous lifestyle, much to the chagrin of his very traditional father. The son becomes the object of a Viennese arch duchess’s affections, and, with a sweetheart waiting back home, he must decide between two divergent paths. The Ancient Law offers a nuanced depiction of both the shtetl and the Jewish ideals of the era, steering clear of caricature at every turn. The cinematography is spectacular, emulating the light and shadow of a Rembrandt etching.
With a live accompaniment by Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin
Tue, May 14, 2019 7:30 PM
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Artifishal is a film about wild rivers and wild fish that explores the high cost—ecological, financial and cultural—of our mistaken belief that engineered solutions can make up for habitat destruction. The film traces the impact of fish hatcheries, and the extraordinary amount of public money wasted on an industry that hinders wild fish recovery, pollutes our rivers and contributes to the problem it claims to solve. Artifishal also dives beneath the surface of the open-water fish farm controversy, as citizens work to stop the damage done to public waters and our remaining wild salmon.
Thu, May 16, 2019 4:00 PM
Fri, May 17, 2019 7:00 PM
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Celebrated journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell leads the first comprehensive documentary look at self-driving cars in Autonomy. The film is a cinematic exploration of the world of automated vehicles — from their technical history to the personal narratives of those affected by them to the many unanswered questions about how this technology will affect modern society. Autonomy features interviews with industry pioneers and scenes with cutting-edge “AVs” in action around the world. Inspired by a special issue of Car and Driver, Autonomy reinforces the context of where the “car” meets the coming revolution in mobility, presenting an essential primer on the subject and how it will affect you.
Followed by a LIVE Q&A with Director Alex Horwitz, Greg McGuire (MCity Lab Director), Benjamin Kuipers (Professor of Computer Science and Engineering) and Eddie Alterman (Chief Brand Officer of Hearst Autos).
Sun, May 19, 2019 2:00 PM
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Before You Know It

Opening Night Film!
Stage manager Rachel Gurner still lives in her childhood apartment—along with her off-kilter actress sister, Jackie; eccentric playwright father Mel; and deadpan preteen niece Dodge—above the tiny theatre they own and operate. Level-headed and turtleneck-wearing Rachel is the only thing standing between her family and utter chaos. Then, in the wake of a sudden family tragedy, Rachel and Jackie learn their presumed-deceased mother is actually alive and thriving as a soap-opera star. Now the sisters’ already-precarious balance turns upside down, and Rachel must figure out how to liberate herself from this surreal imbroglio.
Followed by a Q&A with director/star/writer Hannah Pearl Utt and co-writer/co-star Jen Tullock
Fri, May 10, 2019 8:00 PM
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Bite Me

Bite Me is a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her. Set in modern-day New York City, the film follows two, seemingly incompatible misfits as they struggle to break free from their identity crises and discover who they really are. The central tension and heart-warming joy of the film comes from watching these two outsiders surrender to the terrifying act of falling in love. Bite Me is a love song to the unsung weirdos of our generation.
Both screenings with special guest appearance by director Meredith Edwards! Vampire attire welcomed and encouraged!
Fri, May 17, 2019 9:30 PM
Sat, May 18, 2019 6:00 PM
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Budapest Noir

Part of the Jewish Film Festival!A beautiful girl is found dead in Budapest 1936 and no one wants to investigate — except Zsigmond Gordon, a world-weary reporter who asks unwanted questions about the seemingly unimportant murder of a young prostitute found beaten to death and dumped in a courtyard. While supposedly covering the funeral of Fascist-leaning Hungarian Prime Minister, Gyula Gombos, Gordon’s investigation leads him deep into the city’s dark underbelly, a shady world of pornographers, fixers, boxing rings, seedy brothels and powerful crime syndicates. Along the way, everyone’s motives are suspect from the lowlifes in the street, to the political activists, to the highest echelons of business and power.
Sun, May 12, 2019 8:00 PM
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Cassandro, The Exotico! (Cassandro El Exotico!)

This stirring feature portrait of lucha libre star Cassandro in his waning years in the ring is less a swan song than a meteor shower rendered in Technicolor. Famed as much for his flamboyant drag and sky-high pompadour as for his show-stopping kicks and flips, Cassandro’s trailblazing ascent as one the industry’s first openly gay wrestlers has resonated internationally for a quarter century. Marie Losier captures the moving, at times humorous, and always colorful dualities of this legendary figure with her talent for forging intimacy with a subject while celebrating his individuality broadly.
Wed, May 15, 2019 3:45 PM
Sat, May 18, 2019 8:30 PM
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Closing Night Party MOVED to the Michigan Theater


Due to threat of thunderstorms we have been forced to move the party from Mcity to the Michigan Theater.

Following the film AUTONOMY on Sunday, May 19, join us at the Michigan Theater for a party with food trucks, music, and more! Party admission included with our Festival and VIP passes. Tickets to Closing Night, which include the party + film, available for purchase.

More information here
Sun, May 19, 2019 4:30 PM
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Cold Case Hammarskjöld

In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane mysteriously crashed, leaving no survivors. It’s understood that because Hammarskjöld was, at the time, advocating for Congo’s independence, the “crash” was an assassination. With the case still unsolved fifty-plus years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger leads viewers down a wild investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth. Scores of false starts, dead ends and elusive interviews later, Brügger begins to uncover a critical secret that could send shockwaves around the world.
Mon, May 13, 2019 4:00 PM
Sat, May 18, 2019 2:30 PM
Sun, May 19, 2019 11:15 AM
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Complicity (Kazenokiwa Kotono Youni)

Chen Liang, a young Chinese man is an illegal immigrant in Japan. One day he receives a call about a job offer meant for someone else. In his desperation, he pretends to be the intended recipient in order to get the job, which turns out to be work at a traditional Japanese soba restaurant. He starts his new life living and working with the elderly soba master with the fear that his identity could be exposed at any moment.
Wed, May 15, 2019 8:45 PM
Thu, May 16, 2019 4:15 PM
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Crossing Beyond

“Flowers bloom on every border” wrote Korean poet Ham Min-Bok, a metaphor which inspired acclaimed documentarian Yi Seung-jun to explore how the Olympic values reach across borders of all kinds to deliver hope. Crossing Beyond follows a select group of athletes from diverse backgrounds – British snowboarder Billy Morgan, Ghanaian skeleton racer Akwasi Frimpong, ice hockey player Park Yoon-jung and the unified Korean team, Austrian ski jumper Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, and Afghani Alpine skiers Sayed Alishah Farhang and Sajjad Husaini – as they navigate the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. It tells the stories of athletes compelled to confront personal, social, political and geographical boundaries in the face of daunting challenges. YI SEUNG-JUN captures the Olympic spirit and soul of this edition of the Olympic Games, celebrating their essence by asking deeper questions about the value of sport beyond the podium.
Sun, May 12, 2019 6:00 PM
Sat, May 18, 2019 3:00 PM
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Dalya’s Other Country

Enjoy an Arab American Film Festival selection and panel discussion before breaking fast with fellow attendees at an Iftar following the film.

Dalya’s Other Country
In 2012 Dalya and her mother Rudayna fled Aleppo for Los Angeles as war took over. Months before, Rudayna learns a secret that destroys her marriage, leaving her single at midlife. Arriving in LA, Dalya enrolls as the only Muslim at Holy Family Catholic High School. Can mother and daughter remake themselves while holding on to their Islamic traditions?

Immediately following the film, we will be joined by Muslim Americans from the community to discuss being Muslim American in today's world and navigating identities in today's political and social climate.
Sat, May 11, 2019 6:45 PM
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Detroit Voices

Watch the strongest storytelling that Detroit has to offer. The region's most talented short filmmakers will compete for $6,000 in prizes at Detroit Voices. This year's screening features separate categories of documentary and narrative films. A reception follows the screening.
Thu, May 16, 2019 6:00 PM
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Part of the U-M Mavericks and Makers Symposium! Dolores Del Rosario (JULIETA ORTIZ) is an illegal immigrant from El Salvador who works as a maid for wealthy New Yorkers. Treated patronizingly whenever she isn't simply ignored, she witnesses all her privileged employers' quirks and indiscretions, including affairs and other secrets. When she loses her highest-paying job because the family's political ambitions preclude employing an illegal immigrant, Dolores' neighbors, led by her best friend, Mona (YVETTE MERCEDES), come to her aid.
Sat, May 11, 2019 12:30 PM
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Part of the U-M Mavericks and Makers Symposium! A young Marine named Eddie Birdlace (RIVER PHOENIX) is set to spend his last night in San Francisco with his military friends before they are deployed to Vietnam in 1963. Eddie and his friends plan to attend a cruel bar event called a "dogfight," which requires Marines to bring unattractive dates who will be judged for their ugliness. Eddie encounters a shy, frumpy girl named Rose (LILI TAYLOR) whom he brings to the dogfight but finds himself falling for as the night goes on. Directed by NANCY SAVOCA (True Love), The New York Times calls this film "intelligent ... affecting ... astonishing," and the Wall Street Journal calls it "a delight ... a romance with heart."
Sun, May 12, 2019 1:30 PM
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The Farewell

After learning their beloved matriarch has terminal lung cancer, a family opts not to tell her about the diagnosis, instead scheduling an impromptu wedding-reunion back in China. Headstrong and emotional writer Billi (AWKWAFINA) rebels against her parents’ directive to stay in New York and joins the family as they awkwardly attempt to rekindle old bonds, throw together a wedding that only grandma is actually looking forward to, and surreptitiously say their goodbyes.A heartfelt celebration of both the way we perform family and the way we live it, The Farewell masterfully interweaves a gently humorous depiction of the good lie in action with a thoughtful exploration of how our cultural heritage does and does not travel with us when we leave our homes.
Featuring a post-film Q&A with Executive Director Eddie Rubin at both screenings!
Sat, May 11, 2019 3:30 PM
Thu, May 16, 2019 6:30 PM
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