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93Queen

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 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 6:45 PM
Fri, May 17 8:00 PM
Sat, May 18 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 8:45 PM
Sat, May 18 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 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 7:30 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 8:00 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 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 3:45 PM
Sat, May 18 8:30 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 4:00 PM
Sat, May 18 2:30 PM
Sun, May 19 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 8:45 PM
Thu, May 16 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 6:00 PM
Sat, May 18 3:00 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 3:30 PM
Thu, May 16 6:30 PM
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Fiction & Other Realities

Bobby, a New York born and raised Korean American is a struggling singer-songwriter that still lives at home with his widowed Korean mother. Bobby is presented with the opportunity to travel on a world tour as a roadie for his best friend Billy’s electro-pop band. He abandons the tour upon reaching Seoul, Korea. In Korea he befriends INA who becomes his guide in Seoul and also a partner in music. They perform music together and begin to find success. Just as things are looking positive for the duo, things come to a halt and Bobby needs to decide what’s important to him. Returning to his old life or continuing his journey for self worth in Korea. His time in this land where everyone looks like him helps close certain gaps in his life that question his heritage and his inability to feel fully accepted at home in America.
May 14th at the State Theatre with special guest appearance by director/star Bobby Choy!
Tue, May 14 6:15 PM
Thu, May 16 9:00 PM
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The Final Adventure of Kaktus Kid (Poslednja Avantura Kaktus Bate)

Aleksandar Zograf, a renowned cartoonist discovers an unusual comic book from World War II. The comic’s hero is Kaktus Kid – a small cactus trapped in his pot. Intrigued, Zograf investigates into the life of Kaktus Kid’s creator – little known artist Veljko Kockar. He soon discovers that Kockar was arrested just after the liberation of Belgrade in 1944. He was charged for being a Gestapo agent and executed. Zograf’s investigation reveals a far more complex story: Kockar’s identity and artistic works were stolen, he possibly has an affair with the girlfriend of a guerilla soldier and he drew anti-communist propaganda for the Nazis. As he explores the story and pieces together the scraps of evidence 70 years after it happened Zograf is faced with his own personal and artistic dilemmas: why do these little drawings have such power to give consolation but also lead to violence?
With special guest appearance by director Djordje Markovic on Fri. May 17 and Sat. May 18
Fri, May 17 5:45 PM
Sat, May 18 5:45 PM
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Fonotune: An Electric Fairytale

In another time and place, where people barely communicate and an impending apocalypse is in the air, lone drifter Mono makes an odyssey to experience mysterious rock star Blitz’s final cosmic performance out in the Big White Nothing, a desert surrounding the city. Here, people escape from reality, and each other, through music. A constant companion in their headphones is Radio, nihilistic DJ of radio station FONOTUNE, playing his own joyous soundtrack to destruction! On his journey, Mono shares fleeting connections with a gang of strangers: Teen-hooker Stereo, lo-fi cowboy Analog, and the sassy Bubblegum. Their paths finally collide in an audiovisual showdown with the mythical musician many thought dead or long-gone.
Tue, May 14 9:15 PM
Fri, May 17 9:45 PM
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Framing John DeLorean

Money, power, politics, drugs, scandal, and fast cars. The incredible story of John DeLorean is the stuff of a Hollywood screenwriter’s dreams. But who was the real John DeLorean? To some, he was a renegade visionary who revolutionized the automobile industry. To others, he was the ultimate con man. For the first time, Framing John DeLorean recounts the extraordinary life and legend of the controversial automaker, tracing his meteoric rise through the ranks of General Motors, his obsessive quest to build a sports car that would conquer the world, and his shocking fall from grace on charges of cocaine trafficking. Interweaving a treasure trove of archival footage with dramatic vignettes starring ALEC BALDWIN, Framing John DeLorean is a gripping look at a man who gambled everything in his pursuit of the American Dream.
Both screenings featuring a special guest appearance by producer Tamir Ardon
Sat, May 11 7:00 PM
Tue, May 14 7:00 PM
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Funan

Cambodia, April 1975. Chou is a young woman whose everyday world is suddenly upended by the arrival of the Khmer Rouge regime. During the chaos of the forced exile from their home, Chou and her husband are separated from their 4-year-old son, who has been sent to an unknown location. As she navigates her new reality, working in the fields day and night under the careful watch of soldiers, and surviving the small indignities and harrowing realities of the increasingly grim work camps, Chou remains steadfast in her determination to reunite her family – even if it means risking everything. Winner of the top prizes at the Annecy Animation Festival and the Animation is Film Festival, Funan is a searing and remarkable debut from filmmaker Denis Do, who uses his own family history as inspiration for a thrilling story of love, loss and enduring hope in the most trying of times. Featuring the voices of BÉRÉNICE BEJO (The Artist) and LOUIS GARREL (The Dreamers).
Sat, May 11 8:30 PM
Sun, May 19 1:30 PM
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Health Undocumented (Salud Sin Papeles)

Sparked by backlash to a neo-Nazi rally and a stream of strict anti-immigrant laws passing in Arizona, a group of activists organize to build Phoenix Allies for Community Health, a unique free clinic serving undocumented immigrants. The film follows their journey, delves into the heart and history of the clinic, and chronicles the poignant stories of undocumented patients as well as their courage and resilience. Health Undocumented captures the inspirational birth of a local grassroots movement, full of beautiful human portraits including those of doctors, nurses, and activists who would stop at nothing to make a difference.
With special guest appearances from director Juan Freitez and executive producer Chelsea Soyring
Tue, May 14 9:00 PM
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