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Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border

Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border

Director: Rodrigo Reyes
Year: 2013

Using Purgatory as his filmic metaphor, Director Rodrigo Reyes creates a haunting exploration of transient life near the US/Mexico border.

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Modus Operandi

Modus Operandi

Director: Frankie Latina
Year: 2009

A wild throwback to '70s grindhouse movies, Modus Operandi is shockingly violent and even more entertaining. Director Frankie Latina took four years to direct this lovingly constructed ode to disreputable genre flicks, all of it shot in his hometown of Milwaukee. He mashes together Blaxploitation, gore, Italian giallo, Japanese gangster flicks and much more into an irresistible guilty pleasure.

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Ganja & Hess

Ganja & Hess

Director: Bill Gunn
Year: 1973

Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and the horror cinema, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film GANJA & HESS is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion, and African American identity. Duane Jones (Night of the Living Dead) stars as anthropologist Hess Green, who is stabbed with an ancient ceremonial dagger by his unstable assistant (director Bill Gunn), endowing him with the blessing of immortality, and the curse of an unquenchable thirst for blood.

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Romantico

Romantico

Director: Mark Becker
Year: 2005

A documentary portrait of Mexican musician Carmelo Muniz, who returns home to his young daughters after years playing the San Francisco taqueria circuit. Their reunion is bittersweet, as once Carmelo arrives in his hometown, he finds himself confronted with the million reasons he left in the first place years ago. At the age of 60, another border crossing begins to seem absurd, but Carmelo has not given up.

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Momma's Man

Momma's Man

Director: Azazel Jacobs
Year: 2008

One of the most acclaimed films of this year's Sundance Film Festival, Azazel Jacobs' third feature is both a tribute to his parents (and to the lost New York of his childhood) and an acutely perceptive, deeply personal take on a universal experience: the fear of growing up.

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Barking Water

Barking Water

Director: Sterlin Harjo
Year: 2009

A uniquely delicate and moving road movie, Barking Water uses the ruggedly beautiful backdrop of rural Oklahoma to tell the story of a proud Native American attempting to reconnect with his estranged family.

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Liberty Kid

Liberty Kid

Director: Ilya Chaiken
Year: 2008

LIBERTY KID captures with compassion and street-smart humor the spirit and pain of America transformed by 9-11. Two young friends struggle to survive after losing their jobs at the Statue of Liberty tourist site due to 9/11. Director Ulya Chaiken "makes us feel for her characters" (NY Post), and evokes simple and memorable human truths about life on society's margins.

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Invitation to Dance

Invitation to Dance

Director: Christian von Tippelskirch, Simi Linton
Year: 2014

Invitation to Dance is an eye-opening insider's account of disability in 21st century America. The film traces Simi Linton's personal growth as a disabled woman, and the larger historically significant developments around her over the past 40 years.

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Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Director: Chloe Zhao
Year: 2015

Songs My Brothers Taught Me is set in the often starkly beautiful Badlands of South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; most of the key players are young Lakota Native Americans.

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Moving from Emptiness: The Life and Art of a Zen Dude

Moving from Emptiness: The Life and Art of a Zen Dude

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Year: 2014

With brush, ink, and rice paper, Zen painter Alok Hsu Kwang-han uses the play of light and dark to explore energy, creativity, and the art of life. On the verge of his 75th birthday, with a new love in his life, Alok employs his teachings to confront his personal history.

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