THE BEEKEEPER AND HIS SON

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NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE In a rural village in northern China, a father/son clash echoes the pull of tradition and modernization. When 20-year-old Maofu returns home after migrant city work, he tries to convince his aging beekeeping father Lao Yu to develop a brand for the family’s honey. Lao Yu instead insists his son first learn […]

THE ROAD

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NYC PREMIERE As part of a $586 billion infrastructure development plan, the Chinese government begins building the massive Xu-Huai Highway. Director Zhang Zanbo provides an in-depth look at the impact of the corruption-filled project in rural Hunan province. Representing the subcontracted construction company, professional problem solver Mr. Meng must contend with the complaints of displaced […]

FOREVER PURE

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NYC PREMIERE Beitar Jerusalem Football Club is the most controversial team in Israel. Loyal fans, known as La Familia, take pride in Beitar being the only team in its league that has never fielded an Arab player. In 2012, team owner Arcadi Gaydamak, a Russian-born billionaire with political aspirations, signs two Muslim players from Chechnya. […]

THE NINE

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NYC PREMIERE Celebrated photographer Katy Grannan transports us to a stigmatized world of drifters and hustlers in this exquisite portrait of a ravaged community living on a barren, forgotten street in California’s Great Central Valley. Her affectionate lens follows Kiki, a broken dreamer who nevertheless maintains a vital optimism that helps her survive in this […]

THE ISLANDS AND THE WHALES

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NYC PREMIERE In the remote Faroe Islands, an archipelago located halfway between Norway and Iceland, inhabitants have been in tune with their environment for millennia. With a rugged landscape not suited for farming, they have relied on the sea for their survival, enjoying a traditional diet of seabirds, pilot whales and fish. But when they […]

THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES

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NYC PREMIERE Taking an eye-opening approach to climate change, The Age of Consequences reframes concern for the environment into a question of international security. Viewed by the U.S. military and security experts as a “threat multiplier”  for instability, climate change is repositioned at the heart of current global unrest. Droughts and floods lead to food […]

DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS

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NYC PREMIERE While the Dominican Republic has protected much of its woodlands, its border neighbor Haiti has seen mass deforestation in the past few decades. As a result, a black market in charcoal production has developed via illegal logging on the Dominican side. When the body of a patrolling Dominican park ranger is found, his […]

GIRL UNBOUND: THE WAR TO BE HER

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US PREMIERE Maria Toorpakai Wazir has spent her young life defying expectations. At age 25, she is an internationally competitive squash player. But in her home country of Pakistan, she remains controversial. In her family’s region of Waziristan, women are forbidden by the Taliban from playing sports. In Girl Unbound, we follow Maria over several […]

THE LURE

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WORLD PREMIERE In 2010, art dealer Forrest Fenn buried a cache worth millions somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Publishing a cryptic poem with clues to its location, the eccentric millionaire offered the Fenn Treasure up for grabs to anyone who could find it – and tens of thousands have heeded his call. Executive produced by […]