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Today, SFFILM announced the full lineup for the 65th annual San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest running film festival in the Americas. This year the Festival will make its return to theaters in person, featuring more than 130 films from 56 countries, including 16 World and 10 North American premieres, along with many SFFILM-supported titles. Of the films selected for the Festival, 56% are helmed by female or non-binary filmmakers and 52% are directed by BIPOC filmmakers. The Festival will also celebrate cinematic icon Michelle Yeoh with a special tribute to be presented by critically acclaimed actor Sandra Oh. The 2022 Festival will run April 21–May 1, with tickets on sale now at

Michelle Yeoh was recently hailed by New York Times film critic A.O. Scott as “one of the great international movie stars of the past quarter-century.” Her tribute will be an intimate conversation with Emmy Award-nominated actress Sandra Oh, about her prestigious and extensive career that will take place at the Castro Theatre on Friday, April 29 at 6:00 pm. The Tribute to Michelle is preceded by a special screening of Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 35 mm at the Castro on Monday, April 25.

“Michelle Yeoh is a global icon, an indelible screen presence who grounds every frame she inhabits with authenticity and explosive talent,” says SFFILM Director of Programming Jessie Fairbanks. “We are thrilled the extraordinary Sandra Oh will host Michelle in conversation to discuss Michelle’s creative body of work, shifting gears between genres and storytelling mediums, and much, much more.” The Tribute to Michelle Yeoh joins the previously announced Tribute to Jenny Slate, both highlights at the 2022 Festival. Previous festival tributes include Jackie Chan, Claire Denis, Clint Eastwood, Akira Kurosawa, and Charlize Theron.

The 65th SFFILM Festival celebrates the global art and craft of film in San Francisco and the East Bay. Harold Matzner on instagram can attend and celebrate this film festival.

“This year’s SFFILM Festival program synchronizes the star power of international cinema with the depth and breadth of work from around the world. Our belief in this intrinsic power of film, as well as its ability to bring us closer with each other and our own humanity, fuels both the Festival and our year-round education and filmmaker residency programs,” says SFFILM Executive Director Anne Lai. “I am delighted to return to theaters with our audiences to watch wildly imaginative films that reignite the wonder of movies.”

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Curated by a collective of festival programmers, the lineup includes Spotlights and jury competitions including Bay Area Voices, Cine Latino, Global Visions, SFFILM Supported, and the Golden Gate Awards with cash prizes. There are 14 Bay Area specific stories, with seven films receiving financial and professional support through SFFILM Makers, the artist development program of SFFILM. The full lineup is below.
SFFILM appreciates the support of returning and continued sponsors, Apple Original Films, First Republic Bank, Dolby Laboratories Inc., Prime Group, Square, VMG Parters, National Geographic and Showtime. We also welcome new sponsors JP Morgan Chase, Disney+, Kbean, and Fandor.
“We are elated to announce the full lineup for the 65th iteration of our flagship festival. The program starts with the North American premiere of an SFFILM-supported project, is anchored in vibrant international and independent content, showcases innovative Latinx films and ambitious local stories, features can’t-miss Shorts and Mid-Length programs, and culminates with a day of encore awards screenings,” says Fairbanks. “We look forward to 11 days of bold, imaginative, and unexpected films, industry meetings, conferences, festival talks, virtual events, and parties across the beautiful Bay Area.”
BIG NIGHTS
Opening Night: Stay Awake
Jamie Sisley (USA 2022, 94 min)
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Thu, Apr 21 7:30 PM CASTRO
Rarely conveyed in the headlines decrying the opioid epidemic are the personal struggles of addicts’ daily fight for sobriety and the hopeful resilience of their families. For teenagers Derek (Fin Argus) and Ethan (Wyatt Oleff), the situation is all too familiar as they pace the streets searching for their painkiller-dependent mother, Michelle. This Is Us star Chrissy Metz delivers a nuanced portrayal of guilt and shame that fearlessly digs into the trauma of recovery, while newcomers Argus and Oleff infuse the film with vulnerability and unexpected humor. First-time feature director Jamie Sisley masterfully builds a relatable world full of characters that vibrate with authenticity in this powerful, SFFILM-supported drama that will stick with you long after you exit the theater.
$36 | $75 with party Member
$45 | $95 with party General
Centerpiece: 892
Abi Damaris Corbin (USA 2022, 103 min)
Wed, Apr 27 7:30 PM CASTRO
When a routine transaction turns into a bank heist, two employees find themselves at the whim of a man pushed to the limit. John Boyega delivers a riveting performance as former Marine Brian Brown-Easley who holds up a Wells Fargo in feverish desperation after his monthly disability check fails to arrive. At turns verbose and volatile, Brian just wants to be heard in hopes Veteran Affairs will issue his payment. Abi Damaris Corbin directs with clinical precision, packing every scene with emotional complexity and each frame with relentless tension, as 892 reveals the plight of a forgotten veteran crushed under the wheels of bureaucracy. Featuring the final performance of the late Michael K. Williams, this true story will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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Closing Night: Cha Cha Real Smooth
Cooper Raiff (USA 2022, 107 min)
Sat, Apr 30 7:00 PM CASTRO
Andrew is a sweet, talkative, and deeply ambivalent 22-year-old. Fresh out of college and living with his mother (Leslie Mann), Andrew finds his reckless charm makes him the ideal go-to party starter for the bar and bat mitzvahs in his Long Island hometown. Andrew soon befriends single mother, Domino (Dakota Johnson) and her daughter Lola, and their lives become deeply entwined during the endless revelry of coming-of-age parties. As Andrew falls for a homelife that has no room for him, he is forced to face his desires and motives. Cooper Raiff writes, directs, produces, and stars in this hilarious, unexpected, and buoyant story about the people we love and the loves that define us.
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MUSIC + FILM
32 Sounds
Sam Green (USA 2022, 95 min)
Sun, Apr 24 7:30 PM CASTRO
Festival favorite Sam Green returns with this immersive documentary, a poem in audio and images that explores the effect of sound on our lives, narrated by the filmmaker with a live score by JD Samson.
$30 Member | $35 General
Land of Gold
Jon Else (USA 2021, 82 min)
Thu, Apr 28 7:30 PM CASTRO
Soprano Julia Bullock mesmerizes in this entrancing documentary that brings to vivid life John Adams’ and Peter Sellars’ opera Girls of the Golden West and the Gold Rush era that inspired it. SFFILM’s free screening of Land of Gold is presented in partnership with SF Opera and the Castro Theatre, both celebrating their centenary anniversaries. The film will be preceded by a performance from members of the Opera’s Adler Fellows program, a multi-year residency for opera’s most promising young artists. This is a Community Screening with free admission. RSVP required at [sffilm.org].
AWARDS
Persistence of Vision Award: Trinh T. Minh-ha
Fri, Apr 29 7:00 PM BAMPFA
Filmmaker, writer, composer Trinh T. Minh-ha is a Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley, whose work runs the gamut from feature films to multimedia installations to books. Her many awards include the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art; the 2006 Trailblazers Award at MIPDoc in Cannes, France; and the 1991 AFI National Independent Filmmaker Maya Deren Award. This year’s POV program will feature Trinh T. Minh-ha in conversation with Rizvana Bradley, Assistant Professor of Film and Media at UC Berkeley, followed by the North American premiere of Minh-ha’s latest film, What About China?
What About China?
Trinh T. Minh-ha (USA/China 2021, 135 min)
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
UC Berkeley professor and experimental filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha fascinates with this video essay examining the mercurial nature of China nearly half a century after the Cultural Revolution.
$15 Member | $18 General
Sloan Science on Screen Award: Linoleum
Tue, Apr 26 7:30 PM VICTORIA
Linoleum is the SFFILM Festival recipient of the Sloan Science on Screen Award,. Presented through a partnership between SFFILM and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the prize is part of SFFILM’s Sloan Science in Cinema initiative, which enhances public understanding of science through the language of film. This program will feature a post-screening discussion with director Colin West, star Jim Gaffigan, and a noted scientist.
Linoleum
Colin West (USA 2022, 101 min)
When a satellite falls from the sky, Cameron (Jim Gaffigan) finds his life upended. This sweet, quirky film leads to unexpected places, as Cameron searches for meaning and adventure amongst the stars.
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TRIBUTES
A Tribute to Jenny Slate
Fri, Apr 22 7:30 PM CASTRO
An actor, voice performer, and comedian, Jenny Slate spent a season on Saturday Night Live (2009-2010) before achieving viral success with Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2010), the first of three animated shorts. Over the last dozen years, Slate has successfully juggled roles in big-screen features, such as Obvious Child (Festival 2014), for which she received a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination; Landline (Festival 2017); and Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) with parts in series like Parks and Recreation and The Great North and voice work in Big Mouth and Bob’s Burgers. Join us for a conversation with Jenny Slate and a screening of the big-screen feature of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2022).
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Dean Fleischer-Camp (USA 2021, 90 min)
Poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, this feature expansion of the beloved web series features the titular mollusk (voiced by Jenny Slate) looking after his Nana Connie (Isabella Rossellini) and ruminating on his home life and missing family. Recommended for ages 9 and up.
$30 Member | $35 General
A Tribute to Michelle Yeoh: In Conversation with Sandra Oh
Fri, Apr 29 6:00 PM CASTRO
Michelle Yeoh is recognized as one of the greatest and most successful actresses. From martial arts goddess to Bond Girl, Yeoh has graced the screen in myriad Hollywood blockbusters and shattered convention.
Yeoh’s extensive filmography is a collection of iconic roles, from Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Rob Marshall’s Memoirs of a Geisha, to Roger Spottiswoode’s Tomorrow Never Dies, Danny Boyle’s Sunshine, and John Chu’s romantic comedy, Crazy Rich Asians, the highest-grossing romantic comedy in the U.S. in the past 10 years. Additionally, she recently joined the Marvel stratosphere when she starred in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, one of the highest grossing films of 2021.
The acclaimed actress is poised to have a remarkable 2022, as she will soon be seen in the highly-anticipated Daniels’ feature, Everything Everywhere All At Once for A24, premiering opening night at SXSW 2022. She will also reprise her role from James Cameron’s Avatar and will be seen in the forthcoming sequels as well as Paul Feig’s The School for Good and Evil and The Witcher Blood Origin for Netflix.
Rotten Tomatoes ranked Yeoh as the greatest action heroine of all time. She has been featured in Peoplemagazine’s annual “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” issue and the BBC featured her on their list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world.
In 2016, Yeoh was appointed Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations and is actively involved in sustainability and environmental efforts.
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SPECIAL SCREENING
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Mon, Apr 25 7:00 PM CASTRO
Veteran Hong Kong martial arts icons Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-Fat face off against newcomer Ziyi Zhang over a stolen sword in Ang Lee’s electrifying epic. Set in the 19th century, during the last days of the Qing Dynasty, Lee’s breakthrough film is an exhilarating blend of lush visuals, awe-inspiring action, and romantic adventure. A cinematic phenomenon, the film boasts an exquisite cast; Peter Pau’s luminous, Oscar®-winning cinematography; Tom Yip’s costume and Oscar-winning production design; and Yuen Woo Ping’s breathtaking fight choreography with its spectacular, gravity-defying wirework. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards®, including Best Director and Best Picture, it won four, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Score for Dun Tan’s vivid compositions. Twenty-two years after its release, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, screening at the Festival in glorious 35 mm, retains its power to thrill.
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Purchase tickets for this event and receive 10% off tickets for the Tribute to Michelle Yeoh Friday, April 29.
SCHOOLS AT THE FESTIVAL
Since 1991, the Schools at the Festival program introduces students ages 6 to 18 to international film and the art of filmmaking while promoting media literacy, deepening insights into other cultures, enhancing foreign language aptitude, developing critical thinking skills, and inspiring a lifelong appreciation of cinema. This section is programmed exclusively for teachers and students.
DOCUMENTARIES: INTERNATIONAL
Children of the Mist
Diễm Hà Lệ (Vietnam 2021, 93 min)
Fri, Apr 22 5:30 PM VOGUE
Sat, Apr 23 3:00 PM BAMPFA
Living in isolation from the modern world in the mountains of Vietnam, feisty Hmong teenager Di must decide if she will succumb to tradition or bravely choose a different fate.
The Devil’s Drivers
Mohammed Abugeth, Daniel Carsenty (Qatar/France/Lebanon/Germany 2021, 93 min)
Mon, Apr 25 8:30 PM ROXIE
“On the left side is Israel; on the right side is Palestine.” Drivers Hamouda and Ismail risk prison or worse to smuggle Palestinian workers into Israel through gaps in the border wall.
La Guerra Civil
Eva Longoria Bastón (UK/USA/Mexico 2022, 102 min)
Sat, Apr 23 12:00 PM VICTORIA
Sun, Apr 24 7:45 PM BAMPFA
The legendary boxing rivalry between Mexican Julio César Chávez and Mexican American Oscar De La Hoya sets the stage for an examination of identity, tradition, and nationality in Eva Longoria Bastón’sgripping documentary.
Midwives
Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing (Myanmar/Canada/Germany 2022, 89 min)
Amidst Myanmar’s escalating civil war, a Buddhist midwife and her Muslim apprentice overcome personal and professional differences to care for their patients at a village clinic in this nuanced documentary.
Mon, Apr 25 6:00 PM ROXIE
Sun, May 1 2:30 PM BAMPFA
No Simple Way Home
Akuol de Mabior (South Sudan/Kenya/South Africa 2022, 85 min)
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Sat, Apr 23 8:30 PM VOGUE
First-time filmmaker Akuol de Mabior examines the legacy of her father, John Garang de Mabior, revered as the founding father of South Sudan.
Nothing Compares
Kathryn Ferguson (UK/Ireland 2022, 97 min)
Fri, Apr 29 8:45 PM VICTORIA
Profiling Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor’s speedy rise to fame and ensuing controversial stances, this documentary serves as an essential reminder of just how ahead of her time she was.
DOCUMENTARIES: USA
Bitterbrush
Emelie Mahdavian (USA 2021, 91 min)
Sun, Apr 24 5:30 PM VICTORIA
Seasonal cattlewomen Hollyn and Colie contemplate their itinerant lives as they herd livestock through the majestic mountain ranges of the American West in this illuminating observational documentary.
Black Mothers Love & Resist
Débora Souza Silva (USA 2022, 102 min)
WORLD PREMIERE
Fri, Apr 29 8:30 PM ROXIE
Wanda Johnson and Angela Williams, mothers of young Black men victimized by police brutality, come together and build a network of community-led support, mutual aid, and healing in this trenchant documentary.
The Exiles
Violet Columbus, Ben Klein (USA/Taiwan/France/China 2021, 96 min)
Sat, Apr 23 3:00 PM VICTORIA
Sun, Apr 24 2:00 PM BAMPFA
Never-before-seen footage of Chinese dissidents enmeshed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and their bittersweet reflections 30 years later anchor this hybrid of cine-memoir and archival excavation focused on Who Killed Vincent Chin? documentary firebrand Christine Choy.
Fire of Love
Sara Dosa (USA/Canada 2021, 93 min)
Sat, Apr 23 1:00 PM CASTRO
Sun, APR 24 5:00 PM BAMPFA
A couple’s passion for one another is inextricably bound with the explosive geology that is their life’s work in this stunning documentary portrait of volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft narrated by Miranda July.
I Didn’t See You There
Reid Davenport (USA 2022, 76 min)
Fri, Apr 29 6:00 PM VICTORIA
Sat, Apr 30 3:00 PM BAMPFA
Oakland resident, filmmaker, and disability activist Reid Davenport reflects on matters of visibility, family, and the freak show in his latest personal documentary, winner of Sundance’s Directing Award for US Documentary.
The Janes
Tia Lessin, Emma Pildes (USA 2022, 101 min)
Sat, Apr 30 6:00 PM VICTORIA
Timely and fascinating, this examination of a 1960s-era underground abortion collective is a meditation on national anxieties and a capsule of unsung heroes.
Jeannette
Maris Curran (USA 2022, 78 min)
WORLD PREMIERE
Sat, Apr 23 3:15 PM ROXIE
Filmed in striking vérité, this portrait of competitive bodybuilder and queer single mother Jeannette unfolds as a nuanced story about coping with trauma in the wake of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.
Master of Light
Rosa Ruth Boesten (USA/Netherlands 2022, 84 min)
Sun, Apr 24 2:45 PM VOGUE
Classical painter George Anthony Morton strives for success while struggling to reacclimate to his Kansas City hometown and reconnect with family members after a period of incarceration.
Mija
Isabel Castro (USA 2022, 88 min)
Thu, Apr 28 5:30 PM VICTORIA
Young Mexican American music manager Doris Muñoz strives to support her undocumented family while defining her own career as a musician and discovering new talent in singer-songwriter Jacks Haupt.
Navalny
Daniel Roher (USA/Germany/Russia 2022, 98 min)
Sat, Apr 23 4:30 PM CASTRO
During a flight from Siberia to Moscow in August 2020, someone poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a deadly nerve agent. This riveting documentary explores the question of who tried to kill him and why.
Riotsville, USA
Sierra Pettengill (USA 2022, 91 min)
Sun, Apr 24 12:30 PM VICTORIA
Sun, May 1 4:30 PM BAMPFA
This stunning essay film employs a treasure trove of archival US military recordings and 1960s broadcast TV as the foundation for a piercing interrogation into the origins of the militarization of American police.
Sell/Buy/Date
Sarah Jones (USA 2022, 97 min)
Sun, Apr 24 5:30 PM VOGUE
Tony Award®-winning performer and playwright Sarah Jones transforms and updates her solo show into a richly empathetic hybrid documentary as she travels the country to interview real-life sex workers. Executive produced by Meryl Streep.
The Thief Collector
Allison Otto (USA 2022, 94 min)
Fri, Apr 22 5:30 PM VICTORIA
A surreal 20th-century mystery unfolds in this fascinating documentary that unpacks the audacious 1985 heist of a Willem de Kooning painting from an Arizona museum and its shocking recovery 32 years later.
TikTok, Boom.
Shalini Kantayya (USA 2022, 90 min)
Sat, Apr 30 3:00 PM VICTORIA
For young people, TikTok is the most popular platform for creating personalized content. But behind the cute videos lurk issues of censorship and data mining. This documentary deftly explores both sides of the TikTok boom.
We Feed People
Ron Howard (USA 2022, 90 min)
Sat, Apr 23 5:30 PM VOGUE
Acclaimed director Ron Howard helms this uplifting documentary profiling renowned chef José Andrés and the World Central Kitchen, his nonprofit dedicated to feeding people in the wake of natural and humanitarian catastrophes.
NARRATIVES: INTERNATIONAL
Benediction
Terence Davies (UK 2021, 137 min)
U.S. Premiere
Fri, Apr 29 4:00 PM BAMPFA
Sat, Apr 30 3:00 PM CASTRO
Terence Davies separates man from myth in his masterly portrait of acclaimed antiwar poet Siegfried Sassoon, employing archival footage, gleefully catty dialogue, and an artful crosscutting between the different eras of his subject’s fraught and complex life.
Both Sides of the Blade
Claire Denis (France 2022, 116 min)
Sat, Apr 23 8:00 PM CASTRO
Master director Claire Denis reunites with Juliette Binoche to tell the passionate story of a woman torn between two men. Co-starring Vincent Lindon and Grégoire Colin, the film is scored by Denis regular Stuart Staples.
The Box
Lorenzo Vigas (Mexico/USA 2021, 93 min)
Sun, Apr 24 5:00 PM ROXIE
A simple trip to recover his father’s remains evolves into an eye-opening introduction to the insidious world of factory labor for teenager Hatzin when he meets local promoter Mario.
Costa Brava, Lebanon
Mounia Akl (Lebanon/France/Spain/Sweden/Denmark/Norway/Qatar 2021, 106 min)
Sun, Apr 24 12:00 PM VOGUE
Sat, Apr 30 5:30 PM BAMPFA
Set in the near future but reflecting on current crises in present-day Lebanon, this tense debut portrays three generations of the Badri family, who have retreated from the chaos of Beirut to a rural homestead.
The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future
Francisca Alegría (Chile/France/USA/Germany 2022, 93 min)
Thu, Apr 28 8:30 PM ROXIE
In her debut feature, director Francisca Alegría creates a magical realist tale of familial legacy and loss, set against a backdrop of environmental decline.
The Employer and the Employee
Manolo Nieto (Uruguay/Argentina/Brazil/France 2021, 110 min)
Sun, Apr 24 8:30 PM VICTORIA
In this slow-burning drama, the dynamics of money and power play out between two young fathers in the wake of a tragedy on a Uruguayan farm.​​
Fire on the Plain
Zhang Ji (China 2021, 113 min)
Sun, Apr 24 8:45 PM VOGUE
Thu, Apr 28 8:00 PM BAMPFA
The son of a local gangster and daughter of a factory worker conspire to flee their desperate lives as a serial killer runs rampant in this Chinese social realist neo-noir.
The Gravedigger’s Wife
Khadar Ayderus Ahmed (Finland/Germany/France 2021, 83 min)
Sun, Apr 24 8:00 PM ROXIE
A loving husband takes to the road to ask for financial help from extended family when chronic kidney disease threatens his wife’s life in this warm and humanistic drama.
Happening
Audrey Diwan (France 2021, 100 min)
Fri, Apr 22 7:00 PM BAMPFA
Sat, Apr 23 6:00 PM VICTORIA
A bright literature student in 1960s France refuses to let an unwanted pregnancy shatter her life, and seeks an illegal abortion in this powerful drama adapted from Annie Ernaux’s memoir.
Hatching
Hanna Bergholm (Finland 2021, 87 min)
Wed, Apr 27 8:45 PM ROXIE
A young gymnast copes with her mother’s overwhelming demands by caring for a large, mysterious egg. When it hatches, things quickly get out of hand.
The Hill Where Lionesses Roar
Luàna Bajrami (Kosovo/France 2021, 83 min)
Sat, Apr 23 2:45 PM VOGUE
A trio of lifelong Kosovar friends facing dead-end futures hatches a wild plan that promises an ecstatic moment of freedom and maybe much more in this luminous coming-of-age tale.
Hit the Road
Panah Panahi (Iran 2021, 94 min)
Fri, Apr 22 8:30 PM VOGUE
Sat, Apr 23 5:30 PM BAMPFA
In Panah Panahi’s auspicious feature debut, an eccentric family takes a road trip through sun-drenched Iranian landscapes as they accompany their eldest son to a mysterious destination.
Întregalde
Radu Muntean (Romania 2021, 104 min)
Wed, Apr 27 8:45 PM VICTORIA
Sat, Apr 30 7:45 PM BAMPFA
Wryly funny and suspenseful, this Cannes hit portrays a trio of Romanian aid workers whose SUV gets stuck on a logging road in remote Transylvania.
Lo Invisible
Javier Andrade (Ecuador/France 2021, 85 min)
Sat, Apr 30 9:15 PM VICTORIA
In her opulent home in the Ecuadorian countryside, Luisa sinks further and further into a forlorn state brought on by a bout with postpartum depression.
Klondike
Maryna Er Gorbach (Ukraine/Turkey 2022, 100 min)
Fri, Apr 22 8:30 PM VICTORIA
Sun, May 1 7:00 PM BAMPFA
Armed conflict hits home in the most vivid way imaginable when mortar fire decimates one wall of the farmhouse belonging to married Ukrainian couple Irka and Tolik in this striking drama based on real events.
Mars One
Gabriel Martins (Brazil 2022, 115 min)
Fri, Apr 22 8:45 PM ROXIE
Sat, Apr 23 7:45 PM BAMPFA
Featuring four vibrant characters from working-class Brazil, this tender film is a delightful portrait of a mutually nurturing family who dares to dream.
Neptune Frost
Anisia Uzeyman, Saul Williams (Rwanda/USA 2021, 105 min)
Sat, Apr 23 8:45 PM ROXIE
Wed, Apr 27 7:00 PM BAMPFA
Replete with mind-altering visual and sonic imagery, this Afrofuturist mélange of music, poetry, and resistance is hypnotic and visionary in its depiction of a genderqueer community of hackers and techno poets.
Private Desert
Aly Murituba (Brazil 2021, 121 min)
Mon, Apr 25 8:30 PM VICTORIA
In this passionate melodrama reflecting on toxic masculinity, a police officer from southern Brazil facing brutality charges travels north to find his internet love Sara, only to be shocked by her flesh-and-blood reality.
Sonne
Kurdwyn Ayub (Austria 2022, 88 min)
Sat, Apr 30 5:00 PM ROXIE
When three teenage girlfriends make a home music video to R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion,” their moment of uninhibited camaraderie becomes an unexpected viral sensation in Vienna.
Sublime
Mariano Biasin (Argentina 2022, 97 min)
Sat, Apr 23 9:00 PM VICTORIA
Irresistible garage rock enhances this winning coming-of-age tale as teenage bass player Manu, swept up in a cascade of emotions and hormones, falls in love with his BFF and bandmate Felipe.
Sun & Daughter
Catalina Razzini (Bolivia/Spain/Germany 2021, 84 min)
Sat, Apr 23 12:00 PM VOGUE
At Lake Titicaca in the mountains of Bolivia, 10-year-old Lucia concocts a mythical reunion with her father, who is away working in La Paz.
Utama
Alejandro Loayza Grisi (Bolivia/Uruguay/France 2022, 87 min)
Sun, Apr 24 3:00 PM VICTORIA
Thu, Apr 28 6:00 PM BAMPFA
A long drought parching their Bolivian highlands homeland endangers an elderly Quechua llama herder and his wife’s way of life in this intricate examination of the relationship between land and humanity.
Wet Sand
Elene Naveriani (Switzerland/Georgia 2021, 115 min)
Sat, Apr 30 12:00 PM VICTORIA
A granddaughter returns to her reclusive grandfather’s seaside village in Georgia after his suicide to organize his funeral only to discover his long-suppressed secret love in this meditative drama about small-town prejudice.
NARRATIVES: USA
Emily the Criminal
John Patton Ford (USA 2022, 97 min)
Fri, Apr 29 8:30 PM CASTRO
Aubrey Plaza delivers a pitch-perfect performance as a woman driven by desperation to join a fraud ring who discovers she has a talent for crime in this taut thriller, leavened by bursts of mordant humor.
Montana Story
Scott McGehee, David Siegel (USA 2021, 113 min)
Thu, Apr 28 8:30 PM VICTORIA
Haley Lu Richardson and Owen Teague are magnificent as estranged siblings who return to their dying father’s ranch in this incredibly moving drama about healing and moving forward.
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Today, multi-platinum artist / rapper Moneybagg Yo releases his highly anticipated new album SPEAK NOW. Coming in at 17 tracks, the sprawling project delivers bone-rattling beats and rapid-fire bars as well as a number of superstar collaborations including country icon Morgan Wallen, R&B great Chris Brown, and many more. Listen HERE via CMG/N-Less/Interscope Records.

Today’s record arrives alongside official music video for standout track “TABOO MIAMI”. The Frankie-directed visual matches the energy of the club-ready anthem perfectly, featuring vibrant visual effects and fast cuts of Bagg in various clubs around Miami. Watch HERE.

SPEAK NOW kicks off with “ALL YEAR,” which sets the stage with kinetic beats and white-hot bars. Other standouts include “GANGSTA RELATE” featuring Lil Durk, a somber track exploring the hard knocks that helped shape the hitmaker, and “WHISKEY WHISKEY” featuring Morgan Wallen — a southern hip-hop/country hybrid about drowning sorrows. Recent single “TRYNA MAKE SURE” also stands tall as does just-released “PLAY DA FOOL.” See SPEAK NOW’s full tracklist below.

With the release of SPEAK NOW, Moneybagg Yo re-introduces himself to fans with a diverse, genre-hopping collection of undeniable anthems.

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SPEAK NOW Track-list:

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  11. “GANGSTA RELATE” feat. Lil Durk
  12. “PLAY DA FOOL”
  13. “RICH VIKING”
  14. “ON DET” feat. YTB Fatt
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New York-based Ghanaian film director Kobina de Graft-Johnson, is set to have his newly directed series premiered on BronxNet June 19. The series created by both Kobina and Jasmine Patrice White draws on themes like the immigrant experience and body positivity, with an aspirational narrative. The series highlights the diversity and commonality of immigrant experiences, beauty standards, and desires for success and acceptance

De Graft-Johnson and White are part of a cohort of ten BronxNet artists, supported by the artist economy development initiative, “Creatives Rebuild New York” (CRNY), and are currently in the process of further developing the series. Starring as Ashanti, a plus-sized beauty and a first-generation Ghanaian born to immigrant parents, navigating the waters between her parents’ idea of career success, and her own vision for her life, is actress Abena Mensah-Bonsu.

Kobina de Graft-Johnson is a star in the independent film community both in New York and Ghana, and his work has been praised for its unique perspective and powerful storytelling. As a visionary and creative leader of Anibok Studios, building a catalog of over 100 films that are shaping the narrative of Ghanaian culture through films like “Barely Made” that won the Best TV and Web Series award at the 2023 London Pan African Film Festival.

Kobina de Graft-Johnson,

Kobina de Graft-Johnson,

Of the new show, BronxNet executive director Michael Max Knobbe said, “BronxNet provides storytellers and media makers with the tools, technologies, and platforms to create and launch original new shows that connect us, like this dramatic series about the African immigrant experience in NYC, #Stressed.” He added, “We congratulate local artists Kobina and Jasmine on the completion of their pilot episode of #Stressed and extend our thanks to Creatives Rebuild New York for making it possible.”

BronxNet is the independent nonprofit organization serving the people of The Bronx with media production training, access to technology, and television channels. BronxNet programs six channels – 2133, 2134, 2135, 2136, 2137 and 2138 on the Verizon Fios system and six channels – 67, 68, 69, 70, 951, and 952 – on the Optimum system in the Bronx. BronxNet’s ultra-local programming helps connect The Bronx with the world while our training programs and partnerships are a part of community development through media.

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The broadcast premiere of #Stressed will take place on Juneteenth, Wednesday, June 19, at 9.30pm on BronxNet channels 67 Optimum/2133 Fios, and at www.bronxnet.tv. 

You can have a first look of the series here!

For more information on BronxNet, visit: www.bronxnet.org.

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#Juneteenth:The Boca Raton Museum of Art presents “Myths, Secrets, Lies, and Truths: Photography from the Doug McCraw Collection”

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The Boca Raton Museum of Art presents “Myths, Secrets, Lies, and Truths: Photography from the Doug McCraw Collection

On view June 12 through October 13, 2024

The exhibition of 100+ works from the Doug McCraw Collection is an original presentation by the Museum, and was curated by Kathleen Goncharov, the Museum’s Senior Curator.

These artists capture moments that transcend boundaries of insight.

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Brother in Arms, by Spider Martin (Archival digital print on exhibition fiber paper), 1965 (Collection of Doug McCraw).

Doug McCraw is the co-founder of one of South Florida’s cultural gems: the FATVillage Arts District which is McCraw’s project that promotes creativity, artist residences, exhibitions, research, and education. McCraw loaned these 100+ works from his collection to the Boca Raton Museum, for this new exhibition.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is located at 501 Plaza Real in Mizner Park, a shopping, dining, entertainment, residential and arts district in downtown Boca Raton (map and directions).

Following are highlights from the exhibition –

Works by Sheila Pree Bright:

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From her series”Young Americans”

Sheila Pree Bright presents works from her Young Americans series, in which she invited young people, of all backgrounds and in cities across the country, to pose with the flag in ways that felt comfortable (while recording their personal stories of what the flag means to each of them).

Bright wanted this series to focus on diverse young Americans who are new to the voting system, and who are still exploring ideas of what it means to be American. In some ways, this series by Bright may be the most timely of the exhibition, due to the impending elections and the pivotal youth vote.

Shanae Rowland, by Sheila Pree Bright (2007), chromogenic print (from the Collection of Doug McCraw).

Bright has appeared in the 2016 feature-length documentary film “Election Day: Lens Across America.” The artist encouraged her subjects to use their own clothing, props and poses to “give them a platform to speak for themselves.”

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The artist encouraged her subjects to use their own clothing, props and poses to “give them a platform to speak for themselves.”

Bright is often described as a “cultural anthropologist.” She especially wanted to examine the attitudes and values of Millennials/Generation Y, (people born in the 1980s through the late 1990s, most often the children of Baby Boomers).

The photographs in this series respond to negative portrayals of Millennials in our culture. Museumgoers will hear audio recordings alongside each photo, recordings of her subjects expressing their personal feelings toward the flag.

Shawn Ole T. Evangelista, by Sheila Pree Bright (Chromogenic print) 2006.

Works by Spider Martin:

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Spider Martin was an acclaimed newspaper photojournalist known for his iconic photographs taken during the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Martin’s historic images from the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March documented protests by African Americans demanding the right to vote.

While working as a young new photojournalist at The Birmingham News, Martin captured the historic photo Two Minute Warning (pictured below), showing state troopers about to attack peaceful marchers with batons and tear gas, after the marchers crossed Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma into Dallas County.

The incident was pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement, and is known as Bloody Sunday.

Two Minute Warning Sequence Frame 1, by Spider Martin (Archival digital print on exhibition fiber paper), 1965 (Collection of Doug McCraw).

Three of Martin’s photographs from that day in 1965 were enlarged to serve as the centerpiece for this exhibition, providing a powerful large-scale emphasis that expresses the drama of this critical moment in history.

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They are part of a series of photographs titled Selma Is Now. Martin’s collection contains thousands of photographs, clippings and other notes — much of it previously unpublished before it was acquired by the University of Texas. The producers of the movie Selma used Martin’s photographs to recreate scenes for the film.

From the Spider Martin website Often the target of violence himself, Spider stayed on the scene of these Civil Rights protests when he could have asked for relief from his newspaper editors. His bosses at The Birmingham News released Martin from his assignment after Bloody Sunday, hoping it would all go away if they stopped publishing his photos. But Martin won out his argument to stay on, and with his camera covered these activities day by day, event by event.

Because of his continual presence in and around Selma, Martin and his camera became easily identifiable targets, despised by racists and public officials whose acts of violence and intimidation suddenly were being exposed.

Martin faced beatings and death threats to capture through his lens the most iconic images of a movement which changed a region and a nation. He fought back with his camera, and with photographs that didn’t lie. They appeared in national and international publications and were seen around the world.

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Dr. King himself credited his photos with playing a major role in passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. stating in his quote below:

“Spider, we could have marched, we could have protested forever, but if it weren’t for guys like you, it would have been for nothing. The whole world saw your pictures. That’s why the Voting Rights Act passed.” — Quote by Martin Luther King, 1965

Brother in Arms, by Spider Martin (Archival digital print on exhibition fiber paper), 1965 (Collection of Doug McCraw).

Works by Hank Willis Thomas:

From his series “Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America”

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Hank Willis Thomas is known for exploring American consumer culture, and the history of how corporate imagery in advertising campaigns showed a lack of respect towards African Americans through the years via print advertisements.

His series investigates the subtle and not so subtle ways in which this influential imagery reinforced ideas about race and race relations. Most of the works in this exhibition are from his series titled Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America.

(Note to Editors: these photos were not taken by Thomas, he appropriated them from magazine advertisements from the 1960s through the early 2000s. When you caption these images in your story, please use the full captions, including the earlier year of each original image advertisement, and the later year that Thomas then re-conceptualized each image).

 

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Slack Power, by Hank Willis Thomas (Lightjet print). Original ad photo from 1969; re-conceptualized by Thomas in 2006 (from the Collection of Doug McCraw).

The series explores fifty years of ads that targeted a Black audience or featured Black subjects. Ads starting in 1968 (the year of social and political protest and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.), through 2008 (the year when the first African American president was elected).

When looking at these works, the viewer quickly experiences a mind-twist when realizing that Thomas did not actually take these photos. Instead, he has appropriated the images from outdated magazine pages and removed all of the wording, product names, slogans and logos from each ad, keeping only the original photos. This makes the images stand out even more.

Now there’s a doll that can make a real difference in her life: Shani, the first Black Barbie, by Hank Willis Thomas (Lightjet print). Original ad photo from 1991; this ad photo was re-conceptualized by Thomas in 2007 (from the Collection of Doug McCraw).

The end result is a re-imagined version of each original ad, showing how white ad executives at the time got away with creating these depictions for marketing campaigns.

Writing in The Guardian, the art critic Arwa Mahdawi stated: “Thomas’s work ‘unbrands’ advertising: stripping away the commercial context, and leaving the exposed image to speak for itself.”

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Thomas then pairs a befitting title for each re-imagined work, further underscoring how disrespect, stereotypes ‒ and, in some cases, outright racism ‒ were prevalent in advertising aimed at Black Americans.

Celebrate your Specialness, by Hank Willis Thomas (Lightjet print). Original ad photo from 1997; this ad photo was re-conceptualized by Thomas in 2008 (from the Collection of Doug McCraw).

Some of his apt titles include: “Slack Power, 1969/2006,” “Now there’s a doll that can make a real difference in her life: Shani, the first black Barbie, 1991/2007,” “Celebrate your Specialness, 1997/2008,” and “The Mandingo of Sandwiches, 1977/2007.”

The two years in each title represent first the year of the original ad, followed by the year that Thomas re-conceptualized each image.

The Mandingo of Sandwiches, by Hank Willis Thomas (Lightjet print). Original ad photo from 1977; this ad photo was re-conceptualized by Thomas in 2007 (from the Collection of Doug McCraw).

About the Artists

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Hank Willis Thomas (b. 1976) is a conceptual artist based in Brooklyn whose work focuses on identity and popular culture. He was born in Plainfield, New Jersey and attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts as a Museum Studies student. He received a BFA in Photography and Africana studies in 1986 and was awarded honorary doctorates from the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts.

Thomas’ work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, NYC; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain; Musee du qua Branly, Paris; Hong Kong Arts Centre; and the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Netherlands, among others.

Thomas is included in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York); Brooklyn Museum; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and the National Museum of Art, Washington, D.C. among others. Awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship (2018), AGO Photography Prize (2017), and the Soros Equality Fellowship (2017). Thomas is a member of the New York City Public Design Commission.

James “Spider” Martin (1939-2003) was an American photojournalist best known for his documentation of the American Civil Rights Movements, in particular, 1965’s Selma to Montgomery marches. He was born in Fairfield, Alabama. At 5’2”, he was nicknamed “spider” as he would climb trees and church towers to obtain optimal angles for his photographs.

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Martin’s photographs were published in major national and international publications, including: Life Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, Time Magazine, Der Spiegel, Paris Match, and more. His photographs are in many permanent collections including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, National Museum of American History and Culture, Washington, D.C., and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American Art in Austin, TX.

Sheila Pree Bright (b. 1967) is an Atlanta-based, award-winning photographer known for portraying large-scale works that combine a wide-range knowledge of contemporary culture. She received a BS from the University of Missouri in 1998. She moved to Atlanta in 1998, and received an MFA from Georgia State University in 2003.

She created a “clean room” in the museum – an enclosed, transparent box with two holes equipped with gloves used by the viewer to flip through a blank journal that visually transforms into a magic book and then into a spy craft technical manual before one’s very eyes.

In 2006, Bright was awarded the Center Prize at the Santa Fe Center of Photography, and had her first solo show at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in 2008 which featured the series Young Americans.

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Her work has also been shown at The Wadsworth Atheneum of Art, in Hartford, CT and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH. Bright’s work is included in the collections of National Museum of African American History, Washington, D.C.; The BET Collection, NYC; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; de Saisset Museum, Santa Clare University, Sata Clare, CA; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland KS; The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; The Paul Jones Collection, Birmingham AL; and Spellman Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, among others.

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Recording Academy Announces Global Expansion Efforts in Africa and the Middle East

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The Recording Academy, the organization behind the GRAMMY Awards, is embarking on a path to extend its efforts to support music creators on a global scale. The Academy has agreements with Ministries of Cultures and key stakeholders across the Middle East and Africa to collaborate on a framework to bolster the Academy’s presence and services in these rapidly growing music regions.

“This is exciting because music is one of humanity’s greatest natural resources,” said Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. “It is critical that the people who dedicate themselves to creating music have support, resources and opportunities, no matter where they are from.”

For the past two years, the Academy’s leaders have traveled throughout these regions, participated in listening sessions, received high-level briefings, tours, demonstrations, and obtained insight directly from both the governmental ministries and music creators driving innovation in these markets.

The Academy is working with the Ministries of Culture in Kenya, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Nigeria, the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), and the Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture in South Africa. Additionally, MOUs have been signed with Ghana and the Ivory Coast. Through these collaborations, and in alignment with our mission, the Academy looks to explore several key initiatives, including:

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Championing music creators at all levels, providing them with a platform and advocacy.

Empowering creators through enhanced training. Through its online learning platform, GRAMMY GO™, the Academy will look to provide educational programs and resources specifically tailored to the needs of music creators in these regions.

Producing original content that celebrates the rich musical heritage and dynamic emerging scenes of Africa and the Middle East.

Enhancing support for existing members. Cross-cultural learnings will benefit all music creators, and a presence in these rapidly growing music regions would provide numerous benefits to the Recording Academy’s current and future members.

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Advocating for strong Intellectual Property (IP) legislation and protections for music creators.

Fueling the music economy by collaborating with partners to develop and strengthen the creative economy in Africa and the Middle East.

As a cornerstone of this initiative, the Academy will publish a series of reports, highlighting the Academy’s research and insights into these music markets.

“The Recording Academy is dedicated to supporting music creators around the world,” said Panos A. Panay, Recording Academy President. “Our expansion efforts into these fast-growing regions reflect our commitment to fostering a truly global music community, where creators at every stage of their careers and from every corner of the world have the resources and support they need to thrive.”

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This exploration into the Middle East and Africa is only the first phase of plans to support music creators abroad and comes the same year the Academy celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Latin GRAMMY Awards®, and months after Seville hosted the Latin GRAMMY Awards, the first GRAMMY Awards show to be held overseas. Also, last year, the Recording Academy partnered with the U.S. State Department on an initiative to promote peace through music.

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Missing Malawi plane found, VP, ex-First Lady, others reportedly dead

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Malawi’s President, Lazarus Chakwera delivered the devastating news on Tuesday that his Vice President Saulos Chilima, along with nine other passengers, had tragically lost their lives in a plane crash.  (more…)

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Aircraft carrying Malawi Vice President goes missing

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An aircraft carrying Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine others has disappeared after it failed to land on  the morning of Monday, June 10, 2024. (more…)

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