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107 Mothers

Award-winning Slovak documaker Peter Kerekes (Cooking History) dips a toe in the fiction world with the rigorously researched 107 Mothers, set inside a women’s prison in Odessa, Ukraine. Made over five years and 86 shooting days, it reveals a cloistered world populated only by women: inmates, nurses and wardens, wives and widows, daughters, sisters, pregnant women and women with children.

Sun, May 8 2:15 PM
Mon, May 16 2:00 PM
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Alegría is a proudly independent woman, living in the family's ancestral home in the Spanish city of Melilla nestled on the Moroccan coast. When her niece is set to marry, Alegría reluctantly agrees to host the event. Supported by Dunia, her bubbly Moroccan housekeeper, and Marian, her chill Christian best friend, Alegría must open her home and revisit her Jewish roots. 

Mon, May 9 7:00 PM
Thu, May 12 1:30 PM
Sun, May 15 11:20 AM
Sat, May 21 1:45 PM
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Anonymous Club

Shot on 16mm by friend and collaborator Danny Cohen, Anonymous Club is an innovative documentary/visual diary of Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett. Shot over three years, the film captures this iconic performer as she tours, records, and privately wonders whether or not to keep performing. 

Fri, May 6 9:35 PM
Thu, May 12 9:30 PM
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Any Day Now

Age 11+, coming of age drama

Any Day Now is a humanist coming-of-age story of 13-year-old Ramin and his Iranian family living in a refugee center while seeking asylum in Finland. Ramin starts a new school, makes friends, and dances with a girl, but underneath the excitement and light-hearted comedic moments lies uncertainty and fear of deportation.

Sun, May 15 11:00 AM
Wed, May 18 1:45 PM
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When a pandemic causes worldwide amnesia, Aris arrives at the “Disturbed Memory Department”. He is Number 14842, and is told to wait for his family. But if this virus has made him completely forget them, won’t they have completely forgotten him?

Fri, May 6 2:20 PM
Thu, May 12 9:15 PM
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The Art of Making It

The Art of Making It asks the provocative question: Are the systems in place to showcase artwork actually harming artists’ ability to have their work seen by the wider public? As artists toil away to create meaningful new work that the culture sorely needs, they also find themselves forced to confront an industry that is failing them.

Fri, May 6 7:00 PM
Sat, May 7 4:15 PM
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As Far As I Can Walk

A re-imagining of a traditional medieval epic in which contemporary African migrants take the place of Serbian national heroes. Urgent and timeless at the same time, the adaptation raises questions about identity, tradition, race and love. Winner, Crystal Globe, Karlovy Vary, along with Best Actor, Europa Cinemas Label and Ecumenical Prize.

Fri, May 6 4:40 PM
Thu, May 12 1:50 PM
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As in Heaven

Set on a West Jutland farmstead in the late nineteenth century, this compelling period drama rings true as a portrait of young female consciousness. The protagonist, 14-year-old Lise, the eldest of eight siblings, will soon become the first in her family to go away to school. But then a dramatic turn of events puts her future in doubt. Winner, Nordic Dragon, Gothenburg; Best Director, Best Actress, San Sebastian.

Mon, May 9 1:50 PM
Fri, May 13 4:20 PM
Tue, May 17 1:50 PM
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Back Then

The “back then” of this delightfully performed, laugh-out- loud funny, family dramedy is the mid-1980s in the People’s Republic of Poland. Based on the writer- director’s own life and quirky family, this is a true audience pleaser.

Wed, May 11 2:00 PM
Tue, May 17 1:45 PM
Thu, May 19 9:00 PM
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Bad Axe

Filmmaker David Siev is the son of a Cambodian-refugee father and Mexican-American mother, whose family owns a restaurant in rural Bad Axe, Michigan. His stunning documentary debut captures the struggles of the family to keep their restaurant alive in the face of a pandemic, racism, and a politically divided America.

Tue, May 17 4:15 PM
Thu, May 19 9:30 PM
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Beautiful Minds

When a lonely funeral director, Louis, and an introverted grocery delivery man with cerebral palsy, Igor, find themselves in a hearse on a long-distance trip, both men discover the true meaning of friendship. Based on writer-director-star Alexandre Jollien’s own life experiences, Beautiful Minds will charm and move viewers. 

Fri, May 6 7:00 PM
Mon, May 16 7:20 PM
Wed, May 18 1:40 PM
Fri, May 20 4:30 PM
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“Every one of us inherits the curses of our ancestors. But we may put an end to this cycle by constantly going to war with ourselves…” So says filmmaker Rebeca “Beba” Huntt in her brilliant and poignant documentary that will challenge all of your notions of filmmaking, race and class in America.

Wed, May 11 4:30 PM
Thu, May 19 4:20 PM
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Legendary 20th Century English war poet Siegfried Sassoon’s life-long quest for personal salvation through his experiences with family, war, his writing, and destructive relationships goes unresolved, never realizing it can only come from within.

Tue, May 10 7:00 PM
Sun, May 15 5:00 PM
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Both Sides of the Blade

In Claire Denis’ latest masterpiece, Sara (Juliette Binoche) and her husband, Jean (Vincent Lindon), are deeply in love well into their 50s. But Jean, a retired rugby player with a prison record, can’t hold a job or maintain a relationship with his son. Enter François (Grégoire Colin), a friend to both, and a potential threat. 

Mon, May 9 7:10 PM
Thu, May 12 4:15 PM
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The Box

Hatzín, a young boy, heads to a small industrial town in northern Chihuahua to collect the remains of his father, who died in a work-related accident. There he sees Mario, a man whom Hatzín –perhaps through grief– is convinced is his father, alive and well. Mario takes him in, at first reluctantly and then seeing an opportunity, turns the cunning boy into a criminal understudy.

Fri, May 6 2:00 PM
Fri, May 13 4:50 PM
Wed, May 18 4:45 PM
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What do a publisher in Arkansas, an attorney in Arizona, and a speech therapist in Texas have in common? They’re being punished under anti-boycott legislation that has now been passed in 33 states. Filmmaker Julia Bacha exposes this disturbing new threat to freedom of speech and profiles those courageous enough to fight back.

Wed, May 18 6:30 PM
Thu, May 19 12:30 PM
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Bring Her Home

Director Leya Hale Attending.

Three Indigenous women–an artist, an activist, and a politician–fight to vindicate and honor their missing and murdered relatives who have fallen victims to human trafficking, a growing epidemic across Indian country. 

Sat, May 7 1:30 PM
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Broken Keys

An endangered musician in a Syrian town controlled by ISIS must sell his beloved piano in order to escape the country. The 20-something pianist Karim shelters in a bombed-out building with his cousin and many neighbors, together they hide from the war outside while making covert plans for escape. 

Sat, May 7 11:30 AM
Tue, May 10 7:00 PM
Wed, May 18 4:20 PM
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Age 11+, coming of age drama 

In this magical realism film set on the island coast of Curaçao, 11-year-old Kenza lives with her father and grandfather. As the men clash over the future of their family land and ancestry, Kenza must find her own way in the world, while longing for the mother she never knew.

Sun, May 15 2:10 PM
Wed, May 18 4:30 PM
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Camila Comes Out Tonight

When her family moves to Buenos Aires from Mar del Plata to care for their ailing grandmother, Camila has to abandon her friends. From an open-minded public school to a conservative private school, Camila quickly rebels–both politically and sexually–in ways that will change her life.

Fri, May 13 9:35 PM
Wed, May 18 1:30 PM
Tue, May 24 4:45 PM
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Teenager Sara’s powerful family from Santo Domingo has just moved to the coastal town of Las Terrena. With them comes Yasira, Sara’s nanny and confidante, whom the girl considers to be like family. When a tragedy occurs, threatening the family, their relationship is tested.

Tue, May 10 4:30 PM
Mon, May 16 1:50 PM
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Casablanca Beats

A maverick rapper helps his students try to break free from the weight of restrictive traditions and live their passions. This powerful and exuberant film shows how art can change the trajectory of a young person's life, and how freedom of expression can unwrite a history of repression.

Sat, May 7 9:20 PM
Wed, May 11 7:10 PM
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Cha Cha Real Smooth

Hot off a World Premiere at Sundance 2022 where it won the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award, Writer/Director Cooper Raiff stars as a bar/bat mitzvah party starter who strikes up a unique friendship with a young mom (Producer Dakota Johnson) and her teenage daughter.

Sat, May 14 7:15 PM
Wed, May 18 7:15 PM
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Children of the Mist

Like a lot of 12-year-olds, Di spends her free time hanging out with friends or glued to her phone. But, as a Hmong girl from the mountains of northern Vietnam, marriage — or even the practice of “bride kidnapping” — is not uncommon. Will Di follow in the footsteps of her mother and sister or choose her own path?

Sun, May 15 7:15 PM
Tue, May 17 2:00 PM
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Closing Night Party

MSPIFF41 Closing Presentation Film and Party

Date: Thursday, May 19
Time: 8:30 PM - 11 PM

After the World Premiere of the MSPIFF41 MN-Made Closing Night film, Paulie Go!, celebrate with your fellow MSPIFF attendees, the film’s cast and crew and MSPIFF staff and volunteers in a rousing finale to MSPIFF41 at the Machine Shop.

Film Location: MSP Film at The Main, 115 Main St. SE, Minneapolis
Post Film Party Location: The Machine Shop, 300 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis

Thu, May 19 8:30 PM
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Commitment Hasan

Making his living from gardening and farming the Anatolian land he inherited from his father, Hasan tries to deflect the power pole set to be installed in one of his fields. But his impending pilgrimage to Mecca sparks some soul searching into his past. Winner, Best Film, Critics’ Prize, São Paulo.

Mon, May 9 4:00 PM
Fri, May 13 1:40 PM
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Costa Brava, Lebanon

The Badri family lives a difficult but satisfying life in Lebanon’s lush hills, off the grid, raising food and a healthy family. Having abandoned Beirut and its toxic mix of pollution and politics, they seem now to have found a home. Until the building of a landfill exposes long-simmering tensions.

Sat, May 7 4:45 PM
Sat, May 14 7:10 PM
Thu, May 19 7:10 PM
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The Cow Who Sang A Song Into The Future

Pollution is killing scores of fish in a remote river in Chile. From these poisoned waters emerges Magdalena, a woman who died decades earlier. Her presence calls up old family wounds while also bringing her family back together, and may just portend a rupture in the symbiosis between humans and animals. 

Fri, May 6 7:15 PM
Sat, May 7 6:40 PM
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The Crossing

When a small village riven by hate is looted by night, a family flees. But the two older children become separated from their parents in this powerful animated work about the rewards of perseverance and unbreakable family bonds. Winner, Best Film, Audience Award, Bucheon, Montreal.

Sun, May 8 11:45 AM
Wed, May 11 4:15 PM
Mon, May 23 4:45 PM
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Crows Are White

A filmmaker goes in search of a secretive Buddhist sect in Japan seeking to find answers to his questions about life and religion. But, when he gets kicked out of the monastery, he finds himself bonding with a young monk-in-training whose love of ice cream and Slayer might prove to be just as enlightening.

Sat, May 14 6:45 PM
Sun, May 15 2:30 PM
Tue, May 24 7:15 PM
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Dear Future Children

Age 15+, YA documentary

Join three Gen Z activists on the frontlines of social and environmental change in Chile, Uganda, and Hong Kong. Winner of the Audience Award at Hot Docs, Dear Future Children tells their stories as a way to foreground the human side of the growing surge of young activism worldwide.

Sun, May 8 11:40 AM
Sun, May 15 12:00 PM
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Dos Estaciones

Señora María runs the family-owned Dos Estaciones tequila distillery in the Jalisco highlands, carrying on a tradition that dates back generations. Strong-willed, she is both admired and secretly pitied, for the business is failing on all fronts, and with it, Maria García begins to subtly transform in tender and surprising ways.

Thu, May 12 9:35 PM
Tue, May 17 4:20 PM
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Drowning in Silence

When her 3-year-old son drowns in a friend’s backyard pool, Chezik Tsunoda, who also directed the film, goes on a heartbreaking but, ultimately, healing journey to connect with parents who have experienced similar tragedies. Searching for answers, she finds hope in the work of other parents and activists to make a difference in this preventable tragedy.

Sat, May 14 4:15 PM
Sun, May 15 4:30 PM
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Drunken Birds

Willy works for a Mexican drug cartel and falls in love with Marlena, the boss’ wife. Big mistake. When Marlena flees to Montreal, Willy follows her to Canada in the hopes of reconnecting. He works as a migrant worker on a family farm whose secrets begin to entangle with his own. Ivan Grbovic’s stunning feature was Canada’s official entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.

Sun, May 8 4:45 PM
Thu, May 12 7:20 PM
Tue, May 17 4:30 PM
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Elektra, My Love

At once a love letter to Beirut’s long-destroyed Piccadilly Theater–once the largest cinema screen in the country–and an experimental staging of Sophocles’ Elektra, Elektra, My Love is a largely unscripted and heartbreaking look at people struggling to endure chaos and trauma through art. 

Thu, May 12 7:15 PM
Fri, May 13 1:45 PM
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The Emigrants

This big-budget epic drama offers a new version of Vilhelm Moberg’s series about impoverished Swedes who left misery behind to create a better life for themselves and their children on free land in Minnesota in the mid-19th century. Norwegian director Erik Poppe (The King’s Choice) reinterprets the story, showing it through the eyes of Kristina Nilsson (Lisa Carlehed). –Alissa Simon

Sun, May 8 6:40 PM
Sun, May 15 2:00 PM
Thu, May 19 1:00 PM
Sun, May 22 1:30 PM
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Emily the Criminal

Emily is the epitome of a modern-day student: sharp as nails, determined to make it in the world, and saddled with crippling student debt. Desperate, she takes on a job that’s too-good-to-be true, and finds herself at the doorstep of the criminal underworld. Which just might be a perfect fit…

Fri, May 13 7:15 PM
Tue, May 17 7:00 PM
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Everybody Hates Johan

An offbeat, literally explosive comedy about the long and adventurous life of Johan Grande (Pål Sverre Hagen, Amundsen) and his eternal struggle for love. –Alissa Simon

Tue, May 10 7:20 PM
Sat, May 14 7:00 PM
Tue, May 17 7:30 PM
Fri, May 20 4:40 PM
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Everything Went Fine

François Ozon’s powerful drama was adapted from the autobiographical novel of the late Emmanuèle Bernheim, his longtime collaborator. It centers on Emmanuèle (perceptively played by Sophie Marceau) who races to her elderly father’s bedside after a debilitating stroke. Early in her father’s recovery, Emmanuèle is confronted with a shocking yet sober request: to help him end his life.

Sun, May 15 5:15 PM
Thu, May 19 7:15 PM
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Experimental Curator: The Sally Dixon Story

What is “experimental film”? Now a mainstay at modern art museums, these non-commercial movies, typified by the work of Stan Brakhage and Jonas Mekas, were once so underground virtually no one knew of them. Enter Sally Dixon, who helped place these beautiful pieces of art into museum and university archives permanently. Dixon’s legacy is felt locally through her influential position at the media arts center, Film in the Cities and collaborations with Walker Art Center.

Sun, May 15 1:00 PM
Mon, May 16 4:30 PM
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Exposing Muybridge

Photographer Eadweard Muybridge changed the world from Leland Stanford’s farm in 1878, shooting multiple photos of a horse in motion, setting the stage for motion pictures. The first feature documentary about the elusive and shape-shifting Muybridge, Exposing Muybridge is a beautifully crafted and thoroughly engaging portrait of this pioneering iconoclast.

Mon, May 9 4:40 PM
Tue, May 10 1:45 PM
Fri, May 13 1:50 PM
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An all-woman team made up of Arab and European women, heads to the North Pole on an unprecedented expedition. As the women endure everything from frostbite and polar bear threats to sexism and self-doubt, they encounter a shocking amount of melting sea ice. Their journey could be the last-ever, over-ice expedition to the North Pole.

Sat, May 7 11:15 AM
Sun, May 8 2:45 PM
Thu, May 12 4:45 PM
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Film in the Cities: Radical Roots In Youth Media

Filmmakers Daniel Bergin and Miranda Harincar Attending.

In the early 1970s, a group of groundbreaking and radical teachers began Film in the Cities (FITC), a film program that forever changed the Twin Cities media landscape. Using student films and interviews, Minnesota-based filmmakers Daniel Bergin with Miranda Harincar create a cinematic celebration of education and mentorship.

Sun, May 15 3:00 PM
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Fire of Love

Katia and Maurice Krafft were renowned French volcanologists whose admiration for the world’s most dangerous hot spots was eclipsed only by their love for one another. Director Sara Dosa’s visually and emotionally stunning documentary is at once a love story and a thrilling adventure.  

Fri, May 6 4:45 PM
Tue, May 10 4:20 PM
Fri, May 20 7:20 PM
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The First Death of Joana

15+ YA drama (LGBTQ)

Following the death of her beloved great-aunt, 13-year-old Joana grows curious about family secrets. How could her aunt have lived to age 70 without dating anyone? As Joana and her friends are exploring their own sexual identities in a provincial Brazilian town, stories about the women in her life reveal many mysteries.

Sun, May 8 4:20 PM
Tue, May 17 2:10 PM
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Flux Gourmet

This is one strange culinary collective: performance artists work night and day as “sonic caterers,” extracting disturbing noises from food. Stones is a man tasked with documenting these events, but soon he begins to wonder if he himself isn’t part of the performance in Peter Strickland’s typically bizarre fifth feature.

Sat, May 7 9:45 PM
Thu, May 12 9:45 PM
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Free Renty: Lanier v. Harvard

Tamara Lanier’s great-great-great grandfather was an enslaved man named Renty, who was compelled in 1850 to have his photograph taken by a prominent Harvard Professor to “prove” the superiority of the white race. Free Renty: Lanier v. Harvard documents Lanier’s years-long quest to force Harvard to release the daguerreotypes to his lineal descendants.

Sun, May 15 4:00 PM
Wed, May 18 2:00 PM
Mon, May 23 7:15 PM
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Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down

In 2011, Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, was the target of an assassination attempt, a horrifying shooting that killed six people. Giffords survived but suffered a severe brain injury that left permanent damage. Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s (RBG) fierce documentary is a portrait of this brave and resilient American.

Sun, May 15 7:30 PM
Thu, May 19 4:10 PM
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Girl Picture

Mimmi and Rönkkö are inseparable. Mimmi is short-tempered and always ready for a battle; Rönkkö is intelligent and fun-loving; and they almost literally couldn’t live without one another. Being teenagers, both are working hard to understand themselves, their sexuality, and exactly where they fit in, in Alli Haapasalo’s charming film.

Sat, May 7 9:00 PM
Wed, May 11 4:20 PM
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Glob Lessons

When an insecure, closeted gay man from Minnesota–his name is Alan–is paired with an unpredictable, enigmatic woman from West Virginia–meet Jesse–on a low-budget children’s theater tour across the frozen Upper Midwest of all places, a genuine friendship blossoms, in Nicole Rodenburg’s charming road trip comedy debut.

Sun, May 8 4:15 PM
Wed, May 11 9:25 PM
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The Good Boss

This whip-smart corporate corruption satire was Spain’s Oscar submission this year and made it to the short list. The entire confection flies high on the charisma of its eponymous star, Javier Bardem, the seemingly benevolent CEO of a small industrial scales manufacturer.

Sat, May 7 6:50 PM
Sun, May 15 2:00 PM
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Goodbye Happiness

When their beloved father dies, four estranged brothers return to the family’s summer home in the Magdalen Islands in Quebec to settle the estate and relive the glory days one last time. Revisiting memories and places of their youth, the brothers attempt to come to terms with each others’ vast differences.

Sat, May 7 4:40 PM
Wed, May 11 6:50 PM
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The Gravedigger's Wife

In Djibouti City, Guled chases ambulances–he’s a gravedigger who competes with others to procure a cadaver for a meager wage. It’s a living… until his wife, Nasra, is diagnosed with kidney failure, forcing Guled and his young son, Mahad, to take desperate measures to raise money for treatment.

Tue, May 17 7:15 PM
Wed, May 18 7:00 PM
Thu, May 26 5:00 PM
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Greener Pastures

The latest humanist comedy from the producer of Maktub, Forgiveness and Douze Points follows a widower stuck in a nursing home who becomes a cannabis entrepreneur in an inspired attempt to buy back his family home.

Sun, May 8 4:35 PM
Tue, May 17 7:00 PM
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Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks

Post-film discussion featuring director Craig Laurence Rice and SoulTouch Productions’ Robin Hickman-Winfield.

MSPIFF programmer Craig Laurence Rice’s documentary of the great American Renaissance Man Gordon Parks is an intimate examination of the rich body of work Parks left behind. Filmed when Parks was 88 years-old, Half Past Autumn looks at Parks as a groundbreaking photographer, composer, novelist, poet, painter, lecturer, biographer, co-founder of Essence magazine, and, of course, filmmaker.

Sat, May 7 1:00 PM
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Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2021 Venice Film Festival, director Audrey Diwan’s powerful sophomore feature charts the harrowing journey of a gifted young literature student’s struggle to get an abortion in the 1960s, a time when the procedure was still illegal in France.

Sat, May 7 4:10 PM
Tue, May 10 4:40 PM
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Hard Shell, Soft Shell

“The oyster also has heartaches.” So opens this charming love story, where Az, a French oyster farmer, concocts an elaborate proposal for his girlfriend Jess that goes anything but right. Rejected, he begins to reconsider his and Jess’ ideas of love and happiness.  

Sat, May 7 7:00 PM
Mon, May 9 7:20 PM
Fri, May 13 7:20 PM
Mon, May 23 4:30 PM
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1920, Vienna. This boldly expressionist drama set in the aftermath of The Great War finds a former police inspector called upon to solve the sadistic murders of his fellow comrades-in-arms. From the director of Oscar-winner The Counterfeiters. Winner, Audience Award, Locarno.

Fri, May 6 9:45 PM
Fri, May 13 4:30 PM
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Hit the Road

Panah Panahi, son and collaborator of embattled Iranian master Jafar Panahi, makes a striking feature debut with this charming, sharp-witted, and deeply moving comic drama. Hit the Road takes the tradition of the Iranian road-trip movie and adds unexpected twists and turns. Winner, London Film Festival.

Thu, May 12 7:10 PM
Sun, May 15 7:00 PM
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In Front of Your Face

After years living abroad, former actress Sangok (Lee Hyeyoung) is back in Seoul, staying with her sister Jeongok (Cho Yunhee) in her high-rise apartment. Sangok meets with a film director, secretly smokes cigarettes, and ruminates on the possibility of a comeback… Hong Sang-soo’s latest is a cinematic meditation on making amends and memory.

Fri, May 6 2:30 PM
Mon, May 9 4:30 PM
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In the Frame: The Art of Personal Documentary

In the Frame: The Art of Personal Documentary

Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 12:00pm - 1:15pm

For this special event MSPIFF documentary programmer Ken Jacobson will be joined by filmmakers Ahsen Nadeem (Crows Are White), Kelsey Peterson and Daniel Klein (Move Me), Katya Soldak (The Long Breakup), and Chezik Tsunoda (Drowning in Silence) to discuss topics covered in these evocative films and explore the emotional challenges of putting themselves in the frame.

Location: MSP Film at The Main (Theatre 3), 115 Main St. SE, Minneapolis

Sat, May 14 12:00 PM
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The Janes

1972. An apartment on Chicago’s South Side. Seven women, part of a secret network, are arrested in a police raid. Their goal: provide women with safe and affordable abortions. Their name: The Janes. Using terrific archival footage and illuminating interviews, directors Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes craft a moving — and thrilling — documentary that celebrates these brave women.

Fri, May 6 6:50 PM
Sat, May 7 1:45 PM
Sat, May 14 2:30 PM
Sat, May 21 4:30 PM
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Jasmine is a Star

Jasmine is a 16-year-old Minneapolis girl who has albinism (which causes a lack of pigment in the hair, skin, and eyes). She wants to be a model and represent Black girls and people with this condition. And she’d also love nothing more than being left alone in high school…

Wed, May 11 7:15 PM
Sun, May 15 7:00 PM
Tue, May 24 5:00 PM
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The Judgement

A TV investigative journalist in the Netherlands challenges the judicial system, media and public opinion as he attempts to uncover the truth about a controversial high- profile murder case. Based on a true story. Best Director, Actor, Supporting Actor and Actress and Screenplay, Seattle Film Festival.

Thu, May 12 4:20 PM
Sat, May 14 1:30 PM
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Sam, all of 17-years-old, has been kicked out of boarding school. A spiraling student, he’s suffering from a crushing depression brought on by the death of his mother. When his father brings him home, there’s a surprise – his long-absent, icy and reluctantly dependent grandmother Ruth (a spirited Charlotte Rampling) has moved in.

Sat, May 7 2:00 PM
Sat, May 14 3:00 PM
Wed, May 25 7:00 PM
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Age 15+, YA Sci-Fi

13-year-old Leng Heng wakes up each day to dreams of his past life, or are they memories? Making a discovery he can’t ignore, Leng recruits his friends to find a long lost buried treasure. Full of mysteries centuries-old and futuristic, spiritual and high-tech, Karmalink is an unforgettable Buddhist sci-fi teen adventure.

Sun, May 8 1:45 PM
Sat, May 14 11:30 AM
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Kendra and Beth

Director Dean Peterson Attending.

In this ‘quirky comedy character study,’ Beth is decidedly a misfit, the only female employee at a sausage company and the family breadwinner, living with her mom and brother, misfits themselves. When she meets her polar opposite, the outgoing Kendra, sparks fly. 

Sun, May 8 7:00 PM
Wed, May 18 9:30 PM
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Keyframe: A Look into Indigenous Cinema

KeyFrame: A Look into Indigenous Cinema

Date: Saturday, May 7
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

MSP Film at the Main (Theatre 3), 115 Main St. SE, Minneapolis Join moderator Leya Hale (Bring Her Home, MSPIFF41) and panelists Elizabeth Day (Blood Memory, MSPIFF38) and Rhiana Yazzie (A Winter Love, MSPIFF41) for this illuminating exploration of contemporary Indigenous filmmaking, along with their individual and collective approaches to the art form.

Location: MSP Film at The Main (Theatre 3), 115 Main St. SE, Minneapolis

Sat, May 7 11:00 AM
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A family from the village of Hrabove in the Donetsk Oblast of Ukraine finds itself near the center of the Malaysia Airways Flight 17 crash catastrophe. Klondike offers a meaningful, empathetic ode to resilience as it viscerally delineates the couple’s dawning uncertainty about life in a warzone.

Sat, May 7 2:30 PM
Sun, May 8 4:40 PM
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Wed, May 25 4:30 PM
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Post-film discussion featuring actor Art Evans and veteran filmmaker Kokayi Ampah.

Roger E. Mosley is brilliant as blues singer Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter in Gordon Parks’ criminally underrated Leadbelly. This tough-as-nails biopic celebrates Leadbelly as it condemns America’s treatment of Black artists. “[O]ne of the best biographies of a musician I've ever seen.” –Roger Ebert

Fri, May 13 7:00 PM
Sat, May 14 1:30 PM
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The Learning Tree

Post-film discussion featuring lead actor Kyle Johnson and SoulTouch Productions’ Robin Hickman-Winfield.

Newt and Marcus are two great friends whose lives take radically different paths in their small Midwestern town. Based on Parks’ autobiographical novel, The Learning Tree (which he wrote, produced, composed the score, and directed), is a blistering examination of how Blacks navigate the narrow corridors of America’s racism.

Sun, May 8 3:00 PM
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Leave No Traces

A story about a real-life national scandal triggered by a tyrannical system, versions of which still operate in so many places around the world. In May 1983, in Warsaw, Poland, militia brutality sparks a chain of systematic corruption that destroys numerous lives.

Mon, May 16 4:00 PM
Wed, May 18 3:45 PM
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Let It Be Morning

Selected for the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, this wry satire offers a microcosm through which to examine the social and political status of Palestinian citizens of Israel and the surrounding Arab community. From Eran Kolirin, the director of The Band’s Visit.

Sun, May 8 7:15 PM
Mon, May 16 7:10 PM
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Let the Little Light Shine

Located just south of downtown Chicago, the National Teachers Academy Elementary School (NTA) is a high-achieving public school in an African American neighborhood. When the city announces plans to phase out NTA’s curriculum and turn it into a high school drawing students from other schools, the community senses gentrification… and, soon, the fight for justice is on.

Thu, May 12 4:30 PM
Sat, May 14 11:10 AM
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Lo Invisible

Luisa is coming home. Institutionalized for severe postpartum depression–and accused of having tried to harm her baby–she returns to the palatial estate, where family and servants watch her every move. Everyone wants her troubles to vanish, but are they pushing her to a more profound suffering?

Mon, May 9 2:00 PM
Sun, May 15 7:50 PM
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The Long Breakup

Katya Soldak was born and grew up in Ukraine and now lives and works in New York City. She’s watched Ukraine exit the Soviet Union and go through two revolutions, and now war. The Long Breakup is an insightful, intimate and urgently timely look at the geopolitical turmoil of Katya’s homeland seen through a personal lens.

Mon, May 9 2:10 PM
Sun, May 15 12:00 PM
Sun, May 22 7:10 PM
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Long Flat Balls 3

This Norwegian comedy is the third in a series of misadventures of six mechanics in Fredrikstad, who, in prior films, had shenanigans at the World Cup and saved Norway from invaders. Here, they end up with an illegal trailer full of booze, whose contents they absolutely must sample, with hilarious results. 

Sun, May 15 5:00 PM
Sun, May 22 4:30 PM
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The Long Haul

As COVID-19 made its way to Minnesota in March of 2020, Ben O’Donnell was the state’s third reported case, and first critical patient. The 38-year-old husband and father spent nearly a month battling for his life in a Minneapolis hospital’s intensive care unit. Unable to breathe without oxygen or walk up a flight of stairs upon his release in April, O’Donnell set a goal for himself to complete an Ironman triathlon seven months later in November.

Tue, May 10 7:30 PM
Wed, May 11 4:45 PM
Thu, May 26 3:00 PM
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Lost Illusions

Lucien is a poet, hoping to achieve fame and fortune in 19th century France. Easier said than done. When he meets the rake Lousteau, a reporter, and joins a newspaper, he finds himself mired in corruption and power. Winner of 7 César Awards–the French version of the Oscars–including Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Set Design, and Best Costume Design.

Sat, May 14 6:50 PM
Wed, May 18 6:45 PM
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A Love Song

At a campground in the rural West, a woman waits alone for an old flame from her past to arrive,

uncertain of his intentions while bashful about her own. Starring Dale Dickey and Academy Award®-winner Wes Studi, the subtle lyrical drama that is A Love Song, marks the feature debut of writer-director Max Walker-Silverman.

Sat, May 14 4:45 PM
Tue, May 17 4:40 PM
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Magnetic Beats

1981 and electronic music is all the rage. Jeróme is a DJ and Philippe, his shy brother, engineers their radio show. When the latter gets called up to military service in West Berlin, he worries that he’s missing out on big opportunities in Vincent Maël Cardona’s brilliant period music film.

Tue, May 10 2:10 PM
Sat, May 14 9:50 PM
Mon, May 16 7:00 PM
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Mama Bears

They’ve grown up fundamentalist, active in their evangelical Christian churches, and wouldn’t stand out from the faithful in any way, except one: they are fierce defenders of their LGBTQ+ children. These are the Mama Bears — tough mothers who have chosen their children over their church, fighting for civil rights, and to overcome the hate with which they were raised.

Sun, May 8 7:30 PM
Sun, May 15 11:30 AM
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Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

Based on the adorable viral video by Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate. Dean is a filmmaker who rents an Airbnb with a permanent guest: Marcel the Shell (voiced by Slate), who wears shoes and lives there with his Grandmother. What can Dean do but make a documentary? Will fame change Marcel?

Wed, May 11 7:00 PM
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Maria Chapdelaine

Maria is the daughter of Samuel and Laura Chapdelaines, rural homesteaders in 1900s northern Quebec. When three suitors come forward to win her hand, Maria’s decision on whom to marry will have profound consequences for her hardscrabble family. Director Sébastien Pilote’s adaptation of Louis Hémon’s beloved Canadian novel finds new life in this stunning film.

Fri, May 13 1:30 PM
Tue, May 17 1:30 PM
Thu, May 19 4:00 PM
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Mars One

The Martins are a Brazilian family struggling to make ends meet in right-wing president Bolsonaro’s cruel new world. Gabriel Martins’ lovely family drama examines the vicissitudes of Black life in lower-middle-class Brazil.

Fri, May 6 1:50 PM
Tue, May 10 7:10 PM
Thu, May 19 4:15 PM
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In this dystopian/mythological satire, a gang of young Brazilian women don creepy masks and beat women they deem as being too promiscuous. But when convert, Mariana, begins to question her life, all hell breaks loose, in writer-director Anita Rocha da Silveira stunningly stylized film.

Fri, May 6 9:40 PM
Mon, May 9 1:45 PM
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Set in an active conflict zone, Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing’s fascinating debut feature follows the fragile relationship between Hla, a Buddhist midwife who runs a clinic in Myanmar, and her friend and apprentice, Nyo Nyo, a Muslim who belongs to the persecuted Rohingya community. When Nyo Nyo takes steps to open her own clinic, the stakes are raised.

Sun, May 8 11:50 AM
Fri, May 13 2:00 PM
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Age 15+, YA documentary

Mija is an emotional and moving portrait of Doris Muñoz, an ambitious young woman moving up in the music world while staying deeply connected to her parents as they struggle for secure permanent residency status, financial stability, and the freedom to safely visit their beloved family in Mexico.

Sat, May 14 12:00 PM
Wed, May 18 9:20 PM
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Millie Lies Low

Millie misses her flight to New York when a moment of panic hits. Broke and ashamed, she opts to lie low in her Wellington hometown, using her wits and Instagram to convince her frenemies that she is living the dream in the Big Apple.

Fri, May 6 7:20 PM
Thu, May 12 9:40 PM
Sat, May 14 9:40 PM
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Minnesota Made Party

MSPIFF41 Minnesota Made Party

Date: Saturday, May 7
Time: 8 PM - 11 PM

Celebrating Minnesota’s filmmaking community, the MN Made Party brings together cinematic creatives to network and enjoy complimentary appetizers and full cash bar. Follows the MN Made shorts program at The Main. Sponsored by FilmNorth.

Party Location:FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street #120, St. Paul

Sat, May 7 8:00 PM
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Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times

The profound friendship between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and their embrace of an all-encompassing happiness in life — despite the incredible challenges that both have faced —is examined in this uplifting documentary from Oscar®-winning director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) and Peggy Callahan.

Tue, May 10 7:00 PM
Sun, May 15 2:30 PM
Mon, May 16 7:15 PM
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MN Film & TV First Friday Toolkit: Kartemquin Films

MN Film & TV First Friday Toolkit: Kartemquin FIlms

Date: Friday, May 6
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join us for an engaging, in-depth conversation with Betsy Leonard and Marie-Therese Garvey of Kartemquin Films, moderated by Melodie Bahan of MN Film & TV. Since 1966, Kartemquin, a collaborative community of documentary filmmakers, have been creating films that engage viewers to seek a stronger and more just democracy.

Location: A-Mill Artist Lofts, 315 Main St. SE, Minneapolis

Fri, May 6 12:00 PM
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Montana Story

Cal is called back to his father’s ranch when the old man falls into a coma. To Cal’s surprise, the ranch has fallen into debt and disrepair. Enter his estranged sister Erin, who has her own ideas about the ranch, and a single horse in particular, in this stirring neo-Western.

Sat, May 7 6:30 PM
Wed, May 11 4:30 PM
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Move Me

When she was 27, Kelsey Peterson dived into Lake Superior, just as countless others have done. But Peterson emerged paralyzed. Following her accident, Peterson, a dancer, finds herself struggling to redefine who she is. But when the opportunity arises to dance again, Peterson embraces the challenge of the unknown.

Thu, May 12 7:00 PM
Wed, May 18 4:00 PM
Sat, May 21 7:20 PM
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MSP Film at The Main Open House

MSP Film at The Main Open House

Date: Saturday, April 30
Time: Stop by anytime from 12 PM - 7 PM

Tour the newly renovated MSP Film at The Main Cinema

  • Celebrate 60 years of MSP Film Society
  • Meet the MSP Film Society Team
  • Catch trailers for films screening at MSPIFF41
  • Snack on the best popcorn in the Twin Cities

Location: MSP Film at The Main, 115 Main St. SE, Minneapolis

Sat, Apr 30 12:00 PM
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MSPIFF41 Documentary Shorts Audience Favorites

Sun, May 22 2:00 PM
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MSPIFF41 Fiction Shorts Audience Favorites

Sun, May 22 4:15 PM
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MSPIFF41 Shorts Jury Competition Award Winners

Sun, May 22 7:00 PM
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Tensions rise between restless teenager Julija and her father Ante when an old family friend arrives at their Croatian island home. Their tranquil yet isolated existence leaves Julija wanting more from this influential visitor, who provides a taste of liberation. Winner of the prestigious Golden Camera at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival for best first feature.

Sat, May 14 11:20 AM
Tue, May 17 4:45 PM
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My Old School

This wild ride of a documentary features 16-year-old Brandon Lee, who enrolled at Bearsden Academy, outside of Glasgow. He’s the son of an opera singer who died young, a brilliant pre-med student, star of the high school musical, defender of bullies. So what if it might be all made up? “[A] romp of a period piece.” –Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

Fri, May 6 4:50 PM
Thu, May 12 4:30 PM
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In a Syrian border village in the early 1980s, Sero, a six-year-old Kurdish boy, finds his world turned upside down when a cruel new school teacher arrives. Confronted with the dark realities of nationalism and antisemitism, Sero is forced to grow up quickly.

Mon, May 9 7:00 PM
Thu, May 12 1:40 PM
Sun, May 15 11:15 AM
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Nelly & Nadine

Director Magnus Gertten Attending 5/7.

Nelly & Nadine follows the unlikely relationship between two women who fell in love on Christmas Eve, 1944, in the Ravensbrück concentration camp. Despite being separated in the last months of the war, Nelly and Nadine managed to later reunite and spend the rest of their life together. For many years their love story was kept a secret, even to some of their closest family. Winner, Teddy Award, Berlinale.

Sat, May 7 2:10 PM
Wed, May 11 2:10 PM
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Neptune Frost

Rwanda, on the other side of time. Neptune is an intersex hacker. Matalusa is a coltan miner mourning the death of his brother. Together, in love and revolt, these two heroes are going to change the world. In the past. The present. And the future. 

Sat, May 14 9:45 PM
Thu, May 19 1:30 PM
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NEXTWAVE Shorts Program

Enjoy a free program of short films by high school age media makers from all over the world. Representing the finalists from over 300 submissions to MSPIFF’s Nextwave Youth Film Competition, this year’s program was selected by the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Art Team, a group of young people dedicated to racial, cultural, and gender representation as a priority in their work to intentionally make space for youth of various backgrounds, and to create opportunities for emerging youth artists.

Sat, May 14 12:00 PM
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Nextwave Youth Day: Powering Up Our Youth Media Community

Nextwave Youth Day: Powering Up Our Youth Media Community

Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Young media artists and media arts lovers are invited to a free gathering and a special screening of the winners of the Nextwave Youth Filmmaking Competition. A reception follows with free food and time to socialize and learn about Twin Cities media arts programs and resources available to youth. Tour The Capri’s Best Buy Teen Tech center with a state-of-the-art music studio and videography programs for ages 13-18. Come view new works by teens, meet, connect, and power up our youth media community!

Location: The Capri, Paradise Room, 2027 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

Sat, May 14 12:00 PM
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When aspiring 23-year-old cartoon artist Rakel, way too late, finds out she’s pregnant after a not-so-romantic one-night stand, her world changes. That’s when Ninjababy, an animated character who insists on making Rakel’s everyday life a living hell, turns up. He climbs out from her note book, jumps into her tea cup, and keeps reminding her what a terrible person she is. Winner, Best Comedy, European Film Awards.

Sun, May 8 2:00 PM
Wed, May 11 9:30 PM
Mon, May 23 7:10 PM
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One Second

In 1975, during China’s cultural revolution, a nameless hero escapes a labor camp, eager to see a movie that has a brief glimpse of his daughter, whom he hasn’t seen in years. Zhang Yimou’s lush new masterpiece is a love letter to human endurance and the power of cinema.

Thu, May 12 4:40 PM
Sat, May 14 4:20 PM
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Opening Night Party

MSPIFF41 Opening Presentation Film and Party

Date: Thursday, May 5
Time:Film: 7 PM Party: 9-11 PM

MSPIFF’s Opening Night celebration is the cinematic event of the year! After the Opening Night screening of The Phantom of the Open, make your way nextdoor to Pracna and enjoy drinks and treats as we disco dance the night away with our fellow film lovers to celebrate the launch of MSPIFF41!

Film Location: MSP Film at The Main, 115 Main St. SE, Minneapolis
Post Film Party Location:Nextdoor to The Main at Pracna, 117 SE Main St., Minneapolis

Thu, May 5 9:00 PM
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The Pact

Now in her twilight years, devastated by syphilis and mourning her lost love, the charismatic and manipulative author Karen Blixen offers a Faustian bargain to a young poet: obey her unconditionally (to the point of renouncing his family) and find literary stardom. Winner, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Beijing.

Tue, May 10 4:50 PM
Sat, May 14 4:40 PM
Mon, May 16 4:10 PM
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Paulie Go!

MSPIFF41 Closing Presentation

Director Andrew Nackman and Cast & Crew Attending May 19.

A coming-of-age comedy about Paulie, a high school artificial intelligence prodigy who aspires to become the greatest scientist of the 21st century. When he gets rejected from a world-renowned robotics lab he does what any rational teenager would do - steal his uncle’s van and drive halfway across the country to Northern Minnesota to track down a reclusive Professor. Along the way, Paulie meets 18-year-old Avery, an expert angler who helps navigate the endless maze of waterways in Northern Minnesota to track down the Professor.

Thu, May 19 6:30 PM7:00 PM7:20 PM
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Persian Lessons

An original and captivating story of a survivor. Gilles is arrested by SS soldiers alongside other Jews and sent to a camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids sudden execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian. This lie temporarily saves him when he is assigned to teach Farsi to the head of the camp. –Alissa Simon

Sun, May 8 11:30 AM
Mon, May 16 4:15 PM
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The Pez Outlaw

There was a time in the 90s when pez dispensers were worth more, gram-for-gram, than cocaine or gold. Sensing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Steve Glew, a small-town farmer and machinist, smuggled pez dispensers into the USA from Eastern Europe and made millions. It was all a dream come true, until Steve’s arch-nemesis, “the Pezident”, decided to destroy him.

Fri, May 6 2:10 PM
Fri, May 13 7:10 PM
Sat, May 14 1:40 PM
Thu, May 26 7:15 PM
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The Phantom of the Open

MSPIFF41 Opening Presentation

A delightful, quirky, ‘comfy slice of cinema’ ‘with bite and soul.’ Mark Rylance, Sally Hawkins, and Rhys Ifan star in this British biographical comedy drama inspired by the true story of Maurice Flitcroft, whose unrelenting optimism gained him entry into the 1976 British Open–despite never having played a round of golf. 

Thu, May 5 7:00 PM7:15 PM
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Sara, the butcher’s daughter, hates small town life. By the bullying teens she is given demeaning nicknames, and she’s brutalized emotionally and physically. But when she witnesses a vicious stranger kidnapping her assailants… well, maybe she’s found a new friend. “[A]n instant horror classic.” –Sheri Flanders, Chicago Reader

Sat, May 14 9:55 PM
Thu, May 19 9:40 PM
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Raise Your Hand

Director Jessica Rae Attending.

Based on director Jessica Rae’s own experiences growing up in Minneapolis, Raise Your Hand follows best friends Gia and Lila, two midwestern teens of color growing up and facing the challenges of youth. At once raw and honest, and capturing the vicissitudes of teenage life, Raise Your Hand is a vibrant, inspiring film.

Fri, May 6 7:10 PM
Sun, May 8 7:00 PM
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The Replacement

A jaded police officer from Madrid accepts a post in a small village by the sea hoping to heal his sick daughter and gain some inner peace. Once there, he starts investigating his predecessor’s murder. The inquiry leads him to a group of high-ranking Nazis living in a closed community on the coast.

Tue, May 10 1:40 PM
Sun, May 15 7:45 PM
Thu, May 19 9:45 PM
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“Ben is here. Here inside of me.” With these words, Margaret’s (Rebecca Hall) life begins to unravel. A successful executive, with a daughter about to go to college, she is living the dream. Until David (Tim Roth) reappears in her life, reminding her of a past so insane it beggars description.

Fri, May 13 7:00 PM
Sat, May 14 9:30 PM
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Rickshaw Girl

14+ YA drama

Daring and determined Blangladeshi teenager, Naima, is on a quest to earn money to support her family. Even as a brilliant traditional rickshaw painter, her artistic talent isn’t enough to help in hard times. Leaving her village for the big city, Naima finds unconventional ways to help her family survive.

Sat, May 7 11:00 AM
Mon, May 9 1:40 PM
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Riotsville, USA

Riotsville is an actual place, but you won’t find it on any map. Built as a stand-in for Anytown, USA, Riotsville was conceived by the U.S. military in the late 60s to train riot police to stop dissent. Sierra Pettengill’s brilliant — and disturbing — all-archival film takes us back to the past as a lens for analyzing the present.

Fri, May 13 4:40 PM
Mon, May 16 2:10 PM
Sat, May 21 2:10 PM
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Ripples Of Life

A story in three chapters, following four characters, Ripples of Life takes us to Yong’an, a small town in China where a film is being shot. A local waitress wishes she was an actress, the lead actor returns to her hometown with mixed results, and a director and screenwriter argue over the script.

Mon, May 9 4:15 PM
Wed, May 11 9:15 PM
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Romy's Salon

Age 10+, family drama

Ten-year-old Romy is stuck going after school to the hair salon of her reluctant grandmother, Stine. When Romy starts to observe slips in her grandmother’s behavior, the young girl realizes that she is going to have to take care of Stine and the salon, and not the other way around. –Deb Girdwood

Sat, May 14 11:15 AM
Mon, May 16 1:45 PM
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Bangui’s Hyenas are a fabled trio of mercenaries from ??Guinea-Bissau, who strip a drug dealer of his enormous wealth and make a beeline for Dakar. There they get trapped in a near-mythical resort… and the blood is just beginning to flow in Jean Luc Herbulot’s kinetic thriller-horror hybrid.

Wed, May 11 7:00 PM
Fri, May 13 9:30 PM
Wed, May 18 9:45 PM
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Post-film discussion featuring MSPIFF Programmer and filmmaker Craig Laurence Rice.

When a Harlem mobster’s daughter is kidnapped by the Mafosi, does he turn to the cops? Not when Shaft’s in town. Thrilling, sexy, and dangerous, Gordon Parks’ action thriller ushered in the 70s Blaxploitation genre. Richard Roundtree is magnetic as Shaft and Isaac Hayes won an Oscar for the original song.

Thu, May 12 7:00 PM
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Shankar's Fairies

In 1962 India, Shankar is a dutiful butler in the home of a senior police officer, adored by his employer’s daughter, Anjana. Despite his status, his life is seemingly one of comfort, responsibility and even love. But when his own child falls ill, Shankar’s responsibility to his family and his employer collide in Irfana Majumdar’s feature debut.

Sun, May 8 12:00 PM
Tue, May 10 1:50 PM
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She Will

Veronica Ghent is a former film star recovering from a double mastectomy. With her nurse, Desi, she visits a retreat in Scotland built on the site of a long ago massacre of women thought to be witches. Soon, these past traumas invade Veronica’s dreams, and a desire for revenge begins to emerge.

Sat, May 7 9:40 PM
Wed, May 11 9:20 PM
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Shorts Program 1 - Animation Collection

Wed, May 11 6:45 PM
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Shorts Program 2 - Environmental Experimental

Mon, May 9 7:15 PM
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Shorts Program 3 - Comedy Collection

Tue, May 10 7:15 PM
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Shorts Program 4 - Dystopian Chills

Fri, May 6 9:30 PM
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Shorts Program 5 - The Political is Personal

Sun, May 8 1:50 PM
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Shorts Program 6 - Family Love

Sun, May 8 4:30 PM
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Shorts Program 7 - Words Matter

Sun, May 15 1:45 PM
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Shorts Program 8 - Rainbow Lights

Mon, May 16 7:30 PM
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Shorts Program 9 - MN Portraits

Sun, May 15 4:45 PM
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Shorts Program 10 - Home Grown Drama

Sat, May 7 7:00 PM
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After eleven long years of pinching pennies, Dong-won and his family finally have a house of their own… until a rainstorm creates a sinkhole, swallowing the home, the family and their guests at a housewarming party. Kim Ji-hoon’s disaster comedy is thrilling, hilarious and a cutting indictment of capitalism.

Sat, May 7 9:30 PM
Wed, May 11 1:45 PM
Mon, May 16 1:40 PM
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Based in Beirut, Slave to Sirens is the Middle East’s first all-female thrash metal band. Co-founded by guitarists Lilas and Sherry, their creative partnership forms the group’s heart-and-soul — but now threatens to tear it apart. Set against the backdrop of political unrest, Sirens riffs eloquently on universal themes of love, friendship and following your true passion.

Fri, May 13 9:45 PM
Wed, May 18 7:00 PM
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Small Body

In 1900 Italy, young Agata has a stillborn child who, according to her religion, cannot be baptized having not taken its first breath. Horrified at the thought of her infant being interred unbaptized and without a name, and thus condemned to limbo, she embarks on a journey to save its soul.

Sat, May 14 7:00 PM
Tue, May 17 4:30 PM
Tue, May 24 7:30 PM
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Age 10+, family drama

Landing in a new town with his astrophysicist dad, 11-year-old Jim is obsessed with traveling to space. When his new school announces the annual science contest, Jim convinces his classmate, Emma, that they will not only win, but that they will successfully leave the atmosphere in a DIY space adventure.

Sat, May 7 11:40 AM
Sat, May 14 1:50 PM
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The Story Of Film: A New Generation

Ten years after making his legendary cinematic essay on the history of motion pictures, The Story of Film: An Odyssey, director Mark Cousins turns his camera and characteristic poeticism on the last decade of filmmaking, arguably the most turbulent since the dawn of the medium. 

Mon, May 16 7:00 PM
Thu, May 19 12:45 PM
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The Strangest Girl in the World

Age 11+ coming of age drama

Melién is literally too cool for school. The 15-year-old girl has nonstop imagination and endless talent for drawing fantasy illustrations for her own original horror stories. Fascinated by goth characters, monsters, and ghosts, Melién finds she may need mortal help after all when her drawings mysteriously leap off the pages of her sketchbook.

Sat, May 7 1:40 PM
Sat, May 14 4:30 PM
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Sweet Disaster

Frida is a 40-year-old painting therapist who finds herself pregnant. When Felix, her boyfriend, (who hasn’t been her partner for very long), hears this, he’s gone and back with his ex. What is Frida to do but launch a full-scale, sometimes outlandish plan to keep him in her life?

Sun, May 8 7:00 PM
Tue, May 10 4:30 PM
Thu, May 12 1:45 PM
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The Tale of King Crab

In 19th Century Italy, Luciano is an outcast. His opposition to the prince, a forbidden love, and too much liquor have exiled him from his homeland. When an opportunity arrives to find a mythical treasure which could make him rich, Luciano can only wonder if this will be his salvation… or his ruin.

Fri, May 6 4:30 PM
Fri, May 13 4:45 PM
Sun, May 15 7:50 PM
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What Israelis call the 1948 War of Independence, Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or the Catastrophe. In Alon Schwarz’s explosive documentary, we follow Teddy Katz, who wrote an acclaimed graduate thesis about a possible massacre by Israeli Defense Forces in Tantura only to see his research thwarted. Did a massacre take place? Was there a government cover-up?

Wed, May 11 4:40 PM
Mon, May 16 4:40 PM
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The Territory

“The Amazon is not just the heart of Brazil, but of the whole world.” These are the words of Bitate, a 19-year-old Uru-eu-wau-wau, who is fighting, possibly to the death, to save his community and the rain forest. Though promised constitutional protection, the Uru-eu-wau-wau’s homeland is under dire threat from farmers and land-grabbers. 

Sat, May 7 6:45 PM
Fri, May 13 2:45 PM
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Three Minutes - A Lengthening

Rare home movie footage shot in Poland in 1938 becomes a priceless historical artifact, documenting people and places obliterated by the Holocaust in this haunting and provocative documentary essay. –Alissa Simon

Tue, May 17 7:20 PM
Thu, May 19 1:45 PM
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Tigre Gente

Across two continents, Elizabeth Unger’s harrowing documentary eco-thriller tracks different sides of the illegal trade in jaguar teeth that is threatening this beloved big cat. Marcos Uzquiano, director of Bolivia’s Madidi National Park, chases poachers and leads undercover operations. Meanwhile, Hong Kong journalist Laurel Chor investigates the reasons for the rising demand for jaguar teeth in China.

Tue, May 10 2:00 PM
Wed, May 18 4:30 PM
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To the End

Focusing on the growing political movement that has taken up the cause of the Green New Deal — as well as the forces determined to oppose it — To the End is both a rallying cry to meet the challenge of climate change and a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a new generation of activist leaders.

Sun, May 8 4:00 PM
Tue, May 17 7:10 PM
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Before Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, there was the war in Donbas. French journalist Loup Bureau captures life on the front lines of the armed conflict in Donbas, Ukraine, which started in 2014… and still rages on. Bureau spent months with Ukrainian soldiers in the muddy trenches as they fought both Russian soldiers and the tedium of war.

Thu, May 12 2:00 PM
Wed, May 18 9:15 PM
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Virginio and Sisa live in the arid Bolivian highlands. Virginio attends to their animals, Sisa is responsible for gathering water. But global warming’s destructive reach has touched them, as the water is becoming more and more difficult to acquire in Alejandro Loayza Grisi’s studied debut.

Wed, May 11 1:40 PM
Wed, May 18 7:10 PM
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Valiant! A Car, a Cause, and the Cold War

Juris Blodnieks has a secret: under a tarp sits his 1971 Plymouth Valiant, a car that, in the 80s, ferried Latvian freedom activists to protests at the Soviet embassies in Washington and Ottawa. Minneapolis director Mara Vija Pelecis takes this as a launching point to examine the Latvian resistance and the car that helped drive their freedom.

Mon, May 9 7:30 PM
Fri, May 13 4:45 PM
Wed, May 25 7:15 PM
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Julia (Maika Monroe, It Follows) is an American actress who has moved to Bucharest with her husband, Frank. One problem: her neighbor is stalking her and may be the serial killer featured prominently on the local news. Or is he? Walking a fine line between delusion and gaslighting (from police and her spouse), Julia’s world is slowly coming apart. 

Fri, May 13 9:50 PM
Wed, May 18 9:40 PM
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We Feed People

José Andrés is one of the world’s most renowned chefs and a well-known TV personality. But he is most proud of his work as the founder of World Central Kitchen (WCK), whose goal is to provide meals in the wake of natural and manmade disasters. Most recently, he has led WCK’s heroic efforts to feed over 1 million Ukrainians.

Sun, May 8 2:20 PM
Fri, May 13 7:15 PM
Wed, May 25 4:30 PM
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Whether the Weather Is Fine

After the wreckage of Typhoon Haiyan, three Filipinos attempt to leave their small city and seek shelter in Manila as another reported storm looms. Carlo Francisco Manatad’s debut feature combines a transporting blend of near-documentary filmmaking, magical realism, and a pop-infused sensibility.

Sun, May 8 7:40 PM
Fri, May 13 9:40 PM
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Link is a Two Spirit teenager raised by an abusive father. When he discovers that his mother, whom he’s been told is dead, may be alive, he runs away with his half brother in search of her and his Mi’kmaw heritage. As the pair hit the road, they meet Pasmay, another Two Spirit, who offers his help and acceptance.

Wed, May 11 1:50 PM
Thu, May 12 7:05 PM
Fri, May 20 2:00 PM
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A Winter Love

Director Rhiana Yazzie Attending.

Blue is a 35 year-old Navajo singer-songwriter, struggling in Minneapolis’ bleak winter. Her creativity seems to be hibernating. But when she meets Eddie, a 25 year-old Lakota man, and law school dropout, he could be just the tonic for her winter blues.

Sat, May 7 4:00 PM
Sun, May 15 4:30 PM
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Anna is released from a Polish prison after serving 15 years for homicide. Finally free, she has only one goal, but to achieve it she must break parole and the law, sacrifice everything, and head on an unforeseen journey to the remote island nation of Iceland.

Fri, May 6 4:20 PM
Wed, May 11 9:10 PM
Sat, May 14 4:45 PM
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Yung Punx: A Punk Parable

Age 9+, family documentary

A group of 8-to-12 year-olds star as Color Killer, an inspiring pop punk band from Massachusetts, counting down to the biggest performance of their lives. Can the kids (and their parents) hold up to the pressure? This head-banging, nail-biting, delightful music documentary will strike a chord with kids, families, and music lovers alike.

Sat, May 7 4:45 PM
Thu, May 19 4:30 PM
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In the Iranian village of Zalava, demonic possession is a recurring event. Or so the villagers believe, and too often their exorcisms result in death. Masoud, a local police official, is a man of science, and when a local doctor is accused of being possessed, he must intervene, with potentially disastrous results. 

Fri, May 6 9:50 PM
Mon, May 9 4:45 PM
Thu, May 19 9:20 PM
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The perils and perks of being an elite athlete in “socialist” Czechoslovakia provide the backdrop to this engaging biopic of Emil Zátopek (1922 – 2000), perhaps his country’s greatest Olympian. It also traces one of the greatest love stories in sports.

Sat, May 14 1:45 PM
Wed, May 18 1:15 PM
Sat, May 21 4:15 PM
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