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14 Days, 12 Nights

Isabelle is a mother whose grief over the accidental death of her adopted daughter, Clara, is overwhelming. Acting on an impulse to learn more about the young woman, she travels to Vietnam to try and find her daughter’s birth mother. Canada’s submission to the Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film.

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9 Days in Raqqa

Raqqa, Syria was a city under siege. Bombed, wrecked, barely holding on, it struggles to rebuild. Leila Mustafa is a Kurd and Syrian and the new mayor of Raqqa. When a French writer crosses the border to meet her, she has only 9 days to capture Mustafa’s story. This is it.

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After America

Ticket includes recorded Filmmaker Q&A
In 2019, director Jake Yuzna put out an open call in Minneapolis to criminal justice de-escalators to explore, through performance, the failures they saw in their work and in daily life. The result is an unconventional and eye-opening look at life in America.

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After Antarctica

Best of Fest Encores + Closing Presentation + Drive-In Screening + Virtual + Q&A
A journey across both poles, After Antarctica follows polar explorer Will Stegers lifelong journey as an eyewitness to the greatest changes to the polar regions of our planet. Now, at the age of 75, Steger heads out on the ice and recounts the life-changing journey that led him to where he is today.

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Air Conditioner

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In this strange and beguiling film, air conditioners--central to life in Angola--begin to suddenly fall out of windows in the capital Luanda, maiming and even killing people. When his broiling boss demands an air conditioner, Matacedo must wander his beloved city and find one that works.

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Ane is Missing

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In the Basque Country, Spain, Lide works a job as a security guard at a controversial railway construction site. When her daughter, Ane, vanishes, Lide needs to find out if it’s a kidnapping, or worse--is Ane involved in something over her head? Winner of three Goya Awards: Best Lead Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best New Actress.

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Animal

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A dream; a meditation upon the interconnectedness of all things and the role in which the human animal finds itself indelicately balanced.

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As You Like It

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An animated adaptation of the famous play by William Shakespeare, transposing the setting to a Southeast-Asian environment.

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Asia

A quiet but powerful, emotionally acute drama, Asia centers on an attractive Russian émigré nurse and single mother, and her relationship with her ailing teen daughter, played by Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Shira Haas (“Unorthodox”). Winner, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Nora Ephron Award for director-writer Ruthy Pribar, Tribeca Film Festival.

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Aurora

Luisa is an architect, who teaches creative workshops in her spare time. One day, she discovers 17-year-old Yuli in the school bathroom. She has failed to induce an abortion, and Luisa takes the girl in under her wing, in Paz Fábrega’s warm and meditative feature.

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Awakening

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When a young social elite at the turn of the nineteenth century explores life as a modern woman, she risks losing the man she loves and a certain future.

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Away We Go

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The bond between a sister and brother remain strong through all of life’s ups and downs.

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Back to the Wharf

Song Hao was a young man with a promising future. Ready for college, he pushes himself harder and harder, until fate throws him a curve. Believing he’s killed a man and orphaned a child, he flees his small town. But when his mother’s funeral calls him back home, has he reopened deadly grievances?

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Balloon

From acclaimed director Pema Tseden, Balloon finds Drolkar, the wife of a Tibetan sheep farmer, who is pregnant yet again, in violation of China’s family planning policies. Their faith dictates they keep the baby, but failing to abort it will result in a fine that will destroy the family farm.

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Beans

Based on Mohawk filmmaker Tracey Deer’s own childhood, Beans is the story of a 12-year-old girl coming of age during the tumultuous summer of the 1990 Oka Crisis. When a conflict over land rights escalates in her community, Beans is forced to grow up quickly and find her unique voice and power.

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Becky Doll • Young Fresh Fellows

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The lesson is simply, listening brings back what is missing, listen. This young girl may have died in this metaphor, but with the Becky Doll’s encouragement, she lives on.

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Berlin Alexanderplatz

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An African immigrant struggles to make a new life for himself in the big city in director-co-writer Burhan Qurbani’s audacious, neon-lit reinterpretation of Alfred Doblin’s classic 1929 novel. Forget the 1980 R.W. Fassbinder version; this multi-prizewinning film has its finger on the pulse of our time.

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Beyond the Line

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A wheelchair dreams of one day being fast like a racing car.

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Big Happiness

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Big Happiness is a personal exploration of adoption, identity, and colorblindness growing up in a transracial family.

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BJ's Mobile Gift Shop

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A young Korean-American hustler runs throughout the city of Chicago making sales out of his “mobile gift shop”.

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Breakdowns

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A mockumentary-style TV series about Patty Lee Casting, a Minneapolis-based casting office that pines for the good old days when the local film industry was booming.

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Brooklyn Red Caps

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Otis Hughes is the 73 year-old captain of the Brooklyn Red Caps, a multi-generational cycling group that includes cyclists of all levels.

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Buried

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Brian, a CEO of a major car company, wakes up on a desolate beach buried up to his neck in sand. His captor? Mara, a member of an environmental terrorist organization.

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Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Water

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In 1989, dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones created D-Man in the Waters, a ground-breaking ballet as a direct response to the AIDS crisis, which had devastated the New York arts community and claimed the lives of untold artists, including Jones’ dance company co-founder and life partner, Arnie Zane. Directors Rosalynde LeBlanc and Tom Hurwitz vividly bring to life the story of this extraordinary ballet.

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Captains of Zaatari

Two teenagers are stuck in Zaatari, the world’s largest camp for Syrian refugees. Both are stars of the camp soccer team, but one also excels in the classroom, while the other relies solely on the sport as an escape. Will the arrival of a world-famous soccer club deliver their dreams, or crush them?

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Careless Crime

Includes Filmmaker Introduction.
Four extremists in modern-day Iran plan to set fire to a movie theater screening a film called Careless Crime… which is about a movie screening of The Deer… which is what was playing in real life in another theater 40+ years ago when extremists burned it down to protest the Shah in Shahram Mokri’s mind-bending film-within-a-film-within-a-film.

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Charlatan

Best of Fest Encores | Watch the recorded filmmaker Q&A.
Jan Mikolášek, was a 20th century Czech herbal healer whose great success masked the grimmest of secrets. He won fame and fortune treating celebrities of the interwar, Nazi, and Communist eras with his uncanny knack for “urinary diagnosis”.

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Charlotte's Photographs

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The forgotten snapshots of a nurse in 1940's Minneapolis take us into the world of women's work in this animated musical documentary.

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CINEMA IN SESSION - Class 1: Introduction to Cinema

Join UMN Film Studies professor Rob Silberman, for an overview of cinematic elements in storytelling and principles to enhance your viewing experience.

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CINEMA IN SESSION - Class 2: Fiction vs. Nonfiction Narratives

Join UMN Film Studies professor Rob Silberman, for an exploration and examination of Fiction and Non-Fiction Narrative films.

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CINEMA IN SESSION - Class 3: Race Representation in Cinema

Join MSPIFF Programmer, Filmmaker and Film Instructor Craig Laurence Rice for an exploration and reflection on race representation in cinema worldwide.

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The Claw

Best of Fest Encores + Outdoor Screening + Virtual + Q&A
A cinematic documentary about the legendary wrestler Baron von Raschke, best known as “The Claw.” Step into the pro wrestling ring with Baron von Raschke and he’ll recount his journey from shy Nebraska Olympic hopeful to international infamy. The director-producer tag team of Minneapolis-based film director Philip Harder and von Raschke’s only son Karl have created a documentary unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

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The Club of Ugly Children

When President Isimo declares “Keep it clean!” he doesn’t mean the city streets, he means ridding the schools of children who don’t fit into narrowly defined ideals of beauty. Paul, one of the “ugly” boys, escapes in Jonathan Elbers’ engaging and entertaining dystopian thriller.

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The Co-op Wars

Best of Fest Encores + Watch the recorded filmmaker Q&A
Today, Co-ops are multi-million dollar businesses, so successful they’ve prompted mainstream grocery stores to stock organic food. But in the 1970s, it almost ended before it began, as internecine battles and even hostile takeovers threatened this burgeoning movement.

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Copycut Scanfill

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Photos collapse and colors collide in this jauntily abstracted cartoon!

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Dawn Chorus

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A man is haunted by a cosmic entity.

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Department Of Injustice

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A fictional caller contacts the U.S. Department of Justice to report an incident of killing by the police. ?Department of Injustice? comments on the state of justice and accountability regarding police violence in America, in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

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Devil's Pie — D'Angelo

Best of Fest Encores + Your ticket includes a recorded Filmmaker Q&A following the film.
Devil’s Pie—D’Angelo follows Grammy Award-winning singer D’Angelo, one of the most successful R&B acts in recent years, but whose struggle with numerous demons--not to mention a public eager to sexualize and hound him--made him walk away from the business for 14 long years.

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Do I Qualify for Love?

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The autobiographical story of trans-masculine, disabled, nonbinary, award-winning filmmaker, Atlas O. Phoenix (formerly Ayesha Adu,) as they revisit a physically abusive night with their parents.

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The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet

Sebastian is a quiet, unassuming man who loves a dog who likes to bark. He can’t leave the dog at home, can’t take it to work, so he has to find a new job. When a meteorite hits, poisoning the air, Sebastian’s almost otherworldly compassion is suddenly his greatest gift.

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Downstream to Kinshasa

20 years after the devastating Six-Day War, a battle between Rwandan and Ugandan forces that was part of the larger Second Congo War, a group of survivors journeys down the Congo River, seeking compensation that has been promised them for years.

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Dream Horse

The inspiring true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely race horse bred by small town bartender, Jan Vokes (Academy Award® nominee Toni Collette). With very little money and no experience, Jan convinces her neighbors to chip in their meager earnings to help raise Dream and compete with the racing elites.

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The Dry

A country town with plenty of secrets and a city cop (Eric Bana) with a troubled past are the ingredients of this intense, tension-laced thriller set in the Australian outback, hinging on dual mysteries. A gripping, polished film that is currently Australia’s box office champ.

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Empty Places

Completed before the global lockdown, Empty Places is an ode to the melancholy of machines.

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End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock

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In 2016, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe established a camp called Sacred Stone with the intent of stopping the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which desecrated ancient burial and prayer sites. Director Shannon Kring filmed the epic story of the Indigenous women who led this peaceful rebellion.

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Endless Yesterdays

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In the 1960s, racing driver Max Harper's career becomes overshadowed by guilt and PTSD following the death of his teammate.

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Enemies of the State

In 2010, the FBI raided the home of 25-year-old Matt DeHart for child pornography. What at first seems like an open-and-shut case, spirals into claims of a government cover-up involving Wikileaks and Anonymous. Sonia Kennebeck’s new documentary is a bizarre spy story with twists, turns, double-crosses and paranoia.

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Europa Europa

Watch the recorded filmmaker Q&A.
Based on the real-life experiences of Salomon Perel, Agnieszka Holland’s wartime tour de force Europa Europa is a breathless survival story told with the verve of a comic adventure, an ironic refutation of the Nazi idea of racial purity, and a complex portrait of a young man caught up in shifting historical calamities and struggling to stay alive.

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Exile

Best of Fest Encores + Includes Filmmaker Introduction.
In the face of daily micro-aggressions (and worse) from his German work colleagues, a prickly Kosovo-born pharmaceutical engineer becomes increasingly paranoid and plunges into an identity crisis. “A nervily comic, impressively poised psychodrama.” --Variety

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Father

This poignant drama inspired by real-life events follows the odyssey of a Serbian man who refuses to give up on justice and the right to raise his children. Winner, Audience Award, Ecumenical prize, Berlin Film Festival.

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Fear

An ironic fable about intolerance, this blackly comic drama shows small-town xenophobia lurch into overdrive when the widowed former school teacher takes in a Malian refugee. Winner, Grand Prize, Tallinn Black Nights; Best Film, Varna. Please be aware: some dialogue contains racial slurs.

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Fire in the Mountains

Includes Filmmaker Introduction.
Chandra and her husband, Dharam, run a homestay for tourists in a small Himalayan village, making little money. When Chandra wants to treat her paralyzed son with modern medicine and Dharam wants to pay for a ritual to remove a curse, their disagreement threatens to split the family apart.

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The Fire Next Time

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Rioting spreads as social inequality causes tempers in a struggling community to flare, but the oppressive environment takes on a life of its own as the shadows of the housing estate close in.

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Flex

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He may be god enough, but is he good enough? A slightly surreal comedic exploration of a bodybuilder’s self-loathing and self-loving.

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The Game

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A whistle. All eyes on the referee in the football stadium. Now he has to decide.

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Good Medicine

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The music video for Cryote's new single, "Good Medicine".

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Green Grass

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Two hopeful migrants make the arduous journey to what they’re sure must be a better life only to confront the reality that their destination may no longer be the place they believed it was.

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The Hands of an Elder

The importance of Cree culture in an ever-changing world.

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Havel

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This refreshing, humorous, warts and all creative biopic follows the metamorphosis of Václav Havel from carefree playwright of the 1960s to banned and jailed human rights activist to eventual President of Czechoslovakia. Be inspired once again by Havel’s courageous battle against oppression and the sacrifices he made.

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Here We Are

This moving tale of parental devotion focuses on stubborn, aging divorcé Aharon, who has devoted his life to raising his autistic son, Uri, now a young adult. Uri’s mother feels it might be time for him to live in a specialized home, but both Uri and Aharon dread the prospect.

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Holler

In this beautiful and unflinching coming-of-age story, a young woman is accepted to college but hasn’t got the money to escape her forlorn midwest town. Looking for the cash, she joins forces with a reckless scrap metal crew.

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Hollywood Fringe

Best of Fest Encores + Outdoor Screening + Virtual + Q&A
Samantha and Travis have been trying to break into movies for years. When their dream project is green-lit, the producers want Travis for the male lead, but a younger actress for the female lead. What is Samantha to do but put on her infamous “Alien Play” at the Fringe Festival?

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Hotel Coppelia

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During the 1965 Revolution in the Dominican Republic, freedom fighters struggled to reinstate President Juan Emilio Bosch Gaviño to power. When the American military invades, the soldiers hole up in a seaside brothel, and suddenly a forlorn band of prostitutes is forced to pick sides.

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Hugo

Best of Fest Encores
Just as we were settling into lockdown and adjusting to a new normal, the universe dealt us a most devastating hand. Pets aren't just pets, they're family.

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Hunger Ward

Nominated for a 2021 Oscar®, HUNGER WARD documents two women health care workers fighting to thwart the spread of starvation against the backdrop of a forgotten war.

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I Was, I Am, I Will Be

Best of Fest Encores + Includes Filmmaker Introduction.
This touching, humanist drama centers on the relationship of a Kurdish gigolo and an airline pilot. Given the opportunity to study and work in Germany, Baran moves from a troubled past to a complicated present, with the prospect of a promising future not far from his grasp. An undiscovered gem.

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Ice Ball

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Legendary polar explorer, Will Steger, inspires a community by preserving the forgotten craft of ice harvesting.

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Ignited States

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A bold and scrappy documentary that follows a modern-day uprising in Minneapolis and beyond, as protestors demand justice for George Floyd.

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In France Michelle is a Man's Name

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Michael, a young trans man, returns home to the rural American West after years of estrangement from his parents.

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In Passing

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After years apart, two Venezuelan-American sisters confront their demons and say goodbye, one last time.

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In The Meantime, With You

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When closeted Bryant is caught by his tormentors from high school, he decides to leave everything behind; except not without gifting his two best friends something that'll change their lives forever.

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Invisible Valley

Ticket includes recorded Filmmaker Q&A
Aaron Maurer’s fascinating and insightful documentary peels back the layers of the Coachella Valley and brings to light a diverse range of stories, from wealthy snowbirds to marginalized farmworkers, creating an indelible portrait of one of California’s most complex communities.

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Jagged Walker

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The woman portrayed in Jagged Walker claims “nasty” as feminine power. She transforms into her true self by unplugging misogynistic misconceptions.

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Jumper

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After a strange encounter in an elevator, a businesswoman is convinced she is being followed by the building's nighttime janitor.

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Karen Dalton: In My Own Time

Even the most devoted fans of the 1960s folk music scene often fail to recognize the name Karen Dalton. But this singular talent influenced a number of musicians, including the likes of Bob Dylan and Nick Cave. Directors Robert Yapkowitz and Richard Peete’s intimate documentary reveals a name you’ve probably never heard of, and will not soon forget.

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Keon

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KEON, a young Black photographer, meets up with his brothers, Amiri and Dre, and they embark on a journey to acquire a new camera to complete his college entrance portfolio.

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Kitchen Dance

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A conceptual short dance film that explores the multi-dimensional lives of women and their work.

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The Last Station

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A man is overcome with memories and desire as he waits in the station where he last saw her.

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Latinos in Taiwan

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The story of three Latino Chefs in Taiwan, and their motivation to cook Latino food, and share their Latino culture with the local Taiwanese.

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Life & Life

Watch the recorded filmmaker Q&A.
Reggie Austin is in San Quentin prison, serving a life sentence. When a film crew goes to the prison to film a documentary and stage a concert to honor sax great Frank Morgan (who once served there), Reggie steps up to perform. It changes his life forever.

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Lily Topples The World

Best of Fest Encores + Includes Filmmaker Introduction.
Lily Havesh is a young woman with a unique passion… for assembling and toppling dominoes. Director Jeremy Workman follows Lily around the world as she created dozens of mind-bending moving sculptures. From executive producer Kelly Marie Tran comes this awe-inspiring SXSW prize-winner.

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Little Girl

“When I grow up, I’ll be a girl.” So claims 3-year-old Sasha, whose working-class parents struggle to help her navigate in a world that doesn’t want to accept that just because Sasha was born a boy, she is truly a little girl.

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Love, It Was Not

Lovely young Jewish prisoner Helena Citron attracted an unlikely affection at Auschwitz: Franz Wunsch, a high-ranking SS officer fell in love with her and her bravura singing voice. Their forbidden relationship lasted until her miraculous liberation. Thirty years later, she receives a request to testify on his behalf.

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Luzzu

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The colorful luzzo boats, for generations made out of wood, painted in bright yellows, reds, greens, and other colors, are a trademark of Maltese fisherman. When Jesmark finds his precious boat leaking, it might spell disaster, in this Sundance award-winning drama from director Alex Camilleri.

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Ma Belle, My Beauty

Bertie and Fred are musicians, living a somewhat carefree life in the French countryside. Fred’s a musician from France, Bertie’s a New Orleans jazz singer struggling with depression. When Lane, an old flame, shows up, she reignites passion in both in Marion Hill’s gorgeous and surprisingly emotional debut that earned a Sundance Audience Award.

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Make Him Known

Four-time WNBA champion Maya Moore has been fighting for the release of a wrongfully convicted man named Jonathan Irons, who has inspired her pursuit of criminal justice reform.

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Marvelous and the Black Hole

Includes Filmmaker Introduction.
Sammy (Miya Cech) is grieving the death of her mother and wrestling with the turbulence of being a teenager. When she meets Marvelous Margot (Rhea Perlman), a surly magician, her life changes in ways she never imagined.

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Master Servant

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An ambitious, young railroad executive comes face to face with his own moral decay in his blind pursuit of wealth and status.

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Meat the Future

Includes Filmmaker Introduction.
By 2050, the worldwide demand for meat is expected to double. Faced with the dual challenges of international meat producers not being able to meet demand and the destructive environmental impact of harvesting animals, former Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. Uma Valeti thinks he has the answer.

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MEKONG 2030

Crafted from a desire to examine the Mekong River, the tenth largest in the world, MEKONG 2030 is a collection of five short narrative films from as many filmmakers and countries that imagine the future of this important tributary.

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Memory House

In this haunting film, Cristovam is an Indigenous Black man from rural northern Brazil, who has recently relocated to the south to work in a milk factory run by a strange community of Austrians. After another day of abuse and indignity, he retreats to a house of oddly familiar antiques, and enters a hallucinatory world, trapped within the collective memories of generations of victims of colonization.

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MeTube: August sings 'Una furtiva lagrima'

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Intergalactic music nerds August and Elfi conquer the opera stage and orchestrate their final adventure in an opulent manner.

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Mickey On The Road

Includes Filmmaker Introduction.
Mickey and Gin Gin are best friends in Taiwan, two young women, rebellious and seemingly going nowhere. Mickey cares for her depressed mom, Gin Gin gets by as a Go-Go dancer. When Gin Gin discovers a pregnancy by a boyfriend who lives in Guangzhou, China, they take a road trip that will change their lives.

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Microplastic Madness

Ticket includes recorded Filmmaker Q&A and Science on Screen conversation.
Can 11 year-olds take on plastic pollution? Fifth graders from Brooklyn lead a challenge against the pervasive use of plastics, asking probing questions about the local and global impacts on people, wildlife, and water systems. Using their own data to testify and rally City Hall, the young activists take action in their own cafeteria to eliminate all single-use plastic.

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THE MILGROM TRIBUTE: AGNIESZKA HOLLAND

FREE LIVE DISCUSSION May 16 at 2:00pm CST
The Milgrom Tribute recognizes the eminent, politically-minded, multi-award winning Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland. Ms. Holland is known as a trailblazing artist whose storytelling often elevates outsider perspectives and whose work as an auteur in the cinematic world is widely recognized as deeply personal and historically significant.

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Mogul Mowgli

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MC Zed (Riz Ahmed) is a talented and angry young man, a British-Pakistani rapper seemingly at odds with the world and his family in equal measure. He’s channeled that anger into music, but on the cusp of stardom, his own body betrays him.

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The Monopoly of Violence

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As part of the so-called “yellow vest” movement, French citizens took to the streets to oppose government policies. The state responded with unprecedented levels of police violence. Filmmaker and journalist David Dufresne gathered a cross-section of citizens to argue, discuss and examine the role of violence in French society, and, by extension, the world.

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Mr. Jones

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Agnieszka Holland’s thriller, set on the eve of world WWII, sees Hitler’s rise to power and Stalin’s Soviet propaganda machine pushing their “utopia” to the Western world. Meanwhile an ambitious young journalist travels to Moscow to uncover the truth behind the propaganda.

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My Brother Chases Dinosaurs

Jack’s younger brother, Gio, has Down syndrome. When they were little, Jack interpreted his parents’ explanation of Gio being “special” to mean he must have superpowers. As they grow older, teenage Jack struggles to redefine himself, spinning a web of lies that’s painfully awkward to untangle until his brother Gio shows him the way.

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My Dad is a Sausage

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When 12-year-old Zoe's dad suddenly burns out on his bank job and inexplicably decides to become an actor, she is the only one to encourage him. Essentially a buddy movie with a mid-life father and introverted daughter in the leading roles, this charming dramedy shows the importance of following your dreams.

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My Donkey, My Lover and I

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Eager for the perfect summer vacation with her very married lover, Antoinette receives a disappointing shock: he’s going on a trip with his wife instead. So Antoinette decides to climb the mountain herself in this heartfelt comedy.

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Nadia, Butterfly

Whenever Nadia leaves the pool, it feels as though she’s leaving a part of herself behind. Only 21, she’s exhausted from the rigors of being an Olympic swimmer, and decides to retire from competitive swimming after the Tokyo Olympics. Now that she’s finished, where does she go next?

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Never Gonna Snow Again

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A Ukrainian masseur uses his magic touch to change the lives of his wealthy but sad Polish clients in this intriguing social satire from the director of Mug (MSPIFF 2019). A combination of magical realism and moments of sober beauty and subtle humor, starring Alec Utgoff from Stranger Things.

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Never Turn Your Back to the Wave - The Travis Jordan Story

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The family of Travis Jordan fights for justice after he is killed by Minneapolis police officers.

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The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel

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From the filmmaking team behind The Corporation, the groundbreaking documentary that exposed corporations as psychopathic “citizens,” comes The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel, which exposes their supposed turn toward being good citizens, and how this is a smokescreen for even greater malfeasance.

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Nextwave Youth Shorts

Best of Fest Encores + FREE LIVE FILMMAKER Q&A May 22, 2021 2:00pm CST:
Enjoy a free program of shorts made by high school students all over the world, including right here in the Twin Cities. A showcase celebrating the finalists of MSPIFF’s Nextwave Youth Film Competition, this year’s program was selected from over 400 submissions by the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Art Team, a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) 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.

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The Night of the Beast

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The Night of the Beast finds us in Bogota, Colombia on a day two friends' dreams are to come true; they've got tickets to see their favorite band play for the first and maybe only time in their lives. The band: Iron Maiden! But, like metal itself, this day is a slow build filled with epic moments and pandemonium.

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No More Pipeline Blues (On This Land Where We Belong)

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A new music video from Rock the Cause Records, created to stop Line 3 in Minnesota.

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No Ordinary Man

“How would I summarize the story of Billy Tipton? He was a trans-masculine jazz musician.” So speaks actor and activist Marquise Vilsón, in Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt’s brilliant No Ordinary Man, the story of jazz musician and trans icon Billy Tipton.

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Not Going Quietly

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Ady Barkan never intended to be a hero. Always passionate about social issues, he works as an organizer in California, until a diagnosis of ALS takes him to the front lines of health care reform, sometimes going face-to-face with Senators and members of Congress in the fight for affordable health care.

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Nudo Mixteco

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Three stories become tied in a knot during the patron saint’s celebrations in San Mateo, a town in Oaxaca’s Mixteca region. Ángeles Cruz’s searing examination of sexuality in the face of masculinity in this Indigenous town is also a compassionate portrait of people in love, in danger, and in grief.

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Nurture

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A short documentary about a man's struggle with substance abuse. He recounts the beginnings of his abuse, his childhood, recovery, and his relationship with his children.

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Oaxacalifornia: The Return

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The Mejia family emigrated from Oaxaca to Fresno, California 40 years ago. Filmmaker Trisha ZIff filmed the family in 1996, and returns now to see the changes that have settled over them, and follows the family on their return to Mexico.

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Old Met

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On a large plot of land in Bloomington, MN, the relentless forces of capitalism transform the landscape time and time again.

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One-Way to Moscow

Loosely inspired by a real-life spying scandal in the late 1980s, this light-hearted Swiss dramedy follows a good-natured detective forced by his Zurich superiors to go undercover at a radical lefty theater whose personnel are suspected to have Communist sympathies.

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Pay Me

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A tongue in cheek parody of protest songs from the 60s and 70s presenting a view of the selfish society that we can’t seem to shake.

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Pilar

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A dangerous intruder gives Pilar the chance to discover the wild animal within and the means to escape the post-apocalyptic village she lives in.

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Pit Stop

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A simple gas station pit stop turns into a heated battle of principles.

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Playing with Sharks

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Valerie Taylor isn’t your typical filmmaker — she is also a champion diver and noted marine conservationist, who has dedicated her life’s work to capturing images of sharks, most famously in the blockbuster Jaws. Director Sally Aitken’s stunning documentary captures this fearless Australian photographer and activist.

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Poise

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Lying on the bed of a small room, a man is in a stalemate, unable to decide. Time is suspended within and outside of him, in the minimalist room and in the geometric city.

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Present Tents

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A man wakes up one morning to find an unfamiliar tent in his front yard, and all of his self-professed progressive pieties come crashing down

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Racc Racc - KND Steezo - Official Music Video

A bank heist themed music video shot inside of the vault of the Grain Belt brewery in Minneapolis, MN.

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Red Soil

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Nour has just been hired as an infirmary nurse at the chemical plant that employs her father. Soon she discovers numerous employees with terminal diseases, and uncovers a pollution scam that threatens her town--and her father’s--way of life.

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Redemption of a Rogue

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Could Irish director-writer Philip Doherty be the new Martin McDonagh? The former playwright’s debut feature is a Bible-inspired, pitch black comedy about a prodigal son returning to his hometown to seek salvation for his sins. And it’s a neo-musical. Winner, Best Irish First Feature, Best Irish Film, Galway Film Fleadh.

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Reflectivore

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A film about loss and the journey of a beautiful, intelligent, caring, and inspirational person that served as mother, wife, and friend to some involved in this project.

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Riders of Justice

Your ticket includes a recorded Filmmaker Q&A following the film.
In this fabulous tragicomedy of fate a train accident elicits a series of therapeutic acts of revenge. Whether or not this is related to a stolen bike and a disgusting sandwich, it’s definitely about a group of misfits, who, in meeting each other eventually find love, self-respect, trust and belonging.

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Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera

Drive-In Screening + Virtual + Q&A
A lone gunman silhouetted against the fading sun, stampedes and shoot outs, a masked rider, cows, tumbleweeds, sheriffs and cowboys and cowgirls--is the stuff of a western or the stuff of an opera? Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera proves it can be both.

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Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It

Includes Special Introduction.
If you are a fan of musicals, you surely know Rita Moreno from her fiery performance as Anita in the 1961 filmed version of West Side Story. And if you were a child of television in the 1970s, you know her as a mainstay on PBS’ Electric Company. But do you know the rest of her incredible story?

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Rosario

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Rosario follows two Mexican sisters as they adjust to life in the US. Their struggles are told through conversations full of bickering and meals cooked with love.

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Run Uje Run

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Swedish cinema’s sleeper hit and the winner of the Gold Bug for the country’s best feature, this appealing autobiographical dramedy weaves together scenes of the eponymous protagonist’s everyday life with humorous music he composes and sings. Uje is Uje Brandelius, radio host and keyboard player for the band Doktor Kosmos.

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Sad Beauty

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When mankind causes its own demise, what could bring consolation?

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THE SAGA OF FARGO: A Moment in Minnesota

FREE LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION May 16, 2021 6:00pm CST:
Join Melodie Bahan, Executive Director of MN Film and TV; Author Todd Melby; Actress Michelle Hutchison; Location Manager Anne Healy; and others, as we explore the iconic film Fargo, a standout in movie history and shot in Minnesota, through the eyes of the people involved in its making.

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Salt River Water Walk

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Follow the Salt River Water Walkers on an Indigenous-led ceremony as it creates community and builds relationships with the earth through the shared goal to care for the water.

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Salute to Al Milgrom

FREE LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION May 16 at 4:00pm CST
MSPIFF40 will host a Zoom panel with friends and former colleagues of Al Milgrom, founder of MSP Film Society, to share and discuss Al’s influence in the world cinema community.

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Say His Name: Five Days for George Floyd

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The incomprehensible police murder of George Floyd on May 25th, sparked a global uprising, the epicenter in Director Cy Dodson's Minneapolis neighborhood, revealing an immersive observation of unrest in the days between the killing of George Floyd and the charges filed against police officer Derek Chauvin.

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Searchers

Includes Filmmaker Introduction.
Trying to find a date is hard enough in “normal” times, but when a global pandemic hits, the challenge requires ingenuity, patience… and online dating apps. Director Pacho Velez traverses the streets of New York to interview a wide range of his fellow New Yorkers who, like himself, turn to various dating apps in their search for love.

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Shadow Country

Life in a fictitious Czech village, located on the border of Austria. The population of Czechs, German-speakers and Jews are torn between conflicting identities and nationalities at the best of times, but with the advance of the Nazis, they must choose – allegiance to the Reich or Czech nationality and poverty.

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She Used to Laugh

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Under the familiar glow of the spotlight, Jay wrestles with a past relationship in the only way he knows how.

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Shorts: Activism

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Standing up for what is right, fighting injustice, and taking charge of the conversation.

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Shorts: Animation 1

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Part 1 of a selection of local and international animated shorts.

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Shorts: Animation 2

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Part 2 of a selection of local and international animated shorts.

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Shorts: Documentaries

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Real-life perspectives and experiences from around the world.

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Shorts: Dramas

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Engaging narratives ranging from costume dramas to thrillers.

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Shorts: Family Dynamics

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Whether they’re the ones we choose, or those we don’t, families are always complicated.

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Shorts: Lighter Fare

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Comedies and lighter dramas to boost your mood.

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Shorts: Music in Focus

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A collection of music videos and films centered on how music can impact our lives.

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Shorts: Relationships

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Partners come and go, but no two stories are the same.

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Shorts: Seeking Justice

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A selection of documentaries focused on social justice and seeking truth.

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Should the Wind Drop

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In the landlocked Nagorno-Karabakh Republic there sits a small airport, unused. Alain (Grégoire Colin), a French engineer, is tasked with determining whether or not the new airport is structurally sound, which puts him right in the middle of the last vestiges of a civil war.

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Sisters: The Summer We Found Our Superpowers

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Two Norwegian sisters are off on an overnight hiking trip with their free-spirited father in the woods. What could go wrong? When their daring dad takes an accidental tumble into a gorge, 5-year-old Billie and 9-year-old Vega must find their superpowers to save him.

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Slime

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Slime, taken from Double Grave's album 'Goodbye, Nowhere!

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A Song Called Hate

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Young artists make a stand and attempt to create a meaningful debate through their art as the Icelandic BDSM techno band Hatari takes the stage at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel in 2019. Is it even possible to participate within a system while simultaneously rejecting it?

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The Sparks Brothers

From director Edgar Wright comes a documentary paean to the band Sparks, one of the most influential art rock bands of all-time, whose five-decade career defies easy categorization.

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Strung

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Eric must rely on the survival skills of an enigmatic nine-year-old boy to help him battle vicious withdrawals and self-deprivation to catalyze change within his family's cycle of addiction.

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Summer of 85

Summer, 1985: teenager Alexis is out sailing off the Normandy coast, when his boat capsizes and he is saved from drowning by 18-year-old David. Soon, there is a deep bond between the two, in this nostalgic, tense, and even delightfully campy tale from director François Ozon.

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Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

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In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record—created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion.

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Summertime

Born of director Carlos López Estrada’s mind-blowing interaction with a workshop where performers from across the City of Angels recited fearlessly personal texts, Summertime is a gloriously moving narrative experiment — part urban musical and part sociological art.

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The Sun Still Shines

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Conveying a message of hope and resilience, drawings by Rita Blitt are merged with the music they inspired, composed by Michael Udow.

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Terminally Optimistic

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Terminally Optimistic follows the life journeys of three women with metastatic breast cancer. Eva, Krissy and Kim are adapting to their failing bodies in a variety of ways, because they must. Life has changed drastically after diagnosis, and they must reinvent themselves and accept a new "normal." This is the story of these three METAvivors, their families, caregivers, and communities.

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This is My Desire

Two young Lagosians seek to escape the daily oppressions in Africa’s largest city, with aims to head to Spain and Italy to find a better life. Shot in gorgeous 35mm by twin directors Arie and Chuko Esiri, This is My Desire’s attention to exacting detail creates a layered world you’ve never seen before.

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Tigers

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Borg vs. McEnroe screenwriter Ronnie Sandahl tells the true story of 16-year-old Swedish soccer prodigy Martin Bengtsson. A coming-of-age drama about a young man’s burning obsession in a world where everything, and everyone, has a price tag. Winner, Best Flash Forward Film, Busan; Best Nordic Film, Göteborg; Youth Jury Prize, Lübeck.

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TiTi

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Cinematic magical realism meets hard-edged drama in Ida Panahandeh’s stunning look at the life of Titi, an Iranian Roma Gypsy who earns pennies cleaning hospitals, becomes a surrogate mother… and saves the world from a rogue black hole.

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Tove

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The Moomins are beloved cartoon characters, familiar to readers around the globe. But less is known about their creator, the bisexual, Swedish-speaking, Finnish visual artist and author Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001) and her surprisingly unconventional life. This engaging biopic goes a long way towards remedying that knowledge gap.

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The Translator

A riveting thriller about an Arabic-English translator for the 2000 Syrian Olympic team in Australia, forced into exile after a fateful mistranslation, who decides make a clandestine return to his homeland after his activist brother goes missing during the Arab Spring.

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The Truth About Hastings

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Witness Marjorie’s 93rd birthday descend into an intergalactic psychedelic nightmare.

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Try Harder!

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At Lowell High School in San Francisco, the Asian American majority student body is made up of high-performing kids, who are gunning for spots at the most elite universities, and who are becoming more and more stressed as the pressure mounts to meet their own high expectations, as well as those of their parents.

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Überfrog

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When a chase for a delicious dragonfly goes awry, a frog finds himself on a journey towards higher levels of amphibian consciousness.

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Under the Open Sky

Your ticket includes a recorded Filmmaker Q&A following the film.
After serving 13 years in prison for murder, ex-yakuza henchman Mikami (an outstanding Koji Yakusho) is a free man. But life on the outside is not what he expected: growing up a gangster didn’t give him the tools to navigate his new world. Writer/director Miwa Nishikawa’s diligently researched adaptation is superbly nuanced; filled with moments of humor, tenderness, and ferocity.

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Underground

When an explosion causes a mine to collapse in the remote Val d’Or region of Quebec, trapping several men, Maxime, a troubled young man must suppress his demons, and summon all his courage, and training, to save them.

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Undine

Auteur Christian Petzold recasts the ancient myth of a mysterious water sprite to contemporary Germany where lovely, melancholy Undine works as a historian at a Berlin museum. But she is fated to kill the man who betrays her. Winner, FIPRESCI prize, Best Actress, Berlin Film Festival.

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Until We Find Them

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An intimate portrait of two journalists seeking truth and justice for Mexico's disappeared. Un retrato íntimo de dos periodistas que buscan la verdad y justicia para las y los desaparecidos de México.

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The Vanishing Hitchhiker

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Franz meets a young and mysterious hitchhiker who says he has had a car breakdown. After some hesitation, Franz accepts and accompanies her home.

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Waves

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A black, deaf teen wants “Waves” for prom night, but his haircut falls into the hands of an inattentive, rookie barber.

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Wet House

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What is a wet house? It’s a residential facility for aging alcoholics, where they’re allowed to drink, and perhaps a last refuge in an unending storm of neglect, self-abuse and despair. Benjamin May’s compassionate documentary pulls no punches nor casts any aspersions.

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The Whaler Boy

In Chukotka, a small Russian village populated by whale hunters, Leshka experiences typical teenage problems: loneliness, longing to find love, and feeling misunderstood by his friends. Those experiences, related with breathtaking cinematography and a soupçon of surrealism, make the story universal and relatable to audiences beyond its remote location.

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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

9-year-old Anna is blissfully ignorant of adult concerns over the election of Adolf Hitler until her family is forced to flee Germany and Anna must suddenly learn how to survive in an epic historical drama by Oscar-winner Caroline Link.

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When We're Born

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This tender, humanist social drama from Tamer Ezzat makes innovative use of music to link three stories where everyday life and ambitions conflict, forcing hard choices. The musical narration is composed by Amir Eid, lead singer/songwriter of the popular band the Cairokees. Egypt’s 2021 Oscar submission for best international film.

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Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

Best of Fest Encores + Watch the recorded filmmaker conversation
Who We Are brings ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson’s searing Town Hall presentation on the legacy of white supremacy in America to life, as he travels across the country confronting both America’s tragic past and our urgent present-day reality.

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Wildfire

Inseparable sisters raised in a small town on the Irish border, Lauren (Nora-Jane Noone) and Kelly’s (Nika McGuigan) lives were shattered as youth with the loss of their father during the “The Troubles” and later, the mysterious death of their mother. Years on and left to pick up the pieces after her sister abruptly disappeared, Lauren is suddenly confronted with the family’s dark and traumatic past when, after being reported missing for a whole year, Kelly returns home, feral, dazed, and enraged.

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Wildland

Following a car accident, which kills her mother, 17-year old Ida moves in with her estranged aunt (an amazing Sidse Babett Knudsen) and her aunt’s grown sons. Like the Australian hit Animal Kingdom, this female-driven crime drama offers a radical meditation on family, loyalty and the need to belong.

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Window Boy Would also Like to Have a Submarine

From acclaimed Uruguayan poet and filmmaker Alex Piperno, comes this quiet, sly and meditative surrealist film about loneliness. In two seemingly disparate tales, a sailor on a cruise ship discovers a portal that takes him to a woman’s apartment in Montevideo, and a shack in rural Philippines contains an evil portent.

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The Winter

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Walking in a snowy forest, a peasant sees a mysterious deer and goes to follow it. The deer allures him and the peasant even wants to catch it.

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Wishlist

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Eva and Carmen are two women who meet in the worst place: the doctor’s office, waiting to hear the results of their cancer screenings. So Carmen has an idea: why don’t she and Eva rent an RV with her best pal, Mar, make a list of things they’ve always wanted to do… and do them.

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Women is Losers

San Francisco, late 60s. High-schooler Celina Guerrera is smart, savvy and hoping for a way out of her bleak neighborhood. When she gets pregnant by her Vietnam-veteran boyfriend and facing tragedy, Celina rolls up her sleeves… and fights.

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WORK IN PROGRESS FEEDBACK SCREENING - 40 Below: The Toughest Race in the World

A special Work in Progress Screening and Feedback Session for the feature documentary 40 Below: The Toughest Race in the World by Director/DP/Editor Marius Anderson, and Producers Marius Anderson and Melody Gilbert. Attendees should plan to watch the film and attend the feedback session on Wednesday, May 19 at 6:30pm to share their thoughts on the film with the filmmaking team.

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Writing With Fire

In India, Dalits are the lowest caste, often referred to derisively as “untouchables.” In Uttar Pradesh, a northern province, a group of Dalit women do the unthinkable in any caste — they start their own news network.

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Wuhan Wuhan

Best of Fest Encores + Ticket includes recorded Filmmaker Q&A
Following a group of citizens of Wuhan in the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Yung Chang’s compassionate documentary examines what it means to be human in the face of overwhelming disaster.

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Yoruga

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A lonely old man pays a visit to Yoruga, one of the last animals on Earth.

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Young Roots, Deep Rhymes: a film about Priest

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As a young African American artist, Priest is a role model who is calling youth to have pride in who they are and where they came from.

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Young Warriors

Enjoy the simple pleasures of a lighthearted family road trip through Brazil. An ode to director Bárbara Cariry's childhood memories, Young Warriors is the story of a fisherman who is inspired by a dream to hit the road with his family in search of adventure and festival.

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You're the Kinda Guy

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Michelle Rose's original 1950's-themed song about overlooking the many flaws of the handsome guy you know is no good.

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