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Alegría

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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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 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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Beba

“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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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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Boycott

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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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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Carajita

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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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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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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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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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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Exposure

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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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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Happening

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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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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Klondike

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
Tue, May 10 4:45 PM
Wed, May 25 4:30 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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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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Medusa

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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Midwives

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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Mija

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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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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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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Murina

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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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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Ninjababy

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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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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Piggy

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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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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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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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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Sirens

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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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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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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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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Watcher

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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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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