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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. 

Sat, May 21 1:45 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 20 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.

Tue, May 24 4:45 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.

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.

Tue, May 24 7:15 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 22 1:30 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

Fri, May 20 4:40 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 20 7:20 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.

Mon, May 23 7:15 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.

Thu, May 26 5:00 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.  

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.

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…

Tue, May 24 5:00 PM
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Juniper

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.

Wed, May 25 7:00 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.

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.

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 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.

Thu, May 26 3:00 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.

Sat, May 21 7:20 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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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.

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.

Thu, May 26 7:15 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.

Sat, May 21 2:10 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.

Tue, May 24 7:30 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.

Wed, May 25 7:15 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.

Wed, May 25 4:30 PM
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Wildhood

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.

Fri, May 20 2:00 PM
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Zátopek

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 21 4:15 PM
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