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City So Real

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As a factious mayoral election coincides with the trial of the police officer who killed Laquan McDonald, Chicago becomes a flashpoint, with the city as a tinderbox and its citizens ready to spark. The meandering camera in City So Real captures a wide swath of voices and perspectives assembled from intimate family gatherings to combustible […]

A Broken House

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In “A Broken House,” directed by Jimmy Goldblum, Mohamad Hafez comes to the U.S. on a single-entry visa to study architecture, and, when he realizes that he can’t return to his home country, he decides to conjure it in his art.

Bo Burnham: Inside

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A musical comedy special shot and performed by Bo Burnham, alone, over the course of a very unusual year.

Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry

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“Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” tells the true coming-of-age story of the singer-songwriter and her rise to global superstardom. From award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler, the documentary offers a deeply intimate look at this extraordinary teenager’s journey, at just 17 years old, navigating life on the road, on stage, and at home with her […]

Becoming Cousteau

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Adventurer, filmmaker, innovator, author, unlikely celebrity and conservationist: For over four decades Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his explorations under the ocean became synonymous with a love of science and the natural world. As he learned to protect the environment, he brought the whole world with him— he sounded alarms more than 50 years ago about the […]

The Inheritance

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After nearly a decade exploring different facets of the African diaspora — and his own place within it — Ephraim Asili makes his feature-length debut with The Inheritance, an astonishing ensemble work set almost entirely within a West Philadelphia house where a community of young, Black artists and activists form a collective. A scripted drama […]

In the Same Breath

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Nanfu Wang’s fourth feature film meticulously documents the origin and spread of COVID-19 throughout 2020. With on-the-ground footage and stirring first-person interviews, the documentary is a scathing rebuke of mismanagement, misinformation, and failed leadership in the US and China. Weaving together a full picture of the collective trauma emanating from this global pandemic, the film […]

How to with John Wilson

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Documentary filmmaker and self-described “anxious New Yorker” John Wilson continues his heartfelt mission of self-discovery, exploration and observation as he films the lives of his fellow New Yorkers while attempting to give everyday advice on six new deceptively simple topics. Building upon Season 1, the episodes take unexpected turns, but are grounded in John’s refreshing […]

Rebel Hearts

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In 1960s Los Angeles a trailblazing group of nuns, The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, bravely stood up to the patriarchy of the Catholic Church, fighting for equality, their livelihoods, and their own freedom against an all-powerful Cardinal who sought to keep them in their place. Their bold acts of faith, defiance and […]

Procession

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In the American heartland, six survivors of childhood sexual abuse by Catholic priests become a makeshift family as they collaborate to create staged scenes depicting rituals of power in the church.