Living Cinema presents the North American premiere of its latest audiovisual spectacular, a critique of the 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Mixing images and sounds from video games, war footage and original recordings made in Beirut, the collective will dazzle and provoke.
Eight pastoral vignettes make up this leisurely and benevolent stroll through Thailand’s rural north country, where time slows down and the changing seasons dictate the day’s chores from dawn to dead of night amid a lovely and constantly changing landscape.
Tilda Swinton appears in Lynn Hershman Leeson’s unconventional documentary about Steve Kurtz, a conceptual artist falsely accused of bio-terrorism. The "strange culture" investigated here is one of art, dissent and the Justice Department’s refusal to admit error.
An intimate portrait of the Cuban Revolution—its jubilant promise and sobering reality—as seen through the eyes of director Camila Guzmán Urzúa, born and raised within its midst during the ’70s and ’80s.
Each year, the Film Society invites a leader of cinema and the arts to address issues facing the film world today. This year, the State of Cinema address will be delivered by the brilliant theater and artistic director Peter Sellars, whose work is motivated by, and encourages, a passionate commitment to globally relevant images and ideas that prompt social and moral action in an increasingly interdependent world.
Both SFIFF and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road celebrate 50-year anniversaries this year; the former honors the latter with a portmanteau program of readings, testimonials and images honoring the original Beat icon. Peter Coyote, Michael McClure, Diane DiPrima and others will join the celebration.
Poignant and shocking at once, Tahani Rached’s documentary pays tribute to the complicated lives of street youths in Cairo, Egypt. Forced to beg or con their way through life, the girls form a tender sisterhood that protects them from unwanted sexual advances, violent families and, sometimes, even themselves. With short Rise and Shine.
Fall 2004. Bush and Kerry debate Iraq and the economy. But for 11 candidates running for middle school president, junk food and bathroom stalls are the issues of import. Election meets Spellbound in this engaging exposé of the Future Politicos of America.
This intimate documentary examines the life and work of American photographer Tierney Gearon, whose emotionally and ethically complex images of her mother and young children garnered both art world praise and legal charges of exploitation.