Along the sidewalks and cafés of Seine-Saint- Denis, groups of young men, dressed in hoodies and streetwear, talk with remarkable bluntness and honesty about love, desire, sex, and race. As one man says “White people experience love They were taught how.” Made with a shattering level of intimacy, Alice Diop’s film is both a cinepoem and a piercing statement on the nature of disenfranchisement.
Like the beautiful Hawaiian archipelago where the film is set, Cyrus Sutton’s Island Earth is a complex mix; at once hopeful and celebratory, but interwoven with notes of hardship and despair. The film examines how former plantation fields are now used for open air field- testing of restricted-use pesticides.
Underwater hydrophones have detected an ultra low-frequency sound emanating from a point 1,500 miles off the coast of Chile. No one can explain it. Scientists have dubbed it “the bloop.” Cara Cusumano’s eerily beautiful film explores the mysteries that lie beneath the ocean’s surface. -JC
Moving between past and present, Ghost Ship takes the viewer on a circuitous voyage from Oscar Wilde and Florence Balcombe to F.W. Murnau and a Portuguese party boat — discovering the history of blood science, film tinting, and the cruise ship industry along the way.
Imagine receiving a cheque every month that would cover your essential needs. How would you spend your time? What would you do with the extra cash? Unconditional basic income, guaranteed annual income, and negative income tax are just a few of the names for the social security program that has been gaining momentum around the world.
Fattitude tackles the subject of body size prejudice from a multiplicity of perspectives including race, class, and gender. Featuring interviews and analyses from a broad range of writers, academics, activists, and artists, Fattitude assails a complex tangle of cultural and social constructs — everything from economic status to the politics of being seen.
Manifesto is the flagship in our Spotlight on Troublemakers. It is the good ship trouble that carries a pirate crew of muckrakers, disturbers of the peace, radicals, revolutionaries, and, of course, cinéastes, embodied in the words of this century’s great cultural and political manifestos. Rabid dissent and gonzo defiance are given voice by actress Cate Blanchett in the guise of a baker’s dozen of characters.
Yan Chun Su observes the last of Tibet’s drokpa (nomads) as they lead herds of yak and sheep over hilly grasslands. No longer limitless, the drokpa move across the section of pasture randomly allotted to them by the Chinese government. The film captures the last years of an agentive people caught inside a political and ecological landscape beyond their control.
Donna Haraway (A Cyborg Manifesto author) talks about her work and her life in director Fabrizio Terranova’s film portrait. Haraway’s winding reflections and insights are set against images of squiggly sea creatures, kooky animation, and a breezy electronic score. The result is a tranquil, yet playful meditation that dives headfirst into the mind of one of the most inventive and curious thinkers living today.