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ART, RESISTANCE & ACTIVISM PROGRAM + CLOSING NIGHT FILM

LIL' BUCK: REAL SWAN

Bringing his experience in the ballet world with him, Lil Buck heads back to South Memphis to teach dance to the youth, offering them the chance of a better future. Returning home to the town where he first learned to dance, Lil Buck leads us through the streets as he recounts his personal story and the history of Jookin... 

Directed by Louis Wallecan, 2019, France/United States, 85 minutes, documentary, English 

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FIRST NATION PROGRAM

KUESSIPAN (NEW YORK PREMIERE)

Adapted from Naomi Fontaine’s acclaimed novel, Kuessipan is Myriam Verreault’s first narrative feature. In a Quebec Innu community, Mikuan and Shaniss struggle to maintain their close friendship when they clash over their diverging ambitions. When Mikuan falls in love with a white boy and starts to consider a life beyond their tiny reserve, her bond with Shaniss and her family is put to the test. 

Directed by Myriam Verreault, 2019, Canada, 117 minutes, drama, English. 

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THUS SPOKE THE SEA/MEN SA LANMÈ DI (NEW YORK PREMIERE)

The Haitian Sea, as you’ve never seen or heard it before: the sea tells the story of its relationship with the Haitian people, showcases its riches, reveals its mysteries and raises the alarm. From the excessive use of its resources to the consequences of climate change and pollution, all is revealed in different shades of blue. Haiti’s fate will be linked to the coasts and the children of Haiti – voodoo priestesses, fishermen, merchants, entrepreneurs, urban planners, historians, biologists and climate experts – help to tell the tale. A candid depiction of the challenges and the opportunities that must be seized before it’s too late. 

Directed by Arnold Antonin, 2020, Haiti, 49 minutes, documentary, French with English subtitles 

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THREE BLADES/TROIS MACHETTES (NEW YORK PREMIERE)

A day in the life of a family of three in contemporary Haiti. Child, adolescent, man – each with his dreams and frustrations and each finding a way to live. A day like every other day and everywhere, in every hand, there is a machete. So what will happen when night falls and dreams and frustrations collide? 

Directed by Matthieu Maunier-Rossi, 2019, Haiti, 29 minutes, drama, Haitian Creole with English subtitles 

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NAFI'S FATHER/BAAMUM NAFI (NEW YORK PREMIERE)

A fight between an Imam and his powerful brother over their children’s marriage. At stake: how a small community slowly drifts towards extremism. 

Directed by Mamadou Dia, 2019, Senegal, 107 minutes, drama, Fulah with English subtitles 

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A SON/BIK ENEICH (NEW YORK PREMIERE)

11-year-old Aziz needs a liver transplant after being seriously injured during a terrorist ambush while on holiday in 2011. At the hospital, a family secret will be revealed. 

Directed by Mehdi Barsaoui, 2019, Tunisia, 96 minutes, drama, Arabic with English subtitles 

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ART, RESISTANCE & ACTIVISM PROGRAM

THE MALI-CUBA CONNECTION / AFRICA MIA (US PREMIERE)

1964. In the midst of the Cold War, ten promising young musicians from Mali are sent to Cuba to study music and strengthen cultural links between the two socialist countries. Combining Malian and Afro-Cuban influences, they develop a revolutionary new sound and become the iconic ensemble ‘Las Maravillas de Mali’. New Year’s Eve 2000. Richard Minier, a French music producer meets a former member of the band in Bamako and decides to bring the band back together. 

Directed by Richard Minier and Edouard Salier, 2020, France/ Cuba/Mali, 81 minutes, documentary, French and Spanish with English subtitles. 

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IN COMPETITION: BEST FILM DIRECTED BY A WOMAN OF COLOR 

MYOPIA (US PREMIERE)

Fatem, sixth month pregnant, leaves her village perched in the mountains, to fill a frame with empty glasses for the elder of her village, the only person who can decipher the letters sent by members of the villagers’ families who have gone to work in the cities. She moves from station to station to arrive in town in the middle of a protest. This will turn her trip into a peaceful revolution that she is hardly aware of. 

Directed by Sanaa Akroud, 2020, Morocco, 86 minutes, drama, Arabic with English subtitles 

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