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2021 FILMS (alphabetic)
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Al Fresco  US  Music Comedy
dir. John Valenti
While making dinner preparations at home, a word enthusiast takes issue with the idea of dining outside when his significant other neglects to use the term "al fresco".
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Anyone At All  US  Narrative   
dir. Eliza Loyola
A sleep-deprived, late-night, security guard suffers under the weight of an imagined, Elvis-like presence and falls deeper into a world of his own creation.
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Composition  US  Experimental Narrative
dir. Paul Sestakov
A young grieving mother taking revenge in the only way she knows how – through art.
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Cosmonauts  Russia  Experimental Documentary
dir. Данила Гулин
It took 6 rallies, 3 detentions, and 18 months to create this film, which utilizes slow motion to illuminate Russian law enforcement’s dispersement of peaceful protest events.
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Eric and the Bees  US  Documentary
dirs. Erin Brethauer, Tim Hussin
After serving 20 years in the U.S. military, Eric retired to his family farm in West Virginia, but he was haunted by his experiences in combat. He discovered that beekeeping could transform his life and that of many others.
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Eyre & Sea  Australia  Documentary
dir. Jem Cresswell
Alan lives in a town of 3, on the edge of the Great Australian Bight, a wild place where vast desert spills into roaring ocean and a unique array of wildlife, including the endangered Australian Sea Lion.
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Flow  Belgium  Narrative
dir. Sebastian Schaevers
Friendship, boredom and collision at the riverside in the French Ardennes.
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Ghost Girl  US  Narrative   
dir. Paavo Hanninen
On the night before she is set to leave New Orleans to audition for a high-budget television pilot in Los Angeles, Ashley must overcome her best friend and closest collaborator's attempts to thwart her ambitions as this sudden opportunity reveals the long-festering differences between the two of them.
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Hate is a Virus  US  Documentary
dir. Leonardo Trejo-Bien
Amidst the rampant violence against vulnerable members of the Asian American Community during the pandemic, this documentary follows the history of anti-Asian prejudice in the U.S. and how it connects to the xenophobia and violence we see today.
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Home is not Safe  Afghanistan  Narrative   
dir. Sayed Masood Eslami
A woman is caught in a desperate situation.
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Lifeline: The Brothers Who Hold the Same Breath  Turkey  Narrative
dir. Abdullah Şahini
A story of Cain and Abel set in modern times, as two brothers conflict over diving for fish and treasure.
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Michael Malone, Portrait of an American Organic Farmer  US  Documentary
dir. Gary Beeber
Michael Malone is the proprietor and soul of Hungry Toad Farm located in Centerville, Ohio. In this documentary Michael tells his story and talks about what it takes to be an organic farmer.
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Normal  USA  Narrative
dir. Polly Cole
Complicated feelings bubble up when a Frenchman of Tamil origin and a white woman from Alabama shop together for shampoo.
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Nothing Glamorous (Niente di Glamour)  Italy  Narrative   
dir. Giovanni Conte
An actress gets a casting call and fantasizes potential scenarios for the job.
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Recaptcha  US  Experimental Documentary   
dir. Heather Warren-Crow
An attempt through delayed audio to abstractly narrate the report of an inscrutable bodily assault.
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Solitaire  Canada  Experimental Documentary   
dir. Ryan Walker
During the Covid-19 lockdown, one man battles the months of ennui to occupy his time.
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The Appointment (La Cita)  USA, Mexico  Experimental Documentary
dir. Alex Kannan
Grecia, a transgender woman, navigates the cruel streets of Tijuana, Mexico, and writes a letter to her lost friend Jeanine.
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The Girl with the Accent  United Arab Emirates  Documentary
dir. Nadia Durry
An Ethiopian American woman’s embrace of her identity through the color of her skin and her relationship to African American struggles.
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The Last Fisherman  France  Documentary
dir. Jan Jäckle
In a small village in the south of France, Alex lives his days as the last fisherman.
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The Load (Il Fagotto)  Italy  Narrative
dir. Giulia Giapponesi
In Italy's future, women must register with the government to track and encourage their fertility.
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The Night Train  Sweden  Narrative
dir. Jerry Carlsson
Oskar is on the night train, heading home after an interview in Stockholm. With a long night ahead of him, he makes eye contact with Ahmad. For the first time he meets the gaze of someone who feels the same desire as he does.
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The Sands Between  Canada  Narrative
dir. Aidan Tanner
A woman has a phone conversation with her significant other which slowly deteriorates as she comes to realize that the world around her might not be real.
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The Seed  USA  Documentary
dir. Hélène Goupil
Guy Clark, an iconic figure in the LGBTQ+ community who's been selling flowers in San Francisco since the AIDS epidemic, finds himself priced out of his own neighborhood and has to weather the seasons of a changing city.
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The Wake-Up Call  USA  Animation
dir. James Kahn
The story of a rich man in crisis, tumbled down the rabbit hole of reevaluating his life.
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To the Future, with Love  USA  Animation
dir. Shaleece Haas
An animated self-portrait of 19-year-old Hunter “Pixel” Jimenez, a nonbinary trans boy caught between the expectations of his Guatemalan immigrant family and his dreams of living happily ever after with his long-distance boyfriend Damienne.
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Unglued  USA  Music Video by Karmacoda
dir. Hirokawa Hayashida
A woman awakes on the streets of San Francisco. Knowing that something is wrong at her apartment, she runs there, guided by spectral citizens.
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X  Germany  Narrative
dir. Mareike Wegener
A reimagination of the demonic crossroad myth, X takes place in the postindustrial landscape of Germany's western coal mining region.