Jean Remy is a Haitian man struggling to find employment in the Dominican Republic. Confronted with rejection and discrimination in the city, he sets off to try his luck in the countryside. Imbued with a naturalistic grace, this deeply sympathetic portrait speaks eloquently to the trials of humanity.
North Korean defector Seung-chul is a refugee living on the harsh edges of Seoul. Bewildered by exploitative employers and cynical urbanites, he’s no good for business. A powerful realism underscores this prize-winning feature debut about the struggle to survive in a strange new world.
In Rio, a group of young students (played by a memorable cast of nonprofessionals) transcends the hard truths of their lives through spirit and imagination in this magical realist urban teen adventure. Led by the charismatic Luiza, the group creates poetry and mirth in a collapsing world.
Uplifting and unconventional, this tale of genocide and reconciliation in Rwanda uses a series of parallel and overlapping narratives from various Tutsi and Hutu perspectives. Together, they illuminate the complex fabric of life in Rwanda, while dramatizing the sites of refuge during the 100-day rampage.
An invigorating mix of genres gives us a humorous, and ultimately tragic, story about Julie, a 23-year-old French woman trying to make it on her own. Floundering in her attempts to hold a job and reckless in love, she makes a bid for freedom with a charming young man of dubious employment.
Hip-hop courses through this prescient, vibrant second feature about art and the struggle to make it in Alexandria. The film follows an engineer at loose ends trying to throw a concert of young musicians whose general dissatisfaction is balanced by their musical spirit and energy pulsing throughout.
A taciturn truck driver hits the pitted asphalt road for a journey into rural Russia and encounters with peculiar folk—an old man still plagued by the Great War, a teenage prostitute who shuns kindness, a trio of tramps who wander the wasteland like an unholy trinity—in this surprising guignol about a republic in decline.
The 18th-century Indian painter Nainsukh of Guler receives a poetic, visually stunning tribute from a young Indian filmmaker employing an arresting pictorial language. Shot in the region where Nainsukh produced his most celebrated work, this is a meditative and meticulous recreation of the world of an artistic genius.
A young biracial woman raised in France travels to Burkina Faso in search of the mother she hasn’t seen in many years. Meanwhile, in Paris, an émigré from Burkina Faso who makes her living as a cleaner teaches the Dioula language to a white middle-class office worker, in this affecting story of global displacement.
To every thing there is a season in this disarmingly lovely, surprisingly humorous and moving meditation on the revolving cycles of life in a quiet medieval hilltop hamlet in Calabria, Italy, where tree-climbing villagers peacefully coexist with scene-stealing goats, a troublemaking dog and a tenacious pot of snails.