Illegal immigrant and hardworking single dad Carlos Galindo (Demian Bichir) embarks on a physical and spiritual journey in order to reconnect with his teenage son and keep him from getting pulled into the local gang life. From director Chris Weitz (About a Boy), A BETTER LIFE is a touching, poignant, multi-generational story that critics call “compelling,” “intelligent” and “heartfelt.”
The Good Lie
A group of Sudanese refugees are taken in by a brash American woman (Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon) assigned to help them as they adjust to modern life in the United States.
The Beauty Academy of Kabul
A documentary following American women (some of whom emigrated from Afghanistan in the early 1980s) who return to the capital city of Kabul to open an American-style school for beauticians. Some of their students are women who maintained “underground” beauty salons while the city was under strict Taliban control. Excerpt taken from IMDB.com.
Born Into Brothels
Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city’s notorious red light district.
In 1987, Sudan’s Muslim government pronounced death to all males in the Christian south: 27,000 boys fled to Ethiopia on foot. In 1991, they were forced to flee to Kenya; 12,000 survived to live in a U.N. camp in Kakuma. Archival footage documents the 1,000 mile flight; we see life in the camp. Excerpt taken from IMDB.com.
Don Cheadle stars in the true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsis refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.
An aspiring Irish actor and his family illegally immigrate to the United States with the dreams of the father breaking into the New York City theatrical scene. While they struggle to fit into their new country, the family finds new friends like the reclusive neighbor, Mateo, who provides help in the most unexpected ways in America. Excerpt taken from IMDB.com.
This is Ariel’s world: the small, slightly seedy shopping center in downtown Buenos Aires, where the Italian shopkeepers scream all day, the Koreans sell feng-shui and old Osvaldo sells nothing. Ariel’s mother runs a lingerie shop and his brother deals in import-export. It’s a comfortable little world, in spite of an undercurrent of malaise and uncertainty. Many young people are searching for their immigrant roots to obtain a coveted foreign passport, the key to a world full of promise. Ariel, however, wants more than a passport from Poland, where his grandparents fled to escape the Holocaust. Excerpt taken from IMDB.com.
Made in LA
Made in L.A. follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a mega-trendy clothing retailer. In intimate verité style, Made in L.A. reveals the impact of the struggle on each woman’s life as they are gradually transformed by the experience. Excerpt taken from IMDB.com.
Afghani film by Siddiq: A grandmother, a mother and a daughter must find a way to survive while living under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Women are not allowed to work and the men in their family have been killed in the wars that have ravaged the country. Despite the high risks involved, the family determines their only option is to have the preteen daughter disguise herself as a boy, Osama, in order to support the family.
A widowed college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple, who turn out to be illegal immigrants, living in his apartment. Excerpt taken from IMDB.com.
Which Way Home
This documentary follows unaccompanied children from Central America during their migration to the United States as they make the dangerous journey through Mexico by freight train.