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OUR MOTHERS

 

Directed by César Díaz (Belgium/Guatemala 2019; 78 mins. in Spanish with English subtitles)
 
Belgium's submission to the Oscar’s for the Best International Film earlier this year and winner of multiple awards, including the Camera D'or from the 72nd Annual Cannes Film Festival, Our Mothers is a gripping story that spans 50 years of Guatemalan history and the civil war. The film follows a young man searching for his own father as the country works to reconcile its past. The story mirrors certain elements of Director César Díaz’s own life: his father also disappeared during the civil war in the early 80s and, like many, Díaz was forced to leave Guatemala. After moving to Mexico and then Belgium, Díaz became a Belgian citizen to launch his career with this remarkable feature directorial debut. 

BAND OF OUTSIDERS

 

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard (France 1964; 95 mins. in French with English subtitles)
 
Adapted from Dolores Hitchens’ 1958 novel Fool’s Gold (a legendary title of France celebrated Serie Noire) Band of Outsiders switches the Texan writer’s Los Angeles setting for 1960s Paris. The film follows two petty criminals, Franz and Arthur (Sami Frey and Claude Brasseur) with a penchant for quoting old Hollywood movies, as they recruit the beautiful Odile (Anna Karina) to help them with a low-level heist. A gem of the French New Wave, Band of Outsiders features two iconic, cinematic spectacles: the trio in a free-spirited race through the Louvre and a memorable dance in a Parisian café.

DOWN AND OUT IN AMERICA

 

Directed by Lee Grant  (USA 1986; 57 mins. in English)
 
“These people were riding high on the American dream. They had homes and jobs and hopes for the future. Suddenly the bottom is dropped out of their world, and they are down and out in America.” - Lee Grant
 
In an eerily familiar world, director Lee Grant explores poverty in Reagan-era America. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Down and Out in America takes us from the heartland, where Minnesota farms that have fed the U.S. for a century are being pulled apart by local banks, to welfare struggles in New York and Los Angeles. Down and Out in America is an unforgettable look at life inside an America we have been too quick to forget. 

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