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12th and Clairmount
2017 | USA | NR | 82 min.
Fifty years ago, in the heat of July, the city of Detroit was irrevocably shaken by five of the most pivotal and divisive days in its history. The turmoil of that summer left 43 dead, hundreds injured, and more than a thousand buildings destroyed. Drawing from over 400 reels of donated home movies, this important and carefully crafted documentary delves into the complex causes and effects of the 1967 Race Riots. Weaving together found footage with newly recorded oral histories and powerful illustrations, Brian Kaufman showcases his adroit storytelling skills in a debut feature that is at once complicated and seamless. Produced by the Detroit Free Press in collaboration with Bridge Magazine, WXYZ-TV, and a group of metro Detroit cultural institutions led by the Detroit Institute of the Arts, this is the perfect companion piece to Kathryn Bigelow’s new film, “Detroit,” capturing the full spectrum of life in Detroit and the explosive tensions that are still alive today.
Film Info
Section:US Documentary
Don't Miss
Release Year:2017
Runtime:82 min.
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Brian Kaufman
Produced by:Brian Kaufman
Kathy Kieliszewski
Bill McGraw
Screenwriter:Brian Kaufman
Kathy Kieliszewski
Bill McGraw
Editing By:Brian Kaufman
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500 Years
2017 | Guatemala | NR | 105 min.
How could genocide occur in a country without its citizens ever knowing? In this sweeping documentary, filmmaker Pamela Yates gives a powerful new voice to the previously silenced Mayan people of Guatemala, who suffered the slaughter of entire villages in the 1980s under former president Rios Montt. The murders committed by Montt and his army, backed by the Reagan administration, went mostly unnoticed by the Mayans’ fellow countrymen, many of whom still do not believe a genocide ever occurred. Yates juxtaposes moving interviews with Mayan survivors and footage of Montt’s 2013 trial, which culminated in a fierce citizen uprising that flooded the streets of Guatemala with protestors demanding long-overdue justice. “500 Years” is an important and inspiring film that bears witness to the stories and strength of Guatemala’s indigenous people.
Film Info
Section:Foreign Documentary
Cinema Salon
Original Title:500 Años
Release Year:2017
Runtime:105 min.
Rating:NR
Production Country:Guatemala
Original Language:Spanish
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Pamela Yates
Produced by:Paco de Onis
Cinematography:Melle van Essen
Rene Soza
Editing By:Peter Kinoy
Cast:Irma Alicia Velàsquez
NimatujMatilde
Terraza Gallego
Daniel Pascual Hernàndez
Andrea Ixchìu Hernàndez
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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
2016 | USA | NR | 88 min.
After the 2008 financial crisis, only one bank was targeted for mortgage fraud in the US. It wasn’t Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, JP Morgan Chase, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac; instead, the feds targeted a small immigrant-run enterprise called Abacus Federal Savings Bank. After one of the bank’s employees was caught taking bribes, the Manhattan DA’s office accused Abacus of corruption. In this searing documentary, as riveting as any legal thriller, Oscar-nominated director Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) unravels the judicial witch hunt that Abacus owner and Chinese immigrant Thomas Sung and his family endured over the next three years. James asks the crucial question: Why did federal investigators target a small, family-run business instead of any of the large corporations responsible for the Great Recession? Amid our current climate of suspected government corruption and regulation rollbacks, this is a vital reminder of all that is at stake when profits and not people come first.
Film Info
Section:US Documentary
Release Year:2016
Runtime:88 min.
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Steve James
Produced by:Julie Goldman
Mark Mitten
Cinematography:Tom Bergmann
Editing By:David E. Simpson
John Farbrother
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ACORN and the Firestorm
2017 | USA, India | NR | 84 min.
An essential part of documentary filmmaking’s DNA is the capacity for nuance, a trait the world of 24-hour cable news does not share. This is demonstrated all too clearly in this riveting look at a heated scandal of the 2000s, the explosive political collapse of the longstanding nonprofit ACORN. The community organizing group that played a critical role in the 2008 election of Barack Obama, once boasting over 500,000 members worldwide, was taken down by a pair of undercover conservative activists posing as a prostitute and a pimp. The carefully staged operation, orchestrated by Andrew Breitbart, led to ACORN’s eventual bankruptcy, setting the stage for today’s polarized political climate and the rise of Breitbart News. A compelling cautionary tale, this true-life political thriller shines an unquestionably fascinating light on our troubled present.
Film Info
Section:US Documentary
Cinema Salon
Release Year:2017
Runtime:84 min.
Premiere Status:Midwest Premiere
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
India
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Reuben Atlas
Sam Pollard
Produced by:Reuben Atlas
Sam Pollard
Cinematography:Frank Larson
Spencer Chumbley
Naiti Gamez
Natalie Kingston
Editing By:Francisco Bello
Music By:Khari Mateen
Cast:Bertha Lewis
Hannah Giles
Wade Rathke
Maude Hurd
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Ada for Mayor
2016 | Spain | NR | 88 min.
Imagine Occupy Wall Street rising in Spain, and you’ll get a sense of the public movement that propelled unlikely folk hero Ada Colau from street raconteur to Barcelona’s first female mayor in 2015. Along for the whirlwind ride was director Pau Faus, who had an exclusive front-row seat to document Colau’s journey from a housing rights activist repeatedly arrested for disruptive protesting, to an unlikely seat of political power in the course of a few short years. Through a combination of first-person video confessionals and up-close coverage of Colau’s public campaign appearances, Faus focuses an intimate lens on Colau’s initial self-doubt and discomfort with being in the public eye, and the eventual aplomb with which she took office. “Ada for Mayor” is a rousing tribute to the power of everyday activists and the ability of one individual to change the system from within by speaking out in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds
Film Info
Section:Foreign Documentary
Original Title:Alcaldesa
Release Year:2016
Runtime:88 min.
Rating:NR
Production Country:Spain
Original Language:Catalan
Spanish
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Pau Faus
Produced by:Ventura Durall
Screenwriter:Ventura Durall
Pau Faus
Silvia González Laá
Cinematography:Pau Faus
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After the Storm
2016 | Japan | NR | 117 min.
For Ryota Shinoda—a failed writer, third-rate private detective, and luckless gambler estranged from his family—a massive incoming typhoon is just the latest in a series of disasters to hit his life. But the storm may also be Ryota’s last shot at redemption. Forced to find shelter with his ex-wife, their young son, and his recently widowed mother, Ryota struggles to regain his family’s trust during the long night as the storm rages around them. Funny, rueful, and wistfully melancholic, acclaimed Japanese auteur Hirokazu Koreeda’s beautiful family saga is dotted with illuminating dialogue about the intertwined mysteries of family and personal destiny—and the unexpected moments that define us. “I really just can’t understand how things turned out like this,” says one character during the storm, reflecting the bittersweet truth of how easy it is to misunderstand each other and also—suddenly, wonderfully—find each other again.
Film Info
Section:Foreign Fiction
Original Title:Umi yori mo mada fukaku
Release Year:2016
Runtime:117 min.
Rating:NR
Production Country:Japan
Original Language:Japanese
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Hirokazu Koreeda
Produced by:Tsugihiko Fujiwara
Takashi Ishihara
Kazumi Kawashiro
Kaoru Matsuzaki
Hijiri Taguchi
Tatsumi Yoda
Akihiko Yose
Screenwriter:Hirokazu Koreeda
Cinematography:Yutaka Yamazaki
Editing By:Hirokazu Koreeda
Cast:Abe Hiroshi
Maki Yoko
Yoshizawa Taiyo
Kilin Kiki
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Afterimage
2016 | Poland | NR | 98 min.
This angry, vivid, passionate biopic tells the story of committed avant garde painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who lived in Poland during the age of Stalin. After losing two limbs in World War I, he rose above his disability, creating art that challenged the pillars of Polish society. Strzeminski taught his students that art is about an individual way of seeing, and not rote reproduction of a collectively agreed-upon reality. “Afterimage” is the last film by Polish master Andrzej Wajda, who died last year at age 90. One of cinema’s great directors, with over 50 films to his credit, Wajda saved one of his most affecting films for last—a poignant reflection on how the pressures of society and personal challenges can inspire artistic greatness.

This film is part of our FREE Buzz movies series.
Film Info
Section:Foreign Fiction
Free Buzz Movies
Original Title:Powidoki
Release Year:2016
Runtime:98 min.
Rating:NR
Production Country:Poland
Original Language:Polish
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Andrzej Wajda
Produced by:Michal Kwiecinski
Screenwriter:Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Mularczyk
Cinematography:Pawel Edelman
Editing By:Grazyna Gradon
Cast:Boguslaw Linda
Bronislawa Zamachowska
Zofia Wichlacz
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All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone
2016 | Canada | NR | 91 min.
Independent journalist I.F. Stone built a legacy uncovering the deception of the powers that be, inspiring generations of maverick journalists to do the same. Using archival footage and new interviews, this sobering documentary is less a portrait of the legendary news figure than it is a critique of the mainstream media and a call to arms for the necessarily adversarial relationship of journalists to government, particularly in times of crisis and war. Stone’s work through the latter half of the 20th century is portrayed as hugely influential and, in the context of the chaos of the 2016 presidential election, as the type of reporting needed now more than ever. Writers like John Carlos Frey, Matt Taibbi, Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman, and others are presented as following in Stone’s footsteps, which are traced backwards to McCarthyism and through the Vietnam and Iraq Wars. This debut documentary from TV news veteran Fred Peabody, which also features a talking head appearance from our own
Film Info
Section:Foreign Documentary
Cinema Salon
Don't Miss
Release Year:2016
Runtime:91 min.
Rating:NR
Production Country:Canada
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Fred Peabody
Produced by:Jeff Cohen
Andrew Munger
Steve Ord
Peter Raymont
Cinematography:John Westheuser
Editing By:Jim Munro
James Yates
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AlphaGo
2017 | USA | NR | 90 min.
If scientists are lucky, the work they do in cloistered labs might get presented at a conference. But once in a while, science takes the world stage, as it did in this fascinating doc about scientists testing the limits of rapidly-evolving AI technology. The engaging, brilliant team at London-based intelligence think tank DeepMind try to program a computer to beat Lee Sedol, the charming world champion of the ancient Chinese board game Go, long considered the holy grail for artificial intelligence. With its near-infinite number of possible outcomes, Go is exponentially more complex than chess. Because mastery of the game requires creativity, expert players and the AI community long believed we were at least a decade away from computers beating human Go players. You won’t know who to cheer as DeepMind takes on Lee Sedol in a weeklong 2016 tournament in Seoul, with much more on the line than a million dollar prize
Film Info
Section:US Documentary
Don't Miss
Release Year:2017
Runtime:90 min.
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Korean
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Greg Kohs
Produced by:Gary Krieg
Kevin Proudfoot
Josh Rosen
Cinematography:Greg Kohs
Editing By:Cindy Lee
Cast:Lee Sedol
Demis Hassabis
David Silver
Aja Huang
Fan Hui
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At the End of the Tunnel
2016 | Argentina, Spain | NR | 120 min.
This smart, expertly paced, adrenaline-pumping, twisty, escape-from-reality thriller comes complete with a cute kid and a dog. Hunky paraplegic computer expert Joaquin (Leonardo Sbaraglia, “Wild Tales”) lives alone, grieving the deaths of his wife and child, working as a computer tech in his basement. Stuck with an empty house and in need of money, Joaquin rents a room to a beautiful woman and her daughter who turn up one rainy day. Soon thereafter, he overhears a team of hoods tunneling under his property to get into the vault at a nearby bank, which leads Joaquin to do some digging of his own. A box office hit in Argentina, “At the End of the Tunnel” is for everyone who enjoys films about people who think their way out of big problems, and who don’t mind a little action, violence, and gun play along the way.
Film Info
Section:Foreign Fiction
Original Title:Al final del túnel
Release Year:2016
Runtime:120 min.
Rating:NR
Production Country:Argentina
Spain
Original Language:Spanish
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Rodrigo Grande
Produced by:Gerardo Herrero
Axel Kuschevatzky
Sofía Toro Pollicino
Venessa Ragone
Martín Seefeld
Screenwriter:Rodrigo Grande
Cinematography:Félix Monti
Editing By:Leire Alonso
Manuel Bauer
Irene Blecua
Cast:Leonardo Sbaraglia
Federico Luppi
Clara Lago
Pablo Echarri
Uma Salduende
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