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Official Secrets

We think it’s about time someone told this story of the courageous real-life British secret agent you’ve probably never heard of. Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) wasn’t expecting to come across a memo outlining efforts to blackmail and coerce UN Security Council members into voting for war with Iraq—but when she did she was faced with a choice: forget about it, or expose the truth. What follows is a tense political thriller about the aftermath of her attempt to make the info public. Risking her life and the deportation of her husband, Gun never backs down, even through a grueling trial for treason. Employing actual news footage and plenty of talented famous faces (Ralph Fiennes, The Crown's Matthew Goode and Matt Smith) this powerful exploration of government corruption and the bravery it takes to fight against it will captivate.
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Olympic Dreams

This completely charming and utterly unique romantic comedy truly deserves a medal. Not only is it the first scripted film ever shot in the Athletes' Village during the Olympics (2018's Pyeongchang Winter Games), and in startlingly impressive fashion by only a one-man crew (director Jeremy Teicher) at that, it also delivers a fresh and authentic story of two strangers who form a meaningful and unexpected connection. Comedian Nick Kroll (that funny guy you know from everything) plays an amiable volunteer dentist while actual Olympian and actress Alexi Pappas plays a restless cross-country skier who meet cute in the cafeteria. From there the two enjoy a Lost in Translation style connection, while you also enjoy incredible access and insight into the Olympic experience. A true marvel of cinematic inventiveness and scrappiness (it's mind-boggling they were able to so successfully mount this), it's also the incredible chemistry of its leads that propels this one to go for the gold.
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One Child Nation (Born in China)

China’s egregious population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child may have ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its merciless enforcement is only beginning. In her Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary One Child Nation, Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow, TCFF 2016) brilliantly takes a deeply personal approach of familial reckoning to the sweeping subject matter, returning home to investigate the generational effects of this destructive social experiment. Exposing one human rights violation after another, from abandoned newborns and forced sterilizations, to state-sponsored kidnappings, One Child Nation is a striking indictment of a government that sought to control women's bodies and reveals how persistent propaganda conditioned and coerced Chinese citizens into perpetrating shocking crimes against each other. It's brave, it's powerful, it's shocking, it's important, and it will stay with you long a
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