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Film Festival, February 11–April 7, 2014

Filmmaker(s): Alex Meillier
Year: 2012 / 78m
February 18

Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution tells the remarkable love story of human rights activist Kirsty Sword and political prisoner Xanana Gusmão.

Filmmaker(s): Al Reinert
Year: 2013 / 92m
April 7

In 1986, Michael Morton's wife Christine was brutally murdered in front of their only child, and Michael was convicted of the crime. Locked away in Texas prisons for a quarter century, he had years to ponder questions of justice and innocence, truth and fate.

Filmmaker(s): Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullmann
Year: 2012 / 84m
March 31

With intimate access to the lives of four young gay Cameroonians, Born This Way steps outside the genre of activist filmmaking and offers a vivid and poetic portrait of day-to-day life in modern Africa.

Filmmaker(s): Marc Wiese
Year: 2012 / 104m
March 18

Camp 14 – Total Control Zone is a fascinating portrait of a young man who grew up imprisoned by dehumanizing violence yet still found the will to escape.

Filmmaker(s): Lisa Biagiotti, Duy Linh Tu and Joe Lindquist
Year: 2012 / 72m
February 11

deepsouth explores the rural American South and the people who inhabit its most distant corners. Beneath layers of history, poverty, and now soaring HIV infections, four Americans redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solutions to survive.

Filmmaker(s): Nagieb Khaja
Year: 2012 / 88m
March 12

Alternating between the participants' scenes of daily life and Nagieb's own experiences, My Afghanistan depicts a country where civilians are the greatest victims of the war, and Afghans struggle to live in the constant shadow of violence.

Filmmaker(s): Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief
Year: 2012 / 75m
February 24

Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives with her daughters in one of Jordan's poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. When she is selected for an intriguing programme called the Barefoot College in India, Rafea doesn't need to think twice, and travels to join 30 illiterate women from different countries to train to become solar engineers.

Filmmaker(s): Jeremy Teicher
Year: 2012 / 82m
March 3

Tall as the Baobab Tree poignantly depicts a family struggling to find its footing on the edge of the modern world fraught with tensions between tradition and modernity.

Filmmaker(s): Yoruba Richen
Year: 2013 / 82m
March 22

The New Black tells the story of how the African American community is grappling with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in light of the marriage equality movement and the fight over civil rights.