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Africa

Filmmaker(s): Rachel Boynton
Year: 2013 / 99m
March 5

A cautionary tale about the toll of American oil investment in West Africa, Big Men reveals the secretive worlds of both corporations and local communities in Nigeria and Ghana.

Filmmaker(s): Harry Freeland
Year: 2012 / 84m
February 28

Filmed over six years, In the Shadow of the Sun tells the story of two men with albinism in Tanzania pursuing their dreams in the face of virulent prejudice.

Americas

Filmmaker(s): Matthew Smiley
Year: 2013 / 76m
March 6

Narrated by Nathan Fillion, Matt Smiley's hard-hitting documentary chronicles the notorious, decades-long string of murders and disappearances of young Aboriginal women along British Columbia's Highway 16, and how the systemic racism that defined their lives also contributed to their deaths.

Asia

Filmmaker(s): Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Daniel Junge
Year: 2011 / 52m
March 2

In Pakistan, a woman's face is deemed to be her greatest asset. Someone seeking to punish a woman need only destroy her face to do her permanent harm—both physically and socially.

Filmmaker(s): Rithy Panh
Year: 2013 / 90m
March 3

Director Rithy Panh won the Un Certain Regard prize at last year's Cannes for this startlingly original work, which uses handmade clay figurines and detailed dioramas to recount the suffering of Panh's family at the hands of the Khmer Rouge regime following the communist victory in Cambodia in 1975.

Middle East

Filmmaker(s): Yuval Adler
Year: 2013 / 100m
March 1

Recruited as an informant by the Israeli secret service Shin Bet, a young Palestinian man finds himself caught between two very different kinds of loyalty when he discovers that his employers are plotting to assassinate his militant brother.

Filmmaker(s): Jehane Noujaim
Year: 2013 / 104m
February 27

From the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak's 30-year-long dictatorship in 2011 to the military's removal of Egypt's first democratically elected president in 2013, we follow a group of Egyptian activists as they confront the authorities and security forces to build a new society of conscience. The Square is a truly immersive experience, transporting the viewer into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news.

United States

Filmmaker(s): Marta Cunningham
Year: 2013 / 89m
March 4

First-time feature filmmaker Marta Cunningham investigates the 2008 murder of openly gay California teenager Larry King by his school crush Brandon McInerney and paints a shocking portrait of the homophobia, sexism, racism and classism that inform the lives of America's youth.