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Native Son
One of the most controversial novels of its day, Richard Wright's NATIVE SON (first published in 1940) exposed the injustices of urban African American life, witnessed through the eyes of Bigger Thomas, whose violent tendencies and moral confusion were the natural result of a lifetime of deprivation. In prison for murder and sentenced to death, Thomas reflects on the circumstances that led to his fate.
The 1951 film version of NATIVE SON, which stars the author as his lead character, was heavily censored on its initial release by regional state/municipal censor boards where it played. This new restoration is the most complete version of NATIVE SON ever shown in the United States.
The film is introduced by film historians Eddie Muller (Film Noir Foundation) and Jacqueline Najima Stewart (co-curator of Kino Lorber's PIONEERS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CINEMA), courtesy of Turner Classic Movies.


RBG
At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG explores Ginsburg's life and career.

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Our Time Machine
Shaken by the news of his father’s dementia, artist Maleonn creates “Papa’s Time Machine,” a wondrous time-travel adventure performed on stage with life-size mechanical puppets. Through the play's production, he confronts his own mortality. Maleonn finds grace and unexpected joy in this moving meditation on art, the agonies of love and loss, and the circle of life.



Wild Daze
The fact that the well-being of humans and wildlife are inextricably linked has never been more obvious than during the COVID-19 pandemic. With our world under lockdown, we are all experiencing the worrisome connection between overdevelopment and deforestation and human disease and pandemics.

The new documentary WILD DAZE wades through murky and complex corruption to expose how human activity takes a huge toll on the wild, and how that destruction destroys us. Part nature documentary, part transnational crime journalism, part action thriller, WILD DAZE breaks hearts, engages and amazes, educates and alarms. Set in Sub-Saharan Africa, and including interviews with Jane Goodall, Koko the Gorilla, activists, naturalists, conservationists, veterinarians, diplomats, and, yes, poachers and trophy hunters, this compelling documentary shows the unvarnished truth about the battle between our desire to control nature and our need to save the wild. 


Ghost Tropic
Khadija (Saadia Bentaïeb) is a 58-year-old Maghrebi cleaning woman living in Brussels. After work one night, she falls asleep on the last subway train, wakes up at the end of the line, and has no choice but to make her way home — all the way across the city — on foot. It's a story of solitude and hope, and a film with a deep faith in the enduring power of human connection even --and maybe especially -- in dark moments.
100% on Rotten Tomatoes
Director's Fortnight – Cannes Film Festival
"It gave me a greater feeling of peace than I’ve had in months." – Boston Globe




Feels Good Man
When indie comic character Pepe the Frog becomes an unwitting icon of hate, his creator fights to bring Pepe back from the darkness. A Frankenstein-meets-Alice in Wonderland journey of an artist battling to regain control of his creation.



Mr. Soul!
Before Oprah – before Arsenio – there was Mr. SOUL! Producer and host Ellis Haizlip ensured the Revolution would be televised with SOUL!, America's first “Black Tonight Show.” MR. SOUL! is the story of Haizlip, his show, and its amazing guests —a Who's Who of Black thinkers, singers, musicians, actors, athletes, and activists.



Vinyl Nation
The vinyl record renaissance over the past decade has brought new fans to a classic format and transformed our idea of a record collector: younger, both male and female, multicultural. This same revival has made buying music more expensive, benefited established bands over independent artists and muddled the question of whether vinyl actually sounds better than other formats.
Vinyl Nation digs into the crates of the record resurgence in search of truths set in deep wax: Has the return of vinyl made music fandom more inclusive or divided? What does vinyl say about our past here in the present? How has the second life of vinyl changed how we hear music and how we listen to each other?



Made in Bangladesh
Shimu, 23, works in a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Faced with difficult conditions at work, she decides to start a union with her co-workers.
Despite threats from the management and disapproval of her husband, Shimu is determined to go on. Together the women must fight and find a way.




Martin Margiela: In His Own Words
An intimate profile of Martin Margiela, one of the most revolutionary and influential fashion designers of his time. From Jean Paul Gaultier's assistant to creative director at Hermes to leading his own brand, Margiela never showed his face publicly but reinvented fashion with his radical style for over 20 years, through 41 provocative collections. For the first time, the "Banksy of fashion" reveals his drawings, notes and personal items, giving us an exclusive peek to his vision and career. 


My Dog Stupid
Henri is a middle-aged writer with fading inspiration. Feeling increasingly misunderstood by his family, he dreams of running away to start over again. Yet when he discovers an ill-mannered dog in his garden, he decides to adopt him, starting an unexpected friendship that inevitably upsets Henri’s family and neighbors. The bittersweet and moving comedy about love standing the test of time stars iconic real-life couple Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal. Note: Rest assured, no animals were harmed in the making of this film. 


John Lewis: Good Trouble
Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.




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