TALES is a strategically pieced puzzle of working-class protagonists all trying to get their voices heard. This thoughtful film captures a series of intimate portraits in the lives of interweaving characters. Rakhshan Banietemad’s latest is a treasure box of stories filled with compassionate screenwriting.
Keep your morals in check, because they may come back to haunt you. From the director of HOW TO FIGHT IN SIX INCH HEELS, Ham Tran’s HOLLOW features the story of a family terrorized by their dead daughter, Ai, who has come back to life, possessed by a vengeful spirit.
The friendship between three high school girls leads to a series of increasingly dangerous events, throwing their community into a modern-day witch-hunt. SISTERHOOD pulls together a wide variety of cultural touchstones, from the Salem witch trials to cyberbullying, to show the power of silence and finding a voice.
As a schoolteacher, Jumpei is surrounded by kids and adults who haven’t quite grown up. When Jumpei finds out he’s infertile, he’s given an opportunity to deepen his relationships with the big and little kids that already surround him every day.
Amidst the growing influence of Westernization, a transgender hula teacher strives to keep Native Hawaiian culture prosperous. On a subject rarely spoken of in Hawaii, this documentary pushes the struggles of being “in the middle” to the surface.
Argentina’s bustling La Salada, an enormous discount market just outside of Buenos Aires, provides the nucleus for Juan Martín Hsu’s affecting directorial debut. His ensemble cast is comprised of Korean, Taiwanese and Bolivian immigrants, whose experiences converge and dance parallel to one another with equal parts poignancy and banality.
Love, death and global warming all play a role in the sci-fi mystery by acclaimed writer-director Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo (BUFFALO BOY). The film paints a haunting, and cinematically gorgeous, dystopia as a woman fights to learn the truth behind her husband's death.