Section: New American Perspectives

USERS 2021

USERS

There’s a strange irony that comes with technological progression. In our pursuit of creating impactful, scaled solutions to our problems, humanity often creates even more questions in their place. Soon, technology will evolve so rapidly that it will drive and even dominate all aspects of society. What might remain of humanity in that moment, and …

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WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED

WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED is the first feature-length documentary on the history of folk horror, exploring the phenomenon from its beginnings in a trilogy of films – Michael Reeves’ WITCHFINDER GENERAL (1968), Piers Haggard’s BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW (1971) and Robin Hardy’s THE WICKER MAN (1973) – through its proliferation on British television in …

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RED ROCKET

RED ROCKET

The audacious new film from writer-director Sean Baker (THE FLORIDA PROJECT, TANGERINE), starring Simon Rex in a magnetic, live-wire performance, RED ROCKET is a darkly funny, raw, and humane portrait of a uniquely American hustler and a hometown that barely tolerates him. This film is presented as part of the New American Perspectives program in …

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NEW AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES IN FILMMAKING

The New American Perspectives program shines a spotlight on foreign-born filmmakers, celebrating the extraordinary contributions of immigrant artists to contemporary cinema and media in the United States. As part of the New American Perspectives program at #HIFF41, the Vilcek Foundation and HIFF present a panel discussion with featured filmmakers: Natalia Almada, Aizzah Fatima, Kier-La Janisse, …

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7 DAYS

Ravi (Karan Soni) and Rita (Geraldine Viswanathan) meet on a date arranged by their Indian parents. He imagines his future wife as someone traditional, wholesome and definitely vegetarian. She can’t imagine anything worse, but has to keep up the ruse to please her conservative mother. When a shelter in place order forces them to quarantine …

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AMERICANISH

AMERICANISH

In Jackson Heights, Queens, three young muslim women navigate the consistent and sometimes conflicting demands of romance, culture, work, and family. After Sam and Maryam’s father leaves their family to embrace an American lifestyle, rejecting their Pakistani values, the two sisters and their mother focus on honoring their cultural traditions. But Sam, working a high-paying …

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