Nov 13

SHE SAID

A testament to the power of investigative journalism, SHE SAID details the journey of reporters and editors engaged in the unrelenting pursuit of the truth and highlights the courage of survivors and witnesses who chose to come forward to stop a serial predator in his tracks. Together, their commitment and fortitude sparked a national conversation, …

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WHINA

For nearly a century, Dame Whina Cooper’s voice never stopped asserting the rights of her people – land rights, women’s rights, education rights – and striving for unity between Māori and Pākehā (New Zealand Europeans). In 1975, Whina (Rena Owen), frail but still sharp as a knife, is roused to unite Māori to fight not …

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TO THE END

At this critical moment in our history, stopping the climate crisis is a question of political courage, and the clock is ticking. A sequel to 2019’s KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE, TO THE END follows the intersecting stories of four women of color who are key players in the rise of the Green New Deal—an ambitious …

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THE ZEN DIARY

Based on an essay by Tsutomu Mizukami, director Yuji Nakae presents a modest film of gratitude and zen revolving around the art of simple cooking. Starring Kenji Sawada in the lead, his first starring role in 16 years. Former Zen monk Tsutomu lives alone in the mountains, writing essays, cooking food with vegetables he grows …

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THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

For Pakistani refugees, there’s little sunshine on either side of the unwelcome Hong Kong streets where they are forced to live on the edge. They can’t work to earn a living, while often waiting years for their asylum claims to be heard. Some turn to crime, while others are forced to eke by on the …

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SHIN ULTRAMAN

One of Japan’s most revered tokusatsu series of all time gets a shiny reimagining from creative titans Hideaki Anno (EVANGELION) and Shinji Higuchi (ATTACK ON TITAN) with SHIN ULTRAMAN. With updated special effects and a bigger budget, headlined by Japan’s biggest stars Takumi Saitoh (HIFF 2018 Maverick Award honoree), Masami Nagasawa, and Hidetoshi Nishijima (DRIVE …

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PLAN 75

Chie Hayakawa’s PLAN 75, which had its world premiere at Cannes, is a beautifully humanist tale that inventively uses Japan’s aging population crisis as a conceit for a dystopian tale that looks at the value of life. Legislation has passed to fix Japan’s “aging problem;” Anyone over the age of seventy-five can apply for government-funded …

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OUR FATHER, THE DEVIL

“We all have a past, Marie, but it doesn’t define us.” OUR FATHER, THE DEVIL is a riveting psychological thriller that follows Marie (Babetida Sadajo), an African refugee who has found a pleasant life for herself in a small mountain town, nestled in southern France. Her idyllic yet humble existence is thrown into turmoil, however, …

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OFFBEAT COPS

OFFBEAT COPS is both a tender comedic caper and a chronicle of failure and second chances. The film follows an overbearing, loose-cannon detective (played with sublime command by the always terrific and charismatic Hiroshi Abe, THERMAE ROMAE, STILL WALKING and many other HIFF favorites from Japan) who, after going full “Dirty Harry” one time too …

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