Best in Fest! Dolores
Nov
12
7:30 PM19:30

Best in Fest! Dolores

Encore screening on Sunday, November 12 at 7:30 pm

2017   Peter Bratt   95 min  USA   Doc            
Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. As an equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez,  she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—a fight she continues to this day, at 87 years old.  The film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.  
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1st Runner Up: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
Nov
12
5:00 PM17:00

1st Runner Up: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

Encore screening on Sunday, November 12 at 5:00 pm.

2017  Jennifer M. Kroot   90 min USA   Doc    
Moving nimbly between playful, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny, this film celebrates one of the world's most beloved storytellers. With help from his friends, Maupin offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the front line of the American culture war, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to reclaim their lives.  
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2nd Runner Up: Lost in Paris
Nov
12
3:00 PM15:00

2nd Runner Up: Lost in Paris

Encore screening on Sunday, November 12 at 3:00 pm

2016   Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon   83 min France   part-subtitles   Comedy Drama
Full of imaginative sight gags and physical comedy including a surprising and delightful tango, harkening back to great film comics like Tati and Chaplin, this charming story follows Fiona while she visits Paris for the first time to assist her myopic Aunt Martha. Catastrophes ensue, mainly involving Dom, a happy-go-lucky homeless man who has yet to have an emotion he was afraid of expressing.
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3rd Runner Up: Sami Blood
Nov
12
1:00 PM13:00

3rd Runner Up: Sami Blood

Encore screening on Sunday, November 12 at 1:00 pm.

2016   Amanda Kernell   110 min Sweden   Subtitles   Drama
In this eloquent coming-of-age drama set in the 1930s, Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-herding Sami girl. Exposed to racial shaming at her boarding school, where indigenous students are converted into acceptable members of Swedish society, she starts dreaming of another life. After sneaking off to a dance and experiencing respect without question, she has to decide if leaving her family and disavowing her Sámi heritage will give her the life she is seeking. 

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In Syria
Nov
11
7:30 PM19:30

In Syria

2017   Philippe Van Leeuw   85 min France   subtitles   Drama
In Damascus the war is not just on the street as a family´s apartment becomes a sort of bunker where each day is a struggle to survive until tomorrow. With the men gone and only the women and the elderly left, a mother attempts to keep her family safe as war rages and a sniper lies in wait outside her home. Then there is banging on the door...This powerful study of life in Damascus won the Audience Award at Berlinale. Warning: contains a depiction of sexual assault. Preceded by the short: Dancing with Monsters    
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Sami Blood
Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

Sami Blood

2016   Amanda Kernell   110 min Sweden   Subtitles   Drama
In this eloquent coming-of-age drama set in the 1930s, Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-herding Sami girl. Exposed to racial shaming at her boarding school, where indigenous students are converted into acceptable members of Swedish society, she starts dreaming of another life. After sneaking off to a dance and experiencing respect without question, she has to decide if leaving her family and disavowing her Sámi heritage will give her the life she is seeking. Preceded by the short: The Foster Portfolio.

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The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
Nov
11
3:15 PM15:15

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

2017  Jennifer M. Kroot   90 min USA   Doc    
Moving nimbly between playful, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny, this film celebrates one of the world's most beloved storytellers. With help from his friends, Maupin offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the front line of the American culture war, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to reclaim their lives.  
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The Peacemaker
Nov
11
1:00 PM13:00

The Peacemaker

2016   James Demo   90 min  USA   Doc
The film takes us from  international peacemaker Padraig's isolated life in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to some of the most dangerous crisis zones on Earth—from Northern Ireland to Kosovo, Nigeria to Iraq over five years—as he works a peacemaking model based on his recovery from addiction. We meet Padraig in the third act of his life in a race against time to find some kind of salvation for both the world and himself.   

Film followed by a Q&A with The Peacemaker co-producer, John Mulrooney

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The Olive Tree
Nov
10
8:30 PM20:30

The Olive Tree

2016   Icíar Bollaín   100 min Spain   subtitles   Comedy Drama
When Alma´s grandfather Ramón becomes overwhelmed by sadness, she can’t bear it. In order to save him, she decides to find the thousand-year-old olive tree that the family sold against his will. Without money or resources Alma, her uncle, and friends set off from Spain to Germany to recover the tree, starting an emotional journey with unexpected consequences for everyone. Sponsored by All About Trees. Also screening on Saturday, November 4, 1 pm.
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Sami Blood
Nov
10
6:30 PM18:30

Sami Blood

2016   Amanda Kernell   110 minSweden   Subtitles   Drama
In this eloquent coming-of-age drama set in the 1930s, Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-herding Sami girl. Exposed to racial shaming at her boarding school, where indigenous students are converted into acceptable members of Swedish society, she starts dreaming of another life. After sneaking off to a dance and experiencing respect without question, she has to decide if leaving her family and disavowing her Sámi heritage will give her the life she is seeking. Also screening on Saturday November 11, 5 pm.
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Strad Style
Nov
9
6:30 PM18:30

Strad Style

2017   Stefan Avalos   105 minUSA   Doc
An unlikely dreamer living in the sticks of Ohio with an obsession for Stradivari meets a famous European concert violinist over the internet and convinces him that he can make a perfect copy of the most famous violin that ever existed—even though he has no formal training in violin making. Fighting time, poverty and especially himself, he puts everything on the line trying to deliver on his brash promise in time for an important concert.   
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I Dream In Another Language
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

I Dream In Another Language

2017   Ernesto Contreras   101 min Mexico   subtitles   Drama
A young linguist travels to the jungle of Mexico to research and save a mysterious indigenous language. He soon discovers the risk of the language disappearing with the last two speakers refusing to speak a word to one another after a fight fifty years ago. Trying to bring the two old friends back together, he discovers that hidden in the past, in the heart of the jungle, lies a secret concealed by the language.  Sponsored by Express Fluency
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Lost in Paris
Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

Lost in Paris

2016   Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon   83 min France   part-subtitles   Comedy Drama
Full of imaginative sight gags and physical comedy including a surprising and delightful tango, harkening back to great film comics like Tati and Chaplin, this charming story follows Fiona while she visits Paris for the first time to assist her myopic Aunt Martha. Catastrophes ensue, mainly involving Dom, a happy-go-lucky homeless man who has yet to have an emotion he was afraid of expressing. Preceded by the short: Little Dictator. Also screening on Friday, November 3, 6:30 pm
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Tickling Giants
Nov
6
6:30 PM18:30

Tickling Giants

2017   Sara Taksler   111 min Egypt   subtitles   Doc
The career of Egyptian heart surgeon-turned-political satirist Bassem Youssef is chronicled in this documentary directed by Daily Show producer Sara Taksler. Youssef gave up his lucrative medical profession in 2011 to become one of Egypt's most powerful television voices of dissent against an oppressive regime, showing us how one comedy show united the country and tested the limits of free press.  
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Faces, Places
Nov
5
7:30 PM19:30

Faces, Places

2017   Agnès Varda   89 min France   subtitles   Doc
When 89-year-old director Agnès Varda and young photographer/muralist J.R. met, they immediately wanted to work together to make a film in rural France. Traveling in J.R.'s photographic truck, they connected with strangers by listening to them, photographing them, and honoring them; however the real story is the growth of their unlikely but poignant  friendship. Winner of the top documentary award at Cannes. Sponsored by the Vermont Center for Photography. Preceded by the short: Three Red Sweaters Also screening on Friday, November 3, 8:30 pm.
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The Square
Nov
5
5:00 PM17:00

The Square

2017   Ruben Östlund   145 minSweden   subtitles   SatiricalDrama
Christian, a respected curator of a contemporary art museum, is overseeing "The Square," an installation that invites passersby to altruism. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created a controversial campaign that sends the public into a full-blown overreaction, throwing Christian and the museum into an existential crisis. Containing one of the most squirm-inducing scenes in modern cinema, The Square is a merciless satirical drama reflecting our times.  Winner of this year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes.  
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Plastic China
Nov
5
3:00 PM15:00

Plastic China

2016   Jiuliang Wang   86 min   USA   subtitles   Doc
Through the story of two families, Plastic China captures the striking, melancholy beauty of a vast and lifeless artificial landscape—a Chinese countryside covered almost entirely in imported plastic. Even within such a profoundly isolating and toxic atmosphere, hope and humanity find their way into the defiantly optimistic 11-year-old Yi-Jie, who dreams of attending school and befriending kids her own age. Preceded by the short: Terra  2084.
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What Lies Upstream
Nov
5
1:00 PM13:00

What Lies Upstream

2017  Cullen Hoback   90 min USA   Doc
In this classic detective story, investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback travels to West Virginia to uncover the truth behind a massive chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for months. But when Hoback discovers an obscene collusion between chemical corporations and the highest levels of government, the investigation spirals in a terrifying direction, and we learn the frightening truth about what lies upstream of us all. Sponsored by New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution.
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Quest
Nov
4
7:30 PM19:30

Quest

2017   Jonathan Olshefski 104 min USA   Doc
Filmed with vérité intimacy for over a decade, Quest is a tender portrait of the Rainey family and their home music studio, which serves as a special sanctuary within their North Philadelphia neighborhood. When a stray bullet wounds their youngest daughter, the film shows the family's strength in the face of adversity and their dedication to being a force for good in their community and a profound testament to love, healing, and hope. Preceded by the short: Sawubona.   
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The Uncondemned
Nov
4
5:00 PM17:00

The Uncondemned

2016   Nick Louvel, Michele Mitchell   81 min Netherlands/Rwanda/Congo/USA   Doc   
This courtroom thriller and personal human drama tells the gripping and world-changing story of a group of young international lawyers and activists who fought to make rape a crime of war, and the Rwandan women who came forward to testify and win justice where there had been none. Four extraordinary, courageous rape survivors and their supporters secured a measure of justice for themselves, as well as for humanity. Sponsored by the Windham World Affairs Council and Latchis Arts, supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council.   Michelle Mitchell will be present. 
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Dolores
Nov
4
3:00 PM15:00

Dolores

2017   Peter Bratt   95 min  USA   Doc            
Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. As an equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez,  she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—a fight she continues to this day, at 87 years old.  The film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.  
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The Olive Tree
Nov
4
1:00 PM13:00

The Olive Tree

2016   Icíar Bollaín   100 minSpain   subtitles   Comedy Drama
When Alma´s grandfather Ramón becomes overwhelmed by sadness, she can’t bear it. In order to save him, she decides to find the thousand-year-old olive tree that the family sold against his will. Without money or resources Alma, her uncle, and friends set off from Spain to Germany to recover the tree, starting an emotional journey with unexpected consequences for everyone. Sponsored by All About Trees. Also screening on Friday, November 10, 8:30 pm.
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Faces, Places
Nov
3
8:30 PM20:30

Faces, Places

2017   Agnès Varda   89 min France   subtitles   Doc
When 89-year-old director Agnès Varda and young photographer/muralist J.R. met, they immediately wanted to work together to make a film in rural France. Traveling in J.R.'s photographic truck, they connected with strangers by listening to them, photographing them, and honoring them; however the real story is the growth of their unlikely but poignant  friendship. Winner of the top documentary award at Cannes. Sponsored by the Vermont Center for Photography. Preceded by the short: Three Red Sweaters Also screening on Sunday, November 5, 7:30 pm.
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Lost in Paris
Nov
3
6:30 PM18:30

Lost in Paris

2016   Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon   83 min France   part-subtitles   Comedy Drama
Full of imaginative sight gags and physical comedy including a surprising and delightful tango, harkening back to great film comics like Tati and Chaplin, this charming story follows Fiona while she visits Paris for the first time to assist her myopic Aunt Martha. Catastrophes ensue, mainly involving Dom, a happy-go-lucky homeless man who has yet to have an emotion he was afraid of expressing. Preceded by the short: Little Dictator. Also screening on Tuesday, November 7, 6:30 pm.
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