October Films


For Sama
Directed by Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
Rated NR 94 minutes

This documentary is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. The film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria. She falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her. Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice – whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life. Leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.In Arabic with English subtitles. Winner of 23 film festival awards.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 100%

Give Me Liberty
Directed by Kirill Mikhanovsky
Rated NR 111 minutes

Medical transport driver Vic is late, but it’s not his fault. Roads are closed for a protest, and no one else can shuttle his Russian grandfather and émigré friends to a funeral. The new route uproots his scheduled clients, particularly Tracy (Lauren “Lolo” Spencer in a breakout performance), a vibrant young woman with ALS. As the day goes from hectic to off-the-rails, their collective ride becomes a hilarious, compassionate, and intersectional portrait of American dreams and disenchantment.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 90%

Tel Aviv on Fire
Directed by Sameh Zoabi
Rated NR 97 minutes

This is a comedy! Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier who can help expedite his passage through an Israeli checkpoint.. His creative career is on the rise – until the soldier and the show’s financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 90%

Monos
Directed by Alejandro Landes
Rated R 102 minutes

Alejandro Landes’ third feature is a survivalist saga set on a remote mountain in Latin America. The film tracks a young group of soldiers and rebels — bearing names like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom — who keep watch over an American hostage, Doctora (Julianne Nicholson).  After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, both the mission and the intricate bonds between the group begin to disintegrate. An experience at once jagged and lyrical, brutal and beautiful, angry and abstract, scattered and wholly singular.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 93%
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