March 26 – April 5, 2020

Friday 04/05/2019

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Friday, April 5

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a/perture 1
Lupe
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Lupe
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Lupe is the complex story of Rafael, a Cuban immigrant and boxer struggling with their transgender identity while searching for their missing sister, Isabelle, in New York City’s underground sex industry. The unexpected appearance of a childhood confidant helps with the search, and a newfound friend provides much-needed emotional support in helping Rafael find their footing as a trans person in unfamiliar and unforgiving new environs. In an effort to present an authentic portrayal of the transgender community, the directors worked closely with supporting performer Celia Harrison and associate producer Kerry Michelle O’Brien, who both identify as transgender.

Year: 2019
Rating: MT

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While I Breathe, I Hope
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
While I Breathe, I Hope
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

While I Breathe, I Hope is a feature documentary film that explores what it means to be young, Black, and Democrat in the American South through the experiences of South Carolina politician Bakari Sellers. With an incredible intimacy, Harrold is able to capture a realistic picture of what it means to run a campaign and the toll it takes, especially when it seems the deck is stacked against you.

Year: 2018
Rating: TN

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The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova
4:30 pm - 6:15 pm
The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova
4:30 pm - 6:15 pm

On a cold winter night, estranged siblings Sarah and Aaron arrive in Poland with a singular mission: to fulfill their dying grandmother’s wish to bring home the bones of her childhood dog. They must face the challenges of an unfamiliar country and their own past turmoil to solve the mystery and give their grandmother what she most desires before it’s too late.

Year: 2018
Rating: MT

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Maybe a Love Story
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Maybe a Love Story
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm

Virgílio lives a controlled and organized routine until one day he arrives home and listens to a disturbing message on his answering machine. It’s Clara, breaking up with him. The problem is not the break-up message but the fact he doesn’t have a clue who Clara is. His friends start to call to cheer him up. It seems everybody knew about his happy relationship–everyone except for him. Now Virgilio has only one choice: to find this mysterious woman. This nimble postmodern Brazilian rom-com, a co-production with Warner Brothers Studios, also features a cameo appearance from Cynthia Nixon of Sex and the City fame.

Year: 2018
Rating: MT

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a/perture 2
Cold November
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cold November
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Set in Kosovo during the early 1990s, Cold November trains its lens on Fadil, an archivist forced to make difficult choices for his family as the reality of Civil War looms ever larger in their daily life. With pressure coming from all sides, he must choose his allegiances carefully or risk losing everything in a political powder keg we've come to understand all too well in hindsight.

Year: 2018
Rating: MT

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Gimme a Faith
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Gimme a Faith
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

China’s booming economy has increasingly allowed more of its young students to seek higher education in the West. Sensing this opportunity, an evangelical church in North Carolina tries to convert these “parachute students” to Christianity.

Year: 2018
Rating: TN

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Olympia (narrative)
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Olympia (narrative)
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

McKenzie Chinn stars as a struggling artist navigating work and romance in the Windy City. When her boyfriend asks her to drop everything--including a hospital-bound mother--to move cross-country for a new job opportunity, she soon discovers that her biggest obstacle may be herself. Featuring quirky animation and a revelatory central performance, Olympia is a heartfelt story for anyone who’s ever felt adrift on the rough seas of adulthood. The film premiered in competition at the long-lived Los Angeles Film Festival last fall, and follows a young woman's experience at a critical point on the journey towards her own version of being a grown-up.

Year: 2018
Rating: MT

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Starfish
8:30 pm - 10:15 pm
Starfish
8:30 pm - 10:15 pm

With reality rapidly fraying at the edges, Aubrey finds herself following a string of clues left by her friend--in the form of an elaborate series of mixtapes. The clues promise to unlock the secrets of The Signal and could end up either saving the world or condemning it in this fantastical, musical journey into the unknown.

Year: 2018
Rating: MT

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Hanesbrands Theatre
The River and the Wall
11:00 am - 12:45 pm
The River and the Wall
11:00 am - 12:45 pm

The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure as they set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment. As the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face to face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.

Year: 2019
Rating: MT

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Sofia
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sofia
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sofia, 20, lives with her parents in Casablanca. Suffering from pregnancy denial, she finds herself breaking the law by giving birth to a baby out of wedlock. The hospital gives her 24 hours to provide them with the identification of the father before informing the authorities, sending Sofia on a gripping emotional journey against the backdrop of modern-day Morocco, where pre-marital sex is a criminal offense.

Year: 2018
Rating: MT

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Freaks
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Freaks
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm

In this surreal thriller layered with dark humor, 7-year-old Chloe grows up in an abandoned house, dreaming of the world outside and what it might be like to have a mother. Chloe’s disturbed father (Emile Hirsch) warns that if she ever goes outside, the "bad guys” will get them both. When threatened by strange intruders, Chloe escapes and teams up with the mysterious Mr. Snowcone (Bruce Dern) on a journey of family, freedom, and revenge.

Year: 2018
Rating: MT

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SECCA
Care to Laugh
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Care to Laugh
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

From his humble beginnings at the Comedy Store, Jesus Trejo is relentless in his pursuit of stand-up stardom. driving hours for a three-minute open mic stint while meeting the heavy demands of caring for his aging parents. Undeterred, Trejo funnels his experiences into disarmingly funny material for his stand-up routine. With tenderness and humor, this film sheds light on the increasingly common reality many adults face as their parents grow older.

Year: 2018
Rating: MT

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This is Love
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
This is Love
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

You may not know Rudy Love's name, but you will almost certainly know his voice. Mick Fleetwood, Sinbad, and George Clinton unveil an unsung hero of soul in this investigation of a singer who turned down fame to make music with his family. Just when it seems all his music is lost, it shows up on the other side of the world.

Year: 2018
Rating: MT

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UNCSA Babcock
Life Is Fare
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Life Is Fare
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Life is Fare is a formally daring and musically rapturous collage film exploring three perspectives of the Eritrean diaspora. We are introduced to Haile, a homesick cab driver who recently moved to San Francisco, along with a series of other Eritrean immigrants struggling to reconcile their newly forged American personas against the identities each left behind in their homeland.

Year: 2018
Rating: MT

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The Load
8:30 pm - 10:15 pm
The Load
8:30 pm - 10:15 pm

Premiering to rapturous reviews in this year’s Director’s Fortnight at Cannes and with shades of Clouzot's classic The Wages of Fear, Ognjen Glavonić’s debut feature The Load is a taut suspense thriller. Set during the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999, the story follows Vlada, a truck driver, who is hired to undertake a treacherous journey across a war-torn country to deliver a mysterious cargo.

Year: 2018
Rating: MT

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UNCSA Gold
Midnight Traveler
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Midnight Traveler
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

In 2015, Hassan Fazili’s documentary Peace in Afghanistan aired on Afghan television and soon after he found out there was a price on his head. Fearing for his family’s safety, they fled. Documenting the entire process on their cell phones, Fazili has created an incredible portrait of the lengths people will go to save their family.

Year: 2019
Rating: MT

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A Great Lamp
8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
A Great Lamp
8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Set in a small riverside town in North Carolina, two sad vandals and an unemployed loner form an unlikely friendship as they await a fabled rocket launch. Directed by UNCSA alum Saad Qureshi and featuring several other alums in key roles, the experimental narrative recently had a successful premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival.

Year: 2019
Rating: MT

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UNCSA Main
Teen Spirit
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Teen Spirit
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Violet (Elle Fanning) is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story.

Year: 2018
Rating: PG-13

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