Apr. 23: Monsoon * (2014, Can., 108 min., PG) Monsoon is part spectacle, part spiritual exploration, and part drama. This documentary is Canadian director Sturla Gunnarsson's meditation on chaos, creation and faith. The subject is the monsoon, the incomparably vast weather event that permeates and unifies the varied cultures of the Indian subcontinent, shaping the conditions of existence for its billion-plus inhabitants. A cinematic journey into terrain where nature, science, belief and wonder converge in one of the most astonishing landscapes on earth, Monsoon captures the timelessness and rich human drama of our engagement with the natural world.
May 7: Our Little Sister * (2014, Japan, 128 min., PG) A bittersweet family drama from the director of Like Father, Like Son, this is a tender and often very funny portrait of three sisters who, after their father's death, take in the half-sister they never knew they had until his funeral. This is a story of acceptance and responsibility, an endearing reminder that families should always be ready to make room for one more.
May 14: Concussion * (2015, US, 135 min., PG-13) In Pittsburgh an accomplished pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith), uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play. The film reveals how shockingly dangerous American football is for its professional players, twenty-eight percent of whom will suffer brain damage during their brief playing careers. Dr. Omalu's research brought these tragic facts to the attention of the world.
*NOTE: The starred films will be screened with English subtitles.