02/08-10 | In Syria (Insyriated)


“A devastatingly direct and intimate study of the effects of war on ordinary people” —Sight and Sound “[The film] brings the everyday horror home with the kind of realism associated with the most gripping war films” —Hollywood Reporter Trapped inside her own home as the city around her is reduced to rubble, mother of three…

07/30 | The Four Hijabs | An Animated Short Film + Panel Discussion | FREE


THE FOUR HIJABS, an animated short film that explores the multiple meanings of four hijabs mentioned in 16 Qur’anic verses through Arab-Muslim feminist lenses. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion, featuring co-authors Dr. Manal Hamzeh and Jamil Khoury, and a panel of respondents. Written by Dr. Manal Hamzeh and Jamil Khoury,…

Older Than Ireland Screening at Chicago Irish Film Festival(ends 06/15)


This year marks the centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916 that led to the birth of the Republic of Ireland—and all of the people featured in Older Than Ireland were born before then. This funny and heartwarming documentary reveals a hundred years of a life as seen through the eyes of thirty Irish centenarians….

Spotlight 04/06-04/10


This week 18+ events to travel around the world with music of Mali, Mexico, Turkey, Africa, Jamaica, Brazil, India, Cuba, Films festivals from Asia, Latin America, Bosnia-Herzegovinia, Japan, France, Dance from India and Spain, Cultural festival of Poland and a Play about being Muslim in America.  Happy Weekend everyone, enjoy ! Wednesday 04/06 The Only…

03/28-04/30 | Doc Films Calendar: Spring 2016


Monday: A Taste of Life: The Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami Tuesday: The Miracle Years: City and Country in Mexican Cinema’s Golden Age Wednesday: The Maestro and His Muse: Yasujirø Ozu and Setsuko Hara Thursday 1: Tournees Film Festival: Contemporary French Cinema Thursday 2: The Bright Side of Death: Aces of British Black Comedy Doc Films…

03/27 | Nigerien PURPLE RAIN remake “Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai”


Starring real life guitarist, Mdou Moctar, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai is the first-ever Tuareg language feature, and a remake of Prince’s Purple Rain. Akounak tells the universal story of a musician trying to make it against all odds, set against the backdrop of the raucous subculture of Tuareg guitar. Mdou must battle fierce competition from…

02/11 | Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in it)


Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai translates into English as “Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It,” which is a poetic mouthful. For its theatrical release it’s simply titled Akounak.The combination of a self-taught Tuareg style guitarist Moctar’s live performances, the otherworldly beauty of the Sahara, Jeremy Fino’s luminous cinematography and Kirkley’s intimate…