Films / Programs

Centerpiece

Centerpiece films—one US Feature, one World Cinema, and one Documentary—anchor the middle of the Festival.

AWOL

USA, 2016, 85M

Tomboy Joey and married mom Rayna fall for each other in this story of star-crossed love set in working-class rural Pennsylvania. The pair can’t quit each other, but they struggle to imagine a life together as Joey’s deployment for Afghanistan approaches.

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Being 17

France, 2016, 116M

When Thomas, the adopted son of rural mountain farmers, has to temporarily share a home with the more urbane Damien, the two hostile boys are forced to negotiate the challenges of unspoken desire, in director André Téchiné’s alluring new masterwork.

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Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

USA, 2016, 91M

At the tail end of the “Satanic ritual abuse panic” of the 1990s, four Latina lesbian women were accused and wrongfully convicted of a heinous sexual assault. After serving over a decade in prison, the women won’t stop fighting to prove their innocence, in this heart-wrenching examination of the criminal justice system.

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