Lourdes, the beautiful mountain village in the foothills of the Pyrenees is second only to Paris in the number of annual visitors in France, but for entirely different reasons. Vast processions of people seeking a miracle fuel a small army of caregivers who accompany them. These pilgrims are a cross section of humanity: accident victims, the terminally ill, a bullied teenager, a contingent of aging Paris prostitutes. LOURDES is an insightful meditation on the human capacity for empathy and hope, where moving stories merge with the raw and naked nature of humanity. The film shows that the true miracle is faith itself. "...superbly subtle, mysterious and brilliantly composed." -The Guardian. "A powerful and poignant drama...[about] the mysteries that go beyond reason and explanation." -Spirituality & Practice
SUN CHILDREN, from the great Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi is also about faith, but of an entirely different order. Twelve-year-old Ali and his friends work hard to survive and support their families, including petty crimes to make fast money. In a turn of events that seems miraculous, Ali is entrusted to find a hidden treasure underground. But to gain access to the tunnel Ali and friends must enroll at the Sun School, a charitable institution that tries to educate street kids, close to where the treasure is located.
"I'm genuinely attracted to kids as a filmmaker. They see what adults can no longer see and they demonstrate a courage that adults do not have. Their sensitivity and delicacy in relationships lead me to respect them simply. Their truth and sense of realism is stunning when you trust them and become their friend and accomplice." - Majid Majidi
"Majid Majidi has made some of the most visually stunning and emotionally stirring films in world cinema...and SUN CHILDREN is one of his very best." -Hollywood Reporter
THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT - "The world-beating Japanese volleyball team of the 1960s comes colorfully roaring back to life." -Screen Daily
CAN YOU BRING IT: BILL T. JONES AND D-MAN IN THE WATERS - "Stirring...a consummate dance film about art as witness and its importance to culture and humanity." -EDGE Media Network
SUBLET - "It's a gentle, often funny meditation on advancing age and the fragile joys of youth." -Wall Street Journal