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Girlhood


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Girlhood


LCIFF IS PROUD TO PRESENT
GIRLHOOD AS THE OPENING FILM OF THE INAUGURAL LEWIS & CLARK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.


Directed by Céline Sciamma

France  |  112 minutes  |  2015  |  Not Rated  |  French

 

Critically acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival – Opening Night Directors’ Fortnight, Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and AFI Fest.

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Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of school and starts stealing to be accepted into the gang.

When her home situation becomes unbearable, Marieme seeks solace in an older man who promises her money and protection. Realizing this sort of lifestyle will never result in the freedom and independence she truly desires, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands.

 

A mesmerizing exercise in the enlightenment that can happen when a filmmaker shifts the male cinematic gaze ever so slightly and uncovers what looks like a whole new world.
— Washington Post
 
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Lamb


Lamb


Directed by Yared Zeleke

Ethiopia - France - Germany - Norway
 |  94 minutes  | 2015  |  Not Rated  |  Amharic

LCIFF is proud to present the award-winning film LAMB, the first Ethiopian film to be selected for the prestigious Festival du Cannes. Touching, sweet, and brave, this acclaimed film by Ethiopean auteur Yared Zeleke garnered critical acclaim.

SYNOPSIS

An emotional connection to ways of life so rarely explored on film.
— The Guardian

When Ephraim, an Ethiopian boy, is sent from his homeland to live with distant relatives, he takes his beloved sheep with him. One day, his uncle announces that he will have to sacrifice his sheep for the upcoming religious feast, but Ephraim is ready to do anything to save his only friend and return home.

 
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Inside the Chinese Closet


Inside the Chinese Closet


Directed by Sophia Luvarà

China, Netherlands  |  70 minutes  |  2015  |  Not Rated  |  Mandarin, English

LCIFF is proud to present the award-winning film INSIDE THE CHINESE CLOSET. Winner of many awards on the film festival circuit in 2015, Inside the Chinese Closet marks the extraordinary documentary debut of filmmaker Sophia Luvara as she examines the challenges that confront gay people in China today. Touching and troubling in equal measure, the film exposes the difficult decisions young LGBT individuals must make when forced to balance their quest for love with parental and cultural expectations.

SYNOPSIS

Reveals how designated cultural values and norms impact . . . the lives of individuals who sit outside of a conventional box.
— Sly on the Wall

Andy devotes his days and nights to looking for a lesbian wife of convenience who could possibly bear his child; from online search to underground marriage markets, he is meeting all sorts of girls. Cherry has already married a gay man, but the quest for a baby proves to be a far more complex challenge.

Will Andy and Cherry deny their own happiness and sexual orientation to satisfy their parents’ wishes?

 
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Songs My Brothers Taught Me


Songs My Brothers Taught Me


Directed by Chloe Zhao

United States  |  94 minutes  |  2015  |  Not Rated  |  English

LCIFF is proud to present the critically acclaimed film SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME, Winner of Best Director at the American Indian Film Festival, and an official selection at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and 2015 Cannes Film Festival (Directors’ Fortnight). 

SYNOPSIS

SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME is a compelling and complex portrait of modern day life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The film explores the bond between a brother and his younger sister, who find themselves on separate paths to rediscovering the meaning of home. The film sensitively infiltrates isolated Indian Country to offer a rare, modern gaze keenly felt through the eyes of its magnetic non-professional lead actors, providing a universally resonant tale set amid the magnificent, promising wild of young generation Lakotas.

Strong notes of hope and of bone-deep identity.
— The Hollywood Reporter
Poetic... Poignant... Breathtaking...
— Variety
 
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Ayanda


Ayanda


Directed by Sara Blecher

South Africa |  114 minutes  | 2015  |  Not Rated  |  Sotho, Zulu, English

LCIFF is proud to present AYANDA, winner of the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival Special Jury Prize in the World Fiction Competition.

SYNOPSIS

After tragedy strikes, a young woman begins a journey of self-discovery as she struggles to save her father’s car repair shop along with her memory of him. AYANDA is a coming-of-age story from writer/director Sara Blecher that takes us into a vibrant Johannesburg community alive with love and humor, risk and reward, tragedy and triumph.

A fresh, modern, stylish take on 21st century Africa, deeply rooted in personal history, experience, and context.
— IndieWire