CINEMONDO: Alamar Category: World Cinema Intent on teaching his son about their Mayan heritage, Jorge takes 5-year-old Natan to the pristine Chinchorro reef. As the bond between father and son grows, Natan learns to live in harmony with life above and below the surface of the sea.
CINEMONDO: Home Category: World Cinema A family enjoys an idyllic existence in their isolated, ramshackle home by an abandoned highway. But everything changes when rush hour traffic starts rumbling by and the family must resort to desperate measures to preserve their solitude.
CINEMONDO: Ramchand Pakistani Category: World Cinema Ramchand Pakistani is based on actual events about an accidental border crossing of a Pakistani Hindu boy and his father into India and the consequences of this unintended action on the lives of the boy, his father and mother.
CINEMONDO: The Country Teacher Category: World Cinema A gifted young teacher takes a job at a grammar school in the country. Here he forms a bond with a woman and her troubled 17-year old son. But when the teacher's ex-boyfriend visits, jealousy sets in motion a series of events that will test the inner strength of everyone involved.
CINEMONDO: Troubled Water Category: World Cinema Recently released from prison after serving time for the murder of a child, Jan has always maintained his innocence. But his past catches up with him when he is recognized by the mother of the murdered child at the church where he works.
CINEMONDO: Laila's Birthday Category: World Cinema Laila's Birthday portrays a day in the life of a Palestinian taxi driver, who, in trying to get home for his daughter's birthday, encounters numerous hurdles that nearly derail his objective, including a car bombing, and the kidnapping of his taxi!
CINEMONDO: 35 Shots of Rum Category: World Cinema Set among a small circle of friends and neighbors in a Parisian suburb, "35 Shots of Rum" is a warm, funny and enchanting film from the great French filmmaker Claire Denis.
CINEMONDO: Days and Clouds Category: World Cinema After leaving her job to fulfill her dream of studying art history, Elsa discovers her husband has lost his job and their once sophisticated lifestyle is falling to pieces. Tension grows between the couple, threatening their most valuable possession: Love.
GLOBAL LENS: Getting Home Category: World Cinema In this soulful and humane comedy, Zhao, a middle-aged construction worker, struggles to fulfill a dying co-worker’s last wish to be buried in China’s Three Gorges region.
GLOBAL LENS: The Photograph Category: World Cinema In this poignant drama Sita, a spirited young woman, works to support her family as a singer and prostitute in a local brothel. When an elderly photographer agrees to rent her a room, witness the unlikely bond that forms between them.
MADE IN TAIWAN: Blue Cha Cha Category: World Cinema This moving tale of a young woman's attempt to find her place in the world after her release from a Taiwanese prison explores the depths of depression and the universal yearning for love.