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Your Guide to Cinemondo 2020: A Global Film Series

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Check back on this article for updates on more film titles, airdates, promos and more.

"Cinemondo" kicks off a new season on Nov. 26 with 15 new titles that include selections from the library of New York-based distributor Kino Lorber, Brooklyn-based Oscilloscope Laboratories and Israel-based Go2Films. All films in the series are critically-acclaimed award-winners from all over the globe — from Mexico, Colombia, Spain, France, China, Singapore and more. Tune in every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT or stream online for 14 days, beginning seven days prior to the broadcast.

Museo (2018) - Nov. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Trailer for "Museo."
Cinemondo: Museo (Preview)

In 1985, a gang of criminals stole 140 pre-Hispanic pieces from the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Based on true events, the film critiques the plundering of antiquities while celebrating Mexico’s cultural heritage. Starring Gael García Bernal and Leonardo Ortizgris.

Country: Mexico

Ma Ma (2016) - Dec. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Trailer for "Ma Ma."
Cinemondo: Ma Ma (Preview)

Penélope Cruz gives a riveting performance in this film about a woman diagnosed with breast cancer,  who forms a strong bond with a man (Luis Tosar) who lost his wife and daughter in a car accident.

Country: Spain

My Friend Victoria (2015) - Dec. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Trailer for "My Friend Victoria."
Cinemondo: My Friend Victoria (Preview)

A black 8-year-old orphan is taken in by a white bourgeois family for a night. Years later, she has a brief affair with the youngest son of the host family and bears his child. A touching portrait of race and class adapted from a short story by the late Doris Lessing.

Country: France/Belgium

Embrace of the Serpent (2016) - Dec. 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Trailer for "Embrace of the Serpent."
Cinemonodo: Embrace of the Serpent (Preview)

In the early 1900s, a young shaman in the Colombian Amazon helps a sick German explorer and his local guide search for a rare healing plant. The film garnered universal critical acclaim for its cinematography and theme: the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and way of life by white colonialism.

Country: Colombia

Mountains May Depart (2016) - Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Trailer for "Mountains May Depart."
Cinemondo: Mountains May Depart (Preview)

On the cusp of the capitalist explosion in China, Shen Tao has two suitors: an aspiring entrepreneur, and his best friend, who works in a coal mine. Directed by one of China’s most acclaimed filmmakers, Jia Zhangke.

Country: China

Pop Aye (2017) - Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Trailer for "Pop Aye."
Cinemondo: Pop Aye (Preview)

An architect bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok and embarks on a road trip across Thailand in search of their hometown and the farm where they grew up together. Special Jury Prizewinner, Sundance Film Festival.

Country: Singapore/Thailand

The Dead of Jaffa (2019) - Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Three children from the West Bank are smuggled into Israel, arriving at the doorstep of George and Rita's house in Jaffa. Their mother is dead, and their father has been sentenced for life. As Israeli Palestinians, George is afraid that hiding illegal aliens will endanger Rita and himself, while Rita believes the arrival of these children could give meaning to her life.

Country: Israel

Hannah Arendt (2012) - Jan. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Trailer for "Hannah Arendt."
Cinemondo: Hannah Arendt (Preview)

In 1961, writer and philosopher Hannah Arendt travels to Israel for the New Yorker magazine to cover the infamous Nazi Adolf Eichmann's trial for war crimes. Her analysis of Eichmann results in a morally complex controversy and personal consequences.

Country: Germany/Luxembourg/France

Terribly Happy (2010) - Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Trailer for "Terribly Happy."
Cinemondo: Terribly Happy (Preview)

A timid Copenhagen city policeman is reassigned to protect and serve in a sleepy town in rural Denmark. However, he struggles to maintain order in his new jurisdiction, a lawless place where the only rules are those dictated — and enforced — by a local thug and serial wife-beater.

Country: Denmark

The Second Mother (2015) - Jan. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Trailer for "The Second Mother."
Cinemondo: The Second Mother (Preview)

When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.

Country: Brazil

Old Stone (2016) - Feb. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Trailer for "Old Stone."
Cinemondo: Old Stone (Preview)

A Chinese taxi driver finds himself plunged into a nightmare where no good deed goes unpunished. Beginning as a gritty social-realist drama before u-turning into a blood-drenched noir, "Old Stone" follows the repercussions of a car accident in a society where life is cheap and compassion in ruinously expensive.

Country: China/Canada

Gueros (2014) - Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Trailer for "Gueros."
Cinemondo: Gueros (Preview)

After being sent by his loner mother to live with his brother, a young boy and two restless teens search for folk-rocker Epigmenio Cruz on the streets of Mexico City during the student strikes of 1999.

Country: Mexico

52 Tuesdays (2014) - Feb. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Trailer for "52 Tuesdays."
Cinemondo: 52 Tuesdays (Preview)

16-year-old Billie's reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons.

Country: Australia

The Wonders (2014) - Feb. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Trailer for "The Wonders."
Cinemondo: The Wonders (Preview)

A family of beekeepers living in the Tuscan countryside finds their household disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled teenage boy and a reality TV show intent on showcasing the family.

Country: Italy

Manuscripts Don’t Burn (2013) - March 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Trailer for "Manuscripts Don't Burn."
Cinemondo: Manuscripts Don't Burn (Preview)

Two Iranian agents go to extreme lengths to find a banned manuscript that details their government's failed attempt to murder 21 writers. Based on True story of missing intellectuals in Iran and filmed clandestinely.

Country: Iran

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