VARDA BY AGNÈS
2019, Janus Films, 120 min, France, Dir: Agnès Varda

The final film from the late, beloved Agnès Varda is a characteristically playful, profound and personal summation of the director’s own brilliant career. At once impish and wise, she acts as our spirit guide on a free-associative tour through her six-decade artistic journey, shedding new light on her films, photography and recent installation works while offering her one-of-a-kind reflections on everything from filmmaking to feminism to aging. Suffused with the people, places and things she loved - Jacques Demy, cats, colors, beaches, heart-shaped potatoes - this wonderfully idiosyncratic work of imaginative autobiography is a warmly human, touchingly bittersweet parting gift from one of cinema’s most luminous talents. “A perfect starting point for anyone who wants to understand what movies can be.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times.


THE PRICE OF FREE
KAILASH
2019, Participant Media, 92 min, USA, Dir: Derek Doneen

152 million children are victims of child labor - making the stuff you buy and use every day. Kailash Satyarthi has been a tireless advocate of children's rights for almost four decades; he and his team have rescued more than 88,000 children and built a global movement to end child labor. This new documentary is a thrilling look at the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s inspiring efforts to free every child from slavery. The film won the 2018 U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.


SEA OF SHADOWS
2019, National Geographic, 105 min, Austria, Dir: Richard Ladkani

A looming disaster in one of the most spectacular environments on Earth sparks a rescue mission unlike any other in a riveting new documentary with the intensity of a Hollywood thriller. When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, their deadly methods threaten to destroy virtually all marine life in the region, including the most elusive and endangered whale species on Earth, the vaquita porpoise. SEA OF SHADOWS follows a team of dedicated scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists and courageous undercover agents as well as the Mexican Navy as they put their lives on the line to save the last remaining vaquitas and bring the vicious international crime syndicate to justice. Winner of the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.


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