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.


LOVE, ANTOSHA
2019, Giant Pictures, 93 min, USA, Dir: Garret Price

From a prolific career in film and television, Anton Yelchin left an indelible legacy as an actor. Through his journals and other writings, his photography, the original music he wrote and interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues, this film looks not just at Anton’s impressive career, but at a broader portrait of the man. Born in the former Soviet Union to a family of artists, Anton and his parents came to the U.S. when he was six months old. He started acting at nine. He had a genuine curiosity and love for people, for art and for family- as well as a willingness to explore, and be open with, the darker parts of himself. LOVE, ANTOSHA explores his successes and his struggles, and lets viewers get to know this extraordinary person the world was cheated from seeing grow old.


THE SILENCE OF OTHERS
EL SILENCIO DE OTROS
2019, Argot Pictures, 96 min, Spain/France/Canada/USA, Dir: Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar

This gripping documentary explores the epic struggle to come to terms with Spain’s violent fascist past at both an individual and a national level. Filmed over six years, the documentary follows survivors of Francisco Franco’s 40-year authoritarian regime as they organize a groundbreaking international lawsuit and fight the so-called “Pact of Forgetting,” a 1977 amnesty law that protects the perpetrators of crimes under the dictatorship. Winner of the prestigious 2019 Goya Award for Best Documentary, as well as more than 30 other international awards, it is the second feature-length documentary from Emmy-winning filmmakers Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar and is executive produced by Pedro Almodóvar. “This courageous, moving … and eye-opening documentary dares to demand the truth.” - Alfonso Rivera, Cineuropa.


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