Chinese Spotlight

Ash Is Purest White

Thursday, November 8 at 8:15pm

“Ash Is Purest White” — the latest from Chinese master Zhangke Jia (“A Touch of Sin,” “Still Life”) — tells a story of violent love and betrayal in three sections, with events unfolding in 2001, 2006, and 2017. Set in China’s underworld, the film follows dancer... Read more

Black Memorabilia

Saturday, November 10 at 6:30pm

Black memorabilia continues to exert a problematic appeal, especially the putatively kitschy but undeniably offensive items that indulge in the most egregious kinds of racial stereotyping — what director Chico Colvard (“Family Affair,” SLIFF 2010) describes as “... Read more

Doc Shorts: Animated Lives

Friday, November 2 at 5:00pm
A collection that demonstrates animation isn't just for fiction.

The Great Buddha +

Saturday, November 3 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, November 7 at 6:35pm

Pickle works as a night security guard at a bronze statue factory with colleague Belly Bottom. As they while away the hours in the security room, the primary activities of their dull existence consist of consuming late-night snacks, paging through the porn Belly... Read more

Letter from Masanjia

Sunday, November 4 at 1:00pm

When a woman from Oregon finds an SOS note written by a Chinese prisoner stashed in a box of Halloween decorations from Kmart, she never imagined it would eventually lead to the closure of all of China’s labor camps. When her story went viral around the world, the... Read more

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Thursday, November 8 at 9:15pm
Saturday, November 10 at 8:30pm

Luo Hongwu returns to Kaili, the hometown from which he fled 12 years earlier. As memories of an enigmatic and beautiful woman resurface — a woman he loved and has never been able to forget — Luo Hongwu begins his search for her. Past and present, reality and... Read more

Narrative Shorts: Animation 2

Sunday, November 4 at 9:10pm
An animated sampler with a specific focus on international creations.

Narrative Shorts: Comedy

Monday, November 5 at 7:30pm
Laughter is the universal language in this collection of comedies from around the globe.

SLIFF/Kids Family Shorts 1

Saturday, November 3 at 11:00am
A delightful program geared toward kids ages 3-8.

Stroop: Journey Into the Rhino Horn War

Sunday, November 4 at 1:00pm

In “Stroop,” two first-time filmmakers explore the war for rhino horn. Initially setting out on a six-month project, the duo leave their jobs, sell their homes, move in with their mothers, and give up nearly four years of their lives to document not just the... Read more