Class Issues

The 86

Saturday, November 5 at 4:30pm

Inspired by true events, "The 86" highlights the activities of a band of 86 Venezuelan street thugs who were an intimidating presence in Caracas during the 1980s. One of the drawbacks to leading a neighborhood gang is the level of infamy and attention that... Read more

Bob's Tour: Understanding What We See

Saturday, November 5 at 4:00pm

Washington University graduate Jun Bae profiles Bob Hansman, a beloved architecture professor at the school. In its portrait of a white man with a black son, the film provides an intimate look at Hansman and his insights into segregated St. Louis. The film follows... Read more

Don't Call Me Son

Monday, November 7 at 2:45pm
Thursday, November 10 at 6:40pm

Pierre (Naomi Nero), a teenager who experiments with cross-dressing but is not yet committed to coming out as transgender, finds his life and sense of self further complicated when he learns that the woman who raised him is not his real mother. In fact, the... Read more

Dream Factory

Saturday, November 5 at 6:30pm
Sunday, November 6 at 4:15pm

An all too common phenomenon in India, power outages constitute a nationwide crisis. Although only a village-school dropout, Ezhil (Arun Chidambaram) is determined to find a solution to the persistent electricity problem. His efforts take a dramatic turn when he... Read more


Tuesday, November 8 at 8:35pm
Wednesday, November 9 at 4:15pm

In Kosovo 2004, five years after the war, 12-year-old Nenad rides to school in an armored tank, traveling from his Serbian enclave into hostile Albanian territory. Instead of friends his own age, his dying grandfather and an elderly priest serve as the boy’s only... Read more

Everything But a Man

Sunday, November 6 at 4:00pm

Vanessa is sexy, smart, successful … and still single. “Everything But a Man” follows the story of a lonely career woman who, despite all her material success, is a failure when it comes to love. The film explores the paradox many modern women face: Required to... Read more


Friday, November 4 at 4:15pm
Saturday, November 5 at 2:00pm

Winner of last year’s César Award as best film, “Fatima” is one of recent French cinema's most trenchant and moving portraits of the immigrant experience, offering a patient, reflective study of a woman pressured by her children and neighbors to assimilate into a... Read more

The Half

Friday, November 11 at 5:00pm
Saturday, November 12 at 9:30pm

After her father’s death, young Azar moves out on her own after her mother remarries. Her stepfather, a drug addict, shows clear abusive tendencies, and Azar realizes she’ll be under threat as long as she remains in the house. But when her new accommodations are... Read more


Friday, November 4 at 12:00pm
Saturday, November 5 at 9:00pm

Guatemala’s submission to last year’s Academy Awards, “Ixcanul” is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and fable, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel-speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. Immersing us in its characters... Read more

Killer of Sheep

Sunday, November 6 at 1:30pm

SLIFF honors legendary filmmaker Charles Burnett with a Lifetime Achievement Award and screens a pair of his finest works — “Killer of Sheep” and the new restoration of “To Sleep with Anger” (see separate film listing). Burnett’s “Killer of Sheep” focuses on... Read more

Le Mirage

Tuesday, November 8 at 8:30pm
Saturday, November 12 at 8:15pm

The good news: Patrick has it all. The handsome manager of a mammoth sporting-goods store, he lives with beautiful wife Isabelle (Julie Perrault) and his children in a home that features all the newest luxuries, including a dream kitchen and a pool. And the bad... Read more

The Measure of a Man

Tuesday, November 8 at 6:30pm
Friday, November 11 at 5:00pm

In “The Measure of a Man,” a powerful and deeply troubling vision of the realities of our new economic order, Vincent Lindon gives his finest performance to date as unemployed everyman Thierry, who must submit to a series of quietly humiliating ordeals in his... Read more

The New Classmate

Thursday, November 10 at 4:15pm
Friday, November 11 at 7:00pm

“The New Classmate” —director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s debut — is a heartwarming story about being courageous enough to dream. On her first day of school, Appu has no desire to get out of the bed she shares with her single mother, Chanda. She would much rather spend... Read more

The Nine

Saturday, November 12 at 6:30pm

“The Nine” is an intimate and unflinching portrait of a ravaged community living on Modesto's South Ninth Street — "The Nine” — a barren, forgotten street in California’s Great Central Valley (the setting for “The Grapes of Wrath” and Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant... Read more

Old Stone

Monday, November 7 at 6:45pm
Tuesday, November 8 at 2:10pm

In Johnny Ma’s thrilling debut feature, a Chinese taxi driver finds himself plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare in a society where life is cheap, compassion is ruinously expensive, and no good deed goes unpunished. When a drunk passenger causes Lao Shi to swerve... Read more

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

Saturday, November 12 at 4:30pm

An essential documentary, Brett Story’s incisive and wide-ranging “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes” critically examines the prison system and its place — social, economic, and psychological — in American society. More people are imprisoned in the United States... Read more

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Sunday, November 6 at 12:00pm

It began as a housing marvel. Two decades later, it ended in rubble. But what happened to those caught in between? “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous... Read more


Sunday, November 6 at 1:00pm

A pitch-perfect rural mystery, “Santoalla” chronicles what happens when a progressive Dutch couple, Martin Verfondern and Margo Pool, escape the constraints and complications of the city by decamping to the Spanish countryside. Exhausted after a fight against... Read more

Show Me Democracy

Sunday, November 6 at 6:30pm

“Show Me Democracy” asks: Can a small group of young people make a difference in complex and imperfect systems? Following the advocacy and activist efforts of seven college students in the aftermath of events in Ferguson, the documentary chronicles their thoughts... Read more

The Star of Algiers

Wednesday, November 9 at 9:15pm

“The Star of Algiers,” a sexy, smoky, jazz-filled film feast, is the latest from Algerian director Rachid Benhadj. Moussa is a musician who dreams of becoming the Michael Jackson of Algiers. Displaying equal measures of talent and energy, Moussa pursues this... Read more

To Keep the Light

Saturday, November 12 at 2:15pm

In 1876 Maine, Abbie (writer-director Erica Fae) tends the lighthouse on a remote island for her ailing husband. When a mysterious stranger washes up on shore, secrets buried in deep waters come to light, and Abbie is forced to navigate an unforgiving new world... Read more

To Sleep with Anger

Sunday, November 6 at 8:00pm

The fine new restoration of director Charles’ Burnett’s “To Sleep with Anger” concludes SLIFF’s two-part tribute to the Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, which begins with an afternoon screening of “Killer of Sheep.” Burnett's... Read more

Trespass Against Us

Wednesday, November 9 at 8:30pm
Friday, November 11 at 8:30pm

In “Trespass Against Us,” three generations of the Cutler family live as notorious outlaws among some of the wealthiest lands in Britain. They spend their time hunting, raiding large estates, and tormenting the police. In the midst of it all, Chad (Michael... Read more


Sunday, November 6 at 6:00pm
Monday, November 7 at 9:30pm

The directorial debut of Iranian actress Soheila Golestani, the quietly powerful “Two” is loosely adapted from American author Bernard Malamud’s short story “Maid’s Shoes.” Pari (Mahtab Nasirpour), a lonely, middle-aged chambermaid, is hired by visiting expat... Read more