Politics

12th and Clairmount

Saturday, November 10 at 4:00pm

In July 1967, Detroit experienced one of America’s most violent civil disturbances. To tell that story in an emblematic way, this film — produced by the Detroit Free Press — fuses illustrations with rare archival footage from the era, including newsreel,... Read more

An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy

Sunday, November 11 at 4:00pm

A first-rate film biography of 10-term congressman Norman Mineta, “An American Story” is also a well-wrought indictment of the woeful treatment of persons of Japanese ancestry by our country. In early 1942, along with tens of thousands of other Japanese Americans... Read more

Anote's Ark

Tuesday, November 6 at 6:00pm

The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time:... Read more

Capturing the Flag

Saturday, November 10 at 7:30pm

“Capturing the Flag” chronicles the efforts of three old friends — Laverne Berry, Steven Miller, and Claire Wright — who in the fall of 2016 travel from New York to North Carolina to do voter-protection work at the polls. Laverne and Steve have been volunteering... Read more

Doc Shorts: Black Voices

Sunday, November 11 at 6:30pm
A diverse chorus of black voices addresses subjects both local and national.

The Front Runner

Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30pm

Based on Matt Bai’s “All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid,” “The Front Runner” is directed by SLIFF favorite Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air,” “Juno”), who receives our Contemporary Cinema Award. Having lost the Democratic presidential nomination to... Read more

The Image Book

Saturday, November 3 at 5:45pm

Cinema’s oldest enfant terrible, Jean-Luc Godard — now 87 but still intensely vital — continues his six-decade run of provocations with “The Image Book.” A collage-like film essay, “The Image Book” both investigates the history of cinema and offers Godard’s... Read more

The Jazz Ambassadors

Saturday, November 3 at 4:00pm

In 1956, America announced a new Cold War weapon to combat the U.S.S.R.: Jazz musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dave Brubeck, along with their racially integrated bands, would cross the globe to counter negative Soviet... Read more

Medium Cool

Saturday, November 3 at 3:00pm

It’s 1968, and the whole world is watching. With the U.S. in social upheaval, famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler (“In the Heat of the Night,” “Bound for Glory”) decided to make a film about what the hell was going on. “Medium Cool,” his debut feature, plunges... Read more

The Most Dangerous Year

Saturday, November 10 at 1:00pm

“The Most Dangerous Year” intimately chronicles the struggle for transgender rights, specifically focusing on the 2016 fight in Washington state over “bathroom bills” that would force transgender individuals, including children, to use their “birth gender”... Read more

Patrimonio

Friday, November 2 at 5:00pm

In 2015, a mega-development is poised to engulf a small Mexican fishing village with a vast hotel/condo complex called Tres Santos. Although marketed to wealthy Americans as “green” and “mindful,” Tres Santos threatens to transform and overwhelm the idiosyncratic... Read more

Shampoo

Sunday, November 4 at 6:00pm

“Shampoo” recounts an especially eventful day in the life of George (Warren Beatty), a Beverly Hills hairdresser and lothario who frantically runs around town on the eve of the 1968 presidential election trying to sort out his many financial and romantic... Read more

Time for Ilhan

Sunday, November 4 at 4:00pm

On Nov. 8, 2016, a young, hijab-wearing mother of three named Ilhan Omar made history, becoming the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to state office in America. She was hailed by the New York Times as “one of the bright lights in the post-election darkness... Read more