War Witch – Harris Theater
Komona (Rachel Mwanza) is only 12 years old when she is kidnapped by rebel soldiers and enslaved to a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle. Forced to commit unspeakable acts of brutality, she finds hope for survival in protective, ghost-like visions (inspiring a rebel chief to anoint her “War Witch”), and in a tender relationship with a fellow soldier named Magician (Serge Kanyinda). Together, they manage to escape the rebels’ clutches, and a normal life finally seems within reach. But after their freedom proves short-lived, Komona realizes she must find a way to bury the ghosts of her past. War Witch plays at the Harris Theater from April 5th to April 11th.
Upstream Color – Melwood Screening Room
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives in this drama from director Shane Carruth. Upstream Color screens at the Melwood Screening Room from April 12th to April 15th.
The Place Beyond the Pines – Manor Theater
Actor Ryan Gosling reteams with Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance for this dramatic thriller that traces the intersecting lives of fathers and sons, cops and robbers, heroes and villains. Gosling plays a professional motorcycle rider who turns to bank robberies to support his newborn son. But when he crosses paths with a rookie police officer (Bradley Cooper), their violent confrontation spirals into a tense generational feud. The Place Beyond the Pines opens at the Manor Theatre on April 12th.
Girl Rising – Waterworks Cinema
From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. Journeying around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit, the documentary feature demonstrates the power of education to change a girl – and the world. Each girl’s story is penned by a renowned writer from her native country and narrated by celebrated actresses such as Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington. Girl Rising screens at Waterworks Cinema on April 24th.