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Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams hosts this illuminating series showcasing short films from some of the most talented emerging directors and underrepresented voices in film today. Clearly the future of film is bright.
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A viral Instagram account, a bold fashion line. One young Palestinian man shows the Arab diaspora they don’t have to tap into the Western zeitgeist—they can create their own. Followed by a Q&A with Iranian-Malaysian-Chinese filmmaker Roxy Rezvany.
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Nominated for an Oscar® in the Live Action Short Film category, The Letter Room follows an empathetic corrections officer (Oscar Isaac) who finds escape in the deeply personal letters written to an inmate on death row. Co-starring Alia Shawkat.
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Join host and comedian Maria Bamford as she talks candidly with fellow comedians and artists about their experiences with mental health, past or present. Season 1 guests include Tom Arnold (Roseanne), Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Jen Kirkman (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie), Tig Notaro (One Mississippi), Andy Kindler (Bob's Burgers), Aparna Nancherla (BoJack Horseman) and Jim Norton (The Irishman) as well as mental health professionals, Elyn Saks (professor) and Steven Sultanoff (psychologist).
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From ex-gang members to military veterans, the call centers of Tijuana are filled with English-speaking deportees who have been forced to trade the American Dream for a new life wedged between home and displacement.
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A mysterious call from a dying stranger upends Katie Bonner’s life and sends her down a dangerous rabbit hole in search of a woman named Tala. Is she risking everything to save a woman she's never met, or trying to destroy the woman she's become?
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He might be a false prophet, but Sri Kumaré has been known to teach true enlightenment. In his documentary, the fake guru gained real followers, whose lives he changed through his made-up teachings. Now Kumare is back with a new series, The Guru Inside You. Each episode focuses on a different issue, from loneliness to diet trends, with even wilder and funnier teachings. Get real spiritual guidance from a false prophet, and have fun in the process.
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Professor of law, psychology, psychiatry and behavioral sciences at USC's Gould School of Law, Elyn Saks sits down with Maria Bamford to share her personal experiences with schizophrenia.
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In episode two, Sri Kumare tackles loneliness, an issue that affected 60 million Americans even before quarantine but is now more pervasive than ever. From being ghosted on Zoom to not being able to go to SoulCycle, these are troubling times. Luckily, Kumare is here to offer his unique spiritual wisdom. For example, loneliness is a lot like cheese—it can be hard, stinky, and open a hole inside of you. Also, don’t hold in your loneliness or else you might get an emotional UTI.
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In episode one, Sri Kumare teaches his most important lesson: how to be your own guru. He reminds us that people who call themselves spiritual leaders are frauds, so it’s best to be your own. But if all else fails, there’s always mimosas.
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Love comes in different forms, but most importantly we need to love ourselves. In this episode, Sri Kumare dispenses some valuable wisdom on how to change our narratives to achieve self-love.
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How do you grieve for an unborn child? This tenderly animated short film explores the beautiful Japanese Buddhist ritual for grieving an abortion through one woman’s story. Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
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Katie becomes obsessed with finding Tala and separates from husband Bradley, who believes the call was just a scam. But Katie has woken up from her privileged life and she’s not stopping, especially not after hearing what her P.I. found.
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A coming-of-age story about class, race, and jumping into other people's pools. Teenager Tommy’s family can barely keep their heads above water, so why not jump into someone else’s? Followed by a Q&A with emerging filmmaker Haley Anderson.
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A visually poetic portrait of a young Black boy in the South who navigates the mundane and discovers the miraculous. Followed by a Q&A with director Terrance Daye, who drew inspiration from growing up Black and queer in a religious home in the South.
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Now embroiled in a custody battle, Katie forges on with her mission only to find her P.I. backing out. Still no closer to finding Tala and faced with losing everything in her life, Katie must make an important decision about her search.
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In support of Black Lives Matter, Sri Kumare focuses this episode on how to break the cycle of systemic racism. It starts with the individual—we must acknowledge and eradicate our implicit biases.
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In this quiet and tender film about grief, Herman decides to join his wife after losing her. Through the act of crafting his own coffin, he ends up building a stronger connection to life. Followed by a Q&A with emerging filmmaker Sanford Jenkins.
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Intertwining traditional Black folk songs and modern dance, this nonlinear film looks at growing up in the South and reconnecting with the land of one’s childhood and ancestors. Followed by a Q&A with emerging filmmaker Callie Lyons.
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Shot on Hi8 tape, this poetic film explores a father’s influence on masculinity, self-acceptance, and lost innocence using urban imagery and experimental visual and audio layering. Followed by a Q&A with emerging filmmaker Ameer Kazmi.
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One uneventful night, Katie gets a call from an unknown number. On the line a man named Zuhair pleads for her to help his pregnant wife, Tala, as gunshots ring out. What she hears changes her forever, and the search for Tala begins.
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Katie’s search takes an unexpected turn when she meets a Sierra Leonean man who reveals information that confirms she’s on the right track. Back home, Katie’s personal life is spiraling too, as everyone she loves side against her.
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