May 21, 2019
Directed by Wanuri Kahiu
83 min | 2018 | Kenya | Not Rated
Presented in English & Swahili with English subtitles.
Cast: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, & Patricia Amira
Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, Rafiki is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives” – but they yearn for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, Kena and Ziki must choose between happiness and safety.
Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, Rafiki won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation. Featuring remarkable performances by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, Rafiki is a hip tale of first love “reminiscent of the early work of Spike Lee” (Screen Daily) that’s “impossible not to celebrate” (Variety).
Winner: Audience Award–2018 NewFest; Official Selection: 2018 Cannes Film Festival, 2018 Toronto International Film Festival
Presented as part of our Damn These Heels Film Festival year-round free programming.
May 15, 2019
Presented as part of the Spike 150, Utah’s 150th-anniversary celebration of one of the most iconic and life-altering events in America’s history – the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad – which happened in Utah on May 10, 1869.
Evening program hosted by Doug Fabrizio:
- Spy Hop short film In Recognition, produced by Spy Hop Productions and the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association
- Utah Film Commission short film about the making of Union Pacific
- James D’Arc presentation about Union Pacific and its connection to Utah and the impact of filmmaking as a resource for telling the story of Utah.
- Screening of Union Pacific
May 14, 2019
Directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, & Jeremy Newberger
93 min | 2018 | USA / Israel / Japan / South Korea | Not Rated
Presented in English & Hebrew with English subtitles.
A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, Heading Home charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of defeat, Team Israel is finally ranked among the world’s best in 2017, eligible to compete in the prestigious international tournament. Their line-up included several Jewish American Major League players―Ike Davis, Josh Zeid and ex-Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnway―most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, let alone having ever set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where they are greeted as heroes, to Seoul where they must debunk their has-been, wannabe reputations. With their Mensch on the Bench mascot by their side, the team laughs, cries, and does much soul-searching, discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage.
Winner: Best Documentary–2018 Gold Coast International Film Festival
May 7, 2019
Directed by Glenn Silber & Barry Alexander Brown
100 min | 1979 | USA | Not Rated
Pre-film reception on Chicago: 1968 Show starting at 5 PM in the Gallery at Library Square
Widely considered one of the most important political films, The War at Home examines the anatomy of a resistance movement, vividly chronicling the protest movement of the 1960’s and 70’s. Using the experiences of one American town, Madison, Wisconsin, as a microcosm of the national Antiwar Movement, the film provides a ground-level view of the home front during the Vietnam War and the war that students and other anti-war dissidents waged on America’s political system, military, and notions of patriotism. Through a powerful combination of rare archival footage and interviews with students, police, community leaders, Vietnam veterans, and participants from all points of view, The War at Home shows how the Antiwar Movement grew into a genuine people’s revolt.
Nominated: Best Documentary Feature–1979 Academy Awards
April 30, 2019
Directed by Ben Masters
97 min | 2019 | USA | Not Rated
From the director & subject of Unbranded, screened in 2015 & 2016.
The River and The Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes.
April 17, 2019
Directed by Alex Rivera & Cristina Ibarra
95 min | 2019 | USA | Not Rated
Presented Spanish & English with English subtitles.
Cast: Mohammad Abdollahi, Maynor Alvarado, Roman Arabia
Without warning, Claudio Rojas is detained by ICE officials outside his Florida home. He is transferred to the Broward Transitional Center, a detention facility used as a holding space for imminent deportations. Terrified of never seeing him again, Claudio’s family contacts the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), a group of activist Dreamers known for stopping deportations. Believing that no one is free as long as one is in detention, NIYA enlists Marco Saavedra to self-deport with the hopes of gaining access to the detention center and impeding Claudio’s expulsion. Once inside, Marco discovers a complex for-profit institution housing hundreds of multinational immigrants, all imprisoned without trial.
April 9, 2019
Directed by Jonas Elmer
2017 | Denmark | 86 min | Not Rated
Screens in Danish with English subtitles
Recommended for ages 8+
Join us for a special screening of the Audience Award winner at the 2019 Tumbleweeds Film Festival.
William’s life is anything but easy. His mother is a patient in a sanitarium, so he lives with his uncle Nils, who lives on his wits and has racked up a sizeable gambling debt with some local gangsters. William has to muster all of his courage and imagination to save both his uncle and himself, while also juggling three class bullies and his crush on his neighbor Viola.
Winner: Audience Award-2019 Tumbleweeds Film Festival, Best Kids Feature Film–2018 Filem’on International Children’s Film Festival Brussels
How We Handle Subtitles for Tumbleweeds
For this screening, the English subtitles will be read over listening devices by a “subtitle reader” for audience members who prefer an English dialogue track.
April 1, 2019
*Award presentation, screening, and Q&A are FREE and open to the public.
ABOUT THE FILM
Directed by Dan Habib
70 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated
Presented with Open Captions.
From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes Intelligent Lives, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.
Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S.
Intelligent Lives challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships.
Official Selection: 2018 Cleveland International Film Festival, 2018 Ashland Independent Film Festival, 2018 Independent Film Festival Boston
PEEK AWARD HISTORY
“Photo courtesy of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. Copyright Richard Green Photography 2006.”
Previous award recipients include:
2011, Dr. Temple Grandin, Temple Grandin
2012, Carrie Fisher
2013, Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine, Sam Berns, Life According to Sam
2014, Jason DaSilva, When I Walk
2016, Matt Fuller and Carolina Groppa, Autism in Love
2017, Roger Ross Williams, Life, Animated
2018, Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles, Dina
2019 Peek Award is sponsored by
March 19, 2019
Directed by Laura Bari
95 min | 2018 | Canada/Argentina | Not Rated
Primas is an evocative and poetic portrait of two Argentine teenage cousins who come of age together as they overcome the heinous acts of violence that interrupted their childhoods.
March 13, 2019
Directed by Pamela B. Green
103 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated
Be Natural was supported through our Fiscal Sponsorship program.
This historical film about pioneer filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and blazing the path toward her reclamation.
Nominated: 2018 Cannes Film Festival Golden Camera and Golden Eye Awards.
Through The Lens screenings are presented in partnership with:
March 12, 2019
Directed by Rungano Nyoni
93 min | 2017 | Zambia | Not Rated
presented in English and Nyanja with English subtitles.
Cast: Maggie Mulubwa, Mrs. Chishimba, & Henry B.J. Phiri
Zambian-born Welsh director Rungano Nyoni is set to make her mark on British cinema with her groundbreaking first feature I Am Not a Witch. Sharply satirical and boldly provocative, the film garnered incredible praise from audiences and critics alike at the Cannes 2017 Directors’ Fortnight.
March 5, 2019
Directed by Karen Winther
85 min | 2018 | Norway/Germany/Sweden | Not Rated
When she was a teenager, filmmaker Karen Winther was a member of an extreme far-right movement in Norway. In 1996, when she was 17, she finally managed to leave and start a new life. In Exit, she now parallels her own past with the experiences of other former extremists, in an effort to learn what makes someone join neo-Nazis, Jihadists or other hate groups, and what makes them decide to leave.
February 26, 2019
Directed by Morgan Capps & Jilann Spitzmiller
88 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated
When a group of young DIY artists in Santa Fe can’t find a door into the art world, they blow open an entirely new portal with their grit, passion, and tenacity. Within just a few short years – and with a little help from George R.R. Martin – this group called Meow Wolf ultimately hits a cultural nerve and garners massive, unexpected success with their exhibit, House of Eternal Return.
Official Selection: 2018 SXSW Film Festival, 2018 Bend Film Festival
February 19, 2019
Directed by Dusty Hulet
59 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated
Preceded at 6:30 by a string ensemble, comprised of local musicians from the Wasatch Front, led by Micah Dahl Anderson performing selections of the film’s score.
Dive headfirst into bear dens with the biologists studying how human development affects bear behavior.
February 12, 2019
Directed by Zeek Earl & Christopher Caldwell
97 min | 2018 | USA | R
Cast: Sophie Thatcher, Pedro Pascal, & Jay Duplass
In this indie space western, a teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They’ve secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon’s toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive. Forced to contend not only with the forest’s other ruthless inhabitants, but with her own father’s greed-addled judgment, the girl finds she must carve her own path to escape.
February 5, 2019
Directed by Gabe Polsky
77 min | 2018 | USA | PG-13
Through the eyes of the greatest athletes of all time, In Search of Greatness is a cinematic journey into the secrets of genius. From award-winning filmmaker Gabe Polsky (Red Army, Genius) this groundbreaking feature documentary includes original interviews with Wayne Gretzky, Jerry Rice & Pelé, & and features Muhammad Ali, Einstein, David Bowie, Serena Williams, Michael Jordan among others.