Un homme qui crie/A Screaming Man (Mahamat Saleh Haroun, 2011)
Presented by Ken Harrow
Aging Adam Ousmane (Youssouf Djaoro), who was once an up-and-coming Chadian swimmer, now manages the pool at a prestigious local resort. When the new Chinese managers of the establishment decide to downsize, Adam loses his job to his own son, Abdel (Dioucounda Koma). Shattered by this demeaning turn of events, Adam is pressured into contributing to the Chadian war effort. With no money to speak of, the only asset he can donate is his son, who is then abducted into the Chadian army.
Last Laugh (F.W. Murnau, 1924)
Presented by Pat O’Donnell
An elderly hotel doorman (Emil Jannings) loses status and self-pride after being demoted to the position of washroom attendant.
Guests of Hotel Astoria (Reza Allamehzadeh, 1989)
Presented by Kaveh Askari
An Iranian couple (Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mohsen Marzban) declare themselves political refugees after police detain them on their way to Cuba.
Mississippi Masala (Mira Nair, 1991)
Presented by Jyotsna Singh
After Mina’s (Sarita Choudhury) Indian family is ousted from their home in Uganda by dictator Idi Amin, they relocate to Mississippi to start a new life. Mina falls for Demetrius (Denzel Washington), a young carpet cleaner, despite the protestations of their families over their racial difference. The families and their surrounding communities begin to feud, putting even more pressure on the couple’s romance. Having to choose between family and love, Mina and Demetrius run away together.
Borderline (Kenneth Macpherson, 1930)
Presented by Joshua Yumibe
Although the 1920s brought him acclaim as a stage actor and singer, Paul Robeson still had to prove himself as a viable screen performer. Mainstream avenues were limited, however, and his first films were made on the peripheries of the film business. Borderline, the sole feature of British film theorist Kenneth Macpherson, boldly blends Eisensteinian montage and domestic melodrama, and features Robeson and his wife, Eslanda, as lovers caught up in a tangled web of interracial affairs.
Bagdad Cafe (Percy Adlon, 1988)
Presented by Bill Vincent
German tourist Jasmin Munchgstettner (Marianne Sägebrecht) argues with her husband after car trouble strands them along a dusty highway in the American Southwest. Fuming, she storms off and travels by foot to the nearest outpost of civilization — the Bagdad Café. Upon arriving, she butts heads with the owner (CCH Pounder), but they soon forge an unlikely friendship. What begins as a few days’ respite becomes a prolonged stay as Jasmine finds her niche within this eccentric truck-stop community.
The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015)
Presented by Misha Mihaelova
In a dystopian society, single people must find a mate within 45 days or be transformed into an animal of their choice.
The Bellboy (Jerry Lewis, 1960)
Presented by Dan Smith
A bellboy (Jerry Lewis) working at the luxurious Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach constantly causes problems with his clumsy mistakes. In addition to writing, directing, producing, and starring in the film as Stanley, Lewis also appears as himself. The Bellboy reflects on the hotel as a site of luxury and labor, celebrity encounters, and theatre of the absurd.
Decalage Horaire/Jet Lag (Danièle Thompson, 2003)
Presented by Safoi Babana-Hampton
After being stranded at an airport, a beautician (Juliette Binoche) and a businessman (Jean Reno) share a hotel room in Paris.