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Documentaries of Distinction

A special series of new, highly acclaimed documentaries worthy of attention.

Smoke Sauna Sisterhood

Anna Hints · 2023
89min · DCP
  • Friday, Jan 12, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, Jan 14, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Monday, Jan 15, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, Jan 17, 2024, 7:30pm

Women share their innermost secrets and intimate experiences inside an Estonian smoke sauna. Cleansing their bodies and baring their souls, they embrace the healing power of sisterhood, regaining their strength through a sense of communion.

Named as one of the top seven documentaries of 2023 by the Producers Guild of America; winner of the Directing Award for World Cinema: Documentary at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

Part of our Documentaries of Distinction film series.

In Estonian with English subtitles.

“One of the ten best movies of 2023. Visually striking and uncommonly frank, it gets at an authenticity that few fiction films can fully capture.” Alissa Wilkinson, New York Times

“This is a film that weaves a spell, the camera resting often not on the woman talking but on the person listening to her, thereby creating the impression of a universal experience of women.” Cath Clarke, The Guardian

Occupied City

Steve McQueen · 2023
262min · DCP
  • Saturday, Jan 13, 2024, 6:00pm
  • Sunday, Jan 14, 2024, 2:00pm
  • Sunday, Jan 21, 2024, 5:30pm
  • Sunday, Jan 28, 2024, 3:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 3, 2024, 6:00pm
  • Sunday, Feb 4, 2024, 2:00pm
  • Monday, Feb 19, 2024, 12:30pm

The past collides with our precarious present in Steve McQueen’s bravura documentary OCCUPIED CITY, informed by the book Atlas of an Occupied City (Amsterdam 1940-1945) written by Bianca Stigter. McQueen (12 YEARS A SLAVE, SMALL AXE) creates two interlocking portraits: a door-to-door excavation of the Nazi occupation that still haunts his adopted city, and a vivid journey through the last years of pandemic and protest. What emerges is both devastating and life-affirming, an expansive meditation on memory, time, and where we’re headed.

Final showing Monday Feb. 19th!

In English and Dutch with English subtitles. Runtime includes a 15-minute intermission.

Named one of the ten best movies of 2023 by Manohla Dargis of The New York Times; Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards nominee for Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Historical Documentary.

Part of our Documentaries of Distinction film series.

“Every film is a collection of moving images, but few are as moving as the sights that compose Occupied City.” Robert Daniels, RogerEbert.com

“In the hours and days following its conclusion, you might just find your heart and soul demolished, and somehow made whole again.” Tomris Laffly, The Wrap

CRITIC’S PICK! [An] intense, absorbing and epically scaled chronicle… For McQueen, history isn’t a neat little package that can be experienced at a safe remove and then forgotten. Here, history is in every wintry park and sunlit room because it is insistently present and very much alive.” Manohla Dargis

A Still Small Voice

Luke Lorentzen · 2023
93min · DCP
  • Friday, Jan 19, 2024, 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Jan 20, 2024, 4:30pm
  • Sunday, Jan 21, 2024, 3:00pm
  • Tuesday, Jan 23, 2024, 7:30pm

Director Luke Lorentzen’s A STILL SMALL VOICE follows Mati, a chaplain completing a year-long hospital residency, as she learns to provide spiritual care to people confronting profound life changes. Through Mati’s experiences with her patients, her struggle with professional burnout, and her own spiritual questioning, we gain new perspectives on how meaningful connection can be and how painful its absence is.

Shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature Film for the 96th Academy Awards; Winner of the Directing Award: U.S. Documentary at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival; named one of the top five documentaries of 2023 by the National Board of Review.

Part of our Documentaries of Distinction film series.

CRITIC’S PICK! One of the ten best movies of 2023. The nature of mercy, mortality and belief in the face of unimaginable pain makes this, somehow, a hopeful film, though it’s a hard-won hope.” Alissa Wilkinson, New York Times

“The kind nature of A Still Small Voice comes through in its matter-of-fact landscape of alien and uncaring observation rooms juxtaposed against the warm comforts the chaplains of Mount Sinai provide.” Andre Couture, Geek Vibes Nation

“Tough, penetrating and deeply moving.” Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

The Disappearance of Shere Hite

Nicole Newnham · 2023
118min · DCP
  • Friday, Jan 26, 2024, 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Jan 27, 2024, 4:15pm
  • Sunday, Jan 28, 2024, 8:00pm
  • Monday, Jan 29, 2024, 7:15pm
  • Wednesday, Jan 31, 2024, 7:15pm

Shere Hite’s 1976 bestselling book, The Hite Report, liberated the female orgasm by revealing the most private experiences of thousands of anonymous survey respondents. Her findings rocked the American establishment and presaged current conversations about gender, sexuality, and bodily autonomy. So how did Shere Hite disappear?

Named as one of the top seven best documentaries of 2023 by the Producers Guild of America; Grand Jury Prize nominee at Sundance 2023. Executive produced and narrated by Dakota Johnson.

Part of our Documentaries of Distinction film series.

“[An] ultimately absorbing portrait of a complex, at times contradictory woman – shy and flamboyant, unyielding and wounded, a truth-seeker who deserves resurged acknowledgement.” Adrian Horton, The Guardian

The Disappearance of Shere Hite is an illuminating, haunting, and ruminative documentary worth watching, if not for crystalizing the history of Hite’s work on film then for a look at how much and how little things have changed for women.” Alejandra Martinez, Austin Chronicle