MoMI is partnering with independent distributors to bring Virtual Cinema offerings directly to Museum members and patrons for home viewing. Each ticket directly supports the Museum.
Click on the titles below to watch each film.
Tickets prices vary by film, ranging from $3.99 to $12, some with discounts for MoMI members (please check your member email for codes or instructions)
A Thousand Cuts
Dir. Ramona S. Diaz. 2020, 110 mins. Perhaps nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines. Journalist Maria Ressa places the tools of the free press—and her own freedom—on the line in defense of truth and democracy. Tickets: $12. More info.
“[An] engrossing, galvanising film. Ressa’s seemingly boundless energy, good humor and intelligence make her basically a power plant for the manufacture of inspiration in embattled times.” —Jessica Kiang, Variety.
Dir. Mehrdad Oskouei. 2019, 74 mins. In Persian with English subtitles. Oskouei’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed Starless Dreams, Sunless Shadows takes another look at the lives of teenage girls in an Iranian juvenile detention center. Tickets: $12/ $10 Museum members. More info.
“Humanist and sobering and enraging, Sunless Shadows is a vital portrait of young women in a society that has no room for them as people.” —Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
Dirs. Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres. 2020, 96 mins. This documentary captures the rollercoaster battles of an organization that protects the rights of a mother separated from her child, a soldier whose career is threatened, or a young woman whose right to choose is imperiled at the pleasure of a government official. Tickets: $12/ $10 Museum members. More info.
“A gorgeous, enraging, and uplifting film.” – Chris Hayes, MSNBC
Dir. Romola Garai. 2020, 99 mins. With Carla Juri, Alec Secareanu, Imelda Staunton, Angeliki Papoulia. In her feature directorial debut, actor Romola Garai fashions an original ghost story of claustrophobic horror. Tickets: $12 / $10 Museum members. More info.
“Powerful, attaining the strength of ancient folklore about vengeance and justice, but doing so in a way that feels cinematically modern.” —Brian Tallerico, Rogerebert.com
Dirs. Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross. 2020, 98 mins. It’s last call for The Roaring ’20s, a dive bar on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Over the course of one long, raucous, sleepless night, an ad hoc family of drinkers and dreamers give the bar a proper send-off. Tickets: $10. More info.
“A beautifully empathetic work of art.”—Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
Dir. Grace Glowicki. 2019, 70 mins. With Grace Glowicki, Ben Petrie. “Teeters on the edge between buddy movie and experimental, post-apocalyptic nightmare.”—Eric Kohn, Indiewire
Dir. Ulrich Köhler. 2002, 85 mins. In German with English subtitles. With Lennie Burmeister, Devid Striesow, Trine Dyrholm. “[Critic’s Pick], a secretive and beautifully observant study of teenage disaffection.”—The New York Times
John Lewis: Good Trouble
Dir. Dawn Porter. 2020, 96 mins. With John Lewis. Award-winning filmmaker Dawn Porter’s John Lewis: Good Trouble is a rousing and definitive chronicle of John Lewis’s 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform, and immigration. Tickets: $12. More info.
“Dawn Porter’s absorbing documentary…emphasizes the consistency with which Lewis has fought the establishment and combated racism through some of the tumultuous moments in American history.”—Eric Kohn, Indiewire
Dir. Abel Ferrara. 2019, 115 mins. With Willem Dafoe, Cristina Chiriac, Anna Ferrara. Renegade auteur Abel Ferrara’s latest film is a typically daring and raw work of autofiction, starring four-time Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe, Ferrara’s frequent muse. A Kino Lorber release. Tickets: $12. More info.
Dirs. Theodore Collatos, Carolina Monnerat. 2019, 73 mins. A transgender sex worker since the age of eleven, Luana Muniz, now 59, houses a new generation of transgender sex workers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, helping to create a safer, more compassionate world for them. Tickets: $10 / $8 Museum members. More info.
Dir. Anca Damian. 2020, 92 mins. In French with English subtitles. The poetic and touching film from director Anca Damian follows an optimistic stray dog named Marona (inspired by a real dog Damian rescued from the streets of Bucharest, Romania) as she looks back on the human companions she has loved throughout her life. A GKids release. Recommended for ages 8+. Tickets: $10 / $8 Museum members (limited passes). More info.
Dir. Jeremy Hersh. 2020, 93 mins. With Jasmine Batchelor, Chris Perfetti, Sullivan Jones, Brooke Bloom. Twenty-nine-year-old web designer Jess Harris (Batchelor) is ecstatic to be the surrogate and egg-donor for her best friend, Josh (Perfetti), and his husband Aaron (Jones). However, twelve weeks into the pregnancy, a prenatal test comes back with unexpected results that pose a moral dilemma. A Monument Releasing release. Tickets: $12 (use code momi). More info.
“One of the most thought-provoking movies centered about parenting released in recent memory.” — Jonathan Christian,The Playlist
Dir. Dan Sallitt. 2019, 94 mins. With Tallie Medel, Norma Kuhling. The latest from truly independent New York filmmaker Dan Sallitt—his first feature in eight years—centers on Mara and Jo, twentysomethings who have been close friends since middle school. A Grasshopper Film release. Tickets: $12. More info.
“Sallitt’s thoughtful, incisive film articulates the feeling of an intense companionship fading imperceptibly over time, and shows such relationships to be just as complex, tempestuous and painful as those of the romantic variety.”—Jamie Dunn, Sight & Sound
Feast of the Epiphany
Dirs. Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman. 2018, 80 mins. With Meng Ai, Nikki Calonge, Sean Donovan, Jill Frutkin, Jessie Shelton. In this formally ingenious docu-fictional diptych, a young woman lovingly prepares a meal for friends, and the simple gesture takes on unexpected significance. Tickets: $12 ($10 for Museum members). More info.
“A tantalizing portrait of both the fascinating realities behind people’s day-to-day existences and of the role food plays in fostering communion with friends, colleagues and the larger natural world.” ― Variety
Dirs. Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan. 2019, 112 mins. This powerful documentary follows four teens from the isolated rural town of Pahokee, Florida, as they experience the joys and heartbreaks of their last year in high school. A Monument Releasing release. Tickets: $12 ($10 for Museum members). More info.
“An intimate portrait of black and Latino high schoolers reaching for greatness. Full of hope, life, and beauty in a place mostly known for its struggles.” – Monica Castillo, Remezcla
Dirs. Alex Rivera, Cristina Ibarra. 2019, 95 mins. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. Innovative, timely, and urgent, The Infiltrators is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of young immigrants detained by the U.S. Border Patrol and then thrown into a shadowy for-profit detention center. An Oscilloscope Labs release. Tickets: $12 ($10 for Museum members). More info.
“Equal parts journalistic exposé and taut drama, and one hundred percent cinema.”—Christopher Reed, Hammer to Nail
Dir. Patricio Guzmán. 2019, 85 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Cannes Film Festival, filmmaker Patricio Guzmán’s The Cordillera of Dreams completes his trilogy (following the masterful and beloved Nostalgia for the Light and The Pearl Button) investigating the relationship between historical memory, political trauma, and geography in his native country of Chile. Tickets: $12. More info.
“Extraordinary. A quiet coup de cinema that completes one of modern documentary’s most eloquent acts of testimony.” —Jonathan Romney, Film Comment
Dir. Brett Story. 2019, 94 mins. Digital projection. A complex portrait of a city and its inhabitants, The Hottest August
offers a window into the collective consciousness of the present. A Grasshopper Film release. Tickets: $12. More info.
“This collection of interactions with ordinary people is a cinematic gift both simple and multilayered, an intellectual challenge and an emotional adventure.”—Glenn Kenny, The New York Times, Critic’s Pick
Dir. Pedro Costa. 2019, 124 mins. In Portuguese with English subtitles. With Vitalina Varela, Ventura. A film of deeply concentrated beauty, acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Costa’s Vitalina Varela
stars nonprofessional actor Vitalina Varela in an extraordinary performance based on her own life. A Grasshopper Film release. Tickets: $12. More info.
“Breathtaking. Vitalina Varela is essential filmmaking from an essential filmmaker.” –– Andy Crump, Paste Magazine