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"Lasting" » (Poland, Spain) Jacek Borcuch wrote and directed this drama, in which a romance between two Polish students (Jakub Gierszal, Magdalena Berus) working summer jobs in Spain is interrupted by a nightmare that disrupts their carefree lives.

"Metro Manila" » (U.K., Philippines) Oscar (Jake Macapagal) moves his family from the rice fields to Manila, where they are preyed upon by people for whom manipulation is part of survival in the big city. Directed by Sean Ellis ("The Broken," Sundance ‘08), who co-wrote with Frank E. Flowers.

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"Shopping" » (New Zealand) Set in 1981, this drama centers on a teen (Kevin Paulo) who must choose between his own blood or a charismatic career criminal leading a family of shoplifters. Written and directed by Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland.

"Soldate Jeannette" » (Austria) Two women of different backgrounds, the monied Fanni and the pig-farming Anna, both get fed up with their lives — and when they meet in a car crash, their lives are changed. Directed by Daniel Hoesl.

"There Will Come a Day" » (Italy, France) Young Augusta (Jasmine Trinca), leaving behind painful family issues, goes to the Amazon rainforest in a small boat to search for herself. Giorgio Diritti directed this drama, co-writing with Tania Pedroni and Fredo Valla.

"Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)" » (Afghanistan) Barmak Akram wrote and directed this drama set in Kabul, where a young man seduces a girl but then questions her virginity when she reports that she’s pregnant — and then her father arrives, leading to violence.

"What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love" » (Indonesia) Director-writer Mouly Surya explores the chances for love among the students at a high school for the visually impaired.

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"Fallen City" » (China) Director Qi Zhao follows three families who survived the 2008 Sichuan earthquake over four years, as they try to rebuild their lives in a China split between tradition and progress.

"Fire in the Blood" » (India) Director Dylan Mohan Gray introduces audiences to an unlikely group of people fighting back against Western governments and pharmaceutical companies who blocked low-cost anti-HIV drugs from reaching Africa in the late ‘90s and early 2000s.


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"Google and the World Brain" » (Spain, U.K.) Ben Lewis directs this look at Google’s 10-year effort to scan the world’s books and create a giant digital library — and how that effort ran up authors and publishers seeking to protect the copyrights of millions of works.

"The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear" » (Georgia, Germany) A film director visits villages and cities looking to cast a protagonist between 15 and 23 years old, running the prospective candidates through various dramatic and funny situations. Directed by Tinatin Gurchiani.

"The Moo Man" » (U.K.) Directors Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier trace a year in the life of Steve, a heroic dairy farmer whose livelihood and his 55 cows are imperiled when Ida, the queen of his herd, gets sick.

"Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer" » (Russian Federation, U.K.) The courtroom ordeal of three young women, members of the activist punk band Pussy Riot, for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral puts Russian society in the dock, in this documentary directed by Mike Lerner and Maxim Poxdorovkin.

"A River Changes Course" » (Cambodia, U.S.) As Cambodia struggles to overcome the aftermath of war, three young people fight the effects of deforestation, overfishing and debt on the Tonle Sap River. Directed by Kalyanee Mam.

"Salma" » (U.K., India) Salma was locked away by her parents at puberty — the same as millions of girls around the world. Director Kim Longinotto ("Rough Aunties," Sundance ‘09) finds Salma 25 years later, as she fights the outside world.

"The Square (El Midan)" » (Egypt, U.S.) Five revolutionaries in Egypt, fighting to protect the freedoms they won with the fall of Hosni Mubarak, are profiled by director Jehane Noujaim ("Startup.Com," Sundance ‘01, "Control Room," Sundance ‘04).

"The Summit" » (Ireland, U.K.) In 2008, 24 climbers met at the last stop before summitting K2, the world’s most dangerous mountain, and 11 of them were dead within 48 hours. Director Nick Ryan profiles one of them, Ger McDonnell, and details "the climbers’ code" that he violated.

"Who Is Dayani Cristal?" » (U.K.) Marc Silver directs this documentary of a real-life mystery, which begins with an anonymous body found in the Arizona desert bearing a tattoo that reads "Dayani Cristal." Actor Gael Garcia Bernal appears in the film. Day One Film.

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"Blue Caprice" » The 2002 "Beltway Sniper" case inspires this drama, of an abandoned boy (Tequan Richmond) drawn to a dangerous father figure (Isaiah Washington). Alexandre Moors directed, and co-wrote with R.F.I. Porto. The cast includes Joey Lauren Adams, Tim Blake Nelson, Cassandra Freeman and Leo Fitzpatrick.

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