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17 BLOCKS

Watch Trailer Director: Davy Rothbart

This film is part of our Virtual Cinema Screening Initiative. When you rent 17 BLOCKS you are not only supporting independent film, but also supporting the Athena Cinema and our mission.

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About the film

In 1999, nine-year-old EMMANUEL SANFORD-DURANT and his Washington, D.C. family began to film their daily lives in America’s most dangerous neighborhood — just 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol building. They’ve been filming ever since.

Made in a unique collaboration with filmmaker and journalist DAVY ROTHBART, the film focuses on four generations of the Sanford Family, including EMMANUEL, a promising student, his brother SMURF, a local drug dealer, his sister DENICE, an aspiring cop, and his mother CHERYL, who must conquer her own demons for her family to prosper.

Spanning two decades, 17 BLOCKS illuminates a nation’s ongoing crisis through one family’s raw, stirring, and deeply personal saga.

 

How to stream

For $12, you will get access to watch on your computer, phone, or tablet, or cast to your Google Chromecast or Smart TV.

You will have to register for a free Eventive account if you don’t already have one.

After you’ve entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for 72 hours.

 


If you are experiencing any technical difficulties with your rental, help is available to you directly from the distributor hosting your film:

While we encourage anyone having trouble to utilize these resources for quick, detailed resolutions for common issues, the Athena team is interested in hearing about your experience and will do our best to provide assistance.

Thank you for your support.

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Running Time: 96 min96 MIN
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More than just a singular achievement in documentary filmmaking, "17 Blocks" is the result of the Sanford family's profound act of bravery.

Mark Keizer
Variety
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A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX

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This film is part of our Virtual Cinema Screening Initiative. When you rent A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX you are not only supporting independent film, but also supporting the Athena Cinema and our mission.

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About the film

What if we are living in a simulation, and the world as we know it is not real? To tackle this mind-bending idea, acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237, THE NIGHTMARE) uses a noted speech from Philip K. Dick to dive down the rabbit hole of science, philosophy, and conspiracy theory. Leaving no stone unturned in exploring the unprovable, the film uses contemporary cultural touchstones like THE MATRIX, interviews with real people shrouded in digital avatars, and a wide array of voices, expert and amateur alike. If simulation theory is not science fiction but fact, and life is a video game being played by some unknowable entity, then who are we, really? A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX attempts to find out.

 

How to stream

For $12, you will get access to watch on your computer, phone, or tablet, or cast to your Google Chromecast or Smart TV.

You will have to register for a free Eventive account if you don’t already have one.

After you’ve entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for 72 hours.

 


If you are experiencing any technical difficulties with your rental, help is available to you directly from the distributor hosting your film:

While we encourage anyone having trouble to utilize these resources for quick, detailed resolutions for common issues, the Athena team is interested in hearing about your experience and will do our best to provide assistance.

Thank you for your support.

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Running Time: 108 min108 MIN
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The result is lively, playful, and busy - in a very good way.

Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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M.C. ESCHER: JOURNEY TO INFINITY

Watch Trailer Director: Robin Lutz

This film is part of our Virtual Cinema Screening Initiative. When you rent M.C. ESCHER: JOURNEY TO INFINITY you are not only supporting independent film, but also supporting the Athena Cinema and our mission.

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About the film

M.C. Escher: Journey To Infinity is the story of world famous Dutch graphic artist M.C Escher (1898-1972). Equal parts history, psychology, and psychedelia, Robin Lutz’s entertaining, eye-opening portrait gives us the man through his own words and images: diary musings, excerpts from lectures, correspondence and more are voiced by British actor Stephen Fry, while Escher’s woodcuts, lithographs, and other print works appear in both original and playfully altered form. Two of his sons, George (92) and Jan (80), reminisce about their parents while musician Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills & Nash) talks about Escher’s rediscovery in the 1970s. The film looks at Escher’s legacy: one can see tributes to his work in movies, in fiction, on posters, on tattoos, and elsewhere throughout our culture; indeed, few fine artists of the 20th century can lay claim to such popular appeal.

 

How to stream

For $12, you will get access to watch on your computer, phone, or tablet, or cast to your Google Chromecast or Smart TV. You can also download the Kino Now app for Roku or Apple TV (requires tvOS 9.0 or later) and watch the film there.

You will have to register for a free KinoNow account if you don’t already have one.

After you’ve entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for ten days.

 


 

If you are experiencing any technical difficulties with your rental, help is available to you directly from the distributor hosting your film:

While we encourage anyone having trouble to utilize these resources for quick, detailed resolutions for common issues, the Athena team is interested in hearing about your experience and will do our best to provide assistance.

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Running Time: 81 min81 MIN
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It's a welcome trip for those fascinated by his iconic, mind-bending depictions of illusions, evolutions and eternal cycles.

Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times
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TWO OF US

Watch Trailer Director: Filippo Meneghetti
Language: French

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About the film

Two retired women, Nina and Madeleine, have been secretly in love for decades. Everybody, including Madeleine’s family, thinks they are simply neighbors, sharing the top floor of their building. They come and go between their two apartments, enjoying the affection and pleasures of daily life together, until an unforeseen event turns their relationship upside down and leads Madeleine’s daughter to gradually unravel the truth about them.

 

How to stream

For $12, you will get access to watch on your computer, phone, or tablet, or cast to your Google Chromecast or Smart TV.

You will have to register for a free Eventive account if you don’t already have one.

After you’ve entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for 72 hours.

 


If you are experiencing any technical difficulties with your rental, help is available to you directly from the distributor hosting your film:

While we encourage anyone having trouble to utilize these resources for quick, detailed resolutions for common issues, the Athena team is interested in hearing about your experience and will do our best to provide assistance.

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Running Time: 95 min95 MIN
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An entirely unique and uniquely vital lesbian love story.

Mark Keizer
Variety
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TRUE MOTHERS

Watch Trailer Director: Naomi Kawase
Cast: Hiromi Nagasaku, Arata Iura, Aju Makita
Language: Japanese

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Film Movement is proud to present four Official Best International Feature Oscar submissions, including TRUE MOTHERS, YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY, BLIZZARD OF SOULS, and MY LITTLE SISTER, available as a package for the discounted price of $30. Your purchase provides invaluable support for independent film organizations who tirelessly champion these global cinematic voices.

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About the film

After a long and unsuccessful struggle to get pregnant, Satoko and her husband decide to adopt a child. Over the next six years, the middle-class couple and their young son Asato settle into a comfortable, albeit routine, life. The family’s orderly existence is shattered by the arrival of Hikari, a young woman claiming to be Asato’s biological mother, demanding his return. As tensions mount, Satoko grows more and more emboldened to defend her family.

Weaving together multiple timelines and genres with a contemplative pacing and keen sense of place, hallmarks of Kawase’s work, TRUE MOTHERS is “is a deeply touching celebration of women who assume duties of love, support and compassion” (Awards Watch).

 

How to stream

For $10, you will get access to watch on your computer, phone, or tablet, or cast to your Google Chromecast or Smart TV.

You will have to register for a free Eventive account if you don’t already have one.

After you’ve entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for 72 hours.

 


If you are experiencing any technical difficulties with your rental, help is available to you directly from the distributor hosting your film:

While we encourage anyone having trouble to utilize these resources for quick, detailed resolutions for common issues, the Athena team is interested in hearing about your experience and will do our best to provide assistance.

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Running Time: 140 min140 MIN
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The film shimmers with beauty and sadness... 'True Mothers' wows in the end with an emotional banger of an ending that’s a truly devastating convergence of all the film’s threads.

Ryan Lattanzio
indieWire
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YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY

Watch Trailer Director: Amjad Abu Alala
Cast: Mustafa Shehata, Moatasem Rashed, Islam Mubarak
Language: Arabic

This film is part of our Virtual Cinema Screening Initiative. When you rent YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY you are not only supporting independent film, but also supporting the Athena Cinema and our mission.

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Film Movement is proud to present four Official Best International Feature Oscar submissions, including TRUE MOTHERS, YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY, BLIZZARD OF SOULS, and MY LITTLE SISTER, available as a package for the discounted price of $30. Your purchase provides invaluable support for independent film organizations who tirelessly champion these global cinematic voices.

Click here to rent YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY as part of this discounted package.

 

About the film

Winner of the Lion of the Future Award for best Debut Feature at the Venice Film Festival, YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY is visually sumptuous “coming-of-death” fable. During her son’s naming ceremony, a Sheikh predicts that Sakina’s child will die at the age of 20. Haunted by this prophecy, Sakina becomes overly protective of her son Muzamil, who grows up knowing about his fate. As Muzamil escapes Sakina’s ever-watchful eye, he encounters friends, ideas and challenges that make him question his destiny. Sudan’s first Oscar submission, YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY is an auspicious debut and a moving meditation on what it means to live in the present.

 

How to stream

For $10, you will get access to watch on your computer, phone, or tablet, or cast to your Google Chromecast or Smart TV.

You will have to register for a free Eventive account if you don’t already have one.

After you’ve entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for 72 hours.

 


If you are experiencing any technical difficulties with your rental, help is available to you directly from the distributor hosting your film:

While we encourage anyone having trouble to utilize these resources for quick, detailed resolutions for common issues, the Athena team is interested in hearing about your experience and will do our best to provide assistance.

Thank you for your support.

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Running Time: 102 min102 MIN
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Beautifully composed and boasting the kind of sensitivity to light sources and color tonalities usually ascribed to top photographers, the film lovingly depicts the remote east-central region of Sudan as a quasi-magical place of sand, sky and the colors of the Nile.

Jay Weissberg
Variety
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BLIZZARD OF SOULS

Watch Trailer Director: Dzintars Dreibergs
Cast: Oto Brantevics, Ieva Florence, Raimonds Celms
Language: Latvian

This film is part of our Virtual Cinema Screening Initiative. When you rent BLIZZARD OF SOULS you are not only supporting independent film, but also supporting the Athena Cinema and our mission.

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Film Movement is proud to present four Official Best International Feature Oscar submissions, including TRUE MOTHERS, YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY, BLIZZARD OF SOULS, and MY LITTLE SISTER, available as a package for the discounted price of $30. Your purchase provides invaluable support for independent film organizations who tirelessly champion these global cinematic voices.

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About the film

Blizzard of Souls pays stark witness to the horrors and brutality of the First World War, as seen through the eyes of an innocent 17-year-old farm-boy turned soldier. Though he is underage, and his dad, a former marksman, is overage for the army, they are both conscripted into one of Latvia’s first national battalions. The thrill of training is soon followed by reality, as shells burst around them in the endless mud. He grows up on the battlefield, fighting at the side of his father and brother, their lives are constantly in jeopardy.

Adapted from the book by Aleksandrs Grins, which was banned in the U.S.S.R., the story was based on Grins’ own war experiences in a Latvian battalion, and the film is the biggest box office success in Latvia in the past 30 years.

 

How to stream

For $10, you will get access to watch on your computer, phone, or tablet, or cast to your Google Chromecast or Smart TV.

You will have to register for a free Eventive account if you don’t already have one.

After you’ve entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for 72 hours.

 


If you are experiencing any technical difficulties with your rental, help is available to you directly from the distributor hosting your film:

While we encourage anyone having trouble to utilize these resources for quick, detailed resolutions for common issues, the Athena team is interested in hearing about your experience and will do our best to provide assistance.

Thank you for your support.

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Running Time: 123 min123 MIN
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A lavishly mounted, lion-hearted first world war epic based on a book banned by the Soviets for 60 years.

Ellen Jones
The Guardian
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