By The Category: 21 Films To Watch At The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

The 15th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival is well underway and will run April 13-24, at Spring Studios for the second year in a row. Where tons will gather for special events, innovative panels, awards night and parties, others will flock to discover what new features the on-going film series will present this year.

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Among feature documentaries like Strike a Pose, a film about the men that helped shape Madonna’s career and feature debuts like Kicks, a pic exploring inner-city life and the fetishization of sneaker culture, are expertly directed pieces of cinematography that chronicle the riveting stories of the San Antonio Four and Brazilian legend Pelé – for example.

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Here are 21 films we’re excited to watch.

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Latino:

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
“In 1994, four Texas women were accused, tried, and convicted of the heinous sexual assault of two young girls…”

Free Like the Birds
“The world premiere of Free Like the Birds will be the inspiration for a powerful, arousing and intimate discussion about immigration in the United States…”

The Charro of Toluquilla
“Beneath the persuasive, magnetic confidence lies a man who struggles to maintain a relationship with his frequently estranged young daughter and her stringent, religious mother and most imperatively, to live a healthy life as an HIV-positive man…”

Icaros: A Vision
“In search of a miracle, an American woman embarks on a journey to the Peruvian Amazon and finds hope in a community, through rituals involving an ancient psychedelic plant known as ayahuasca…”

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LGBTQ:

Madly
Madly explores love in all its permutations in six short films from a vibrant group of filmmakers representing Japan, Argentina, the UK, the US, India, and Australia…”

Strike a Pose
“They were the unforgettably sleek, talented, and beautiful men that helped support the career of one of the world’s most beloved and controversial music artists, Madonna…”

Check It
“They call their gang ‘Check it’ and this group of one-time victims of bullying, rape and abuse have turned the tables on anyone trying to hurt them…”

Memories of a Penitent Heart
“Twenty five years after Miguel died from AIDS, his niece, filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo, embarks on an excavation into a quagmire of unresolved family drama…”

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Sports:

Pelé: Birth of a Legend
“From the slums of Brazil to center stage at the world’s biggest sporting event, Pelé’s rise to become the youngest-ever World Cup winner, at the age of 17, was nothing short of a miracle…”

Keepers of the Game
“An all-Native girls lacrosse team comes together, seeking to be the first Native women’s team to bring home a Section Championship…”

The Boxer
“The Boxer narrates the rags to riches story of the super feather underdog Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta, ‘El Púgil,’ a young Puerto Rican boxer from the slums of Barrio Obrero…”

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Drama:

El Clásico
“When he finally works up the courage to ask Gona’s father for her hand in marriage, his proposal is denied because of his small stature…”

Midsummer in Newton
“The project is aimed at healing the hearts and minds of a community devastated by the school shooting that occurred just over one year prior to production…”

Shooting an Elephant
“Adapted from George Orwell’s autobiography—a young British imperial policeman in Burma is given the no-win mission of handling a rogue work elephant…”

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Controversial:

Do Not Resist
Do Not Resist is an urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States…”

National Bird
“The common cause of their suffering: the U.S. Air Force’s predator drone program, though none of them were victims of an attack…”

The Banksy Job
“Declaring himself the villain to Banksy’s hero, AK47 sets out to swipe a well known piece of Banksy’s public art, in broad daylight, in Central London, no less…”

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Comedy:

Little Boxes
“It’s the summer before 6th grade, and Clark is the new-in-town biracial kid in a sea of white…”

Between Us
“Stalled in a long-term committed relationship that seems to be going nowhere, Dianne and Henry feel pressure to marry…”

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Hip-hop Culture:

Kicks
“… an entertaining and sobering look at the realities of inner-city life, the concept of manhood, and the fetishization of sneaker culture.”

Junction 48
“But as his hip-hop ensemble begins to rise in the ranks of acclaim, we begin to question whether his lyrics can really be divorced from his politics…”

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