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2000-2009

Divided We Fall (Musime si pomahat) (Czech Republic, 2000)

Director, Jan Hrebejk. Cast: Boleslav Polivka, Csongor Kassai, Jaroslav Dusek, Anna Siskova, Jiri Pecha, Martin Huba, Simona Stasova, Vladimir Marek, Jiri Kodet. During World War II and the Nazi occupation of Czechoslavakia, a couple, Josef and Marie, decide to hide a young Jewish neighbor in their small apartment. They keep getting a visit from their neighbor, Horst, who is a German sympathizer who has his eye on Marie. When she rejects his advances he seeks revenge by trying to move a Nazi clerk into their home, forcing the couple to tell a lie that will change their lives forever.

DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation (2007)

First released in 1915, D.W. Griffith's Birth of a nationignited worldwide controversy with its graphic depictions of racismand white supremacy in the post-Civil War South. Nearly 100 yearslater, Paul D. Miller also known as conceptualartist/musician/writer DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, creates adaring 'remix' of Griffith's epic to expose the film's true meaningand relate it to the socio-political conflicts of America today.100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

Dogville (2003)

Directed by Lars von Trier, 170 min. Cast: Nicole Kidman, Harriet Andersson, Lauren Bacall, Jean-Marc Barr, Paul Bettany, Blair Brown, James Caan, Patricia Clarkson, Jeremy Davies, Ben Gazzara, Philip Baker Hall, et al. Grace arrives in the isolated Rocky Mountain town of Dogville, on the run from gangsters. Initially the townspeople agree to hide her, but when outsiders start looking for the fugitive, the locals make demands of Grace in exchange for the risk of harboring her. But Grace has a secret and it's a dangerous one. Dogville may regret it ever decided to bare its teeth.

Downfall (Untergang) (Germany / Italy / Austria, 2004)

Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. Cast: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes. Set in Hitler's bunker in 1945, during the brutal and harrowing last days of the Third Reich as seen through the eyes of Hitler's infamous secretary Traudl Junge. Optimism crumbles into grim realization and terror as it becomes clear that Germany's defeat is inevitable. As the Russian army circles the city, the dimly lit halls of the underground refuge become an execution chamber for the Fuhrer and his closest advisors. 155 min.

Dreamgirls (2006)

Directed by Bill Condon. Cast: Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles,Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose, Keith Robinson, SharonLeal, Hinton Battle, Jennifer Hudson. Deena Jones, Effie White, andLorrell Robinson, three young African-American women in 1960sDetroit, dream of becoming pop stars. They get their wish after alocal talent show when they are picked to be backup singers for thelegendary James "Thunder" Early. As they become more successfulover time, each of the girls discovers the costs and compromisesexacted by their desire to be in the music business.

Drumline (2002)

Directed by Charles Stone III. Cast: Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana,J. Anthony Brown, GQ, Leonard Roberts, Orlando Jones. Halftimeis party time for the gifted street drummer who snares the topspot in his university's marching band. However, he initiallyflounders in his new world, before realizing that it takes morethan talent to reach the top. 118 min.
Credits andother information from the Internet Movie Database

Easy Virtue (UK | Canada, 2008)

Directed by Stephan Elliott. Cast: Jessica Biel, Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Barnes, Kris Marshall, Katherine Parkinson, Christian Brassington, Charlotte Riley, Jim McManus, Pip Torrens. John Whittaker is a young Englishman who falls madly in love with Larita, a sexy, glamorous American woman. The two impulsively decide to get married. He takes her home to meet his family, she arrives like a blast from the future. John's mother takes an instant disliking to Lairta and undermines her every move. But Larita will blow their entrenched British stuffiness right out the window.

El Matador (2003)

Directed by Joey Medina. Cast: Andrew Aybar, Ismael "East" Carlo, Robert Wolfskill, Ada Luz Pla, Sheila Korsi, Corey Miguel Corties, Gabriel Iglesias, Alex Reymundo, Joey Medina, Marty Klebba; special appearance by Paul Rodriguez. Tells the story of a Mexican-American pizza delivery boy who decides to pursue his family's centuries-old tradition of becoming a matador. But first he must defeat a local, flamboyant loan shark, El Joto, who for payment from his father's past debt has taken the family heirloom -- a pair of bronzed bull balls. 74 min.

El percance perfecto (2007)

Director: Stan Harrington. Cast: David Carreno, Matt Marquez, Sebastian Eslava, Monique Barajas, Maria Forero. Ernesto Palacio, the foremost Latino writer, decides after 2 recent flops to open his latest play in a small theater in Hollywood rather than Broadway or the West End. With a desire to cross language and cultural boundaries with his Spanish language play, and in an attempt to reach the masses, he pushes the envelope even further by casting two non-actors in lead roles...one, a hugely popular, female pop singer and the other a world renowned, Colombian, bullfighter.

El primo

Directed by Nick Oceano. Cast: Daniel Martin, Manny Montana. Mark, a sheltered teenager, reunites with his tough older cousin Luis, who lives on the rough side of Laredo. Luis decides to break Mark out of his shell by taking him for a night out. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 16 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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