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New Titles – July 20th

Feature Films



A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.

TV Series

Masters of Sex – Seasons 1 and 2

masters of sex

Drama about the pioneers of the science of human sexuality whose research touched off the sexual revolution.

Foreign Films



Provincial half-orphan Inna meets two newcomers to her small town: promiscuous classmate Masha and priest’s son Ilya. The town is infamous for a serial killer whose victims are indecent teenage girls. (photo from



A band of Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there.

Zhongguo Kaiping diaolou

Documentary television program on the Chinese city of Kaiping in Guangdong province and its culturally significant watchtowers (diaolou).

Foreign TV Series



Presents the tragic story of the Russian penal battalion during the World War II. (photo from

Zhou Enlai

zhou enlai

12-part television documentary on the life of Zhou Enlai, the first Premier of the People’s Republic of China. (photo from


1913: Seeds of Conflict


It examines a critical yet overlooked moment of transformation in Palestine, long before the Balfour Declaration and British Mandate period usually considered the matchstick for today’s ongoing struggles. It was a time when identities were fluid and few Arabs or Jews living there could imagine the conflict that would engulf their region for the next century. (photo from

Lords of the Garden

Anthropologist Paul Michael Taylor leads an expedition to the southern part of Irian-Jaya, Indonesia to study the Korowai people of New Guinea who refer to themselves as the “Lords of the garden.” He views the building of a traditional tree house using axes but no hammers or nails; the house will accommodate an extended family. He asks about the practice of cannibalism. Although the only two capital crimes are adultery and murder, all claim that cannibalism is no longer practiced — except by clans farther away.

**All photos from IMDB unless otherwise mentioned**