Projects

Louverture Films develops, produces and executive produces independently financed feature and documentary films. These include:

In Release

CONCERNING VIOLENCE
Nine Scenes from the Anti-Imperialistic Self-Defense

Directed by Göran Hugo Olsson
Official Selection, 2014 Sydney Film Festival
Official Selection, 2014 BAM CinemaFest
Official Selection, 2014 Sheffield Doc/Fest
Official Selection, 2014 Hot Docs Film Festival
Official Selection, 2014 Göteburg International Film Festival
Cinema Fairbindet Prize, 2014 Berlinale International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2014 Berlinale International Film Festival - Panorama
Official Selection, 2014 Sundance Film Festival - World Documentary Competition

Feature documentary based on newly discovered archival material connected with the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation in Africa. Framed by Frantz Fanon’s landmark book The Wretched of the Earth, the film offers a startlingly relevant and troubling perspective on colonization then and now.

THE WELCOME TABLE PROJECT

Directed by Nicole Mackinlay Hahn
Directed by Tala Hadid

Sharpening awareness of our interdependence, these short film portraits of workers involved in different areas of the food service industry ask us to imagine an alternative economy that values the natural world; that gives priority to the full development of the human person; that promotes a wide sense of human community; and that addresses the dynamics of what constitutes human happiness. With a focus on restaurant workers, many of whom are profiled in Saru Jayaraman's book "Behind the Kitchen Door" published by Cornell University Press (February 2013), these riveting stories of workers who live under the radar of mainstream American life can be viewed on www.thewelcometable.net.

Coming Soon

ITAR EL-LAYL
The Narrow Frame of Midnight

Directed by Tala Hadid
Official Selection, 2014 BFI London Film Festival
Official Selection, 2014 Rome Film Festival
Official Selection, 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

A young orphan, Aïcha, is found alone in the forests of central Morocco. She has a past that reveals a courageous attempt at self-determination. Taken and sold from her home in the Atlas Mountains, Aïcha finds herself at the mercy of Abbas, a petty criminal, and his girlfriend, Nadia. They cross paths with Zacaria, a Moroccan/Iraqi writer, who has left everything behind- including a troubled relationship with Judith, a teacher - to follow in the path of and search for his missing brother. The group embarks on a journey that will lead them from Morocco, to Istanbul, across the plains of Kurdistan, and beyond.

In Production

SHADOW WORLD

Directed by Johan Grimonprez
Written by Andrew Feinstein

Feature documentary that explores the international arms trade, the only business that counts its profits in billions and losses in human lives.

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

Directed by Avi Lewis
Written by Naomi Klein

Feature documentary challenging the dominant fear-based narrative that tells us that acting on climate change is a threat to all that we cherish. The film argues that making the changes we need to avert climate chaos is our best chance to build the more equitable, livable and healthier societies that we want and need.

STRONG ISLAND

Directed by Yance Ford

Feature documentary that examines the violent death of filmmaker Ford’s brother over 20 years ago, and the collision of silence, race, fear and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free. Artfully made, with extraordinary insight, this film calls us to bear witness to the reality rather than the abstraction of justice. It goes beyond interviews into the homes of those left behind, into profound crises of civic faith. It interrogates murderous fear, and re-imagines the wreckage in catastrophe’s wake, challenging us to change.

In Prep

WHITE SUN

Directed by Deepak Rauniyar
Sørfond Pitching Forum 2014
Cannes Cinéfondation Atelier Co-Production Showcase 2014
Boost! 2013 Cinemart/Rotterdam Lab
Hubert Bals Fund 2013 Development Grant

Pooja, a little girl, lives with her mother Durga and beloved paternal grandfather in a remote village in the eastern hills of Nepal. Her father Agni, whom she has never met, joined the Maoist guerrillas and left their village to fight against the regime years ago. The death of Pooja’s grandfather brings Agni back to the village for the burial rites. Thrilled at the prospect of her father’s reappearance, Pooja watches dismayed as he returns with a disabling war wound, struggles to cope with her mother's independence and self-assurance, and fights with the family’s closest friend through the hard years – the village doctor Suraj, who was on the government side during the war.

THE COSMIC FOREST

Directed by Meena Nanji

Feature narrative based on the true story of Indian adivasi artist Jangarh Singh Shyam, who rose to prominence as an internationally renowned painter.

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THE HOUSE I LIVE IN

Directed by Eugene Jarecki
Peabody Award Winner 2013
Best Cinema Documentary - Grierson 2013: The British Documentary Awards
Shortlisted, 2013 Academy Award® - Best Documentary Feature
2012 Best Documentary of the Year - African American Film Critics Association
Official Selection, 2012 IDFA
Official Selection, 2012 Mumbai International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2012 Abu Dhabi Film Festival
Official Selection, 2012 Sheffield Doc/Fest
Official Selection, 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival
Official Selection, Sundance London 2012 Film Festival
Official Selection, 2012 SilverDocs|AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival
Official Selection, 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize, 2012 Sundance Film Festival - Best Documentary
Official Selection, 2012 Sundance Film Festival - US Documentary Competition

For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet, drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever. Where did we go wrong and what is the path toward healing?

HIGHWAY

Directed by Deepak Rauniyar
Official Selection 2013 MoMA ContemporAsian Series
Official Selection 2013 Cleveland Film Festival
Official Selection 2013 DC Film Fest
Official Selection 2012 Montreal World Film Festival
Official Selection 2012 Mill Valley Film Festival
Official Selection 2012 Osian's Cinefan Festival of Indian, Asian & Arab Cinema
Official Selection 2012 Berlinale International Film Festival - Panorama
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Set against the backdrop of the new culture of bandhs (general strikes) that frequently immobilize post-conflict Nepal, HIGHWAY explores four different stories that become intertwined during an ill-fated bus journey from Eastern Nepal to the capital Kathmandu. While the passengers - each of whom urgently needs to be somewhere else - work out a resolution to the combustible strike that is blocking the only passable road, the film explores the emotional and spiritual bandhs that many Nepalis are contending with.

THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975

Directed by Göran Olsson
Winner, 2011 Guldbagge Awards (Swedish Film Awards) - Best Editing and Best Music
2011 Best Documentary of the Year - African American Film Critics Association
Nominated, 2012 Cinema Eye Honors - Audience Award & Outstanding Achievement in Editing
Shortlisted, Grierson 2011: The British Documentary Awards
Official Selection 2011 SilverDocs
Official Selection 2011 Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection 2011 Miami International Film Festival
Official Selection 2011 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection 2011 MoMA/Film Society of Lincoln Center New Directors/New Films
Official Selection 2011 True/False Fest
Official Selection 2011 Berlinale International Film Festival - Panorama
World Cinema Documentary Editing Award, 2011 Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection 2011 Sundance Film Festival - World Documentary Competition

Haymarket Books releases the much-anticipated “THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE” book that includes major contemporary interviews not in the film!

Modeled on the 1970s ‘mixtape’ format, this feature documentary examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement from 1967-76. Combining amazing 16mm footage that had been lying undiscovered in Swedish archives for the past 30 years, with music and contemporary commentary from artists, intellectuals, musicians and activists, Mixtape presents an insightful and startlingly fresh portrait of the people, society, culture and styles that fueled a change.

DUM MAARO DUM

Directed by Rohan Sippy

Bollywood thriller set in the drug underworld and rave scene of Goa, one of India's most popular tourist destinations.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF McKINLEY NOLAN

Directed by Henry Corra
Official Selection 2010 Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection 2010 DOC NYC Festival
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Private McKinley Nolan vanished forty years ago in Vietnam on the Cambodian frontier. Some say he was captured, some say he was a traitor, some even say he was an American operative. The US Army officially claims he was radicalized and “went native”, joining the Viet Cong and later encountering the Khmer Rouge. In 2006, retired US Army Lt. Dan Smith, revisiting the battlefields of his youth, may have encountered the elusive McKinley, alive. So began a journey into the heart of darkness.

THE TIME THAT REMAINS

Directed by Elia Suleiman
Official Selection 2009 Cannes Film Festival - in Competition
Official Selection 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
2009 MEIFF Black Pearl Award for Best Middle Eastern Narrative Film
Variety's Middle East Filmmaker of the Year Award 2009

A semi-autobiographical film, in four episodes, about the filmmaker's family, from 1948 until recent times. Inspired by the private diaries of his father and by his mother's letters to family members who were forced to leave Palestine, the filmmaker brilliantly combines intimate memories with a portrayal of daily life among those Palestinians who remained and were labelled Israeli-Arabs.


LOONG BOONMEE RALEUK CHAT
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Film Comment's Best Released Films of 2011 - #2
Best Film, 2011 Asian Film Awards
Palme d'Or, 2010 Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection 2010 New York Film Festival
Official Selection 2010 Cannes Film Festival - in Competition

Uncle Boonmee is dying from kidney failure. His deceased wife and a long-lost son who is half human, half animal come to visit him at home. Over two nights, and journeying into the jungle, Boonmee recounts his past lives to his visitors. They span hundreds of years.

SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION

Directed by Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman
Shortlisted, Grierson 2010: The British Documentary Awards
Nominated, 2010 Humanitas Prize
Best Documentary, 2010 Rwanda Film Festival
Shortlisted, 2010 Academy Award® - Best Documentary Feature
Nominated, 2010 Producers Guild of America Award
Nominated, 2010 Writers Guild of America Award
Audience Award, 2009 Vancouver International Film Festival
Best Director, 2009 Chicago International Film Festival
Audience Award, 2009 Morelia Film Festival
Official Selection 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Official Selection 2009 Cannes Film Festival

Feature documentary showcasing some of America’s top contemporary musicians as they perform new and vibrant renditions of the Civil Rights Movement’s freedom songs – songs originally sung by civil rights protesters in mass meetings, on picket lines, in police wagons, and in jail cells throughout the American South. These songs literally provided the soundtrack for a revolution that forever impacted American society.

MILH HADHA AL-BAHR
Salt of this Sea

Directed by Annemarie Jacir
Official Selection 2008 Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard
Official Selection 2008 Times BFI London Film Festival
Official Selection 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Randa Chahal Prize, Carthage Film Festival
Special Jury Prize & FIPRESCI Award, Osian Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema
First Prize-Best Film, Sguardi Altrove Film Festival, Italy
Suheir Hammad, Best Actress, 2009 Euro-Arab Film Festival, Amal, Galicia, Spain

Born in Brooklyn, a young working-class Palestinian-American woman fulfills her life-long dream of returning to Palestine. Slowly taken apart by the reality around her, she is forced to confront her own anger. She meets Emad, a young Palestinian whose ambition, contrary to hers, is to leave forever. Tired of the constraints that dictate their lives, they take things into their own hands. Palestine's first feature by a Palestinian female director.

TROUBLE THE WATER

Directed by Tia Lessin & Carl Deal
2010 Emmy Award® Nominee - Outstanding Informational Programming: Long Form
2010 Emmy Award® Nominee - Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Research
2009 Academy Award® Nominee - Best Documentary Feature
2009 Producers Guild of America Nominee
2009 NAACP Image Awards Nominee - Outstanding Documentary
Best Documentary, 2009 Gotham Independent Film Awards
Grand Jury Prize, 2008 Sundance Film Festival
Grand Jury Award, 2008 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Special Jury Prize, 2008 SilverDocs
Official Selection, 2008 MoMA/Film Society of Lincoln Center New Directors/New Films

Feature documentary that takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen. The film features Kimberly and Scott Roberts, a young couple living on the margins who survive the flooding of their city, recording their experience in a chilling video diary. Weaving fly on the wall and in-your-face filmmaking with home video footage and archival news, this is a redemptive tale of two unforgettable people who are surviving not only failed levees, bungling bureaucrats and armed soldiers, but also a system that has failed them.

BAMAKO

Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako
Nominated, 2007 César Award
2007 Lumière Award
Official Selection 2006 Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard
Official Selection 2006 Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection 2006 New York Film Festival
Now available in DVD from New Yorker Films
BAMAKO in Philip French's Top 50 Films of Last Five Decades

Feature film set in the traditional courtyard of an African home, in which a very non-traditional tribunal is taking place - offering an opportunity for ordinary Africans to face the representatives of the international financial institutions that supposedly exist to eradicate poverty. The court-within-the-courtyard tries the case of Globalization.

AFRICA UNITE

Directed by Stephanie Black

Now available in DVD from Palm Pictures

Feature documentary that celebrates the life of Bob Marley and highlights the vision for African unity that he was devoted to throughout his music career. Focusing on youth empowerment and important issues confronting Africans at home and across the Diaspora, the film presents an inspiring tribute - both musically and substantively - to a man who defined his own aim as "spreading the message of unity and equality to end the needless suffering of mankind."