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Carancho (DVD FOREIGN CAR)  107 min.  2010. 

Twenty-two deaths a day, 683 a month, over 8,000 a year, 100,000 over the last decade. Argentina's plays host to the quasi-lawless realm of motor vehicle accidents and their aftermath. Sosa is an ambulance-chasing lawyer who lost his license. He signs up injured clients for a predatory firm that will pay them only a small portion of the insurance settlements. Luján is an overworked young doctor who takes ambulance shifts for extra money. Her lack of sleep and chemical intake put her at risk for performing emergency surgery. While Luján and Sosa fall in love, can they escape the grim logic of their situation, evade responsibility for their own actions, and outrun a machine determined to destroy them?

Carol’s Journey (El Viaje de Carol) (DVD FOREIGN CAR)  100 min.  2004. 

Carol, a 12-year-old Spanish-American girl from New York, travels with her mother to Spain in the spring of 1938, at the height of the Spanish Civil War. Separated from her beloved father, she arrives in her mother's home village and transforms the secretive family environment. Her innocent and rebellious nature drives her to reject a world that is new and foreign. But she soon moves into adulthood through a friendship with the teacher and a young local boy.

Cell 211 (DVD FOREIGN CEL)  111 min.  2009. 

On his first day on the job, prison officer Juan Olivier is knocked unconscious in an accident and his co-workers carry him to an empty cell. When he awakens, Juan discovers that he is in the middle of a riot in a high-security cellblock, home to the most dangerous criminals. To survive, Juan must pose as a prisoner and conspire with the riot's vicious leader, Malamadre.

Cilantro y Perejil (Recipes to Stay Together) (DVD FOREIGN CIL)  90 min.  1997. 

A female documentary director's latest project is to capture her sister's marital difficulties on film in hopes of shedding light on the travails of modern romance.

Cocalero (DVD FOREIGN COC)  In Spanish and Quechua, with English captions.  94 min.  2006. 

An Aymara Indian coca leaf grower named Evo Morales travels through the Andes and Amazon in jeans and sneakers, leading a historic bid to become Bolivia's first indigenous president. The filmmakers capture the intimate moments and Morales' rise to power.

Colors of the Mountain (DVD FOREIGN COL)  93 min. 2010. 

Manuel lives with his hard-working farmer parents in a remote, mountainous region of Colombia. While the adults try to avoid both the armed military and the guerrilla rebels fighting each other, Manuel and his friend Julián are obsessed with playing soccer any chance they get. Shortly after his birthday, the new ball Manuel received as a gift gets kicked into a minefield, and he and his friends will do everything in their power to recover their prized belonging.

The Crime of Padre Amaro (DVD FOREIGN CRI)  In Spanish or English, with English, French, or Spanish captions.  119 min.  2002. 

A priest is sent to a parish church in rural Mexico. He meets a woman with a religious passion that borders on obsession. When the priest crosses the line that separates temptation from sin, he finds himself torn between the divine and the carnal, the righteous and the unjust.

The Curse of Father Cardona (DVD FOREIGN CUR)  90 min.  2005. 

Father Cardona is re-assigned to a village where he must regain faith from a parish convinced that the church has been cursed. He catches the eye of Flo, who is used to getting her way. It is difficult to keep up with kingdom business if he is falling in love.

Dark Blue Almost Black (DVD FOREIGN DAR)  105 min.  2006. 

When his father suffers a stroke, Jorge is forced to put his life and career on hold. He takes over his father's janitorial position, cares for his father, and studies at night. He is in an awkward spot when his convict brother asks him to impregnate his girlfriend who wants a baby, and Jorge finds himself falling for her. To complicate matters, Jorge's childhood love returns.

Entre Nos (DVD FOREIGN ENT)  82 min.  2009. 

Mariana brings her two children from Colombia to New York to reunite with her husband, only to be abandoned by him. Desperate and alone, Mariana must find a way to survive and care for her family.

The Exterminating Angel (DVD FOREIGN EXT)  93 min.  1962. 

After a dinner party in a mansion, the guests believe they can’t leave. In time, the facades of their social positions collapse and they are forced to live like animals. Discovering they are free to leave, they go to church to give thanks, where they are again trapped.

Gigante (DVD FOREIGN GIG)  88 min.  2009. 

A shy and lonely 35-year-old security guard at a supermarket works the night shift monitoring the surveillance cameras. One night he notices a 25-year-old cleaning woman through one of the cameras and is immediately attracted to her.

Hijas de Su Madre (DVD FOREIGN HIJ)  109 min.  2005. 

The Buenrostros are an important and prosperous family and the women rule the roost. With their love triangles and secret snuff business, the ladies cook up a comedy with ingredients of passion, humor, and death.

I Am Cuba (DVD FOREIGN I)  In Spanish and Russian, with English captions.  141 min.  1964. 

Vignettes illustrate the extremes of wealth and poverty, exploitation, and passions leading to the Cuban Revolution.

Innocent Voices (DVD FOREIGN INN)  111 min.  2004. 

In war-torn 1980's El Salvador, eleven-year-old Chava suddenly becomes the “man of the house” while the government army is forcibly recruiting children. As his mother fights to protect her children, their village becomes both playground and battlefield. Based on a true story, this is about life, love, the hope of peace, and the ennobling power of the human spirit.

Julia’s Eyes (DVD FOREIGN JUL)  117 min.  2011. 

Julia, suffering from degenerative sight, finds her twin sister hanged in the basement. Everything points to suicide, but Julia investigates what she believes is a murder. As Julia uncovers clues, those close to her disappear. Julia is trapped in a nightmare in her sister’s house.

Kika (DVD FOREIGN KIK)  114 min.  1993. 

A hairdresser gets involved with a host of unusual characters: a homicidal expatriate Yank writer and his bewildered stepson, an uncommunicative underwear photographer; an oddball femme TV reporter who's constantly on the lookout for "reality" scoops and who wears a rubber suit with a revolving video camera mounted on her head; a lesbian maid and her mentally-deficient convicted rapist brother, who escaped while on parole from prison to attend a religious festival in his home town.

 

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