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Hartley Film Foundation is pleased to support the following acclaimed films.

Radical Grace

A film by Rebecca Parrish

Radical Grace follows three American nuns, united by a shared belief that faith is action, who continue to strive for justice in the shadow of a politically motivated Vatican investigation.

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The Return

A film by Adam Zucker

The Return follows four Polish women in their 20’s who discovered they were Jewish in their teens, and are now dynamic leaders in their nascent Jewish enclaves.

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The Settlers

A film by Shimon Dotan

The Settlers explores the origins of the Israeli settlements, the changes they have imposed on Israeli and Palestinian societies, and their impact on Middle Eastern and world affairs.

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A Sinner in Mecca

A film by Parvez Sharma

For a gay filmmaker, filming in Saudi Arabia presented two serious challenges: filming is forbidden in the country and homosexuality is punishable by death. Director of A Sinner in Mecca Parvez Sharma took those risks as he embarked on his Hajj pilgrimage.

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A Son's Sacrifice

A film by Yoni Brook, Musa Syeed and Marco Williams

Imran, a young American Muslim, struggles to take over his father's neighborhood slaughterhouse and gain acceptance from his father's conservative community.

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Talking to the Air

Talking to the Air

A film by Sophie Pegrum

Talking to the Air provides a window into the rural Tibetan feudal life and the Buddhist dependence on and worship of the horse, considered central to spiritual welfare, culture and tradition.

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The Honest Struggle

A film by Justin Mashouf

Honest Struggle follows a Muslim convert as he tries to survive an honest life in Southside Chicago after 24 years in prison.

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Walk With Me

A film by Isaac Solotaroff

The Church of Gethsemane is a Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, NY, run by and for prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families, and individuals in partnership with the poor and imprisoned. 

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When God Sleeps

A film by Till Schauder and Sara Nodjoumi

When God Sleeps depicts the journey of Iranian musician Shahin Najafi, who was forced into hiding after hardline clerics issued a fatwa for his death, incensed by a rap song that focused on the oppression of women and human rights abuses. As a youth, Najafi was talented in recitation of the Koran. Now each of his concerts puts his life at risk.

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