OVID is highlighting New York City’s Latin heritage and urban landscapes in three films.
David Riker’s La Ciudad is a collection of stories and an affecting portrait of disenfranchised Latin American immigrants living in New York. Diego Echeverria’s Los Sures is a complex portrait celebrating the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community in New York City.
And, Manfred Kirchheimer’s Stations of the Elevated weaves together vivid images of graffiti-covered elevated subway trains crisscrossing 1970s New York. The commentary-free soundtrack combines ambient city noise with jazz and gospel by Charles Mingus and Aretha Franklin.
From the National Film Board of Canada, they bring you Lonely Boy, the story of Canadian pop singer Paul Anka, the original Justin Bieber. The documentary brings us direct interviews with Anka and his managers revealing what they think of all the fandom.
Waiting for Fidel takes us inside Fidel’s Cuba with a movie-making threesome—Joseph Smallwood, former Newfoundland premier, Geoff Stirling, radio and TV owner, and Michael Rubbo, NFB film director—whose hope is that Fidel himself will star in their film. The CBC calls the film “a glimpse into an ideologically alien world, and a brief portrait of three 20th-century giants.”
The delightful How to Build an Igloo, a 10 minute documentary will literally teache you how to build an igloo in 1 and a half hours should you want to try something new in quarantine.
And last, but certainly not least, they have a riveting and unexpected look at the age-old subjects of “Love and Sex“—the films range from a documentary on a radio host and sexual educator in Rwanda with a mission to promote the country’s culture of female ejaculation to the topic of desire and misogyny in Ancient Greece.