Writer-director-star Desiree Akhavan helms this deadpan comedy about a bisexual Iranian-American woman adrift after a break-up. Finding new digs in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and a daycare job at a kindergarten film school, 20-something Shirin oscillates from conservative family gatherings (where she remains closeted) to hip Brooklyn parties and cold sexual encounters—punctuated with flashbacks to simpler times with her ex. Drawing comparisons to Annie Hall and Girls, this debut feature introduces a sharp new voice in independent cinema. —BAM CinemaFest
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Directed by Emily Pelstring
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US Girls front-woman Meghan Remy pays homage to 1960s girl groups and female solidarity.
Directed by Kanako Wynkoop
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While visiting family, a couple forced to sleep in separate beds discover their relationship is at a crossroads.