Here's What You Should See at CIFF Today (Tues. 3/24)

1) Me mories on Stone (11:30 a.m., 97 minutes). Director: Shawkat Amin Korki 
This film within a film centers on a director and his passion project, depicting the Kuridsh genocide of the 1980s. It's a "heartfelt and endearing" picture which demonstrates the cathartic, redemptive power of film, while also finding humor in the logistical and ethical struggles of making movies in Kurdistan

2) A Murder in the Park (2:15 p.m., 93 minutes). Director: Shawn Rech, Brandon Kimber
If you love Serial or The Jinx, or have been following the exoneration of Cleveland's own Ricky Jackson, you'll enjoy A Murder in the Park, which tells the story of Chicago's Anthony Porter. Porter was sentenced to death in 1983 for the murder of two teenagers on the south side. Though this film starts as a police procedural, it dives deeply into the  morality of the investigation, which was tainted by promises of money and movie deals.  

3) Out in the Night (4:30 p.m. at Shaker Square Cinemas, 75 minutes). Director: Blair Dorosh-Walther 
A searing documentary about four lesbians in New York who defended themselves against an assailant but were crucified in the media as a gang of killer lesbians. They were ultimately sentenced to lengthy prison sentences, in large part because of the media coverage. This one's a heartbreaking documentary, but will be followed by a forum as part of the fest's FilmForum series. 

4) Patchwork Family (9:20 p.m., 92 minutes). Director: Pascal Rabate 
If you loved the French film Starbuck — the original, not the Vince Vaughn facsimile — you'll probably be interested in this touching French comedy about a man out to prove his worth to friends and neighbors by participating in a televised triatholon. As with all quests to get one's like on track, this one's not as easy as it first appears.  

5) Waste Land  (9:35 p.m. 97 minutes). Director: Pieter Van Hees 
When we hear "nightmarish, hair-raising finale,"  we can't resist. This Belgian thriller about a homicide detective working on a heinous crime shows the devastating psychological effects of violence and proximity to it. This one's a lingerer, and a chilling way to wrap up the festival films for Tuesday. 
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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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