Streaming Cinema

 

Our Streaming Cinema program offers you an exciting new way to experience great films while supporting The Frida Cinema! In partnership with many of the independent distributors that we’ve worked with over the years, Streaming Cinema allows us to continue to share wonderful, diverse, and award-winning new releases and classic restorations to our audiences to enjoy safely in their homes, with a portion of proceeds from every rental directly supporting The Frida! Visit our Streaming FAQ page to learn more about renting and enjoying our streaming titles!


#BLM: BLACK HISTORY MONTH COLLECTION

Everything – The Real Thing Story

Everything – The Real Thing Story

Ends March 4th

Success for Black British musicians in the UK was pretty rare until the last quarter of the 20th century, with the likes of Winifred Atwell and Shirley Bassey breaking through in the ’50s and ’60s for others to eventually follow.

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Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940: Kino Lorber’s Pioneers of African-American Cinema

Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940: Kino Lorber's Pioneers of African-American Cinema

Ends March 4th

This footage, shot by Zora Neale Hurston in the Sea Island community of Beaufort, South Carolina, observes the religious practices of the Gullah people.

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The Flying Ace: Kino Lorber’s Pioneers of African-American Cinema

The Flying Ace: Kino Lorber's Pioneers of African-American Cinema

Ends March 4th

Unlike his 1923 film Regeneration, Richard Norman’s THE FLYING ACE exists in its entirety, and the image quality is stunning. A rural crime drama revolving around a pair of rival aviators.

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Within Our Gates: Kino Lorber’s Pioneers of African-American Cinema

Within Our Gates: Kino Lorber's Pioneers of African-American Cinema

Ends March 4th

Within Our Gates is the earliest surviving feature film by an African-American director. It was Oscar Micheaux’s second film (after 1919’s The Homesteader, now lost), and involves an idealistic young woman named Sylvia Landry.

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The Blood of Jesus: Kino Lorber’s Pioneers of African-American Cinema

The Blood of Jesus: Kino Lorber's Pioneers of African-American Cinema

Ends March 4th

The first feature by director/actor Spencer Williams (commonly remembered today as Andy on TV’s Amos ’n’ Andy), THE BLOOD OF JESUS, is a rural religious parable in which a woman (Cathryn Caviness), accidentally shot by her husband (Williams), travels to the crossroads of the hereafter.

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Body and Soul: Kino Lorber’s Pioneers of African-American Cinema

Body and Soul: Kino Lorber's Pioneers of African-American Cinema

Ends March 4th

Just as he was forging a career for himself on Broadway (in Eugene O’Neill’s All God’s Chillun Got Wings and The Emperor Jones), Paul Robeson appeared in this film by the enterprising Oscar Micheaux.

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The Trials of Muhammad Ali

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Ends March 4th

No conventional sports documentary, The Trials Of Muhammad Ali investigates its extraordinary and often complex subject’s life outside the boxing ring.

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Sidewalk Stories

Sidewalk Stories

Ends March 4th

A young artist living in New York, on the fringes of the financial district and its rushing crowds, tries to make a living sketching passers-by on the street. He survives on his meager means and has found refuge in an abandoned building.

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King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis

King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis

Ends March 4th

Constructed from a wealth of archival footage, KING: A FILMED RECORD…MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS is a monumental documentary that follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968, in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement.

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Personal Problems

Personal Problems

Ends March 4th

This entirely African American-conceived and produced ensemble drama is the result of a collaboration of a pair of pioneering Black artists: writer Ishmael Reed and filmmaker Bill Gunn, who wrote and directed the underground classic Ganja & Hess and wrote the screenplay for Hal Ashby’s The Landlord.

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Yeelen

Yeelen

Ends March 4th

This adaptation of an ancient oral legend from Mali, is one the most acclaimed and widely seen African films ever made. An Oedipal story mixed with magic, YEELEN is as visually stunning as anything from Hollywood.

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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Ends March 4th

This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic.

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Native Son

Native Son

Ends March 4th

One of the most controversial novels of its day, Richard Wright’s Native Son (first published in 1940) exposed the injustices of urban African-American life, witnessed through the eyes of Bigger Thomas, whose violent tendencies and moral confusion were the natural result of a lifetime of deprivation.

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Babylon

Babylon

Ends March 4th

Franco Rosso’s incendiary Babylon had its world premiere at Cannes in 1980 but went unreleased in the U.S. for “being too controversial, and likely to incite racial tension” (Vivien Goldman, Time Out).

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Nationtime

Nationtime

Ends March 4th

Best known for his avant-garde meta-documentary Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, William Greaves (1926–2014) was also the director of over 100 documentary films, the majority focused on African American history, politics, and culture.

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Ganja & Hess

Ganja & Hess

Ends March 4th

Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and horror, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film GANJA & HESS is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion, and African American identity.

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KINO! GERMANY NOW!

Kino! Germany Now! Series Pass

Kino! Germany Now! Series Pass

Starts March 19th

KINO! Germany NOW! offers a handpicked selection of some of Germany’s most promising narrative, documentary, and short films that premiered within the last year.

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Kino! Germany Now! Short Film Program

Kino! Germany Now! Short Film Program

Starts March 19th

SERIES INCLUDES 4 SHORT FILMS: Just a Guy, Top Down Memory, Land of Glory, and Mazel Tov Cocktail.

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Walchensee Forever

Walchensee Forever

Starts March 19th

In this personal story about the eternal cycle of life, identity, roots, and self-fulfillment, director Janna Ji Wonders seeks to uncover the secrets of her family’s past and her role among four generations of strong, passionate women.

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Oeconomia

Oeconomia

Starts March 19th

What is money? What are debts? What are the consequences of both? And how can images be found for them? Layer by layer, Oeconomia reveals how the rules of the contemporary capitalist game systematically precondition growth, deficits, and concentrations of wealth. With praiseworthy shrewdness and rigor, Read More / Trailer

Garage People

Garage People

Starts March 19th

When it comes to expressing their individualism, American males have their “man caves” and the British their allotment sheds. But for certain rural Russians, it’s the garage that provides a window into their personal lives.

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Born in Evin

Born in Evin

Starts March 19th

In her directing debut, German-Iranian actress Maryam Zaree confronts the circumstances of her birth inside one of the world’s most notorious prisons.

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Sleep

Sleep

Starts March 19th

Dreams and reality collide in this ambitious, unsettling psychological thriller that tackles the horrors of Germany’s past using folklore and fairytale imagery.

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I Was, I Am, I Will Be

I Was, I Am, I Will Be

Starts March 19th

After a Kurdish gigolo and an airline pilot meet at a Turkish resort, their lives change in unexpected ways.

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Gipsy Queen

Gipsy Queen

Starts March 19th

Charismatic single mother Ali works herself to the bone as a cleaner at the Ritze nightclub in Hamburg so that her two children can have the opportunities inherent in a German life and education.

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Exile

Exile

Starts March 19th

In the face of micro-aggressions (and worse) from his German work colleagues, a prickly Kosovo-born pharmaceutical engineer becomes increasingly paranoid and plunges into an identity crisis.

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Berlin Alexanderplatz

Berlin Alexanderplatz

Starts March 19th

An African immigrant struggles to make a new life for himself in the big city in director-co-writer Burhan Qurbani’s (We Are Young. We Are Strong.) audacious, neon-lit reinterpretation of Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel.

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DRAMA

Lapsis

Lapsis

Ends March 4th

New York, an alternate present: the quantum computing revolution has begun and investors are lining their pockets in the quantum trading market. Building the network requires miles of infrastructure to be laid between huge magnetic cubes by “cablers” – unprotected gig workers who compete against robots.

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Two of Us

Two of Us

Ends March 11th

**2021 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE**
Two retired women, Nina and Madeleine, have been secretly in love for decades. Everybody, including Madeleine’s family, thinks they are simply neighbors, sharing the top floor of their building.

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Test Pattern

Test Pattern

Ends March 11th

Part psychological horror, part realist drama, this exhilarating debut feature from Shatara Michelle Ford is set against the backdrop of national discussions around inequitable health care and policing, the #metoo movement, and race in America.

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Twilight’s Kiss (Suk Suk)

Twilight's Kiss (Suk Suk)

Ends March 11th

TWILIGHT’S KISS (SUK SUK) presents the story of two closeted married men in their twilight years. One day PAK, 70, a taxi driver who refuses to retire, meets HOI, 65, a retired single father, in a park.

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Un Film Dramatique

Un Film Dramatique

Ends March 18th

Commissioned as a dedicated artwork for the newly constructed Dora Maar middle school on the outskirts of Paris, Un Film Dramatique is a lively portrait of the first class to attend the school, filmed over the course of four years.

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The Fever

The Fever

Starts March 19th

Justino, a 45-year-old member of the indigenous Desana people, is a security guard at the Manaus harbor. As his
daughter prepares to study medicine in Brasilia, Justino comes down with a mysterious fever.

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Rose Plays Julie

Rose Plays Julie

Starts March 19th

Rose is at university studying veterinary science. An only child, she has enjoyed a loving relationship with her adoptive parents. However, for as long as Rose can remember she has wanted to know who her biological parents are and the facts of her true identity.

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DOCUMENTARY

M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity

M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity

Ends March 11th

M.C. Escher: Journey To Infinity is the story of world famous Dutch graphic artist M.C Escher (1898-1972). Equal parts history, psychology, and psychedelia, Robin Lutz’s entertaining, eye-opening portrait gives us the man through his own words and images.

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Truth to Power

Truth to Power

Ends March 11th

In 2001, the band System Of A Down partnered with music producer Rick Rubin to record their sophomore album. Against all odds, and during one of the most painful and precarious months in American history, the album Toxicity skyrocketed up the Billboard chart and catapulted to Number One.

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17 Blocks

17 Blocks

Ends March 11th

Spanning 20 years starting in 1999, this story illuminates a national, ongoing crisis through one family’s raw, stirring and deeply personal saga. Made from over 1,000 hours of footage, it all starts on the street where they lived in 1999, 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol.

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Brooklyn Castle

Brooklyn Castle

Starts March 5th

BROOKLYN CASTLE tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country.

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Long Live Rock…Celebrate the Chaos

Long Live Rock...Celebrate the Chaos

Starts March 12th

“Long Live Rock… Celebrate the Chaos” is a deep dive into the culture of hard rock music.  This genre, beloved by its millions of fans, is often misunderstood and maligned by media and the music industry.

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Martha: A Picture Story

Martha: A Picture Story

Starts March 12th

In 1970s New York, photographer Martha Cooper captured some of the first images of graffiti at a time when the city had declared war it. Decades later, Cooper has become influential to the global movement of street artists.

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HORROR

Reunion

Reunion

Ends March 4th

A pregnant woman returns to her recently-deceased grandparents’ old family home to spend time with her estranged mother. What begins as a tenuous reunion slowly turns terrifying.

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The Columnist

The Columnist

Starts May 27th

Successful columnist Femke is flooded every day by anonymous harassments and death threats on social media. She becomes addicted to the vicious messages, and finds herself continuously clicking back to the hateful comments before she goes to sleep.

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COMEDY

Keep An Eye Out

Keep An Eye Out

Starts March 5th

The latest deranged delight by French absurdist Quentin Dupieux, Keep An Eye Out is a breakneck-paced cop comedy that packs more laughs into its 73 breezy minutes than some filmmakers manage in their entire careers.

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