Alex & Ali
First screened in October 2014
Director: Malachi Leopold. Documentary about two men, one from North Carolina and one from Tehran, who were friends and lovers in their youth and who attempt to reunite under difficult circumstances more than three decades later. Twitter Capsule:
Premise poses big challenge to notions of male intimacy; plenty more ensue. Observant, surprising, politically attuned.
Complicates clichés about U.S. sexual liberalism and Iranian political conservatism. Refuses generic assumptions about where it's headed. Willing to be thorny. Artfully observed.