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View From Home: MoMI’s Virtual Cinema

MoMI is partnering with independent distributors to bring Virtual Cinema offerings directly to Museum members and patrons for home viewing. Each ticket directly supports the Museum. 

Click on the titles below to watch each film. 
Tickets prices vary by film, ranging from $3.99 to $12, some with discounts for MoMI members (please check your member email for codes or instructions) 

Dirs. Yang Sun, S. Leo Chiang. China/USA, 2019, 81 mins. In Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles. Shaken by the news of his father’s dementia, artist Maleonn creates the stage play “Papa’s Time Machine,” a wondrous time-travel adventure performed with life-size mechanical puppets. Tickets: $12 ($10 Museum members). More info.

“S. Leo Chiang and Yang Sun’s vibrant documentary about this labor of love proves to be a multi-layered metaphor of the interplay of art, memory, loss, and reconciliation.”The Boston Globe

Dir. Robert Kramer. 1990, 255 mins. In 1988, renegade filmmaker Robert Kramer returned to the United States after years of living abroad. To reacquaint himself with the country, he decided to travel the entire length of Route 1, from the Canadian border to Key West, filming all the way. Tickets: $10 ($8 Museum members). More info.  

“Endlessly fascinating. An extraordinary, fluidly shaped mosaic of the fragmented pockets of American life that together compose the mainstream.” —Caryn Jaemes, The New York Times

Dir. Melissa Haizlip. 2018, 115 mins. Before Oprah Winfrey and Arsenio Hall, Ellis Haizlip made broadcast television history with SOUL!, an innovative weekly public TV series that aired from 1968 to 1973 and celebrated Black American culture. Tickets: $12 ($10 Museum members). More info. 

“As an undiluted forum for black voices, Soul! was an act of political insurgency.” - The Hollywood Reporter 

Dir. Hubert Sauper. Austria/France/U.S., 2020, 108 mins. The latest film from Academy Award–nominated director Hubert Sauper (Darwin’s Nightmare) offers a typically complex and frankly bracing consideration of the past, present, future, and mythology of Cuba. Tickets: $12. More info.

“A brilliant mixture of historical-poetic analysis and a ground-level journey among the denizens of Havana… The director’s remarkable eye for lived-in detail and for spectacular imagery will mesmerize you.” —Bilge Ebiri, Vulture

Ghost Tropic
Dir. Bas Devos. Belgium. 2019, 85 mins. After a long day at work, 58-year-old Khadija (Saadia Bentaïeb) falls asleep on the last subway train. When she wakes up at the end of the line, she has no choice but to make her way back to her Brussels home on foot. Tickets: $12/ $10 for members. More info.

"A compressed epic… This poetic Belgian feature manages to say a good deal about life, death, and the state of the globalized world." —Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

A Thousand Cuts
Dir. Ramona S. Diaz. 2020, 110 mins. Perhaps nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines. Journalist Maria Ressa places the tools of the free press—and her own freedom—on the line in defense of truth and democracy. Tickets: $12. More info.

“[An] engrossing, galvanising film. Ressa’s seemingly boundless energy, good humor and intelligence make her basically a power plant for the manufacture of inspiration in embattled times.” —Jessica Kiang, Variety

Sunless Shadows
Dir. Mehrdad Oskouei. 2019, 74 mins. In Persian with English subtitles. Oskouei’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed Starless Dreams, Sunless Shadows takes another look at the lives of teenage girls in an Iranian juvenile detention center. Tickets: $12/ $10 Museum members. More info.

"Humanist and sobering and enraging, Sunless Shadows is a vital portrait of young women in a society that has no room for them as people." —Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

Dirs. Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres. 2020, 96 mins. This documentary captures the rollercoaster battles of an organization that protects the rights of a mother separated from her child, a soldier whose career is threatened, or a young woman whose right to choose is imperiled at the pleasure of a government official. Tickets: $12/ $10 Museum members. More info.

“A gorgeous, enraging, and uplifting film.” —Chris Hayes, MSNBC

Dir. Romola Garai. 2020, 99 mins. With Carla Juri, Alec Secareanu, Imelda Staunton, Angeliki Papoulia. In her feature directorial debut, actor Romola Garai fashions an original ghost story of claustrophobic horror. Tickets: $12 / $10 Museum members. More info.

“Powerful, attaining the strength of ancient folklore about vengeance and justice, but doing so in a way that feels cinematically modern.” —Brian Tallerico, 

John Lewis: Good Trouble
Dir. Dawn Porter. 2020, 96 mins. With John Lewis. Award-winning filmmaker Dawn Porter’s John Lewis: Good Trouble is a rousing and definitive chronicle of John Lewis’s 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform, and immigration. Tickets: $12. More info.

“Dawn Porter’s absorbing documentary...emphasizes the consistency with which Lewis has fought the establishment and combated racism through some of the tumultuous moments in American history.”—Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Dir. Abel Ferrara. 2019, 115 mins. With Willem Dafoe, Cristina Chiriac, Anna Ferrara. Renegade auteur Abel Ferrara’s latest film is a typically daring and raw work of autofiction, starring four-time Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe, Ferrara’s frequent muse. A Kino Lorber release. Tickets: $12. More info.

Critic’s Pick: "Crackle[s] with ideas and empathy, as Ferrara’s best work always does." —Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

Dir. Anca Damian. 2020, 92 mins. In French with English subtitles. The poetic and touching film from director Anca Damian follows an optimistic stray dog named Marona (inspired by a real dog Damian rescued from the streets of Bucharest, Romania) as she looks back on the human companions she has loved throughout her life. A GKids release. Recommended for ages 8+. Tickets: $10 / $8 Museum members (limited passes). More info.

Feast of the Epiphany
Dirs. Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman. 2018, 80 mins. With Meng Ai, Nikki Calonge, Sean Donovan, Jill Frutkin, Jessie Shelton. In this formally ingenious docu-fictional diptych, a young woman lovingly prepares a meal for friends, and the simple gesture takes on unexpected significance. Tickets: $12 ($10 for Museum members). More info.