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Ciné Barbès Releases Spring Lineup of Thought-Provoking Documentaries


film poster via sweetgrass

Movie lovers, mark your calendars.

Barbès has announced the Spring program for its monthly film series Ciné Barbès, and it kicks off this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. with a screening of Sweetgrass. The documentary, an “unsentimental elegy to American West,”  follows some of the last modern cowboys as they lead their flocks of sheep up the through Montana’s mountains. The New York Times called it “a really intimate, beautifully shot examination of the connection between man and beast.”

The rest of the season brings some of the same kind of underexposed, thought-provoking, and visually-stimulating work that the film series likes to showcase:

Sunday, March 17: Downeast
The documentary focuses on one man’s efforts to open a lobster processing factory in rural Maine during a post-industrialization era.

Sunday April 21: Radio Man
This film tells the story of an eccentric, formerly homeless man whose obsession with the movies has taken him from sleeping on the streets to becoming a NYC movie legend, known for hanging around sets as a good luck charm and even landing over 100 small film roles. The documentary features interviews with George Clooney, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Tilda Swinton, and Whoopi Goldberg.

Sunday May 19: Wavumba
This Dutch film gives an ethnographic portrait of an elderly Kenya shark fisherman who has a deep bond with the ocean and its creatures, focusing on the African tradition of storytelling and the ways in which fantasy, dreams, belief, and reality blend.

Barbès is located at 376 Ninth Street at 6th Avenue;  all film screenings are at 5:00 p.m. with a suggested donation of $5. Ciné Barbès welcomes questions and suggestions; just contact programmer Blandine Mercier-McGovern at

Film poster via Sweetgrass

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