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Your guide to the Queens World Film Festival

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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:30 am

The Queens World Film Festival celebrates filmmaking from around the borough and around the world and runs from Wednesday to Saturday. Here is a guide to the films being shown in selected thematic blocks this weekend.

Secret Theatre (44-02 23 St., LIC)

March 6, 12 p.m.: “Troubled Waters”

“My Kashmir”: a documentary about being young in Kashmir.

“The Well: Water Voices from Ethiopia”: a documentary about the dry season in Southern Ethiopia

March 6, 2 p.m.: “The Second Meeting”

Traces the journey of two different people who are culturally, socially and geographically apart and brought together by a random act of war.

March 6, 8:30 p.m.: “Family Struggle”

“Shared Origins”: Two transracially adopted girls travel to their birth country in Ethiopia for the first time.

“The Abominal Crime”: A documentary about a mother’s love for her child and an activist’s love for his country.

March 7, 7 p.m.: “Reasonable Doubt”

“Goddess of Time”: A modern-day cop finds herself traveling between different times and different wars.

“American Bomber”: A man departs military prison heartbroken.

March 7, 6:30 p.m.: “Lone Prophet”

Dante, a normal teenager, witnesses the deportation of his girlfriend and her family.

March 8, 5 p.m.: “Significant Others”

“Caterwaul”: An aging fisherman develops an intimate relationship with a lobster.

“Jaipur Mahouti”: the cultural love of elephants in India.

“The Double Switch”: an experimental comedy that follows two characters as they film their way through Paris.

March 8, 7 p.m.: “Outside/In”

“Small Delights”: Teenage Aziza is in the middle of figuring herself out.

“Migrations of Islam”: representations of American-Muslim identity in pop culture post 9/11.

PS 69 Jackson Heights (77-02 37 Ave.)

March 6, 7:30 p.m. :“Act of Killing”

world premiere of the Oscar-nominated documentary that examines a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes.

March 7, 6 p.m.: “The Self”

“Odessa”: Mission specialist Shannon Wendell spends one last night in New York with a stranger before she embarks on a 135-year-long journey in space.

“Katia”: A Russian girl leaves everything and moves to India.

March 8, 5:30 p.m.: “All About New York”

“Seven Station”: a meditation on urban desolation.

“Jesse and the Fountain of Youth”: a documentary following the life of busker Jesse Cohen.

“Last Ride ... First Ride”: the effects Hurricane Sandy had on Coney Island.

“The Grand Hotel”: Single room occupancies during the 1930s.

“37”: the story of slain Kitty Genovese.

Nesva Hotel (39-12 29 St., LIC)

March 6, 8:30 p.m.:“She-He-Him-Her”

“When I was a Boy, I was a Girl”: the saga of Goca, a transvestite in Belgrade, where organizing or marching in a gay pride parade is forbidden.

“A Self-Made Man”: a look at what it means to be transgender.

March 7, 4 p.m.: “12 Steps from Hell”

“Through the Woods”: a widowed mother’s desperate fight to reconnect with her daughter.

“The Adventures of Dr. Crackhead”: Research scientist Dr. Frentxy goes on a cross-country lecture tour advocating for more sympathy toward drug addicts.

March 8, 6:30 p.m.: “Lost & Found”

“Tammy”: A son realizes his mother’s independence has manifested unexpectedly.

“Unhappy Happy”: a failed team-building leader’s brother is dying from cancer.

The full schedule can be found at queensworldfilmfestival.com.

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