Underground Film Journal

Streaming: Drama

These dramas are challenging, emotional and powerful.

Meshes Of The Afternoon

In this classic avant-garde film, a young woman returns home and encounters visions of herself resulting in tragedy. Filmmaker Maya Deren ushered in the entirety of artistic cinema in America with this hugely influential short film that is hypnotic, dreamlike and astounding in its visionary aesthetics.

Director: Maya Deren

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Signature Move

A Pakistani-American lawyer who lives with her housebound, conservative mother gets involved in the underground scene of masked female wrestling and begins a deep lesbian romance with a Mexican-American woman whose own mother is a retired Luchadora.

Director: Jennifer Reeder

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Blur Circle

A single mother who continues to obsess over her son who vanished several years ago meets a man dealing with his own tragedy that gives her a new outlook on life.

Director: Chris Hansen

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A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness

A man goes on a singular journey through three distinct landscapes: In a commune on an Estonian island, across the forests of Northern Finland, and as a member of a black metal band in Norway.

Director: Ben Rivers, Ben Russell

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Born In Flames

In the not too distant future, after a female activist dies in police custody, two rival women radio show hosts battle it out over the airwaves to make sure justice is served.

Director: Lizzie Borden

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Profane

A young Muslim sex worker has a crisis of spiritual identity after connecting with a devout cab driver.

Director: Usama Alshaibi

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The Connection

Two documentary filmmakers attempt to make a movie about heroin addicts waiting for their dealer to show up. Based on the play by Jack Gelber.

Director: Shirley Clarke

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The Brig

The prisoners locked in a Marine Corps jail in 1957 Japan are subjected to intense abuse and punishment from the guards.

Director: Jonas Mekas

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Where We Started

A man and a woman in their thirties, who are both married to other people, meet randomly at a Texas roadside motel and consider embarking on an affair together after both reveal how dissatisfied they’ve become with their lives.

Director: Christopher J. Hansen

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Sparks

In this ambitious period film, a young superhero joins a covert team of masked vigilantes to bring justice to a crime-ridden city only to be framed for a murder for which he must go to extreme lengths to clear his name.

Director: Christopher Folino

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