Seven films to see at the Refocus Film Festival in Iowa City

Seven films to see at the Refocus Film Festival in Iowa City

The first Refocus Film Festival, a celebration of the art of adaptation, will transport Iowa City audiences to stories familiar, and much less, on five screens downtown starting Thursday.

With more than two dozen films, including a virtual reality experience, audiences have until Sunday to see films, live performances and discussions with filmmakers.

As Iowa City audiences ponder which films they want to see during the festival, Press-Citizen has selected seven films to make things easier.

Here are seven films to check out, from a cannibal love story to an in-depth look at the New York music scene in the early 2000s.

“Samson and I”

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An exploration of stories of migration, incarceration and friendship, “Sansón and Me” follows filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes and Sansón, whom Reyes first met as a court interpreter during Sanson’s trial, during which he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

The documentary incorporates reenactments of Sansón, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, to show his upbringing, migration to America, and what led to his incarceration.

The 83-minute film is an Official Selection of the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival.

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