Apr 15, 2024 - Things to Do

10 movies to stream from Cleveland International Film Festival

Image of a man in mask haunting a video store.

"The Last Video Store." Photo: Courtesy of Blue Finch Films/CIFF

The 48th annual Cleveland International Film Festival may be over, but you can still watch its films.

Driving the news: CIFF Streams began over the weekend and allows you to watch some of the films from this year's selection online through Sunday.

How it works: You can stream an individual film for $14 or purchase an online pass to all of them for $300.

  • Here are 10 movies you may want to check out:

☮️ "A Binding Truth"

The intrigue: The documentary follows former high school classmates — one Black, one white — with the same last name, who discover a connection that dates back to the days of slavery.

🤱 "American Delivery"

The intrigue: The documentary got its world premiere at this year's CIFF and focuses on community nurses from Northeast Ohio who look to address the country's high maternal mortality rates.

🥇 "Athletes of War"

The intrigue: Another CIFF world premiere, the documentary follows the Ukrainian athletes preparing for the 2024 Olympics while their country is at war with Russia.

🥊 "The Featherweight"

The intrigue: The film stars actor and Ohio resident James Madio as legendary boxer Willie Pep, one of the great defensive fighters of all time.

📉 "Gradually, Then Suddenly: The Bankruptcy of Detroit"

The intrigue: This documentary examines how Detroit's economy fell apart in 2013 and the contentious efforts to bring the city back to life.

📼 "The Last Video Store"

The intrigue: A clerk and his customers at Canada's last remaining video store must use their horror movie knowledge to fight off threats that come out of a cursed B-movie videotape.

🇲🇦 "The Mother of All Lies"

The intrigue: The Arabic-language documentary follows director Asmae El Moudir as she digs into her family roots and the history of Morocco.

🛋️ "Sofa, So Good"

The intrigue: This is the first feature film from Dayton-based artists the Thiele Brothers and centers on two cousins who attempt to carry their new couch across Dayton.

🇨🇦 "Someone Lives Here"

The intrigue: The documentary follows Khaleel Seivwright, a Toronto man who built small shelters for the homeless during COVID only to find himself in a battle of bureaucracy with city officials.

📚 "Story & Pictures By"

The intrigue: Director Joanna Rudnick, who won a CIFF award for her 2015 film "On Beauty," looks at the history and future of children's picture books.


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