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Roxanne is a lonely transgender sex worker whose life changes drastically after she takes in an abandoned 11-year-old girl. Alifa is an optimistic shepherdess in Somali who is positive that her life is going to change for the better. Hannah has a hard time juggling being six years old and a “big girl” at the same time. These three stories will play at various times in the borough during the fifth annual Queens World Film Festival, which starts on March 17th. At venues in Jackson Heights, the Kaufman Arts District, and Long Island City, the six-day celebration will present 117 films with diverse lengths, topics, and national origins. Details on the movies, venues, blocks, and themes are on the jump page along with another photo.

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There will be movies from around the world — and around the corner. On March 4th, the fourth annual Queens World Film Festival will kick off a six-day moving image rampage of everything from feature films to shorts. Attendees can check out a dazzling selection of foreign flicks from such exotic ports of call as Belgium, Iran, India, Spain, Kosovo, Switzerland and Vietnam and enjoy the work of 18 borough-based auteurs.  Like-minded films will be blocked together and will roll at Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image, The Secret Theatre and Nesva Hotel in Long Island City and PS 69 in Jackson Heights. The fun starts with an opening night party featuring the world premiere of the director’s cut of the of 2014 Academy Award-nominated documentary The Act of Killing. Directed by English-born Joshua Oppenheimer, the movie portrays his country’s national guilt potentially exhumed by a love of movies.

Details: Queens World Film Festival, Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Avenue), The Secret Theatre (44-02 23rd Street), Nesva Hotel (39-12 29th Street) and PS 69 (77-02 37th Avenue), March 4th through the 9th, click here for times and venues, click here for tickets.

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Image Source: Queens World Film Festival

Come see movies from around the world and around the corner…with buffs from around the world and around the corner. Tonight, the Queens World Film Festival kicks off at Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image with shorts from Italy, Belgium, Australia, Croatia, Brooklyn and Queens. In total, the six-day extravaganza will exhibit 104 flicks, including ones by 19 locals, along with industry panels, special screening events and popular youth-oriented educational initiatives. Awards will be presented to narratives, documentaries, animation and LGBT films, and the winners will play again at encore screenings on March 10 at LIC’s Secret Theatre. The organizers, spouses Don and Katha Cato, have informed that they chose challenging films that aren’t easily available to moviegoers for this third annual festival.

Tuesday, March 5, to Sunday, March March 10
Schedule | Prices vary, some shows are sold out already

Jackson Heights Cinema
40-31 82nd Street, Jackson Heights

The Secret Theatre
44-02 23rd Street, LIC

The Renaissance Charter School
35-59 81st Street, Jackson Heights

Armondo’s Restaurant
74-27 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights

P.S. 69
77-02 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights