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

opening Refocus Film Festival, a celebration of the art of adaptationwill teleport Iowa City fans to familiar, and much less so, stories across five downtown screens starting Thursday.

With more than twenty films, including a virtual reality experience, the audience had until Sunday to see films, live shows, and discussions with filmmakers.

As Iowa fans ponder what flicks they’d like to see during the festival period, Press-Citizen has picked seven films to make it a little easier.

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

Sanson and I

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An exploration of stories of immigration, imprisonment, and friendship, “Sansón and Me” follows director Rodrigo Reyes and Sanson, who Reyes first meet as a court interpreter at the Sanson trial, where he is sentenced to life imprisonment.

The documentary includes a re-enactment of Sanson, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, to show his upbringing, immigration to America, and what led to his imprisonment.

The 83-minute film is an official selection for the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival.

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