With its offbeat charm and unexpected poignancy, Tom Berninger’s film, “Mistaken for Strangers,” is not your average rock documentary. The film follows the indie rock band The National as they embark on their 2010 tour. Berninger, younger brother of lead signer Matt Berninger, directs and stars in the film. Touching and revealing, “Mistaken for Strangers” provides an amusing look at what it means to be bound by family ties.

Eva Weber’s insightful documentary, “Black Out,” centers on the quest for one of modern society’s most basic resources: light. Set in Conakry, Guinea, during the school exam season, the film follows young students in their earnest pursuit of education. This pursuit is not without challenge as these students are forced to contend with circumstances that are out of their control, namely a lack of light sources.

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Laura Checkoway’s documentary “Lucky” is a gritty portrait of the life of Lucky Torres, a young woman struggling to overcome seemingly insurmountable circumstances. Grappling with memories of a tragic childhood, Lucky contends with multiple demons in an effort to improve her life and that of her young son Joziah.

This past summer, 20 students traveled to Siena, Italy, for the two week-long study abroad program “Food and Culture: The Italian Experience.” The program was the first of its kind at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and it inspired Italian Studies assistant professor Vetri Nathan and chef instructor Angelo Guida to create a new course this fall, “The Art of Italian Cuisine.”

“Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer” tells the wild story of a Russian feminist punk art collective that goes head to head with the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian government led by a newly re-elected Vladimir Putin. Directed by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, the 2013 documentary explores rebellion against social and political oppression and the consequences of vehement disruption of the status quo.

Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke’s 2012 documentary “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare” tells the troubling tale of the current state of the United States health-care system. The film takes the audience around the country, exploring the multiple facets of this ailing institution.

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