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

The inaugural Refocus Film Festival, a celebration of the arts of adaptation, will take Iowa City audiences to familiar and many lesser-known stories across five downtown screens starting Thursday.

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

As Iowa City audiences ponder which films to see during the festival, the Press-Citizen picked seven films to make it a little easier.

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

‘Sansón and I’

A still image of "me and sanson"

Exploring stories of migration, imprisonment and friendship, Sansón and Me follows filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes and Sansón, whom Reyes first met as a court interpreter at Sanson’s trial, where he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

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

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