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Miami Indie Cinema Roundup: Arthouse Films April 16 to 22

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In honor of Earth Day, the Miami Beach Cinematheque is showing seven series of films during its Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, including "This Is Your Ocean: Sharks" with renowned artists Wyland and Guy Harvey and introducing Emma the Tiger Shark.

Another special event is at Fort Lauderdale's Cinema Paradiso with the screening of "Passannante" with a reception attended by the film's director, musician, and lead actor.

For reggae lovers and those who observe 4.20, O Cinema presents a documentary of Bob Marley as well as a planned dinner-and-a-movie event with Jamaican food.

Here's our picks for the best in indie cinema showing in South Florida this week:

O Cinema

Marley
April 20 at 7 p.m., April 21 at 2:30, 5:30, 8:30 and 11:55 p.m., April 22 at 11:30 a.m., 2:30, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $7.50 to $10.50

Kevin MacDonald’s “Marley” tells the story of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, whose music has transcended language, genres, and generations. In the documentary, the Marley family provided videos of Marley at home as well as on the stage performing for fans, and commented on the revolutionary figure. O Cinema says there will be surprise guests at screenings.

OMG! Dinner and a Movie
April 23 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $35 to $55

Before watching a screening of “Marley,” get into the island mood with Jamaican food from Harry’s Pizzeria: Jamaican rice and beans, jerk pork country ribs, sweet potato mash with honey, green cabbage stew, peanut butter brownies and smoked crackerjacks.

Coral Gables Art Cinema

Monsieur Lazhar
April 16, 17, 18 and 19 at 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $9 to $11

This French Canadian film is about a elementary classroom suffering from the loss of their favorite teacher. A new Algerian teacher, Balchir Lazhar, comes to replace her and tries to help them through their loss while becoming the new head of the class. The students become close to him, finally meeting a teacher who challenges them to become better, smarter people.. French with English subtitles.

Miami Beach Cinematheque

This Is Your Ocean: Sharks
April 22 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $8 to $10

Two esteemed wildlife artists, Wyland and Guy Harvey, and shark expert Jim Abernethy take shark lovers underwater in an effort to preserve the dwindling species. Abernethy introduces everyone to Emma the tiger shark to show the grace and beauty of sharks.

Check out these other films at the cinema:

The Kid With a Bike (Le gamin au vélo)
April 16 and 17 at 2:45 and 4:45 p.m., April 18 at 4:15 and 6 p.m., April 19 at 6:45 and 8:45 p.m.
Tickets: $8 to $10

Basilicata Coast to Coast (SICILIAN FILM FEST)
April 16 at 7 p.m.
Tickets:$8 to $10

Sicilia Queer Section (SICILIAN FILM FEST)
April 16 at 9:15 p.m.
Tickets: $8 to $10

A selection of five short films from the Sicilian Queer Film Festival.

Shock (Scossa) (SICILIAN FILM FEST)
April 17 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $8 to $10

Dancemaker (MIAMI DANCE FESTIVAL)
April 18 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $8 to $10

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival Series 1
April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $8 to $12

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival Series 2
April 21 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $8 to $12

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival Series 3
April 21 at 4:15 p.m.
Tickets: $8 to $12

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival Series 3
April 21 at 4:15 p.m.
Tickets: $8 to $12

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival Series 4
April 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $8 to $12

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival Series 5
April 22 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $8 to $12

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival Series 6
April 22 at 4:15 p.m.
Tickets: $8 to $12

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival Series 7
April 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $8 to $12

Cinema Paradiso

Passannante
April 21 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 to $10

Find out a dark secret in Italy’s history about an anarchist, Giovanni Passannante, and his attempt in 1878 to kill King Umberto I of Savoy. A family that never forgets, the Savoys forced the town that Passannante to change its name from Salvia to Savoia -- which it is still known by today. “Passannante” was a part of the 2011 Gallio Film Festival and is vying for the David di Donatello Award. A reception with the film’s director, musician and lead actor will be in the cinema’s courtyard at 7 p.m.

Check out these other films from the cinema:

4:44 Last Day on Earth
April 17 and 19 at 6 p.m., April 18 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $6 to $10

The Forgiveness of Blood
April 17 and 19 at 8 p.m., April 18 at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $6 to $10

The Salt of Life (Gianni e le donne)
April 20 at 6 p.m., April 21 at 4 p.m.
Tickets: $6 to $10

They Come to America
April 20 at 8 p.m. and April 21 at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $6 to $10