As far as unconventional spaces go, Cinema Nova tops the list. Its manifesto – yes, they have one – states that it was founded nearly 20 years ago to explore and present possible alternatives to an increasingly commercialized society. Cinema, in its broadest sense, is here understood as a tool to engage an audience in often marginalized debates. True to its word, this non-profit cinema is largely run by a group of volunteers dedicated to screening independent productions which limited commercial potential runs the risk of falling through mainstream distribution networks. Programing is devised in monthly themes, each of which brings a number of guests to the venue.