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Of Fathers and Sons - Following a Radical Islamist Family in Syria
In this Oscar -nominated documentary, filmmaker Talal Derki traveled to Syria where he gained the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses primarily on the children, providing an extremely rare…
Kedi - The Cats of an Ancient City
Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they've wandered in and out of people's lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Winner of Best First…
Helvetica - Typography, Graphic Design and Global Visual Culture
An independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. HELVETICA looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. An…
Rat Film - The History of Baltimore Told Through a Unique Lens
A documentary that uses the rat as a passageway into the dark, complicated history of Baltimore. A unique blend of history, sci-fi, poetry and portraiture, RAT FILM brilliantly breaks documentary norms and dissects how racial segregation, redlining, and environmental racism…
Marwencol - Recovering from a Brutal Attack, an Artist Creates a Miniature World
Jeff Malmberg's landmark documentary MARWENCOL follows the story of Mark Hogancamp, a victim of a brutal beating, who in response created a fantastic miniature world. As he documents the town's dramas with his camera, the dolls become living characters in…
Orgasm Inc. - The Strange Science of Female Pleasure
In the shocking and hilarious documentary ORGASM INC., filmmaker Liz Canner takes a job editing erotic videos for a drug trial for a pharmaceutical company. Her employer is developing what they hope will be the first Viagra drug for women…
Anita - Speaking Truth to Power
Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, ANITA reveals the intimate story of a woman who spoke truth to power. An entire country watched as a poised, beautiful African-American woman sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men…
Obit. - The New York Times Obituary Writers
It's a shame no one wants to talk to them at parties, because obituary writers are a surprisingly funny bunch. Ten hours before newspapers hit neighborhood doorsteps--and these days, ten minutes before news hits the web--an obit writer is racing…
The King - The Rise and Fall of Elvis Presley
Driving a Rolls-Royce once owned by Elvis Presley - with a revolving crew of musicians in the backseat - director Eugene Jarecki embarks on a cross-country road trip to explore how Elvis lost his authenticity as America lost its soul.…
Gilbert - The Life of Comedian Gilbert Gottfried
Gilbert Gottfried rose to fame in the 1980's thanks to his brash stand-up act and personality. Now, after decades of flying solo in both his work and in his personal life, Gilbert has shockingly reinvented himself...as a family man. Nominated…
After Auschwitz - Profiling Six Extraordinary Holocaust Survivors and Their Lives After the War
"You're free. Go home." Most Holocaust films end with these words, the very words that survivors heard at liberation. But AFTER AUSCHWITZ is not a typical "Holocaust" film. It begins with these words, inviting audiences to experience what happened next.…
Design Canada - The History of Graphic Design in Canada
The first documentary chronicling the history of Canadian graphic design and how it shaped a nation and its people. What defines a national identity, is it an anthem? A flag? Is it a logo or icon? How do these elements…
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Last Men in Aleppo - The White Helmet Heroes Saving Lives in Syria
2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad's breathtaking work - a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage - follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets; ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards…
Grace Jones - Bloodlight And Bami
This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones's bold aesthetic. A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media…
Mavis! - Gospel Music Legend and Civil Rights Activist Mavis Staples
An award-winning documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the '60s and hits like "I'll Take You There" in the '70s, to funked-up collaborations…
Hip Hop - Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Director Byron Hurt, former star college quarterback, long-time hip-hop fan, and gender violence prevention educator, conceived the documentary as a "loving critique" of…
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The Prison in Twelve Landscapes - An Examination of the American Prison System
An essential documentary, Brett Story's incisive, investigative and wide-ranging THE PRISON IN TWELVE LANDSCAPES is an examination of the prison and its place - social, economic and psychological - in American society. Filmmaker Brett Story excavates the often-unseen links and…
Tower - First Hand Accounts of the University of Texas' 1966 Shooting
August 1st 1966 was the day our innocence was shattered. A sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in what was a…
We Were Here - The AIDS Years in San Francisco
An intimate, yet epic history of the AIDS years in San Francisco, as told through the stories of five longtime San Franciscans. The film documents the coming of what was called the "Gay Plague" in the early 1980s. It illuminates…
Check It - A Gang of LGBT Youth in Washington D.C.
This film festival favorite follows a group of African-American gay and transgender youth in one of Washington D.C.'s most violent neighborhoods. After being subjected to constant torment and assault, the group formed their own gang for camaraderie and protection. Official…