06-24 November 2019

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Documentaries

BIKRAM: YOGI, GURU, PREDATOR
BIKRAM: YOGI, GURU, PREDATOR

Eva ORNER
United States
Feature film

BIKRAM: YOGI, GURU, PREDATOR shines a light on the women who took down controversial hot yoga guru Bikram Choudhury and explores the contradiction of how this healing discipline could both help and hurt so many.

 

CHANGING THE GAME
CHANGING THE GAME

Michael BARNETT
United States
Feature film

In CHANGING THE GAME, young transgender athlete trailblazers Mack Beggs, Andraya Yearwood, and Sarah Rose Huckman struggle to show that being an athlete is as much a part of their identity as their gender expression.

 

FOR SAMA
FOR SAMA

Waad AL-KATEAB and Edward WATTS
Syria, United Kingdom
Feature film

26-year old female Syrian filmmaker, Waad al-Kateab, filmed her life in rebel-held Aleppo through 5 years of the Syrian uprising, documenting the challenges the conflict imposed on women and children.

GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP
GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP

Deann LIEM
United States, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, South Korea
Feature film

In this tale about the rise of Korea’s global adoption program, four adult adoptees return to their country of birth, mapping the geographies of kinship that bind them to a homeland they never knew.

GRANNY POETRY CLUB
GRANNY POETRY CLUB

Jae-Hwan KIM
South Korea
Feature film

A whole generation of women banned from reading by colonial policies in the 1930s finally get their chance to learn the Korean written language for the first time through the Granny Poetry Club.

HOPE FROZEN
HOPE FROZEN

Pailin WEDEL
Thailand
Feature film

A Thai two-year-old girl with terminal brain cancer undergoes cryo-preservation. While her father yearns to let her experience a rebirth inside a regenerated body, what her brother discovers will rattle their radical hope in science.

JOHN NEPTUNE Shakuhachi Performance
JOHN NEPTUNE Shakuhachi Performance


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John 'Kaizan' Neptune, master of the Japanese shakuhachi flute will perform a short set after the first screening of WORDS CAN'T GO THERE.

LOST AND FOUND: THE FILM ARCHIVES OF GREG NOLL
LOST AND FOUND: THE FILM ARCHIVES OF GREG NOLL

Grant WASHBURN and Jay JOHNSON
United States
Short film

Greg “Da Bull” Noll is one of the most prominent surfing legends. He is known for his imposing stature and the way he “charges” onto the biggest of waves. Now, LOST & FOUND: THE FILM ARCHIVES OF GREG NOLL attempts to locate and preserve his historic images.

OCEAN QUEST XPRIZE COMPETITION DOCUMENTARY
OCEAN QUEST XPRIZE COMPETITION DOCUMENTARY

Shane VERMOOTEN
United States
Feature film

A team of gifted high school students enter an international competition to map the ocean floor, but have to contend with professional opponents, challenging technology and a steep learning curve.

ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON & THE BAND
ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON & THE BAND

Daniel ROHER
United States
Feature film

ONCE WERE BROTHERS follows the life and legacy of music legend Robbie Robertson, capturing an intimate glimpse of Robertson through rare archival footage as well as poignant interviews with those who knew him.

OUR TIME MACHINE
OUR TIME MACHINE

Yang SUN and S. Leo CHIANG
China
Feature film

A moving meditation on art, mortality, and family, OUR TIME MACHINE centers on Maleonn, a famous Chinese conceptual artist, as he grapples with the advancing dementia afflicting his father, Ma Ke.

PICTURE CHARACTER
PICTURE CHARACTER

Ian CHENEY and Martha SHANE
United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Argentina, Japan
Feature film

Emojis are a worldwide phenomenon, with some arguing that these smiling poops and heart-eyed faces are on the verge of actually becoming their own language. Who, if anyone, is in charge of this new global digital language? PICTURE CHARACTER take us deep into this world, from the private non-profit international consortium that standardized emoji offerings and decides on the introduction of new ones, to the campaigns for new emojis. You’ll never look at another emoji, or think of language itself, the same way again. 

RUTH - JUSTICE GINSBURG IN HER OWN WORDS
RUTH - JUSTICE GINSBURG IN HER OWN WORDS

Freida Lee MOCK
United States
Feature film

Relying on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s own words and actions through rare archival footage and interviews, Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock captures the immensely popular and trailblazing justice’s life, views, and career.

THE HUMAN FACTOR
THE HUMAN FACTOR

Dror MOREH
United Kingdom, Israel
Feature film

THE HUMAN FACTOR is the behind-the-scenes story from the last 25 years, of how the United States came within reach of pulling off the impossible – securing peace between Israel and its neighbors.

THE INFILTRATORS
THE INFILTRATORS

Alex RIVERA and Christina IBARRA
United States
Feature film

In 2012, a group of undocumented youths intentionally allowed themselves to get caught. Their plan: infiltrate the for-profit detention centers used by ICE to store detainees before deportation in order to fight for their freedom.

 

THE RETURN
THE RETURN

Jon FISH
United States
Short film

50 years ago, Rocky Bleier’s life changed forever. A former Captain and National Champion from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN), he was in his rookie season for the Pittsburgh Steelers, when he was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. 

TURTLE ODYSSEY
TURTLE ODYSSEY

Caspar MAZZOTTI and Paul PHELAN
Australia
Feature film

Born on the edges of a tropical beach, a green sea turtle named Bunji explores life in the deep ocean. Her journey is wrought with hungry seagulls, menacing sharks, and the effects of pollution. Narrated by Russell Crowe, the film presents a decadent visual display of the achingly beautiful sea which renders each frame heavenly but dangerous. Turtle Odyssey tells a saccharine story that elevates the significance of all creatures whether beastly, beautiful or both.

WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS
WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS

Linda GOLDSTEIN KNOWLTON
United States
Feature film

A group of young women - the Radical Monarchs - chant into megaphones and march with fists clenched high. Decorated in “Radical Beauty” badges, these women of color attempt to preserve justice in all avenues of society.

WELL GROOMED
WELL GROOMED

Rebecca STERN
United States
Feature film

Enter the world of creative dog grooming, where owners compete to turn their poodles into bizarre and colourful works of art. Each year, dog groomers from across America travel to the country’s biggest contest in Hershey, Pennsylvania, with bags full of doggy hair dye and rhinestones to prove their talent to a select group of judges. Heartwarming, inspirational and surprisingly poignant, WELL GROOMED takes a compassionate look at the eccentric artists behind the international craze and the four legged friends who love them.

WORDS CAN'T GO THERE
WORDS CAN'T GO THERE

David NEPTUNE
United States, Japan
Feature film

David Neptune explores why his father John, a California-based surfer, first moved to Hawai’i then Japan to become a renowned shakuhachi flute master. This documentary is a 40-year journey of cross-cultural pollination and the sacrifices made to innovate a rare art form.

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