Genre

Human Interest

Short Films

1500 MILES

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1500 MILES

Directed by Chris Duncan
Adaptive athlete Nicole Ver Kuilen takes on a 1,500 mile race that involves swimming, running, and biking despite…
Southern Features

17 BLOCKS

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17 BLOCKS

Directed by Davy Rothbart
The Sanfords struggle with addiction, poverty, and gun violence when an unexpected tragedy leads to a journey of…
Short Films

A LINE BIRDS CANNOT SEE

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A LINE BIRDS CANNOT SEE

Directed by Amy Bench
A young woman recounts her harrowing saga in the U.S. while fleeing a violent home life in Guatemala.

ARTIKO

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ARTIKO

Directed by Jesus Mari Lazkano, Josu Venero
Renowned Spanish Basque painter Jesus Mari Lazkano journeys to the Svalbard archipelago, near the Arctic Circle, to find…
Short Films

BALLHAWKS

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BALLHAWKS

Directed by Samantha Sanders
A group of Chicagoan baseball fans hunt for home runs — but they have to stand outside of…
US Features

BEDLAM

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BEDLAM

Directed by Kenneth Paul Rosenberg
Over a period of five years, a psychiatrist tracks the lives of individuals suffering from debilitating mental illness.
Short Films

BETTY FEEDS THE ANIMALS

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BETTY FEEDS THE ANIMALS

Directed by James P. Gannon
Twice a day, the elderly Betty places bowls of food out for the stray cats, raccoons, foxes, possums,…
Short Films

BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY

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BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY

Directed by Emily Thomas
In Detroit, a community of pro-Trump Christian Iraqis find themselves at the mercy of ICE raids and dangerous…
Short Films

BLOODKIN

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BLOODKIN

Directed by Ramin Bahrani
Austin Eversole, age 15 at the time, who had suffered a long period of psychological and sexual abuse...
International Features

CACHADA – THE OPPORTUNITY

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CACHADA – THE OPPORTUNITY

Directed by Marlén Viñayo
Five women from El Salvador break through the cycle of generational abuse in this poignant exploration of the…
Short Films

CHASING MONSTERS

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CHASING MONSTERS

Directed by Krystle Wright, Toby Pike
Australian photographer Nick Moir chases monster storms across the American Midwest, capturing their destructive power and undeniable beauty.
International Features

CHINA LOVE

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CHINA LOVE

Directed by Olivia Martin-McGuire
Take a fantasy ride through contemporary China in this exploration of the billion-dollar pre-wedding photography industry.
US Features

CIRCUS OF BOOKS

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CIRCUS OF BOOKS

Directed by Rachel Mason
Karen and Barry Mason are the typical American parents — with the exception of operating an infamous LA…
Short Films

CODE RUTH

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CODE RUTH

Directed by Caroline Voagen Nelson
A true love story about a Morse code instructor finding her path and family during WWII.
Short Films

DANI

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DANI

Directed by Lizzy Hogenson
Featuring intimate stop-motion animation, Dani provides an update on her breast cancer treatment in an emotionally fraught call…
Short Films

DISTANCING

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DISTANCING

Directed by Miko Revereza
An undocumented Filipino filmmaker decides to leave the U.S. for Manila, contemplating the family and identity that he…
International Features

DIVE RITUALS IN WATER

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DIVE RITUALS IN WATER

Directed by Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir, Elín Hansdóttir, Hanna Björk Valsdóttir
A visionary swimming coach provokes outrage, engenders parental trust, and leads to miracles underwater in this cinematic and…
Southern Features

ERNIE & JOE: CRISIS COPS

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ERNIE & JOE: CRISIS COPS

Directed by Jenifer McShane
Two San Antonio police officers challenge long-held police practices for dealing with the mentally ill.
Short Films

EVERYBODY SHUT UP

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EVERYBODY SHUT UP

Directed by George O'Reilly
A look at how rapidly changing technologies are limiting human social interactions.
Short Films

FAST HORSE

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FAST HORSE

Directed by Alexandra Lazarowich
Siksika horseman Allison Red Crow works to assemble a team worthy of competing at the famed Calgary Stampede…
Short Films

FAST TALK

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FAST TALK

Directed by Jobie Nam
A whirlwind behind-the-scenes profile of the strange and surprising world of competitive fast-talking in the late 1980s.
Galas & Centerpieces, Southern Features

OPENING NIGHT GALA: FLANNERY

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OPENING NIGHT GALA: FLANNERY

Directed by Elizabeth Coffman, Mark Bosco
Ground-breaking iconoclast and jewel of the American South, Flannery O’Connor is given a loving tribute in this biographical…
International Features

FLOAT

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FLOAT

Directed by Phil KIbbe
An insider's look at the F1D World Championships for free flight model airplanes, whose balance is threatened when…
International Features

FOR SAMA

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FOR SAMA

Directed by Waad al-Kateab
A harrowing and unforgettable autobiographical portrait of a woman’s life during the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as told…
Southern Features

GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH

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GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH

Directed by David Charles Rodrigues
In response to anti-LGBTQ laws and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus tours the…
Southern Features

GUEST HOUSE

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GUEST HOUSE

Directed by Hannah Dweck, Yael Luttwak
Three women overcome their opioid addiction with the support of a re-entry house in this inspiring and hopeful…
International Features

HOPE FROZEN

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HOPE FROZEN

Directed by Pailin Wedel
A family cryopreserves their two-year-old daughter following her death from cancer; are they deluded or prescient in their…
US Features

HUMAN NATURE

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HUMAN NATURE

Directed by Adam Bolt
An unprecedented gene engineering tool presents the biggest scientific breakthrough of the modern era — but at what…
Southern Features

JADDOLAND

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JADDOLAND

Directed by Nadia Shihab
A young filmmaker returns to her mother’s dazzling artistic haven to explore three generations of their Iraqi family…
US Features

JUMP SHOT: THE KENNY SAILORS STORY

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JUMP SHOT: THE KENNY SAILORS STORY

Directed by Jacob Hamilton
Meet Kenny Sailors, inventor of the jump shot, whose “leaping one-hander” changed the game of basketball forever.
International Features

KATE NASH: UNDERESTIMATE THE GIRL

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KATE NASH: UNDERESTIMATE THE GIRL

Directed by Amy Goldstein
An unvarnished, behind-the-scenes look at the creative life and professional struggles of British singer-songwriter Kate Nash.
International Features

KIFARU

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KIFARU

Directed by David Hambridge
An intimate look at the extinction of the northern white rhino through the eyes of the two Kenyan…
International Features

THE KINGMAKER

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THE KINGMAKER

Directed by Lauren Greenfield
Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos made headlines in the 1980s when they were ousted after two decades of presiding...
Short Films

KOFI AND LARTEY

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KOFI AND LARTEY

Directed by Sasha Rainbow
Abbogbloshi has been dubbed “one of the most toxic places on earth” but young inhabitants Kofi and Lartey…
Short Films

L.A.R.P.: A LOVE STORY

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L.A.R.P.: A LOVE STORY

Directed by Summre Garber
Two outcasts meet while Live Action Role Playing (LARPing) and their fantastical stories lead to a sweet romance.
Short Films

LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL)

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LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL)

Directed by Carol Dysinger
In a country known as “one of the worst places to be born a girl,” visit a school…
International Features

LOS REYES

Film

LOS REYES

Directed by Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff
Two stray dogs, Football and Chola, are captured over a period of two years as they make their…
US Features

LOVE, ANTOSHA

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LOVE, ANTOSHA

Directed by Garret Price
The sterling talents and mercurial spirit of the late actor Anton Yelchin are remembered by his closest friends…
International Features

LOVE CHILD

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LOVE CHILD

Directed by Eva Mulvad
A poignant portrait of forbidden lovers, desperate to start a new life with their secret child, find themselves…
Short Films

LOWLAND KIDS

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LOWLAND KIDS

Directed by Sandra Winther
Two teenagers living on the slowly sinking Isle de Jean Charles are about become some of the first…
US Features

MADE IN BOISE

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MADE IN BOISE

Directed by Beth Aala
This deeply empathetic and eye-opening peek at the burgeoning business of surrogacy follows four gestational surrogates and their…
Southern Features

MEN & WOMEN OF DISTINCTION: GOVERNOR MIKE BEEBE

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MEN & WOMEN OF DISTINCTION: GOVERNOR MIKE BEEBE

Directed by Kathryn Francis Tucker
This profile of the commendable public service of former Governor Mike Beebe charts his efforts to create lasting…
International Features

MIDNIGHT FAMILY

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MIDNIGHT FAMILY

Directed by Luke Lorentzen
The Ochoa family operate an independent for-profit emergency ambulance within Mexico’s shockingly underserved healthcare system.
US Features

MIKE WALLACE IS HERE

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MIKE WALLACE IS HERE

Directed by Avi Belkin
An unflinching look at the legendary reporter Mike Wallace, who interrogated the 20th century’s biggest figures during his…
Southern Features

MOSSVILLE: WHEN GREAT TREES FALL

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MOSSVILLE: WHEN GREAT TREES FALL

Directed by Alexander John Glustrom
The inhabitants of Mossville, once a thriving, historically black community, have all been uprooted, except for one mighty…
International Features

MOTHER

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MOTHER

Directed by Kristof Bilsen
A deft exploration of what it means to be a mother through a caregiver who cares for other…
Short Films

MOTHERLAND

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MOTHERLAND

Directed by Emily Mkrtichian, Jesse Soursourian
A group of brave Armenian women shake off cultural traditions to rid their country of landmines left over…
International Features

MR. JIMMY

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MR. JIMMY

Directed by Peter Michael Dowd
Rock out to the music of the mercurial Japanese Jimmy Page impersonator and superfan who moves to California…
Short Films

MY FATHER, MY FARM

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MY FATHER, MY FARM

Directed by Jonathan Napolitano, Kayleigh Rose
Facing the prospect of losing a multi-generational family farm due to falling prices in the dairy industry, a…
Short Films

MY THEATRE

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MY THEATRE

Directed by Kazuya Ashizawa
Despite Shuji Tamura’s Japanese Cinema having closed over 55 years ago, he continues to share it and a…
US Features

MYSTIFY: MICHAEL HUTCHENCE

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MYSTIFY: MICHAEL HUTCHENCE

Directed by Richard Lowenstein
A bold collage of electrifying performance footage and intimate home videos paint an illuminative portrait of the INXS…
US Features

NOTHING FANCY: DIANA KENNEDY

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NOTHING FANCY: DIANA KENNEDY

Directed by Elizabeth Carroll
Diane Kennedy is a legendary chef and author, whose razor sharp intellect, and cutting wit are beautifully captured…
Galas & Centerpieces, International Features

CENTERPIECE FILM: OBJECTOR

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CENTERPIECE FILM: OBJECTOR

Directed by Molly Stuart
A window into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the perspective of a Jewish woman making an uncommon sacrifice.
International Features

ONE CHILD NATION

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ONE CHILD NATION

Directed by Jialing Zhang, Nanfu Wang
After becoming a mother director Nanfu Wang explores the ripple effect of China’s devastating One Child Policy.
International Features

OUR TIME MACHINE

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OUR TIME MACHINE

Directed by S. Leo Chiang, Yang Sun
The Shanghai-based artist Maleonn races against time to stage a magical, moving autobiographical play for his father, who…
Southern Features

PAHOKEE

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PAHOKEE

Directed by Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan
Four teens face heartbreak and celebrate in the rituals of an extraordinary senior year in a small agricultural…
US Features

PIZZA, A LOVE STORY

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PIZZA, A LOVE STORY

Directed by Gorman Bechard
New Haven, Connecticut is home to three of America’s top ranked pizza restaurants — all located within a…
Southern Features

QUALIFIED

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QUALIFIED

Directed by Jenna Ricker
Inside the hallowed grounds of the Indianapolis 500, Janet Guthrie — the first woman to attempt Indy —…
Galas & Centerpieces, Southern Features

CLOSING NIGHT GALA: QUEST OF THE MUSCLE NERD

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CLOSING NIGHT GALA: QUEST OF THE MUSCLE NERD

Directed by Jared Young, Matthew Young
Follow Jerry Peacock as he makes his dream to host a cosplay bodybuilding competition at Dragon Con a…
Southern Features

RAISE HELL: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS

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RAISE HELL: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS

Directed by Janice Engel
Few journalists have left a legacy so profound and sharply funny as Texas' Molly Ivins, whose acerbic insights…
US Features

RIGHT TO HARM

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RIGHT TO HARM

Directed by Matt Wechsler
An essential investigation into the impact of factory farming across the US, and what affected communities have courageously…
US Features

RINGSIDE

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RINGSIDE

Directed by André Hörmann
In this emotional gut-punch of a boxing documentary, two young Chicago men fight to survive both professionally and…
US Features

RUNNER

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RUNNER

Directed by Bill Gallagher
Guor Marial’s difficult and triumphant journey from refugee to world-renowned athlete, as he strives for athletic greatness.
International Features

SEA OF SHADOWS

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SEA OF SHADOWS

Directed by Richard Ladkani
A complex war between drug cartels, local fishermen, politicians and the Chinses Mafia, has pushed the ecosystem of...
International Features

SEAHORSE

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SEAHORSE

Directed by Jeanie Finlay
When a transgender man decides to carry his child himself, the pregnancy prompts a reckoning with conventions of…
Short Films

SECOND SIGHT

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SECOND SIGHT

Directed by Cole Sax
When the matriarch of a Filipino family loses her sight to cataracts they struggle for years, until a…
International Features

SHOOTING THE MAFIA

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SHOOTING THE MAFIA

Directed by Kim Longinotto
Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia spends her career documenting the life and crimes of the Mafia with intimate details…
Shorts Programs

SHORTS PROGRAM: HSDFF SCREENING COMMITTEE PRESENTS

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SHORTS PROGRAM: HSDFF SCREENING COMMITTEE PRESENTS

Favorites from the Screening Committee of 2019 In Person: Film Subject, Bruce Franks Jr. with St. Louis Superman 
Shorts Programs

SHORTS PROGRAM: RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES

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SHORTS PROGRAM: RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES

Docs looking at urgent socio-political issues. In Person: Filmmaker, Emily Thomas Blessings of Liberty
Shorts Programs

SHORTS PROGRAM: SPORTS THEMED SHORTS

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SHORTS PROGRAM: SPORTS THEMED SHORTS

Sports-themed documentaries! In Person: Filmmaker, Harry Zernike Thursday Fields
Short Films

SWATTED

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SWATTED

Directed by Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
Stunning wireframe animation explores the illegal cyber-harassment known as “swatting,” where gamers convince law enforcement to arrest competitors.
US Features

THE APOLLO

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THE APOLLO

Directed by Roger Ross Williams
The Apollo Theater influenced pop culture more than any other entertainment venue, serving as a launchpad for myriad…
Short Films

THE BURLEY FARMER

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THE BURLEY FARMER

Directed by Marc Havener
The toil and trouble of one family's burley tobacco harvest rests in the hands of a single government…
US Features

THE CONDOR & THE EAGLE

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THE CONDOR & THE EAGLE

Directed by Sophie & Clement Guerra
Four Indigenous leaders across North and South America seek to empower their communities and find solutions to combat…
Short Films

THE HORNS OF KOLKATA

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THE HORNS OF KOLKATA

Directed by Andrew Scott
The cacophonous sounds of one Indian city envelop this ethnographic study of daily life, its rhythms, and its…
Short Films

THE LOVE BUGS

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THE LOVE BUGS

Directed by Allison Otto
Entomologists Charlie and Lois have been studying insects for over 60 years; the only thing that surpasses their…
Short Films

THE SOUND OF A WILD SNAIL EATING

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THE SOUND OF A WILD SNAIL EATING

Directed by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Adapting her own popular memoir of the same name, the director tells an warm story of existentialism and...
US Features

THE STORY OF PLASTIC

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THE STORY OF PLASTIC

Directed by Deia Schlosberg
Scientists and activists challenge corporations pushing single-use plastic consumerism, as plastic pollution is a problem unsolvable by recycling…
US Features

TRIXIE MATTEL: MOVING PARTS

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TRIXIE MATTEL: MOVING PARTS

Directed by Nicholas Zeig-Owens
Trixie charmed audiences and judges on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, but the pressure of the title proves…
International Features

VARDA BY AGNES

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VARDA BY AGNES

Directed by Agnès Varda, Didier Rouget
Agnès Varda’s final feature documentary sheds light on her experience as a director, bringing a personal insight to…
Southern Features

WE BELIEVE IN DINOSAURS

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WE BELIEVE IN DINOSAURS

Directed by Clayton Brown, Monica Long Ross
A charged conversation between creationists and secularists unfolds as a massively scaled Noah’s Ark theme park is built…
Southern Features

WELL GROOMED

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WELL GROOMED

Directed by Rebecca Stern
The creative and colorful world of competitive dog grooming is presented in this charming documentary that follows four…
International Features

WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED

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WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED

Directed by Mariam Ghani
The story of Communist-era Afghanistan and lives under fire are told through a recently uncovered treasure trove of…
International Features

WHAT WILL BECOME OF US

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WHAT WILL BECOME OF US

Directed by Steven Cantor
A self-made billionaire makes the biggest decision of his life: sell the company he’s built since 1953 or…
International Features

WILD HONEY

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WILD HONEY

Directed by Ava Porter, Farhad Akhmetov
The harmonious universality of musical expression is explored in this rapturous, ethnographic look at traditional folk music in…
International Features

YOUR TURN

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YOUR TURN

Directed by Eliza Capai
With kinetic energy and infectious empowerment, three young Brazilian activists fight for education and affordable transportation.