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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…
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808: HOW WE RESPOND

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808: HOW WE RESPOND

Directed by Ian Bell
Unfiltered, in our age of social media: live streamers in Hawaii inadvertently record their responses to the 2018…
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A BOLT AT A TIME

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A BOLT AT A TIME

Directed by Dwight Chalmers
A tender and nostalgic exploration of times gone by.
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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.
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A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA

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A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA

Directed by Sophia Nahli Allison
A radical act of remembrance for Latasha Harlins, whose death sparked the 1992 LA Riots, through her cousin…
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ALL ON A MARDI GRAS DAY

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ALL ON A MARDI GRAS DAY

Directed by Michal Pietrzyk
Desmond becomes the Big Chief of his tribe of Mardi Gras Indians in this sumptuous study of a…
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ALL SKINFOLK AIN’T KINFOLK

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ALL SKINFOLK AIN’T KINFOLK

Directed by Angela Tucker
The race for mayor of New Orleans comes down to two very different black female politicians resulting in…
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EXIT 12

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EXIT 12

Directed by Mohammad Gorjestani
Former U.S. Marine Roman Baca starts a dance company that offers veterans and individuals affected by war a…
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BALLET AFTER DARK

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BALLET AFTER DARK

Directed by B.Monét
In the aftermath of an attack, a ballet teacher develops a program that heals survivors of abuse with…
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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…
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BEING WITH ELEPHANTS

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BEING WITH ELEPHANTS

Directed by James Martin
A profile of the Elephant Aware Conservancy in the Siana region of the Massai Mara and the Elephant…
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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,…
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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…
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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...
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CHARON

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CHARON

Directed by Cullen Parr
Myron Dyal, a California artist with temporal lobe epilepsy, creates striking art inspired by seizure induced visions.
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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.
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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.
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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…
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DEPARTING GESTURE

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DEPARTING GESTURE

Directed by Brian Bolster, Jonathan Napolitano
With ultimate compassion, one Mississippi funeral director cremates and buries those who were rejected by their family.
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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…
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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.
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EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SUDDEN BIRTH* (*BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK)

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EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SUDDEN BIRTH* (*BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK)

Directed by Scott Calonico
Go behind the scenes of the most farcical educational film ever made.
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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…
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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.
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GREYKEY

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GREYKEY

Directed by Enric Ribes
A woman details the legacy of her quiet father, a Spaniard who survived internment by the Nazis at…
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GUAXUMA

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GUAXUMA

Directed by Nara Normande
A young woman reflects on a dear childhood friend she had growing up on the beaches of Brazil.
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GUN SHOW

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GUN SHOW

Directed by Richard Chisolm
An art show of assault rifle sculptures allows passersbys to touch and interact with them in this poignant…
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HAPPY ANIMALS

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HAPPY ANIMALS

Directed by David Freid
Meet the Quokka, Australia’s self-proclaimed “world’s happiest animal,” and the people willing to do anything to take a…
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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…
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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.
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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…
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LITTLE MISS SUMO

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LITTLE MISS SUMO

Directed by Matt Kay
Twenty-year-old Hiyori is a female sumo wrestler fighting to end the Japanese ban keeping women from competing professionally.
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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…
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MAGWIRE ART

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MAGWIRE ART

Directed by Dave Rhodes
Meet Molly McGuire, a painter whose New Orleans inspired characters come to life through her one-of-a-kind Circus Banners.
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MOINTAL RANGER

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MOINTAL RANGER

Directed by Ansiqi Li
In China’s far-flung border with Kazakhstan, one forest ranger dedicates his life to protecting the forest and promoting…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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ON A WING AND A PRAYER

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ON A WING AND A PRAYER

Directed by Dominic Gill
Louisiana’s disappearing wetlands are cataloged by aerial photographer Ben Depp during the course of 200+ flights.
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QUILT FEVER

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QUILT FEVER

Directed by Olivia Loomis Merrion
Paducah, Kentucky's annual Quilt Week is home to what is known as the Academy Awards of quilting.
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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…
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SELLING LIES

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SELLING LIES

Directed by Leslie Iwerks
An exposé tracking how the 2016 U.S. presidential election was shockingly impacted by Macedonian teenagers posting completely fabricated…
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ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN

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ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN

Directed by Sami Khan, Smriti Mundhra
Battle rapper turned activist turned state representative Bruce Franks Jr. uses his own harrowing experience with gun violence…
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STAY CLOSE

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STAY CLOSE

Directed by Luther Clement, Shuhan Fan
A reflective mix of home videos, archival interviews, and animations unveil the extraordinary story of an unlikely Olympic…
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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.
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SWEETHEART DANCERS

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SWEETHEART DANCERS

Directed by Ben-Alex Dupris
Indigenous dancers Sean and Adrian challenge the rulebook by performing at powwows in the “Sweetheart Dance” — a…
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TAKE ME TO PROM

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TAKE ME TO PROM

Directed by Andrew Moir
Ranging from high schoolers to the elderly, a collection of people across the LGBTQ spectrum share their charming,…
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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…
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THE DUCK QUEEN OF PLAQUIMINE

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THE DUCK QUEEN OF PLAQUIMINE

Directed by Dominic Gill
Head out into the water with the spirited Duck Queen who disagrees with the use of levees on…
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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…
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THE LAST TRAPP FAMILY

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THE LAST TRAPP FAMILY

Directed by Hudson Lines
The last commercial fishing family in Rhode Island practice traditional trap fishing, struggling to survive in a changing…
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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…
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THE NIGHTCRAWLERS

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THE NIGHTCRAWLERS

Directed by Alexander A. Mora
A shocking profile of Duterte's war on drugs and the small group of determined photojournalists who risk everything…
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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...
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THURSDAY FIELDS

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THURSDAY FIELDS

Directed by Harry Zernike
A portrait of a surprisingly diverse community of cyclists, found in an otherworldly landscape at the edge of…
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TREELINE

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TREELINE

Directed by Jordan Manley
From the British Columbia Rainforest to the mountains of the Great Basin Ranges, trees — the most enduring…
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TUTWILER

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TUTWILER

Directed by Elaine McMillion Sheldon
In one of America's most notorious prisons, female inmates fight for reform and continue to give birth at…
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WOMEN IN FIRE

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WOMEN IN FIRE

Directed by Scott Calonico
Less than 10% of firefighters are women — meet a few who are making headway in their industry.