2016 Documentaries

ABrillantGenocide_2

A BRILLANT GENOCIDE

Directed by Ebony Butler
(Australia/2015/77mins) followed by a panel discussion

An expose of how an African dictator has been able to commit mass murder and still get a regular audience at The White House and 10 Downing Street.


AStruggleForHome_2A STRUGGLE FOR HOME: THE CRIMEAN TATARS

Directed by Christina Paschyn
(Ukraine, Qatar/2015/45mins) followed by a panel discussion

For more than 200 years, the Crimean Tatars struggled to free their native land, the Crimean Peninsula, from Russian domination. By 2014, many believed their long battle was finally coming to a good end. They were wrong.


Artspeak_1ARTSPEAK

Directed by Bill Claps
(Italy and USA/2015/16mins)

The use of ‘Artspeak’ has alienated a great swath of the art-viewing public. The film follows New York artist Bill Claps discovering everyday people’s thoughts and feelings about contemporary art as he develops a video installation and a series of artworks that comment on the phenomena of Artspeak.


BeyondRecognition_1BEYOND RECOGNITION

Directed by Michelle Grace Steinberg
(USA/2015/24:20mins) followed by a panel discussion

After decades struggling to protect her ancestors’ burial places, now engulfed by San Francisco’s sprawl, a Native woman from a non-federally recognized tribe and her allies occupy a sacred site to prevent its desecration.


CaspianFishermen_1CASPIAN FISHERMEN

Directed by Mohamad Hosein Abedini
(Iran/2015/5mins) 

In the south Caspian Sea, there are groups of fishermen who do not use advanced technology but the reflection of sunlight on the wet skin of their hands, their sunburned faces, and their looks on the blue water sea to fish.


FreaktheLanguage_1FREAK THE LANGUAGE

Directed by Lee Quinby and Sam Hampton
(USA/2015/28:50 mins)

Through poetry readings, the film spotlights poet David Mill’s unique associations of words, syntax, rhythm and rhyme. On-camera interviews convey how living in Langston Hughes’ landmark Harlem home developed a special bond with Hughes, while travel around the world enlivens his sense of history, body, and spirit.


LastDayofFreedom_1LAST DAY OF FREEDOM

Directed by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
(USA/2015/31:50mins)

When Bill realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime, he agonizes over his decision whether or not to call the police.


MadeOfClay_2MADE OF CLAY

Directed by Fayssal Bin Sahli
(UAE/2015/9:59mins)

Ahmed, a passionate young stop-motion artist, wants to pursue his dream, but finds it difficult to do so because of his father’s views on his art. In an attempt to gain his father’s acceptance, Ahmed unravels the truth behind his dissatisfaction.


MindGame_1MIND/GAME: THE UNQUIET JOURNEY OF CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW

Directed by Rick Goldsmith
(USA/2015/57mins)

Basketball super-star Chamique Holdsclaw’s roller-coaster attempts at recovery from near-suicide reveal an uphill battle against the stigma of mental illness.


Oriented_1ORIENTED

Directed by Jake Witzenfeld
(Israel/2015/82mins) followed by a panel discussion

Challenged by their sexuality and outcast by their nationality, three Palestinian friends explore their national and sexual identity in Tel-Aviv during the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014.


TheCloserWeGet_1THE CLOSER WE GET

Directed by Karen Guthrie
(UK/2015/127:44mins)

Karen’s mother Ann suffers a devastating stroke that brings her daughter back home when she least expects it. But Karen isn’t the only one who returns to help care for Ann in the crisis.


TheEyeofIstanbul_1THE EYE OF ISTANBUL

Directed by Binnur Karaevli and Fatih Kaymak
(Turkey/2015/61mins) 

The story of Ara Güler, the legendary Armenian-Turkish photographer, through a culmination of his retrospective exhibition in Istanbul.


TheInterior_1THE INTERIOR

Directed by Jonathan Rattner
(USA/2015/24mins)

January, the Alaskan Interior, 56 mushing dogs, 4 humans, 5 hours of sunlight. This observational work examines the interior worlds of its subjects and explores how to write with limited light.


TryToRemember_Still2TRY TO REMEMBER

Directed by Dae-Hyun Kim
(South Korea/2015/73 mins)

The story of Korea’s first female vocal group “Kim Sisters” who performed in Las Vegas, making a strong debut to the American public.


WillToWin_1WILL TO WIN

Directed by André Banza
(Portugal/2015/108mins)

Biographical documentary on Anselmo Ralph, currently one of Africa’s major artists. There is no such thing as boundaries in music, and Anselmo’s music has definitely conquered all continents, not only his homeland, Angola, a country that named him as the biggest singer and performer of his generation.


WorleyMountain_1

WORLEY MOUNTAIN

Directed by Allen Myers
(Canada/USA/2015/5mins)

For nearly a hundred years, Worley Mountain has been the source of a wild Christmas tree harvest that spans two weeks in late October before the snow comes in. Today, Bambi and his crew nurture these lands for future harvests.


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