2017 Documentaries

24 Hour Comic

Directed by Milan Erceg
(USA/2017/69mins/World Premiere) followed by a panel discussion

8 Artists confined to a comic book store, partake in Scott McCloud’s 24 Hour Comic Challenge. Each attempting to write, draw, and complete a 24 page comic, in 24 hours.


Directed by Brian Inocencio, Nottapon Boonprakob Kai
(USA/2017/9mins/DC Premiere)

After a near fatal car accident, Alex’s life completely changed. This is a conversation between Alex and his mother Janet.


Directed by Dan Boord, Luis Valdovino
(USA/2016/7mins/East Coast Premiere)

The project is based on a song written by one of the pioneers of conjunto music, Don Santiago Jiménez. It is performed in this video by his son, Santiago Jiménez Jr.

Desert Wounds

Directed by Nili Dotan
(Israel/2016/59mins/USA Premiere)

The film tells the story of Christian African Women from Sudan and Eritrea, who fled persecution at the hand of Muslims in their countries and are seeking asylum in Israel.

Free to ride

Directed by Jamaal Bell
(USA/2017/59mins/World Premiere)

The film follows the story of a relentless grassroots coalition from across Dayton, Ohio who overcame a suburban contingent opposed to public transit, and the system of checks and balances that allowed justice and reason to prevail.


Directed by Arkus
(United Arab Emirates/2016/11mins/World Premiere)

Hartom is a window into the professional life of Andy who is far more than just a performing magician.


Directed by Sona Moghaddam
(Iran/2015/70mins/USA Premiere)

MASOUMEH ATAE is attacked brutally by acid by her ex-husband’s father 1.5 years after divorce. Despite losing her sight and severe burning, she tries to obtain the custody of her son.

painted city

Directed by Caitlin Carroll
(USA/2017/25mins/World Premiere)

Painted City explores the history of Washington, D.C.’s community murals and the preservation issues they face in rapidly changing neighborhoods by following one local woman’s efforts to study and conserve them.


Directed by Allison Otto

This poignant, award-winning documentary short reveals a day in the life at the National Wildlife Property Repository—a little-known 22,000 square-foot warehouse outside of Denver where wildlife items confiscated at US ports of entry are stored.

single asian female online

Directed by Jaime Ekkens
(USA/2016/7mins/DC Premier)

The true unfiltered online messages received by one Single Asian Woman…

Specters are Haunting Europe

Directed by Maria Kourkouta, Niki Giannari
(Greece and France/2016/99mins)

The daily life of refugees (Syrian, Kurdish, Pakistani, Afghani, and other) in the camp of Idomeni. People waiting in queues for food, tea and doctors; waiting to cross the border between Greece and Macedonia. One day, Europe closes its borders for them once and for all.

The learning alliance

Directed by Muhammad Umar Saeed
/2016/8mins/DC Premiere)

Collecting garbage for earning and paying their fees for school, three brothers who are changing their future by studying and at the same time selling garbage in Lahore, Pakistan. The Learning Alliance is a portrait of children with dreams and their struggle towards achieving it.


Directed by John Kinhart
(USA/2015/90mins/DC Premiere)

Pigheaded tells the provocative life story of underground cartoonist and subversive satirist Skip Williamson.

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