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Announcing the narrative feature selections for DCIFF 2022

Adam and the Water directed by Matthew Appleby (USA / 2022 / 80mins/ Premiere) Key Cast: Qado, Elisa Alemparte. Adam, riddled by his own inhibitions and fears, is stuck in the mundane existence of a 9-5 life in New York. Nearing the brink of personal collapse, he meets Eva. As she enters Adams’s life, the void starts to dissipate, and a new ethereal world guides him toward self-realization. Will Adam succumb to the crippling reality he has created, or rise to a free and infinite one? .

Americanish directed by Iman Zawahry (USA /2021 /90mins.) Key Cast: Aizzah Fatima, Salena Qureshi, Shenaz Treasure, Lillete Dubey, Mohammed Amer, Godfrey, George Wendt, Kapil Talwalkar.  In Jackson Heights, Queens, two sisters and their fresh-off-the-boat cousin try all the conventional ways to earn the love and respect of the matriarch of their family only to learn that life works out in the most unconventional ways.

Bootyology directed by Joe Eddy ( USA/ 2022/ 96mins/ Premiere) Key Cast Brian Austin Green, Andy Kindler, David Thuene, Patrice Covington, Alysha YoungKey Cast, Rhett George, Megan Duffy, Robert J Steinmiller Jr., Spencer Yaras, Chris Lightbody. When a documentary crew sets out to explore the relationship between artificial intelligence and popular music, their journey takes an unexpected turn when they stumble across a mystery involving the disappearance of the infamous rap duo, The Booty Boys. 

Sons of the Sea directed by John Gutierrez (South Africa /2021 /82mins.)  Lead Cast: Roberto Kyle, Marlon Swarts and Brendon Daniels.  In a small fishing community on the outskirts of Cape Town, Gabriel discovers a dead body and two bags of valuable abalone. His brother, Michail, convinces him they must take it for themselves.

We Don’t Dance For Nothing  directed by Stefanos Tai (Hong Kong / 2022 / 100mins/ Premiere)  Lead Cast: Miles Sible, Xyza Cada, Miss Powers, Anson Bean.  In the vibrant Hong Kong community of Filipina domestic workers and during escalating protests, one woman plans her escape. Photo montage and moving image weave a story of entrapment and release when they dance. 

Announcing DCIFF 2022 Finalists: Documentary

FEATURES

Living in Delusionville directed by Constant van Hoeven (USA / 2022 / 70mins.) From humble Midwestern beginnings, legendary art Ron English has pranked and pummeled his way into prominence, influencing generations of artists and laying the groundwork for the explosion of Street Art.

My Childhood, My Country directed by Phil Grabsky and Shoaib Sharifi (UK / 2021 / 90mins.)  A real-life epic of boyhood and manhood  in Afghanistan, one of the most embattled corners of the globe , filmed across twenty years. 

The Hit directed by Christopher Jon Halsne ( USA / 2022 / 83 mins.) A team of national-award-winning journalists reinvestigate a fatal crash where NASCAR racing legend Tony Stewart killed a young competitor. New evidence exposes how money, power, and fame may have corrupted a small-town justice system.

SHORT FORMAT

Childfree directed by Sara Bahramjahan (Iran / 2021 / 35mins.) What drives Iranians who decided to have no children and how do they fit in.

Magdalene’s Lies directed by Julie Laurenz  (South Africa / 2021 / 26mins.)To some Magdalene is a “Mother Teresa”, to other’s she is a rotten crook. The real Magdalene is revealed.   

Pineland/Hollywood  directed by Debi Cornwall ( USA / 2021 / 10 mins ) At a traffic stop, distinguishing reality from fantasy becomes the difference between life and death. Using fair-use clips from almost 200 Hollywood films to tell one true story.

The Militiaman directed by David Peter Hansen ( USA / 2021 / 31.22 mins.) In the hills of rural Pennsylvania, the leader of a local militia must prepare his men for the turbulent political landscape of 2020 while at war with his own conscience.

Regreso directed by Wijdane Balbiyar  (USA / 2021 /5 mins.) Achraf, a Moroccan teenager, tried to escape poverty  by swimming his way from Africa to Europe..

Remnants of Memory  directed by Michael Arlen Davis (USA / 2021 /25.20 ).  Fine Art Photographer Charles Johnstone explores the vivid canals and ancient passageways of Venice, Italy in search of a new book project.

Dajla: cinema and oblivion directed by Arturo Dueñas Herrero (Spain / 2020 / 15mins) In Dakhla, a forgotten refugee camp in southern Algeria, there is a film festival, the Fisahara. 

Entrance and Exit of Mascha B. directed by Laura Engelhardt (Germany / 2020 / 14 mins.)  At a big architectural visualization company, delicate operations give rise to a photorealistic rendering to promote a yet-to-be-built office space. 

My Brother is Deaf directed by Peter Hoffman Kimball (USA / 2021 / 10mins.) A  boy learns that his younger brother is deaf and tries to understand.