2019 festival films

#FEMALEPLEASURE

#FEMALE PLEASURE is a plea for female sexuality in the 21st century. Questioning millennial patriarchal structures as well as todays omnipresent porn-culture, it accompanies five extraordinary women around the globe, fighting for a self-determined, joyful female sexuality.

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A Normal Girl

It is common practice for doctors to perform genital surgeries on intersex infants–often with disastrous results. A Normal Girl brings the widely unknown struggles of intersex people to light, through the story of intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis.

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Alice

After discovering that her husband’s addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds herself drawn into the world of high-end prostitution as a means of caring for herself and her child.

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Always in Season

When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy is found hanging from a swingset in rural North Carolina in 2014, his mother’s search for justice and reconciliation begins while the trauma of more than a century of lynching African Americans bleeds into the present.

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An Act of Terror

The true story of Virginia Christian, a 16-year-old African American girl accused of murder in the Jim Crow South.

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Art for the People: Eric Bransby, American Mural Artist

This beautiful bio-documentary film reveals the life and work of Eric Bransby, a respected and admired artist known for his dozens of extraordinary public murals in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Utah. Bransby is an authority on the history and technique of mural painting and one of the few living painters qualified to work in the Buon Fresco medium. Instructing well into his 102 years, Eric is a dedicated, inspiring and caring teacher and an integral part of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s rich history.

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As We Were

On a winter afternoon, Alex must realize the importance of family and her responsibility for her grandfather, remembering that he had done the same for her when she was little.

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Ashes to Ashes

Winfred Rembert, the only living survivor of a lynching, a Star Wars fanatic and leather artist, collides and develops a friendship with Doctor Shirley Jackson Whitaker who is on a mission to memorialize the forgotten 4,000 African Americans lynched during the Jim Crow era. Together, their journeys of healing intertwine.

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Ballet After Dark

BALLET AFTER DARK tells the story a young woman who found the strength to survive after an attack. She created an organization that is helping sexual abuse and domestic violent survivors find healing after trauma through dance therapy.

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Beauty

Christina Willings’ documentary Beauty explores the lives of five gender-creative kids, each uniquely engaged in shaping their ideas of what it means to be fully human.

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Black Flag

Sydney is from Georgia. Deja is from Detroit. These two new dorm-mates are excited to start their freshman year together. That is, until Sydney decides to decorate their room with a little piece of ‘Southern pride.’

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Black Hat

A seemingly pious Hasidic man living a secret double life misplaces his black hat one night which causes his two separate lives to collide in a way he never imagined.

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Building the American Dream

In Texas, construction workers face the deadliest conditions in the country. Building the American Dream follows three immigrant families who are rising up to seek justice and equality in an industry rife with exploitation.

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Bumper

Max is an ambitious young man and he is about to go to his dream school oral exam. He will live at his grandmother’s place to prepare it. Staying with her, he will discover Grandma’s secret…

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Easy Lessons

EASY LESSONS is a poetic journey of a beautiful, young girl, Kafia who on the brink of adulthood breaks up with everything she grew up with in Somalia. Cultural values, taboos and dogmas fall apart in the most casual situations while trying to adapt to a new life in Europe, Hungary.

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Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops

ERNIE & JOE is an intimate portrait of two Texas police officers who are helping change the way police respond to mental health calls. The film takes audiences on a personal journey, weaving together their experiences during their daily encounters with people in crisis. These two officers are not your everyday cops. They are part of the San Antonio Police Department’s 10-person Mental Health Unit.

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Hail Satan?

In the battle for justice and equality, The Satanic Temple is putting up a hell of a fight.

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How to Swim

In the last few days of her pregnancy, a terrified mother-to-be kidnaps a maternal stranger for an afternoon of hijinks.

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Kamali

A single Indian mother fights for her daughter’s empowerment through skateboarding.

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Leftover Women

In China, single women are under immense pressure to marry young or face the stigma that comes with being “leftover.” Leftover Women follows three hopeful singles seeking to define love on their own terms.

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Libby

LIBBY is an intimate character study of ninety-year-old Libby Mills from Putney, Vermont, who’s heartfelt story takes one on an emotional journey of love, loss and resilience.

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Live or Failure

A young, hardworking journalist is forced to leave her job producing TV news in Washington, DC when her liver starts to fail. While she’s back at her parents’ house in Michigan seeking a transplant, she discovers something unexpected that changes the course of her treatment.

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Mack Wrestles

Mack Beggs loved wrestling—it gave him a sense of purpose and a sense of self. MACK WRESTLES, takes the audience behind the scenes as this gifted athlete from Euless, Texas, struggles against the outside forces that stigmatize transgender athletes.

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Made in Boise

Four women find purpose carrying babies for strangers in Boise, ID – the unofficial surrogacy capital of the United States – and encounter complexities along the way.

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Maiden

The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

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Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements

MOONLIGHT SONATA is a deeply personal memoir about a deaf boy growing up, his deaf grandfather growing old, and Ludwig van Beethoven the year he was blindsided by deafness and wrote his iconic sonata. Their lives weave a story about what we discover when we push beyond loss.

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Our Time: LONELY HIGHWAY and TWICE EXCEPTIONAL

In his film LONELY HIGHWAY, 18 year old filmmaker Andy Kwiatkowski shares what life was like growing up with autism. In TWICE EXCEPTIONAL, 14-year-old filmmaker Samuel Faux introduces his audience to apraxia of speech which has affected him since he began speaking.

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Picture Character

PICTURE CHARACTER explores the complex, conflict-prone, and often hilarious world of the creators, lovers, and arbiters of emoji, our world’s newest pictorial language.

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Rewind

Digging through the vast collection of his father’s home videos, a young man reconstructs the unthinkable and traumatic story of his boyhood, exposing a dark secret of abuse passed through generations.

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Scattering CJ

When a heart broken mom asked the world to help honor the memory of her beloved son, the loss of one became the journey of many.

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Skid Row Marathon

A criminal court judge starts a running club on LA’s skid row, where he trains a motley group of homeless people, addicts and criminals to run international marathons.

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Still

Agnes is sitting in a park when she becomes an accidental bystander of domestic abuse.

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Stuffed

An inside look into the world of taxidermy and the passionate artists from all over the world who work on the animals.

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The Drink

It takes one drink on a Friday night to change the relationship between Zoe and Jack, two colleagues in the tech world.

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The Opposites Game

A classroom erupts into a war of words as students grapple with a seemingly simple prompt: what is the opposite of a gun?

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The Orphan

Jonathas has been adopted, but it doesn’t take long until he is returned because he is “different” from the other kids. Inspired by true events.

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The Separated

An unflinching look at one family’s experience being forcibly separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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The Trial

Alka Pradhan, James Connell and Sterling Thomas are lawyers for Ammar al-Baluchi, one of the five men facing the death penalty for plotting the 9/11 terrorist attacks. THE TRIAL provides a window to reflect on the impact of a rarely seen part of the war on terror: a lack of accountability for the legacy of torture and the build-up to the largest criminal trial in American history.

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Unshaken: The Road to Woo

Ferrari Films presents UNSHAKEN: THE ROAD TO WOO, a 40-minute documentary film on the life of Wendy Woo and the stories of the Wendy Woo Band. Wendy Woo shares her experiences as a business woman, musician, and mother.

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Vai

VAI is a film about female empowerment telling the story of one woman’s life in eight separate moments from the perspective of eight different Pacific Island cultures.

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We are the Radical Monarchs

Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color at the front lines of social justice. Set in Oakland, a city with a deep history of social justice movements, the film documents the journey of the group as they earn badges for completing units including being an LGBTQ+ ally, preserving the environment, and disability justice.

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