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2020 festival films

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A Reckoning in Boston

At a night class in Boston, Kafi Dixon is transformed by the lessons of history and philosophy. But is her new sense of agency strong to deflect the inequities of wealth and race in a rapidly gentrifying city?

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Ailey

An immersive portrait of dance pioneer Alvin Ailey, told through his own words and a new dance inspired by his life.

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Apart

The number of women in U.S. prisons has grown by 800% over the past 40 years. And the vast majority are mothers. In a Midwestern state caught between harsh drug sentencing and rising incarceration for women, three unforgettable mothers—Tomika, Lydia, and Amanda— return home from prison and rebuild their lives after being separated from their children for years. Their stories overlap at a new reentry program for women, run by Malika, an advocate formerly incarcerated in the same prison.

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Bangla Surf Girls

Three teenage girls in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh get a rare sense of agency over their lives when they join a surf club and fight insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams.

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Catherine’s Kindergarten

Catherine’s Kindergarten is the story of a mother’s emotional journey to confront her grief after the death of her only child, juxtaposed with her physical journey to a Nepalese mountain village to open a school in memory of her daughter.

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Change the Name

Student activists and educators from Village Leadership Academy campaign to change the name of a park from a slaveholder to abolitionists Anna Murray and Frederick Douglass in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood.

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Chasing Childhood

A new documentary on the importance of play and independence, envisioning a healthier way forward for kids and schools.

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Dead Man’s Switch: A Crypto Mystery

Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous and sometimes nefarious world of cryptocurrency, Dead Man’s Switch is a feature length documentary, a cautionary tale, about the short life & mysterious death of QuadrigaCX CEO, Gerald Cotten.

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Descent

Dutch ice freediver Kiki Bosch dives in the world’s coldest waters without a wetsuit as therapy for the trauma of sexual assault, and to inspire others.

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Downstage

11-year old Aedan prepares for his first solo ballet competition, full of blossoming drive, while seasoned ballet professionals reflect on their own transformative journeys with ballet. Together, they process the challenges and rewards of this demanding art form.

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Fanny: The Right To Rock

FANNY: The Right to Rock reveals the untold story of a Filipina American garage band that morphed into the ferocious rock group Fanny, who almost became the female Beatles.

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Gramma and Ginga: The Movie

The hilarious and heartwarming story of beloved sisters Gramma and Ginga who, at ages 104 and 99, accidentally became the world’s oldest internet superstars.

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Guinea Pig Diaries

Guinea Pig Diaries is an unfiltered look into the lives of guinea pigs and the people who adore them, breed them, show them, and rescue them.

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Kuessipan

Two girls grow up as best friends in an Innu community who promised each other to stick together no matter what. But their friendship is shaken when Mikuan falls for a white boy.

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Los Hermanos/The Brothers

An intimate, joyful celebration of family, love, creativity, and music, played out against the backdrop of more than half a century of strife amongst the world’s superpowers.

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Mama has a Mustache

MAMA HAS A MUSTACHE is a short animated documentary about identity and family outside of the traditional gender binary, as seen through children’s eyes.

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Meltdown In Dixie

In Orangeburg, South Carolina a battle erupts between the Sons of Confederate Veterans and an ice cream shop owner forced to fly the Confederate flag in his parking lot.

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Navozande, the Musician

At the time of the attack of the Mongols, a young musician and the love of his life are separated from each other.

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Oleander

A seventeen-year-old sex-positive YouTuber starts a social media war against her Christian abstinence program.

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Prognosis: Notes on Living

In PROGNOSIS – notes on living maverick Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Debra Chasnoff is diagnosed with stage-4 breast cancer and faces down injustice as always, with her camera. With the help of her wife Nancy and their LGBTQ+ family, she traces a journey through the twists and turns of living with cancer. What emerges is a raw, intimate portrait of shifting relationships and identities—a story about holding onto people we love, as we prepare to let them go.

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Sproutland

Inspired by true events, Sproutland follows Beth as she navigates the constant reminders of her deceased husband — in the local juice bar, in the yoga studio, and at home with her son.

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Storm Lake

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Art Cullen and his family fight to unite and inform their rural Iowan farming community through their biweekly newspaper, The Storm Lake Times — even as the paper hangs on by a thread. Twice a week, they work as civic watchdogs to protect their hometown and the legacy of credible journalism, at large — come hell or pandemic.

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Street Reporter

An aspiring photojournalist discovers the power of her own voice while struggling to survive homelessness.

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Subjects of Desire

Subjects of Desire is a thought-provoking feature documentary that examines the cultural shift in beauty standards towards embracing Black aesthetics and features. The film deconstructs what we understand about race and the power behind beauty.

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Summer Animals

Tommy makes a drastic decision in order for her siblings to escape the heat before the summer’s over.

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Surviving the Silence

Two women in love are surviving the demands of a closeted military career when one is forced to expel an Army hero for being a lesbian. The way she does it, however, leads to re-instatement and eventual change in U.S. military policy.

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The Conductor

Leonard Bernstein’s protege Marin Alsop reveals how she smashed the glass ceiling to become an internationally renowned conductor.

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The Job of Songs

In Doolin, an isolated village teetering on the western edge of Ireland, a community of musicians seek joy and connection through music as they face a modernizing world.

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The Journey

The Journey is the story of a father and daughter reunion. From Montreal’s airport, they will travel along a chaotic path, where their inability to find each other will unveil a complicated and toxic relationship and have them drift from their initial course irrevocably.

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The Queen of Basketball

She is one of the greatest living women’s basketball players. 3 national trophies. Scored the first basket in women’s Olympic basketball at the ‘76 Olympics. Drafted to the NBA. But have you ever heard of Lucy Harris?

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The Return: Life After ISIS

Shamima Begum (UK) and Hoda Muthana (US) made it into worldwide headlines when they left their countries as teenagers to join ISIS. Now they want to return but their countries don’t want them back.

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The Train Station

In this beautifully animated documentary short, filmmaker Lyana Patrick narrates her family’s powerful story of love and survival at Lejac Indian Residential School.

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This is the Way We Rise

THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE is an exploration into the creative process, following native Hawaiianslam poet Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio as her calling to protect sacred sites atopMaunakea, Hawai`i reinvigorates her art.

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Try Harder!

In a world where cool kids are nerds, the orchestra is world class and being Asian American is the norm, seniors at Lowell High School compete for the top prize: admission to the college of their dreams.

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Walking With Plants

Styawat/ Leigh Joseph is a Skwxwú7mesh Nation ethnobotanist. While walking in two worlds, she was guided home by plants.

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Weed & Wine

A lyrical love letter to both weed and wine, WEED & WINE peeks behind the curtain at two oft-hidden professions—that of a French vintner and a California cannabis grower—who face converging uncertainties as they bring their children into their business and their wares to market.

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Writing with Fire

In the midst of a patriarchal news landscape, the reporters with Khabar Lahariya – India’s only all-female news network – are taking it upon themselves to redefine power.

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YOUTH v GOV

YOUTH v GOV follows 21 young Americans suing the world’s most powerful government to protect their constitutional rights to a stable climate. If they win, they will change the future.

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