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Defining Hope

Defining Hope

Director: Carolyn Jones
Year: 2017

The ground-breaking new documentary feature film DEFINING HOPE from director Carolyn Jones (THE AMERICAN NURSE) follows eight patients with life-threatening illness, and the nurses who guide them to make critical choices along the way as they face death, embrace hope, and ultimately redefine what makes life worth living.

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RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Director: Catherine Bainbridge , Alfonso Maiorana
Year: 2017

This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music and the pioneering Native American musicians who helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

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Bugs

Bugs

Director: Andreas Johnsen
Year: 2017

With global food shortages on the horizon, forward-thinking chefs, environmentalists and food scientists are turning toward an unexpected source of protein: insects. Bugs is an artful and thoughtful new documentary that provides a perfect entry point to insect cuisine.

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The Wound

The Wound

Director: John Trengove
Year: 2017

John Trengove’s award-winning film is an exploration of tradition and sexuality set amid South Africa’s Xhosa culture.

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Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2

Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2

Director: Florent Vassault
Year: 2017

An illuminating look at the American criminal justice system from the perspective of a juror on a trial that resulted in a death penalty sentence. Lindy, the juror, begins a journey through rural Mississippi looking for the 11 other jurors she sat beside twenty years ago on the trial of Bobby Wilcher. While Wilcher sat on death row, Lindy was the only person to visit him, ultimately resulting in friendship. The feelings of guilt she has lived with since his death inspire her to seek answers from her fellow jurors. The film follows her journey, which examines how the verdict has impacted the jurors who decided it, and questions one of the most controversial topics in American politics: capital punishment.

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The Force

The Force

Director: Peter Nicks
Year: 2017

At a powderkeg moment in American policing, The Force goes deep inside the embattled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform, the rise of Black Lives Matter and an explosive scandal.

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Machines

Machines

Director: Rahul Jain
Year: 2017

Marrying stunning visuals with social advocacy, this award-winning documentary takes audiences into the labyrinthine passages of an enormous Indian textile factory.

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Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

Director: Adam Schlesinger , Linda Saffire
Year: 2017

RESTLESS CREATURE: WENDY WHELAN offers an intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company.

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Dawson City: Frozen Time

Dawson City: Frozen Time

Director: Bill Morrison
Year: 2017

This meditation on cinema’s past from Decasia director Bill Morrison pieces together the bizarre true history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s. Discovered buried under the permafrost in a former Canadian Gold Rush town, their story reveals the links between the movie business and Manifest Destiny in North America.

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I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

Director: Raoul Peck
Year: 2016

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is an examination of racism in America through the lens of James Baldwin’s unfinished book, REMEMBER THIS HOUSE. Intended as an account of the lives of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr., each of whom James Baldwin personally knew, only a 30-page manuscript of the book was ever completed. Combining Baldwin’s manuscript with footage of depictions of African-Americans throughout American history, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO uses Baldwins words to illuminate the pervasiveness of American racism and the efforts to curtail it, from the civil rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism.

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