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The Blood is at the Doorstep

The Blood is at the Doorstep

Director: Erik Ljung
Year: 2018

After Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by police in Milwaukee, his family embarks on a quest for answers, justice, and reform as the investigation unfolds.

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¡Las Sandinistas!

¡Las Sandinistas!

Director: Jenny Murray
Year: 2018

¡Las Sandinistas! reveals the extraordinary and untold story of a group of Nicaraguan women who led rebel Sandinista troops in battle, and went on to create groundbreaking social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution - and who continue to lead popular movements for democracy and equality today.

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Of Fathers and Sons

Of Fathers and Sons

Director: Talal Derki
Year: 2018

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, Of Fathers and Sons shares the daily life of a radical Islamist family with unparalleled intimacy, capturing the chilling moment when childhood dies and jihadism is born.

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The Last Resort

The Last Resort

Director: Kareem Tabsch , Dennis Scholl
Year: 2019

The Last Resort resurrects Miami Beach of the 1970s, home to a vibrant population of Jewish retirees, through vivid photographs captured by a pair of young artists who dedicated themselves to documenting this unique and fleeting chapter in the city’s history.

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The Sentence

The Sentence

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Year: 2018

Drawing from hundreds of hours of footage, filmmaker Rudy Valdez shows the aftermath of his sister Cindy’s 15-year sentence for conspiracy charges related to crimes committed by her deceased ex-boyfriend—something known, in legal terms, as “the girlfriend problem.” Valdez’s method of coping with this tragedy is to film his sister’s family for her, both the everyday details and the milestones—moments Cindy herself can no longer share in. But in the midst of this nightmare, Valdez finds his voice as both a filmmaker and activist, and he and his family begin to fight for Cindy’s release during the last months of the Obama administration’s clemency initiative. Whether their attempts will allow Cindy to break free of her draconian sentence becomes the aching question at the core of this deeply personal portrait of a family in crisis.

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Chef Flynn

Chef Flynn

Director: Cameron Yates
Year: 2018

Ten-year-old Flynn McGarry transforms his living room into a supper club, using his classmates as line cooks and serving a tasting menu foraged from his neighbors’ backyards. Fame comes early and Flynn quickly outgrows his bedroom kitchen. Enjoying unwavering support from his mother, an artist who documents every step of his unique journey, Flynn sets out to challenge the hierarchy of the culinary world.

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Mantra: Sounds Into Silence

Mantra: Sounds Into Silence

Director: Georgia Wyss
Year: 2018

An uplifting documentary exploring the growing music and social phenomenon of chanting Mantras.

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What Will People Say

What Will People Say

Director: Iram Haq
Year: 2018

Nisha is a normal Norwegian teenager by day and a perfect Pakistani daughter by night. But when her father catched her alone with her boyfriend and ships her off to Pakistan, Nisha's two worlds brutally collide. Based on the director’s own experiences and winner of Audience Awards at AFI Fest and Les Arcs European Film Festival.

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Touch Me Not

Touch Me Not

Director: Adina Pintilie
Year: 2019

Filmmaker Adina Pintilie’s Golden Bear winner is a brave and raw look at bodies, intimacy, and empathy, exploring the private lives and sexual desires of four people with an approach that blurs the line between fiction and documentary.

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What is Democracy?

What is Democracy?

Director: Astra Taylor
Year: 2018

Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, What Is Democracy? reflects on a word we too often take for granted.

Director Astra Taylor’s idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’ groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism’s roots in medieval Italy; from modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor.

Featuring a diverse cast—including celebrated theorists, trauma surgeons, activists, factory workers, asylum seekers, and former prime ministers—this urgent film connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in democracy, we must first ask what the word even means.

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