Wrapping the audience in waves of sound, Alberi takes us on a circular journey through the countryside of Southern Italy, to the village of Satriano. Historically, men of the town would cover themselves with ivy, transforming into strange, ghost-like walking trees. This ancestral arboreal rite, nearly forgotten as newer generations gradually lost interest, celebrated the connection between man and nature while costuming the men for Carnevale. In a triumphant reclamation of the old ways, director Michelangelo Frammartino (Le quattro volte) captures the majesty of this ceremony via his singular cinematic artistry. This dynamic installation is both a mesmerizing homage to nature and breathtaking union of sound and image. |Read MoreDocumentary
Alekesam is the story of Hugh Masekela, an international jazz icon and apartheid activist who was exiled from his homeland South Africa for 30 years, and his son Selema, who attempts to embrace the roots of his identity through music and reconnect with his father.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Triptych program. |Read MoreDocumentary, Music
Unearthing buried memories of Algeria’s war of independence, this bold revision of official history feels like the embrace of a lost kin. Its challenge to nationalism built on ethnicity and religion has resulted in its continued failure to receive the license that would allow Algerians to see it. |Read MoreDocumentary
Kirsty Sword Gusmão went to Timor-Leste to document injustice in an area closed to Western journalists. Over the next decade, she became the lynchpin that sustained the nation’s harrowing struggle for independence and met the man who would redefine the cause for which she was fighting. Using astonishing footage of the years-long resistance, director Alex Meillier presents a highly personal account of the courage needed to create a new democracy in modern times. |Read MoreDocumentary
An unmissable documentary for any political junkie, All About Ann celebrates the achievements of larger-than-life Ann Richards, the first elected female governor of Texas. Her passion for social inclusivity made her one of the most powerful and progressive governors in U.S. history, but in 1994, she faced her toughest challenge, as an increasingly conservative majority turned towards a new, pro-business candidate: George W. Bush. |Read MoreDocumentary
When former Utah governor Jon Huntsman was appointed United States Ambassador to China, the charming career politician arrived at his new post with his entire family—including his adopted Chinese daughter, Gracie. Huntsman's diplomatic struggles and triumphs are explored in the broader context of China’s relationship with the rest of the world, and intersected with Gracie's personal experience living in China as a Chinese-American. |Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)
In the man-made water passages of hyper-modern Singapore, a seemingly innocent activity triggers a mysterious event, which leads to a search and eventual surrender.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Journeys Across Cultural Landscapes program. |Read MoreDocumentary
What is it like to come of age in New York City? First-time director Jenny Gage follows vivacious sisters, Ginger and Dusty, and their high school friends over the course of their crucial teen years. In this sensitive and cinematic documentary, Gage captures all the urgency, drama, and bittersweetness of girlhood as her subjects grapple with love, friendship, and what their futures hold. |Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, New York, NY Director(s)
An experimental documentary about a family's loss of a child and the struggle between remembranc and fogetting. The film explores the cultural differences between a North American mother and a Mexican father in the face of death. |Read MoreDocumentary
There’s something happening in the world of video games. Thousands are flocking to arenas to watch tournaments unfold. Tens of millions are watching online. One percent of the world population is playing the most popular competitive game. In All Work All Play, go behind the scenes and follow the ascent of eSports, and watch as the best pro gamers in the world fight for the Intel Extreme Masters championship.