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From the topical and timeless to the political and provocative, these real-life stories bring you up-close and personal with the people and issues that define who we are, where we come from, and where we’re going. Documentary Competition titles, making their U.S. premieres in Chicago, compete for the Festival’s top nonfiction prize.

The Apollo film still

The Apollo

Roger Ross Williams  |   United States
Art/Film, Documentary, Music
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The Cordillera of Dreams La Cordinllera de los Sueños

Patricio Guzmán  |  Chile, France
Documentary, Historical, Political
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Alla Kovgan  |  France, Germany, United States
Dance, Documentary, LGBTQ, Music
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Francesca Scalisi, Mark Olexa  |   Switzerland
Coming of Age, Documentary, Political
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The First Rainbow Coalition

Ray Santisteban  |   United States
Documentary, Historical, Political
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Fordlandia Malaise

Susana de Sousa Dias  |   Portugal
Documentary, Historical, Political
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Forman vs. Forman

Jakub Hejna, Helena Třeštíková  |  Czech Republic, France
Art/Film, Biopic, Documentary
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Frank Gehry: Building Justice

Ultan Guilfoyle  |   United States
Art/Film, Documentary, Political
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The Great Green Wall

Jared P. Scott  |   United Kingdom
Documentary, Environmental, Music
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House of Cardin

P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes  |  United States, France
Art/Film, Biopic, Documentary, LGBTQ
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The Human Factor

Dror Moreh  |   Israel
Documentary, Historical, Jewish Interest, Political
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The Hypnotist Olliver Hawk

Arthur Franck  |   Finland
Documentary, Historical, Political
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Jump Shot

Jacob Hamilton  |   United States
Documentary, Historical, Sports
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The Kingmaker

Lauren Greenfield  |  United States, Denmark
Biopic, Documentary, Political
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Lives with Flavor Vidas con Sabor

Pablo Gasca Gollás , Ruth Zachs Babani  |   Mexico
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Love Child

Eva Mulvad  |   Denmark
Documentary, Family Affairs, Political
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Kristof Bilsen  |  Belgium, The Netherlands
Biopic, Documentary, Family Affairs, Historical, Political, Social Commentary, Thriller
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My Father and Me

Nick Broomfield  |   United Kingdom
Art/Film, Documentary, Family Affairs
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The New Bauhaus

Alysa Nahmias  |   United States
Art/Film, Documentary, Historical
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Present.Perfect. Wan mei xian zai shi

Shengze Zhu  |  United States, Hong Kong
Documentary, Social Commentary
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Ready for War

Andrew Renzi  |   United States
Documentary, Political
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Renzo Piano, Architect of Light

Carlos Saura  |   Spain
Art/Film, Documentary
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André Hörmann  |  Germany, United States
Coming of Age, Documentary, Sports
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Jeanie Finlay  |   United Kingdom
Documentary, LGBTQ, Social Commentary

Short Film: “All Cats Are Grey in the Dark” Nachts sind alle Katzen grau

Lasse Linder  |   Switzerland

Short Film: “Enforcement Hours”

Paloma Martinez  |   United States

Short Film: “Excess Will Save Us”

Morgane Dziurla-Petit  |   Sweden
Short Film Still: The Furniture Maker

Short Film: “The Furniture Maker” El hacedor de muebles

David Avilés  |   Cuba

Short Film: “How to Breathe in Kern County”

Chris Fillipone  |   United States

Short Film: “Libre”

Anna Barsan  |   United States

Shorts 4: These Days

Various  |   Cuba, France, Switzerland, United States
Documentary, Family Affairs, Political
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The Torch

Jim Farrell  |   United States
Art/Film, Documentary, Music
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Waiting for the Carnival Estou me guardando para quando o carnaval chegar

Marcelo Gomes  |   Brazil
Documentary, Social Commentary

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