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Documentary Competition

These real-life stories go up-close and personal with the people and issues that define who we are, where we come from, and where we’re going.


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Alis

Clare Weiskopf & Nicolás Van Hemelryck  |   Colombia, Romania, Chile
Spanish  
Coming of Age, Social Commentary, Women Centered

When the residents of a Colombian youth shelter are asked to imagine a fellow adolescent, “Alis” emerges as an avatar for their own experiences in this innovative and moving portrait of youth and resilience.

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Band

Álfrún Örnólfsdóttir  |   Iceland
English, Icelandic  
Comedy, Music, Women Centered

In this off-beat send-up of blind ambition that celebrates female friendship, Iceland’s Post Performance Blues Band give themselves one year to become avant-garde pop stars—or relinquish their dream forever.

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Innocence

Guy Davidi  |   Denmark, Israel, Finland, Iceland
Hebrew  
Family Affairs, Political, Social Commentary

With an uneasy beauty and a blistering moral force, filmmaker Guy Davidi chronicles the militarization of Israeli society and its impact on the lives of young people.

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The Killing of a Journalist

Matt Sarnecki  |   Denmark, United States, Czech Republic
English, Slovak  
Crime, Political, Thriller

This exposé of crime and corruption delves into the brutal murder of a reporter, implicating a brazen oligarch connected to the highest echelons of Slovakia’s government.

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The March on Rome (Marcia su Roma)

Mark Cousins  |   Italy
English, Italian  
Film on Film, Historical, Political

For his latest masterful inquiry into the power of the moving image, director Mark Cousins ventures into Italy’s film archives to expose the machinations and faulty foundations of fascism through his dissection of an infamous 1923 propaganda film.

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The Melt Goes On Forever: The Art and Times of David Hammons

Judd Tully & Harold Crooks  |   United States, Canada
English  
Historical, Political, Social Commentary

A striking portrait of artist David Hammons, who emerged out of L.A.’s Watts Rebellion and whose provocative work was rooted in a deep critique of U.S. society.

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The Natural History of Destruction

Sergei Loznitsa  |   Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands
English, German  
Historical, Political

In this mesmerizing documentary crafted entirely from WWII archival footage, Ukrainian-raised filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa (Donbass) mounts a harrowing critique of the killing of civilian populations during war-time.

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Pray For Our Sinners

Sinéad O'Shea  |   Ireland
Political, Religion, Women Centered

Filmmaker Sinead O’Shea returns to her Irish hometown to scrutinize the Church’s pervasive history of abuse and neglect—and shine a light on the unsung heroes who fought back.

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The Visitors (Návštěvníci)

Veronika Lišková  |   Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia
Czech, English, Norwegian  
Environmental, Political, Women Centered

A Czech anthropologist discovers her new home on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard is threatened both by melting glaciers and a newly hardened stance against open border immigration policies.

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