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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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Any Given Day

Margaret Byrne  |   United States
Bulgarian, English  
Documentary, Social Commentary, Women Centered
In this raw, moving, and remarkable examination of struggle and resilience, director Margaret Byrne (Raising Bertie) follows Chicagoans Angela, Daniel, and Dimitar as the trio participates in a probation program [...]
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Babi Yar. Context

Sergei Loznitsa  |   The Netherlands, Ukraine
German, Russian, Ukrainian  
Documentary, Historical, Political
In the fall of 1941, German troops, assisted by the Nazi-directed Ukrainian Police and with little resistance from the local population, shot dead 33,771 Jewish people in the Babi Yar ravine in northwest Kiev. [...]
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A Cop Movie (Una película de policías)

Alonso Ruizpalacios  |   Mexico
Spanish  
Crime, Documentary, Social Commentary

An inventive and imaginative interrogation of the troubling double bind of those trying to enforce the law within a dysfunctional system in which morality has no sway.

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Exposure

Holly Morris  |   United States
English  
Documentary, Environmental, Political, Women Centered

In the face of precarious ice floes and punishing frostbite, an expedition of 11 women from across Arab and Western countries join together with the audacious goal of reaching the North Pole before it becomes impossible to do so.

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The Last Forest (A Última Floresta)

Luiz Bolognesi  |   Brazil
Yanomami  
Documentary, Environmental, Social Commentary

Brazilian filmmaker Luiz Bolognesi returns to the rainforest of his homeland to tell the bewitching yet tragic story of Indigenous culture under threat from outside forces.

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The Last Shelter (Le Dernier Refuge)

Ousmane Samassékou  |   France, Mali, South Africa
Bambara, French, Fula, Hausa, Mooré, Susu, Waama  
Documentary, Political, Social Commentary
On the edge of the Saharan desert in West Africa, at the crossroads of hope and defeat, lies the Caritas Migrant House, a temporary waystation for thousands of people every [...]
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The Other Side of the River

Antonia Kilian  |   Germany, Finland
Arabic, German, Kurdish  
Documentary, Political, Women Centered
At only 19, Hala fought in one of the Kurdish armed forces’ all-female brigades to liberate her hometown from ISIS. Now, working as a policewoman, she has a new mission: [...]
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Skál

Cecilie Debell, Maria Tórgarð  |   Faroe Islands, Denmark
Faroese  
Coming of Age, Documentary, Religion, Romance
Vivacious poet Dania, 21, who comes from a conservative Christian community, lives on a remote island in the North Sea. When she falls for secular hip-hop artist Trygvi, aka “Silver [...]

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