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Documentary


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Acts of Love

Isidore Bethel, Francis Leplay  |   United States, France
English  
Documentary, LGBTQ, Sex and Sexuality

Filmmaker Isidore Bethel mixes fiction and documentary in this tender exploration of hookup culture, gay sexuality, and universal questions about what it means to love and be loved.

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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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BabyBangz [short film]

Juliana Kasumu  |   United Kingdom, United States
English  
Documentary

A New Orleans hair salon becomes a place for communal reflection.

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The Beauty President [short film]

Whitney Skauge  |   United States
English  
Documentary

An examination of Joan Jett Blakk’s historic bid for the White House in 1992.

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Blind Body [short film]

Allison Chhorn  |   Austrailia
English  
Documentary, Experimental

A delicate, empathic portrait of a survivor of the Khmer Rouge who is now visually impaired.

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A Broken House [short film]

Jimmy Goldblum  |   United States
English  
Documentary

This film follows artist and architect Mohamad Hafez as he recreates—and attempts to understand—scenes from his native Syria to which he can no longer return.

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By the Time I Reach Him [short film]

Meg Walsh  |   United States
English  
Documentary

A filmmaker grapples with her father’s early stages of Alzheimer’s.

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Citizen Ashe

Sam Pollard & Rex Miller  |   United States, United Kingdom
English  
Documentary, Social Commentary, Sports
Tennis star Arthur Ashe broke barriers to become the first Black man to win the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, and the Australian Open—at the height of the civil rights movement in [...]
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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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Cow

Andrea Arnold  |   United Kingdom
English  
Documentary, Political, Social Commentary
Following on the hooves of other celebrated animal docs (Gunda, My Octopus Teacher, Kedi), Oscar-winning director Andrea Arnold (American Honey, Fish Tank), in her auspicious nonfiction debut, offers this wholly [...]
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Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma [short film]

Topaz Jones and rubberband  |   United States
English  
Documentary, Drama

A view into the Black identity through twenty-six vignettes representing the letters of the alphabet.

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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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Flee

Jonas Poher Rasmussen  |   Denmark
Danish, Dari, English, Russian, Swedish  
Documentary, LGBTQ, Political
Marrying striking animation and archival footage to breathtaking effect, Flee retraces one man’s harrowing experiences escaping life under Taliban rule. Amin Nawabi, a 36-year-old academic, recounts his childhood flight from [...]
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For the Left Hand

Leslie Simmer, Gordon Quinn  |   United States
English  
Documentary, Music, Social Commentary
When aspiring Chicago pianist Norman Malone was just 10-years-old, his father violently attacked him with a hammer, leaving the young virtuoso paralyzed on his right side. But Malone never gave [...]
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Golden Jubilee [short film]

Suneil Sanzgiri  |   United States, India
English  
Documentary

Relationships to personal history, geography, and familial lineage layer and merge.

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Greetings From Myanmar [short film]

Sunniva Sundby, Andreas J. Riiser  |   Norway
English  
Documentary

In the shadow of genocide, unsuspecting tourists enjoy a peaceful holiday.

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The Hairdresser [short film]

Lorraine Price  |   Canada
French  
Documentary

A cosmetologist reflects on her experiences as we bear witness to her unusual work.

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In Flow of Words [short film]

Eliane Esther Bots  |   Netherlands
Dutch  
Documentary

Examines the experiences of three interpreters of the Yugoslavia Tribunal in the Hague.

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Julia

Julie Cohen & Betsy West  |   United States
English  
Biopic, Documentary, Women Centered
Julia brings to life the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, [...]
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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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Listen to the Beat of Our Images [short film]

Audrey Jean Baptiste and Maxime Jean Baptiste  |   France
French  
Documentary

This film chronicles the archive of the establishment of the Guyanese Space Center.

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Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter

Rebecca Halpern  |   United States
English  
Biopic, Documentary
In the 2000s, chef Charlie Trotter was the toast of Chicago, his eponymous restaurant one of the world’s top fine-dining destinations. A gastronomic revolutionary and a culinary bad-boy, Trotter paved [...]
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Mayor Pete

Jesse Moss  |   United States
Documentary, LGBTQ, Political
In the great tradition of electioneering films such as The War Room and Knock Down the House, Mayor Pete brings viewers inside Pete Buttigieg’s mission to be the youngest and [...]
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The Night [short film]

Tsai Ming-Liang  |   Taiwan
English  
Documentary

Director Tsai Ming-Liang paints a nighttime scene with his camera of Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay.

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Oscar Micheaux – The Superhero of Black Filmmaking

Francesco Zippel  |   Italy
English, Italian  
Biopic, Documentary, Film on Film, Social Commentary
The most successful African American director of the first half of the 20th century, Oscar Micheaux wrote, directed, and produced more than 44 films and six novels before his death [...]
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Oslavia – The Cave of the Past Future [short film]

Beka & Lemoine  |   France/Italy
German, Russian, Swiss  
Documentary

A group of filmmakers is invited to search a cavern-esque treasure trove left by futurist Italian artist Giacomo Balla.

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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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Punch 9 for Harold Washington

Joe Winston  |   United States
English  
Biopic, Documentary, Political
In this epic story of American politics, race, and triumph against all odds, director Joe Winston chronicles the captivating rise, surprising reign, and enduring legacy of Chicago’s first African American [...]
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Radical Love [short film]

William A Kirkley  |   United States
English  
Documentary

An attorney couple breaks the law to help their good friends and clients, The Weather Underground.

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Shorts 1: Expanding Sensibilities (City and State)

Various  |   United States
Documentary, Drama, Horror

This eclectic showcase highlights the vibrancy of the Chicago and Illinois filmmaking communities across an array of forms and genres.

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Shorts 4: Abstract Reflections (Documentary)

Various  |   Canada, France, Norway, The Netherlands, United States
Documentary

These non-fiction films include intimate portraits and daring confrontational works that exhibit the myriad textures of everyday life. Autobiographical memories and reimagined histories shape new perspectives.

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Shorts 7: Illuminating Gazes (Black Perspectives)

Various  |   Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States
Documentary, Drama

This suite of shorts offers nuanced approaches to storytelling, delving into self-discovery, cultural legacies, and the creation of safe spaces.

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Shorts 9: Site-Specific (Architecture)

Various  |   France, India, Italy, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States
Documentary

Reacting to architecture, manufactured public spaces, and psychogeographies, this program, ranging from abstract cinema to emotive documentary, unpacks the ways that the buildings, cities, and spaces where we live ultimately affect every facet of our lives. 

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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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Speck of Dust [short film]

Simo Ezoubeiri  |   United States
English  
Documentary

Older generations are forced to question their worth while facing unmet emotional needs.

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The Story of Film: A New Generation

Mark Cousins  |   United Kingdom
English  
Documentary, Film on Film
In this inspiring survey of cinematic innovation, British cineaste Mark Cousins follows up his 2011 influential work The Story of Film: An Odyssey with this expansive and illuminating journey across [...]
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Strangers [short film] (Chute)

Nora Longatti  |   Switzerland
English  
Documentary

A surreal cloud of anxiety hovers over a city and its citizens.

Drive-In

The Velvet Underground

Todd Haynes  |   United States
Biopic, Documentary, Music
The Velvet Underground created a new sound that changed the world of rock and roll and made Lou Reed famous for his distinctive lyrics and attitude. Acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes [...]
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The Year I Went Looking for Birds [short film]

Danny Carroll  |   United States
English  
Documentary

This film explores a precious archive of collected materials.