From the tragic to the comic to the extraterrestrial, these nonfiction films explore a wide range of global, human experience.
Three- and four-year-olds compete for the title of Miss Baby Brazil in Mini Miss (dir. Rachel Daisy Ellis, Brazil), which exposes the world of child beauty pageants. Circle (dir. Jayisha Patel, U.K./Canada/India) is a harrowing portrait of a young girl entrenched in a cycle of familial abuse. A foam-filled ring in the south of France becomes the site of an absurd spectacle in Tourneur (dir. Yalda Afsah, Germany). On Crisanto Street (dir. Paloma Martinez, U.S.), a young boy documents a neighborhood changing in the shadow of Silicon Valley. IFO (dir. Kevin Jerome Everson, U.S.) looks to the skies as it chronicles and describes UFO sightings over Mansfield, Ohio. In The Water Slide (dir. Nathan Truesdell, U.S.), the rush to complete the construction of a new ride becomes a stark lesson in corporate malfeasance, one with dire human consequences. Our Song to War (dir. Juanita Onzaga, Belgium/Colombia) reckons with the ghosts of a massacre as it explores the space between the human and spirit worlds.
Cultural Partners (Tourneur)
Cultural Partner (Mini Miss)
Ancine, the Brazilian Film Agency