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Five journalists, photographer Molly Bingham, foreign correspondents Marie Colvin and Janine DiGiovanni, camerawoman Mary Rogers, and producer May Ying Welsh, share their experiences from the front lines of the most recent Iraqi-American war. This brutally graphic and honest video diary explores the challenges, sacrifices, and dangers experienced by female war reporters. In English and Arabic. A&E Indies.
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The most groundbreaking act to emerge from the New York hip-hop scene of the early '90s, A Tribe Called Quest electrified a generation with its brand of jazz-infused beats and intelligent rhymes before dramatically disbanding in '98. In his directorial debut, Michael Rapaport draws from eight months of total access to uncover the history and inner workings of the Tribe. Featuring De La Soul, Kanye West, Common, Mos Def, Ludacris, Beastie Boys, and more. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
Under the Taliban, Afghan women were forced to become faceless. This engrossing, optimistic film follows a group of American women who travel to Kabul, where many of them were born but forced to flee, to teach beauty skills. They end up fostering inner healing and spiritual transformation, restoring long-lost self-confidence, and learning much about themselves along the way. | Read More
Beauty Culture investigates our obsession with beauty and the influence of photographic representations on female body image and the persistent "beauty contest" of daily life.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Triptych program. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Beginning Filmmaking takes us through one year of trying to teach a preschooler how to make a film, demonstrating both the joys and frustrations of being a parent and of being a child, and that old or young, you really do have to be careful what you wish for. | Read MoreDocumentary
Elton, a 13-year-old South African opera singer, fell in love with opera after his cousin gave him a tape of famed Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Elton's performances, from solo stints at open-air festivals to opening for established opera singers, are punctuated by his undeniable talent and passion. Screens with Cinderella of the Cape Flats. | Read More
The Cyclone, The Freakshow, The Mermaid Parade: all Coney Island icons. But Chris “Wonder” Schoeck has always preferred the Coney Island Strongman. Bending Steel follows the sweet, unassuming Schoeck as he parlays his extraordinary strength into the pursuit of his lifelong dream. Training with an elite group of men whose hands bend, drag, twist and shred metal, he tackles an enormous physical and mental challenge, taking a surprisingly emotional journey as a result. | Read MoreDocumentary
In 1984, 17-year-old Ben Wilson was a symbol of everything promising about Chicago: a sweet-natured youngster from the city's fabled South Side, and America's top high school basketball prospect. His senseless murder on the day before his senior season devastated the city of Chicago and sent ripples of anguish nationwide. A stirring portrait of a phenom admired both on the court and off, Benji tells the story of a legend who might've been. | Read MoreSports and Documentary
Heartwarming. Illuminating. Alarming. The films in this year's World Documentary Competition run the gamut. Get your tickets now to see the film chosen as the best of the Fest by a distinguished jury of some of the biggest names in news media, nonfiction filmmaking, scholarship, and show business. | Read More
At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared since immigrating to Palestine from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. In this emotionally riveting documentary, Goldfinger follows the hints they left behind in a lifetime's collection of documents to investigate long-buried family secrets and uncover the mystery of his grandparents' painful past. | Read MoreDocumentary