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In the forests of Finnish Lapland, brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki carry on the generations-old tradition of reindeer herding. These modern cowboys maintain an intricate bond with the environment that has allowed them to preserve their lifestyle in one of the harshest climates
imaginable. Jessica Oreck’s intimate, gorgeously lensed documentary follows the brothers for a year, sharing in the hard work, daily rituals and small joys that make up life above the Arctic Circle. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
When wrongfully convicted men are freed based on DNA evidence their lives do not automatically go back to normal. Instead they must rebuild their lives without benefit of any official help or even expunged records. An ex-cop jailed for a crime he did not commit and a man who was on death row are among the former prisoners profiled. | Read MoreDocumentary
Fueled by pure rock energy, this doc chronicles the unlikely birth of the U.S. Air Guitar Championship and the intense rivalries that develop on the way to the event in Finland. Also featured are jam sessions and interviews with notable air guitarists and the "airheads" who follow them. | Read MoreComedy, Documentary, Music
This hilarious doc about one man's unceasing battle against the Right tracks Al Franken's transformation from mild-mannered comedy writer to full-on political player. Featuring Ann Coulter, Michael Moore, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Henry Kissinger. | Read MoreComedy and Documentary
Wrapping the audience in waves of sound, Alberi takes us on a circular journey through the countryside of Southern Italy, to the village of Satriano. Historically, men of the town would cover themselves with ivy, transforming into strange, ghost-like walking trees. This ancestral arboreal rite, nearly forgotten as newer generations gradually lost interest, celebrated the connection between man and nature while costuming the men for Carnevale. In a triumphant reclamation of the old ways, director Michelangelo Frammartino (Le quattro volte) captures the majesty of this ceremony via his singular cinematic artistry. This dynamic installation is both a mesmerizing homage to nature and breathtaking union of sound and image. | Read MoreDocumentary and Nature
Alekesam is the story of Hugh Masekela, an international jazz icon and apartheid activist who was exiled from his homeland South Africa for 30 years, and his son Selema, who attempts to embrace the roots of his identity through music and reconnect with his father.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Triptych program. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
An intriguing look at sex and celebrity, this richly textured documentary, filled with drag queens and Hollywood glitterati, is actually a serious movie about transgendered life. In this unique and candid documentary, Alexis reveals a more private side as she grapples with the process of sex reassignment surgery. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Unearthing buried memories of Algeria’s war of independence, this bold revision of official history feels like the embrace of a lost kin. Its challenge to nationalism built on ethnicity and religion has resulted in its continued failure to receive the license that would allow Algerians to see it. | Read MoreDocumentary
Kirsty Sword Gusmão went to Timor-Leste to document injustice in an area closed to Western journalists. Over the next decade, she became the lynchpin that sustained the nation’s harrowing struggle for independence and met the man who would redefine the cause for which she was fighting. Using astonishing footage of the years-long resistance, director Alex Meillier presents a highly personal account of the courage needed to create a new democracy in modern times. | Read MoreDocumentary
An unmissable documentary for any political junkie, All About Ann celebrates the achievements of larger-than-life Ann Richards, the first elected female governor of Texas. Her passion for social inclusivity made her one of the most powerful and progressive governors in U.S. history, but in 1994, she faced her toughest challenge, as an increasingly conservative majority turned towards a new, pro-business candidate: George W. Bush. | Read MoreDocumentary