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SHOWING RESULTS | FILMS IN THE SECTION 'WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION'
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HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE

  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 87 minutes
  • Directed By: Stephen Maing
  • Country: USA and China
As the Chinese government expands its efforts to police the Internet and block websites in the country, and television stations selectively report the news, the rising tide of censorship has aroused a wave of citizen reporters committed to investigating local news stories and crime scenes. This timely and probing documentary tracks rogue bloggers Zola and Tiger Temple as they risk political persecution to become China's uncensored eyes and ears. | Read More
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JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 81 minutes
  • Directed By: David Gelb
  • Country: USA
An appetizing documentary in every sense, Jiro Dreams of Sushi follows 85-year-old master sushi chef Jiro Ono, paying lushly photographed homage to the process of preparing the artisan sushi that earned Ono's esteemed Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant three Michelin stars. From the complicated relationship between Jiro and his sons to the ins and outs of the tuna auction, this spirited film profiles all aspects of Jiro's craft in tantalizing style and detail.

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KILL TEAM

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 79 minutes
  • Directed By: Dan Krauss
  • Country: USA
In 2010, the media branded a platoon of U.S. Army infantry soldiers “The Kill Team” following reports of its killing for sport in Afghanistan. Now, one of the accused must fight the government he defended on the battlefield, while grappling with his own role in the alleged murders. Dan Krauss’s absorbing documentary examines the stories of four men implicated in heinous war crimes in a stark reminder that, in war, innocence may be relative to the insanity around you. | Read More
Drama and Documentary
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KORAN BY HEART

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 77 minutes
  • Directed By: Greg Barker
  • Country: USA and U.K.
The world's preeminent Koran-recitation competition takes place each year in Cairo, drawing Muslim children from as far as Tajikistan and the Maldives to perform in front of a panel of prominent judges. Following these talented youngsters from their intense preparation regimes through the rigorous rounds of the tournament, Koran By Heart is both an inspirational competition film and an engaging survey of the unique experiences of Muslim children throughout the world. | Read More
Sports and Documentary
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LET THE FIRE BURN

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Directed By: Jason Osder
  • Country: USA
Jason Osder makes an impressive feature film debut through his unbiased and thorough account of the incidents leading up to and during the 1985 standoff between the extremist African-American organization MOVE and Philadelphia authorities. The dramatic clash claimed eleven lives and literally and figuratively devastated an entire community. Let the Fire Burn is a real-life Wild West story absent the luxury of identifying its heroes by the color of their hats. | Read More
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  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 82 minutes
  • Directed By: Beth Murphy
  • Country: USA
After leading rebuilding teams in war-torn cities in Iraq, Kirk Johnson returned to America to establish and advocate for a growing number of Iraqi citizens now targeted by radical militias because they aided the U.S. in the reconstruction effort. TFF alum Beth Murphy (Beyond Belief) creates an affecting portrait of an unlikely but passionate humanitarian who has championed the cause of Iraqi refugees largely ignored by the U.S. government. | Read More
Female Director(s) and Documentary
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LOVE DURING WARTIME

  • Release Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Directed By: Gabriella Bier
  • Country: Sweden
Jasmin and Assi are newlyweds, but building a life together seems impossible: She's an Israeli, he's a Palestinian. When their homelands turn their backs on them, they choose to live in exile. This tender tale of a love infiltrated by politics follows a real-life Romeo and Juliet on their odyssey from the Middle East through an inhospitable Europe. As their hopes rise and then fade with each bureaucratic hurdle, will their love survive? | Read More
Female Director(s) and Documentary
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MALA MALA

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • Directed By: Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini
  • Country: Puerto Rico
This visually striking immersion in the transgender community of Puerto Rico celebrates the breadth of experiences among trans-identifying women: from campaigning for human rights to working in the sex industry or performing as part of drag troupe “The Doll House.” Unapologetic and unconventional, Mala Mala explores the ways internal and external identity pave the path of self discovery through the unique yet universal stories of its fascinating cast of characters. | Read More
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MARATHON BOY

  • Release Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Directed By: Gemma Atwal
  • Country: USA, U.K., India
Gemma Atwal's fascinating and dynamic epic follows Budhia, a four-year-old boy plucked from the slums of India and trained as a marathon prodigy by Biranchi Das, a larger-than-life judo coach who runs an orphanage in the eastern state of Orissa. But over the next five years and dozens of marathons, Budhia's roller-coaster journey turns from an uplifting story of promise and opportunity to one of greed, corruption, and broken dreams. | Read More
Female Director(s), Sports, Documentary
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MICHAEL H. PROFESSION: DIRECTOR

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Directed By: Yves Montmayeur
  • Country: France and Austria
Over the past twenty-five years, director Michael Haneke has established himself as a towering figure in modern cinema whose rigorous focus on the craft of filmmaking has produced works of profound artistry. This career-spanning documentary offers invaluable insight into his creative process, through unprecedented access to the man and his work on set and interviews with frequent collaborators including Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert and Juliette Binoche. | Read More
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