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SHOWING RESULTS | FILMS IN THE SECTION 'WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION'
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MISCONCEPTION

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Directed By: Jessica Yu
  • Country: USA
For almost 50 years, the world's alarming rate of population growth has raised fears about strains on the Earth's resources. How true are these claims? Taking cues from statistics guru Hans Rosling, Misconception offers a provocative glimpse at how the world—and women in particular— are tackling a subject at once personal and global. Following three individuals, Jessica Yu offers a fresh look at the human implications of this highly charged political issue. | Read More
Female Director(s) and Documentary
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NE ME QUITTE PAS

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 107 minutes
  • Directed By: Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden
  • Country: Netherlands and Belgium
Left by his wife, Marcel falls into alcoholism and a deep depression, with only his friend Bob, also an alcoholic, to look after him. Their friendship captures the frailty of the male ego and the natural comedy borne from their candid conversations. Ne Me Quitte Pas follows this downward spiral of mid-life crisis in a tender, often humorous, sometimes disturbing examination of the "crisis of masculinity," alongside a mesmerizing exploration of mundane rural existence. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, Female Screenwriter(s)
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OFF LABEL

  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 80 minutes
  • Directed By: Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri
  • Country: USA
The term "off-label" refers to the use of pharmaceuticals in any way counter to their prescribed dosage and function. Weaving together the powerful, personal stories of misdiagnosed patients, professional guinea pigs, recreational drug users, and soldiers struggling with PTSD, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher (October Country) expose the breadth of off-label drug use and take us on an emotional road trip through an overmedicated, misdiagnosed, and drug-addled America. | Read More
Documentary
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OUR SCHOOL

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Directed By: Miruna Coca-Cozma and Mona Nicoara
  • Country: USA, Romania, Switzerland
Our School follows three Roma (commonly known as Gypsy) children in a rural Transylvanian village who are among the pioneer participants in an initiative to integrate the ethnically segregated Romanian schools. Touching on issues ranging from institutionalized prejudice, public education, and the intractability of poverty, but always firmly rooted in the hypnotic rhythms and profound reality of the Roma community, Our School is a deeply affecting, often infuriating, and ultimately bittersweet story of tradition and progress. | Read More
Female Director(s) and Documentary
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OXYANA

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 81 minutes
  • Directed By: Sean Dunne
  • Country: USA
Oceana, West Virginia—known as “Oxyana” after its residents’ epidemic abuse of OxyContin—is a tragically real example of the insidious spread of drug dependency throughout the country. Set against an abandoned coal mining landscape to the melodies of Deer Tick’s haunting score, this unflinchingly intimate documentary probes the lives of Oceana’s afflicted and exposes the day-to-day experience of a town living in the harsh grip of addiction. | Read More
Documentary
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PLANET OF SNAIL

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • Directed By: Seung-Jun Yi
  • Country: South Korea
Deaf and blind, Young-Chan lives in a quiet, isolated world in his small apartment. But when Soon-Ho, an empathetic woman compromised by a spinal disability, comes into his life, a unique love story begins. Poetic and gently paced, Planet of Snail brings to life the sensual world shared by this special couple, and illustrates that the greatest beauty can be found in the smallest and most unlikely love stories. | Read More
Documentary and Relationships
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POINT AND SHOOT

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Directed By: Marshall Curry
  • Country: USA
In 2011, Matthew VanDyke left Baltimore to find adventure and see the world on his motorcycle, only to end up joining the Libyan rebel army to take arms against Gaddafi. Gun in one hand, video camera in the other, Matthew finally finds purpose and meaning in his wanderlust, until he is captured and held in solitary confinement. TFF award winner Marshall Curry (Racing Dreams) captures one man’s arresting transformation from a sheltered kid to a soldier on the frontlines. | Read More
Documentary, NY Director(s), Returning Filmmaker, TFI Supported
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POWERLESS

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 80 minutes
  • Directed By: Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar
  • Country: India
Would you risk your life to flip a switch? In Kanpur, India, putting oneself in harm’s way to deliver electrical power is all too common. Powerless sheds light on the opposing corners of this political ring, from an electrical Robin Hood tapping wires for neighbors to the myopic utility company whose failure to understand economics forces it deeper into financial disarray. This vibrant exposé gives a whole new meaning to the words “power struggle.” | Read More
Female Director(s), Crime, Documentary
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RAW HERRING

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Leonard Retel Helmrich and Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich
  • Country: Netherlands
Every year millions of people look forward to the first preparation of Hollandse Nieuwe, the popular snack of raw herring from the North Sea’s spring catch. But how do you find glory in the grueling pursuit of a once-iconic fish that even the queen no longer accepts as definitively Dutch? Raw Herring celebrates the cultural legacy maintained by Holland’s last great herring fishers even as new trends and foreign competition threaten their way of life. | Read More
Female Director(s) and Documentary
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RED OBSESSION

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 76 minutes
  • Directed By: Warwick Ross and David Roach
  • Country: Australia
France’s Bordeaux region has long commanded respect for its coveted wine, but shifts in the global marketplace mean that a new, voracious consumer base in China is buying up this finite product. Bordeaux both struggles with and courts the spike in demand, sending prices skyrocketing. Narrated by Russell Crowe, Red Obsession is a fascinating look at our changing international economy and how an obsession in Shanghai affects the most illustrious vineyards in France. | Read More
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