Festival Year: 2017

SHORTS: Taking Place

This program features the following NEW DOCS short films: Timberline; Winter’s Watch; The Rain Will Follow; and The Great Theater.

SHORTS: Ties Between Us

This program features the following NEW DOCS short films: My Father’s Film; Luis & I; Shivani; and Waiting for Hassana.

SHORTS: To Be Exact

This program features the following NEW DOCS short films: The Original Richard McMahan; The Botanist; and The Submarine.

SHORTS: What Remains

This program features the following NEW DOCS short films: Balloonfest; The Kodachrome Elegies; Dysphoria: Inside the Mind of a Holocaust Survivor; and The Earth Did Not Speak.

Jessica Edwards

A hand-poke tattoo artist in Brooklyn reflects on her unique style and approach to inking.

Socotra, the Island of Djinns
Jordi Esteva

In this extraordinary black-and-white account, a group of camel herders travel inland on the island of Socotra to avoid the rainy season while sharing nighttime tales of supernatural djinns.

Amanda Lipitz

This inspiring film follows three members of the Lethal Ladies step-dance team at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. With the support of their intrepid coach and an uncompromising counselor, they are determined to attend college.

Still Tomorrow
Jian Fan

In rural China, a determined, courageous woman balances her fame as an eloquent and frank poet with societal expectations around disability, independence, and family obligation.

Storyboard P, a stranger in Sweden
Matthew D’Arcy

In this mesmerizing vignette, a dynamic Brooklyn street dancer travels to Sweden to teach and perform—a journey that tests his devotion to the art form.

Strong at the Broken Places
Margaret Lazarus, Renner Wunderlich

Four individuals who survived unspeakable trauma in their youth tell their stories, and in doing so, make profound statements about inner strength and empowerment. Festival Year: 1999

Strong Island
Yance Ford

Director Yance Ford rigorously unpacks the events surrounding the death of his brother, who was shot in 1992. Profoundly cinematic and deeply personal, their family story is a powerful examination of race in America.

The Submarine
Wenceslao Scyzoryk

A 95-year-old cinematographer returns to his lab each day to perfect his invention—a machine that repairs celluloid damage.

Sun Come Up
Jennifer Redfearn

When climate change causes the ocean to slowly consume their idyllic South Pacific island, residents of the Carteret Atoll must make a painful choice—evacuate or cling to the land they love—and time is running out. Festival Year: 2010

Sustainability Now

At their recent “Getting Real” conference, the International Documentary Association began a series of conversations on sustainability for the documentary film field. With the NEA, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS once again on the chopping block for federal funding, how do documentary filmmaking professionals respond?

The Swirl
Laura Herrero Garvin

As the largely abandoned town of El Remolino in Chiapas, Mexico, struggles to yield viable crops and keep its school open, two siblings remain to battle the rainy season and their painful childhood.

TAKE EVERY WAVE: The Life of Laird Hamilton
Rory Kennedy

In sparkling cinematography and intimate interviews, this epic look at the surfing legend’s life in and out of the waves is also a no-holds-barred illustration of one man’s dedication to continually reigniting his passion.

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities
Stanley Nelson

A monumental, essential, and compelling survey of the history and cultural significance of HBCUs in America.

They Took Them Alive
Emily K. Pederson

In 2014, 43 students disappeared from a bus traveling in Iguala, Mexico. Their families seek answers as the official investigation comes to a troubling and suspicious halt.