Festival Year: 2017

Through the Repellent Fence
Sam Wainwright Douglas

The artist collective Postcommodity examines lines, origins, and the people to whom land really belongs with a two-mile-long installation of inflatable spheres high above the U.S.–Mexico border.

Elaine McMillion Sheldon

This short documents a West Virginia town caught between transitional pressures: an abandoned naval base is up for auction, and the NSA occupies a station just down the road. What will become of the locals for whom this place is home?

Tribal Justice
Anne Makepeace

Two dynamic Native American women—chief judges for the state’s largest tribes—draw on tradition and village wisdom to help defendants rebuild their lives, encouraging healing over jail time and punishment.

Two Towns of Jasper
Whitney Dow, Marco Williams

After the murder of a black man makes national headlines, the filmmakers dispatch two crews to Jasper, Texas—one black, one white—to get at the truth of what life in the town is really about. Festival Year: 2002

Two Worlds
Maciej Adamek

In this expressive study of family relationships, a daughter helps her two deaf parents navigate the world—as she has since she was three—and balances life between school, home, and self.

Waiting for Hassana
Ifunanya Maduka

Jessica, an escapee, recollects a friendship shattered by the 2014 kidnapping of 276 Nigerian girls by the Boko Haram.

The Waiting Room
Peter Nicks

This gripping vérité film is a symphony of patients, caregivers, loved ones, bureaucracy, and hard choices in an Oakland ER’s waiting room. Festival Year: 2012

The Way I Look at You: 5 Stories of Driving School
Jean-Stéphane Bron

This uniquely insightful film explores the relationships that develop between five pairs of Swiss driving school instructors and their students; in their obligatory interactions, complex personal stories are revealed. Festival Year: 2000

Whose Streets?
Sabaah Folayan

This unflinching story of the Ferguson uprising is told by the activists who were there, chronicling the birth of a new generation of resisters in America.

Winter’s Watch
Brian Bolster

The longtime winter caretaker of the Oceanic Hotel off the coast of New England welcomes months of solitude, relishing the opportunity for introspection and productivity.

Zaatari Djinn
Catherine van Campen

This incandescent portrait documents four children in a refugee camp who are transformed by the light of imagination and possibility despite numerous hardships.

Zuzana: Music Is Life
Peter Getzels, Harriet Gordon Getzels

The life story of eminent Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickowva transcends the personal in a deeply affecting look at the redemptive power of art throughout the Czech Republic’s turbulent 20th century.