Festival Year: 2019

The Edge of Democracy
Petra Costa

Filmmaker Petra Costa intimately follows the rise and fall of Brazilian presidents Dilma Rousseff and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to capture a nation in political crisis, one whose contemporary history mirrors threats to democracy around the world.

Crystal Kayiza

The stories of Shaka Jackson, Doris Stith, and Deacon Joyner, residents of the agricultural community of Edgecombe County, N.C., highlight the spirit of the place they call home, while exploring the lasting legacy of slavery in the American South.

El Velador
Natalia Almada

At dusk, the sun’s golden light casts an eerie glow on a vast collection of extravagant mausoleums where some of Mexico’s notorious drug lords have been laid to rest. Through the confines of the cemetery, El Velador reflects on a community besieged by violence.

Exit Music
Cameron Mullenneaux

A tender but unflinching look at a young man with cystic fibrosis preparing himself, and his parents, for the end, this chronicle of the last year of Ethan Rice’s life includes home movies and his original music and stop-motion videos.

F/11 and Be There
Jethro Waters

An electrifying fusion of music, image, and dialogue, this film captures the 60-plus-year career of photojournalist Burk Uzzle, including his current portrait work with the African American community in Eastern North Carolina.

Giants and the Morning After
Malla Grapengiesser, Per Bifrost, Alexander Rynéus

Lush imagery takes us inside one of Sweden’s smallest municipalities. Set in a deep forest in the mountains, the few thousand people in this remote community hold on to the fabric of their physical and spiritual existence.

David de Rozas

With a singular sound design, this film documents retiring Reverend Roland Gordon as he creates an archive on the walls of his church—a new visual history for the African American community in San Francisco.

Cynthia Wade, Sasha Friedlander

This sweeping, lyrical look at the lives of residents of East Java, Indonesia, explores the ongoing ramifications of a mudflow disaster, caused by natural gas drilling, that wiped out 16 villages in 2006.

Hail Satan?
Penny Lane

With humor and searing insight, Penny Lane’s examination of the Satanic Temple reveals the controversial religious movement’s aim to shine a light on the hypocrisy around America’s separation of church and state.

Harvest Season
Bernardo Ruiz

Amid great shifts in climate, technology, and immigration policy, three people navigate the changing tides of the winemaking business in California’s Sonoma and Napa Valleys.

Histories of Wolves
Agnes Meng

From the village of Pitões das Júnias in northern Portugal comes a collection of chilling tales about encounters with wolves, the tellers’ eccentricities blurring fact and fiction.

Human Nature
Adam Bolt

The development of the gene-editing technology CRISPR sets off an explosive discussion about opportunity versus ethics within the scientific community and beyond.

The Infiltrators
Alex Rivera, Cristina Ibarra

In this seamless blend of reenactment and reality, members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance enter the Broward Transitional Center in Florida to stop the unjust deportations of detainees.

Irene’s Ghost
Iain Cunningham

Iain was young when he lost his mother, Irene. Decades later, in the absence of his own memories, he seeks to unravel the mystery surrounding her death. Animation and poignant interviews propel this compelling story toward unexpected discoveries.

It’s Going To Be Beautiful
Luis Gutiérrez Arias, John Henry Theisen

On the U.S.-Mexico border, military officers and border agents do everything they can to test the strength of eight border wall prototypes in order to select a winning design.

Jay Myself
Stephen Wilkes

The life and art of photographer Jay Maisel radiates from this intimate character piece that follows Maisel as he moves out of his longtime Manhattan studio and home, the graffitied Germania Bank building on the Bowery.

David Hambridge

In Kenya, a dedicated team of rangers watches over Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino. Rampant poaching has decimated his subspecies, yet hope remains thanks to his incredible caregivers who are set on both preventing and recovering loss.

Knock Down the House
Rachel Lears

Following the campaigns of four political newcomers, all women, Knock Down the House charts their course in the runup to the 2018 congressional midterms as the neophytes challenge powerful incumbents in the Democratic primary.