Festival Year: 2019

André Hörmann, Anna Samo

Akiko, one of the last living survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bombing, recounts her devastating story through intricate and searing animation.

One Child Nation
Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang

In this brave and sensitive film, Nanfu Wang examines the traumatic history of China’s One Child Policy. With the birth of her first baby, she begins to question her family’s own experiences under the program, which gives way to a broader exploration of its lasting imprint.

One Thing in Nothing
Whitney Legge

A brief meditation on loss and resilience that unfolds through the recollections of children whose homes were destroyed when the Tubbs Fire tore through California’s Santa Rosa County in 2017.

Only The Moon
Maya Cueva

A Peruvian man’s tale of immigration to the United States and the way his life unfolds afterward is conveyed through lovely animation, connecting his experience to current political rhetoric.

Our Song to War
Juanita Onzaga

In honor of the Bojayá massacre, Colombian villagers employ a poetic death ritual that evokes a transformative connection between souls both living and dead.

Personal Belongings
Steven Bognar

Steven Bognar’s first feature tells the story of his immigrant dad. When former freedom fighter Bela Bognar announces he’s returning to his homeland to commemorate the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, a series of unexpected events complicate the filmmaker’s efforts to document the trip and understand his father.

Picture Day
Steven Bognar

One school, 601 kids, 12 frames per kid. This playful parade of images contrasts poignantly with audio of the kids interviewing each other about the connections between photographs and losing loved ones.

The Raft
Marcus Lindeen

An infamous 1973 social experiment exploring violence and sex put 11 volunteers to sea on a small boat—for three months. The Raft incorporates pristine archival footage and new footage of the surviving participants, who reunite to analyze how the voyage changed their lives.

RAISE HELL: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins
Janice Engel

This dynamic biography captures late political columnist Molly Ivins, the funny, fiery, whip-smart journalist who was unafraid to challenge the political and media establishments, no matter the cost.

Raises Not Roses – The Story of the 9 to 5 Movement Work-In-Progress
Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar

This film tells the stories of the millions of low-wage, virtually invisible women who populated the clerical pool, served coffee, and suffered sexual harassment before it was recognized as such. In the 1970s, they gathered their courage and rose up against their bosses, large corporations, and institutions.

Betsy West, Julie Cohen

This triumphant look at the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revisits landmark cases and decisions, but also reveals the woman behind the robe and the personal experiences that continue to shape her legacy.

Vincent Rimbaux, Patrizia Landi

In this film, which mimics the arc of a three-act play, art and protest unite for dancers and workers at the Municipal Theatre in Rio de Janeiro.

Running with Beto
David Modigliani

In 2018, Democrat Beto O’Rourke ran a remarkable grassroots campaign, traversing red-state Texas in a quest to unseat Republican Senator Ted Cruz. This intimate document details the candidate’s innovative approach as it reveals the toll his run for office takes on his family.

Christine Delp, Pilar Timpane

Juana Luz Tobar Ortega, a quiet grandmother from Guatemala, took refuge in a Greensboro, N.C., church in the summer of 2017. Nearly two years later, she’s still there.

Scared of Revolution
Daniel Krikke

This raw examination of The Last Poets member Umar Bin Hassan explores both the triumphs and demons of this visionary artist.

Scenes from a Dry City
Simon Wood, François Verster

Visually enthralling, this short film surveys the drastic water shortage in Cape Town in the foreboding countdown to Day Zero, when all taps are turned off.

Sea of Shadows
Richard Ladkani

A skilled cohort of experts embark on separate, but equally thrilling, rescue missions in the Sea of Cortez to save the vaquita porpoise from extinction.

Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists
Jim Klein, Julia Reichert

Seeing Red reveals the untold story of rank-and-file Americans who joined the American Communist Party to fight for social change in the 1930s and the price they paid for it during the McCarthy era of the 1950s. These so-called Reds fought for labor rights, tenants’ rights, food security, and racial equality, and in many cases won victories.