Festival Year: 2022

Tomasz Wolski

In the days leading up to Christmas 1970, the Polish government raised the prices of food and consumer goods, prompting worker strikes and public demonstrations.…

Alejandro Alonso

Rich shadows, bright light, and a bit of mystery are at play in director Alejandro Alonso’s artfully crafted and precisely shot short observation. Among the…

Dan Chen

T.M. Landry College Prep, an unconventional K–12 school in rural Louisiana that touts a record of sending its students to elite universities, blew up in…

After Sherman
Jon-Sesrie Goff

One root of the word gospel means “good telling,” and in After Sherman, the good telling takes the form of a personal essay by multidisciplinary…

Paula Eiselt, Tonya Lewis Lee

Maternal health care in the United States is in crisis: American women are more likely to die during childbirth today than they were 25 years…

Juliana Kasumu

At the intersection of self-expression and communal reflection sits BABYBANGZ, a Black hair salon in Mid–City, New Orleans. Proprietor Anastasia Ebel fills a void through…

Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes
James Jones

For over 35 years, the story of the explosion at Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant has intrigued many, and myriad movies, TV shows, and news programs…

Chilly & Milly
William D. Caballero

In 2008, William D. Caballero began making an autobiographical film, traveling to the trailer in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he grew up and interviewing his…

Eat Your Catfish
Adam Isenberg, Noah Amir Arjomand, Senem Tüzen

This remarkable family portrait centers around Kathryn, who is living with ALS. Her mind is intact, but the disease has left her body paralyzed and…

The Exiles
Ben Klein, Violet Columbus

When energetic students gather in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, to protest for democratic reforms, their efforts are quickly shut down by Chinese…

Joris Cottin

Steeve Day has been suffering from ALS for the past eight years. He is confined to a wheelchair and is no longer able to speak,…

Freedom Hill
Resita Cox

After the Civil War, freed African Americans settled in the floodplains along North Carolina’s Tar River. This land becomes Princeville, the first town chartered by…

Joannie Lafrenière

Hungarian-born, Montreal-based photographer Gabor Szilasi is in his nineties; he has been capturing and sharing the world around him in remarkable social realist images since…

I Didn’t See You There
Reid Davenport

Filmed in and around director Reid Davenport’s apartment in Oakland, California, this documentary is part essay, part travelogue, and part formal observational inquiry, all linked…

Kameelah Janan Rasheed: The Edge of Legibility
Carrie Hawks

Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s artistic practice plays with the English language, exploring that space between what is immediately intelligible and what is deliberately opaque. Displayed on…

Let the Little Light Shine
Kevin Shaw

National Teachers Academy is a high-performing public elementary school in a predominately Black neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. As gentrification creeps further into…

Mama Bears
Daresha Kyi

“Once you know how important fighting for your kid is, you can’t do anything else but fight for them,” is the statement that begins Daresha…

The Martha Mitchell Effect
Anne Alvergue, Debra McClutchy

By cultivating a close relationship with the press, Martha Mitchell signaled that she was not content to simply play Washington hostess and sit in the…