DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

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A DIGNIFIED DEATH | North American Premiere

Jesse van Venrooij | Netherlands | 2018 | 52''

Eelco choses death by legal euthanasia. Under strictly specified circumstances, physicians in the Netherlands are allowed to perform euthanasia and assisted suicide at the request of a patient. The films shows the last moments of a man with unbearable and hopeless mental suffering. It was Eelco’s wish to record the last stage of his life but also to show the world how his bereaved deal with his death afterwards. His mission: to bring mental suffering and death as a solution into the open in our society. 

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Screens Wednesday March 20, 9:00 PM
Q&A following the screening

TICKETS

Individual tickets for specific films are available here at the regular $12 price online ($15 at the door).

Student tickets are $5 here (with valid ID).

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BACKLASH | North American Premiere

Sara Jegeman| Switzerland | 2018 | 72'

Zeliha Dagli, a feminist and activist, takes us on a journey to the suburbs of Stockholm, where human rights are being violated by the romanticized waves of fundamentalism. Intertwined with Zeliha's personal story five womens rights activists hailing from Turkey, Tunisia and Iran speak up about integration, cultural relativism, honorary killings as well as Political Islam.

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Screens Monday March 18, 4:50 PM

Q&A following the screening

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Danseur | New York Premiere  

Scott Gormley | USA | 2018 | 70'

Enter any dance studio in the US and the classes will be brimming with little bunheads dreaming of crossing the stage at Lincoln Center. But you will be hard pressed to find a single boy among them. The film explores why in a country that strives for gender equality where young women are encouraged to cross the gender barrier and participate in male-dominated fields does this disparity exist?

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Screens Thursday March 21, 7:30 PM

Q&A following the screening

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In the name of Your Daughter | New York State Premiere  

Giselle Portenier | Canada | 2018 | 84'

Terrified of bleeding to death, young Tanzanian girls as young as eight have to make the most difficult choice of their young lives: to submit to female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage, or to risk their lives and run away from home not knowing if they’ll ever see their families again. Rhobi Samwelly, one of the most charismatic women in Africa, risks her life to give the girls a safe haven; a story of courage and hope.

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Screens Thursday March 21, 5:30 PM

Q&A following the screening

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Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century  

Rock Grant | USA | 2018 | 58' 10'' | World Premiere

Intimate view of 100 years of American history seen through Isaac Pope, an African-American centenarian who's a spellbinding storyteller and unsung hero of war, the civil rights and workers' movements, and the tale of the nation's spirit, loss and love. Grandson of enslaved people, son of sharecroppers, he yearned toward the American Dream. His life shows tectonic shifts in some interactions between races that show the way forward.

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Screens Wednesday March 20, 5:00 PM

Q&A following the screening

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It Will Be Chaos | New York Premiere  

Lorena Luciano, Filippo | USA | 2018 | 90'

Life in Southern Italy is thrown into a tailspin when refugees arrive by the thousands and the locals are left to fend for themselves. Eritrean survivor Aregai, trapped in the Italian faltering immigration system, goes underground to reach Northern Europe. Through his journey, intercut with the road trip to Germany of a Syrian family, the clash between the newcomers and the locals escalates.

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Screens Friday March 15, 9:15 PM

Q&A following the screening

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Monument of Pride | New York State Premiere

Sebastiaan Kes | Netherlands | 2017 | 82'53‘’

For decades Holland is known as one of the LGBTQ-friendliest countries in the world. But how did gay emancipation develop in the Netherlands? How did this country get from executing sodomites in the 18th century to being the first in the world to legalize gay marriage in 2001? The documentary Monument of Pride tells the story of the 'pink revolution' in the Netherlands. Historical images alternate with current events held on the Amsterdam Homomonument with portraits of todays activists.

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Screens Saturday March 16, 6:45 PM
Q&A following the screening
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Musa Dagh - The Road Home | North American Premiere

Mariam Ohanyan| Armenia, Turkey | 2018 | 53'

During the 1915 Armenian Genocide, the residents of six Armenian villages surrounding Musa Mountain (Musa Dagh near the Mediterranean Sea) refused to obey the deportation decree of the Ottoman Empire and organized a defense force with 5000 people, only 600 of whom were warriors with limited weapons and ammunition. The film is a road movie about an Armenian family visiting the land of their ancestors on the day of commemorations on the anniversary of this defense.

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Screen Sunday March 17, 3:30 PM
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Piripkura| New York Premiere

Mariana Oliva, Renata Terra, Bruno Jorge | Brazil | 2018 | 82'

The last two surviving members of the Piripkura people, a nomadic tribe in the Mato Grasso region of Brazil, struggle to maintain their indigenous way of life amidst the region’s massive deforestation. Living deep in the rain forest, Pakyî and Tamandua live off the land relying on a machete, an ax, and a torch lit in 1998. The camera team, trek deep into the uninhabited region to find traces of the men as the systemic violence used against indigenous Amazon people is revealed, a situation likely to become more perilous with Brazil’s newly elected President.

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Screens Sunday March 17, 1:15 PM
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Public Figure | Premiere

Brian Corso | USA | 2018 | 70'

In an exploration of our society’s increasing obsession with social media, the film’s insightful documentation of social media use and addiction invites the viewer to question if what we see online is reality or a complete delusion. The film follows the lives of our established Instagram influencers around the globe - beginning in New York all the way to Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver and Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Screens Sunday March 17, 9:00 PM
Q&A following the screening
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Seeing is Believing: Women Direct  

Cady McClain | USA | 2018 | 83'55‘’ | New York Premiere

An intimate conversation with female directors who are using their voices to tell stories that matter to them. The film strives to encourage, inspire, and provide mentorship for those who are looking to find and use their own unique voice. 

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Screens Sunday March 17, 7:00 PM
Q&A following the screening
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The Advocates | Premiere  

Rémi Kessler | USA | 2018 | 87'

Over half a million people are homeless in the United States—25% of whom are in California. Amid public outcry over the ballooning homeless population—nearly 54,000 people on any given night in Los Angeles— three advocates with three different organizations show what the lost ideal of “care in the community” looks like amid a changing policy landscape. Intensely human and humanizing, The Advocates provides a sweeping look at the historic and current causes of this unprecedented crises.

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Screens Friday March 15, 5:00 PM

Q&A following the screening

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The Creepy Line | New York Premiere  

M. A. Taylor | USA | 2018 | 80'

An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they do it.

An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they do it. 

Trailer 

Screens Tuesday March 19, 8:45 PM

Q&A following the screening

The man who mends women

- The wrath of  Hippocrates | Spotlight Screening

Thierry Michel & Colette Braeckman | Belgium | 2015 | 112' 

Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 and the Sakharov Prize 2014, Doctor Mukwege is internationally known as the man who mends thousands of women raped during the 20 years of conflicts in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the poorest countries on the planet despite its extremely rich sub-soil. His endless struggle to put an end to these atrocities and denounce the impunity enjoyed by perpetrators is not welcome. The women to whom he has restored physical integrity and dignity, however, stand beside him as true activists for peace and justice.

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Screens Monday March 18, 6:30 PM
Spotlight Panel following the screening