Told through deeply personal stories in the trenches of the healthcare sector, “Birth Wars” chronicles a power struggle between doctors and midwives in Mexico about whose vision of childbirth should prevail. Taking viewers on a journey into the two worlds riven by prejudices and antagonism, the journeys of Rafaela, a newly graduated professional midwife in Guerrero, and Guadalupe, a traditional midwife in Chiapas, are juxtaposed to explore how building bridges between these worlds could help save lives.
A documentary about four centenarian women between 94 and 105 years old living in New York who unravel their courage, strength and zest for life in unique and inspiring ways. Conveying a message against ageism, "Can't Stop the Sun from Shining" is an homage to older individuals who, in spite of adversities and life challenges, age without regrets and arrive with dignity and charm to the autumn of their lives.
Q&A in attendance of the director and film subjects
INSIDE/OUTSIDE|New York Premiere
Nandini Sikand | USA | 2019 | 95'
Inside/Outside is a feature length documentary film about women and mass incarceration in the United States as they struggle with the challenges of sexual assault, substance abuse, and often motherhood. Seen through the lens of a predominantly white county jail in a rapidly gentrifying town in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, this film explores challenges the women face inside and outside jail. Hearing from a chorus of women who share what it is like to be in Northampton County Jail, experts, and correction workers, Inside/Outside addresses the hard and cold facts of the prison industrial complex experienced through a microcosm of local stories that affect families and communities.
As an inspirational and optimistic take on the local and global plastic pollution crisis, fifth graders from PS 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn - a community on the frontline of Climate Change that was severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy. With stop-motion animation, heartfelt kid commentary, and interviews of experts and renowned scientists who are engaged in the most cutting edge research on the harmful effects of microplastics, this alarming, yet charming narrative, conveys an urgent message in user-friendly terms with a take action message to spark youth-led plastic free action in schools everywhere.
A woman decides to have a meaningful life after entering pension age. For 30 years, Irmtraut Wäger headed German Aid To Tibetans and helped the Dalai Lama and Tibetans in exile. She collected about 30 million Euros in donations and took care of over 5,000 Tibetan godchildren. Furthermore she facilitated the construction of schools, hospitals, kindergardens and old people's homes all over India. Today Irmtraut Wäger is seen as a shining example of successful refugee relief, and this is her story.
POT LUCK: The Altered State of Colorado |World Premiere
Jane Wells | USA | 2019 | 77'
The war on drugs has failed, but is legalization of cannabis the answer? Five years after full legalization of cannabis, filmmakers Jane Wells and Barbara Bossuet looks beyond the headlines and hysteria to take an intimate journey into the lives, homes and thoughts (sometimes drug-fueled) of Coloradans either invested in cannabusinesses or committed to teaching the world what legalization has wrought. Meanwhile, overwhelmed law enforcement juggle with the blazed new world, still finding out what the new normal looks like in the still-evolving world of legal cannabis.
The film examines the New York City transgender activism movement - spanning from Stonewall era to the present - in a decades-long struggle to acquire civil rights, recognition under the law and society and fighting against discrimination, including the fight for SONDA and GENDA. It's an untold chapter of the LGBT history revisited 50 years after Stonewall. Interviews with the most active transgender activists of recent times, with a particular focus on transgender women of color, as well as never-seen-before footage of key events of LGBT history, including LGBT pioneer icons Sylvia River and Marsha P Johnson, highlight the film.
A grieving father seeks answers after his 14-year-old son dies by suicide. He uncovers painful truths about the lives of teens, the impact of unfettered access to internet and social media, and the shocking rise of depression among America’s youth. The journey brings him together with young suicide survivors, prevention experts, and parents trying to understand the 70% increase in adolescent suicide. Seeking to find the warning signs that were missed, he instead finds ways to reverse the isolation and disconnectedness that is killing our youth.
UNDERMINED: Tales form the Kimberley|North American Premiere
Nicholas Wrathall | Australia | 2018 | 92'
Australia’s vast and unspoiled Kimberley region is under threat, with mining, pastoralism and irrigated agriculture driving an unprecedented land grab. The film investigates the politics of an area now branded “the future economic powerhouse of Australia,” and what this means for our First People and their unique cultural landscapes. As pressure from industry exposes the limits of Indigenous land rights, what will remain of over 200 remote Aboriginal communities? We follow a young leader, a veteran cattleman and a Senior Elder through David-and-Goliath battles to preserve their homelands, asking the question: for whose benefit is this development?