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A TOWERING TASK - A PEACE CORPS DOCUMENTARY
A film by Alana DeJoseph
The title of the Peace Corps’ blue print, the “A Towering Task” memo, was taken from JFK: “The problems . . . are towering and unprecedented - and the response must be towering and unprecedented as well.” A Towering Task takes a look back at the history, a look at its current state, and a look forward at the relevance of an agency whose story acts as a prism to today’s toughest questions – about service, community, social and environmental justice.

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ADIOS AMOR: THE SEARCH FOR MARIA MORENO (FORMERLY ADIOS AMOR)
A film by Laurie Coyle
In Adios Amor, the discovery of forgotten photographs prompts a search for an unsung heroine—Maria Moreno, a tenacious woman who sacrificed everything but her twelve kids to organize California’s migrant farm workers fifty years ago. The one-hour documentary interweaves the filmmaker’s quest to find Maria with a journey through California’s agricultural belt and archives. Through a little known but remarkable migrant mother’s life, Adios Amor tells a story with national resonance about the migrant workers who put food on our tables, while exploring enduring questions about whose lives we remember, record and recognize.

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ALL WE'VE GOT
A film by Alexis Clements
Bars, bookstores, art and community spaces where LGBTQ women gather are closing their doors, and women are being forced out of the neighborhoods where the few spaces remain. Why is this happening, what’s being lost, and what are some spaces doing to stay open despite the odds? Join us as we travel the country to find answers to these questions and more.

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AMERICA: COMPROMISED/GOOD SOULS: CORRUPTED
A film by Sheila Kaplan
What do GM's killer Cobalts, West Virginia's toxic drinking water and the selling of academic research to the highest bidder have in common? Why do fewer citizens now have confidence in Congress than supported King George at the time of the revolution?
The root cause of this danger and distrust is Institutional Corruption. Our most important American institutions, establishments of government, scholarship and commerce, have been altered by illegitimate influences, which cause them to veer from their missions. Public trust in those institutions has collapsed, endangering our republic.
Our documentary series America: COMPROMISED, will use compelling narratives to examine actions that are common, and often legal, but which nonetheless cause institutions to stray from their missions. This is a story of how we got here as a society, and an exploration of how citizens can work together to repair our Republic.


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AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS
A film by Grace Lee
A documentary about Detroit philosopher/activist Grace Lee Boggs, 94, whose life and work has encompassed the major U.S. social movements of the past century: radical labor, civil rights, Black Power, feminism, Asian American, environmental justice, and beyond. More than just a biography, the film explores how this daughter of Chinese immigrants could evolve both as a revolutionary philosopher and a movement activist during a century rife with social and political upheaval, while firmly committing herself to the struggles her adopted hometown of Detroit.

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ANOTHER LOST ANGEL
A film by Rachel Perkoff
A feature-length documentary about the poetic life and violent death of Kat Perkoff: writer, runaway, drug smuggler, bar owner, local icon… and the filmmaker's older sister. Comprised of archival footage, interviews, and "dreamlike recollections", this film began as a personal journey of sibling loss and quickly grew into a full-scale investigation of a life lived on the margins. Another Lost Angel explores notions of fate, identity, and memory as well as the seedy world of the New Orleans lesbian mafia subculture of the 1970’s.

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ARMING SISTERS DOCUMENTARY
A film by Willow O'Feral & Brad Heck
Dawn is a tribal cop in the midst of an oil boom threatening to pull the threads of her culture apart. Patty teaches women self-defense on reservations across the Great Plains. Chalsey writes anti-sex trafficking code in the Bakken. Arming Sisters profiles these and other remarkable American Indian women who are fighting on a grass-roots level to end violence against indigenous women.

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AS PRESCRIBED
A film by Holly Hardman
For over fifty years, doctors have been prescribing benzodiazepines. The drugs bear well-known names: Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan. They are commonly thought of as safe, even innocuous drugs that help take the edge off or offer a better night’s sleep. As Prescribed, however, documents a strikingly different narrative. Through personal accounts and investigating mounting evidence, the film reveals benzodiazepines’ constellation of frightening effects, as well as the errant medical culture that continues to promote them. The result is the story of an under-the-radar epidemic that is devastating lives globally.

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ASK THE SEXPERT
A film by Vaishali Sinha
A longtime sex advice columnist gains popularity against the backdrop of a ban on comprehensive sex-education in schools in several Indian states.

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A-TOWN BOYZ
A film by Eunice Lau
A story about the growing up experiences of Asian-Americans in Atlanta, Georgia, A-Town Boyz captures an edge of frame world in which youths turn to gangs - some for survival, others for kinship, status and identity. Two prominent gang members are at a crossroad, eager to break free of the underworld, but struggling to find a route out. Through highs and lows we follow them on a quest to reinvent themselves as the shadows of the past close in.

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THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL
A film by Holly Morris and Anne Bogart
As Fukushima smolders, and the world grapples with a dangerous energy era, an unlikely human story emerges from Chernobyl to inform the debate. In the radioactive “Dead Zone” that surrounds the Chernobyl nuclear reactor #4, lives a community of some 200 elderly women. While their neighbors have long since fled and their husbands have died off, this stubborn sisterhood is surviving — even, oddly, thriving — on some of the most toxic acres on Earth. Why they returned - defying the authorities and seriously endangering their health - is a tale about the pull of motherland, the power of shaping one’s destiny, and the subjective nature of risk.
(Photo by Rena Effendi)

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BADDDDD SONIA SANCHEZ
A film by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater with Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
Poet, playwright, teacher, activist. For Sonia Sanchez, writing is both a personal and political act. BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez examines this 78-year-old artist’s contribution to the world of poetry, her singular place in the Black Arts Movement, and her leadership role in African American culture over the last half-century. In her high impact poetry—as in her life—she confronts the implicit violence of racism and sexism, and the explicit violence perpetrated against women, the GLBT community, and people of color.

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BEING BEBE
A film by Emily Branham
Charismatic Cameroonian drag queen BeBe Zahara Benet was crowned "The Next Drag Superstar of the World" on Season One of hit reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” But five years later, (s)he’s just another struggling artist in New York City. Giving it one last shot with a new live show called “Reveal,” BeBe finally confronts the man inside the sequins and feathers in this surprising portrait that explores performance in everyday life.

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BETTING ON BLACK: THE STORY OF BLACK VEGAS
A film by Anita Womack
Betting on Black: The Battle for F Street – What would you do if you awakened in 2008 to find local officials building a wall around your neighborhood to separate it from the rest of the city? How would you feel if Las Vegas officials composed a master plan for the entire city that included everything except your neighborhood? The feature-length documentary follows Trish Geran, Shondra Summers Armstrong and their lawyer Matthew Callister as they galvanize the historic African-American community called the Westside to fight a new take on an old issue of access to public accommodation, civil and social rights and ultimately what it means to be a community.


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BIG TOP, LITTLE LADY
A film by Kat Vecchio
The great American train circuses of the 19th and early 20th century inspired and entertained a nation. From May to December hundreds of circus performers, many of them women, crisscrossed America by rail as cast members in some of the largest circuses the country has ever known. The circus life brought freedom for many of these women, but it also came with sacrifice and danger. Big Top, Little Lady explores the lives of the women that challenged convention and dazzled the crowds.


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BLUE ALCHEMY: STORIES OF INDIGO
A film by Mary Lance
Indigo is a blue dye that has been used worldwide for millennia; a vibrant color laden with symbolic meaning; a commodity that was once central to international trade and colonial economies; and the reason that blue jeans are blue. BLUE ALCHEMY is an hour-long documentary videotape that will explore the history and importance of indigo, weaving stories about geography and culture, interviews with artists, artisans, and historians, and images of villagers using indigo into a video tapestry.

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THE BOMB
A film by Smriti Keshari
the bomb is a multi-media installation that will help promote a dialogue about nuclear weapons and capture the imagination of a generation that knows almost nothing about them. The audience will be taken on an immersive journey into a nuclear realm that’s terrifying, bizarre, often absurd, and oddly compelling.

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THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD
A film by Jen Senko Edited by Kala Mandrake
As a filmmaker, Jen Senko, tries to understand the transformation of her father from a mild mannered life-long Democrat to an angry, Right-Wing fanatic, she uncovers the forces behind the media that changed him completely; a plan by Roger Ailes under Nixon for a media by the GOP, The Powell Memo, and the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine, all of which would ultimately misinform millions, divide families and even the country itself.

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A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY
A film by Sara Bordo
A documentary following the life of 25 year old, 58 pound, Lizzie Velasquez. The film chronicles her triumph to the other side of bullying, and her journey from a speaker to Capitol Hill activist, helping the issue of bullying reach a higher road.

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BUCKJUMPIN'
A film by Lily Keber
Buckjumping dives into a never-before-seen side of New Orleans through the lens of its most democratic cultural art form: dance. From second lines to drag to high school marching bands, the film paints a dynamic portrait of a city’s spirituality, resilience and resourcefulness.

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THE CAUSE OF PROGRESS
A film by A film by Chris Kelly
At present more than 250,000 people in Cambodia live under threat of forced evictions, land grabbing and land disputes. THE CAUSE OF PROGRESS puts a human face on this widely ignored human rights issue, following several characters at various stages of the eviction process. THE CAUSE OF PROGRESS touches upon, without underlining, the related issues that plague a country still dealing with the scars of genocide, HIV/AIDS, child labor, drug addiction, tourism, big business, and government corruption.


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CHARMO (FORMERLY THE IRAQI SEED PROJECT)
A film by Emma Piper-Burket
Agriculture began in Iraq nearly 10,000 years ago with the cultivation of crops such as wheat, barley and lentils; yet today the country must import the majority of its food and agricultural supplies. In a short film, interactive website and series of real life exchanges, THE IRAQI SEED PROJECT explores the agricultural heritage of Iraq from ancient times to the present.


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CHEER
A film by Mary Olive Smith, Flying Pup Productions
CHEER follows the challenges and triumphs of a one-of-a-kind cheerleading squad called the Sparks. Based in the small, working-class town of Lyndhurst, NJ, the Sparks have a broad range of special challenges from autism to Down’s syndrome, and they perform in the fierce world of competitive cheer seeking a way to fit in and to feel normal. Their joy is infectious, their bravery—inspirational. But, the day-to-day challenges are daunting on the mats and behind the scenes. CHEER brings a pressing social issue to audiences opening hearts and minds to the last segregated community in America – the developmentally disabled.

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CHILDREN AND THEIR DISCONTENTS
A film by Suzanne Wasserman
Children and their Discontents tells the generational story of the children of psychoanalysts who came of age in the 1960s and 1970s. Drawing on both autobiographical and diverse personal histories, the film examines the good, bad and incredible legacy of growing up at a time when Freud ruled the home


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CLOSE YOUR EYES
A film by A film by Sonia Malfa
At thirteen, Imani is a gifted photographer, burgeoning with talent and a desire to experience first love. She has a crush on a quiet, gentle giant named Junito (15), who visits her on the playground where she takes pictures. But Imani faces a great challenge, she is slowly loosing her vision to an eye disease, retinitis pigmentosa. CLOSE YOUR EYES is a short narrative film that follows Imani as she takes the transformative first steps from adolescence into young adulthood.


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THE COMMANDMENT KEEPERS
A film by Marlaine Glicksman
THE COMMANDMENT KEEPERS is a one-hour documentary on the Commandment Keepers Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation, a highly observant African American synagogue founded in 1919 in Harlem, where it continues today, several generations later. The film is the dramatic story of a people caught between two worlds, Black and Jewish, a minority’s minority, struggling to hold on to its faith and identity despite the obstacles.

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THE CONVICTION OF MIRIAM MOSKOWITZ (FORMERLY CLEAN SLATE : THE STORY OF A 97-YEAR-OLD FELON)
A film by Emily Harrold
Branded as a Red Spy in the 1950s, 98-year-old Miriam Moskowitz set out to clear her name more than sixty years later.

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THE CYCLE: LIVING A TABOO
A film by Irina Vodar
A love story in the age of reproductive technologies. The Cycle, a full-length vérité-styled documentary, generates the forward pull of surreal suspense as it follows the filmmaker and her husband on their journey into the maze of ART (Assisted Reproduction Technologies) in search of fertility. What transpires is a glimpse into the very fabric of reality.
Shot on locations in India, US, France, and Russia.

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DARK SIDE OF THE FULL MOON
A film by Maureen Fura and Jennifer Silliman Maureen Fura and Jennifer Silliman
Dark Side of the Full Moon delves into the unseen world of perinatal mood disorders and psychosis in the U.S. It will uncover the disconnect within the medical community to effectively screen, refer, and treat the 1.3 million mothers affected each year, giving a face and voice to the countless women who have suffered in silence. The film will follow two moms on a life-changing journey, exposing the complicated web where no one is asking, no one is listening, and help is not available.

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DECADE OF FIRE
A film by Vivian Vazquez, Gretchen Hildebran, Julia Steele Allen
In the 1970s, Vivian Vazquez was growing up in a close-knit South Bronx neighborhood. But by the end of the decade, a relentless plague of fires had devastated her community. DECADE OF FIRE follows Vivian’s search for answers: Why did the Bronx burn? And what happened to those who remained behind? This feature documents a Bronx that is rarely seen - once nearly destroyed by political neglect - but redeemed by the resistance of the people who call it home.

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THE DEFECTOR: ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA
A film by Fathom Film Group
This filmmaker goes undercover to follow several North Koreans and aid workers on their journey to freedom across Asia into Europe and hopefully to North America. Up to 300,000 North Koreans have fled their country and are in hiding in Asia today. The film is an intimate portrait of real people caught in this human rights crisis, featuring a unique POV aesthetic that will be shown on several platforms: a Feature Film, an Interactive Website, and mobile applications.

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DESOLATION
A film by TS Botkin and Gregg Stouffer
Desolation, a visually rich short historical fiction, filmed on the shores of the Delaware River, tells the story of an early 16th century North American Lenape tribe coming into contact with European explorers, and the mystical calamity that fell, not only this tribe, but a huge proportion of the inhabitants of North America. Using an indigenous cast, live action photography and amazing visual effects, there has never been such a rendering of a story of this land’s original inhabitants.

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DOLLY
A film by Jamie Dobie
Shivani "Dolly" Cherukuri is one of the best archers India has ever seen. In the shadow of her deceased brother (famed Indian archer Lenin Cherukuri), and on the banks of the sacred Krishna River, in March 2015 Dolly set a national record and made headlines across the globe. It was nine days before her third birthday.


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DRESSED LIKE KINGS
A film by Stacey L. Holman
Husbands, fathers and breadwinners four Zulu men: Bhekizenzo Buthelezi, 49; Simon Khoza, 43; Adolphus Mbuyisa, 52; and Thulani Mbatha, 43 give a rare glimpse into their lives outside of the oswenka (to swank) competition. Dressed Like Kings will: disclose the mystique of swanking, see how it impacts the family, and witness the growing opposition which may very well effect the fate of this fifty-year old tradition within the Zulu culture.


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DRIVING WITH SELVI
A film by Elisa Paloschi
Selvi, like so many girls living within India’s patriarchal culture, is forced to marry at a young age, only to find herself in a violent and abusive marriage. One day, in deep despair, she chooses to escape, and goes on to become South India’s first female taxi driver. This is the ten-year journey of a charming, strong, and courageous young woman who defies all expectations, moving beyond the pain she’s experienced to create a new life.

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DROKPA (FORMERLY OUR BLESSED LAND)
A film by Yan Chun Su
AS THE DESERT COMES is a feature-length documentary about a small village of Tibetan herders and their struggle for survival against time and forces beyond their control. Set in the stark landscape of eastern Tibetan plateau, we watch members of a disappearing culture adapt and fight against the decimation of the grasslands that sustained them for generations. What can they do to survive? How do they engage their resilience and indigenous ingenuity to win this battle?

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DRY EYES, DRY MOUTH
A film by Anita Womack and Tanisha Christie
DRY EYES, DRY MOUTH exposes the story of Sjögren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that affects four million Americans. The problem is few people have ever heard of it, including physicians. Former health reporter Anita Womack turns the camera on herself and others as they fight for their lives and livelihoods. This transmedia project brings into focus the battles and cultural stigmas people face if they are chronically ill.


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DUSTY GROOVE: THE SOUND OF TRANSITION
A film by Danielle Beverly

Used record buyer Rick walks us into the homes – and stories - of strangers, to dig through their rare vinyl jazz and soul records. He liberates sellers of their once prized possessions for his store, Dusty Groove. Each seller shares a common reason: they face a major life transition.

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DYSLEXIAVILLE
A film by Peggy Stern
The mission of Dyslexiaville is to leverage the power of visual storytelling through on-line programming- giving children struggling in school a virtual safe place, a community, and the self-advocacy skills needed to cement positive self-identity and set them on a path of promise in school and in life.

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EL ABRAZO (THE EMBRACE. PREVIOUSLY QUEER TANGO)
A film by Gemma Cubero
El Abrazo (The Embrace) follows the lives of Leo Sardella and Walter Pérez, whose entangled love story unfolds through the art of tango. Their journey takes us from the capital cities of tango–New York City, Buenos Aires and Berlin–to explore how this passionate dance has become a tool for personal transformation and social change. To received updates about El Abrazo’s production join our mailing list.

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EVERY DAY IS A HOLIDAY
A film by Theresa Loong
Chinese-American filmmaker Theresa Loong creates an intimate portrait of her father, a man fifty years her senior. In this documentary, we explore the bonds of the father-daughter relationship and place themes of growing older, immigration and racism in the context of "living history." Paul Loong talks of his experiences as a POW in Japan and his subsequent quest to become an American. We discover why, despite much suffering, "Every Day Is a Holiday."

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EVERY THREE SECONDS
A film by Dan Karslake
EVERY THREE SECONDS is a documentary that explores an ordinary individual's capacity to change the world. The film profiles 5 ordinary people between the ages of 7 and 70 who are making a significant impact on solving some of the world’s seemingly insurmountable problems - hunger, poverty, violence against women, healthcare, natural disaster. Through these shared experiences, audiences will discover the blinding potential in each one of us to do great things to change the world.

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EX LIBRIS
A film by Melissa Hacker
EX LIBRIS is an animated documentary film tracing the vanished world of the ex libris collection my grandfather Marco Birnholz commissioned, created and lost in Vienna, Austria between the two world wars. EX LIBRIS will explore the intimate, intricate, universe, parallel to his everyday life as a neighborhood pharmacist, that he created in his ex libris collection, and the exploding world he recorded in his diaries.

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