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NEW AMERICAN GIRLS
A film by Mitchell Teplisky
A collaborative New Media project about smart young women on their way to careers in medicine, science, journalism and more -- if they don't get deported first. These are the "Dreamers" -- students who grew up in the USA but born elsewhere, and lack documentation to qualify for college loans or legally work. They are part of a national movement fighting for the Dream Act, legislation that would give them a pathway to citizenship and hope for the future.


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NO HUMAN INVOLVED
A film by PJ Starr
In 2009 after she was sentenced to more than two years in prison for prostitution, Marcia Powell was locked in a metal cage in the desert sun at an Arizona prison. Four hours later she collapsed in the 107-degree heat, and by day’s end she was dead after being removed from life support by the Department of Corrections. Even though an internal investigation revealed that guards had denied her water and ridiculed her when she pleaded for help, no one was ever charged. The documentary NO HUMAN INVOLVED investigates the circumstances of Marcia’s death, exposing the system that has lead to the death of scores of others in facilities across Arizona, and documents a movement that has formed seeking justice in her name. Marcia’s story motivates audiences to question the system that justified her incarceration, as viewers empathize with her humanity realizing that what happened to her, can happen to anyone.

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NO JOB FOR A WOMAN: THE WOMEN WHO FOUGHT TO REPORT WORLD WAR II
A film by Michele Midori Fillion
Dickey Chapelle wanted to be so close to the action that she could feel the bullets whizzing by her head. Ruth Cowan wanted to report the first draft of history. Martha Gellhorn wanted to change the course of history. All three women were accredited to report WWII. But there was a catch. The military and journalism establishments prohibited women war reporters from the frontlines – the place where careers and front-page stories are made. The women had to find the war story elsewhere. And they did -- forever changing the story of war.

Produced by Maria Agui Carter. Writers Maia Harris and Michele Midori Fillion. Executive Producers Jeanne Houck and Michele Midori Fillion.

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NO PLACE FOR CHILDREN
A film by Katie Green & Carlye Rubin
Like most countries, the U.S. recognizes 18 as the age of majority and is used as the milestone on which laws are placed and privileges, endowed. Whether it’s being old enough to vote, serve in the military, or purchase a gun- it’s a line that’s widely accepted as the point where a child is mentally and physically now old enough to be responsible for themselves and their own decisions…with the exception of one area: the criminal justice system. This film will tell the personal stories of juvenile offenders and their families, making evident the great urgency to recognize our long and shameful history of exploitation of the prison system and how it has infiltrated the lives of our children, blurring that once clear line between youth and adulthood.

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OLD SOUTH
A film by Danielle Beverly
OLD SOUTH witnesses a 150 year old African-American community battle racism and gentrification, when a Confederate flag-flying college fraternity moves in and stages their yearly antebellum parade.


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THE OLD WORLD AND THE OLD WEST (FORMERLY COWBOYS, INDIANS, EUROPEANS (WILD WEST EUROPE)
A film by Riva Freifeld
This documentary tells the true story of the forgotten event that set off the worldwide fascination with the American West. In the 1890s, “Buffalo Bill” Cody and his “Wild West” toured Europe with real cowboys, Native-Americans, lady sharpshooters, live buffalo, stagecoach holdups, electricity, and more. Europeans were enthralled by visions of wide-open spaces, empowered women and endless possibilities. The West became a metaphor for freedom and a projection screen for European fantasies. And the European Western was born.

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OSCAR'S COMEBACK: FESTIVAL OF THE UNCONQUERED
A film by Lisa Collins and Mark Schwartzburt
The small, 99% white, rural town of Gregory, South Dakota recognizes its most famous citizen--a black man from the early 1900s--through the annual Oscar Micheaux Book & Film Festival. It celebrates the works of Micheaux: homesteader-turned-novelist-turned-filmmaker. Although far from a household name, he is arguably ‘the most prolific indie filmmaker to date’. Micheaux’ visionary idealism, race conscious-raising agenda and his endless struggle to leave his mark are all paralleled by this eclectic, ambitious, fledgling festival on the prairie. A candid, edgy and humorous look at the current state of race and “achieving the American Dream” is told through the eyes, minds and hearts of the Festival scholars, attendees and the very colorful locals of Gregory.


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OUR BLESSED LAND (FORMERLY AS THE DESERT COMES)
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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OUR LOST SONS (FORMERLY THROUGH THE EYES OF A MOTHER)
A film by Alexa Oona Schulz
Character-driven documentary that centers on two Los Angeles Latina mother’s intimate journey to overcome overpowering feelings of guilt and shame after learning that their teenage sons are murderers incarcerated for life. On a second level the film investigates how the once innocent and sweet kids could transform into gang-banging criminals. The story explores the hidden face of incarceration, and presents an unprecedented maternal perspective on the world of gang violence.

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OUT IN THE NIGHT (FORMERLY THE FIRE THIS TIME)
A film by blair dorosh-walther
On a summer evening in the West Village of New York City, seven young women from New Jersey were verbally threatened and physically attacked by a twenty-nine-year-old man. In a not uncommon travesty of justice, the NJ7 were sent to prison for defending themselves. The Fire This Time gives voice to the NJ7, while also revealing in devastating detail how the media, homophobia, and racism all work together in American culture to stigmatize and victimize gay people of color.

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THE OVARIAN PSYCOS
A film by Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle
A new generation of women of color in East Los Angeles are redefining identity and building community through a raucous, irreverently named bicycle crew: The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade.

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PARTICLE FEVER
A film by Mark Levinson
For nearly twenty years, physicists have been building the largest experiment in history, an experiment of such ambition and complexity that it has required the collaboration of 10,000 scientists from over 100 different countries. The Large Hadron Collider is a 17-mile ring buried beneath the countryside of Switzerland and France. Designed to smash trillions of protons together at nearly the speed of light, the LHC will recreate the extreme conditions that existed a fraction of a second after the Big Bang. What the LHC reveals could change our understanding of everything. Failure could leave us in the dark for generations to come. The documentary feature PARTICLE FEVER captures this unfolding drama by focusing on the personal stories of several of its key figures' passionate, funny, brilliant spirits standing at the threshold of discovery. These modern adventurers have faced impossible technical challenges, risked careers, sacrificed personal relationships and continually struggled with government support in their single-minded quest to understand the nature of the universe.


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THE PASSIONATE PURSUITS OF ANGELA BOWEN
A film by Jennifer Abod
The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen is a feature length documentary of “One Woman’s Passionate Pursuits”-Angela Bowen’s life legacy. Stories exploring the complexity of black women’s lives are rarely told; black feminists are seldom heard or seen; and black lesbians are practically invisible. We seldom see how the intersections of race, class, gender, age and sexuality manifests in one women’s life. How did Bowen keep her passions alive, even in the face of poverty and bigotry, and how have her decisions affected the lives of those closest to her?

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A PERSISTENT DESIRE
A film by Lenn Keller
A Persistent Desire is a 90 minute documentary film celebrating and affirming butch and femme identities and dynamics from a feminist perspective.

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A PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY
A film by Rachel Elizabeth Seed
When a young photographer discovers interviews her late mother, a gifted New York City journalist and photographer, made with iconic photographers Henri Cartier-¬Bresson, Lisette Model, W. Eugene Smith and Bruce Davidson during the 1970s, she goes on an revelatory journey to discover her mother’s life and work through their shared professions.


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THE PIGEON GAME
A film by Annie Heringer
“The Pigeon Game” is a documentary on the disappearing culture of homing pigeon racing in New York City. Unknown to most people, there are still men and women who raise birds on their rooftops and race them from distances up to 600 miles. The scenes of Marlon Brando at his pigeon loft in “On the Waterfront” may have secured the sport in the history of the city, but “The Pigeon Game” proves that the tradition still exists today among a small but dedicated group of fliers.

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THE PREGNANCY EXCLUSION (WORKING TITLE)
A film by Rebecca Haimowitz
Who decides if a pregnant woman can be taken off of life support? The family? The hospital? The State?
THE PREGNANCY EXCLUSION examines the case of Marlise Muñoz, a brain-dead woman whose family was forced to keep her on life support against her wishes, because she was 14 weeks pregnant. The film shows the human story behind the headlines, and shines a light on a controversial law with frightening implications for all women and families.


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QUEERS IN THE KINGDOM: LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE
A film by Markie Hancock
Queers in the Kingdom examines the institutionalization of Bible-based homophobia at Christian Colleges in the United States. While uncovering the deep historical roots of evangelical Christianity in this country, we witness the emergence of OneWheaton -- a growing group of LGBT alumni and allies -- letting their light shine!

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THE RABBIS' INTIFADA (FORMERLY IN EXILE)
A film by Heather Tenzer
An American Jewish woman follows ultra-Orthodox rabbis on a journey to Gaza in order to find out why they are supporting the Palestinian struggle.


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RACE TO ZERO CITY
A film by Helen Lowe, Cassy Soden and Cameron Hall
Race to Zero City is a new breed of activist filmmaking that aims to incite, document and accelerate a North American competition to create the first carbon neutral city by 2030. Seattle may be a front-runner, with an historic opportunity to develop new models of urban living and win the race, but can it overcome the major roadblocks to change? And will a critical mass of cities find solutions to the carbon problem in time for all of us to benefit?

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RENEGADE DREAMERS
A film by Karen Kramer
What does it mean to be a renegade and a dreamer in America? Throughout New York City, on subway platforms, open mics, poetry slams, and cafes, young poets and folksingers have disconnected from the model of success expected of them, in much the same way the early Beat writers and protest singers of Greenwich Village did in the ‘50s and '60s. This 90 minute documentary celebrates the rich culture that grew out of a few blocks of Greenwich Village in a few short years…..first by the Beat poets, and later through the folksingers…..and interweaves it with a new generation of radical bohemians…..the young poets and folksingers of today who use their words as weapons to promote social change.

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REVISITING LA OPERACION (FORMERLY HISTORY OF PUERTO RICAN WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS)
A film by Sabrina Aviles
In the early 20th century, propelled by a popular belief in a policy of eugenics, the U.S. proposed sterilization as a means of controlling the overpopulation in Puerto Rico. Over the years, it became a Puerto Rican woman’s preferred choice of “contraception.” It was so routine, it was called simply, la operación (the operation). “Revisiting La Operación” takes a nuanced look at sterilization’s impact on 20th century Puerto Rico by exploring the factors that led women to choose it as a means of birth control.


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THE RITUAL
A film by Angela Aguayo
The Ritual is an autobiographical documentary exploring the commodification of the wedding ritual and how market demands map onto the bonds of friendship through the process of becoming a bridesmaid. Shot over a ten-year period, The Ritual documents four women pursuing graduate degrees while keenly aware of the social pressure to get married. These women find themselves torn between the rituals of traditional womanhood and an evolving new world of shifting gender roles and social mobility.

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THE ROAD TO FAME
A film by Hao Wu
A feature documentary about students at China's Top Drama Academy staging the American musical 'Fame.'


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THE ROAR OF A LION CUB
A film by Martina Radwan
The Roar of a Lion Cub is an intimate portrait of three Mongolian street children and an American filmmaker determined to change their lives. Shot over six years, the film follows this global makeshift family, providing a rare look into the lasting effects of child poverty and questioning the effectiveness of getting involved within a foreign culture.

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ROCKS IN MY POCKET
A film by Signe Baumane
Rocks In My Pockets, an animated feature film, is a personal story about mental illness afflicting women in Signe’s family and her own encounters with suicide and depression. Despite the seriousness of the subject, the film is entertaining, funny and life affirming.

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SACRE
A film by Anna Gaskell
In celebration of the 2013 centennial of Vaslav Nijinsky's riot raising Sacre du Printemps, the film SACRE will focus on a mounting of the famous and historical ballet. SACRE will show behind-the scenes preparations and rehearsals of the Hamburg Ballet School up to an opening night performance of Sacre du Printemps. There will be a re-costuming of the dancers, which will provide a vital take on the choreography. Sacre du Printemps has commonly represented the fin de sicle by being the harbinger of modernity situated in the middle of what is referred to as a classical ballet. Revisiting this ballet with a contemporary eye and slightly different interpretation will allow a re-examination of the freshness and ingenuity that is Sacre du Printemps.


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SAILING A SINKING SEA (FORMERLY KNOWN AS SEA GYPSIES)
A film by Olivia Wyatt
In SEA GYPSIES, ethnographic filmmaker Olivia Wyatt (Staring into the Sun) explores the culture of one of the smallest ethnic minority groups in Asia, the Moken of Thailand and Burma. Moken life revolves entirely around water, but a variety of sociopolitical groups are stripping the Moken of their indigenous beliefs. Shot in color and lyrically structured to feature Moken folklore as a central narrative device, SEA GYPSIES is an intimate verite portrait of the Moken, preserving their unique aquatic existence.

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SARAH JOSEPHA HALE AND THE GODEY GIRLS
A film by Dr. MJ Lewis
The documentary features Sarah Josepha Hale as editor of America's most popular 19th-century magazine for women, Godey's Lady's Book, known as the "Victorian Bible of the Parlor," and famous for its colorful hand-painted fashion plates. Hale's fifty-year editorial campaign for women's improvement promoted higher education, professionalism and social reform. The film will feature landmarks significant to Hale, listed in the United States Department of the Interior, National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

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THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO
A film by Ian Cheney
THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO is a feature documentary tracing the origins of Chinese-American food through what is arguably America’s most popular takeout meal––General Tso’s chicken. An upbeat investigation of America’s love affair with Chinese food, grounded in scholarship on cultural and culinary history, THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO leads viewers on a journey to answer a simple question: who was General Tso, and why do nearly 50,000 American restaurants serve a dish that bears his name?

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SHADOW GIRL
A film by Maria Teresa Larrain
In Shadow Girl, the director bravely opens up her journey into darkness as she goes blind, and shares it with the world. Shot from the director's point of view, the audience follows her as she enters into the unknown, fighting to keep her dignity and her voice as an artist, and searching for a new way to see the world. We bear witness as she struggles with her demons and meets her saviours. Shadow Girl is profound, nuanced and celebratory story of overcoming loss and rising from the ashes.

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SITTING STILL
A film by Gina M. Angelone
“Sitting Still” brings renown landscape architect and visionary Laurie Olin into focus, creating a captivating biography of his life’s work while describing the outlines of the land in this country over the past century—a century that has affected our sense of landscape and human ecology like no other. The film will not only portray a great American Master, but also offer an historical context for the design of private and public space, including the most iconic places in America.


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SMALL SMALL THING
A film by Jessica Vale
Caught between tribalism and democracy, a Liberian mother is at odds with her country after the brutal rape of her six-year-old daughter.


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SOAR
A film by Susan Hess Logeais
SOAR explores the relationship between two sisters: Kiera, a quadruple amputee who lost her limbs at age two, and Uriah, who was born a month before her sister fell ill. The full-length documentary celebrates the extraordinary ways that Kiera has learned to adapt and reveals Uriah’s part in helping her sister adjust. Tension arises, however, when Uriah steps away, finally admitting her need to define herself as an individual. But their love of dance reunites them, rekindling their powerful bond.

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SOME KIND OF SPARK
A film by Ben Niles
SOME KIND OF SPARK is a feature-length documentary that follows inner-city kids over a 2-year period in the Music Advancement Program at The Juilliard School. Independently produced and directed by Plow Productions, the film is an intimate look behind the scenes, from auditions to recitals, at home and in the classroom—as the students are exposed to, and inspired by, the profound impact of music.

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SPEED SISTERS
A film by Amber Fares
SPEED SISTERS traces the extraordinary story of the Middle East's first-ever all-women motor racing team. Set over the course of a year in the West Bank, Palestine, this feature length documentary will follow these women in their quest to be who they want to be. With the Speed Sisters' humour, warmth and determination leading the way, they will navigate the pressures of a year set to be a turning point for the region, for the team and in each of their lives.

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STAGESTRUCK: CONFESSIONS OF A THEATER FAMILY
A film by Liz Argo
Ever wonder what it would be like to live with 30 temperamental young actors and actresses with only 2 bathrooms? Add to that the daunting task of raising three children while going through a grueling divorce onstage and offstage. Now add the glamorous grind of creating and delivering a different professional theatrical production every week and you’ve got “Stagestruck: Confessions of a Theater Family”. Liz Argo recreates the world she grew up in as the oldest child of a dramatically determined entrepreneurial mother.


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THE STARLITE PROJECT AKA WE CAME TO SWEAT (FORMERLY WE CAME TO SWEAT)
A film by Kate Kunath and Sasha Wortzel
We Came to Sweat is a feature length documentary about the oldest black-owned gay bar in Crown Heights Brooklyn. The Starlite Lounge, established in 1959, prior to desegregation and the Stonewall era, is fighting eviction and permanent historical erasure. This film follows the family and the community through their current struggle to save the Starlite and witnesses relationships amongst patrons, built across generational, racial, class, and lifestyle divides.


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STILL WE RISE
A film by Molly Raskin and Ben Niles
After 14 years of a brutal civil war the West African nation of Liberia is still rebuilding, but struggling against a silent and devastating adversary: trauma. For a population of more than 4 million there is only one practicing psychiatrist and one psychiatric hospital until now. Against extraordinary odds, a group of 21 newly certified mental health workers are setting out to heal widespread psychological trauma. STILL WE RISE follows these young men and women on a remarkable journey of healing, hope and promise for a broken nation.


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STOLEN: LIVES IN EXILE
A film by Risa Morimoto and Diana Chiawen Lee
Hua Ze is from China. Mehrangiz Kar is from Iran. Both women are human rights activists. Both were jailed for their work. As they continue to fight for human rights, both must live in exile.


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STRONG ISLAND
A film by Yance Ford
Set in the suburbs of the middle class black community, Strong Island is a personal investigation into the violent death of the director’s brother and its devastating effect on her family. Strong Island is also an unflinching look at the collateral victims of homicide and the toll extracted by grief over time.


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SUPPLY AND DEMAND
A film by Beth Poague
SUPPLY AND DEMAND: UNCOVERING BREASTFEEDING IN AMERICA is a feature length documentary film that explores the medical, political, economic and cultural issues of breastfeeding in society today. Interwoven throughout the film, we will reveal the intimate stories of breastfeeding women and the people who support them

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THE SUPREME PRICE
A film by Joanna Lipper
Fifteen years after her mother’s assassination and the mysterious death of her father, M.K.O Abiola (Nigeria’s incarcerated President-elect), Hafsat Abiola returns to Lagos to assume a leadership role in the pro-democracy movement during Nigeria's pivotal 2011 elections. The logistics involved in holding a free and fair election in a diverse country of 150 million people are staggering and the conditions Nigerian women face are so dire that both Muslim and Christian female activists continue to be willing to sacrifice their lives risking incarceration and death to bring true democracy and gender equality to Nigeria.

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SWEET DREAMS
A film by Lisa Fruchtman, Rob Fruchtman
In 1994, Rwandans suffered one of the worst genocides in history. Ten years later, theatre director Kiki Katese founded Ingoma Nshya, offering healing for women from both sides of the conflict. When Kiki met the owners of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream , she invited them to help Ingoma Nshya open the country’s first local ice cream shop. Ice cream, she stated, could be a symbol of joy in a country emerging from tragedy. SWEET DREAMS follows this remarkable group of women as they create their own unique path to a future of peace and possibility.

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THE TALKING CURE: A CENTURY OF PSYCHOANALYSIS IN AMERICA
A film by Ann Johnson Prum and produced by Anne C. Dailey
This documentary film presents the history of American psychoanalysis, examines the reasons for its spectacular success as well as its decline, and explores the surprising possibilities for its future. Psychoanalysis rose to prominence as one of the most important intellectual developments of the twentieth century. Yet this towering force now hovers close to extinction. What accounts for its stunning rise and equally stunning descent? Do psychoanalytic ideas and treatment have any place in the twenty-first century’s era of brain science?


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TALLER THAN THE FUTURE / GROWING UP IN THE TENDER AGE OF PAKISTAN
A film by Susan Ricketts
TALLER THAN THE FUTURE INSTEAD/ GROWING UP IN THE TENDER AGE OF PAKISTAN is a 90-minute documentary that paints a realistic portrait of Pakistan though the lives of college-aged students from different economic classes and educational institutions in Lahore as they strive to bring their dreams to adulthood. They struggle mainly with an unchanging culture, steeped in ancient beliefs and traditions. The stories of the individual students reveal the human struggle of a country at a dangerous crossroad. Will our students’ hopes and dreams for themselves, and for Pakistan, survive?


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THEY ARE ALL MY BROTHERS (FORMERLY THE IPO PROJECT)
A film by Nicole Opper
The Ipo Boys will follow a year in the life of several resilient, funny, and tough former street kids growing up in an innovative group home in Mexico. Abandoned to the streets for various reasons, they have all found their way to Ipo, a self-sufficient and environmentally sustainable home to 72 boys that is challenging the very idea of what a family can be.


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TOUGH LOVE (FORMERLY FIGHTING FOSTER)
A film by Stephanie Wang-Breal
TOUGH LOVE examines the dilemmas parents in the Seattle and New York City child welfare systems face as they confront their past mistakes and attempt to prove to the courts and the system that they deserve a second chance to parent their child(ren).

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TWIGA STARS: TANZANIA'S SOCCER SISTERS (FORMERLY MPIRA)
A film by Nisha Ligon
TWIGA STARS: Tanzania's Soccer Sisters follows the Twiga Stars, Tanzania’s national women’s football (i.e. soccer) team as they go through team selections and intensive training camps, and finally travel across the continent to Nigeria to meet the toughest competition they’ve ever faced. An energetic and intimate portrait of talented young women trying to make it as footballers in one of the world’s poorest countries.

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