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NARROWSBURG (FORMERLY THE MYSTERY OF MARIE JOCELYNE)
A film by Martha Shane and Dan Nuxoll
The Mystery of Marie Jocelyne and the Queens International Film Festival tells the astonishing story of Marie Castaldo, a French woman who has been accused of being a con artist and of running fraudulent film festivals and film companies in the United States for nearly thirty years. Through in-depth interviews with Marie herself, as well as short vignettes telling the unbelievable stories of the people who claim to have fallen victim to her schemes (including co-director Dan Nuxoll), The Mystery of Marie Jocelyne uses the filmmakers’ voyage of discovery to structure the film as a suspense-filled mystery.


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NATIONAL BIRD
A film by Sonia Kennebeck
NATIONAL BIRD follows the harrowing journey of three U.S. military veteran whistleblowers determined to break the silence surrounding America’s secret drone war. Tortured by guilt for their participation in the killing of faceless terror suspects, and despite the threat of being prosecuted, these three veterans offer an unprecedented look inside this secret program to reveal the haunting cost of America’s global drone strikes.

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NETIZENS (FORMERLY DISTURB THE UNIVERSE)
A film by Cynthia Lowen
NETIZENS — directed by BULLY producer/writer Cynthia Lowen — exposes the proliferation of cyber harassment faced by women, spreading from the web to the most intimate corners of their lives. This feature documentary follows targets of harassment, along with lawyers, advocates, policymakers and others, as they confront digital abuse and strive for equality and justice online.

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NINETY-FIVE AND SIX TO GO (FORMERLY CRAWLING AT NIGHT)
A film by Kimi Takesue
Inspired by the acclaimed novel by Nani Power, CRAWLING AT NIGHT is a feature film that explores an unexpected love affair between two lonely people, each of whom has experienced devastating loss. Koji, a Japanese master ice sculptor, and Mariane, a waitress and aspiring singer, meet in the shadows of New York City where they struggle to connect and move forward with their lives.


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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 TIME FOR TROUBLE
A film by Pamela Page
A South African woman takes her life savings to start a marching band in hopes of turning drug dealers and would-be gang members into drummers and horn players. The band changes not only individual lives, but the entire community. When she runs out of money, help comes from unexpected places.

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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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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY (FORMERLY VOICES FROM THE ATTIC II: THE STORY)
A film by Debbie Goodstein
The Other Side of the Story is a sequel to Debbie Goodstein’s Voices from the Attic (1989), about her journey the attic in Poland where her mother’s family hid from the Nazis during World War II. In 2012, Goodstein traveled back with 26 family members and realized there was another side to this story: learning the perspective of the Farmer who helped them, his wife, and their family seemed a critical part of her own family’s understanding of their history.

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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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PARIS NOIR: AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE CITY OF LIGHT
A film by Joanne Burke
A one-hour historical and cultural documentary about the crucial role Paris has played in the lives of African American artists, writers, musicians and entertainers. The film will examine what drew African Americans to Paris (many of whom became important artists and writers during the Harlem Renaissance and later), what kept some there, and why others went home.


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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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PERSONHOOD
A film by Jo Ardinger
As the fight to give constitutional rights to the unborn gains momentum, American women grapple with the unexpected fallout. PERSONHOOD documents the burgeoning personhood movement and the far-reaching impacts of laws designed to protect the fetus. The film enters the lives of women denied their civil rights and criminalized simply by virtue of being pregnant and asks the fundamental question: Is it possible for women to be full and equal members of society if the child in her womb is a separate legal person?

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PHOTOGRAPH - WOMEN
A film by Ester Sparatore
In Tunis, the Photograph-Women are gathered in front of the Ministry of Interior and the Italian Embassy. They are holding photographs of their sons, husbands and brothers in their hands. All have disappeared while emigrating by boat to Europe after the Arab Spring. Among these women is Om El Khir. Her husband disappeared one day of 2011, leaving her behind with their three children and a life to reinvent.

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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 RABBIS' INTIFADA
A film by Heather Tenzer
Why is a group of Orthodox rabbis supporting Palestinians and calling for Israel's dismantlement? An American Jewish woman struggles to unravel the mystery of their activism.

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RAJADA DALKA
A film by Hana Mire, Produced by Andy Jones and Cynthia Kane
Rajada Dalka is a simple story about Muniro and Suwyes, members of the Somalian Women’s basketball team who dream of success on the international stage. It is about something much bigger: hope, devotion, the role of sport in healing a fractured society, and of the sacrifices needed by people of all ages to overcome discrimination.


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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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THE REST I MAKE UP
A film by Michelle Memran
In 2003, The Rest I Make Up began as a collaboration between two friends— a young journalist (director Michelle Memran) and the widely influential yet largely unknown Cuban-American dramatist and teacher Maria Irene Fornes. Irene had stopped writing and teaching due to dementia; Michelle lacked confidence in her own voice. Together, they discovered a camera could ignite their shared creative process.

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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 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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ROLL RED ROLL (FORMERLY STEUBENVILLE, OH)
A film by Nancy Schwartzman
A whistle-blowing hacker uncovers disturbing social media evidence documenting the gang rape of a teenage girl. The story of a football town divided, "Roll Red Roll" is an immersive mystery thriller examining rape culture in the 21st century. Using the cinematic techniques of a thriller, "Roll Red Roll" uncovers the motivations and complexities of the perpetrators and bystanders and portrays the gritty reality of a small town struggling to heal and rebuild after tragic and divisive events.


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SAVING SEA TURTLES: PREVENTING EXTINCTION
A film by Michele Gomes and Jenny Ting
Cold-stunned and virtually lifeless, hundreds of critically endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtles are washing up annually in Cape Cod Bay, with 2014 breaking records for the number of stranded turtles. This film exposes the plight of the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle and how marine wildlife specialists and volunteers from New England to Mexico are striving to save these ancient creatures from extinction.

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SEND US YOUR BROTHER
A film by Nisha Pahuja
An exploration of masculinity in India and how “manhood” is currently being re-defined. We know what it means to be a woman in India, but what does it mean to be an Indian man? Struggling between the old and the new, tradition and modernity, India’s sons are starting to question who and what they are. At the heart of the film are men--difficult, violent, fearful men and the men who are fighting to change them. The battlefield this time, is masculinity itself.


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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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SISTERS
A film by Kathryn Smith Pyle
SISTERS tells the story of racial discrimination by one of the most exclusive private clubs in America: college sororities. A group of sorority sisters, generations apart, expose a web of secret deals and collusion in the historically white Greek system.


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SO SICK
A film by Sini Anderson
So Sick, a new documentary from the director of The Punk Singer, follows the lives of eleven feminist artists with late-stage Lyme disease. Told by the government and the medical establishment that their devastating disease does not exist, these women are fighting for their lives. As they tell their stories in intimate video diaries and interviews, the film asks crucial questions about the obstacles women face as they seek treatment. So Sick is a rallying cry from the front lines of an epidemic.


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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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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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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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SUNDAYS AT CAFÉ TABAC
A film by Karen B. Song
“Sundays at Café Tabac” is a documentary feature film which investigates and celebrates early ‘90s lesbian culture, the birth of the “celesbian,” and “lesbian chic” in downtown New York City, as expressed at the infamous Café Tabac on Sunday nights in the East Village. The film pays tribute to a unique moment in New York and LGBTQ history on the verge of profound irreversible changes in an era of unprecedented lesbian visibility in mainstream media.

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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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SWIM TEAM
A film by Lara Stolman
SWIM TEAM is a documentary following three young athletes with autism as they strive to become champions. On the competitive swim team the Jersey Hammerheads, athletes with autism are treated like typical athletes and challenged like never before. Coming of age and facing exclusion, these boys and their parents struggle to create opportunities in and out of the water and to define identities beyond disability. SWIM TEAM tells a universal story about the self-fulfilling prophecy of high expectations.

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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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THANKS AND SORRY TO BOTHER YOU
A film by Serena Solomon
A feature-length documentary about slavery in our supply chains. For more information, please contact the filmmaker: serenamsolomon@gmail.com

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THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE
A film by Jennifer Sims & Elizabeth Morton
That's Impossible is an irrepressible animated short about Sara, a 10-year-old environmentalist visionary. With her powerful imagination, Sara accesses the rich legacy of girls who came before her so that she can look to the future with hope and conviction. That’s Impossible, with a running time of 8 to 10 minutes, speaks with relevancy to universal hopes and concerns for the future of our planet. It will be appropriate to screen in a theatrical setting as well as online.

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TRAPPED
A film by Dawn Porter
U.S. reproductive health clinics are fighting to remain open. Since 2010, 288 laws regulating abortion providers have been passed by state legislatures. Unable to comply with these far-reaching and medically unnecessary measures, clinics have taken their fight to the courts. As the question of whether individual states may essentially outlaw abortion heads to the U.S. Supreme Court (Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole), Trapped follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers who are on the frontlines of a battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.

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TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES
A film by Hannah Jayanti
“Truth or Consequences” is a documentary about a small desert town with a storied past and an uncertain future. In 1950, the residents voted to rename themselves after the most popular radio show, Truth or Consequences. 60 years later, the same optimism and frustration is playing out as the world’s first commercial Spaceport is built 30 miles outside of town. Drawn to the remoteness of the New Mexican desert, both the residents and the Spaceport seek the freedoms of isolation and the age old promise of the frontier.

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