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2017 FILM GUIDE

SHOWING 12 RESULTS | FILMS IN THE SECTION 'DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION'
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BOBBI JENE

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Directed By: Elvira Lind
  • Country: USA, Denmark, Israel
In her moving and cinematic documentary, Elvira Lind follows American dancer Bobbi Jene Smith as she makes the decision of a lifetime. Bobbi returns to the U.S., leaving behind a loving boyfriend and a successful 10-year run as a star dancer of the famous Israeli dance company Batsheva. Lind intimately portrays Bobbi’s rigorous creative process as she starts fresh in San Francisco, while still working to maintain a long-distance relationship. | Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Documentary, New York, NY Director(s)
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COPWATCH

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Directed By: Camilla Hall
  • Country: USA
Copwatch is the true story of We Copwatch, an organization that films police activity as a non-violent form of protest and deterrent to police brutality. In her feature film debut, director Camilla Hall crafts an intriguing and timely profile of citizen-journalist-activists- including Ramsey Orta who filmed Eric Garner’s fatal arrest- who seek to disrupt the ever-present challenge of police violence. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, New York, First Time Filmmaker
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THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Directed By: David France
  • Country: USA
Featuring never-before-seen footage and rediscovered interviews, Academy Award nominee David France (How to Survive a Plague) follows a new investigation into the mysterious death of self-described “street queen” Marsha P. Johnson, one of the courageous black transgender activists who spearheaded the modern gay civil rights movement. | Read More
Documentary, LGBT
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THE DEPARTURE

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 87 minutes
  • Directed By: Lana Wilson
  • Country: USA
Lana Wilson follows up her award-winning film, After Tiller, with this profile of Ittetsu Nemoto, a Buddhist priest renowned for saving the lives of countless suicidal people. But Nemoto, suffering from heart disease and supporting his wife and young son, risks his life carrying the heavy emotional load to support those who no longer want to live. When saving others takes such a toll, can he find the resiliency to save himself? | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, Female Screenwriter(s)
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NO MAN'S LAND

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 81 minutes
  • Directed By: David Byars
  • Country: USA
“We are patriots,” utters one of the characters in David Byars' detailed, on-the-ground account of the standoff between protestors occupying Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and federal authorities. That statement—believed to be true by the armed occupiers—underlines the film, which unspools in measured pace and slowly unpacks its loaded meaning. | Read More
Documentary, First Time Filmmaker
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THE REAGAN SHOW

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 75 minutes
  • Directed By: Sierra Pettengill and Pacho Velez
  • Country: USA
Constructed entirely through 1980s network news and videotapes created by the Reagan administration itself, Velez and Pettengill’s prescient documentary presents Ronald Reagan as the first made-for-TV president—a man whose experience as a performer and public relations expert made him a unique match for an emerging modern political landscape, and for his chief rival: charismatic Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, NY Director(s)
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A RIVER BELOW

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 86 minutes
  • Directed By: Mark Grieco
  • Country: USA, Colombia
Deep in the Amazon, a renowned marine biologist and a reality TV star are each working to save the indigenous pink river dolphin from being hunted to extinction. When a scandal erupts, ethical questions are raised as murky as the waters of the Amazon River. Mark Grieco’s (Marmato) surprising documentary digs into the ethics of activism in the modern media age. | Read More
Drama, Documentary, Environmental
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THE SENSITIVES

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Directed By: Drew Xanthopoulos
  • Country: USA
Meet the Sensitives, people who are debilitatingly sensitive to modern life—electricity, chemicals, you name it. Their symptoms and coping mechanisms might vary, but they all face the unusual and heartbreaking choice of either living in dangerous and uncertain conditions with their loved ones, or in physical and technological isolation. Director Drew Xanthopoulos captures their lives in cinematic verite style. | Read More
Documentary, First Time Filmmaker, Environmental
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SHADOWMAN

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Directed By: Oren Jacoby
  • Country: USA
In the early 1980s, Richard Hambleton was New York City’s precursor to Banksy, a rogue street artist whose silhouette paintings haunted the sides of Manhattan buildings. Like so many other geniuses of his time, he fell victim to drug addiction, even as his work continued to rise in both demand and value. Shadowman doubles as both a time capsule of a forgotten New York City era, and a redemption story. | Read More
Documentary, New York, NY Director(s), TFF Alumni
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A SUITABLE GIRL

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Directed By: Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra
  • Country: USA, India
Dipti, Amrita and Ritu are all young, modern women in India looking to get married—some desperately, some reluctantly. A Suitable Girl follows them over the course of four years as they juggle family, career and friends, intimately capturing their thoughts on arranged marriage, giving them a voice, and offering a unique perspective into the nuances of this institution. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, Asian American Director(s), TFF Alumni

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