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FLEFF 2019 Film/Event Descriptions + e ticketing

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Cinemapolis

Abu

Abu

Journey to the center of a fragmented family while they grapple with religion, sexuality, colonialism and migration. w/filmmaker Arshad Khan.

Anni

Anni

A ten year old Chinese girl is taken away by the secret police. Her father is a dissident. Activists organized protests. A police crackdown ensued.

The Chambermaid

The Chambermaid

Eva is a chambermaid in a Mexico City hotel. The impersonal high rise glass and concrete hotel overshadows the lives of those who maintain it.

Tony Cokes, Recent Works

Tony Cokes, Recent Works

Tony Cokes has a precise visual and discursive style marked by videos that feature animated text, found images, solid-color slides, and pop music.

Disrupting Everything

Disrupting Everything

A panel of festival guests guaranteed to disrupt your thinking and explode your imagination.

The Dossier

The Dossier

Chinese director Rikun Zhu features Tibetan writer Tserin Woesser, who was targeted by the Chinese government for her support of Tibetan independence.

The End and the Means

The End and the Means

Stunning cinematic portrait of laborers in Varanasi, India’s oldest and holiest city, who labor not for money, or fame, but as an act of devotion.

End of Life

End of Life

The filmmakers trained to be end-of-life doulas and documented hundreds of hours of interactions with their dying subjects.

Of Fathers and Sons

Of Fathers and Sons

Talal Derki returns to Syria, gains the trust of a radical Islamist family, and spends two years filming them with unparalleled intimacy.

Good Manners

Good Manners

A lonely nurse, Clara, is hired by a wealthy patron, Ana. They develop a strong bond, but strange things start to happen, VERY strange things.

Kelly Gallagher Animations

Kelly Gallagher Animations

Original, colorful handcrafted films & animations from the past decade that explore overlooked histories and movements of resistance and perseverance.

The Gun Shop

The Gun Shop

Behind the scenes at Joel Fulton gun store, Freedom Firearms. What motivates customers? Rational concern for safety or borderline paranoia?

Hart's Location + The Measures

Hart's Location + The Measures

Two films by award winning filmmaker Jacqueline Goss.

The Hunting Season

The Hunting Season

A tough father confronts a rebellious son against the backdrop of the beautiful, but unforgiving, frozen Patagonia landscape.

I Am not a Witch

I Am not a Witch

Shula, an eight year old Zambian girl, is accused of witchcraft and sent to a witch camp. The camp draws tourists. Shula becomes a local celebrity.

The Intercept

The Intercept

Communications Director for The Intercept, Rodrigo Brandao, will speak and screen several short videos from the collection.

Philip Mallory Bronzeville Etudes and Riffs

Philip Mallory Bronzeville Etudes and Riffs

Visualizing and telling stories from the South Side of Chicago in the first half of the twentieth century via digital platforms.

Mr. Soul!

Mr. Soul!

From 1968-1973, America got SOUL! television's first all-black entertainment/variety show. Before Oprah and Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL: Ellis Haizlip

The Observers + Failing Up

The Observers + Failing Up

Two films by the award-winning filmmaker, Jacqueline Goss.

Occupy, Resist, Produce

Occupy, Resist, Produce

Two films by radical filmmakers Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler documenting worker occupation and renewal of closed industrial plants.

Our New President

Our New President

Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign entirely through the footage from Russian state media.

Ramen Shop

Ramen Shop

Masato, a young ramen chef, leaves Japan in search of his roots in Singapore. He finds his grandmother; learns his family history; and begins to heal.

Salome

Salome

Silent film adaptation of Oscar Wilde play in which Salome seduces her uncle Herod with a dance. He,, in return, promises to behead John the Baptist.

Staring at the Sun

Staring at the Sun

Two Hasidic teenage girls run away from home in NYC to try to find freedom somewhere far away in the real America they've dreamed of.

Sweet Country

Sweet Country

Epic Australian western, in which a middle aged aboriginal man, Sam, is on the run for killing a white Australian, who he shot in self-defense.

Swing Kids

Swing Kids

North Korean prisoners, during the Korean War, plan a POW tap dance show and face resistance from the American soldiers who guard them.

Three Faces

Three Faces

The filmmaker and an actress take a road trip from Tehran to northwestern Iran, encountering the people of the woman's mountain village.

El Ultimo Malon

El Ultimo Malon

Argentine silent film dramatizing the last indigenous rebellion in Argentina, w/ live music by Cloud Chamber Orchestra.

Welcome

Welcome

Rikun Zhu confronts local authorities in Sichuan with film footage of lung disease in the region's workers. They demand that he destroy it.

What Will People Say?

What Will People Say?

Caught in bed with her Norwegian boyfriend, 16 year old Nisha is sent by her parents to live with relatives in Pakistan, where she is forced to adapt.

Wildland

Wildland

A sweeping yet deeply personal account of a single wildland firefighting crew over the course of one firefighting season.

Yomeddine

Yomeddine

Warm hearted film about an Egyptian leper who embarks on a road trip to find his birth family, accompanied by an orphaned boy.

On Campus

Black Girl in Suburbia

Black Girl in Suburbia

For many Black girls raised in the suburbs, living day-to-day life can be uniquely alienating.

Bluefin: The Last of the Giants

Bluefin: The Last of the Giants

The film explores the baffling mystery of why the normally wary bluefin tuna no longer fear humans. Due to abundance or on the verge of extinction?

Breaking Silence

Breaking Silence

Sexual abuse in Muslim cultures in the United States.

Can Alzheimer's Be Cured?

Can Alzheimer's Be Cured?

The physicians and patients involved with clinical trials that may slow and possibly prevent Alzheimer's.

Disrupting Normal

Disrupting Normal

Phil Wilde and Ann Michel will screen several short videos and discuss definitions of what is normal.

Documenting Hate: Charlottesville

Documenting Hate: Charlottesville

White supremacists , neo-Nazis and Charlottesville.

Eating Animals

Eating Animals

The real cost of "cheap meat" in a system of industrial agriculture.

First Face of America

First Face of America

Re-writing the story of the forgotten first people who ventured to North America.

Frozen Faith

Frozen Faith

A small group of people known as cryonicists, the hope of one day being able to successfully freeze and re-animate a person after death.

G Is for Gun

G Is for Gun

Documents a growing program in Ohio that is training school staff to respond to active shooter situations with guns,

The Gate: Dawn of the Bahai Faith.

The Gate: Dawn of the Bahai Faith.

In the midst of religious intolerance and extremism, one religion-the Bahá'í Faith-offers a path toward world peace by advocating the oneness of human

The Great White Hoax

The Great White Hoax

Explores how American political leaderss have been tapping into white anxiety, stoking white grievance, and scapegoating people of color

The Greens of Garo

The Greens of Garo

Protection of indigenous land rights and foress in Garo Hills, India.

If You Could Walk in My Shoes

If You Could Walk in My Shoes

Documenting the lives of an undocumented Ecuadoran couple over four years, as they realize the dream of starting their own business.

If She Built a Country

If She Built a Country

Women in rural India are cheated of their land and compensation due to development projects. They seek justice for themselves and their communities.

In the Shadow of Ebola

In the Shadow of Ebola

A family and a nation torn apart by the Ebola outbreak.

The Moderators

The Moderators

The humans behind social media content moderation.

Monir

Monir

The life and practice of Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, one of the most influential artists working in the Middle East today.

The New Black

The New Black

African American communities, gay rights, and marriage equality. Makes the case that the fight for LGBT rights is a phase of civil rights struggles.

The New Fire

The New Fire

The young entrepreneurs building next-generation nuclear reactors and the scientists fighting to spread the truth on what it will take to solve climat

Old South

Old South

The underlying dynamics of race relations that influence so many American communities, with a particular focus on the South.

Poisoned Water

Poisoned Water

The Flint. Michigan water crisis.

The Questioning

The Questioning

After engaging in human rights activities, a group of Chinese friends is interrogated by police in a hotel room.

Redefining Prosperity

Redefining Prosperity

Nevada City transitions from being a Gold Rush town into second gold rush, based on nature, community, and a sense of place.

Saving Banksy

Saving Banksy

The strange tale of vandalism, a banksy rat, museums that rejected it, and a obsessed collector.

Seed and Sprout:  Growing the Food Resecue Revolution

Seed and Sprout: Growing the Food Resecue Revolution

Features eight innovative food rescue initiatives.

Soz:  A Ballad of Maladies

Soz: A Ballad of Maladies

Rhythm and blues of resistance in Kashmir negotiating the questions of survival and expressions through art and music.

Synthetic Drug Revolution

Synthetic Drug Revolution

Overdoses related to synthetic drugs are becoming a major public health problem.

Timbaktu

Timbaktu

A small Indian village starts a revolution through organic farming.

Trans Medical Transition

Trans Medical Transition

How early should the medical transition begin for trans children?

The U Turn

The U Turn

The journey of immigrants workers who challenged the conditions they endured in a meat packing plant in Postville, Iowa.

Voices of Muslim Women

Voices of Muslim Women

A documentary that explores the Muslim culture through the lens of five University of Alabama Muslim student.

Waithira

Waithira

"Waithira" explores a woman's intimate background and its intersections with forgotten Kenyan history, pop culture and the diaspora.

White Right: Meeting the Enemy

White Right: Meeting the Enemy

Emmy award-winning film-maker Deeyah Khan joins the front line of the race wars in America, sitting down face-to-face with Neo-Nazis and fascists.

Whose Streets?

Whose Streets?

Powerful account of the Ferguson uprising as told by the people who lived it.