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#MyEscape (Germany | 2016, 1 hour 30 minutes)

Directed by: Elke Sasse

A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone (United States | 2015, 56 minutes )

Directed by: Marlene 'Mo' Morris

A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone is a joy-filled and heart-rending story about community, art and lives that matter. Spanning from Harlem to Berkeley and from Malcolm X to Eric Garner, Edy's commitment to challenging inequality inspires hope. But when the death of her nephew ignites a national outcry, everything she has worked for so tirelessly is at stake.

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Atlantic (Ireland | 2016 , 1 hour 15 minutes )

Directed by: Risteard O'Domhnaill

Written by: Angela Antle

Cast: Brendan Gleeson

Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor BRENDAN GLEESON, Atlantic follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities - in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland - as they struggle to maintain their way of life in the face of mounting economic and ecological challenges.

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Australia, No Way (United Kingdom | 2016 , 52 minutes )

Directed by: Ludovic Gaillard, Camille le Pomellec, and Renaud Villain

Awakening In Taos (United States | 2015 , 70 minutes )

Directed by: Mark Gordon

Written by: Mark Gordon

Awakening in Taos tells the story of Mabel Dodge Luhan’s personal evolution as a writer, salon hostess, art patroness, social activist and a resident of New Mexico.
Born in Buffalo, New York, Mabel was a woman unique to her time.

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Balkan Roots (Australia | 2016, 1 hour 23 min)

Directed by: Anthony Fletcher, Chris Rabbitt

Written by: Anthony Fletcher, Chris Rabbitt

Six musicians from across Europe. A Barcelona melting pot. Music from Roma, Klezmer & Balkan traditions...but with a Barcelona twist? Local masters + a new generation of Balkan musicians. Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra Touring the Balkans, playing with the locals, exploring their Balkan Roots.

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Bit Rosie (United States | 2016, 29 minutes)

Directed by: Adele Fournet

Brooklyn Basketball (United States | 2016, 1 hour 45 minutes )

Directed by: Duffy Higgins

Brooklyn has always produced the best basketball players, but what does it really take for a kid from Brooklyn to 'make it'?

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Children of Beqaa (United States | 2016, 1 hr 16 min)

Directed by: Elias Matar

Children of Beqaa documents director Elias Matar and his daughter Lyla, traveling to the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon in June of 2016 to work with Salam LADC, a local NGO. Here in the Beqaa, there are over 500,000 Syrian refugees who have been living in a state of limbo for the past 5 years. These refugees are left in the dark; they have no country, nearly no rights, very little education and not enough food. Children of Beqaa gives a voice to the refugees, who just want their stories to be heard.

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Club Angels (United States | 2016, 11 min)

Directed by: Andy Boyce

Club Angels is a short documentary about the forming of the band Sateen by Queen Sateen and Exquisite, a heterosexual married couple who do drag and are fixtures in the queer New York City nightlife scene.

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Crime of the Big Leagues (United States | 2016, 11 min)

Directed by: Randy Field

Cast: Producers: Michael Pickman and Randy Field

For over ten years, Lester Rodney’s columns put unrelenting pressure on baseball’s establishment. Who would have thought that a communist writer would become the loudest voice in the fight to desegregate America’s national pastime?

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Embracing Hiroshima (United States | 2016, 42 min)

Directed by: Einy Åm Sparks

Driven by a wish to understand the human will to heal and rebuild in the midst of tragedy, EMBRACING HIROSHIMA merges dance, contemporary and traditional music, concert performance and animation film to honor the enormous peacekeeping efforts in the wake of the atom bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Escaping Agra (United States | 2016, 23 min)

Directed by: Pallavi Somusetty

After being held against their will in India when their gender and sexual orientation is discovered, Naveen Bhat battles their parents in court and pieces their life back together. Please note: Naveen, whose gender is non-binary, uses they/them pronouns.

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Four Journeys (United States | 2016, 55 min)

Directed by: Dr Teresa Mular

A documentary about four Latin American women who immigrated to New York. These are four stories of courage, stamina, strength and success.

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Get married at the airport (Love and Alcohol on the run) (United States | 2016, 1 hr 20 min)

Directed by: Ana Vidal, Mike Urdaneta

A young couple leaves their apartment and jobs at NYC to travel around Asia for 6 months, and test if they are meant to be together. He is an alcoholic and she is facing cancer. During the existential journey they face their biggest enemies: themselves and each other.

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Grace Notes: Reflections for Now (United States | 2016, 7 min)

Directed by: Ian Forster

In this film, internationally acclaimed artist Carrie Mae Weems stages "Grace Notes: Reflections for Now," an original performance that austerely dramatizes one of the most pressing problems of our time, racial violence in the United States. Although known for her work as a photographer, in "Grace Notes" Weems blends spoken word, music, projected video, and dance to commemorate the tragic deaths of young black men like Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin.

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Hellhole (Pakistan | 2016, 10 min)

Directed by: Mobeen Ansari

Hellhole is a short silent film based on the life of conservancy workers, better known as gutter cleaners as seen through the life and oft forgotten humanity of one such worker.

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How To Defuse A Bomb: The Project Children Story (United Kingdom | 2016, 1 hr 30 min)

Directed by: Des Henderson

The extraordinary untold story of how an NYPD bomb disposal expert played a key role in helping defuse the decades old “Troubles” in Northern Ireland.

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Directed by: Mari Bakke Riise

In the capital of Ghana, 10 000 girls from the ages of 6 work as real life shopping baskets - called Kayayo, carrying heavy loads on their head (from 130 to 220 pounds), earning very little and some end up in prostitution to make ends meet.

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Directed by: Mona Ibrahim

LIGHT (Albania | 2016, 50 min)

Directed by: Yllka Gjollesha, Suela Bako

Written by: Yllka Gjollesha, Suela Bako

Cast: Director of photography: Leander Ljarja

A Documentary about Gjon Mili

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Look Who's Minding Our Planet (United States | 2016, 13 min)

Directed by: Sara Lukinson

“Look Who’s Minding Our Planet” is a short, lyrical film that captures both the beauty of nature at the New York Botanical Garden and the dedicated, impassioned scientists and aspiring interns who work behind the scenes to understand and uncover the secrets of the entire plant world.

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Looking for David (United States | 2017, 1 hr 21 min)

Directed by: Betsy L. Ross

Part mystery, part love story, and part societal critique, LOOKING FOR DAVID follows a mother as she probes the whys and hows after finding her charismatic son - an Interlochen Arts Academy graduate, actor, director, producer, and musician - dead.

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Masochism of the Margins (United States | 2016, 16 min)

Directed by: Cyrus Tabar

In 1984, experimental filmmakers looking for a venue to share their work founded Artist Television Access in the gritty Mission District of San Francisco. From the beginning filmmaker Craig Baldwin-- long-time bastion of underground and experimental film-- has put on a weekly show called Other Cinema, featuring marginalized films. Fast forward 31 years later to 2015, the city is rapidly changing and ATA faces eviction.

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Memento mori (Canada | 2016, 1 hr 30 min)

Directed by: Niobe Thompson

Matthew's heart stopped beating on the tattoo parlour table. Now, his parents hold their dying boy. But in their hands they also hold the fates of others: the promise of new lives, and death postponed. With astonishing access and remarkable intimacy, Memento Mori carries us headlong into a world of hope lost, and hope returned. An elegy to the beauty of life in the shadow of death.

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Milwaukee 53206 (United States | 2016, 52 min)

Directed by: Keith McQuirter

The zip code 53206 in Milwaukee has the highest rate of incarcerated African American men in the country. This film tells the stories of the people in this community who live with the effects of mass incarceration and the impact it has on the individual, family, and the community.

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Minha Poesia (My Poetry) (Brazil | 2016, 24 min)

Directed by: Leide Jacob

Documentary film about love of life revealing the writing process of Leide Moreira, a poet only able to move her eyes. Leide’s daily activities are described with special attention given to the process of transcribing her poetry.

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Directed by: Caswell Cooke

The Chorus of Westerly is one of the most unique singing groups in the United States. It is the only Chorus where 8 year olds can sing alongside adults and perform the masterworks of classical music. This is the story of the founding of this singing family and how after 53 years the baton was passed by founding Music Director George Kent to Andrew Howell, a young man who grew up in the Chorus of Westerly under Kent, who now presides over this Chorus of nearly 200 all volunteer singers.

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My Cousin Is The Mayor Of New York (Italy | 2016, 53 min)

Directed by: Vincenzo Lerose

The Mayor of New York visits his Italian roots: that's a story of a small town where people (as his grandma did 100 years ago) always have had to leave.

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My Erotic Body (United States | 2016, 56 min)

Directed by: Michele Beck

My Erotic Body explores a community where women take the very aspects of a dance form associated with misogyny – stripper shoes, skimpy clothes, sexually submissive postures - and turns them on their head, creating a space where the same clothes and gestures lead not to objectification, but instead lead the women to own their erotic bodies.

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NZINGHA (USA | 2016, 5 min)

Directed by: Anderson Wright

Nzingha Prescod is the #2 ranked women's foil fencer in the United States. In 2015, Nzingha became the first African-American woman to win an individual medal at the Senior World Championships. Should she medal individually in Rio at the 2016 Summer Olympics, she will be the first African-American woman to do so in the history of the sport.

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Plant Codes, Unleashing Nature's Healing Power (United States | 2016, 1 hr 30 min)

Directed by: Gary Null

There is a health crisis of epidemic proportions effecting our entire country. This year in the United States, we have spend over 3.5 trillion dollars on Healthcare.

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Directed by: Ana Ventura Miranda

The documentary "Portuguese from Soho - A story that changed its geography" tells the story of the Portuguese emigrants that arrived to SoHo after the Second World War. Through their story we discover the history of this neighborhood and of the city of New York.

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Rainbow Day Camp (United States | 2016, 32 min)

Directed by: Horacio Marquinez

Thousands of young people are pushing the boundaries of gender. In 2015 a summer camp was created in the Bay Area to provide youth a safe and fun place to express their identity.This documentary gives a quiet view of this camp, the kids, their parents, and allies.

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River Blue (United States | 2016, 1 hr 30 min)

A journey through some of the world's most pristine waterways, to some of its most polluted, in an unprecedented global adventure that reveals the dark side of the fashion industry.

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Roadside Radiation (Germany | 2016, 55 min)

Directed by: Moritz Schulz

With stories and impressions from the alienation zone, Roadside Radiation portrays different fates of its past and present residents and researches in this way the complex human consequences of Chernobyl catastrophe: a place of collective loss but also of individual survival.

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Rough Cut 1: Gala's Story (United States | 2016, 56 min)

Directed by: Joeann Calabrese

Cast: Music by: Gerry Leonard

A funny and heartwarming series of true stories about a brave woman's journey from the U.S.S.R. to New York City after the Chernobyl incident.

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Tayos (Ecuador, Spain | 2017, 1 hour 25 min)

Directed by: Miguel Garzon

On August 1st, 1976, Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the Moon, joined a British-Ecuadorian expedition whose mission was to explore a cave located deep in the Amazon forest, called Tayos Cave.

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The Big Flip--Stories from the Modern Home Front (United States | 2016, 1 hr 5 min)

Directed by: Isabella Vincent Chan

The Big Flip is a documentary that explores the hidden struggles and triumphs of middle class American families who have “flipped” traditional gender roles—the wife wins the bread and the husband takes care of home and kids.

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The Chicago Mixtape (United States | 2016, 28 min)

Directed by: Paola Piers-Torres

Systemic violence has resulted in 784 homicides in Chicago in 2016. Violence has become the norm for many residents, leaving a bleak future. This film explores how arts programs provide an alternative. Through the story of 13 year old Jalen, we enter into the world of spoken word, performance, and activism. Jalen and his peers are traversing every imaginable boundary, creating a hopeful future. By using poetry as a vehicle for change, these young people learn to pick up the tools of creation, rather than destruction. Alumni like Chance the Rapper are returning to Chicago, and contributing to these efforts, by using arts to change the public discourse. Without hope, there can be no change.

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