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Flint: The Poisoning of an American City

Dir. - David Barnhart
1hr 25mins
USA

100,000 people have been poisoned by lead, a lifelong affliction, yet somehow this shocking event has been normalized in the US. “Flint: The Poisoning of an American City” gives voice to the current struggle of city residents and follows the environmental history of the river and how the continued abuse and neglect of city infrastructure and environmental regulations have led to the poisoning of a city. Flint explores the critical question of how this could happen in America, and how this event should serve as a warning for the rest of the country. A recent report found that 5,300 American cities were found to be in violation of federal lead rules, and research published in USA Today detected excessive lead in nearly 2,000 public water systems across all 50 states. This documentary educates but also enrages and seeks to radically change how we view and value water.

We Are Unarmed

0hr 55mins
UK

An intimate chronicle of resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) at Standing Rock, the film bears witness from the first week of September to forced evacuation on February 23rd. A peaceful movement encountered a Goliath of politics, history, and racism in North Dakota. This film provides a nuanced behind-the-scenes perspective on that epic struggle.

The film follows three indigenous women who play central roles – the longtime activist and tribal leader who became camp coordinator and representative for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Standing Rock tribal archaeologist, and the young Lakota camp leader – as they persevere with courage and grace. Hopes were lifted, and then the presidential election changed everything.

Standing Rock becomes both a warning and an inspiration as this country moves into uncharted territory. The egregious violation of treaty rights held by Standing Rock and the other bands/tribes that comprise Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires), also the name of the main camp, demonstrate the fragility of the Constitution. Standing Rock is a canary in our collective coal mine.

Dodging Bullets—Stories from Survivors of Historical Trauma

Dir. - Sarah Edstrom, Kathey Broere, Jonathan Thunder, Bob Trench
1hr 38mins
USA

The documentary feature Dodging Bullets breaks new ground in form and in its subject matter. The filmmakers offer a series of largely episodic stories, intimately documented, about Native American individuals who have been impacted by ethnic genocide in the United States. These episodic narratives are joined narratively in an analysis of how each of these events has contributed to an ongoing experience of unresolved historical trauma for many in the Native American community, in which many traumatized individuals and communities epigenetically transmit unresolved trauma to future generations. Compelling in its visual and narrative approach, it is ultimately a story of resilience and hope as the filmmakers bring a nuanced perspective to a difficult topic, demonstrating the dignity of their subjects and offering the possibility of freedom from generations of inherited traumatic stress.

Zulu Summer

Dir. - Joseph Litzinger, Eric Michael Schrader
1hr 20min
USA, MT, SOUTH AFRICA

“The Zulus are coming.” Said, Dark Sevier, a local DJ for public radio in Butte, Montana, announces to listeners one evening in May, 2017. By this point, everyone in the small town had been eagerly following the strange and curious series of events that would eventually bring a Zulu prince from Nongoma, South Africa, to their town of 30,000-some-odd people. Initially thought to be something along the lines of a Nigerian e-mail scam, what would actually transpire would become a monumental moment for a cross-cultural exchange. Set against the backdrop of turmoil and divisiveness in the Age of Trump, Zulu Summer reaffirms the value of humanity’s common ground. This story, about people from opposite sides of the planet coming together in an attempt to understand and learn from one another, is both vital and urgent in our current global landscape.

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Circles

Dir. - Cassidy Friedman
1hr 22mins
USA

Eric Butler, a Hurricane Katrina survivor and pioneer of the restorative justice movement, relocates and finds work at an Oakland, California, high school enforcing his no-nonsense approach to counseling vulnerable Black and Latino teenagers. Shot over two years, the film follows Butler's impassioned efforts to nurture troubled youth and keep them in school, fighting racial discrimination by replacing snap suspensions and expulsions with gritty, intimate and honest mentoring.

But when his own teenage son is arrested and beaten in jail, he begins to question his methods and ability—not just as a teacher, but also as a father. With incredible access, Circles is an inspirational portrait of a father desperate to provide his son with the leadership and compassion he never received from his own.

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Saving The Burg

Dir. - Jim Jenner
0hr 58mins
USA/MT

An award-winning filmmaker was an eyewitness and investor in one of the great economic revival stories in recent Montana history. In “Saving the Burg” Jim Jenner details the last quarter century in tiny Philipsburg, MT. Once a booming mining town it almost became a ghost town in the 1980’s. Then a grassroots local effort gradually restored the historic downtown and earned national recognition for reinventing the local economy. A fascinating and heartwarming story of an historic community comeback.

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6 Weeks to Mother's Day

Dir. - Marvin Blunte
1hr 32mins
USA/THAILAND

Nestled in a remote jungle in Thailand is a unique school that is home for 150 underprivileged and orphaned children. The students of the democratic Children’s Village have as much voice as their teachers, participating in council meetings to make key decisions about their education and community, gaining empowerment in the process. As the 35th anniversary of the school approaches, the children make preparations to honor its extraordinary founder, the woman they all call Mother Aew.

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In Bright Axiom

Dir. - Spencer McCall
1hr 30mins
USA

Under a code of ABSOLUTE DISCRETION, guests are invited into the House of the Latitude, a place where truth and fiction are indistinguishable. This docu-fantasy follows participants through the dark mazes, to a place where a powerful spell is cast, and ultimately broken, as we witness the unforeseen consequences of a daring social experiment.

Give Us This Day

Dir. - Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
1hr 59mins
USA

GIVE US THIS DAY tracks a year in the lives of three police officers and three residents living in East St. Louis, the city with the highest homicide rate in the United States. A police chief attempts to lower the homicide rate amidst political obstacles and a decreasing number of officers. A 12-year-old African-American boy sets his sights on becoming a police officer, risking alienation from his peers. A young hustler's dream of leaving the streets and pursuing a legitimate career is challenged by an immediate need to provide for his girlfriend and baby on the way. A former LAPD officer attempts to change his aggressive ways, but struggles with his addiction to adrenaline. A high school student who almost lost his life after being shot in the head by a rival gang tries to get a college scholarship and make it out of East St Louis. This documentary explores the humanity in each of these six lives as they intersect, develop and transform.

Meeting Jim

Dir. - Ece Ger
1hr 16mins
Turkey/France

Meeting Jim is a feature-length documentary about a journey back to the lifetime of Jim Haynes, an extraordinary 83-year-old man who grabbed with heart and soul the spirit of the 60s and continued to carry it throughout his life. This journey becomes also a physical one when he takes a train from the city of Paris, where he lives, to London and Edinburgh, the cities where he left his unique mark.

Jim Haynes established the very first paperback bookshop in Britain; co-produced the 1962 Conference on the Novel and 1963 Drama Conference in Edinburgh – which inspired the current Edinburgh International Book Festival; co-founded the Traverse Theatre, was a catalyst for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, established the London Traverse Theatre Company, co-founded the newspaper I.T., the underground pop club U.F.O., and the London Arts Lab. He taught Media Studies and Sexual Politics at the University of Paris VIII for three decades, co-founded the sexual freedom newspaper Suck, and directed the Wet Dream Film Festival in Amsterdam. After being influenced by Gary Davis, he printed ‘World Passports’ and thousands of people traveled on them. In his Paris atelier, he created a salon tradition with open dinners every Sunday evening for some 40 years and over 150,000 guests to date – and counting…

The Writer with No Hands

Dir. - William Westaway
0hr 55mins
UK

The Writer with No Hands follows academic Matthew Alford as he tries to establish that the accidental death of Hollywood screenwriter Gary Devore was actually an assassination by the US government.