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A Bitter Legacy
This feature documentary investigates the "Citizen Isolation Centers", the secret World War II prisons within the Japanese American Incarceration camp system created in 1943 to separate those citizens deemed to be "troublemakers", from the other prisons of Japanese descent. These secret prisons have been called "precursors to Guantanamo". "A Bitter Legacy" illustrates why civic education and engagement, and social and political activism are so necessary to ensure that these acts of injustice are never repeated in today's American society.
Director: Claudia Katayanagi
Writer: Claudia Katayanagi
Producer(s): Matthew & Danny Firpo, Claudia Katayanagi
Cast: Tetsuden Kashima, Roger Daniels, Art Hansen, Wayne Collins, Eric Muller, Karen Korematsu, Wendy Maruyama, Taneyuki Dan Harada, Toru Saito
Buried Above Ground
BURIED ABOVE GROUND goes on an inspirational journey with three people trying to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Luis, an Iraq War veteran, along with his service dog Tuesday; Erundina, a survivor of domestic violence; and Ashley, an evacuee from Hurricane Katrina. BURIED ABOVE GROUND explores its subjects' lives over six years, gaining access to their home life, therapy sessions, and communities as they try to unburden themselves from the crippling lock of their past traumas. The personal battles fought by Luis, Ashley and Erundina illuminate a global health condition that is misunderstood, underreported and often left untreated.
Director: Ben Selkow
Writer: Ben Selkow
Producer(s): Ben Selkow, Marc Smolowitz
The FBI claimed it had exposed a dangerous group of men in a massive 'entrapment' operation over an alleged plot to attack a US army base in New Jersey. But were they really terrorists?
Director: Razan Ghalayini
Producer(s): Murtaza Hussain, Sharon Weinberger
"How to make an ordinary life an extraordinary experience!" A story about conquering fears, spending time with sharks in the ocean and reinventing life at every turn while being a mother and photographer, navigating her autistic family through life.
Producer(s): Michael Maes
Writer: Ellen Cuylaerts
Cast: Ellen Cuylaerts, Margaux Maes, Max Maes, Michael Maes, Vincent Canabal, Rodrigo Friscione Wyssmann, Cristina Zenato
Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw
Often called "the female Michael Jordan," WNBA all-star Chamique Holdsclaw seemed destined for a spectacular professional career—until her long-suppressed battle with mental illness emerged to threaten her life.
Director: Rick Goldsmith
Writers: Rick Goldsmith, Sharon Wood
Producer(s): Rick Goldsmith
Cast: Chamique Holdsclaw
Open Your Eyes
Living for decades under the Himalayan sun, their eyes have slowly gone milky white. Their cataracts belie the blindness, the utter darkness, that has come to define the lives of Manisara and Durga, a married couple living in the mountains of Nepal. The fairytale forest they raised their children in is now an arresting warren of trails they cannot walk, nor see. Open Your Eyes follows their extraordinary three-day journey down the mountain for a chance to see again.
Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky
Producer(s): Irene Taylor Brodsky, Larry Brilliant, Sophie Harris
Out of the Ashes
Director: Susan Saltz (Democratic Republic of Congo and US, 2016, 26m)
From the war torn streets of eastern DR Congo two boys with a passion for education find their way to schooling and MLK inspiration. Armed with a powerful dream, their community acquires scholarships for the boys to attend their Senior year of High School in Orange County, California. OUT OF THE ASHESfollows Prince and Grace from life in DR Congo through their first eye opening year in the USA. Starring: Prince Ntwali, Grace Mutangilwa, Esther Ntoto and Camille Ntoto
RIOT offers a chilling look at the long-term effects of urban conflict on a city and its people. Viewers will come face-to-face with not only the racism and violence of the Newark Riots of 1967, but with the heartbreak that followed, and the ensuing determination of people who refused to let the riot define or defeat them over the next 50 years.
Director: Kevin McLaughlin
Writer: Kevin McLaughlin
Producer(s): Kevin McLaughlin, Paul Schoenberger
Cast: Andre Braugher, Cory Booker, Sharpe James, Ken Gibson
Shelter in the City
Shelter in the City is a look at homelessness through the story of a father and son. We also interview a variety of individuals and organizations to try to get a better understanding of the causes of homelessness and, hopefully, to try to find a solution.
Director: Terence Donnellan
Writer: Terence Donnellan
Producer(s): Terence Donnellan, Craig Syracusa
Cast: Ken Murray Sr,, Ken Murray Jr., Bobby Watts, Stanley Richards, Casimiro Torres, Jonathan Torres, Craig Mayes
This short documentary follows a unique and until now little known Cuban a cappella quartet, the Vocal Vidas. Their infectious spirit, precise vocal harmonies, and melting pot of references embody the sounds of Santiago de Cuba - the cradle of Afro-Cuban music. We follow these four women, exploring their daily lives, artistic process and gain a unique window into a building a music career in a communist country.
Directors: Jeremy Ungar, Co-Director; Ivaylo Getov, Co-Director
Writers: Jeremy Ungar; Ivaylo Getov
Producer(s): Robin Miller Ungar, Producer; Joseph Scarpaci, Co-Producer
Cast: The Vocal Vidas: Koset Muñoa Columbíe; Ana Hernández Rosillo; Maryoris Mena Faez; Annia Del Toro Leyva
The Speed Sisters are the first all-women race car driving team in the Middle East. They’re bold. They’re fearless. And they’re tearing up tracks all over Palestine.
Director: Amber Fares
Producer(s): Amber Fares, Avi Goldstein, Jessica Devaney
View of Nise
Directors: Jorge Oliveira, Pedro Zoca (Brazil, 2015, 83m)
In 1946 , after leaving the political prison, the young psychiatrist Nise da Silveira back to the psychiatric hospital in the suburb of Rio de Janeiro, refuses to use the electric shock and adopts art therapy to treat their patients. The works of talented artists delight C. G. Jung and are exposed in Europe. Starring: Mariana Infante Oliveira, Rafael Cardoso, Nando Rodrigues
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