Éric Dargent, Jérôme Bonellli and Benoît Moreau: three lives, each their own handicap but more importantly one commun passion: surfing. A documentary taking us along the history of three peoples discovering how to overcome theirs obstacles through the ocean. The hunger of constantly moving forward takes the three of them to Tahiti to share their experiences, their knowledge of prostheses fit for the purpose and raise awareness to accessibility.
For thirty years, the inhabitants of Chinari, an Armenian village, have been trying to survive the war between Azeris and Armenians and the difficult conditions imposed by a blockade situation. Through the daily life of an Armenian family, this film immerses us in the heart of this forgotten conflict.
You Never Know One Day You Too Might Become A Refugee
After their home is destroyed by a climatic disaster in 2043, a family from the Island of Grain embarks on a perilous journey to find a better life. A speculative cli-fy drama co-written in collaboration with human rights lawyers, climate mobility experts and frontline communities that already experience climate displacement.
Keith Griffith III, 15, shares the art, the joy and the ecological Importance of beekeeping.
Native American Blues/Rock band BLUE MOUNTAIN TRIBE honors family and loved ones left behind with the grief and loss of thousands of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women.
Logging Algonquin is a 30 minute documentary film that looks at the historical and on-going logging happening in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. Through conversations with indigenous locals, scientists, foresters, and political experts, the film asks the question: ‘Does logging belong in our modern day Park?’ The film not only provides expert opinions but brings the viewer down onto the forest floor as they follow a group of passionate environmentalists (Mark Friesen, Katie Krelove, Dave Marcus) searching for logging in the park and a researcher (Michael Henry) attempting to document the remaining old growth forest in Algonquin. While short in length, the film dives into numerous topics around the issue and manages to relate the logging in Algonquin Park with the broader environmental condition in Ontario and across the globe.
The film transports the viewer to the edges of Yerevan, where the environment shapes the stories of its inhabitants. Through the experiences of three anonymous boys, the film reveals the emotional burden of societal pressure and the values of survival that led them to serve time in jail as teenagers. The dreamlike imagery of Charbakh, Masiv, and Shengavit adds a poetic and almost surreal contrast to the harsh realities faced by the characters. "Edge" portrays the contrasting perspectives of each character, creating a question about the impact of the environment on an identity.
Valley of Exile
Two sisters arrive in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley at the onset of the Syrian war, embarking on a journey into exile that tests their loyalty to their country, their family and each other. With Maria Hassan, Hala Hosni, Michel Hourani
Am I Buggin'?
Based on Selina Hernandez’s angry, funny and heartfelt poem about the East Harlem neighborhood she loves—and fears she’s losing. As Poet Selina walks around El Barrio, is she just imagining it—Buggin’?—or is gentrification causing her neighborhood to disappear? Shot entirely on location in Harlem, this short film is a unique protest piece. Selina recites her poem while visiting her favorite places in El Barrio, evoking the spirit of her Afro-Caribbean guardian ancestors.
15-year-old Maya, whilst doing well both socially and at school, is struggling with her mother’s worsening addictions, and the uneasy presence of her mother’s boyfriend, Diego. Stuck in an environment that feels inescapably futile and loveless, Maya falls victim to the edgy charms of Ray, whom she meets online. When Maya and Ray meet in real life, he is immediately established as her ‘protector’ and the two enjoy a brief honeymoon period – which gradually darkens as Maya is coerced by Ray into the world of organized sex trafficking. Written, directed and produced by award winning filmmaker Julia Verdin, Maya is a stark social impact film engaging with the dangers of online grooming and sexual exploitation as well as issues of addiction and domestic violence. This film stars Patricia Velasquez, Rumer Willis, Rena Owen, Gian Franco Rodriguez, Anthony Montgomery, Billy Budinich and newcomer Isabella Feliciana as Maya.
Partings And Landings
The story of the filmmaker’s four generations of Armenian survivor family who migrated from their ancestral home in Turkey to Syria, then Lebanon, and, finally, to the US. The film offers refugees everywhere the hope that they can rebuild their lives by integrating into a new culture. The film is also a reminder that in order for integration to succeed, the desire to assimilate and adapt must be embraced.
It's Not That Simple
It’s Not That Simple explores the unspoken dating struggles of the trans community, through the minds of transgender young adults. The film follows Levi, a trans guy, on his thought-provoking journey to discover where his difficulties of finding love have stemmed from.
Women On The Move
Inspiring stories of trailblazing women in the late nineteenth century who resisted social restrictions, refused to be held back and reimagined worlds that seemed off limits to them. They invented radical new clothes to do all the things they were not meant to like flying, hiking, swimming, cycling and more! Little is known about them today because many were hidden from history, hidden in the archives and, as it turns out, hidden in plain sight.
A black eleven-year-old navigates a day in his life of rural poverty while his mother is stuck at work.
All the objects used in this performance were collected at the sea shore near the artist's studio on the island of Aegina. The first iteration "SeaMonster Monk" a live performance took place at the Athens Art Fair 2019. It was featured at the WhiteBox NYC in 2023.
A fragile illusion of belonging comes to an end when a young Lebanese student living in Montreal is forced to face the incompatibility between his sexual identity and the cultural foundations of his family.
The Forgotten Homeland
A documentary about life at the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, where stories and life accounts of refugees who were uprooted from their historical lands in Artsakh and are currently living in Goris and its suburbs are told.
About The People Presents: Who Is Mumia?
Highlights the life of journalist, activist, and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. "AtP - Special Feature: Who is Mumia?" is the second installment in a series of documentaries presented by About the People to highlight the stories of grassroots organizers and revolutionaries. The documentary seeks to separate the facts from fiction about Mumia, who he is, the controversy around his imprisonment, and the current fight to free him.
The Mind Game
When he was just 14, Sajid Khan Nasiri fled Afghanistan alone. After a two-year journey filled with danger and hardships – which he minutely documented on his phone camera – he arrives in Belgium to seek asylum. In clips recorded with his telephone camera, and in messages to filmmakers Eefje Blankevoort and Els van Driel, he keeps track of his progress. Once in Belgium a new game begins: the mind game; about the psychological pressure young refugees face.
Rita Ebel, aka the Lego Oma, is a German grandma and wheelchair user. Rita is a few decades old - the saying “age is just a number” couldn’t be more accurate in this case - has been married three times - but who is counting? Since her car accident, which broke her lumbar spine and caused paralysis from her waist down, she constantly had to find creative ways to continue doing the things she loves. When she noticed most of the stores in her hometown Hanau were inaccessible to her, she decided to make a statement by building wheelchair ramps from Lego, each a unique piece of art.
Crosses In The Dust
At the Arizona-Mexico border, the Sonoran Desert has been weaponized as part of the "Prevention Through Deterrence" policy, costing the lives of thousands of migrants since its inception in the mid-1990s. A law professor and her students assist organizations fighting the ongoing immigration crisis while honoring those perished on their journey into America.
Manuscripts Don't Burn
The film tells about Armenian heritage of Lviv (Western Ukraine), particularly, writings of Armenian traveler Simeon Lehatsi, who lived in Lviv and history of Armenian church, which was closed during Soviet times.
When a war suddenly breaks out, a 14-year-old boy finds himself faced with a decision that could save his family, with no time to think, he embarks on a treacherous 250 kilometer journey to safety…
From Life to Life
The story is set in 1990s Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Luka is a surgical doctor, who saves lives, but struggles to adapt to the ruthless and corrupt new system and by all means tries to stay loyal to his profession. However, he has to make a choice between his family and the lives of others. His choice leads to irreversible consequences. With Beka Sikharulidze, Nino Kuratashvili, Ia Shugliashvili
Jean est tombé amoureuxJean Fell in Love
Jean, 18, is the prodigy player of his rugby club. As he and his team defend their title, Jean falls deeply in love with Ayoub, a player from the opposing team. The brotherhood with his teammates turns out to be a lot more fragile than Jean ever thought it was.
I am Kanaka
Despite a dark history and only 5% speaking the native language, a local Hawaiian hero fights to save his culture by teaching traditions, sustainability and life skills to disadvantaged indigenous kids.
DEPOT - Reflecting Boijmans
A happy story of visionary minds around the content and construction process of the world’s first, fully accessible for visitors, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and its unique historical parallel: the building of the Museum itself, in never-seen parts of the movie from 1935. Two buildings designed like a very special pair of gloves around an art collection. A symphony of Art and Architecture.
Five people from Apropos Teater trek across the mountains of Hardangervidden in Norway, to spark dialogue with fellow adventurers around the climate crisis and the smelting snow, in one of the last places that is guaranteed to have it.
Edward, 28, hasn't seen his family since he crossed the US-Mexico border on foot 10 years ago. Trapped in the US by a maddening waiting game for citizenship, he grapples with the idea of leaving the life he built in New York behind forever in exchange for a long overdue homecoming. Will Edward reunite with his family or continue on in his self-imposed purgatory?
Citrotoxic is a fiction film about an unlikely encounter. During a weekend in a remote area far from São Paulo, Bianca and her young daughter Serena meet Zé, a solitary rural pesticide applicator. Uneasiness appears among the mother’s struggle about poison's dangers and spontaneous connection between the girl and Zé. With Bianca Porte, Luiza Leblanc, Jerry Gilli.
Transit: A New York City Fairytale
A tale of love, compassion, acceptance, and perseverance. Its premise is simple: a young man falls for a captivating woman and they embark on a passionate journey together - until, months into their relationship, she reveals that she is transgender. Can we overcome our conditioned notions of normalcy?
...To The Sea
A Palestinian fisherman tries to breach the naval blockade in Gaza to get treatment for his sick daughter.
Following a series of mysterious metamorphoses, two inspectors, Elsa Petrovic and Alfred Rondeau, embark on an investigation that will plunge them, with humor and delay, into the teeming world of the artist Evgenia Saré, populated by strange and drolatic figures.
Before the Oil
Deep in the mountains in southern Norway Odd Kvinen runs a husky farm. Teaching about history, from the time before the oil was found in Norway and the country was poor. About the changes that came with finding oil and building hydro power plants, and the country becoming rich. Teaching about the energy transition, respect for nature and choices we have to make. We will need more energy while at the same time we want to phase out our oil. But there are realities we must face if we want to change to renewable and more clean energy. But are we willing to change?
GREEK PHILOSOPHIA and CHICKENS
Part drama, part comedy with a hint of romance, Greek Philosophia and Chickens follows a sixty-something best-selling romance author who, feeling invisible as woman, hires an assassin to take her out. We meet Tessa on a day she's decided that she's ending it all, only she can't do it herself so she's hired an assassin to do it for her. Satisfied with the order of her home affairs, she sets out to meet him, a man she chooses to name "Keith". With Germaine Gaudet, Brian D Cohen, Nash Bridges, Lukas Hassel, Lainie Kazan.
The Berlin Waltz
What is life like in a totalitarian regime? Behind the Berlin Wall an artist and his wife plan an unusual protest for freedom. When an officer of the dreaded STASI secret police confronts them, their lives accelerate in a way they never imagined possible. November 9 2024 will be the 35th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Yet today, totalitarian and authoritarian ideologies flourish around the globe. This surreal story is told in dialogue, dreams and song by director/composer and psychiatrist Lloyd Frost.
I Am Gitmo
During the War on Terror started after 9/11, Gamel Sadek, a Muslim schoolteacher is taken from his home and delivered to Bagram Air Base, a CIA black site, where he is questioned about the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden. Despite relentless beatings, starvation, and torture in Gitmo, Gamel maintains his innocence. As Gamel prepares for a hearing on his status with his lawyer, he realizes he could be held indefinitely, and that a testimony from John, a military interrogator, will be the deciding factor. With Sami Sheikh, Eric Pierpoint, Eric St. John, Nora Armani.
Gatekeeping the Bills
Educational Video Center's Youth Producers film explores how income inequality and the wealth gap affects the quality of living for people of color in New York City.
A human rights activist is prosecuted under terror laws for refusing to hand over the passwords to his electronic devices during a border stop, unveiling unsettling questions about the rule of law, modern espionage and digital privacy.
Return to Eden
After several decades abroad, Josef Klein returns home to the politically polarized town of Eden, Oregon. Ever the outsider, he does his best to fit in, a losing battle until he meets Hope, a brilliant and equally lonely woman, who happens to be a dancer in Eden's only strip club. An unlikely and exhilarating friendship with tragic consequences.
BLEECKER tells the intertwining stories of a motley of characters in NYC's Village. The straight face here is Maya, who has come to The Big Apple to find her place in this world. She encounters: a longtime couple who express their affection by bickering; a Texan lass who is forever searching for love plus her punk son & delusional mother aka the self-appointed Queen of Egypt. Also in the mix are a hapless therapist, a psychic, and others who distract themselves instead of dealing with what's really gnawing at their souls: big questions with no answers. As Maya settles in, she starts to care about these folks, which leads her through twists and turns to her own self-purpose. With Bob Ari, Alicia Crowder, Tovah Feldshuh, Anita Gillette, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor and Callie Thorne
Borderline: Chaos At the Border
There is horrific suffering in Central America. The US is greatly responsible for the desperate conditions in these countries, often because we chose to back authoritarian governments who supported US corporate and imperial goals. Yet when desperate families try to migrate to the US to better their children's lives they are met with violence, walls, tear gas and disrespect.
In Figment we follow artist Lieke Anna (35). Born and raised in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, the Netherlands, she has always had a very tight relationship with her mother, Jeanine. On June 19, 2020, disaster struck when Jeanine suffers a severe cerebral hemorrhage while Lieke was sitting next to her on the couch. What follows were anxious and uncertain weeks of operations and complications. For a long time it stays unclear whether and how Jeanine would wake up. Then slowly and painfully it becomes clear that the confident and independent woman she used to be has turned into a needy and dependent woman. Figment is an intimate documentary about the invinsible impact of a mom's brain damage on her daughter, her son and her own identity. A film about finding hope, love and closeness in living loss.
Northern Comfort: A Drive Around Town
Short documentary on life in Northern Quebec and the differences in living conditions between local Crees and non-Natives. A story of how being biracial and trilingual in Northern communities brings certain questions on the social dynamics between Crees and non-Natives living in Chisasibi. This film talks about encounters and discussions with non-Natives about the 3Ms of the North (misfits, missionaries, and money-makers) and how the subject of white fragility, white space and white saviour complex came into play.
Interception: Jayne Kennedy • American Sportscaster
When a bronze-skin bombshell rocks the world of Sunday Morning Football, millions tune in... but few know the tumultuous story of Jayne Kennedy, the first Black woman to boldly run interception on the racial lines of American sportscasting.