One filmmaker searches to uncover her family’s Iranian past. A deeply personal story excavating the formative memories of her grandmother, mother, and self, Joonam explores the evolving shape of girlhood and with it the tender and turbulent relationships between mother and daughter, Iran and America, and the immigrant experience as it ripples over time.
It’s 1992 and Milisuthando is enjoying her sheltered childhood in “The Republic of Transkei,” a semi-independent homeland “state” inside apartheid South Africa where even though apartheid is raging 100 km away, she has no idea of the impending racial calamity beyond her hometown. When Transkei is suddenly dissolved at the end of apartheid, 8-year-old Milisuthando becomes a member of the first generation of black kids to attend “Whites Only Model C” schools in South Africa. Through her probing, often naive journey with a cast of contrary characters, we revisit the more►
A film about synthetic diamonds.
Rojek is an intimate conversation with some of the most important members of the Islamic State (IS), who are currently being detained in Syria. As a backdrop, a country trying to stay vigilant as it struggles to recover from years of war.
Seeds is a portrait of a centennial African-American farm in Thomasville, Georgia. Using lyrical black and white imagery, this meditative film examines the decline of generational black farmers and the significance of owning land.
Seeking Mavis Beacon
One of the most influential Black women in technology is a figment of our collective imagination. Mavis Beacon was invented by the Co-Founder of Myspace to sell the world’s most popular typing software, but the real woman she was modeled after, Renée L’Espérance, disappeared in 1995. Seeking Mavis Beacon poses critical questions regarding anthropomorphization and the consumption of marginalized bodies in the tech industry, while reimagining the legacy of a missing woman.
The Evidence of Things Not Seen
A mercurial young artist steps through the looking glass on a quest to reconcile trans-generational trauma within her family lineage. Blending bold animation with archival footage and intimate family interviews, the director invites us on an intrepid journey into the nature of the self and history’s grip on the present.
The Oldest Person in the World
From director Sam Green: “In 2014 I made a film about the Guinness Book of World Records called The Measure of All Things. The film featured all sorts of records: the person with the longest name, the tallest man, the biggest cat, the longest period of time a person has gone without sleep. But one record struck me above all the others: the oldest person in the world. Whenever someone dies, they take with them all of the knowledge and experiences in their memory. The last Titanic survivor died in more►
Untitled Annie Mae Aquash Documentary
Indigenous activist Annie Mae Aquash is one of the thousands who make up the staggering number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. An unprecedented investigation into her murder becomes a critical focus in examining the continuing fight for Indigenous sovereignty as well as effects of centuries of colonization on Indigenous women and girls.