2019 Documentary Film Program
Director: Alex Holmes
This thrilling, immersive film tells the against-all-odds story of sailor Tracy Edwards, who skippered the first all-female international crew in the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.
Director: A.J. Eaton
Produced by Cameron Crowe, this incredibly intimate portrait of David Crosby finds the legendary musician of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame reflecting on his life, loves, music, and regrets with unflinching honesty.
Director: Roger Ross Williams
From the director of the Oscar-nominated Life, Animated comes this rich history of Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater, which over 85 years has demonstrated the pivotal role that the arts play in the African American experience.
Director: Mads Brügger
A filmmaker provocateur and private investigator team up to solve the suspicious 1961 death of United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld and uncover a shocking, stranger-than-fiction conspiracy with global ramifications. Winner: Directing Award, Sundance
Director: Petra Costa
Brazil's recent political upheaval, which saw the ouster of its first female president and growing polarization, is explored with unprecedented access in this urgent cautionary tale for these times of democracy in crisis.
Directors: Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts
A woman reflects on five years of footage she shot while living in Aleppo during the Syrian civil war and siege of the city. Winner: Best Documentary at Cannes Film Festival; Grand Jury Award and Audience Award, SXSW.
Co-presented with Facing History and Ourselves.
Directors: Julie Smith Clem & Ken Druckerman
A funny and surprisingly moving love letter to the world of stand-up comedy through the decade-long story of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival and its founder, featuring Mike Birbiglia, Michael Ian Black, Jim Gaffigan, Kristen Schaal, Kumail Nanjiani, Janeane Garofalo, and Bobcat Goldthwait, among its who's who of standout comedians.
Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky
Filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky turns the camera on her own family to craft a moving, intergenerational exploration of living with deafness, as her teenage son grows up, and her parents confront growing older.
Directors: Nanfu Wang & Jialing Zhang
After becoming a mother herself, filmmaker Nanfu Wang uncovers the untold history of China’s one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment. Winner: Grand Jury Prize, Sundance
Director: Timothy-Greenfield Sanders
An artful and intimate meditation on Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and her iconic body of work, which explores the complex intersection of race, history, and subjectivity in American writing.