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Shoni Schimmel, a Umatilla Indian and one of the best high school basketball players in the country, dreams of being the first from her tribe to get a college scholarship. Shoni and her mother/coach Ceci battle together to redeem generations of struggle for their family and their people, but her hoop dreams are threatened after her family leaves the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
After the Movie (4/26, 6:30 only): Join director Jonathan Hock, executive producers Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, and Eileen O'Neill, Group President of Discovery & TLC Networks, and others for a discussion about the pressures on elite high school athletes and Shoni Schimmel's challenging journey as a Native American female athlete into the college sports arena. Moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Friday Night Lights, Buzz Bissinger.. | Read MoreSports and Documentary
Brothers and native Arkansans Brent and Craig Renaud track the soldiers of an Arkansas National Guard unit as they undergo the forced transformation from "weekend warriors" and leave family and friends behind to head off for the dangerous duty of soldiering full-time in a country they know nothing about - Iraq. | Read MoreDocumentary
American Hannah Marker is addicted to the American dollar. Desperate for a cure, she moves to Moscow, where she hopes to never see American dollars again. Her plan is going well until her Russian boyfriend begins to get her involved with corruption, bribes, the Russian mafia, and…American dollars. Hannah's addiction reemerges, and her journey through Moscow's underworld takes a bizarre turn when she crashes her car and emerges from the wreckage believing she is a Russian peasant. What's more, she now speaks fluent Russian... | Read MoreComedy and Animation
Ishaq Omar is a 13-year-old Palestinian boy who just wants to play a game of soccer with his friends. However, the Israeli separation wall built around his house turns a simple trip to the village square into a rather difficult endeavor. Will he make it on time? Offside takes the absurdity of the Israeli occupation and filters it through the apolitical perspective of a young boy. In Arabic. | Read More
Nearly 90, Bebo Valdés is one of the greatest living Cuban musicians. This joyful documentary celebrates the man who was a key figure in the development of mambo and whose life reflects the experiences of many Cubans since 1959. Co-hosted with Instituto Cervantes, The Cultural Center of Spain in New York. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
Using a contraband video camera inside the notorious gang unit at Newark's Northern State Prison, a jailed Bloods member puts his life on the line to document guards' corruption and excessive force. His groundbreaking footage exposes the violent and unseen world behind bars. | Read MoreCrime and Documentary
On a Human Scale reimagines the people of New York City as a fully playable and immersive video instrument controlled by a piano. Each key triggers a different video of a different person, from a different walk of life, singing a different note. When played together they fuse into a joyful choir that is totally under the control of whoever is at the keyboard. Playing the piano brings to life an audiovisual installation that fuses music, film, people, and technology into a living, singing tapestry of humanity. | Read MoreTransmedia
Achieving greatness in high school wrestling requires a level of devotion unmatched perhaps by any other sport. That greatness has become a yearly expectation at Lake Stevens High, winner of seven Washington state championships in the past 10 years. Narrated by Lake Stevens wrestling alum Chris Pratt (Moneyball), this riveting documentary follows the team over the course of a season as they fight through injuries and academic issues to maintain their school's legacy. | Read MoreSports and Documentary
On the heels of its lovely restoration of Lionel Rogosin's Come Back, Africa (1960), which premiered at TFF last year, the Cineteca di Bologna has just finished restoring Rogosin's first film, the Oscar®-nominated documentary about the harsh and often shocking realities of life on what in the '50s was New York's Skid Row. | Read MoreDocumentary