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SHOWING RESULTS | FILMS IN THE SECTION 'WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION'
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REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • Directed By: Nancy Kates
  • Country: USA
This in-depth documentary intimately tracks Susan Sontag’s seminal, life-changing moments through her own words, as read by Patricia Clarkson—from her early infatuation with books to her first experience in a gay bar, from her first marriage to her last lover. Regarding Susan Sontag is a nuanced investigation into the life of a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, and terrorism still resonate today. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, New York, Female Screenwriter(s)
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REVISIONARIES

  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Directed By: Scott Thurman
  • Country: USA
Once in a decade, the 15 members of the Texas State Board of Education meet in Austin to revise the textbook standards for five million schoolchildren. Lead by Don McLeroy, a Young-Earth Creationist and Evangelical Christian, the panel implements standards that will ultimately go into effect in science and history textbooks for schoolchildren across the nation. The Revisionaries is a galvanizing peak behind the curtain at the politicization of education. | Read More
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SEMPER FI: ALWAYS FAITHFUL

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 75 minutes
  • Directed By: Tony Hardmon and Rachel Libert
  • Country: USA
Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger's loyalty was always to the Marine Corps. But after his nine-year-old daughter died of a rare type of leukemia, Jerry's relentless search for answers leads to a shocking discovery exposing one of the largest water contamination sites in U.S. history. Living by the Marine creed, this drill instructor-turned-activist puts his own pain aside and takes on the top brass in an impassioned struggle for justice on behalf of his fellow soldiers and family. | Read More
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TEENAGE

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 80 minutes
  • Directed By: Matt Wolf
  • Country: USA
Teenagers did not exist before the 20th century. Not until the early 1950s did the term gain widespread recognition, but with Teenage, Matt Wolf offers compelling evidence that “teenagers” had a tumultuous effect on the previous half-decade. Narrated by actors Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, Julia Hummer and Jessie Usher, this fascinating documentary repositions the historical origin of teenagers and shows why those years are more than just a stepping-stone to adulthood. | Read More
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TOMORROW WE DISAPPEAR

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 84 minutes
  • Directed By: Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber
  • Country: USA
The puppeteers, performers, and magicians of the Kathputli colony in Delhi are the last slumdweller– artists of their kind. When their land is sold to high-rise developers, they fight to keep their mystical Indian folk arts alive and to conserve what beauty remains as they are forced into someone else’s vision of the future. Tomorrow We Disappear is not just documentation but an extraordinary act of preservation. | Read More
Documentary, Relationships, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker
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VIRGIN, THE COPTS AND ME

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 85 minutes
  • Directed By: Namir Abdel Messeeh
  • Country: France and Qatar
In his feature debut, French-Egyptian filmmaker Namir Abdel Messeeh sets out to investigate the phenomenon of supposedly miraculous Virgin Mary apparitions in Egypt's Coptic Christian community. But when the secular director faces opposition from skittish producers and his Coptic family, Namir turns the camera on his wonderfully smart-alecky mother and reimagines his film as a touching, uniquely hilarious portrait of family and heritage. | Read More
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VIRUNGA

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Directed By: Orlando von Einsiedel
  • Country: U.K.
Virunga is Africa’s oldest national park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and the last natural habitat for the endangered mountain gorilla. None of that will stop the business interests and rebel insurgencies lurking at the park’s doorstep. Documentarian Orlando von Einsiedel pairs gorgeous natural scenes from Virunga with riveting footage of the Congolese crisis, raising an ardent call for conservation as a vital human enterprise. | Read More
Documentary and First Time Filmmaker
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WAVUMBA

  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 80 minutes
  • Directed By: Jeroen van Velzen
  • Country: Netherlands
Mysticism and color reign in this stunning documentary steeped in the fishermen lore of Kenya. Revisiting a childhood fairy tale of a spirit-filled island with the magic to either bless or curse a fisherman's journey, Dutch filmmaker Jeroen van Velzen explores his memories via Masoud, a real-life legend of shark fishing. His glory days long gone, Masoud relives his youth through grandiose stories told with swaggering pride and heartbreaking nostalgia. | Read More
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WORLD BEFORE HER

  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • Directed By: Nisha Pahuja
  • Country: Canada
Weaving together the seemingly opposing stories of the Miss India beauty pageant and a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, director Nisha Pahuja illuminates the situation of women across contemporary India, drawing surprising parallels in the way women are perceived and the opportunities that are afforded them in both modernizing and traditional cultures. The World Before Her is a riveting, thoughtful profile of the fundamental contradictions of a country in transition. | Read More
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