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Spring 2023

Documentary’s Spring 2023 issue launches as the more industrial sides of our field continue to crater. This issue doesn’t offer clear solutions but spotlights some exemplary filmmakers, films, and projects that are intervening in how even the independent sectors of our field are sliding backwards. In addition, this issue features the launch of a new column, “The Preview,” which includes short blurbs giving more context about exciting new documentaries that might be otherwise overlooked amid all the commercial candy of murder, music, and celebrity-themed content—and will always open with a short narrative of the film festival's recent history, organizational structure and priorities, and programming reputation.
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Doc of the Week

Fifty One

Set amidst the cultural backdrop of the US capital, a bitter fight for voting rights, and a nationwide racial reckoning, this week's Doc of the Week tells the story of 25-year-old Jamal Holtz, a 4th generation native Washingtonian determined to make D.C. the 51st state of the United States. The film follows Jamal and his team of activists through the summer and fall of 2021 as they strategize to pass statehood legislation, organize in the streets, and reposition D.C. statehood as a national concern, not just a local D.C. issue.