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Films Announced for 16th Annual DocuWeeks Theatrical Documentary Showcase

By IDA Editorial Staff

The Arab Spring as seen from the eyes of a young female Egyptian journalist. The mass exodus from a Northeastern Mexican village in search of water during the annual drought. A once-in-a-lifetime journey to the Academy Awards® for one extraordinary 5th grade choir. These are just some of the 28 outstanding stories that will be presented in the International Documentary Association’s 16th Annual DocuWeeks™ Theatrical Documentary Showcase.

Screening from August 3rd through the 23rd in New York at the IFC Center and August 10th through the 30th at the Laemmle NoHo 7, the 2012 edition of DocuWeeks™ will present seventeen feature films and eleven shorts from nineteen different countries in theatrical runs, giving movie-lovers a chance to catch some of the best documentary films of the year.

"With over 500 screenings during the month of August, DocuWeeks™ gives documentary fans on both coasts multiple opportunities to see a great lineup of short and feature length docs," says IDA Executive Director Michael Lumpkin. "We are especially excited about the eleven amazing short documentaries playing in DocuWeeks this year, by far more than we have had before."

The 16th Annual DocuWeeks™ Theatrical Documentary Showcase is presented by the International Documentary Association with the support of lead sponsor HBO Documentary Films; contributing sponsors NBCUniversal Archives, Chainsaw, and WESTDOC; and media sponsors LA Weekly and Village Voice.

Features appearing in this year’s DocuWeeks™ Theatrical Documentary Showcase include: The Anderson Monarchs, Defiant Requiem, Digital Dharma: One Man's Mission to Save a Culture, Drought/Cuates de Australia, Garden in the Sea (Jardín en el Mar), La Source, Love Free or Die, The Magic Life, Of Two Minds, Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story, Out of the Clear Blue Sky, RICKY on LEACOCK, TRIAL BY FIRE: Lives Re-Forged, We Women Warriors (Tejiendo Sabiduría), Without A Net, and Words of Witness.

DocuWeeks™ will also present eleven documentary short films, including: The A-Word, Beauty CULTure, Cutting Loose, Jimmy, Kings Point, Open Heart, The Perfect Fit, The Record Breaker, and StoryCorps Animated Shorts Shorts: Facundo the Great, Eyes on the Stars, and Sundays at Rocco's.

A complete schedule and additional information about each film can be found at Stay tuned for ticketing information later in July, and keep up with the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.