DocuDay LA takes place annually in celebration of the feature and short documentaries nominated for an Oscar®, with back to back screenings all day. Filmmaker Q&As follow each screening, filmmaker schedule permitting. Watch the most recognized documentaries of the year and meet the nominees! Contact Amy Jelenko, Programs and Events Manager, for more information.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Writers Guild Theater
135 S. Doheny Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90211





Doors Open/Check-In


I Am Not Your Negro

In his new film, director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished - a radical narration about race in America, using the writer's original words. He draws upon James Baldwin's notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America. (95 minutes)


Fire at Sea

Samuele is twelve and lives on an island in the Mediterranean, far away from the mainland. Like all boys of his age, he does not always enjoy going to school. He would much rather climb the rocks by the shore, play with his slingshot or mooch around the port. But his home is not like other islands. For years, it has been the destination of men, women and children trying to make the crossing from Africa in boats that are far too small and decrepit. The island is Lampedusa, which has become ground zero for the flight of refugees to Europe and a symbol of the hope and fate of hundreds of thousands of emigrants fleeing dire living conditions. These people long for peace, freedom and happiness, and yet so often only their dead bodies are pulled out of the water. Thus, every day the inhabitants of Lampedusa are bearing witness to the greatest humanitarian tragedy of our times. With tenderness and a nocturnal grandeur, director Gianfranco Rosi bears witness to the resiliency at the core of our humanity. (114 minutes)


Life, Animated

From Academy Award®-winning director Roger Ross Williams, Life, Animated is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. (92 minutes)


Shorts Program 1: Extremis, Joe's Violin

Extremis is a verité documentary exploring the harrowing decisions that doctors, families and patients face in urgent end-of-life cases. Oscar®-nominated filmmaker, Dan Krauss, gained exclusive access to the intensive care unit of a public hospital to take an intimate look at the intersection of science, faith and humanity. (24 minutes)

In Joe's Violin, a donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship between 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold and 12-year-old Bronx school girl Brianna Perez, showing how the power of music can bring light in the darkest of times and how a small act can have a great impact. (24 minutes)



The title of Ava DuVernay's extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States." The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. (100 minutes)


Shorts Program 2: The White Helmets, 4.1 Miles, Watani: My Homeland

Set in Aleppo, Syria in early 2016 as the violence intensifies, The White Helmets follows three volunteer rescue workers as they put everything on the line to save civilians affected by the war, all the while wracked with worry about the safety of their own loved ones. (40 minutes)

In 4.1 Miles, a coast guard captain on a small Greek island is suddenly charged with saving thousands of refugees from drowning at sea. (21 minutes)

Watani: My Homeland tells the epic story of one family's escape from war-torn Syria and their attempt to make a new life in Germany. They live on the frontline of the civil war in Aleppo, the only family still living in a derelict warzone that was once a busy residential neighborhood. After their father is captured by ISIS, the family is forced to flee their homeland and to start a new life in a small, medieval town in Germany. (40 minutes)


O.J.: Made in America (Part 1)

It is the defining cultural tale of modern America – a saga of race, celebrity, media, violence, and the criminal justice system. And two decades after its unforgettable climax, it continues to fascinate, polarize, and even, yes, develop new chapters. From Peabody and Emmy-award winning director Ezra Edelman and the producers of ESPN's award-winning '30 for 30,' comes O.J.: Made in America. (184 minutes)


Q&As will follow each film, and there will be periodic short breaks between films.