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  • Los Angeles, summer, 1945, a young boy, whose parents fled from Germany twelve years earlier, is adjusting to his mother’s fragile state of mind. She has just returned from months in a psychiatric hospital. Suddenly he is confronted by his father, who is shouting words he doesn’t understand: “...

  • “Baba Babee Skazala” [Grandmother Told Grandmother] tells the little known story of Ukrainian children torn from their homes in the crush between the Nazi and Soviet fronts in World War II. Spending their childhood as refugees in Europe, these inspiring individuals later immigrated to the United...

  • The Last Animals is a story about an extraordinary group of people who go to extraordinary lengths to save the planet’s last animals. The documentary follows the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and transnational trafficking syndicates to protect elephants and rhinos...

  • “Any nation that can survive what we have lately in the way of government, is on the high road to permanent glory.” -Molly Ivins

    RAISE HELL is about a Texas maverick named MOLLY IVINS. Often compared to Mark Twain, she was one of the most courageous journalists of modern times... and...

  • A Sexplanation is a documentary stripping away shame from sex education. From church pews to biology labs, join director (and hedonist) Alex Liu as he tries to uncover the naked truth about sex.

    But more than providing any specific answers, the film is about giving people better...

  • Misima is the first ever documentary film about the indigenous people of Misima Island, located off the mainland of Papua New Guinea. Here, a divorced, single mother needs to learn how to navigate contemporary village life on her terms, after she is confronted with losing her only daughter and...

  • On September 30, 1955, actor James Dean set out from Los Angeles in his Porsche Spyder 550 race car to attend the Sports Car Club of America's weekend road races in Salinas, California. He died four hours later on a dangerous, rural highway.

    Back in Hollywood, Dean left behind close...

  • The colorful saga of a faded fight palace reveals the throbbing heart and multicultural soul of Los Angeles. Told through a diverse range of voices, including masked wrestlers, Chicano boxers and punk rockers--and centered around the remarkable woman who managed the mayhem for four decades--18th...

  • Six cancer patients make an unusual choice when faced with little chance of recovery: they decide to face the disease with a radical plant-based diet. The patients embark on an arduous but hopeful 5-year journey through unchartered territory as they attempt to eat and juice their way back to...

  • Max Steiner: The Dean of American Film Music deals with the origins of film music and how the role of the composer became essential to the cinematic art. Steiner’s pioneering scores became the model for the sound of the movies during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Nominated for 24 Academy Awards...

  • Untitled Oxnard Project spends a year with a group of Mexican-born Mixtec, Zapotec and Purépecha teens and young adults whose families labor in the fields of Oxnard, California—Strawberry Capital of the World. Moving from the berry rows to the classroom, from traditional Oaxacan "devil dancing"...

  • Stewart is a poetic, multifaceted examination of the moral dilemmas of immigration and poverty in America. The film explores the experience of one small town in rural Georgia, next-door to one of the largest immigration detention centers in the country, Stewart Detention center. Through...

  • Atras La Pared follows fans of the soccer team Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente and their relationship with the team, their families, the Mexican-American border and cultural identity. The Xolos are the only professional soccer team in the region. Once notorious for drugs, crime and...

  • Felipe has come to a crossroads. After 16 years in Brooklyn, working three low-paying jobs and collecting bottles on the street in his spare time and sending the bulk of his earnings home to his family in Mexico, he's decided to return to his wife and the children he hasn't seen in almost two...

  • Tucked away in the Thai jungle lies a small democratic school called Children’s Village. Children's village teaches freedom of speech and human rights to some of Thailand’s most underprivileged children. 6 WEEKS TO MOTHER’S DAY documents the everyday lives of the students as they prepare a...

  • Enemies in the border towns of Sderot and Gaza, the world’s longest war zone, try their hearts at friendship. Standing in their way is history, deaths, destructions and a wall.

  • In an expansive documentary exposé, Fail State reveals the dark story behind the rise of predatory for-profit colleges and why our higher education system, once the envy of the world, is leaving millions of Americans in financial ruin.

  • “unMASKing Hope” goes behind the “masks” we don everyday. The masks we hide behind, created by personal trauma, shame, grief and moral injury that scars to our very souls. “unMASKing Hope” tells this story through an aggregate of personal stories from seemingly disparate individuals, soldiers,...

  • Beloved Land, Beloved Country.  A story of Love, Hope and Healing.

    How do you heal from social trauma?This film explores Hawaiian Identity in the future.  Can we survive the affects of globalization?   Will any original cultures survive?  Are we just one more of the many cultures destined...

  • In Ethiopia, there is a community of over nine thousand Jews. They speak Hebrew, keep kosher and have relatives in Israel, yet Israel continues to deny their appeals for aliyah — the Jewish birthright to become a citizen of Israel. They survive within a temporary, difficult reality in Ethiopia,...

  • The Mejias’ crossed the border undocumented over forty years ago. I met them during their summer vacation in Oaxaca, returning to their pueblo with their three children as newly documented U.S citizens in 1993. A year later we made a 55 minute documentary for TV. A portrait of a family; Mexican...

  • This documentary feature film is the extraordinary story of Jaroslav and his fearless effort to pursue his lifelong dream of sailing around the world. He has spent over forty years building his boat by hand in his backyard in the landlocked country of former Czechoslovakia. Forty years ago when...

  • BLACK BARBIE is personal exploration of the double standards of femininity and beauty that exist for Black women in the United States, using the rise of Barbie, the most iconic girl toy brand of all time, as a mirror and story trajectory. Through the story of the filmmaker’s aunt Beulah Mae...

  • For over 35 years, the gay porn shop, Circus of Books, served as the epicenter for LGBT life and culture in Los Angeles.  Unbeknownst to many in the community it served, the store was cultivated and cared for by its owners, Karen and Barry Mason; a straight, conservative couple.  CIRCUS OF BOOKS...

  • Side by Side: Out of a South Korean Orphanage and Into the World documents the international stories of a 60-year-long global human experiment involving the adoption of some 180,000 Korean children into the homes of wealthy Western countries — setting a precedent for other developing countries,...

  • This four part documentary series explores the extraordinary story of Mike Borrelli, an Italian-American NYPD detective and his partner Bob Davis, one of the first African-American detectives in New York, who are accused of having mafia ties and convicted for the 1975 murder of Mike Borrelli’s...

  • A documentary which tells the story of the forgotten Jewish immigrants who fought in the Union army as volunteers during the Civil War.After the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 was crushed the Jews who participated on the Hungarian side were persecuted by the Habsburg Empire and had no other choice...

  • UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) is an international documentary film festival held in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and at Stanford University each year around the UN Day (October 24). Founded in 1998 to celebrate the 50 th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of...

  • A nurse fights to discover the truth behind a disease that affects thousands of people who are devastated by bizarre symptoms--symptoms that most of the medical industry considers products of delusional minds. As evidence linking Morgellons to Lyme Disease mounts, the question arises, "Who is...

  • Long before the Flint water crisis became national news in 2014, the region had already suffered through decades of economic hardship. When the city of Detroit terminates its agreement to continue supplying water to neighboring Flint, the Governor of Michigan appoints a special Emergency Manager...

  • Honeychild is the story of Cyndi, a woman born and raised in America and forced into sex trafficking in the 1970's as a teenager. Accomplishing what very few have, Cyndi escaped to freedom.

    As Cyndi’s daughter, Leanna, struggles with her own demons of sexual abuse, she decides to open up...

  • Bell’s Angels is the untold story of Coach Franke Ann Bell, a woman who defied all odds to become one of the most famous swim coaches you’ve never heard of. Franke’s coaching career has all the makings of a classic underdog story. She was one of the first female head coaches in the ‘good ol’...

  • "Growing Together Again" tells the story of German and European unity more than a quarter of a century after the opening of the Wall.  It begins in Berlin where the memory of East-West division runs deep and the drive to achieve a common European destiny remains a top priority.  Since 2015...

  • The Race to Save the World is a feature documentary film that follows the inspiring stories of everyday people who are devoting their lives to fighting climate change. This film follows the passion, determination and unwavering commitment of people who aren't putting their heads in the sand,...

  • Tempelhof removes the mass mask of the refugees and migrants by showing them as individual persons (20 -25 interviews) through their stories about their lives, and their efforts to integrate into the West. There are two narrative trajectories.

    One is based on the refugees as they describe...