A Waste of Space

Osher, Michelle and Eitan who were transferred to foster families, are filmed during the last year of foster care, and first year of independence, at age 18. The film interweaves the personal relationships between themselves, their foster and biological parents. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award

Acasa, My Home

The Enache family, a couple and their nine children, have been living in a shack on a lakeshore, cut off from civilization, for twenty years. When the wilderness they called home is declared an upscale park, they are transferred to an apartment in Bucharest. Their attempts to assimilate into urban life and culture have a dramatic effect on the family dynamic.

And I Was There

As a young soldier, the director documented his unit taking over Palestinian homes, locking families in a room and turning the houses into military posts. Now, 18 years later, he confronts his past and returns to where it all began.

ARTOPIA #Belfast

An Israeli filmmaker meets with leading activist artists in Belfast to learn about the struggles of a society still grappling with its bloody history, and the importance of art in fostering peace and social cohesion.

Aswang

Monsters roam the streets of Manila—monsters with free rein to shed the blood of homeless people, drug users, and anyone else they deem suspicious. This incredibly sensitive, impressive and disturbing film documents Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, which turned into a street war against the poor and the homeless—children and adults alike. Beyond the Screen Award Winner

Billie

Hundreds of hours of raw and emotional interviews—research for Billy Holiday’s biography, which was never written—are unearthed 60 years after the famed singer’s death. Relatives, musicians, lovers, and even cops and pimps tell her story with brutal honesty.

Bleeding

During the director's childhood, he experienced heavy bleeding that felt like an abortion. His parents took him to a specialist and that was that. All these years the memory remained. Did it really happen?

Born to Be

The doctors at the trailblazing Center for Transgender Medicine in New York City perform groundbreaking surgeries. Shared with raw, heartwarming candor and punctuated with humor, the touching personal stories of Dr. Jess Ting and his patients paint a rare picture of a place that stands at the heart of a community’s struggle for recognition.

Coded Bias

The machine-learning algorithms that run so many aspects of our lives are prejudiced, racist, and sexist—just like the experts who created them. Featuring personal stories from victims of biased AIs, the film follows female activists pushing for legislative protection against this injustice. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award

Collective

A journalistic investigation into a disastrous fire at a Bucharest nightclub uncovers corruption and fraud at a scope so massive it leads to the fall of the government. Alexander Nanau (Toto and His Sisters) tells this thrilling and uniquely human story with remarkable tenderness.

Elsewhere, Everywhere

20-year-old Shahin fled Tehran in hopes of finding a better life in Europe. His journey—depicted in an impressionistic stream of powerful imagery, text messages, phone calls, and interrogations—sweeps viewers into a deep multi-sensory experience.

Epicentro

Seen through the eyes of Hubert Sauper (Darwin’s Nightmare), Havana is mysterious, enchanting, and filled with contradictions. The director’s search for the Cuban spirit leads to a series of fascinating human encounters revolving around one question: how did the people of this beautiful island survive its complicated history?

Huntsville Station

On the threshold between prison and the outside world, as they taste their first moments of freedom, newly-released inmates wait for the bus that will take them back to their lives.

I'm in Love with Pippa Bacca

Italian feminist artist Pippa Bacca had a vision of hope. She wanted to send a message of peace and trust to war-ridden countries, and she picked a creative way to do it: hitchhiking in a wedding dress. But when she reached Turkey, her inspiring journey came to an abrupt, tragic end.

La Espera

Huddled around a campfire on the train tracks, asylum-seekers share their personal stories as they wait to leap onto the train that will take them to the safety of the United States.

La Mami

In the backstage area of a night club in Mexico City, Mami presides over her little kingdom—the women’s restroom. Clever and grouchy, the old lady looks after the hostesses at the club. She used to be a dancer just like them. Today, she is their guardian angel.

Love Child

Sahand and Leila are fleeing Iran with their toddler son. In Iran, their relationship—an extramarital affair—is punishable by death. As they start their new life, far away from the threatening past, they face not only the authorities but also a new intimacy they have never known.

Marry Me However

The film explores the lives Orthodox-Jewish LGBT members who willingly choose to marry heterosexuals and raise a heteronormative family, obeying the rules of their societies while denying their own identities. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award

No Hard Feelings

An intimate look at the director’s mother, who immigrated from the Caucasus 26 years ago, only to experience a living hell because of her violent husband. A story about patriarchy, immigration, and hope.

Nostalgia For The Light

While astronomers try to unravel how the world was created, mothers and sisters of Pinochet's victims try to find the bodies of their loved ones. A poetic meeting in the Atacama Desert in Chile.

Once Upon a Time in Venezuela

Congo Mirador used to be a bustling fishing village, but the rising lake water is threatening to turn it into a swamp, and the Venezuelan government is not lifting a finger to help. This breathtaking film follows the villagers as they struggle to survive the environmental disaster we all fear.

Overseas

In a training center dedicated to domestic work, a group of Filipina trainees, who will soon deploy to work overseas, are getting ready to face their future employers. The things they must endure are so bizarre, funny, and frightening that it often seems as though they are attending a drama class. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award

Paradise

Time stands still for this father and his son as they spend long days hospitalized in a foreign country. Between prayers and video games, they share precious moments of bonding.

Shadow Flowers

Ryun-hee Kim found herself in South Korea by accident. Despite her pleas, the authorities refuse to allow her to return to North Korea. Desperate to be reunited with her family, she tries to go back any way she can, but the seemingly more liberal of the two Koreas refuses to let her go.

Strike or Die

The great strike that halted the entire French economy in 1995 left a lasting mark on a small mining town. The interconnected stories of people living there today slowly emerge from the mists of a town still haunted by the ghosts of its past.

The Cave

Doctor Amani dreamed of becoming a pediatrician, but the unending war in Syria forced her underground. This rare and profoundly human documentary follows the young doctor as she runs a secret underground hospital hidden in the caves and tunnels underneath a bombarded city. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award

The Cordillera of Dreams

Renowned Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán returns to his homeland for the first time, 46 years after fleeing because of the government’s persecution of liberals. In this beautiful and sober homesick lament, winner of the best documentary award at Cannes 2019, Guzmán asks what dreams will be allowed for the next generation of Chileans.

The Fight

Every time Trump issues another regulation that discriminates against LGBTQ people, prohibits abortions, or orders the imprisonment of immigrant babies, the legal team of the American Civil Liberties Union gears up for battle. The filmmakers who directed Weiner present four fierce court battles in the war for US democracy. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award

The Pearl Button

Patricio Guzmán returns to his homeland Chile to recover the lost story of the Patagonian indigenous tribes, whose culture was erased, and the story of the people imprisoned during Pinochet’s dictatorship. With his breathtaking cinematography, Guzmán channels the voice of nature, showing us that the land, unlike its human inhabitants, refuses to forget.

The Three Yossi

This sociological journey back in time began 23 years ago, when several families were evicted from their homes ended up squatting in an abandoned building in Jaffa. What has become of them? What chances does a poverty-stricken child have to make it in the world?

White Riot

In the late 1970s, back when music still had the power to change the world, young punk-heads and rock-heads took to the streets to protest against fascism, racism, and the xenophobia stirred up by politicians. This is how Rock against Racism was born. This is the movement’s story, featuring a lot of music and rare live recordings.