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
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
Gathered on a ship sailing along the river Volga are people who could have been characters in a classic Russian novel. Just like in the books, they are all looking for love. Jerzy Sladkowski (director of Don Juan) created a film brimming with humor, dancing, dramatic conversations, alcohol, and moments that wrench your heart and make it swell with compassion at the same time.
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.
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
Winner of the IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary. Patricia and Heidi grew up in Cuba and dreamed of making films. When they defected from their homeland, they lost touch with each other. Now, they are trying to reconnect through video letters: intimate personal diaries documenting the joy, guilt, and homesickness their new lives have brought them.
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.
Renowned neurologist and bestselling author Oliver Sacks (played by Robin Williams in the film Awakenings) had met with many a personal crisis in his life. At the age of 82, he shared his surprising personal story with candor, courage, and ample humor.
A father and his teenage son take their rickety old car and drive from the Czech Republic to Russia in search of the son’s mother and sister, whom the two have not seen in years. The journey leads them to reevaluate their relationship and finally share the whole story of how their family had fallen apart.
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
Four Dutch teenage boys deemed unmanageable by the system are sent to a remote farm in France, where they should hopefully get back on track. With extraordinary sensitivity, the film examines their complicated dynamic and their attempts to reconcile with their past—until, one day, a girl enters into the picture. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award
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.
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
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 women of the Armenian village of Lichk till the soil, chop wood and take care of the children and elderly all by themselves. The men spend most of the year in Russia, the only place where they can find work. The distance is frustrating and disheartening, but come winter the men return, rekindling excitement and even passion in the women’s hearts.
In a small family-owned café on the shore of one of Bavaria’s most stunning lakes, director Janna Ji Wonders gets to know five generations of women in her family. Filled with love and heartbreak, their stories are dramatic, daring, and exotic, and she shows and tells them with mesmerizing tenderness.