This year’s 16 films were selected from 841 submissions. Each is a world premiere.
Troubadours and Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
Beats, Rhymes And Life
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Michael Rapaport; Stars: Michael Rapaport, Mos Def, Ludacris, Common, Q-Tip, Pharrell Williams, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Ghostface Killah, Angie Martinez, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson, Phife Dawg, De La Soul, Pete Rock, Jarobi White)
The story of the rise and influence of one of the most innovative and influential hip hop bands of all time, the collective known as A Tribe Called Quest.
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Constance Marks; Stars: Fran Brill, Joan Ganz Cooney, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell), Official Site
Documentary about the man behind the Muppet.
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Cindy Meehl; Stars: Buck Brannaman)
In a story about the power of non-violence, master horse trainer Buck Brannaman uses principles of respect and trust to tame horses and inspire their human counterparts.
Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death And Technology
(Director: Tiffany Shlain; Writer: Tiffany Shlain, Ken Goldberg, Carlton Evans and Sawyer Steele)
A stream-of-consciousness ride through the interconnectedness of humankind, nature, progress and morality at the dawn of the 21st century. For centuries we’ve been declaring independence. With insight, curiosity, and humor, the film explores whether it’s time to declare our interdependence.
Crime After Crime
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Yoav Potash; Stars: Joshua Safran, Deborah Peagler, Nadia Costa), Official Site
Debbie Peagler is a survivor of brutal domestic violence incarcerated for her connection to the murder of her abuser. Two decades later a pair of rookie land-use attorneys cut their teeth on her case, attracting global attention to the troubled intersection of domestic violence and criminal justice.
Sing Your Song and How To Die In Oregon
How To Die In Oregon
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Peter Richardson)
A look at Oregonians who choose physician-assisted suicide - and those battling to bring in similar laws in other states.
(Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Susan Saladoff; Stars: John Grisham, Al Franken, Joanne Doroshow), Official Site
Following subjects whose lives have been devastated by an inability to access the courts, this film shows that many long-held beliefs about the US civil justice system have been paid for by corporate America.
If A Tree Falls: A Story Of The Earth Liberation Front
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Marshall Curry; Writer: Marshall Curry)
The Earth Liberation Front is a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat'. Daniel McGowan, an ELF member, faces life in prison for two multi-million dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. But who is really to blame?
The Last Mountain
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Bill Haney; Writer: Bill Haney, Peter Rhodes)
A coal mining corporation and a tiny community vie for the last great mountain in Appalachia in a battle for the future of energy.
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom; Writer: Jennifer Siebel Newsom; Stars: Margaret Cho, Lisa Ling, Gavin Newsom)
Uncovers how American mainstream media’s limited and disparaging portrayals of women contribute to the under-representation of women in power positions – creating another generation of women defined by youth, beauty and sexuality, and not by their capacity as leaders.
We Were Here and Page One: Inside The New York Times
Page One: Inside The New York Times
(Country: United States; Year: 2010; Director: Andrew Rossi)
A documentary about the famous US newspaper and the crisis facing modern journalism.
The Redemption Of General Butt Naked
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Daniele Anastasion, Eric Strauss), Official Site
A brutal warlord who murdered thousands during Liberia's horrific 14-year civil war renounces his violent past and reinvents himself as an Evangelist, facing those he once terrorised.
Resurrect Dead: The Mystery Of The Toynbee Tiles
(Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Jon Foy)
An urban mystery unfurls as one man pieces together the surreal meaning of hundreds of cryptic tiled messages that have been appearing in city streets across the US and South America.
Sing Your Song
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Susanne Rostock; Writer: Susanne Rostock; Stars: Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Marge Champion, Fran Scott Attaway, Julian Bond, George Schlatter, Adrienne Belafonte-Biesmeyer, Diahann Carroll, Mike Merrick, Julie Robinson, Coretta Scott King, Merv Griffin, Odetta, Gloria Lynne, Robert De Cormier)
Documentary charting the career of Harry Belafonte - singer, actor and political activist.
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Morgan Neville; Stars: Carole King, Bonnie Raitt)
A documentary about the singer/songwriter boom in late Sixties Los Angeles.
Buck and Beats, Rhymes And Life
We Were Here
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: David Weissman; Stars: Ed Wolf, Daniel Goldstein, Guy Clark, Eileen Glutzer, Bobbi Campbell, Mervyn Silverman, Jerry Falwell, Cleve Jones, Paul Boneberg, Tom Brokaw)
A documentary charting the experiences of people caught up in the first major outbreak of AIDS in San Francisco.