These 12 non-fiction entries compete for Best Documentary Film and Best New Documentary Filmmaker. This year, 12 narrative and 12 documentary features will compete for combined unrestricted cash prizes amounting to $100,000, including prizes totaling $50,000 from American Express for the Best New Narrative and Documentary Filmmakers.
The Arbor and Into Eternity
(Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Alex Mar), Official Site
The stories of three young Americans exploring alternative religion: a Wiccan in California mining country, a New Ager in upstate New York, and a Native American father and sundancer in South Dakota, all yearning for fulfilling spirituality in disparate but often strikingly similar ways.
(Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Clio Barnard; Stars: Manjinder Virk, Christine Bottomley, Monica Dolan, Neil Dudgeon, Danny Webb, Jimi Mistry, George Costigan, Natalie Gavin)
Avant-garde documentary exploring the life and legacy of Rita, Sue And Bob Too! playwright Andrea Dunbar.
(Country: Israel, Palestine, US; Year: 2009; Director: Julia Bacha; Writer: Julia Bacha)
Documentary charting a pacifist protest against Israeli incursion.
North American Premiere
Earth Made Of Glass
(Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Deborah Scranton; Stars: Paul Kagame, Rose Kabuye, Serge Sagahutu, Jean Pierre Sagahutu)
Weaves interviews with President Kagame of Rwanda and Jean-Pierre Sagahutu, a survivor of the horrific 1994 genocide. The president and a citizen - bound together by a profound love of country and an unquenchable desire to see the truth revealed - fight to expose the truth behind a murder and France's hidden role in the Rwandan genocide.
(Year: 2009; Director: Thorkell Hardarsson, O?rn Marino Arnarson)
Behind drugs, people, and weapons, falcon smuggling has become the world’s most mysterious and profitable illegal trade. Held in highest esteem by the wealthy elite throughout the Persian Gulf, the sporting birds have earned the label “feathered cocaine” as thieves race to ransack them from all parts of the world. This documentary unspools the surprising links between the falcon trade and royal dynasties, the CIA and KGB, the oil industry, and Al Qaeda.
Freetime Machos and The Two Escobars
(Country: Finland/Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Mika Ronkainen; Writer: Mika Ronkainen; Stars: Matti Keränen, Mikko Koljonen, Roger Holden, Tuomo Jaakkonen, Jarmo Stoor, Ana Vidal), Official Site
A season of piss poor rugby in Finland and what the players think about sex.
North American and TFF Virtual Premiere
Into Eternity (Into Eternity: A Film For The Future)
(Country: Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Italy; Year: 2010; Director: Michael Madsen; Writer: Michael Madsen, Jesper Bergmann; Stars: Timo Äikäs, Carl Reinhold Bråkenhjelm, Mikael Jensen, Berit Lundqvist, Wendla Paile, Esko Roukola, Sami Savonrinne, Timo Seppälä, Juhani Vira, Peter Wikberg), Official Site
A documentary asking what we can do with nuclear waste that will remain dangerous for a hundred thousand years.
Monica & David
(Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Alexandra Codina), Official Site
Monica and David are in love. Truly, blissfully in love. They also happen to have Down syndrome. Alexandra Codina’s affectionate and heartwarming documentary is an intimate, year-in-the-life portrait of two child-like spirits with adult desires. Supported (and, for more than 30 years, sheltered) by endlessly devoted mothers, Monica and David prepare for their fairy tale wedding and face the realities of married life afterward.
North American Premiere
Sons Of Perdition
(Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Tyler Measom, Jennilyn Merten), Official Site
In the polygamist community cultivated by the notorious (and now incarcerated) “prophet” Warren Jeffs, women are a commodity, children are reared to be ignorant, and free thought is surrendered. For a group of teenage boys, the desire for autonomy means banishment from their homes and families. This fascinating documentary explores the heartbreaking losses and hopeful determination of these exiles as they struggle to make new lives in mainstream America.
Thieves By Law (Ganavim ba Hok)
(Country: Israel, Germany, Spain; Year: 2010; Director: Alexander Gentelev)
A front-row invitation into the living rooms and offices of some of the most controversial and elite head honchos in the Russian mafia.
American Mystic and Budrus
The Two Escobars
(Country: Colombia, US; Year: 2010; Director: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist; Writer: Michael Zimbalist)
Tracking the rise of 'narco-soccer' through the lives and deaths of footballer Andrés Escobar and, unrelated, drug lord Pablo Escobar.
(Country: US, China, Italy; Year: 2010; Director: C Scott Willis), Official Site
The Woodmans are a family united in their belief that art-making is the highest form of expression and an essential way of life, but it’s only photographer daughter Francesca who achieves worldwide acclaim- after a tragedy that would forever scar the family.