These films will compete for Best Documentary Feature, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing.
A Suitable Girl and The Reagan Show
(Country: Denmark, Israel, US; Year: 2016; Director: Elvira Lind)
Documentary follows American dancer Bobbi Jene Smith as she returns to the US, leaving behind a loving boyfriend and a successful 10-year run as a star dancer of the famous Israeli dance company Batsheva.
(Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Camilla Hall)
The story of We Copwatch, an organization that films police activity as a non-violent form of protest and deterrent to police brutality.
The Death And Life Of Marsha P Johnson
(Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: David France; Writer: David France, Mark Blane; Stars: Victoria Cruz, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Taylor Mead, Michael Baden, Vito Russo, Agosto Machado, Kitty Rotolo, Mark Segal, Pat Bumgardner, Chelsea Goodwin, Karla Jay, Randolfe Wicker, Rusty Mae Moore, Coco Rodriguez)
Documentary, follows a new investigation into the mysterious death of self-described “street queen” Marsha P Johnson, one of the courageous black transgender activists who spearheaded the modern gay civil rights movement.
(Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Lana Wilson)
Profile of Ittetsu Nemoto, a Buddhist priest renowned for saving the lives of countless suicidal people. But Nemoto, suffering from heart disease and supporting his wife and young son, risks his life carrying the heavy emotional load to support those who no longer want to live.
No Man's Land
(Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: David Byars)
An on-the-ground account of the stand-off between ranchers occupying Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and federal authorities.
Copwatch and The Departure
The Reagan Show
(Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Pacho Velez, Sierra Pettengil; Writer: Josh Alexander, Pacho Velez, Francisco Bello; Stars: Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, George Bush)
A documentary constructed entirely from clips of archive footage, exploring Ronald Reagan's media persona.
A River Below
(Country: Colombia, US; Year: 2017; Director: Mark Grieco)
Deep in the Amazon, a renowned marine biologist and a reality TV star are each working to save the indigenous pink river dolphin from being hunted to extinction. When a scandal erupts, ethical questions are raised.
World premiere. Earth Day screening
(Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Drew Xanthopoulos)
Meet the Sensitives, people who are debilitatingly sensitive to modern life — electricity, chemicals, you name it. Their symptoms and coping mechanisms might vary, but they all face the unusual and heartbreaking choice of either living in dangerous and uncertain conditions with their loved ones, or in physical and technological isolation.
(Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Oren Jacoby)
In the early 1980s, Richard Hambleton was New York City’s precursor to Banksy, a rogue street artist whose silhouette paintings haunted the sides of Manhattan buildings. Like so many other geniuses of his time, he fell victim to drug addiction, even as his work continued to rise in both demand and value. Shadowman doubles as both a time capsule of a forgotten New York City era, and a redemption story.
A Suitable Girl
(Country: US, India; Year: 2017; Director: Sarita Khurana, Smriti Mundhra)
Three young women go through the process of arranged marriage.
A River Below and Shadowman
(Year: 2017; Director: Jamie Meltzer; Writer: Jamie Meltzer, Jeff Gilbert)
There’s a new detective agency in Dallas, Texas, started by three exonerated men, with decades in prison served between them, who look to free innocent people from behind bars.
When God Sleeps
(Country: US, Germany; Year: 2017; Director: Till Schauder)
The story of rapper Shahin Najafi, whose bold style and transgressive lyrics put him in the crosshairs of religious clerics in his native Iran.