Tribeca Festival 2020

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Call Your Mother (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady)
Comedians’ mothers take centre stage.
World premiere
Citizen Penn (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Don Hardy; Writer: Don Hardy; Stars: Sean Penn)
On January 12, 2010 a devastating 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti altering the landscape and lives of millions. Aid workers from around the globe descended on the island, along with one unlikely leader – actor and filmmaker Sean Penn.
World premiere
Disclosure: Trans Lives On Screen (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Sam Feder; Stars: Laverne Cox, Mj Rodriguez, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, Chaz Bono, Jamie Clayton)
An investigation of how Hollywood's fabled stories have deeply influenced how Americans feel about transgender people, and how transgender people have been taught to feel about themselves.
New York premiere
Don’t Try To Understand: A Year In The Life Of Earl "DMX" Simmons (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Christopher Frierson; Stars: DMX)
Hip-hop icon DMX returns from a recent stint in prison determined to reignite his career, but his comeback proves ill-fated when faced with the mounting pressures of fatherhood, faith and addiction.
World premiere
Freedia Got A Gun (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Chris McKim; Stars: Big Freedia)
After losing her brother to gun violence, New Orleans’ queen of bounce Big Freedia uses her national platform to shine a spotlight on gun reform.
World premiere
Fries! The Movie (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Michael Steed, Gillian Brown; Stars: Chrissy Teigen)
A global culinary journey to examine the lasting appeal of the world's favourite fried food.
World premiere
The Go-Go's (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Alison Ellwood; Stars: Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine, Jane Wiedlin)
As the first all-female band to play their instruments, write their songs and have a No. 1 album, The Go-Go's made history. Underpinned by candid testimonies, this film chronicles the meteoric rise to fame of a band born in the LA punk scene who became a pop phenomenon.
New York premiere
John Lewis: Good Trouble (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Dawn Porter)
Documentary examines Lewis’ current work and activism, and takes a look back at a lifetime of campaigning for political and social change.
World premiere
Kiss The Ground (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell; Writer: Johnny O'Hara; Stars: Patricia Arquette, Woody Harrelson, Ian Somerhalder, Gisele Bündchen, Tom Brady, Patricia Arquette, Woody Harrelson, Ian Somerhalder, Gisele Bündchen, Tom Brady)
A revolutionary group of activists, scientists, farmers, and politicians band together in a global movement of “Regenerative Agriculture” that could balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world.
World premiere
The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Yoruba Richen)
While the country was embroiled in a divisive election with racial tensions flaring, civil rights activist Harry Belafonte guest hosted The Tonight Show for one week in 1968 transforming it into a multicultural political experience.
World premiere
Truth To Power: Barbara Lee Speaks For Me (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Abby Ginzberg; Stars: Barbara Lee, Boots Riley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cory Booker, Alice Walker, Van Jones, John Lewis, Chinaka Hodge)
The Grammy-winning lead singer of System of a Down, Serj Tankian helps to awaken a political revolution on the other side of the world, inspiring Armenia's struggle for democracy through his music and message.
World premiere
Underplayed (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Stacey Lee)
Music documentary portrays radical female artists breaking the rhythm of inequality in the electronic music industry and opening doors for the next generation.
World premiere
With Drawn Arms (Year: 2020; Director: Glenn Kaino, Afshin Shahidi)
At the 1968 Olympics, gold medalist Tommie Smith iconically raised his fist in a symbol of black struggle and solidarity. With Drawn Arms follows Smith as he looks back 50 years to the moment that helped define a movement and changed the course of his life forever.
World premiere

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