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Available on 10/9/2020 7pm

The Twelve Thousand

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Human Rights & Dignity
The true story of a child lured from Nepal and sold in India. She's not the only one.

Invitation to the Dance

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Invitation to the Dance introduces Lena Forster and her adult special needs ballet class. Filmmaker Sarah Shoemaker follows five students through a year of dance and life, offering viewers the opportunity to glimpse a perspective frequently overlooked, to listen to voices frequently unheard, and to witness the experiences of those who are impacted by the dancers. The film seeks to explore questions about life, community, and our ability to appreciate both the gifts and the limits of each of us.

Gitonga

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
On the face of it, GITONGA is a film about a Kenyan father who rediscovers his love for hiking and sets out to follow his dream of becoming the first black Kenyan to climb Mount Everest. At its heart, this is the beautiful and emotional story of an extraordinary man who explores what it means to be a hiker, a father, and a human being. A man on a mission to inspire his son, his nation and the world to follow their dreams and do what ‘makes their heart dance’. CRITIC REVIEWS "A life enhancing documentary and a study in quiet indomitability. Beautifully shot, it is a story of warmth, generosity and an undaunted human spirit.” - Neil Norman, Independent (UK) "A great film full of optimism that superbly captures Gitonga's enthusiastic spirit. This film needs to be seen.” - Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail (UK) "Every second of the film oozes inspiration and pride - of a father to a son, and a whole generation of courageous Kenyans." - Kenyan Film Commission (Kenya) “A heartwarming tale that reads like a novel. The first of its kind." - Daily Nation (Kenya) “Wow! Who knew a documentary could be so captivating, empowering and emotional! Just brilliant.” - Anne Wafula Strike (MBE, Paralympian athlete) WHY IS THE FILM SPECIAL? 1) It’s an inspiring African story told from an authentic and powerful AFRICAN perspective. Too many films / stories about Africans pander to negative Western stereotypes of Africa, falling into the trap of telling a ‘single story’ – something which writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warns so powerfully against. This story – Gitonga’s story – does not do that. Narrated by Gitonga himself, the film gives this extraordinary man a platform to tell his own story in every sense of the word. 2) This is an opportunity for YOUR amazing festival to give this inspirational black African voice a chance to be heard on the global stage. Gitonga is a unique voice with universal message that transcends race, gender, religion and nationality; a message that the world needs in this time of deep division and polarisation. 3) It’s a film with a purpose. GITONGA is not just a story. It’s a partnership of two friends - Gitonga and director Joe Bunyan - on a mission to inspire Kenyans and people around the world to follow their passions and dreams. 4) It has inspired and touched millions of people around the world already. The film premiered to 1.4 million Kenyans on TV (3 national channels showed it all at the same time) and has been watched by 5,000 people online. The feedback from people around the world has been incredible (Please see our website for quotes). 5) It’s a not-for-profit film whereby any money generated goes towards Gitonga’s Everest bid as well as environmental and educational causes.

THIS WAS MY SON

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Human Rights & Dignity
Mamie Till recounts the heart rending part she played in identifying the body of her only son, Emmett Till, after he had been lynched for whistling at a white woman in Money, Mississippi in 1955. She speaks to the thought process behind the choices she made that helped ignite and then fuel the Civil Rights movement in America. Mamie would go on to spend the rest of her life championing the cause and continuing to tell her cautionary tale of the effects of racial hatred and bigotry.

A CONVERSATION WITH AMERICA

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Road Movie, Political Documentary
A documentary exploring the rise of Populism during the US Election in 2016. Combining the the contrasting genres of road movie and political documentary, "A Conversation With America" is a young artists attempt to understand modern America. With 8000 miles travelled through the US over three months, the film explores the rise of Trump from the very places so many journalists were absent. Through the adventure, a picture of a different America emerges, a portrait composed of the voices of people in motels, factories, homeless shelters, small businesses, opium dens, and the streets. Experiencing first hand the major events of the US election - housing crisis in New York, the disappearing industries of the Rust Belt, the grief of Black Lives Matter in Charlotte, the rage of Hurricane Matthew in Myrtle Beach, The Wall in EL Paso, the mining communities of Colorado or riots in Oakland - "A Conversation With America" presents the rise of Trump in a way that it has never been seen before. Shot on a shoe-string budget and with filming, editing, music and narration created by the director - “A Conversation With America” is an epic love letter to the US - from an outsider, passing through. Director Biography - Jim Kroft

LOST LIVES

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
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Lost Lives is a cinematic film inspired by the book of the same name that, uniquely, records the circumstances of every single death in a conflict – the Northern Irish ‘Troubles.’ There are over 3700 entries in the book. Over 3700 lost lives. The film is a reminder of what happens when we settle difference through violence. A reminder that war is hell.

Stallion

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Reece; a closeted college football captain, struggles with the toxic behaviors of his teammates, and those behaviors bleeding into his relationship with his partner and fellow teammate, Beau.

Shelter

Day 745 of the nationwide quarantine continues.

Love is not Love

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Early December, New York City, and everyone is on the hunt for love. Why? Because they haven’t found it and because they haven’t found it, they make it into a myth and chase the myth instead. That is not love in this romantic drama of fantasy, fate, and yearning.

An Angel Whispers

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Drama
Ben Jacobs, a cynical and emotionally distraught reporter, heads to a small town in the American South, seeking to uncover the real story of a so-called miracle. Rumor has it, that during a hurricane over a decade ago, the people of this small town witnessed something that can only be described as a supernatural event. Ben finds townspeople eager to impart their story and the mysterious truth that changed their town, and their lives, forevermore. Despite the vigor with which they share their story, the question remains, will Ben believe? In order to do so, he'll be forced to reluctantly accept his profound role in a story that's only just begun.

Defenseless

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
After years of being the victim of domestic violence, Dolores gathers the courage to conquer her fears.

In My Mind

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Emma experiences her relationship in retrospect from a moment of betrayal, questioning how she perceives her position in the world.

Compassion

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
A short anthology film that tells three distinct stories of Knowledge, Empathy, and Action, to expand what it means to be compassionate

Nobody Knows My Sorrow

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
"The quest for truth can be freeing, it's not easy and often times painful. However, reconciliation, healing and ultimately perhaps a sense of forgiveness can emerge for people who have been wounded at one level or another by a traumatic event."

Gaza, one football, one leg

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
sport, politic, handicap, social, human rights, conflict, Football, Gaza, Palestine, Israel
2019 in Martigues, France, the French national amputees football team played against their counterparts from the Gaza Strip. Patrice Forget gives us an uncompromising documentary on the brutality of which Gazans are victims. With respect and empathy, the film focusses on the courage of these young men despite their handicap and their disastrous living conditions in the Gaza Strip.

The Traffic Stop

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Short
Deputy Davis thought he was initiating a routine traffic stop, but the erratic driver Chris Stevens had something else in mind, staying alive! Dealing with anxiety, Chris becomes unresponsive causing the weary Deputy to escalate the situation.

Breaking the Silence

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Francesca, tormented by her past for nearly forty years, finally breaks the silence to tell the truth about her past.

Down in the Dark

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
horror, comedy
A group of teens enter an abandoned hospital on Halloween night to see firsthand if the legends of monsters lurking in the shadows are true.

Choose your fight

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Documentary, Short, Television, Web / New Media
Choose your fight is a pedagogical content which allows the viewer to get a better understanding of the social problems created by the fashion industry and help us to realise how each of us can have a positive impact. Through my own introspection, I invite my generation to question their consumption mode.

EMMA

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Short, Student
True story . It took place in one of the Lebanese regions. Carries a humanitarian message against abortion

Let The People Decide

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
This film traces the history of the struggle over voting rights from 1960 through the present day. Over those nearly 60 years this film connects the dots in a way meant to show that the conflicts over voting that are raging now did not burst forth from a vacuum, but are a part of a perpetual struggle centered around race, power and politics. The film is in 3 acts: Act 1 takes place in Mississippi from 1961-1964. In this instance, Mississippi is a proxy for the entire southern struggle for voting rights. We follow Bob Moses and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) as they try to encourage impoverished and illiterate share croppers to register to vote under threat of both economic and violent retaliation. Act 2 focuses on the era after the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This is the political era when the "Southern Strategy" was hatched and the former "Solid South" of the Democratic Party, flipped to the Republican party. We trace this political movement from George Wallace and Barry Goldwater to Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Act 3 brings us to the present day. Much the way Act 1 used Mississippi as a proxy for the south in the early 1960's, Act 3 uses North Carolina as a proxy for the rest of the United States with regard to the struggle over the political fallout of the US Supreme Court decision "Shelby v. Holder". This ruling in 2013 severely weakened the Voting Rights Act, and many states rushed to enact new voting measures that they claimed were meant to protect the "integrity" of the ballot box. Civil Rights groups challenged these laws as racially discriminatory and designed to prevent minorities and the poor from voting. We follow Rev. Dr. William Barber II of the North Carolina NAACP as the Moral Monday movement that he leads challenges these laws in the streets and the courts. This film is non-partisan in nature and works to represent all sides of the issue, and the arguments over voting is itself the crux of the story. Today, both sides of the debate will state that voting is sacred heart of a democracy, yet they both feel that elections are inherently "unfair". "Let The People Decide" relies of first person accounts from the civil rights movement from more than 50 years ago as well as on the ground civil disobedience conflicts from today's struggles. With more than 40 interviews to date, the film has input from several generations of historians, authors, activists, politicians, professors and entertainers who help paint a picture of the conflict that spans those generations in eerily similar tones.

Give it back!

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Short, Student
Olivia just moved to Israel from New York. Throughout her first day of school in the 6th grade she tries to survive, navigating through the new country she just landed in, her new school and new peers, unsure where she will end up at the end of the day.

Electric Jesus

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Musical, Comedy, Rock & Roll
It's the summer of 1986. Erik (Andrew Eakle) is the shy, quiet type—but far more passionate than most teenagers when it comes to God and rock-n-roll. His dream comes true when he is asked to run sound for his favorite band, 316—a Christian hair metal band made up of older kids from his church. After a blistering performance at a church camp talent show, 316 is introduced to a flashy Christian Rock promoter with a plan. Glad-handing, Lord-loving Skip Wick (Brian Baumgartner) wants to take the band on the road—promising the boys a jam-packed summer of paid Christian rock gigs and a shot at making a real record in Nashville. But most importantly, Skip’s offer represents the ultimate chance to “make Jesus famous.” Complications arise when a woebegone pastor’s (Judd Nelson) daughter, 16 year-old Sarah (Shannon Hutchinson), stows herself away in the band's RV after a church performance in Alabama. Once discovered, Skip must keep recalcitrant Sarah along for the next couple of weeks on the road—which turns out to be plenty of time for the talented girl to emerge as the band’s muse, head-turning opening act, and Erik’s first love. ELECTRIC JESUS is a wistful coming-of-age music-comedy reminiscent of THE COMMITMENTS, THAT THING YOU DO, and SING STREET—a rock-and-roll movie about a band that never quite makes it. While the screen band’s music is a weird mash-up of 80’s hair metal and Sunday school, ELECTRIC JESUS wears its heart on its sleeve, ala THE BREAKFAST CLUB, LADY BIRD, and ALMOST FAMOUS.

A Song for Falling Memories

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
John Westmoreland is a musician who performs in a Chapel Hill retirement community that caters to patients suffering from memory deterioration. John uses the power of music to connect with these patients and to bring peace and relief to the community members.

Her Place

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Human Rights and Dignity, Women Rights, Mix video and animation, Slam Poetry
Vanessa tells us to our face what her place in this world is.

LEFT BEHIND

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
From Raleigh to Appalachia, North Carolinians are living with curable cancers, heart disease and other conditions. However, they can't afford to get treatment, because North Carolina didn't expand Medicaid. Left Behind goes deep into North Carolina to explore the economic and social cost of the thousands who are "left behind' by North Carolina's healthcare laws.

Medulla

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
psychological thriller, drama
The conscience of a married therapist is put under pressure by the thrilling confession of a seductive female client. Will he keep his distance or does he fall for her temptation?

THE LAST DROP

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Short
1937, behind the walls of the Leningrad NKVD (The People’s Commisariat of Internal Affairs). One of the interrogated victims can no longer take the pain and signs the confession. Meanwhile a young lady Maria Batalova is writing poems. Such a fragile lady turned out to be very strong. She is able to take a lot of physical pain and mental humiliation, but the last drop has become disappointment. Disappointment in the one who till that day has been giving her strength to live and persevere regardless of what is happening…

Appalachian Trail Odyssey, with "Bulldog Hansen," Episode 1, Georgia

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Each year over 3,000 people attempt to hike the 2,174 mile Appalachian Trail. Fewer than 15% complete their journey. Mike Hanson, blind since birth, took on the challenge. His Trail-Name was "Bulldog."

LONG ROADS

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
In search of a cure for his fatal illness Mickey takes a cross country road trip with his best friend Natalie in hopes of gaining a medical miracle from an old Cherokee medicine man.

Staccato

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
After confessing his love, Andrew fights to keep his relationship with his best friend, William who, himself, struggles to accept his own emotions.

Vietnam, a cry from within

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Shot secretly, this film gives voice to dozens of famous or anonymous Vietnamese who asked to express their sadness, their revolt, their dismay at a single party regime under strong Chinese influence. They all denounce the leaders who do not tolerate any opposition and trample on the very values which brought them to power. Police violence, corruption, intimidation and fear affect all social strata and seem to mark the limits of this regime of another age.

Hallelujah

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Short, Student
While training for a marathon, a woman attempts to heal a mysterious injury while also struggling to save her relationship with her fiancé.

HONEY BEE

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
NATALIE follows the journey of quick-witted Natalie “Honey Bee” Sorensen, an underage truck stop prostitute trapped in a human trafficking ring and controlled by her pimp-boyfriend until she is transplanted into foster care in remote Northern Ontario and forced to confront her identity.

A Message From Your Father

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Through a chance encounter with a medium, a son finds out that his deceased father, who he didn't have a relationship with, is trying to send him a message.

Don't Forget Them

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
A doctor travels to the refugee camps near Duhok, Kurdistan in order to help with the medical need there.

Last Memory

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
human rights, refugees
By the time refugees and migrants step onto a boat, many will have been tortured, raped, held for ransom, and seen people die around them. These refugees risk everything to make the treacherous journey as their lives they leave back home pose a greater threat than the sea. The Last Memory is a poetic homage to the death of a young Yemeni champion, who tragically lost his life at sea, whilst seeking refuge from the ongoing war in Yemen. Losing a close friend will affect us in many different ways and how we express our grief, sorrow and pain will take many forms. Lose to refugees, who have already lost so much, can be even more harrowing. The film's underlying concept is to raise awareness about the reality of why refugees go to such extremes for survival and why they risk their lives on these very dangerous trips, just for a slim chance of escaping the dangers in their home country. Through this film I want people to understand that these tragic and countless deaths continue to happen every single day despite the efforts of organizations such as the UNHCR. Based on a true story, filmed and produced in South Korea. Written and directed by Neil P. George. The Korean version is narrated by Jung Woo Sung (https://filmfreeway.com/projects/1865216). Produced in association with the UNHCR.

Gabriel

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Gabriel is a middle-aged man who lives with his son. His wife has been lost for some time. All the people are suspicious about her. One day news comes to him and he has to choose one: expediency or conscience?!

Mermaid

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
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Milad (Boy's name) abandons home and school to preserve her identity and having nowhere to go, she lives in ruins. Three rapist classmates who are tired of her absence, chase after her in secret and find her in a feminine appearance

Midnight Movie: Magnum Opus

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
horror thriller
In his quest for the perfect sculpture, aiming to reproduce the human body and especially the flesh, Slim, a sculptor, will go as far as kill to create the perfect exposure, the perfect mix between pulp and clay.

OFF THE RECORD

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Short
Small town girl Linda Harper, a 30-year-old successful news reporter. She is beautiful, determined, and zealous. No story eludes from her. Currently living out her dream life in charlotte, NC, but behind all her accomplishments and popularity she struggles to bring peace and resolution of her past. One story will challenge her to face and overcome her fears.