Thursday, November 7 in the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre at 12 Noon:
A block of shorts:
The Chains on Edward Bailey. Documentary. Directed by Alex Anderson. Edward Bailey, a former inmate, shares his experiences inside the prison system, revealing how the cycle of incarceration truly never ends. 10 minutes.
The Marsden Motion. Written and directed by Bryan Bostic. Trayvon Jackson( Brian Brown) is an Los Angeles street gang member who is locked up for a crime he says he didn't commit. Trayvon gets stuck with a jaded public defender(Wes Tolman) that is not properly defending him. He is then guided to believe that a Marsden motion is the key to solving his problems. Ultimately giving him a fair chance to prove his innocence. 13 minutes.
Moving Forward. A documentary about a theatre group for the formerly incarcerated. 20 minutes.
Dear Life. 18 minutes.
1:15-2:30 p.m. Public Forum #1- Hey God, Remember Me? The call on Earth from the Incarcerated. Religion and Its Impact on the Incarcerated.
Sharkwater Extinction. Documentary. Discovering that sharks are being hunted to extinction, and with them the destruction of our life support system - activist and filmmaker Rob Stewart embarks on a dangerous quest to stop the slaughter. Following the sharks - and the money - into the elusive pirate fishing industry, Stewart uncovers a multi-billion dollar scandal that makes us all accomplices in the greatest wildlife massacre ever known. 87 minutes.
Homeless Ashes. Drama. Directed by Marc Zammit. Frankie, a young boy, stands up to his fear and runs from home ending up homeless with no choice but trying to survive life on the streets. Starring Hector Bateman-Harden and Jason Flemyng.117 minutes.
Opening Night Reception
Chaplin Screening Room
A specially selected feature-length of exceptional merit and topical relevance. We’re excited about it and will do a special announcement about it shortly.
Friday, November 8 in the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre
A block of shorts:
Before Darkness. From Iran. The story of an Afghan woman with a little baby and a group of human smugglers who attempt to cross the Iranian border towards Europe, but since she does not have enough money to pay the fare for herself and her child, she is forced to hide her baby in a bag. 15 minutes.
In Colors. Directed by Stephanie Willis. Lauris, a Latina immigrant adjusting to life in an Arizona border town, finds her values tested when Julieta, a young, undocumented immigrant on the run, seeks shelter on her property. Starring Marilyn Sanabria and Zamara Jimenez. 15 minutes.
Waiting Under One Roof. From Switzerland. Cameraman Ibrahim Yaghi spent his first two months as an asylum seeker in the Asylum Center Juch in Zurich, Switzerland, where he captured everyday life with his camera. His narrative voice leads us through the film that let's inhabitants and caregivers speak, and gives a subjective insight into his stay as well as the everyday life of the center. 32 minutes.
Pixan, the Ghost of Gongora. Directed by Rafael Flores. An experimental Poetic Essay honoring Luis Góngora Pat, a homeless undocumented Mayan immigrant who was murdered by the San Francisco Police Department on April 7, 2016. 5 minutes.
The Creepy Line. Documentary. Directed by M.A. Taylor. Reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle - hence powerful - manner in which they do it. 81 minutes.
Without Any Reason. Documentary. The lives of 400 workers are impacted when their Coca Cola plant closes suddenly, not notifying the employees until the day of shut down. 11 minutes.
The Mystery of a Buryat Lama. Documentary. From Russia. Directed by Elena Demidova, tells the story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person. 94 minutes.
Finish Line. Directed by Saeed Mayahy. From Iran. Story of a woman athlete from Iran who is trying to get back in fields from her accident and also faces deprivation because she does not agree to compete with common Iranian cloth in international events and she must confronts its aftermath.13 minutes.
A block of shorts:
Plenty to Say: The Radical Murals of Mary Perry Stone. Documentary. Directed by Ramie Streng. Why show a protest artist's 1990s radical murals? Are they still relevant today? Mary Perry Stone, a former WPA sculptor, didn't drink, smoke or lead a wild life. Her passion was being a social protest artist; it remained so throughout her life. When she was in her eighties and early nineties, Mary painted many murals depicting what she deemed the horrors of Capitalism. Her art was her own, expressive and powerful. 10 minutes.
A Mother’s Cry. Documentary. Mothers of slain children in the inner city speak. How are they coping? 18 minutes.
Deadwater. Crime/Drama. Directed by Hossein Rabiel Dastjerdi. From Iran. A taxi driver stalks two teenagers in love during their afternoon in a remote cabin by the marsh. 14 minutes.
Hotel Everest. Documentary. Directed by Claudia Sobral. In Israel and Palestine, the road to peace is a steep climb. For three activists, one Israeli, one Palestinian and one American, the challenges seem insurmountable. And yet they try to see and understand the humanity in "the other" and forge connections that promote empathy, understanding and, in their wildest hopes, peace. Hotel Everest is their story. 39 minutes.
The Curious Scroll. Documentary. How to not hate the hater? A curious painter in Santa Cruz, California gets strangers to make art on a scroll, creating room for conversations across political differences. The art, stories, and thoughts that emerge are personal, direct, and sometimes profound. 18 minutes.
Reception/Public Forum #2
When I’m 64: New opportunities for older women in entertainment.
In the Mary Pickford Theatre
5:00- 6:45 p.m. A youth program:
The Fishnet and Fish. Drama. Directed by Ali Nikfar. From Iran. It’s about all little fishes in the world. 9 minutes.
Cleats. Adventure. From Turkey. Ilyas and Ahmet are two close friends. Emir, a Syrian refugee, completes the gang. Ilyas wants to make the tryouts for a local football team and saves money to buy new cleats, but after seeing his father pay the debts of Emir’s family at the grocery store, Ilyas gives his new cleats as a gift to Emir. On the morning of the tryouts, one of Ilyas’ temporary cleats given to him by the shoemaker drops into the river. As Ilyas and Ahmet debate about jumping in after it, Emir surprises them with what he does. 11 minutes.
Kurupted. Drama. Directed by David Mahmoudieh. A school shooting is explored from the point of view of five people. Starring Arnie Pantoja and Aliyah Moulden. 15 minutes.
Reward Offered. Documentary.Brenda Grisham, a mother from deep East Oakland, has lost her son in a drive-by shooting.8 minutes.
Fix My Kix. Documentary. About young sneaker entrepreneur, James Green, who is steadily working his way out of East Oakland with his innovative company "Fix My Kix", a youth business started in the Youth Impact Hub Entrepreneurial Program at United Roots in Oakland, California. 7 minutes.
System Failure. Drama. Directed by Robert Munic. A 17 year old high school student tries to hide his illiteracy from the girl he loves. Starring Ezekiel Almonte and Noel DiBrell. 10 minutes.
Dark Chocolate. Drama. Directed by Zelie Dember-Slack. A teen becomes suicidal after constant bullying by his peers. In an age where being the target of ridicule and bullying seems to be growing, what options does a victim have? Why is this such an epidemic among teens in our society? This dramatic short spotlights a day in the life of a teenage boy pushed too far, and what could’ve happened if someone spoke out. Starring Joshua Johnson-Lionel and Grae Carter. 11 minutes.
Coffin Decollette. Drama From Egypt. A little girl notices wedding preparations in her home. She is shocked because she did not expect to be the bride. This film highlights the suffering of an impoverished middle-class Egyptian girl who is deprived of her right to complete her education and her innocent childhood. 5 minutes.
O2. Reading of the screenplay by Dorothee Kocks, winner of last yesr’s Festival screenplay competition. A postapocalyptic Tv pilot script dealing with climate change crisis. In this future world, the oldest residents (who live to 150) are separated from the younger generations by statute.
Open mic for spoken word artists, poets, songwriters, etc, hosted by Calvin Winbush III.
Saturday, November 9 in the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre
12 Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Public Forum #3
Race- Ownership of Racial Identity and Its Global Impact. What is it? A social concept or a genetic and biological reality?
The Education of a Negro. Drama. Directed by Ryan Culver. Kenny has a good life with his girlfriend J.J. in the Twin Cities, until his brother Kirk is killed by a cop under suspicious circumstances. 14 months later the cop is acquitted. Disappointed, Kenny tries to move on, but a chance revelation about the trial pushes him into a world he knows nothing about, with tragic consequences. Starring Kendrix Lamaz Brown, Alisa Murray, Isaiah Locust. 117 minutes.
A block of shorts:
The German King. Drama. Directed by and starring Adetokumboh McCormack. Set in 1914 at the start of World War I, The German King is the unbelievable true story of Rudolf Manga; a German raised African prince who becomes king after his father’s death. Upon returning home to Cameroon, he sees his people being subjugated and enslaved under Kaiser Wilhelmʼs II oppressive colonial rule. He realizes the only way to put an end to his peopleʼs suffering, is to lead a rebellion against the man he once considered his brother. Also starring Raphael Corkhill. 20 minutes.
Fort Still. Doumentary. Persons Of Color and religious communities come together to protest against injustice. 5 minutes,
15 Minutes. Comedy. Directed by Rocky Collins. Samantha Hamilton, a gorgeous African American emerging filmmaker, is looking for love at this speed dating event because she paid her money and can't get it back. Colin Rudd, a handsome African American investment banker at Goldman Sachs, is ready to find a connection so he can roll up on high profile "camera op" events and perhaps up his profile. 17 minutes.
Shattered Lenses. Drama. Directed by Nia Malika Dixon. A college freshman, caught at intersections of her identity, attempts to maintain some peace after a religiously and racially charged fight breaks out on campus between different student groups, including her own Muslim Student Association. Starring Isabel Hainer and Grant Alexander Hall. 17 minutes.
Prejudice to Acceptance. A Black woman and a white woman have a “no holds barred” conversation about misconceptions and race relations to come from a place of prejudice to acceptance.
Amarukafo Adebisa:African American Ancestral Divination. Documentary. Examines Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African) people in America, Amarukafo, African-American male and female diviners, healers and healeresses in the restoration and reintroduction of those systems of oracular divination retained in our Ancestral blood-circles in North america over the past 300 years. 137 minutes.
In the Mary Pickford Theatre
Public Forum #4:
I’m Mixed-ish. My Race, My Choice!! Right?
Living in the Future’s Past. Documentary. Directed by Susan Kucera. Narrated by Jeff Bridges. What kind of future to we want to live in? Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed 4K tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the life challenges we face. This film upends our way of thinking and provides original insights into our subconscious motivations, the unintended consequences, and how our fundamental nature influences our future as mankind. 84 minutes.
Plume: The L.A. Exide Contamination. Documentary. For over 30 years Exide Technologies in the City of Vernon illegally incinerated car batteries releasing lead, arsenic, cadmium, butadiene and other harmful cancer causing toxins into the communities of Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, Huntington Park, Bell, and the City of Commerce leaving a trail of victims through-out these communities.16 minutes.
Hare Krishna! The mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All. Directed by John Griesser. A documentary on the life of Srila Prabhupada, the 70-year-old Indian Swami who arrived in America without support or money in the turbulent 1960s. The documentary explores how Prabhupada ignited the worldwide cultural revolution of spiritual consciousness, known as the Hare Krishna movement. 90 minutes.
A fourth day of the Festival consists of live presentations at a different venue.