MAY 30 – JUNE 2
AFS Doc Days, our second annual festival of non-fiction cinema, features outstanding new documentary work from around the world with filmmakers in attendance. Doc Days is an opportunity for Austin’s vibrant documentary community, filmmakers and audiences, to come together, see new work, and meet with visiting filmmakers. Last year’s seven-film program included three films that went on to be nominated for Academy Awards.
THU MAY 30 (OPENING NIGHT)
Live performance by jazz musician Jeff Lofton at 6:30 PM.
A visionary, innovator, and originator who defied categorization and embodied the word cool: a foray into the life and career of musical and cultural icon Miles Davis. Directed by MacArthur “genius” Fellow and documentary icon Stanley Nelson. Producer Nicole London in attendance.
FRI MAY 31
By award-winning directors Julia Reichart and Steven Bognar (A LION IN THE HOUSE). In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.
What begins as a documentary following the final tour of a dying magician – “The Amazing Johnathan” – becomes an unexpected and increasingly bizarre journey as the filmmaker struggles to separate truth from illusion. Director Benjamin Berman in attendance.
SAT JUNE 1
The deep-seated effects of decades of conflict in Afghanistan are memorably revealed through the lives of three Kabul residents in Aboozar Amini’s mesmerizing observational documentary. Winner of the Special Jury Award at IDFA.
A mesmerizing film that takes a rare, insider’s look at practitioners of Scientology, revealing how belief systems powerfully manifest in the physical world. Director (and AFS Grant recipient) Jeffrey Peixoto in attendance.
After a wave of killings of innocent black Americans across the country shocks their community, black residents in New Orleans organize to chart a path forward. A meditation on the state of race in America, this film is an intimate portrait into the lives of those who struggle for justice, dignity, and survival in a country not on their side. Director Roberto Minervini in attendance.
The latest film from filmmaker/provocateur Mads Brügger (THE RED CHAPEL) begins as a quest to discover whether or not UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld’s 1961 death in a plane crash was the result of foul play. His subsequent findings, presented in a style that varies between absurd and riveting, involve mercenary armies, the CIA, and some extremely dark state secrets.
SUN JUNE 2
In this story of a turf war between an ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish sect and their secular neighbors in New York’s Hudson Valley, documentarian Jesse Sweet has the ultimate insider’s view of both communities, and doesn’t take sides. Director Jesse Sweet in attendance.
As economic and social conditions become dire, a wave of suicides among young people disrupts life in a small Mexican town. Most affected by the tragedy, the Bolaños family and the town residents perform ceremonies and daily rituals to recapture the past. Caballerango presents a reflection on the reconfiguration of rural life in México. An AFS Grant-funded film. Director Juan Pablo González in attendance.
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A mystery, a horror story and a vital, comprehensively-researched epic, Dark Suns chronicles the wave of femicides in northern Mexico that began in the second half of the twentieth century, and converged with the violence of the drug cartels beginning in the 1990s. This artfully-crafted, award-winning film points fingers at the forces at work behind the murders of thousands of innocent Mexican citizens.
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