OUR NEW PRESIDENT (Dir. Maxim Pozdorovkin, 2017, 12 min.)
Donald Trump has become a beloved cult figure for many Russians. OUR NEW PRESIDENT uses found footage, fake news and state-controlled political programming to reveal the variety of ways Trump's newfound Russian supporters express their devotion. A project of Field of Vision.
THE TRIAL (dir. Johanna Hamilton, 2018, 17 min.)
Alka Pradhan, James Connell and Sterling Thomas are lawyers for Ammar al-Baluchi, one of the five men facing the death penalty for plotting the 9/11 terrorist attacks. THE TRIAL provides a window to reflect on the impact of a rarely seen part of the war on terror: a lack of accountability for the legacy of torture and the build-up to the largest criminal trial in American history. A project of Field of Vision.
NELLIE BLY MAKES THE NEWS (dir. Penny Lane, 2017, 23 min.)
Nellie Bly was a muckraking investigative journalist who changed the game for women in reporting before women even had the right to vote. Drawing from extensive primary sources including Bly’s own writing, and presenting both real-world interviewees and re-enactments in several styles of animation and illustration, this short film investigates the porous line between reporting facts and telling stories, while creating a dynamic portrait of a woman who refused to accept the status quo. A project of The Center for Investigative Reporting - Reveal.
WE BECAME FRAGMENTS (dirs. Luisa Conlon, Hanna Miller, Lacy Jane Roberts, 14 min.)
Ibraheem is one of more than 2.5 million displaced Syrian children assimilating into foreign cultures due to the ongoing Syrian conflict. After losing his mother and four siblings in a bombing that left him injured, Ibraheem and his father make a new life despite the heartbreak of leaving their home behind. A project of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and The New York Times Op-Docs.
HOW WE CHOOSE (dir. Alexandria Bombach, 2017, 15 min.)
For Afghans, the choice to leave or stay in Afghanistan is an unremitting dilemma. The deteriorating security in the last few years has already prompted many to leave. The resiliency of Afghans is being tested almost daily, with constant reminders that the situation has gotten decidedly worse. Filmed in Kabul, Afghanistan in January 2016, How We Choose serves as a portrait of how it feels to grapple with this decision day to day. A project of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and The New York Times Op-Docs.
Post-screening discussion with Luisa Conlon, Rachel De Leon, and Johanna Hamilton.