AFI Docs 2017 Overview

The 15th AFI Docs

June 14-18

More than 60 documentary features screen at this Washington DC event.

The well-curated festival brings DC audiences a wide-range of recent standouts from other notable events like Sundance, SXSW, IDFA, and Tribeca, but also offers three world premieres: Rebecca Cammisa’s ATOMIC HOMEFRONT, which chronicles the fight against radioactive waste in a community’s backyard; Tommy Haines, John Richard, and Andrew Sherburne’s SAVING BRINTON (pictured), about an Iowa historian’s mission to restore rare films; and Henry Roosevelt and WB Zullo’s TOUGH GUYS, about the origins of mixed martial arts.

Docs making their international or US premiere at the festival include: Ricardo Martensen and Felipe Tomazelli’s CINE SÃO PAULO (pictured), about one man’s attempts to save an old Brazilian movie palace; Su Rynard’s MOSQUITO, on efforts to combat the tiny but dangerous threat; and Adel Kahn Farooq and Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen’s RECRUITING FOR JIHAD, which follows a controversial figure who recruits for ISIS.

Other titles screening at the event include: Jim Kirchherr and Frank Popper’s GENTLEMEN OF VISION (pictured), on a competitive high school step team; Everardo González’s LA LIBERTAD DEL DIABLO, an intimate look at the impact of Mexico’s drug wars; and Dustin Harrison-Atlas’ NEW CHEFS ON THE BLOCK, an inside look at the opening of two new restaurants.


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