2017 DOC NYC in Focus: Modern Family

6 WEEKS TO MOTHER’S DAY


This week begins with my section-by-section spotlight on DOC NYC, starting with a look at unconventional families:

Modern Family

6 WEEKS TO MOTHER’S DAY
Director: Marvin Blunte
WORLD PREMIERE

In a remote jungle in Thailand, a unique democratic school provides orphans with education and empowerment under the watchful eyes of the woman they call Mother Aew.

AMAZONA

AMAZONA
Director: Clare Weiskopf
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

The director tries to make sense of her mother’s decision to leave her children behind to live in the jungle after a family tragedy.

ELISH’S NOTEBOOKS

ELISH’S NOTEBOOKS
Director: Golan Rise
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Discovering a secret cache of journals written for them by their late mother, Elisheva’s children confront their complex feelings for their emotionally distant parent.

HARMONY

HARMONY
Director: Lidia Sheinin
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Battle lines are drawn when an elderly Russian woman finds her comfortable apartment invaded by her family.

LIFE TO COME

LIFE TO COME
Director: Claudio Capanna
US PREMIERE

Surrounded by the sounds of machines and doctors in white coats, severely premature twins Eden and Léandro fight for their survival.

LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE

LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE
Director: Gustavo Salmerón
NYC PREMIERE

Spanish actor-turned-director Gustavo Salmerón captures his eccentric, extraordinary mother, who had three dreams: having lots of kids, a monkey and a castle.

PLOT 35

PLOT 35
Director: Eric Caravaca
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

French actor-turned-director Eric Caravaca unearths personal family history in search of his sister Charlotte, who died as a toddler before he was born.

THANK YOU FOR COMING

THANK YOU FOR COMING
Director: Sara Lamm
NYC PREMIERE

After learning she was conceived via a sperm donor, Sara becomes a genealogical detective, navigating ancestry databases and DNA tests for clues to his identity.

More Info:
For full descriptions, a list of expected special guests, screening details, and to purchase tickets, click on the individual titles above, and follow links for ticketing, where still available. Or consider purchasing one of DOC NYC’s several Pass options for access to a variety of programming.

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