True/False 2018 Overview

The 15th True/False Film Fest

March 1-4

Columbia MO’s crown jewel cultural event returns with more than 30 documentary features, a couple of narratives, some hybrids, secret screenings, retrospective presentations, game shows, and shorts.


Among the projects making their official world premieres at the festival are Chase Whiteside and Erik Stoll’s AMÉRICA, which follows an eccentric trio of brothers as they take care of their titular grandmother; Khalik Allah’s BLACK MOTHER, in which the photographer/filmmaker constructs a portrait of Jamaica and its people; Kim Hopkins’ VOICES OF THE SEA, which profiles the dreams and struggles of a Cuban couple; and Miles Lagoze’s COMBAT OBSCURA, an up-close look at the lives of US Marines.


Other films in this year’s lineup include: Beata Bubenec’s FLIGHT OF A BULLET, which follows combat in Ukraine in a single-take; Dieudo Hamadi’s KINSHASA MAKAMBO, on young activists fighting to bring free elections to the Democratic Republic of Congo; Leigh Ledare’s THE TASK, in which the artist provokes strangers exploring group dynamics; Zhang Mengqi’s SELF-PORTRAIT: BIRTH IN 47KM, which presents the memories of survivors of China’s mass starvations of 1959-1961; Lissette Orozco’s ADRIANA’S PACT, about the sinister truth behind the filmmaker’s beloved aunt, who worked for Augusto Pinochet; and Anna Frances Ewert’s LOVERS OF THE NIGHT, a portrait of elderly monks in Ireland.

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