The 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival
This popular regional event presents more than 200 features, including nearly 80 documentaries.
Among the world premieres at this year’s festival are: Shasha Nakhai’s TAKE LIGHT
, a close up look at Nigeria’s electricity crisis; Sam Rega’s BREAKING THE BEE
, a look at Indian Americans hoping to win the National Spelling Bee; Dan Habib’s INTELLIGENT LIVES
, a reassessment of the capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities; Isaac Kerlow’s HAZE, IT’S COMPLICATED…
, on the impact of palm oil farming in Southeast Asia; Laura Watilo Blake’s TRIPPED UP
, following the activities of an adventure travel agency; and Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip’s DAWNLAND
, about a truth and reconciliation commission created to address the forced removal of Native children from their homes by the US government.
GI JEWS: JEWISH AMERICANS IN WWII
Among the other docs in the lineup are: Tjardus Greidanus’ BURDEN OF GENIUS
, about the physician who completed the first successful organ transplant; Lisa Klein’s THE S WORD
, a confrontation with the stigma of suicide by survivors; Iara Lee’s BURKINABÈ RISING: THE ART OF RESISTANCE IN BURKINA FASO
, which explores an artist-driven nonviolent resistance movement in the small African nation; and Lisa Ades’ GI JEWS: JEWISH AMERICANS IN WWII
, on American Jews who fought both the Axis powers and American Anti-Semitism.