San Francisco 2018: Documentary Overview

The 61st San Francisco International Film Festival

April 4-17

The long-running Bay Area event includes approximately 100 features, among them 40 documentaries.


Several docs make their world premiere at this year’s festival. Among these are two films in the Golden Gate Award Competition: Denali Tiller’s TRE MAISON DASAN, a portrait of three boys whose parents are incarcerated; and Alyssa Fedele and Zachary Fink’s THE RESCUE LIST, which follows the efforts to save children from forced labor in Ghana.


Additional world premieres include: David Sington and Heather Walsh’s MERCURY 13, about the unheralded women pilots who helped make NASA possible; Alexandra Cuerdo’s ULAM: MAIN DISH, exploring the rise of Filipino cuisine in the US; Matthew Testa’s THE HUMAN ELEMENT, on photographer James Balog’s documentation of the interaction of humans with the primal elements; and Suzannah Herbert’s WRESTLE, an intimate look at a Huntsville AL high school wrestling team.


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