2018 DOC NYC in Focus: Modern Family

Festival:
DOC NYC

Dates:
November 8-15

Section:
Modern Family, profiles of unconventional families, or families affected by unusual events:

COLOSSUS
Director: Jonathan Schienberg
WORLD PREMIERE

Born in the US, 15-year-old Jamil copes with the deportation to Honduras of his undocumented parents and older sister.

EVELYN
Director: Orlando von Einsiedel
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Oscar-winning filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel (The White Helmets) turns the camera on his family as they cope with a tragic loss.

FAMILY IN TRANSITION
Director: Ofir Trainin
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

In a small Israeli town, a husband and father of four undergoes a gender transition that has rippling effects on the family.

GLOBAL FAMILY
Directors: Melanie Andernach, Andreas Köhler
US PREMIERE

A family, scattered across the globe in their escape from Somalia’s civil war, faces challenges when they must find a caregiver for their matriarch.

LITTLE MISS WESTIE
Directors: Joy E Reed, Dan Hunt
WORLD PREMIERE

In Connecticut, Ren is the first out transgirl to compete in the Little Miss Westie Pageant, coached by her transgender brother.

REFUGEE
Director: Alexander J Farrell
WORLD PREMIERE

Syrian refugee Raf’aa seeks to be reunited with her family who are blocked by closed borders in this poignant story about today’s migration crisis.

A SISTER’S SONG
Director: Danae Elon
NYC PREMIERE

In this real-life psychological thriller, an Israeli woman tries to convince her sister to leave the religious order which has kept them separated for 20 years.

TO KID OR NOT TO KID
Director: Maxine Trump
WORLD PREMIERE

Filmmaker Maxine Trump (no relation) explores women like herself who face societal stigma for choosing not to have children.

TRE MAISON DASAN
Director: Denali Tiller
NYC PREMIERE

This profile of three boys cut off from parents who are in prison poses meaningful questions about the effects of mass incarceration.

WRESTLING GHOSTS
Director: Ana Joanes
NYC PREMIERE

A young mother tries to unravel her conflicted feelings around parenthood, inviting the viewer into her counseling sessions to heal past trauma.

More Info:
For full descriptions, a list of expected guests, screening details, and to purchase tickets, click on the individual titles above, and follow links for ticketing, where still available. Note that anything indicating Rush Only may still have tickets available day-of at the venue. Or consider purchasing one of DOC NYC’s several Pass options for access to a variety of programming.

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