AFI Docs 2019 Overview

The 17th AFI Docs

June 19-23

Just over 40 new and recent doc features, plus retrospective programming and shorts, make up the line-up of this respected Washington DC event.


The fest’s programming team has once again curated a strong lineup drawing primarily from the line-ups of major festivals like Sundance, Tribeca, and SXSW, but offer a handful of notable world premieres: Beth Aala’s MADE IN BOISE, which explores how and why the Idaho city has become the center of America’s surrogacy industry; Liz Garbus’ WHO KILLED GARRETT PHILLIPS?, a true crime investigation into the 2011 death of a 12-year-old boy; Robert Stone’s CHASING THE MOON, an epic examination of America’s quest to reach the moon after the Soviets launched Sputnik; and Peter Kunhardt, George Kunhardt, and Teddy Kunhardt’s TRUE JUSTICE: BRYAN STEVENSON’S FIGHT FOR EQUALITY, a profile of the human rights attorney. In addition, a sneak preview screens of Freida Lee Mock’s RUTH: JUSTICE GINSBURG IN HER OWN WORDS, a comprehensive portrait of the influential Supreme Court Justice.


A selection of remaining feature programming, not already covered in this space, includes Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance’s Tribeca debut SLAY THE DRAGON, which looks at gerrymandering; David Charles Rodrigues’ GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH, which follows the SF Gay Men’s Chorus as they tour the Deep South to try to change hearts and minds about LGBTQ rights; Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE, a portrait of the successful 1970s popstar; Martha Shane and Ian Cheney’s PICTURE CHARACTER, an in-depth look at the world of emojis; and Alex Horwitz’s AUTONOMY, an exploration of self-driving cars and their impact on the future.

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