New Orleans 2019: Documentary Overview

The 30th New Orleans Film Festival

October 16-23

Nearly half of this popular Southern event’s 60+ lineup is devoted to nonfiction.


The Documentary Features Competition includes upcoming DOC NYC titles PIER KIDS, Elegance Bratton’s portrait of queer youth of color who gather around NYC’s Christopher Street Pier; and RINGSIDE, André Hörmann’s look at the lives of two up and coming boxers on Chicago’s South Side. Other titles include Elizabeth Coffman and Mark Bosco’s FLANNERY, about iconic Southern writer Flannery O’Connor; Jason Maris’ HOMEMADE, following a USMC veteran and his wife as they cope with PTSD; Arash Es’haghi’s GRACEFULLY, about an octogenarian Iranian artist who has been performing traditional dances dressed as a woman his entire life; and Bahman Kiarostami’s EXODUS, a look at undocumented Afghan refugees at an Iranian immigration center.


Nonfiction also appears in the Louisiana Features section, and includes Dominic Gill’s LAST CALL FOR THE BAYOU, five profiles of life along the wetlands; Michael Murphy’s UP FROM THE STREETS, a celebration of New Orleans music; as well as upcoming DOC NYC film MOSSVILLE: WHEN GREAT TREES FALL, Alexander Glustrom’s exploration of environmental racism as the last resident of an African American town has a standoff with a petrochemical plant.

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