True/False 2020 Overview

The 17th True/False Film Fest

March 5-8

Approximately 35 new and recent documentary and hybrid features make up the lineup of this well-loved Columbia MO event.

DOPE IS DEATH | Photo by Jack Manning/The New York Times

Among the films making their world premiere at the festival are: Ursula Liang’s DOWN A DARK STAIRWELL, about the aftermath of a wrongful killing of an innocent black man by a Chinese American police officer; David Osit’s MAYOR, a portrait of the mayor of Ramallah, Palestine; Mia Donovan’s DOPE IS DEATH, the story of a pioneering acupuncture detoxification program led by the Black Panthers and the young Lords in 1970s South Bronx; Khalik Allah’s IWOW: I WALK ON WATER, a diaristic portrait of the relationship between the photographer and a homeless, schizophrenic subject; Ina Luchsperger’s CATSKIN, which profiles a strange family in the German countryside; Marnie Ellen Hertzler’s CRESTONE, about an intentional desert community formed by SoundCloud rappers; and Daniel Hymanson’s SO LATE SO SOON, which explores the artistic processes of a long-married couple.


Other offerings include: Eloísa Solaas’ THE FACULTIES, which observes Argentine university students taking their oral examinations; Inês Gil’s UNSKINNED, which explores a Portuguese tannery and a worker’s strange disappearance; Yashaswini Raghunandan’s THAT CLOUD NEVER LEFT, about an Indian village that produces toys from old Bollywood film strips; Yoni Goldstein and Meredith Zielke’s A MACHINE TO LIVE IN, a sci-fi hybrid exploration of Brazil’s futuristic capital city of Brasilia; and Jessica Sarah Rinland’s THOSE THAT, AT A DISTANCE, RESEMBLE ANOTHER, a meditative look at the restoration of a fossilized elephant tusk.

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