The 17th True/False Film Fest
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.