True/False 2021 Overview

The 18th True/False Film Fest

May 5-9

Sixteen new and recent nonfiction features screen in a hybrid format in this thoughtfully-curated Colombia MO-based event.

All Light, Everywhere
Director: Theo Anthony
An unconventional history of surveillance, policing, and racial injustice.

Delphine’s Prayers
Director: Rosine Mbakam
In this collaborative portrait, Delphine, a Cameroonian transplant in Belgium, tells her compelling and heart-wrenching story.

Dirty Feathers
Director: Carlos Alfonso Corral
With humor, grit, and grace, members of El Paso’s unhoused community band together to survive the streets.

Faya Dayi
Director: Jessica Beshir
A euphoric excursion into the highlands of Harar, Ethiopia, where the flowering plant khat is chewed and traded as part of daily rituals and two boys dream of a better life.

From the Wild Sea
Director: Robin Petré
In the briny air of the north Atlantic, marine animal rescue teams mediate the clash of humans and nature.

The Grocer’s Son, the Mayor, the Village and the World
Director: Claire Simon
A digital evolution comes to the quaint French village of Lussas, where farming and filmmaking drive commerce and culture.

Director: Pete Nicks
The completion of the filmmaker’s “Oakland Trilogy” journeys into a high school classroom during the tumultuous 2019/2020 school year.

Inside the Red Brick Wall
Director: HK Documentary Filmmakers
Inside the chaotic swirl of protests that erupted in Hong Kong in 2019, student activists face off with police to maintain their democratic freedom from mainland China.

No Kings
Director: Emilia Mello
An intimate look at the vibrant Caiçara community along the secluded Brazilian coast, told through the eyes of an intrepid young girl and an anxious sea captain.

Petit Samedi
Director: Paloma Sermon-Daï
The story of the filmmaker’s brother’s addiction and their mother, who has reached the end of her rope.

Rock Bottom Riser
Director: Fern Silva
An experimental film playfully teasing out connections between humankind, geology, and the cosmos by way of the native Hawaiian population.

Director: Hogir Hirori
In this real-world action film, a team of activists works to rescue Yazidi women and girls held captive in Daesh-controlled refugee camps.

Songs that Flood the River
Director: German Adolfo Arango
Deep within the Colombian rainforest, Oneida sings traditional funeral songs (alabados) as a healing tool for her community, stricken by war and terror during the Boyajá massacre that took place in 2002.

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Director: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Exuberant, uplifting, and brimming with joy, this document of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival is much more than a music film.

This Rain Will Never Stop
Director: Alina Gorlova
After fleeing Syria, Andriy Suleyman navigates dislocation and familial tragedy, not to mention another war in Ukraine.

Director: Natalia Almada
Elegant visuals and a dynamic score underpin this exploration of our relationship with technology, all informed by a mother’s perspective.

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