AFI Docs 2021 Overview

Festival:
The 19th AFI Docs

Dates:
June 22-27

About:
This Washington DC event showcases approximately 30 new feature and episodic documentaries, presented in a hybrid format.

Among the offerings:

9/11: ONE DAY IN AMERICA
Director: Daniel Bogado
In official collaboration with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, this documentary series take viewers through harrowing moments of the historic morning of September 11, 2001.

COURTROOM 3H
Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza
Inside Tallahassee’s Courtroom 3H, staggeringly emotional hearings and trials hint at the complexities of family histories, calling into question a justice system with the power to decide who is suitable to be a parent.

NAOMI OSAKA
Director: Garrett Bradley
What does it feel like to be one of the best tennis players in the world?

THE NEUTRAL GROUND
Director: CJ Hunt
Comedian and satirist CJ Hunt asks difficult questions about this country’s Confederate monuments, hoping to discover some clarity by diving into history.

OBAMA: IN PURSUIT OF A MORE PERFECT UNION
Director: Peter Kunhardt
This multi-part documentary explores the journey of Barack Obama from his early upbringing to the 44th U.S. President, set against the backdrop of the country’s unfolding racial history.

THE SLOW HUSTLE
Director: Sonja Sohn
After Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter is shot and found dead while on duty, the tragedy soon becomes enmeshed in a widening corruption scandal that threatens to unravel the public’s already strained relationship with law enforcement.

THE STORY WON’T DIE
Director: David Henry Gerson
In their homeland of Syria, artists are routinely tortured, kidnapped, imprisoned and killed; while in exile in Europe, their talents speak truth to power, help them heal and find joy.

WATCH THE SOUND WITH MARK RONSON
Directors: Mark Monroe, Morgan Neville, Jason Zeldes
Hosted by renowned DJ and award-winning artist and producer Mark Ronson, this docuseries explores sound creation and the revolutionary technology shaping modern music.

WHITE COAT REBELS
Director: Greg Barke
rThis probing look inside the medical profession examines the outsized influence of Big Pharma and the courageous insiders who are pushing back against the powers that be.

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