Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, July 30: PRAY AWAY
Director: Kristine Stolakis
World Premiere: Tribeca 2020 (unscreened)
Select Festivals: Telluride, Hot Docs, Florida, Doc10, AFI Docs
About: A powerful exposé on gay conversion programs, revealing the damage inflicted by shame and repression through intimate testimonies from current members and former leaders of the pray the gay away movement.
About: Everything is not as it seems for an American family that flees to Canada to protect their hacker son from US government persecution.
The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read: Director Sonia Kennebeck investigates the strange case of Anonymous hacktivist Matt DeHart and his claims of persecution by the US government. He and his parents fled the US seeking asylum in Canada after law enforcement brought charges against him for child pornography. DeHart counters that he’s being framed, targeted for his support of Wikileaks, and that he was tortured in a US prison. Unfolding like an espionage mystery, the film follows a multiyear quest for truth, with unexpected twists and turns until the very end.
Select Festivals: DOC NYC, BlackStar, Hot Docs, AFI Latin American, Portland, Halifax Black, Boston Latino, RIDM, Trinidad and Tobago
About: After the Dominican Republic strips the citizenship of residents of Haitian descent, a determined attorney fights to protect the rights of these now stateless people.
The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read: The stunning island of Hispaniola is shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti, countries with a complicated history and tense relations. In 2013, the DR’s Supreme Court retroactively stripped the citizenship of residents of Haitian descent, leaving more than 200,000 people stateless, subject to immediate deportation, and devastating loss. In the midst of staggering intolerance, attorney Rosa Iris fights to protect the rights of these disenfranchised people while leading a grassroots campaign for a better future.