2021 FILMS R-S Go to DocsNow+ March 26


In a modern-day town, an old lady gets accused of witchcraft. A fellow citizen has to decide, how to react to the alleged threat.

8 min. |  POLAND  |  Animation


Szymon Ruczyński


A man struggles with his mother's independence and strong will as he tries help her through the early stages of dementia.

9 min.  |  USA  | Documentary Short


Ly Bolia

Restrictions Apply

America's "happiest city" holds a sad secret, and the roots run deep. One resident confronts racist language in her home deed, and discovers a system that's designed to keep itself buried.

18 min. | USA | Documentary Short


Justice A. Whitaker

Red Horizon

A group of young pilots attempt to carry on the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen while struggling to overcome racism and prejudice in today's world.

30 min. |  USA |  Documentary Short


T.C. Johnstone


Myya (22) attempts to spark a youth movement and unseat the incumbent mayor of Detroit, MI; Bryn (33), a farmer and working mother in Granville, OH, runs for township trustee; and Julie (47) walks a tightrope between her identities as a Korean immigrant, woman of color for State Representative in a liberal Chicago, IL- all fighting for a new image in American politics

83 min. | USA | Documentary Feature


Hillary C. Bachelder

Rowing For Gold

A paralympian reveals how intense training and competition shape his life and temper his soul. Elite performance is the product of traits that are forged in the fire of disability and hammered on the anvil of sacrifice.

8 min.  |  USA  |  Documentary Short


Alexis Patton

Reign Of The Umbrella Man

An experimental look at some very colorful umbrella images.

9 min. |  USA |  Animation


Eric Fisher

Repurposed - The Artist Inside Me

Tom Malloy can not only create magnificent art from found pieces, but completely repurposes them and his own sense of being.

5 min. | USA | Documentary Short


Matthew Dessner

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Saigon Sentinal

Nguyen is a believer and gets up at 4 a.m. every morning to pray before he starts his work on the Saigon River. He used to be a fisherman, but the river is so polluted for a long time that he can no longer practice this profession. He now earns his living as a water cab that transports people and goods from bank to bank.

5 min. | GERMANY  | Documentary Short


Chris Noltekuhlmann

Selfie Rebels

Three ordinary citizens have become activists to fight for a better world. We follow their activistic adventure through ups and downs, when they face the consequences of using all their time and energy to make the world a better place. Are they courageous heroes or naive fools wasting their time? And what is their true motivation to fight like David against Goliath? 

77 min. |  DENMARK | Documentary Feature


Jella Bethmann

Ruth Weiss - The Beat Goddess

Born to a Jewish family during the rise of Nazism, as a 10-year-old refugee, she escaped to the United States. Ruth Weiss became a Jazz troubadour exemplifying the zeitgeist of Chicago, New Orleans, and San Francisco and was known as one of the greatest writers of the Beat Generation. 

69 min. | USA | Documentary Feature


Melody Miller

Sansui Llafretaw

Tranquility, strength, beauty―
Even in the absence of people, much like this spring, there exists serenely, circle of time. Much like Shan shui paintings, the continuous collection of images quietly and robustly appeal to the viewer’s innermost emotions.

9 min. | JAPAN | Documentary Short


Eugene. K


As a son sets out to try and find his father's missing friend, he unravels the haunting portrait of a man far different from the person his father remembers.

33 min. | USA  | Documentary Short


Aria Inthavong

Sad Beauty

In a heavily polluted world, a young woman mourns the disappearance of animal species. When she falls ill due to a bacterial infection, nature appears to send her a message in her hallucinations.

10 min.  |  NETHERLANDS  |  Animation


Arjan Brentjes

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Shadow Weavers

97 min. | USA| Documentary Feature


Erica Nguyen

Clothing has forever distinguished and cemented bonds of cultural identity, but along the Peruvian Andes a network of encoded messages is woven into every hat.

Skate In Peru

6 min. | UK | Documentary Short


Steffan Griffiths

Skateboarding acts as a kind of short-hand international language that connects people from different countries and cultures. This is part of what makes it such a compelling window into local culture and life- and getting a spot for the Olympics could change one's future.


12 min. |  USA  |  Documentary Short


Katilyn Schwalje, Alex Wolf Lewis

A four-inch-long pet turtle, has lived an isolated life in the family basement. With help from a team of experts and his caretaker, Uncle Larry, we ask: Can Snowy be happy, and what would it take?

Signs Of Life

35 min. | USA | Documentary Short


Bob Niemack, Don Dixon

Watch how the laws of chemistry and physics drive cosmic evolution, and we travel through the solar system, the Milky Way Galaxy, and beyond in a search for more signs of life.

Sockeye Salmon.  Red Fish

51 min.  |  RUSSIA  |  Documentary Feature


Dmitriy Shpilenok , Vladislav Grishin

Sockeye, a species of wild salmon, is born in Kamchatkan waters and spends its entire life in the Pacific Ocean. Only once does it return to fresh waters - to give offspring, start the circle of life, and die. It is an inexhaustible resource that feeds billions of people on the planet, restored every year. But soon, we may find ourselves facing the unimaginable: humans will exhaust the inexhaustible!

Simone: A Survivor's Story

6 min.  |  USA  |  Documentary Short


Sonia Malfa

Ugandan model Simone Awor’s intimate journey to overcome breast cancer and find healing within herself and her community.

Sophie And The Baron

30 min. |  USA  |  Documentary Short


Alexandria Jackson

A portrait of an unlikely friendship between iconic photographer Baron Wolman at the end of his prolific career and up-and-coming artist Sophie Kipner at the beginning of hers, takes us on an uplifting journey into an artistic collaboration that transcends eras and mediums.

Stolen Apes - Buanoi

11 min. |  USA  |  Documentary Short


Colin Sytsma

The only gorilla in Thailand was trafficked and has been enclosed in a concrete cage on top of a shopping mall for the last 33 years.  Buanoi


90min. |   | 



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