2021 FILMS U-Z Go to DocsNow+ March 26th

Umoja

25 min. |  USA |  Documentary Short

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Justin R. Brown

Frank-Antoine Marzin was adopted by a French couple and grew up happily in Northern France, but always wondered who his birth parents were. After speculating and searching for over four decades he finally discovered his father, Vietnam Veteran Asamu Johnson, living in western Michigan. Now the two are meeting for the first time in person in what is sure to be a moment of eternity.

Unfinshed Lives

23 min. | CHINA | Documentary Short

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Yucong Chen

In 2014, 24-year-old USC graduate student, Xinran Ji, was beaten to death by four teens when returning home from a study session. The case shook the Chinese community to its core, both in Los Angeles and  China, as many demanded for justice. A lawyer, Rose Tsai, took it upon herself to tirelessly advocate on his behalf and represent his parents, as they attempt to understand the senseless tragedy together.

Uprooted

3 min. | USA | Documentary Short

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Andre Pilli

Where do we belong? Humans are so intricate in what they need to be happy. Sometimes we can find fulfillment in the city, sometimes in the woods, but almost invariably when we are with someone we love. This is an exploration into the meaning of happiness for Kraig Adams, a content creator with over half a million followers that has hiked over 1300 miles and lives out of his backpack.

Uncivil War

65 min. | USA | Documentary Feature

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Tom Glynn

Gerrymandering, voter suppression, election interference…Do our votes matter anymore?

Unseen

11 min.| USA | Documentary Short

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Raven Deerbrook

A look into the final hours of life for pigs from Smithfield, and the secrets of a deadly industry. (ADULT THEMES)

Video Of The Day

6 min. | USA | Documentary Short

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Colin Boyle

2020 had been a year like none other. For me, it was the most formative experience of my life thus far and for the fifth year in a row, I had made it my goal to document a second video each day. There was no rhyme or reason with what was documented, but when you string it together and told the story of a tumultuous and trying 366 days of a grad student and professional life in Chicago.

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Unstoppable Kingdom

3 min. | USA | Animation

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Elyse Kelly

Most mushrooms that are poisonous, will just give you a headache or make you throw up. It's rare that a species will actually kill you. The death cap is one of those.

Voices In The Void

18 min. | PANAMA |  Animation

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Juan Pablo De Gamboa

Seventy-five years after the fall of Nazi Germany, academics, intellectuals, artists, and everyday people continue to grapple withthe immensity of the Shoah. This film illuminates profound contrasts that remain unresolved inhuman nature: lightness and darkness, beauty and evil, and the humanity that is inherent in both.

Walking In The Footsteps

Follow the journey of the "Walking in the Footsteps of the Ancestors" tour, as they discover New Zealand and enlighten the Maori Peoples path to sovereignty.

51 min. | USA | Documentary Feature

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Morgan Miller

Welcome To The Lanes

In a small, gentrified, touristy town in Hawai'i, a woman named Rosemarie runs a program for special needs young adults at the oldest and only bowling alley in the area: Pali Lanes. When the future of the bowling alley becomes uncertain, Rosemarie is forced to grapple with the possibility of the lanes being closed, and think about what that would mean for her community as a whole.

9 min. | USA  | Documentary Short

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Briana Smith

Where Hope Grows

On April 4, 2020, a silence was held in Wuhan, China to pay tribute to the people who died during novel coronavirus pneumonia. Four days later, Wuhan, which was closed to all external traffic due to the epidemic situation, officially lifted the closure of the city. At the same time, society resumed work and schools resumed.

73 min. | CHINA | Documentary Feature

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Kang Chengye

Wild Turkey

A wild turkey flies into 8th St. Jersey City and all the old timers have their own moments of how they perceive the wild bird. Based on the real event that happened, it's an homage to my former neighbors back in East Coast who were tough like leather on the outside but soft and kind inside.

2 min. |  USA  |  Animation

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Yoo Lee

We Rock!

A celebratory and empowering look at young Kiwi musicians banding together as they attend Girls Rock Camp Aotearoa, a yearly girls, trans, and non-binary only rock & roll themed camp where music is the medium to empower our young people.

13 min. | NEW ZEALAND| Documentary Short

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Morgan Leary

What If Nothing?

Andrzej has been seeking a lost royal tomb in Egypt for 30 years. He truly belives that he is one step away from making a great discovery, despite the doubts of his colleagues. Ahead of him is the last mission and the last location where the tomb might be. The story about dreams that are more powerful than all the facts.

40 min. | POLAND | Documentary Short

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Monika Krupa

White Noise

The definitive inside story of the alt-right, following Richard Spencer, Lauren Southern, and Mike Cernovich as they ride a wave of racist ideas to viral fame. Even as the movement breaks into the mainstream, it fractures, leaving its leaders to grapple with backlash, infighting, and self-doubt.

4 min. | USA | California Premiere

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Daniel Lambroso

We, The Voyagers: Our Vaka

We are the crew of Lata, the Polynesian culture-hero who built the first voyaging canoe and navigated across the Pacific. We use only ancient designs, materials, and methods, and we invite everyone to reconnect with ancestors and sustainable lifeways. Come join the crew of the real Moana!

56 min. | USA | Documentary Feature

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Mimi George, H. Wyeth, S. Penchansky

When I'm Her

Michael was a ballet prodigy with a stellar career ahead of him. He transformed into a Russian ballet instructor named Madame Olga as a way to both embrace himself as an artist and reconcile with the trauma from his past.

15 min. | USA | Documentary Short

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Emily Schuman

Wiener Dog Blues

Longfellow, the blue wiener dog, performs in concert singing the "Wiener Dog Blues" in front of a packed stadium of adoring animals.

3 min. | USA | Animation

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Linda Shayne

Wing It

3 min. |  USA  |  Animation

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Jillian Lucia, Brendan Arena

A flightless dragon's dream of soaring in the sky is reignited when she discovers the hidden potential of her fire.

You And The Thing That You Love

12 min. | USA | Documentary Short

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Nicholas Maher

A teenage Midwest skate punk on the verge of going pro has a freak accident and wakes up blind. This is a story of pain, grit, fight, uncertainty, fear, desperation, and most importantly — love. Shot by 2 strangers on weekends across 3 states over 2 years. Here is the struggle of losing your everything, and the fight to get it back.

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Worth Of A Girl

27 min. | USA | Documentary Short

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Steven Ferri

In a yearlong project, Voice of America interviewed child brides from South and East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, including the United States. Their moving stories, told through their own experiences, vividly highlight life with the families they join and the ones they leave behind. #voaworthofagirl

You Have To Go For It

7 min. | USA | Documentary Short

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Julio Mendez, Kristy Espinoza

Living on what you are passionate about could be unattainable.
The artist Jorge Torrealba tells us, from his experience, that fulfilling this dream is possible, only "We Have to Try"

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Your Friend, Ranger Doug

17 min. | USA | Documentary Short

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Claire Jantzen, Sara Rose Nell

A 94-year-old Glacier National Park ranger confronts the decline of the park he calls home as he reflects on his life and the legacy he will leave behind.

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