2021 FILMS U-Z Go to DocsNow+ March 26th
25 min. | USA | Documentary Short
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.
23 min. | CHINA | Documentary Short
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.
3 min. | USA | Documentary Short
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.
Video Of The Day
6 min. | USA | Documentary Short
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.
Voices In The Void
18 min. | PANAMA | Animation
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mimi George, H. Wyeth, S. Penchansky
You And The Thing That You Love
12 min. | USA | Documentary Short
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.
Worth Of A Girl
27 min. | USA | Documentary Short
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