AN AMERICAN ASCENT documents the first African-American expedition to tackle Denali (aka Mt. McKinley, North America's highest peak), while shedding light on the complex relationship many African-Americans have with the outdoors.
Calm reigns in Sao Vicente, a small Cape Verdean island (off the West Coast of Africa) where most of the residents have lived all of their lives. In Mindelo we meet Tchinda, one of their most beloved women, especially after coming out as a transgender person in the local newspaper in 1998. Since then, her name has become the way local people call queer Cape Verdeans. Tchinda sells "coxinhas" (fried balls of chicken) by day and in the evening is responsible for security at her bar as music and grog, the famous local rum, permeates every corner of the island.
INTORE offers a powerful and rare look at how Rwanda survived its tragic past by regaining its identity through music, dance, and the resilience of a new generation.
On the first Friday of every month, thousands of people gather in the streets of downtown Oakland. Rich and poor, young and old, Black and White, they all meet here. As the event grows, it becomes symbolically attached to the city's larger cultural and economic renaissance. But after a teenager is murdered during the event, the future of First Fridays and the rebirth of Oakland itself is in peril. This film provides a multi-layered snapshot of a fascinating American city while exploring issues of redevelopment, gentrification and violence that many other urban centers face.
MY FATHER'S LAND tells the story of Papa Jah, a Haitian gardener and bush medicine man living in the Bahamas and his journey back home to reunite with his 103-year-old father before he passes, and the larger story of Haitian immigrants who are living precarious lives in both the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.
Filmed over a five year period, OMO CHILD: THE RIVER AND THE BUSH tells the amazing true story of one man's journey to a remote Ethiopian tribe and his quest to end an ancient tradition and taboo that will save children's lives.
My Africa Is peers into the soul and spirit of Nairobi through three stories of innovation. Viewers will meet game developers who create African superheroes to inspire Kenyan youth; a self-taught engineer who builds drones as a solution to Kenya's poaching problem and trains youth in the technology to build human capacity; and two punk rock bands that are part of a growing rock scene in Nairobi. Along the way viewers will be introduced to the city, a restless and bustling metropolis with a musicality and energy that only locals can fathom.
BLACK OUT follows the nightly pilgrimage during exam season of hundreds of school children in Conakry, Guinea who walk to the airport, petrol stations and wealthy parts of the city, searching for light to study. The documentary tells the story of these children's inspiring struggle for education in the face of the country's own fight for change. PANGAEA is a short dramatic film that tells the story of a young girl, trapped on the roof of her house during the days following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina.