We are all looking forward to the AFI DOCS Film Festival (formerly SILVERDOCS International Documentary Film Festival). The lineup showcases the dynamic and diverse landscape of documentary film today. Here's a list of some of our not-to-be-missed films.
Among the films we're excited about:
The Trials of Muhammad Ali - Kartemquin Films, the legendary media arts organization that most recently brought us The Interrupters, launches Bill Seigel's latest film at AFI DOCS. The film is not a boxing film but rather follows the lifelong story of Ali's spiritual transformation.
Remote Area Medical - The pioneers of "no-cost" health care visit Britol, Tennessee where they visit over 2,000 patients in three days. First-time filmmakers tell the amazing story of Remote Area Medical and raise issues about access to healthcare in the United States.
Gideon's Army - Three idealistic public defenders in the deep south come up against a justice system at it's breaking point. This HBO documentary won the editing award at Sundance and opened the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in April.
The Kill Team - This is your chance to see a taut, tough documentary on the inside story of US soliders that murdered Afghan civilians, on the wide screen. Next year it'll be on Independent Lens, on PBS.
Our Nixon and Let the Fires Burn - Two fascinating examples of archival storytelling--from the home video records of the men who served Nixon and (mostly) went to jail after Watergate, and from the public hearing after the police and fire chiefs of Philadelphia burned down a neighborhood to save it.
The New Black - The African American community has sharply divided views about the gay rights movement. From churches, to dinner tables, to protests, this film looks at homophobia in the community as well as those who are fighting for marriage equality.