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Anatomy of Wings

This documentary chronicles the 12-year journey of a program in Baltimore who meet regularly for a video production class. An opportunity for the girls in the community to use media technology to document their lives and surroundings ultimately leads to learning the lessons of collaboration and unity to address issues of racial justice, gender identity, educational access, and socioeconomic inequality. Preceded by THOUGHTS THAT COME TO MIND... Dir. Keyana Robinson
Film Info
Program Category:Black Lens
Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:84
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://www.anatomyofwings.com/
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Nikiea Redmond
Kirsten D'Andrea Hollander
Producer:Jane Cottis
Cinematographer:Larry Jackson
Devon Brown
Julia Golonka
Editor:Trina Rodriguez
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Call Me Human

In Joséphine Bacon’s language, Innu means “human,” and there is no word for “poet.” But Bacon has traversed and redefined these paradoxical identifiers exquisitely throughout her life, which we get to follow intimately in Kim O’Bomsawin’s CALL ME HUMAN. In this enchanting portrait of the legendary septuagenarian author, songwriter, and documentary filmmaker, Bacon tours the tremendous landscapes that have shaped her people’s language, culture, and traditions, whose preservation has been her life’s work. WISCONSIN ONLY
Film Info
Program Category:Art & Artists
Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:78
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:Canada
Original Language:French
Innu-aimun
Subtitles:English
Website:https://www.terreinnue.com/call-me-human
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Kim O'Bomsawin
Producer:Andrée-Anne Frenette
Screenwriter:Kim O'Bomsawin
Cinematographer:Hugo Gendron
Michel Valiquette
Editor:Alexandre Lachance
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Downstream to Kinshasa

An unflinching yet empathetic portrait of a group of disabled survivors of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Six Day War as they travel to Kinshasa seeking reparations that have been delayed over 20 years. Through the journey, we bear witness to the unwavering tenacity of spirit to persist in speaking truth to power no matter what it takes. With this film Dieudo Hamadi cements his firm placement amongst the most important documentarians working today.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:90
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:Democratic Republic of Congo
France
Belgium
Original Language:Swahili
Lingala
Subtitles:English
Website:http://icarusfilms.com/if-downs
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Dieudo Hamadi
Producer:Quentin Laurent
Frédérique Féraud
Dieudo Hamadi
Aurélien Bodinaux
Cinematographer:Dieudo Hamadi
Editor:Hélène Ballis
Catherine Catella
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Gunda

Executive produced by Joaquin Phoenix, GUNDA follows the daily life of animals on a Norwegian farm. Gunda the pig raises her piglets alongside two cows and a one-legged chicken. As the film progresses, you can see why Paul Thomas Anderson calls it "pure cinema... jaw dropping images and sound put together with the best ensemble cast and you have something more like a potion than a movie."
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:93
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:Norway
United States
Original Language:No Dialogue
Website:https://www.gunda.movie/
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Victor Kossakovsky
Producer:Susan Rockefeller
Anita Rehoff Larsen
Joslyn Barnes
Screenwriter:Victor Kossakovsky
Ainara Vera
Cinematographer:Viktor Kosakovskiy
Egil Håskjold Larsen
Editor:Ainara Vera
Viktor Kosakovskiy
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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In Silico

Attracted by a neuroscientist's bold claim of building a computer simulation of the entire human brain in just 10 years, Noah Hutton (LAPSIS, MFF2020) decides to document the process, checking in every year as the global excitement surrounding the project grows along with its funding. But a chorus of scientists express their skepticism as the project becomes increasingly influenced by ego and ambition. A fascinating documentary that shows the humanity behind the science.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:83
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://insilicofilm.com/
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Noah Hutton
Producer:Kellen Quinn
Taylor Hess
Jesse Miller
Screenwriter:Noah Hutton
Cinematographer:Noah Hutton
Editor:Camille Gregoire
Noah Hutton
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Jacinta

A sympathetic and sustained exploration of the hereditary nature of trauma, JACINTA follows the lives of three generations of women struggling to find stability amid years of dependency. Jessica Earnshaw's debut reveals heartbreak and hope at every turn, considering the complexities of addiction and recidivism among women and the impacts of the carceral cycle on generations of mothers and daughters. WISCONSIN ONLY
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:105
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://www.jacintafilm.com
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Jessica Earnshaw
Producer:Jessica Earnshaw
Holly Meehl
Nimisha Mukerji
Cinematographer:Jessica Earnshaw
Editor:George O'Donnell
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Luchadoras

Ciudad Juárez is home to some of the highest rates of femicide in the world. Against this backdrop we meet three courageous women, luchadoras (female wrestlers) who fight both in and out of the ring. They fight against the drug violence and misogyny to redefine what it means to be a woman in Mexico. Filmmakers Paola Calvo and Patrick Jasim give us a portrait that is raw, defiant and unflinching, just like the women who make up its heart. Preceded by BLACKFEET BOXING: NOT INVISIBLE Dirs. Kristen Lappas, Tom Rinaldi
Film Info
Program Category:Cine Sin Fronteras
Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2021
Runtime:93
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:Germany
Mexico
Original Language:Spanish
Subtitles:English
Website:https://tumultfilm.com/luchadoras-2020/
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Paola Calvo
Patrick Jasim
Producer:Phillip Kaminiak
Screenwriter:Paola Calvo
Patrick Jasim
Phillip Kaminiak
Cinematographer:Patrick Jasim
Editor:Gines Olivares
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust

Tracing the rivers and trails (and, now, roads) of the valley of Payahuunadü, “the land of flowing water," nestled between the Sierras, MANZANAR, DIVERTED weaves together the human and geographic histories of these landscapes. Director Ann Kaneko uplifts the voices of an intergenerational group of women representing Indigenous, environmentalist, and Japanese-American WWII incarcerees who form an unexpected alliance to defend these lands and waters against the looming metropolis of Los Angeles and industrial creep.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2021
Runtime:82
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:http://www.manzanardiverted.com
Film Sponsor:Rotary Club of Milwaukee
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ann Kaneko
Producer:Ann Kaneko
Jin Yoo-Kim
Cinematographer:Ann Kaneko
Editor:Ann Kaneko
Susan Metzger
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Misha and the Wolves

Misha Defonseca's story sounds too good to be true - an orphan escaping the Holocaust by hiding in the woods and living amongst wolves - but Misha inspires all she encounters. When her memoir's publisher starts to peel back one corner of this narrative, however, it turns into a detective story with twists and turns you'll never see coming. Hobkinson's film ultimately asks us to examine truth, belief, and trauma in the most tangled of stories. WISCONSIN ONLY
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2021
Runtime:90
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:Belgium
United Kingdom
Original Language:English
French
Subtitles:English
Website:https://www.metfilmsales.com/misha-and-the-wolves
Film Sponsor:Madeleine and David Lubar
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Sam Hobkinson
Producer:Jurgen Buedts
Poppy Dixon
Al Morrow
Matt Wells
Gregory Zalcman
Screenwriter:Sam Hobkinson
Cinematographer:Will Pugh
Editor:Peter Norrey
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Not Going Quietly

When grassroots lawyer and activist Ady Barkan is diagnosed with ALS just as he's welcomed his first child, he initially turns inward. But a chance encounter with Sen. Jeff Flake on a plane helps him find his voice anew, and this inspiring tear-jerking documentary follows his literal and figurative journey to become a staunch advocate for health care access for all. WISCONSIN ONLY
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2021
Runtime:96
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://www.adydoc.com/#home-section
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Nicholas Bruckman
Producer:Amanda Roddy
Screenwriter:Nicholas Bruckman
Amanda Roddy
Editor:Kent Bassett
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Once Upon a Time in Venezuela

At the edge of Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo is the small floating village of Congo Mirador. Now sinking into sediment, this once-prosperous fishing community is unraveling after years of ecological and economic neglect. Focusing on two powerful women representing diverse views amidst this story, Anabel Rodríguez Ríos’s sensitive and bold Oscar submission immerses us in the human realities of this battle to safeguard cultural heritage and retain political relevancy.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Cine Sin Fronteras
Release Year:2020
Runtime:99
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:Venezuela
United Kingdom
Brazil
Austria
Original Language:Spanish
Subtitles:English
Website:https://cargofilm-releasing.com/films/once-upon-a-time-in-venezuela/
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Anabel Rodríguez Ríos
Producer:Sepp R. Brudermann
Screenwriter:Anabel Rodríguez Ríos
Cinematographer:John Márquez
Editor:Sepp R. Brudermann
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Playing With Sharks

Sally Aitken's adventure-rich documentary uses incredible underwater photography to tell the story of Valerie Taylor, a living legend and icon. From a glamorous career as a diver and hunter in the 1950s to a no less glamorous role as a shark conservationist (landing her on the set of JAWS!), Valerie's story will leave you with a better understanding of how sharks matter to our oceanic ecosystems and how you can help preserve them.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2021
Runtime:90
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:Australia
Original Language:English
Website:https://www.playing-with-sharks.com/
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Sally Aitken
Producer:Bettina Dalton
Screenwriter:Sally Aitken
Cinematographer:Nathan Barlow
Michael Latham
Judd Overton
Toby Ralph
Ron Taylor
Editor:Adrian Rostirolla
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Rebel Hearts

Blessed with incredible archival access, the new documentary from MFF2017 alum Pedro Kos (BENDING THE ARC) offers an unprecedented look into The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who, in the 1960s, bravely stood up to the Catholic Church, challenging the unequal status of women in the church. Ultimately breaking off to create an intentional community with a dedication to education, art, and justice of all kinds, these women will inspire you with their bravery and unrelenting faith.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2021
Runtime:99
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://www.rebelheartsfilm.com/
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Pedro Kos
Producer:Shawnee Isaac-Smith
Kira Carstensen
Judy Korin
Screenwriter:Pedro Kos
Shawnee Isaac-Smith
Erin Barnett
Cinematographer:Emily Topper
Clay Westervelt
Editor:Erin Barnett
Yaniv Elani
Ondine Rarey
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Red Heaven

This is the true story of six people, picked to live in a dome on a lava field in Hawai'i...RED HEAVEN tells the true story of an experiment designed to inform NASA's path toward human exploration of Mars. Asking what the limits of human isolation might be, these experiences of a year in isolation will ring familiar to us in 2021, but also help us envision the lives of astronauts in fascinating ways.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:84
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
German
French
Subtitles:English
Website:https://www.redheavenfilm.com/
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Katherine Gorringe
Lauren DeFilippo
Producer:Katherine Gorringe
Lauren DeFilippo
Screenwriter:Katherine Gorringe
Cinematographer:David Alvarado
Editor:Katherine Gorringe
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Since I Been Down

Gilda Sheppard’s documentary looks at Tacoma, WA in the early 1990s, where elected officials responded to the increase of gang activity, escalating crime, and increasing poverty by passing a three-strikes law. The incarceration of residents from Tacoma’s economically deprived neighborhoods reflects the outcome when states like Washington (and Wisconsin) abolish discretionary parole. Those who have been imprisoned use their education work to achieve healing, forgiveness, and dignity.
Film Info
Program Category:Black Lens
Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:105
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:http://www.jimmielewisproductions.com/aboutthefilm
Film Sponsor:Mary Jo and Don Layden Jr
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Gilda Sheppard
Producer:Gilda Sheppard
June Nho Ivers
Saman Maydani
Cinematographer:Canh Nguyen
Editor:Saman Maydani
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Some Kind of Heaven

The Villages, located in central Florida, is the world's largest retirement community, home to more than 130,000. Following four residents who struggle to find their place in the extreme homogenized culture, this character study delves into the whimsy, banality, and bizarreness of life when you have nothing to do and all day to do it. With gorgeous cinematography, Oppenheim plays up both the serene and surreal images found in this "Disneyworld for retirees".
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:83
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://www.somekindofheaven.com/
Film Sponsor:Ellenbecker Investment Group
Inc
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Fiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Lance Oppenheim
Producer:Darren Aronofsky
Kathleen Lingo
Jeffrey Soros
Simon Horsman
Melissa Oppenheim
Pacho Velez
Lance Oppenheim
Cinematographer:David Bolen
Editor:Daniel Garber
Lance Oppenheim
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Spring Valley

Starting with a viral video of a white school security officer throwing a Black teenager from her desk at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, SC, this film follows the unstoppable Vivian Anderson, who moved from Brooklyn to Columbia in the wake of this incident, focused on improving Black girls' futures and ending over-policing in our schools. Featuring powerful interviews with people on all sides of this incident, the film shows a system that is no longer working for anyone within it. WISCONSIN ONLY
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2021
Runtime:108
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Garrett Zevgetis
Producer:Ariana Garfinkel
Jeff Consiglio
Chico Colvard
Cinematographer:Alexandre Naufel
Christopher Lewis Dawkins
Pablo Durana
Ryan Miyamoto
Laura Kissel
Vanessa Carr
Editor:Jeff Consiglio
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Stray

Like fest fave KEDI (MFF2016), Elizabeth Lo's meditative documentary takes us to the streets of Istanbul, this time with an eye to its canine residents rather than the feline. With a dog's-eye view of the city and interspersed quotations from the Greek philosopher Diogenes, STRAY asks us to consider the dog not just as the trusty companion of lore but as a cypher of humanity, especially as we increasingly encounter displaced humans on these streets.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:72
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:Turkish
Subtitles:English
Website:https://www.straymovie.com/
Film Sponsor:von Briesen & Roper
s.c.
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Elizabeth Lo
Producer:Elizabeth Lo
Shane Boris
Cinematographer:Elizabeth Lo
Editor:Elizabeth Lo
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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The Meaning of Hitler

Taking inspiration from Sebastian Haffner's titular book, in THE MEANING OF HITLER Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker set out to explore what Hitler means in the current waves of white nationalism and antisemitism. Featuring interviews with historians and scholars like Martin Amis and Saul Friedlander coupled with time spent with Nazi hunters, microphone technologists, and the curator of the US Army's confiscated art collection, this Herzogian documentary offers an unexpected, refreshing yet sobering journey to help us know why this history remains urgent. WISCONSIN ONLY
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:92
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
German
Subtitles:English
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Petra Epperlein
Michael Tucker
Producer:Petra Epperlein
Michael Tucker
Mike Lerner
Dana O'Keefe
Screenwriter:Michael Tucker
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Try Harder

While being Asian American is the norm at San Francisco’s Lowell High School, the perceptions and pressures of the “model minority” myth intensify for a group of students undergoing the high-stakes process of applying for their dream college. Debbie Lum’s timely film reveals an American school system fraught with drained students in an ever-surmounting cycle of competition for capital-A “Achievement.” Fresh, direct, and eye-opening, TRY HARDER is a must-watch for teens, families, and educators alike. AGES 13+ WISCONSIN ONLY
Film Info
Program Category:Teen Screen
Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2021
Runtime:85
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://tryharderfilm.com/
Film Sponsor:KPMG
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Debbie Lum
Producer:Nico Opper
Debbie Lum
Lou Nakasako
Cinematographer:Lou Nakasako
Kathy Huang
Editor:Andrew Gersh
Amy Ferraris
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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