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Saturday, March 25
 

12:00pm

Não Deixe a Peteca Cair (Bad’ & the Birdieman)
directed by Lili Fialho & Kátia Lund
Brazil/USA, 2016, Portuguese, 50 minutes




Sebastião’s goal is to use badminton as a tool of escape for the kids in his community of Chacrinha, Rio de Janeiro. The kids enjoy playing the sport but lose at every competition, despite Sebastião’s vision for the kids to become champions. With love, hard work and dedication, the badminton team became qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games. —Chasity Wingard

Saturday March 25, 2017 12:00pm - 1:05pm
7 Stages Theatre, Main 1105 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

12:15pm

Milwaukee 53206
directed by Keith McQuirter
USA, 2016, English, 55 minutes


Milwaukee 53206: America's most incarcerated ZIP code. Three powerful characters relate their experiences of incarceration and how prison shaped their lives, families, and community. This film exposes the challenges a community faces when fighting to move forward despite a history of poverty, unemployment, and lack of opportunity, and how these factors sustain the crisis of mass incarceration in this region and across the nation. —Jamie Traner

Saturday March 25, 2017 12:15pm - 1:25pm
Druid Hills Presbyterian Church 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306

2:30pm

Farewell Ferris Wheel
directed by Jamie Sisley & Miguel "M.i.G." Martinez
USA/Mexico, 2016, English/ Spanish, 71 minutes


In the United States, tens of thousands of migrant workers are displaced from their once-reliable sources of income due to adjusted labor laws and as a result of H-2B labor abuse. “Farewell Ferris Wheel” spends six years uncovering the experiences of various legal Mexican migrant workers from one small town that predominantly works with carnivals. The adjustment of these laws could mean the end of carnival festivities nation-wide, despite the 200-year history in America. —Jamie Traner


Saturday March 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:55pm
Druid Hills Presbyterian Church 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306

2:30pm

Trenches of Rock
Directed by Paul Michael Bloodgood
USA, 2017, English, 87 minutes
Trenches of Rock chronicles the 30-year history of the “Christian Metal" band Bloodgood, which was targeted not only by a mainstream music industry that found their blatant use of faith-based lyrics unfitting with heavy metal, but also by religious conservatives who believed their music was the work of the devil.

Saturday March 25, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Towne Cinema 106 N Avondale Rd, Avondale Estates, GA 30002

4:30pm

Mr. Chibbs
directed by Jill Campbell
USA, 2017, English, 90 minutes



A retired professional athlete faces unexpected challenges in his post-athletic world. As life continues, Kenny Anderson discovers basketball did not prepare him for all facets of reality. The former New York City high-school prodigy and NBA All-Star confronts loss in its many forms and subsequently finds himself lost. Facing his personal demons head-on, the charismatic Anderson must come to terms with his past in order to find a way forward. —Meghan Faulkner


Saturday March 25, 2017 4:30pm - 6:15pm
Plaza Theatre, Downstairs 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

7:30pm

Preso
directed by Ana Tipa
Uruguay, 2016, Spanish/Portuguese, 92 minutes


Miguel, a hard working family man, must come to terms with his double life. He frequently crosses the border of Uruguay and Brazil to ensure both of his families are taken care of. As his internal struggle thrives, he must find enough courage to tell them the truth. —Kevon Pryce


Saturday March 25, 2017 7:30pm - 9:20pm
Druid Hills Presbyterian Church 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306
 
Sunday, March 26
 

12:15pm

Dwa światy (Two Worlds)
directed by Maciej Adamek
Poland, 2016, Polish, 51 minutes



As the only member of her family with the ability to hear, 12-year-old Laura guides viewers in this inspiring family portrait. The challenges she faces are surprising and unusual. As their story unfolds, the strength of their love in light of the challenges they face allows the viewers to confront a reality otherwise unknown to them. —Meghan Faulkner

Sunday March 26, 2017 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Druid Hills Presbyterian Church 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306

2:30pm

City of Joy
directed by Madeleine Gavin
Democratic Republic of Congo, 2016, Swahili/French/English, 76 minutes


A tale of hope and restoration unfolds in “City of Joy,” a film that follows students at a leadership center in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite the horrific abuse they have endured, this first class of women comes together as a community of leaders to positively revolutionize a place long deemed by many as hopeless. —Jamie Traner



Sunday March 26, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Plaza Theatre, Downstairs 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

5:45pm

Mele Murals
directed by Tadashi Nakamura
USA, 2016, English, 66 minutes


“Mele Murals” follows the stories of two renowned street artists, Estria Miyashiro (AKA Estria) and John Hina (AKA Prime), as they attempt to express their knowledge of the last 20 years in Hawaii and discover cultural identities through street art. This documentary emphasizes the artists' desires to unite their communities and educate the public on modern mural-making and traditional Hawaiian culture. —Jamie Traner

Sunday March 26, 2017 5:45pm - 7:05pm
7 Stages Theatre, Main 1105 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

8:00pm

Woman on Fire
directed by Julie Sokolow
USA, 2016, English, 84 minutes



Truly one of New York’s bravest, Brooke Guinan breaks barriers when she becomes the city's first and only transgender firefighter. Guinan reveals her experience of facing adversity while remaining steadfast in her goals. The documentary waxes inspirational as she reflects upon her upbringing, 9/11, and her experiences as a transgender firefighter. —Meghan Faulkner

Sunday March 26, 2017 8:00pm - 9:40pm
Druid Hills Presbyterian Church 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306
 
Monday, March 27
 

9:30pm

Death by a Thousand Cuts
directed by Juan Mejia Botero & Jake Kheel
USA/Dominican Republic, 2016, Spanish/Haitian Kreyòl, 73 minutes


Showcasing the tension between Haitians and Dominicans over charcoal, “Death by a Thousand Cuts” focuses on the investigation into the death of a Dominican Park Ranger, Melaneo. Melaneo was found brutally murdered by a machete in the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park, after he was investigating the illegal charcoal production. The film sheds light on the deforestation in the Dominican Republic, and the relationship between the murder weapon and Dominican trees being chopped. —Chasity Wingard

Monday March 27, 2017 9:30pm - 11:00pm
7 Stages Theatre, Main 1105 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
 
Tuesday, March 28
 

9:15pm

Atlan
directed by Morin Karimoddini
Iran, 2015, Farsi, 62 minutes

A Turkman horse trainer, Ali, plans to spend his life-long prize winnings on his wedding. When some life events head south, Ali must take the reigns and participate in this revered Iranian sport through the northern Sahara in order to guarantee a successful marriage. —Jamie Traner


Tuesday March 28, 2017 9:15pm - 10:35pm
Druid Hills Presbyterian Church 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306

9:30pm

League of Exotique Dancers
directed by Rama Rau
Canada, 2016, English, 91 minutes


With a blast of brassy jazz and a spin through the glitz of modern Las Vegas, League of Exotique Dancers sets the stage for a provocative and eye-opening backstage tour of the golden age of Burlesque through the colourful lives of unforgettable women who made it glitter.

Tuesday March 28, 2017 9:30pm - 11:15pm
7 Stages Theatre, Main 1105 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
 
Wednesday, March 29
 

9:30pm

Whose Streets?
directed by Sabaah Folayan & Damon Davis
USA, 2017, English, 103 minutes


Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, “Whose Streets?” is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance.

Wednesday March 29, 2017 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Plaza Theatre, Downstairs 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
 
Thursday, March 30
 

7:15pm

Rat Film
directed by Theo Anthony
USA, 2016, English, 82 minutes


Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. "Rat Film" uses the rats—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them—to explore the history of Baltimore. ‘There's never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it's always been a people problem.’

Thursday March 30, 2017 7:15pm - 8:55pm
Druid Hills Presbyterian Church 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306
 
Friday, March 31
 

7:00pm

Jackson
directed by Maisie Crow
USA, 2016, English, 92 minutes



Forty-five percent of all pregnancies in the USA are unplanned, and one in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. And yet, the battle for women's access to reproductive healthcare is far from over. Inside the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi, “Jackson” is an intimate, first-of-its-kind look at the issues, through the voices of women in the Deep South who stand on both sides of the debate.


Friday March 31, 2017 7:00pm - 8:50pm
Plaza Theatre, Downstairs 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

9:30pm

Waiting for B.
directed by Paulo Cesar Toledo & Abigail Spindel
Brazil, 2016, Portuguese, 72 minutes




Documented in Brazil, “Waiting for B.” exposes the journey young Beyoncé super-fans undergo in an attempt to be closer to the front of the stage. Lacking the money to buy their way to the front, they camp out in the streets for two months waiting for a chance to be closer to their idol. As their lives intertwine, commonality is found between victims of hype, a community of hope forms, and the contradictions of humility and vanity at the heart of diva worship are explored. —Meghan Faulkner

Friday March 31, 2017 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Plaza Theatre, Downstairs 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
 
Saturday, April 1
 

12:30pm

La Selva Negra (The Modern Jungle)
directed by Charles Fairbanks & Saul Kak
Mexico/USA, 2016, Spanish/Zoque, 72 minutes



An intimate portrait of Zoque culture is painted through the fever dream of a Mexican shaman. The film highlights their challenges in the midst of increasing globalization and fetishization of commodities, while addressing the predicament of documentary. The shaman's financial hardship and hopes of a better future emotionally engage viewers as the film unapologetically explores its subject. —Meghan Faulkner


Saturday April 1, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Druid Hills Presbyterian Church 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306

2:45pm

The Nine
directed by Katy Grannan
USA, 2016, English, 98 minutes



The Nine is a no-man’s land where rules of polite society do not apply; a resting place for those who have relinquished the American dream. This emotional documentary unearths the stories of those living along the Nine in Modesto, an area in California's Central Valley devastated by the Great Depression. In a city with no hope, Kiki, exploited by personal trauma, is a rare bright light whose magnetic optimism is a means of self-preservation. Her childlike enthusiasm belies the stark reality of her Darwinian existence, emphasizing the beauty of those who fall by the wayside. —Meghan Faulkner

Saturday April 1, 2017 2:45pm - 4:40pm
Plaza Theatre, Downstairs 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

5:00pm

Raising Bertie
directed by Margaret Byrne
USA, 2016, English, 102 minutes


“Raising Bertie” follows three young African American boys over the course of six years as they grow into adulthood in Bertie County, a rural African American-led community in Eastern North Carolina. Through the intimate portrayal of these boys, this powerful vérité film offers a rare in-depth look at the issues facing America's rural youth and the complex relationships between generational poverty, educational equity, and race. The evocative result is an experience that encourages us to recognize the value and complexity in lives all too often ignored.

Saturday April 1, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Druid Hills Presbyterian Church 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306
 
Sunday, April 2
 

12:45pm

The House on Coco Road
directed by Damani Baker
USA/Grenada, 2016, English, 79 minutes


“The House on Coco Road” depicts the times and trials of Fannie Haughton, an activist and teacher who moves her children from Oakland, California to participate in the Grenada Revolution, unknowingly amidst a US military invasion. Her son's search for truth to confirm Fannie's place in American history is this beautifully painted homage to family, nationalism, freedom, and the dream of a better world. —Jamie Traner

Sunday April 2, 2017 12:45pm - 2:20pm
Druid Hills Presbyterian Church 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306