Films to watch at this year’s Full-Frame Documentary Film Festival
Full Format Documentary Film Festival | Wednesday June 2 — Sunday June 6, 2021
This year’s full-frame Documentary Film Festival features 36 titles from 21 countries — 21 feature films and 15 short films. Here’s a sample of what’s going on, virtually, at this year’s festival.
My name is Pauli Murray
From the creators of 2018 RGB, my name is Pauli Murray tells the story of the pioneering poet and activist lawyer who grew up in Durham. Murray’s tireless work on gender and race equity has led to real, lasting change in America.
It’s no secret that local journalism is in crisis. Storm Lake follows the staff of an Iowa newspaper as they fight to keep their publication alive and explore larger issues surrounding surveillance journalism, deadly disinformation and, quite possibly, the survival of democracy. World premiere.
In 1983, ABC aired the TV movie The next day, illustrating the aftermath of nuclear war, which quickly traumatized an entire generation of viewers. Some of us still haven’t recovered. Australian director Jeff Daniels investigates the making of the film, as well as the psychological impact it had on people, policy makers and even entire nations.
Truman and Tennessee: an intimate conversation
This ambitious double portrait takes an innovative approach from Southern writers Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Actors Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto read published works, diaries and letters between the two literary legends. Cheer! Addiction! Ambiguous sexuality! Good time.
In the same breath
Chinese-American filmmaker Nanfu Wang delivers what is essentially an origin story on COVID-19, starting with a New Years rally in Wuhan in the very first moments of 2020. Wang’s fierce film reveals corruption and corruption deliberate disinformation at the highest levels of government, in both China and America.
Scenes from the glittering world
This world premiere follows three students from the Navajo Nation as they navigate the dangerous waters of adolescence. Turning in and around America’s most remote high school, director Jared Jakins tells their stories through a series of sometimes funny, sometimes tragic vignettes. World premiere.
It’s not over yet
A small nursing home in Denmark takes a radical new approach to caring for residents with severe dementia. Shunning traditional care for the elderly, staff deploy the powerful medicine of laughter, engagement and empathy.
Mind never dies, only transitions
Logan L. Burroughs’ black and white short celebrates the power of simple traditions and rituals in black communities, using slow images and innovative sound design.
Meanwhile on earth
Presented as a deadpan comedy drama of manners, this doc takes a bizarre and shrewd approach to documenting Swedish funeral affairs. Using carefully composed images, director Carl Olsson escorts viewers through cemeteries and morgues, even in a hearse. Serious death.
We were there to be there
In 1978, psychobilly punk rockers The Cramps and the Mutants performed a legendary concert in the psychiatric ward of Napa State Hospital in California. This short film includes rare footage from the show.
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