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2018 Films

BUTTERCUP

Maggie needs her best friend today more than ever, but never expected she'd actually show up. 


Filmmaker: Megan Brotherton  

GIRLS LEVEL UP

A young Pakistani women who grew up in a conservative Muslim neighborhood in the Middle East helps middle school girls in Silicon Valley realize their dream of designing their own video game. 


Filmmaker:  Anne Edgar

TOYS

In 1930's farm country, a father wants a son, but he gets a little girl. He tries to toughen her up by giving her toys intended for boys. His efforts backfire when she proves a little too capable for comfort. 


Filmmaker:  Amanda Quaid

FANNY PACK

A comedy about a young Indian-American woman who wants to follow her dreams and a fanny pack-clad Indian father who chases his daughter through an airport hoping that she will follow his. 


Filmmaker: Uttera Singh 

JOY JOY NAILS

In an upmarket Connecticut strip mall, Korean Sarah manages a Korean-owned nail salon with an ever cheerful, K-pop pumping, manicured iron fist. When Chinese Mia starts training as a manicurist, and looks to be stealing the boss’s son’s affections, Sarah gets her claws out—only to discover the terrible truth under the varnish at JOY JOY NAILS. 


Filmmaker: Joey Ally

YOURS SINCERELY, LOIS WEBER

A tribute to the highest-paid silent film director at Universal Studios in 1916. 


Filmmaker: Svetlana Cvetko

JESSZILLA

Jesselyn “Jesszilla” Silva is serious about boxing, and at 10 years old trains seriously with dreams of becoming a professional fighter. Her father, Pedro, finds himself caught in between supporting her dream and worrying about her future as she tries to master a combat sport. 


Filmmaker: Emily Sheskin

WAITING FOR HASSANA

 In 2014, the extremist organization, Boko Haram, kidnapped 276 teenage girls from a town in northeastern Nigeria. WAITING FOR HASSANA is a harrowing first-person account of one girl’s escape from captivity and a heart-wrenching lament for her closest friend Hassana — one of the many girls still unaccounted for... 


Filmmaker: Ifunanya Maduka 

LAST SUMMER, IN THE GARDEN

Last summer, in the garden recounts one woman’s journey through a joyful, fearful time of death and rebirth. Last summer, in the garden is featured in the touring program The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows. 


Filmmaker: Bekky O'Neil


2017 Films

Another Kind of Girl

A 17-year-old girl meditates on how her refugee camp has opened up new horizons and given her a sense of courage that she lacked in Syria. 


Filmmaker: Khaldiya Jibawi


Family Tale

 Through love, loss, and determination, the definition of family is rewritten. 


Filmmaker:  Dr. Patricia Beckmann-Wells 

Free to Laugh

 A documentary that explores the power of comedy after prison. 


Filmmaker: Lara Everly 

Join The Club

A writer's dilemma of whether or not to join a networking club unfolds during one therapy session. 


Filmmaker: Eva Vives

Niñera

A story that looks at the bitter irony many nannies face: raising the children of strangers for a living while their own children are virtually left to raise themselves. 


Filmmaker: Diane Weipert

NkosiCoiffure

 After a fight with her boyfriend in the street, a woman escapes into a hair salon in Brussels. 


Filmmaker: Frederike Migom

Partners

Professional and life partners must confront how intertwined their lives have become. 


Filmmaker: Joey Ally

The Honeys and The Bears

Members of a synchronized swim team for seniors describe the freedom of the water. 


Filmmaker: Veena Rao

The Third Dad

Ten years after breaking all ties with her father, a daughter sets out to find his grave - and redemption. 


Filmmaker:  Theresa Moerman Ib 

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