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Mizrahi, Jakovleski make up True/False ’17 lineup

Documentaries from filmmakers Shevaun Mizrahi, Viktor Jakovleski and Jonathan Olshefski will bow at the 14th annual True/False Film Festival in March. The festival’s slate of films is expected to push the ...
February 9, 2017

Documentaries from filmmakers Shevaun Mizrahi, Viktor Jakovleski and Jonathan Olshefski will bow at the 14th annual True/False Film Festival in March.

The festival’s slate of films is expected to push the boundaries of non-fiction filmmaking and includes Mizrahi’s Distant Constellation (pictured), a work-in-progress in a test screening which details the inhabitants of a Turkish retirement home; Jakovleski’s Brimstone & Glory, chronicling a pilgrimage to Mexico’s National Pyrotechnic Festival; and Olshefski’s True Life Fund Film Quest, which spotlights one Philadelphia family’s highs and lows over the course of a decade.

International titles screening at the Columbia, Missouri-based festival, which runs March 2-5, includes Steve JamesABACUS: Small Enough To Jail , capturing the only bank targeted in the 2008 financial meltdown; Kitty Green’s Netflix film Casting JonBenet, about the murder of the Colorado child beauty queen; Amir Bar-Lev‘s Long Strange Trip, detailing the journey of seminal rock band The Grateful Dead; Maite Alberdi’s The Grown-Ups, following two adults with Down syndrome as they navigate the complexities of life; and Claire Simon’s Récréations (1992), showcasing applicants to a prestigious French film school as they run a gauntlet of judges.

Further international titles screening at True/False include Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s The Road Movie, touring Russia through dash-cam footage; Ulrich Seidl‘s Safari, tracing a retro Austrian family as they hunt in Nambia; Obaidah Zytoon and Andreas Dalsgaard’s The War Show, shadowing a group of Syrian friends through the Arab Spring; and Lea Glob and Mette Carla Albrechtsen’s Venus, which reveals intimate stories of young Danish women.

The full list of titles screening at the True/False Film Festival can be found below, with film descriptions provided by the festival:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Dir. Steve James; 2016; 90 min.
The Sungs were an all-American immigrant success story – until they were targeted in the 2008 financial meltdown. From the director of The Interrupters.

Brimstone & Glory
Dir. Viktor Jakovleski; 2017; 64 min.
A heart-stopping, visually acrobatic pilgrimage to Mexico’s National Pyrotechnic Festival. Presented by Spirit of ’76 Fireworks

Casting JonBenet
Dir. Kitty Green; 2017; 80 min.
The murder of JonBenet Ramsey is only the beginning in this mind-blowing cinematic puzzle box.

The Challenge
Dir. Yuri Ancarani; 2016; 70 min.
The 4,000-year-old tradition of falconry tethers this spellbinding trek through gold-plated excess in the Arabian Peninsula.

Communion
Dir. Anna Zamecka; 2016; 72 min.
Fourteen-year-old Ola becomes the default caretaker for her irreverent brother, Nikodem, in this exquisite film.

Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?
Dir. Travis Wilkerson; 2017; 70 min.
This emotionally intense live performance uses the framework of a murder mystery to reckon with one family’s racist legacy.

Dina
Dir. Dan Sickles & Antonio Santini; 102 min.
Dina may have a “smorgasbord of issues,” but she’s resilient and in love.

Distant Constellation
Dir. Shevaun Mizrahi; 2017; 80 min.
Full of Tarkovskian atmospherics and featuring the inhabitants of a Turkish retirement home – pranksters, historians, artists and would-be Casanovas.

Donkeyote
Dir. Chico Pereira; 2017; 86 min.
Manolo’s dream is to walk the Trail of Tears with his trusted four-legged companion, Gorrión, but is he tilting at windmills?

The Force
Dir. Peter Nicks; 2017; 93 min.
Break through the blue wall of the Oakland Police Department as it struggles to recapture the trust of the community.

The Graduation
Dir. Claire Simon; 2016; 120 min.
Applicants to a prestigious French film school must run a gauntlet of judges. Filmed by True Vision recipient Claire Simon. Presented by Restoration Eye Care

The Grown-Ups
Dir. Maite Alberdi; 2016; 83 min.
A candy-colored romance featuring Anita and Andres – two adults navigating the intricacies of life with Down syndrome.

Gulîstan, Land of Roses
Dir. Zaynê Akyol; 2016; 84 min.
An all-female regiment of guerillas in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party prepares for war against Daesh.

HyperNormalisation
Dir. Adam Curtis; 2016; 187 min.
Adam Curtis (2015 True Vision recipient) unearths improbable connections between Jane Fonda workout tapes, Tech Bro utopianists, and the new regime’s fake news. The runtime includes a 20-minute intermission.

I Am Not Your Negro
Dir. Raoul Peck; 2016; 93 min.
James Baldwin’s eloquent writing powerfully connects the ’60s with today in this revelatory documentary.

Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2
Dir. Florent Vassault; 2017; 84 min.
Lindy Lou sets out on an unconventional road trip across the South, tracking down her fellow jurors who sentenced a man to die.

Long Strange Trip
Dir. Amir Bar-Lev; 2017; 259 min.
Counterculture icons the Grateful Dead were an unlikely utopian experiment illuminated by five decades of recordings and photos. The runtime includes a 20-minute intermission.

LoveTrue
Dir. Alma Har’el; 2016; 82 min.
Elation and disappointment swell and break in three ethereal portraits of young love from Hawaii, Alaska, and New York City.

Manifesto
Dir. Julian Rosefeldt; 2017; 90 min.
Cate Blanchett shapeshifts from hobo to rocker to anchorwoman and beyond, audaciously proclaiming 50 versions of The Future.

Mimi
Dir. Claire Simon; 2003; 105 min.
Mimi Chiola has been waiting her whole life for an audience to dazzle with her star power. True Vision recipient Claire Simon’s camera captures a day in her life.

Miss Kiet’s Children
Dir. Petra Lataster-Czisch & Peter Lataster; 2016; 114 min.
A beguiling, kid’s-eye view of a Dutch classroom run by an everyday hero.

Quest
Dir. Jonathan Olshefski; 2017; 105 min.
This epic labor of love vividly spotlights one Philadelphia family’s highs and lows over the course of a decade. True Life Fund Film (Presented by The Crossing)

Railway Sleepers
Dir. Sompot Chidgasornpongse; 2016; 102 min.
Filmed on every active line of the Thai railway system, this humanistic gem flits between passengers, eavesdropping on their conversations.

Rat Film
Dir. Theo Anthony; 2016; 82 min.
An eccentric, era-hopping essay about a Baltimore that is born and reborn daily, presided over by some four-footed denizens.

Récréations
Dir. Claire Simon; 1992; 54 min.
Lord of the Flies on a French playground, as filmed by True Vision recipient Claire Simon.

The Road Movie
Dir. Dmitrii Kalashnikov; 2016; 67 min.
A raucous tour of a Russia whose dash-cam footage supplies both morbid marvels and insight into an off-the-rails culture.

Safari
Dir. Ulrich Seidl; 2016; 90 min.
A hunting we will go, as master Ulrich Seidl escorts us to Namibia, accompanied by a retro, Austrian family.

Secret Screening Argon
2017; 86 min.
The mythic outlaw looms large in the American consciousness, but this story is more complex than mere heroes and villains.

Secret Screening Krypton
2016; 84 min.
The inspiring collision of working-class desperation and determination.

Secret Screening Xenon
2017; 91 min.
An outlandish figure crosses an ethical Rubicon, setting off a chain reaction.

Shorts: Antonio + Edith + Eddie
72 min.
Can’t they get some peace? We track down an exile in Brazil, then interrupt the oldest interracial newlyweds in the U.S.

Shorts: Making Good Neighbors
86 min.
Fences and walls can’t contain these five investigations of The Other.

Shorts: The New Family
69 min.
Family is constantly being redefined: these three inspired works go nuclear in a most unconventional way.

Shorts: The World Laughs With You
76 min.
Even in dark times, it pays to look on the bright side of life, as evinced in these six works.

Shorts: Young Money
68 min.
Youth is not wasted on the young in these four tactile portraits.

Step
Dir. Amanda Lipitz; 2017; 83 min.
Senior year at a Baltimore charter school, and the irrepressible step dance team balances prepping for college with gunning for the all-city championship.

Still Tomorrow
Dir. FAN Jian; 2016; 88 min.
When a feminist Chinese poet’s work goes viral, her new celebrity doesn’t sit well with her husband of twenty years.

Stranger in Paradise
Dir. Guido Hendrikx; 2016; 72 min.
Smug, conventional wisdom falls by the wayside as this masterful provocation implicates us all in the refugee crisis.

Strong Island
Dir. Yance Ford; 2017; 107 min.
With catharsis if not closure, director Ford investigates his brother’s murder and the repercussions that shook the family.

Venus
Dir. Lea Glob & Mette Carla Albrechtsen; 2016; 80 min.
Intimate interviews with young women in Copenhagen, who bravely share their fantasies, fears, and more.

The War Show
Dir. Obaidah Zytoon & Andreas Dalsgaard; 2016; 101 min.
A bohemian group of friends get caught up in the intoxicating energy of the Arab Spring, risking everything for a new Syria.

Whose Streets?
Dir. Sabaah Folayan; 2016; 94 min
This is what heroism looks like: a grassroots film about the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri, fighting for equal access to the American Dream.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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