AFI Fest adds “Manakamana,” “Caucus” to line-up

Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez's Manakamana (pictured) and AJ Schnack's Caucus are among the documentaries that will screen at this year's AFI Fest in Hollywood.
October 22, 2013

Directors Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’s Manakamana (pictured) and AJ Schnack’s Caucus will screen at this year’s AFI Fest, which runs November 7 to 14 in Hollywood.

Organizers today (October 22) announced the remaining titles that will screen in the festival’s World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema’s Legacy and Presentations programs.

In all, 119 films – 83 features and 36 shorts – from 43 countries will screen during the festival. Among the 10 documentaries screening are the experimental Manakamana, which is produced by Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Laboratory (Leviathan) and shot on a state-of-the-art cable car in Nepal.

Schnack’s political documentary Caucus continues its festival run as part of AFI Fest’s American Independents program. Directing trio Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, Karlyn Michelson’s Charlie Victor Romeo, a doc based on black box transcripts from airline emergencies, will screen in the same program.

Nagieb Khaja’s My Afghanistan: Life in the Forbidden Zone will screen in the Breakthrough program. Meanwhile, Michael Stevens will lead a panel discussion based on Herblock: The Black and the White, about influential political cartoonist Herbert Lawrence Block, following a screening of the film in the Presentations program.

Previously announced docs screening at AFI Fest 2013 include Errol Morris’ The Unknown Known and Frank Pavich’s Jodorowsky’s Dune.

For the complete list of films, visit the festival’s website.

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