“Rise,” “First and 17″ to bow at AFI Docs

The world premieres of Dawn Porter's Rise: The Promise of My Brother's Keeper (pictured) and Brad Horn's First and 17 are headed to Washington DC festival AFI Docs next month.
May 22, 2015

Dawn Porter‘s Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper (pictured) and Brad Horn’s First and 17 are headed to Washington DC festival AFI Docs for their world premieres next month.

The 13th edition of the American Film Institute festival – which takes place from June 17 to 21 - will showcase 81 films from across 25 countries, including four world premieres. As previously reported, Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville‘s Best of Enemies and Jessica Edwards‘ Mavis! will bookend the event, and Stanley Nelson has been named this year’s Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree.

World premieres at the fest include Porter’s Rise: The Promise of My Brothers Keeper, the Discovery Channel doc about President Barack Obama’s challenge in  implementing a community-level “cradle-to-college-and-career strategy” for boys and men of color in America, and Brad Horn’s First and 17, about Da’Shawn Hand, the top-ranked U.S. high school football recruit of 2013.

Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci’s Salam Neighbor, about a month spent living in Jordan’s Syrian Za’tari refugee camp, and Natalie Avital’s The Three Hikers, which follows the story of a group of American hikers who veered off-track around Iraq’s border with Iran in 2009, round out the premieres.

Spotlight screenings at the festival include Greg Whiteley’s Most Likely to Succeed, on experimental U.S. schools looking to change the American education system; Abigail Disney’s The Armor of Light, featuring an evangelical Christian leader who reconsiders his position on gun rights; and David Holbrooke’s The Diplomat, which finds the son of late American ambassador David Holbrooke examining his father’s career.

Other notable films screening at the festival include the late Albert Maysles‘ doc In Transit, which he co-directed with Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Ben Wu and David Usui; as well as Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine and Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber’s Peace Officer.

For the complete list of AFI Docs selections, please click here.

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