Review: ‘Nanna Power: The Story of the Gloucester Knitting Nannas’

In recent years there have been a number of films made documenting the work of environmental and climate activists. Many tend to showcase the youth movement and their inspiring efforts to mobilize and be heard. Yet, young people aren’t the only ones who care about saving the planet. Cue the Knitting Nannas! Directed by Anne […]

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Review: ‘The Road Up’

Directed by Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel, “The Road Up” follows four individuals in Chicago as they participate in Cara, a job-training program that helps people overcome poverty by providing workforce training and personal coaching. As viewers see in the film, the program also helps participants develop confidence and instills in them an additional element […]

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MDFF: 11 Shorts on the Human Condition

At the heart of documentary is you. The complex, strong, emotional, talented, and driven individual reading this. Whether you’re the courageous soul bearing their story to the world in one of the documentaries listed below or you’re the filmmaker whose passion for storytelling leads to months and years of dedicated work making sure their subjects’ […]

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Directed by Ran Li and produced by Jiapei Wu

Review: ‘Silver Lining’

Winner of Best Australian Short Documentary at the 2020 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, “Silver Lining” introduces viewers to a Chinese immigrant in her 60s as she adjusts to life in Melbourne following the tragic passing of her husband. The woman, who has lived in Melbourne for four years, doesn’t speak English but does her best […]

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Q+A with Director Erin R. Dooley on ‘A Way to Forgiveness’

In her first feature length documentary, “A Way to Forgiveness,” director Erin R. Dooley commences a personal pilgrimage across northern Spain following the dissolution of her 12-year marriage that challenges her mentally, physically and spiritually as she records her trek of reflection towards inner peace and ultimately letting go. A moving video diary featuring the […]

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Interview: ‘Tunnel Vision’ Producer Bessie Byrne

Directed by Ivan Hexter and produced by Bessie Byrne, “Tunnel Vision” highlights the power of civil disobedience to effect change when a government campaign to build an $18 billion dollar toll road in Melbourne is proposed that would forever alter the landscape and do little to reduce the problem of traffic congestion it was meant […]

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Review: ‘Warehoused’

To coincide with World Refugee Day, we look at “Warehoused” directed by Asher Emmanuel and Vincent Vittorio premiering globally with free screenings around the world today (June 20th). “Warehoused” takes audiences to Dadaab, Kenya–home to the world’s largest refugee camp and, as of April 2017, approximately 250,000 registered refugees. Seeking to educate on the conditions […]

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Interview: Costa Botes on the Making of ‘Act of Kindness’

No stranger to challenging projects, New Zealand-based filmmaker Costa Botes’ career spans more than 30 years and the spectrum of passions. Perhaps most widely known for his work documenting the making of Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, his latest films from the past decade are no less notable taking viewers on moving, […]

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