TRUE STORIES (DOCUMENTARIES)

Documentaries from talents all around the globe showcasing unbelievably real-world experiences, history come to life and stories of overcoming.

"HELLO," WE LIED

(STUDENT DOCUMENTARY SHORT)

Dir. Laura Gamse

Ordained "The King of Fake News" by NPR, Jestin Coler built a network of websites meant to "infiltrate the echo chambers" of the alt-right. His empire soon grew to embody the media monolith it satirized, garnering over 100 million views and potentially swaying the election. As the 2020 elections approach and Coler's techniques are adopted by armies of fake news purveyors, virality and reality intertwine in front of our eyes, leaving truth in the eye of the beholder. In the famously flubbed words of former president George W. Bush, "There's an old saying in Tennessee...Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me, can't get fooled again." Or can we?

BLAHC: THE BROOKLAND LITERARY & HUNTING CLUB

(STUDENT DOCUMENTARY SHORT)

Dir. / Writer: Kenneth Alexander Campbell / Prod. Eve K. Austin, Kenneth Alexander Campbell

This oral history film honors the experience of 5 members of the Brookland Literary and Hunting Club (a.k.a. BLAHC), a poker and social club founded in Washington, DC in 1942 by 9 accomplished Black men from the Brookland neighborhood in the district — doctors, lawyers, scientists, university presidents — many with Howard University affiliations. They gathered monthly to discuss important topics of the day (the “literary”) and “hunt” (aka play poker). BLAHC has survived until today, but now it may be reaching its end.

KAYAK NO LIMITS - MENORCA IN THE DARK

(INT'L FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM)

Dir. / Prod. Isaac Padrós Suárez

The story of a feat never done before. Isaac Padrós, a young man from Girona with visual impairment and physical disability sets off to circumnavigate the island of Menorca in an individual kayak, guided by his friend, Rai Puig’s voice.

DREAMING OF WORDS

(INT'L DOCUMENTARY FEATURE)

Dir. / Prod. Nandan

Njattyela Sreedharan, a fourth standard drop-out, compiles a dictionary connecting four Indian languages. Travelling across four states and doing extensive research, he spent twenty five years making the multilingual dictionary. This unique dictionary offers a comparative study of Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. 'Dreaming of Words' traces Sreedharan's life, work, love for languages and the struggles to get the dictionary published. The film also explores the linguistic and cultural diversity in India.