Film Programs

Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary

América
USA 2018 76 min.

Jocular and wrenching by turns, this poignant documentary centers on the plight of a young circus performer in Mexico and his brothers as they put their dreams for life on hold to care for their grandmother, América—who at 93 has more life of her own in her than even advanced dementia can contain.

The Biggest Little Farm
USA 2018 91 min.

Hard lessons await John and Molly Chester as they leave Los Angeles to build a biodynamic farm amid the Ventura County foothills in this eloquent, exquisitely shot documentary, which stands a testament to the power of Mother Nature and the human spirit alike. And also to the awesomeness of pigs.

United Skates
USA 2018 89 min.

One by one, the lights are dimming on the last remaining roller rinks in the United States—leaving a community of thousands in the dark. This documentary, by turns pumped-up and poignant, pulls you onto the floor to see—and into the struggle to save—what’s left of African-American skating culture.

When Lambs Become Lions
USA 2018 76 min.

As Kenya cracks down on the illegal ivory trade, poachers risk not only universal moral outrage but incarceration and even death. Why do they do it? This stunning documentary takes place on the front lines of wildlife conservation, bringing rangers and hunters alike into movingly sharp focus.

The World Before Your Feet
USA 2018 95 min.

For over six years, Matt Green has been on an unusual quest: to walk every block in New York City. To complete this 8,000-mile journey, he has left his job and his home, couch-surfing and spending just pennies a day. Why? He's still finding out as he turns the kaleidoscope of modern life step by ste

Wrestle
USA 2018 96 min.

Hoop Dreams goes to the mat in this closely observed, deeply affecting coming-of-age-documentary about four members of a high-school wrestling team in Huntsville, Alabama, who—at the behest of their tough-love coach—face challenges far beyond a shot at the State Championship.

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