VIRTUAL FILMS

All features and shorts available starting September 14 at noon CDT.

American Justice on Trial / Takeover
(dir. Andrew Abrahams, Herb Ferrette | USA | 2022 /
dir. Emma Francis-Snyder | USA | 2022)


Two shorter documentaries exploring stories of resistance–the Young Lords' 1970 takeover of a South Bronx hospital and the culmination of Black Panthers founder Huey Newton's Oakland murder trial.

And Then They Came For Us
(dir. Abby Ginzberg, Ken Schneider | USA | 2017)

Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange, AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US, brings history into the present, retelling this complicated story of the Executive Order 9066 that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans.

Beyond Ed Buck
(dir. Jayce Baron, Hailie Sahar | USA | 2022)

Starting from the tragic murders caused by white Democratic political donor Ed Buck, this film expands that lens to consider structural racism and transphobia within supposedly progressive queer communities.

Black Boy Joy
(Dir. Martina Mossell Lee | USA | 2019)

An introspective slice-of-life story about two generations of black men, living within the same household, juggling the demands of raising a young son with autism.

Change the Name
(Dir. Cai Thomas | USA | 2021)

Student activists and educators from Village Leadership Academy campaign to change the name of a park from a slaveholder to abolitionists Anna Murray and Frederick Douglass.

Coded Bias
(dir. Shalini Kantayya | USA | 2020)
 

An exploration into the fallout after MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all

Daughter of a Lost Bird
(dir. Brooke Swaney | USA | 2020)

DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD follows Kendra, an adult Native adoptee, as she reconnects with her birth family, discovers her Lummi heritage, and confronts issues of her own identity.

Sponsored by  Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

Disfluency
(dir. Anna Baumgarten | USA | 2021)

After failing her final college class, Jane returns home to her family's lake house and comes to terms with the confusing trauma that derailed her senior year

Fly So Far
(dir. Celina Haydee Escher | Sweden/El Salvador | 2021)

A grave warning of how far state control of women’s bodies can go, FLY SO FAR follows Teodora Vásquez, sentenced to thirty years in a Salvadorean prison after she suffered a stillbirth.

Sponsored by Odd Duck

Hayden & Her Family
(dir. May May Tchao | USA | 2020)


HAYDEN & HER FAMILY follows the nuanced and intimate adoption journey of an American family raising seven biological children plus five special needs Asian orphans.

Hazing
(dir. Byron Hurt | USA | 2022)

Weaving his own personal experience with hazing into larger narratives, director Byron Hurt explores power, groupthink, gendered violence, and the functions of collective trauma across a range of pledging rituals in this incisive documentary.

I Didn't See You There
(dir. Reid Davenport | USA | 2022)

Spurred by the spectacle of a circus tent outside his Oakland apartment, a disabled filmmaker launches into an unflinching meditation on spectacle, (in)visibility, and the corrosive legacy of the Freak Show.

Kaepernick & America
(dir. Tommy Walker, Ross Hockrow | USA | 2022)

KAEPERNICK & AMERICA explores the intersection between Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protests and the reactions they spurred in the United States, revealing unique insights into America’s ongoing racial turmoil.

Marvelous and the Black Hole
(dir. Kate Tsang | USA | 2021)

 

MARVELOUS AND THE BLACK HOLE follows Sammy as she befriends a surly magician (Rhea Perlman) who helps her navigate her inner demons and dysfunctional family with sleight of hand magic.

Metcalfe Park: Black Vote Rising
(Dir. Miela Fetaw Kefleyesus, Brad Lichtenstein | USA | 2020)

On April 7, Wisconsin held its primary election at the beginning of the pandemic in the U.S. An estimated ~16% of Black voters were disenfranchised in Milwaukee. Danell Cross and Melody McCurtis are determined to prevent this from happening again. Follow the mother-daughter activist team as they organize their Black community to prepare for the 2020 presidential election and its challenges.

Operation Allie
(Dir. Manny Marquez | USA | 2015)

Anthony Marquez, a former Marine and military dog handler, has returned from Afghanistan. He lost 17 friends in the war, and has been suffering from the effects of PTSD. When he finds out that the dog that he went through the war with, Allie, is being retired from the Marine Corp, he sets out to adopt her.

Oyate
(dir. Emil Benjamin, Brandon Jackson | USA | 2022)

 

OYATE shares the perseverance and struggles of Water Protectors at Standing Rock and other Native leaders and activists, braiding together a moving range of responses to ongoing injustices for Indigenous cultures, territories, languages, and lives.

Power To Heal
(dir. Charles Burnett | USA | 2018)

An hour-long documentary chronicling the historic civil rights struggle to desegregate American hospitals and secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans.

Relative
(dir. Tracey Arcabasso | USA | 2022)

When filmmaker Tracey Arcabasso Smith confronts her childhood sexual abuse, she unearths a pervasive history of multigenerational abuse in her seemingly-idyllic family, forcing her to make an impossible decision: to stay silent and let the cycle continue or to speak up and risk losing the family she loves.

Speed Sisters
(dir. Amber Fares| CA, DK, PS, QA, UK, USA | 2015)

Checkpoints set up by the Israeli military, and social expectations don't stop members of the Middle East's first all-women racing team as they speed between the cities of the West Bank in high-octane car races.

Straight / Curve: Redefining Body Image
(Dir. Jenny McQuaile| USA | 2017)

Straight/Curve examines the industries and obstacles responsible for our current body image crisis and showcases the dynamic leaders fighting for more diversity of size, race and age.

The Exchange. In White America. Kaukauna & King 50 Years Later
(dir. Joanne Williams | USA | 2022)

Milwaukee's Rufus King High School and Kaukauna High School participated in a 1966 exchange program culminating in a production of IN WHITE AMERICA. Now, over fifty years later, the original participants come together with a new generation.

Sponsored by Associated Bank
Community Partner: UWM Office of Applied Gerontology

The Heartland
(Dir. Marquise Mays| USA | 2021)

Highlighting both the joys and trials of growing up Black in the Midwest, three young Milwaukee residents confront and reconcile the unrequited love between them and their city. Through outspoken interviews, they reveal the ways in which Milwaukee has shaped them and they in turn have shaped Milwaukee. Graced with poetry and luminous images, Marquise Mays's heartfelt documentary takes an at once loving and critical look at a city still riven by inequality-while offering an empowering vision for a brighter future.

The Neutral Ground
(dir. CJ Hunt | USA | 2021)

In 2015, director CJ Hunt was filming the New Orleans City Council’s vote to remove four confederate monuments. But when death threats halt that removal, Hunt sets out to understand why a losing army from 1865 still holds so much power in America.

The Reason I Jump
(Dir. Jerry Rothwell | UK | 2020)

Based on the book by Naoki Higashida, this immersive film explores the experiences of non-speaking autistic people around the world.

Through The Night
(Dir. Loira Limbal | USA | 2020)

Exploring the personal cost of our modern economy through the stories of two working mothers and a child care provider - whose lives intersect at a 24-hour daycare center.

Two Of Us
(dir. Filippo Meneghetti | BE, FR, LU | 2019)

Nina and Madeleine have a sweeping romance that spans decades. In their old age, they live quiet lives with side-by-side units in their lavish apartment building. But their love has remained a secret, and Madeleine's refusal to come out to her daughter complicates matters when a shocking development shakes up their lives. Director Filippo Meneghetti brings this tender drama to the screen to prove that true love conquers all.

Wandering: A Rohingya Tale
(dir. Olivier Higgins, Mélanie Carrier | Canada | 2020)

In 2017, 700,000 people of the Rohingya Muslim minority fled Myanmar, escaping genocide. This immersive and poetic film brings us to the biggest refugee camp in the world, where Rohingya stayed before moving on to cities like Milwaukee.

Wildhood
(dir. Bretten Hannam | USA | 2021)

Two-spirit Mi'kmaw teenager Link is just discovering his sexuality when he finds out his presumed dead mother may be alive and embarks on a quest to find her.