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So many films, so little time. If you're feeling overwhelmed by all of the film descriptions to go through for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, take a look at what that the KRCL team is looking forward to this year.*
*Film descriptions taken from the Sundance Film Festival website.
A movie can transport you to fantastical worlds, but just as important they can show real life experiences so different from our own. The Sundance 2020 U.S. Documentary Competition has a great slate this year, from showing us the lives of disabled teens at summer camp up the road from Woodstock to the bias of Artificial Intelligence and what a “poet of code” is doing about it. Then there’s the lives and work of ACLU attorneys in the Trump era, the anti-LGBTQ+ pogrom being waged in Chechnya, and the return after a 30-year absence of a gender non-conforming, cape-wearing psychic from Puerto Rico. Do yourself a favor and put one or two of these documentaries on your must-watch list at Sundance this year.
courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Steve Honigsbaum
Please note that wheelchair spaces at theaters are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit sundance.org/accessibility for more information, or reach out to email@example.com with questions.
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Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Sabrina Lantos
Film Description: What must it be like to be an ACLU lawyer in this day and age? When a mother is separated from her child, a soldier is threatened to lose his career, a young woman’s right to choose is imperiled at the pleasure of a government official, and the ability to exercise our basic right to vote is threatened, the consequences can be devastating to us and to future generations. The Fight celebrates the unsung heroes who fiercely work to protect our freedoms.
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Film description: Searing urgency is a guiding force as Welcome to Chechnya shadows a group of activists who risk unimaginable peril to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ+ pogrom raging in the repressive and closed Russian republic. Since 2016, Chechnya’s tyrannical leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has waged a depraved operation to “cleanse the blood” of LGBTQ+ Chechens, overseeing a government-directed campaign to detain, torture, and execute them. With no help from the Kremlin and only faint global condemnation of the violence, a vast and secretive network of activists takes matters into its own hands. Note: English and Russian, with English subtitles.
Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Giovan Cordero
Film description: Once the world’s most famous astrologer, Walter Mercado seeks to resurrect a forgotten legacy. Raised in the sugar cane fields of Puerto Rico, Walter grew up to become a gender non-conforming, cape-wearing psychic whose televised horoscopes reached 120 million Latinx viewers a day for 30 years before he mysteriously disappeared.