Sundance ’17 | World Cinema Documentary

The 12 films in this section are world premieres unless otherwise specified.

The Good Postman
(Finland-Bulgaria / Director: Tonislav Hristov) — In a small Bulgarian village troubled by the ongoing refugee crisis, a local postman runs for mayor — and learns that even minor deeds can outweigh good intentions. North American Premiere

 In Loco Parentis
(Ireland-Spain / Directors: Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane)
 — John and Amanda teach Latin, English, and guitar at a fantastical, stately home-turned-school. Nearly 50-year careers are drawing to a close for the pair, who have become legends with the mantra: “Reading! ’Rithmetic! Rock ’n’ roll!” But for pupil and teacher alike, leaving is the hardest lesson. North American Premiere

 It’s Not Yet Dark
(Ireland / Director: Frankie Fenton)
 — This is the incredible story of Simon Fitzmaurice, a young filmmaker who becomes completely paralyzed from motor neurone disease but goes on to direct an award-winning feature film through the use of his eyes. International Premiere

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower
(U.S. / Director: Joe Piscatella)
 — When the Chinese Communist Party backtracks on its promise of autonomy to Hong Kong, teenager Joshua Wong decides to save his city. Rallying thousands of kids to skip school and occupy the streets, Joshua becomes an unlikely leader in Hong Kong and one of China’s most notorious dissidents.

Last Men in Aleppo
(Denmark / Directors: Feras Fayyad, Steen Johannessen)
 — After five years of war in Syria, Aleppo’s remaining residents prepare themselves for a siege. Khalid, Subhi, and Mahmoud, founding members of The White Helmets, have remained in the city to help their fellow citizens — and experience daily life, death, struggle, and triumph in a city under fire.

Machines
(India-Germany-Finland / Director: Rahul Jain) — This intimate, observant portrayal of the rhythm of life and work in a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India, moves through the corridors and bowels of the enormously disorienting structure — taking the viewer on a journey of dehumanizing physical labor and intense hardship. North American Premiere. (The New Climate)

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Motherland
(U.S.-Philippines / Director: Ramona Diaz)
 — The planet’s busiest maternity hospital is located in one of its poorest and most populous countries: the Philippines. There, poor women face devastating consequences as their country struggles with reproductive health policy and the politics of conservative Catholic ideologies.

Plastic China
(China / Director: Jiu-liang Wang)
 — Yi-Jie, an 11-year-old girl, works alongside her parents in a recycling facility while dreaming of attending school. Kun, the facility’s ambitious foreman, dreams of a better life. Through the eyes and hands of those who handle its refuse comes an examination of global consumption and culture. International Premiere. (The New Climate)

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
(Canada / Director: Catherine Bainbridge)
 — This powerful documentary about the role of Native Americans in contemporary music history — featuring some of the greatest music stars of our time — exposes a critical missing chapter, revealing how indigenous musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives and, through their contributions, influenced popular culture.

Tokyo Idols
(U.K.-Canada / Director: Kyoko Miyake)
 — This exploration of Japan’s fascination with girl bands and their music follows an aspiring pop singer and her fans, delving into the cultural obsession with young female sexuality and the growing disconnect between men and women in hypermodern societies.

Winnie
(France / Director: Pascale Lamche) — While her husband served a life sentence, paradoxically kept safe and morally uncontaminated, Winnie Mandela rode the raw violence of apartheid, fighting on the front line and underground. This is the untold story of the mysterious forces that combined to take her down, labeling him a saint, her a sinner.

The Workers Cup
(U.K. / Director: Adam Sobel)
 — Inside Qatar’s labor camps, African and Asian migrant workers building the facilities of the 2022 World Cup compete in a soccer tournament of their own.

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