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BLACK SHEEP
Directed by Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn
UK | 27 minutes
Following the killing in 2000 of a 10-year-old boy of Nigerian descent, Cornelius Walker's Nigerian mother, fearing that her sons could also be targeted, moves her family from London to Essex. Their housing estate is filled with racists, however, prompting Cornelius to go to extremes to fit in and find friendship.

END GAME
Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
USA | 40 minutes
At Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, teams of medical professionals, social workers and counselors work with patients and their families to ensure that their end-of-life care is compassionately tailored to their needs while also trying to alleviate their fears about death.

LIFE BOAT
Directed by Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser
USA | 40 minutes
In 2016, the German nonprofit Sea-Watch aids refugees braving the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Europe. One such rescue mission, piloted by British captain Jon Castle, plucks refugees from several tiny boats and carries them to safety. During the journey, the refugees reveal how poverty, violence and sexual trafficking forced them to flee their homes.

A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN
Directed by Marshall Curry
USA | 7 minutes
On February 20, 1939, more than 20,000 Americans gathered in Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism. Archival footage shows the speech given by Fritz Kuhn, the leader of the German American Bund, as he urges his supporters to mistrust the media and free America from the influence of Jews.

PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE.
Directed by Reyka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton
India | 26 minutes
In the rural village of Hapur, outside of Delhi, India, women hope to make feminine hygiene supplies easily available and end the stigma surrounding menstruation, which often results in girls having to drop out of school. A machine that makes sanitary pads is installed, and the women operating it find financial security and independence.

 

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RATING: R

RUNNING TIME: 137 minutes

 

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