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DELPHINE'S PRAYERS (LES PRIÈRES DE DELPHINE) 12:00 P.M. EDT

DELPHINE’S

Delphine, a 30-year-old Cameroonian woman, sits casually on a mattress. With filmmaker Rosine Mbakam, she will “just talk as usual,” describing what led her to this brightly lit room in a Brussels apartment.

FATHOM 12:00 P.M. EDT

FATHOM

Have you ever wanted to introduce yourself to a whale? FATHOM follows women in the field of cetacean research trying to do just that and takes a deep dive into whale culture and our own.

THE FIRST STEP 12:00 P.M. EDT

THE

Brilliantly plotted and politically nuanced, THE FIRST STEP follows CNN commentator Van Jones’ trip down the rabbit hole as he forms an unholy alliance with Jared Kushner to effectuate prison reform legislation.

IN SEARCH OF OUR FATHERS 12:00 P.M. EDT

IN

Marco Williams’ searing seven-year journey to track down the father he never knew. Thirty years on, the film remains a brilliant and powerful evocation of the personal documentary form.

LFG 12:00 P.M. EDT

LFG

LFG is an inspiring and intimate documentary following the U.S. women’s national soccer team as it files a class-action, gender discrimination lawsuit against the team’s employer, the U.S. Soccer Federation.

RADIOGRAPH OF A FAMILY 12:00 P.M. EDT

RADIOGRAPH

Filmmaker Firouzeh Khosrovani excavates and examines her parents’ marriage, which reflects the divide between traditionalism and modernization in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution.

REBEL HEARTS 12:00 P.M. EDT

REBEL

In Los Angeles in the 1960s, the courageous Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary challenged the Roman Catholic Church in an effort to reform its engrained patriarchal strictures – but at a considerable cost.

RISE AGAIN: TULSA AND THE RED SUMMER 12:00 P.M. EDT

RISE

One hundred years after the two-day Tulsa Massacre, one of America’s most violent racial conflicts, this documentary explores the role of media during these early 20th century events and today’s revived call for justice and anti-racism.

SINK OR SWIM 12:00 P.M. EDT

SINK

In this canonical personal documentary, filmmaker Su Friedrich returns to a pivotal childhood memory – her father has thrown her into the deep end of the pool to teach her to swim.

THE SLOW HUSTLE 12:00 P.M. EDT

THE

After Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter is killed in the line of duty, the tragedy soon becomes enmeshed in a widening corruption scandal that threatens to unravel the public’s already strained relationship with law enforcement.

STEVIE 12:00 P.M. EDT

STEVIE

Following HOOP DREAMS’ huge success, Steve James began a straightforward film about the man he had once mentored as a Big Brother. To James’ surprise, he would end up making his most complex and personal documentary.

WATCH THE SOUND WITH MARK RONSON 12:00 P.M. EDT

WATCH

Hosted by renowned DJ and award-winning artist and producer Mark Ronson, this docuseries explores sound creation and the revolutionary technology shaping modern music.

SHORTS PROGRAM 1 12:00 P.M. EDT

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 2 12:00 P.M. EDT

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 3 12:00 P.M. EDT

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 4 12:00 P.M. EDT

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 5 12:00 P.M. EDT

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 6 12:00 P.M. EDT

SHORTS

Spotlight on the Hindsight Project Program 12:00 P.M. EDT

Spotlight

9/11: ONE DAY IN AMERICA 12:00 P.M. EDT

9/11:

In official collaboration with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, this documentary series take viewers through harrowing moments of the historic morning of September 11, 2001.

THE NEUTRAL GROUND 12:00 P.M. EDT

THE

Comedian and satirist CJ Hunt (THE DAILY SHOW) is asking difficult questions about this country’s Confederate monuments. In THE NEUTRAL GROUND, he hopes to discover some clarity, by diving into history.

THE ONE AND ONLY DICK GREGORY 12:00 P.M. EDT

THE

In this affectionate tribute guided by other entertainers, the iconic comedian and activist Dick Gregory finds humor again after losing it in anger.

PRAY AWAY 12:00 P.M. EDT

PRAY

Through powerful testimonials, PRAY AWAY depicts the deep wounds and lingering effects caused by gay conversion therapy and how, like a horror movie zombie, the practice just won’t die.

PRESIDENT 12:00 P.M. EDT

PRESIDENT

Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe has been ousted, but the corrupt ruling party has already thrown their power behind a new candidate and, with democracy at stake, challenger Nelson Chamisa faces an impossible battle.

STORM LAKE 12:00 P.M. EDT

STORM

For 30 years, in Storm Lake, Iowa, Art Cullen and his family have been publishing a Pulitzer Prize-winning local newspaper. But, with newspapers everywhere going extinct, how long can they keep it up?

TOM PETTY, SOMEWHERE YOU FEEL FREE 12:00 P.M. EDT

TOM

Newly discovered archival 16mm footage is weaved with intimate interviews to create a love letter to Tom Petty’s touchstone album

WHITE COAT REBELS 12:00 P.M. EDT

WHITE

In this probing look inside the medical profession, filmmaker Greg Barker examines the outsized influence of Big Pharma and the courageous “white coat rebels” who are pushing back against the powers that be.

OBAMA: IN PURSUIT OF A MORE PERFECT UNION 12:00 P.M. EDT

OBAMA:

This multi-part documentary explores the journey of Barack Obama from Illinois State Senator to the 44th U.S. President against the cultural and historical moments that defined his political rise.

COURTROOM 3H 12:00 P.M. EDT

COURTROOM

Inside Tallahassee’s Courtroom 3H, staggeringly emotional hearings and trials hint at the complexities of family histories, calling into question a justice system with the power to decide who is suitable to be a parent.

LUCHADORAS 12:00 P.M. EDT

LUCHADORAS

Three courageous female wrestlers, Luchadoras, confront crises in their personal lives and present strength in their community of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where women are all too often abused, kidnapped or murdered.

NORTH BY CURRENT 12:00 P.M. EDT

NORTH

After the death of his young niece and accusations that the family might somehow have been involved, filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax has many questions that won’t have clear or easy answers.

SEARCHERS 12:00 P.M. EDT

SEARCHERS

Swipe right or swipe left? Such love-life-altering decisions are explored in Pacho Velez’s enchanting, poignant exploration of online dating apps and those searching for love in all the digital places.

SUMMER OF SOUL (. . .OR WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED) 12:00 P.M. EDT

SUMMER

In 1969, the same summer as Woodstock, another epic music festival — celebrating American music and African American history — took place in Harlem, New York.

TRY HARDER! 12:00 P.M. EDT

TRY

Welcome to the high-pressure world of the college application process. TRY HARDER! features a wonderful cast of stressed-out high school seniors pulling out all the stops to make their college dreams a reality.

DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD 12:00 P.M. EDT

DAUGHTER

Kendra grew up in white suburbia knowing little of her Native American heritage. The search for her birth mother leads her to face a legacy of family trauma and joy.

THE LOST LEONARDO 12:00 P.M. EDT

THE

This intriguing thriller follows the story behind the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold ($450 million) after it is claimed to be a long-lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci.

MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY 12:00 P.M. EDT

MY

Academy Award® nominees Betsy West and Julie Cohen (RGB) profile the remarkable Pauli Murray, whose legacy as one of the 20th Century’s great human rights activists and legal scholars finally gets the attention it deserves.

NO STRAIGHT LINES 12:00 P.M. EDT

NO

This wonderfully immersive look at the history of queer comics celebrates the queer artists who carved out a space in the culture where they could see themselves and be seen by others.

THE STORY WON'T DIE 12:00 P.M. EDT

THE

In their homeland of Syria, artists are routinely tortured, kidnapped, imprisoned and killed. While in exile in Europe, their talents speak truth to power, help them heal and find joy.

WE 12:00 P.M. EDT

WE

In this fascinating slice-of-life portrait of Paris and its outskirts, filmmaker Alice Diop turns her camera on the “ordinary” people living in the shadow of the RER B train that traverses the city.

In Person at AFI Silver

THE FIRST STEP5:00 P.M. EDT

THE

Brilliantly plotted and politically nuanced, THE FIRST STEP follows CNN commentator Van Jones’ trip down the rabbit hole as he forms an unholy alliance with Jared Kushner to effectuate prison reform legislation.

FATHOM5:15 P.M. EDT

FATHOM

Have you ever wanted to introduce yourself to a whale? FATHOM follows women in the field of cetacean research trying to do just that and takes a deep dive into whale culture and our own.

LFG8:00 P.M. EDT

LFG

LFG is an inspiring and intimate documentary following the U.S. women’s national soccer team as it files a class-action, gender discrimination lawsuit against the team’s employer, the U.S. Soccer Federation.

REBEL HEARTS8:15 P.M. EDT

REBEL

In Los Angeles in the 1960s, the courageous Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary challenged the Roman Catholic Church in an effort to reform its engrained patriarchal strictures – but at a considerable cost.

PRESIDENT4:15 P.M. EDT

PRESIDENT

Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe has been ousted, but the corrupt ruling party has already thrown their power behind a new candidate and, with democracy at stake, challenger Nelson Chamisa faces an impossible battle.

RADIOGRAPH OF A FAMILY5:00 P.M. EDT

RADIOGRAPH

Filmmaker Firouzeh Khosrovani excavates and examines her parents’ marriage, which reflects the divide between traditionalism and modernization in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution.

STORM LAKE8:00 P.M. EDT

STORM

For 30 years, in Storm Lake, Iowa, Art Cullen and his family have been publishing a Pulitzer Prize-winning local newspaper. But, with newspapers everywhere going extinct, how long can they keep it up?

THE SLOW HUSTLE8:15 P.M. EDT

THE

After Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter is killed in the line of duty, the tragedy soon becomes enmeshed in a widening corruption scandal that threatens to unravel the public’s already strained relationship with law enforcement.

DELPHINE'S PRAYERS4:30 P.M. EDT

DELPHINE’S

Delphine, a 30-year-old Cameroonian woman, sits casually on a mattress. With filmmaker Rosine Mbakam, she will “just talk as usual,” describing what led her to this brightly lit room in a Brussels apartment.

THE NEUTRAL GROUND5:00 P.M. EDT

THE

Comedian and satirist CJ Hunt (THE DAILY SHOW) is asking difficult questions about this country’s Confederate monuments. In THE NEUTRAL GROUND, he hopes to discover some clarity, by diving into history.

WHITE COAT REBELS7:30 P.M. EDT

WHITE

In this probing look inside the medical profession, filmmaker Greg Barker examines the outsized influence of Big Pharma and the courageous “white coat rebels” who are pushing back against the powers that be.

SUMMER OF SOUL8:00 P.M. EDT

SUMMER

In 1969, the same summer as Woodstock, another epic music festival — celebrating American music and African American history — took place in Harlem, New York.

NORTH BY CURRENT2:00 P.M. EDT

NORTH

After the death of his young niece and accusations that the family might somehow have been involved, filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax has many questions that won’t have clear or easy answers.

COURTROOM 3H4:30 P.M. EDT

COURTROOM

Inside Tallahassee’s Courtroom 3H, staggeringly emotional hearings and trials hint at the complexities of family histories, calling into question a justice system with the power to decide who is suitable to be a parent.

NO STRAIGHT LINES5:00 P.M. EDT

NO

This wonderfully immersive look at the history of queer comics celebrates the queer artists who carved out a space in the culture where they could see themselves and be seen by others.

THE ONE AND ONLY DICK GREGORY8:00 P.M. EDT

THE

In this affectionate tribute guided by other entertainers, the iconic comedian and activist Dick Gregory finds humor again after losing it in anger.

SEARCHERS8:15 P.M. EDT

SEARCHERS

Swipe right or swipe left? Such love-life-altering decisions are explored in Pacho Velez’s enchanting, poignant exploration of online dating apps and those searching for love in all the digital places.

TRY HARDER!2:00 P.M. EDT

TRY HARDER!

Welcome to the high-pressure world of the college application process. TRY HARDER! features a wonderful cast of stressed-out high school seniors pulling out all the stops to make their college dreams a reality.

THE STORY WON'T DIE2:15 P.M. EDT

THE STORY WON'T DIE

In their homeland of Syria, artists are routinely tortured, kidnapped, imprisoned and killed. While in exile in Europe, their talents speak truth to power, help them heal and find joy.

LUCHADORAS5:00 P.M. EDT

LUCHADORAS

Three courageous female wrestlers, Luchadoras, confront crises in their personal lives and present strength in their community of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where women are all too often abused, kidnapped or murdered.

DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD5:15 P.M. EDT

DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD

Kendra grew up in white suburbia knowing little of her Native American heritage. The search for her birth mother leads her to face a legacy of family trauma and joy.

MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY8:00 P.M. EDT

MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY

Academy Award® nominees Betsy West and Julie Cohen (RGB) profile the remarkable Pauli Murray, whose legacy as one of the 20th Century’s great human rights activists and legal scholars finally gets the attention it deserves.

Live Events

BREAKING THE SILENCE: HOW DOCUMENTARIES CAN SHAPE CONVERSATIONS ON RACIAL VIOLENCE 4:00 P.M. EDT

BREAKING

This eye-opening panel presents major findings from the Center for Media & Social Impact’s recent report, “Breaking the Silence,” about the impactful community conversations on racial violence in America held in conjunction with the documentary ALWAYS IN SEASON.

NAOMI OSAKA 8:00 P.M. EDT

NAOMI

An intimate look into the tough decisions and ecstatic triumphs that shape Naomi Osaka as both an elite global superstar and a young woman navigating a pressure-filled world.

GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT SERIES: NEW COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN PUBLIC MEDIA SERIES AND INDIE FILMMAKERS 2:00 P.M. EDT

GETTING

Leading executives from major PBS and WORLD Channel series join with independent documentary filmmakers to discuss the exciting new relationships that are invigorating these legacy series.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE WITH 'HINDSIGHT' 4:30 P.M. EDT

LOOKING

The key partners behind the Hindsight Project discuss this exciting new initiative that focuses on supporting Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) filmmakers living in the American South and U.S. Territories.

GUGGENHEIM SYMPOSIUM WITH DAWN PORTER 8:00 P.M. EDT

GUGGENHEIM

Each year, the AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors a master of documentary film. AFI is proud to recognize the exceptional career of filmmaker Dawn Porter as the 2021 Guggenheim honoree.

INSIDE INVESTIGATION: WHAT FILMMAKERS NEED TO KNOW TO EMBARK ON INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARIES 2:00 P.M. EDT

INSIDE

A panel of experts demystifies the process of making investigative documentaries by illustrating how filmmakers can successfully embark on investigative projects, successfully navigating obstacles and avoiding potential pitfalls.

MAKING FILMS MORE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL AUDIENCES 4:00 P.M. EDT

MAKING

In this highly informative workshop, a panel featuring filmmakers, WGBH’s Media Access Group and members of the disability community addresses what filmmakers need to know about accessibility needs, best practices and available resources.

WE THE PEOPLE 8:00 P.M. EDT

WE

PHILLY D.A. - THE MAKING OF THE LANDMARK NEW INDEPENDENT LENS DOCUSERIES: PART 1 12:00 P.M. EDT

PHILLY

Part 1 of this special two-part panel on the landmark docuseries PHILLY D.A. focuses on how the series evolved and ultimately took shape and the major creative and practical challenges faced along the way.

PHILLY D.A. - THE MAKING OF THE LANDMARK NEW INDEPENDENT LENS DOCUSERIES: PART 2 2:30 P.M. EDT

PHILLY

Part 2 of this special two-part panel on the landmark docuseries PHILLY D.A. focuses on the engagement and impact strategies employed on the series’ behalf and talks to one of the key people featured in the series.

ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN 8:00 P.M. EDT

ROADRUNNER:

ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN explores the life of the late storyteller, explorer and chef Anthony Bourdain.

CUSP 8:00 P.M. EDT

CUSP

This coming-of-age documentary follows three teenage girls for one wild, life-changing summer in their small Texas town as they grapple with what becoming an adult means, especially for young women.

Previously Released

BREAKING THE SILENCE: HOW DOCUMENTARIES CAN SHAPE CONVERSATIONS ON RACIAL VIOLENCE

BREAKING

This eye-opening panel presents major findings from the Center for Media & Social Impact’s recent report, “Breaking the Silence,” about the impactful community conversations on racial violence in America held in conjunction with the documentary ALWAYS IN SEASON.

BREAKING THE SILENCE: HOW DOCUMENTARIES CAN SHAPE CONVERSATIONS ON RACIAL VIOLENCE

BREAKING

This eye-opening panel presents major findings from the Center for Media & Social Impact’s recent report, “Breaking the Silence,” about the impactful community conversations on racial violence in America held in conjunction with the documentary ALWAYS IN SEASON.

DELPHINE'S PRAYERS (LES PRIÈRES DE DELPHINE)

DELPHINE’S

Delphine, a 30-year-old Cameroonian woman, sits casually on a mattress. With filmmaker Rosine Mbakam, she will “just talk as usual,” describing what led her to this brightly lit room in a Brussels apartment.

FATHOM

FATHOM

Have you ever wanted to introduce yourself to a whale? FATHOM follows women in the field of cetacean research trying to do just that and takes a deep dive into whale culture and our own.

THE FIRST STEP

THE

Brilliantly plotted and politically nuanced, THE FIRST STEP follows CNN commentator Van Jones’ trip down the rabbit hole as he forms an unholy alliance with Jared Kushner to effectuate prison reform legislation.

GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT SERIES: NEW COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN PUBLIC MEDIA SERIES AND INDIE FILMMAKERS

GETTING

Leading executives from major PBS and WORLD Channel series join with independent documentary filmmakers to discuss the exciting new relationships that are invigorating these legacy series.

GUGGENHEIM SYMPOSIUM WITH DAWN PORTER

GUGGENHEIM

Each year, the AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors a master of documentary film. AFI is proud to recognize the exceptional career of filmmaker Dawn Porter as the 2021 Guggenheim honoree.

IN SEARCH OF OUR FATHERS

IN

Marco Williams’ searing seven-year journey to track down the father he never knew. Thirty years on, the film remains a brilliant and powerful evocation of the personal documentary form.

LFG

LFG

LFG is an inspiring and intimate documentary following the U.S. women’s national soccer team as it files a class-action, gender discrimination lawsuit against the team’s employer, the U.S. Soccer Federation.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE WITH 'HINDSIGHT'

LOOKING

The key partners behind the Hindsight Project discuss this exciting new initiative that focuses on supporting Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) filmmakers living in the American South and U.S. Territories.

RADIOGRAPH OF A FAMILY

RADIOGRAPH

Filmmaker Firouzeh Khosrovani excavates and examines her parents’ marriage, which reflects the divide between traditionalism and modernization in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution.

REBEL HEARTS

REBEL

In Los Angeles in the 1960s, the courageous Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary challenged the Roman Catholic Church in an effort to reform its engrained patriarchal strictures – but at a considerable cost.

RISE AGAIN: TULSA AND THE RED SUMMER

RISE

One hundred years after the two-day Tulsa Massacre, one of America’s most violent racial conflicts, this documentary explores the role of media during these early 20th century events and today’s revived call for justice and anti-racism.

SINK OR SWIM

SINK

In this canonical personal documentary, filmmaker Su Friedrich returns to a pivotal childhood memory – her father has thrown her into the deep end of the pool to teach her to swim.

THE SLOW HUSTLE

THE

After Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter is killed in the line of duty, the tragedy soon becomes enmeshed in a widening corruption scandal that threatens to unravel the public’s already strained relationship with law enforcement.

STEVIE

STEVIE

Following HOOP DREAMS’ huge success, Steve James began a straightforward film about the man he had once mentored as a Big Brother. To James’ surprise, he would end up making his most complex and personal documentary.

WATCH THE SOUND WITH MARK RONSON

WATCH

Hosted by renowned DJ and award-winning artist and producer Mark Ronson, this docuseries explores sound creation and the revolutionary technology shaping modern music.

SHORTS PROGRAM 1

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 2

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 3

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 4

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 5

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 6

SHORTS

Spotlight on the Hindsight Project Program

Spotlight

9/11: ONE DAY IN AMERICA

9/11:

In official collaboration with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, this documentary series take viewers through harrowing moments of the historic morning of September 11, 2001.

BREAKING THE SILENCE: HOW DOCUMENTARIES CAN SHAPE CONVERSATIONS ON RACIAL VIOLENCE

BREAKING

This eye-opening panel presents major findings from the Center for Media & Social Impact’s recent report, “Breaking the Silence,” about the impactful community conversations on racial violence in America held in conjunction with the documentary ALWAYS IN SEASON.

DELPHINE'S PRAYERS (LES PRIÈRES DE DELPHINE)

DELPHINE’S

Delphine, a 30-year-old Cameroonian woman, sits casually on a mattress. With filmmaker Rosine Mbakam, she will “just talk as usual,” describing what led her to this brightly lit room in a Brussels apartment.

FATHOM

FATHOM

Have you ever wanted to introduce yourself to a whale? FATHOM follows women in the field of cetacean research trying to do just that and takes a deep dive into whale culture and our own.

THE FIRST STEP

THE

Brilliantly plotted and politically nuanced, THE FIRST STEP follows CNN commentator Van Jones’ trip down the rabbit hole as he forms an unholy alliance with Jared Kushner to effectuate prison reform legislation.

GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT SERIES: NEW COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN PUBLIC MEDIA SERIES AND INDIE FILMMAKERS

GETTING

Leading executives from major PBS and WORLD Channel series join with independent documentary filmmakers to discuss the exciting new relationships that are invigorating these legacy series.

GUGGENHEIM SYMPOSIUM WITH DAWN PORTER

GUGGENHEIM

Each year, the AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors a master of documentary film. AFI is proud to recognize the exceptional career of filmmaker Dawn Porter as the 2021 Guggenheim honoree.

IN SEARCH OF OUR FATHERS

IN

Marco Williams’ searing seven-year journey to track down the father he never knew. Thirty years on, the film remains a brilliant and powerful evocation of the personal documentary form.

INSIDE INVESTIGATION: WHAT FILMMAKERS NEED TO KNOW TO EMBARK ON INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARIES

INSIDE

A panel of experts demystifies the process of making investigative documentaries by illustrating how filmmakers can successfully embark on investigative projects, successfully navigating obstacles and avoiding potential pitfalls.

LFG

LFG

LFG is an inspiring and intimate documentary following the U.S. women’s national soccer team as it files a class-action, gender discrimination lawsuit against the team’s employer, the U.S. Soccer Federation.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE WITH 'HINDSIGHT'

LOOKING

The key partners behind the Hindsight Project discuss this exciting new initiative that focuses on supporting Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) filmmakers living in the American South and U.S. Territories.

MAKING FILMS MORE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL AUDIENCES

MAKING

In this highly informative workshop, a panel featuring filmmakers, WGBH’s Media Access Group and members of the disability community addresses what filmmakers need to know about accessibility needs, best practices and available resources.

THE NEUTRAL GROUND

THE

Comedian and satirist CJ Hunt (THE DAILY SHOW) is asking difficult questions about this country’s Confederate monuments. In THE NEUTRAL GROUND, he hopes to discover some clarity, by diving into history.

THE ONE AND ONLY DICK GREGORY

THE

In this affectionate tribute guided by other entertainers, the iconic comedian and activist Dick Gregory finds humor again after losing it in anger.

PRAY AWAY

PRAY

Through powerful testimonials, PRAY AWAY depicts the deep wounds and lingering effects caused by gay conversion therapy and how, like a horror movie zombie, the practice just won’t die.

PRESIDENT

PRESIDENT

Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe has been ousted, but the corrupt ruling party has already thrown their power behind a new candidate and, with democracy at stake, challenger Nelson Chamisa faces an impossible battle.

RADIOGRAPH OF A FAMILY

RADIOGRAPH

Filmmaker Firouzeh Khosrovani excavates and examines her parents’ marriage, which reflects the divide between traditionalism and modernization in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution.

REBEL HEARTS

REBEL

In Los Angeles in the 1960s, the courageous Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary challenged the Roman Catholic Church in an effort to reform its engrained patriarchal strictures – but at a considerable cost.

RISE AGAIN: TULSA AND THE RED SUMMER

RISE

One hundred years after the two-day Tulsa Massacre, one of America’s most violent racial conflicts, this documentary explores the role of media during these early 20th century events and today’s revived call for justice and anti-racism.

SINK OR SWIM

SINK

In this canonical personal documentary, filmmaker Su Friedrich returns to a pivotal childhood memory – her father has thrown her into the deep end of the pool to teach her to swim.

THE SLOW HUSTLE

THE

After Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter is killed in the line of duty, the tragedy soon becomes enmeshed in a widening corruption scandal that threatens to unravel the public’s already strained relationship with law enforcement.

STEVIE

STEVIE

Following HOOP DREAMS’ huge success, Steve James began a straightforward film about the man he had once mentored as a Big Brother. To James’ surprise, he would end up making his most complex and personal documentary.

STORM LAKE

STORM

For 30 years, in Storm Lake, Iowa, Art Cullen and his family have been publishing a Pulitzer Prize-winning local newspaper. But, with newspapers everywhere going extinct, how long can they keep it up?

TOM PETTY, SOMEWHERE YOU FEEL FREE

TOM

Newly discovered archival 16mm footage is weaved with intimate interviews to create a love letter to Tom Petty’s touchstone album

WATCH THE SOUND WITH MARK RONSON

WATCH

Hosted by renowned DJ and award-winning artist and producer Mark Ronson, this docuseries explores sound creation and the revolutionary technology shaping modern music.

WHITE COAT REBELS

WHITE

In this probing look inside the medical profession, filmmaker Greg Barker examines the outsized influence of Big Pharma and the courageous “white coat rebels” who are pushing back against the powers that be.

SHORTS PROGRAM 1

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 2

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 3

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 4

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 5

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 6

SHORTS

Spotlight on the Hindsight Project Program

Spotlight

9/11: ONE DAY IN AMERICA

9/11:

In official collaboration with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, this documentary series take viewers through harrowing moments of the historic morning of September 11, 2001.

OBAMA: IN PURSUIT OF A MORE PERFECT UNION

OBAMA:

This multi-part documentary explores the journey of Barack Obama from Illinois State Senator to the 44th U.S. President against the cultural and historical moments that defined his political rise.

BREAKING THE SILENCE: HOW DOCUMENTARIES CAN SHAPE CONVERSATIONS ON RACIAL VIOLENCE

BREAKING

This eye-opening panel presents major findings from the Center for Media & Social Impact’s recent report, “Breaking the Silence,” about the impactful community conversations on racial violence in America held in conjunction with the documentary ALWAYS IN SEASON.

COURTROOM 3H

COURTROOM

Inside Tallahassee’s Courtroom 3H, staggeringly emotional hearings and trials hint at the complexities of family histories, calling into question a justice system with the power to decide who is suitable to be a parent.

DELPHINE'S PRAYERS (LES PRIÈRES DE DELPHINE)

DELPHINE’S

Delphine, a 30-year-old Cameroonian woman, sits casually on a mattress. With filmmaker Rosine Mbakam, she will “just talk as usual,” describing what led her to this brightly lit room in a Brussels apartment.

FATHOM

FATHOM

Have you ever wanted to introduce yourself to a whale? FATHOM follows women in the field of cetacean research trying to do just that and takes a deep dive into whale culture and our own.

THE FIRST STEP

THE

Brilliantly plotted and politically nuanced, THE FIRST STEP follows CNN commentator Van Jones’ trip down the rabbit hole as he forms an unholy alliance with Jared Kushner to effectuate prison reform legislation.

GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT SERIES: NEW COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN PUBLIC MEDIA SERIES AND INDIE FILMMAKERS

GETTING

Leading executives from major PBS and WORLD Channel series join with independent documentary filmmakers to discuss the exciting new relationships that are invigorating these legacy series.

GUGGENHEIM SYMPOSIUM WITH DAWN PORTER

GUGGENHEIM

Each year, the AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors a master of documentary film. AFI is proud to recognize the exceptional career of filmmaker Dawn Porter as the 2021 Guggenheim honoree.

IN SEARCH OF OUR FATHERS

IN

Marco Williams’ searing seven-year journey to track down the father he never knew. Thirty years on, the film remains a brilliant and powerful evocation of the personal documentary form.

INSIDE INVESTIGATION: WHAT FILMMAKERS NEED TO KNOW TO EMBARK ON INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARIES

INSIDE

A panel of experts demystifies the process of making investigative documentaries by illustrating how filmmakers can successfully embark on investigative projects, successfully navigating obstacles and avoiding potential pitfalls.

LFG

LFG

LFG is an inspiring and intimate documentary following the U.S. women’s national soccer team as it files a class-action, gender discrimination lawsuit against the team’s employer, the U.S. Soccer Federation.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE WITH 'HINDSIGHT'

LOOKING

The key partners behind the Hindsight Project discuss this exciting new initiative that focuses on supporting Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) filmmakers living in the American South and U.S. Territories.

LUCHADORAS

LUCHADORAS

Three courageous female wrestlers, Luchadoras, confront crises in their personal lives and present strength in their community of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where women are all too often abused, kidnapped or murdered.

MAKING FILMS MORE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL AUDIENCES

MAKING

In this highly informative workshop, a panel featuring filmmakers, WGBH’s Media Access Group and members of the disability community addresses what filmmakers need to know about accessibility needs, best practices and available resources.

THE NEUTRAL GROUND

THE

Comedian and satirist CJ Hunt (THE DAILY SHOW) is asking difficult questions about this country’s Confederate monuments. In THE NEUTRAL GROUND, he hopes to discover some clarity, by diving into history.

NORTH BY CURRENT

NORTH

After the death of his young niece and accusations that the family might somehow have been involved, filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax has many questions that won’t have clear or easy answers.

THE ONE AND ONLY DICK GREGORY

THE

In this affectionate tribute guided by other entertainers, the iconic comedian and activist Dick Gregory finds humor again after losing it in anger.

PHILLY D.A. - THE MAKING OF THE LANDMARK NEW INDEPENDENT LENS DOCUSERIES: PART 1

PHILLY

Part 1 of this special two-part panel on the landmark docuseries PHILLY D.A. focuses on how the series evolved and ultimately took shape and the major creative and practical challenges faced along the way.

PHILLY D.A. - THE MAKING OF THE LANDMARK NEW INDEPENDENT LENS DOCUSERIES: PART 2

PHILLY

Part 2 of this special two-part panel on the landmark docuseries PHILLY D.A. focuses on the engagement and impact strategies employed on the series’ behalf and talks to one of the key people featured in the series.

PRAY AWAY

PRAY

Through powerful testimonials, PRAY AWAY depicts the deep wounds and lingering effects caused by gay conversion therapy and how, like a horror movie zombie, the practice just won’t die.

PRESIDENT

PRESIDENT

Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe has been ousted, but the corrupt ruling party has already thrown their power behind a new candidate and, with democracy at stake, challenger Nelson Chamisa faces an impossible battle.

RADIOGRAPH OF A FAMILY

RADIOGRAPH

Filmmaker Firouzeh Khosrovani excavates and examines her parents’ marriage, which reflects the divide between traditionalism and modernization in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution.

REBEL HEARTS

REBEL

In Los Angeles in the 1960s, the courageous Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary challenged the Roman Catholic Church in an effort to reform its engrained patriarchal strictures – but at a considerable cost.

RISE AGAIN: TULSA AND THE RED SUMMER

RISE

One hundred years after the two-day Tulsa Massacre, one of America’s most violent racial conflicts, this documentary explores the role of media during these early 20th century events and today’s revived call for justice and anti-racism.

SEARCHERS

SEARCHERS

Swipe right or swipe left? Such love-life-altering decisions are explored in Pacho Velez’s enchanting, poignant exploration of online dating apps and those searching for love in all the digital places.

SINK OR SWIM

SINK

In this canonical personal documentary, filmmaker Su Friedrich returns to a pivotal childhood memory – her father has thrown her into the deep end of the pool to teach her to swim.

THE SLOW HUSTLE

THE

After Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter is killed in the line of duty, the tragedy soon becomes enmeshed in a widening corruption scandal that threatens to unravel the public’s already strained relationship with law enforcement.

STEVIE

STEVIE

Following HOOP DREAMS’ huge success, Steve James began a straightforward film about the man he had once mentored as a Big Brother. To James’ surprise, he would end up making his most complex and personal documentary.

STORM LAKE

STORM

For 30 years, in Storm Lake, Iowa, Art Cullen and his family have been publishing a Pulitzer Prize-winning local newspaper. But, with newspapers everywhere going extinct, how long can they keep it up?

SUMMER OF SOUL (. . .OR WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED)

SUMMER

In 1969, the same summer as Woodstock, another epic music festival — celebrating American music and African American history — took place in Harlem, New York.

TOM PETTY, SOMEWHERE YOU FEEL FREE

TOM

Newly discovered archival 16mm footage is weaved with intimate interviews to create a love letter to Tom Petty’s touchstone album

TRY HARDER!

TRY

Welcome to the high-pressure world of the college application process. TRY HARDER! features a wonderful cast of stressed-out high school seniors pulling out all the stops to make their college dreams a reality.

WATCH THE SOUND WITH MARK RONSON

WATCH

Hosted by renowned DJ and award-winning artist and producer Mark Ronson, this docuseries explores sound creation and the revolutionary technology shaping modern music.

WHITE COAT REBELS

WHITE

In this probing look inside the medical profession, filmmaker Greg Barker examines the outsized influence of Big Pharma and the courageous “white coat rebels” who are pushing back against the powers that be.

SHORTS PROGRAM 1

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 2

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 3

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 4

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 5

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 6

SHORTS

Spotlight on the Hindsight Project Program

Spotlight

9/11: ONE DAY IN AMERICA

9/11:

In official collaboration with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, this documentary series take viewers through harrowing moments of the historic morning of September 11, 2001.

OBAMA: IN PURSUIT OF A MORE PERFECT UNION

OBAMA:

This multi-part documentary explores the journey of Barack Obama from Illinois State Senator to the 44th U.S. President against the cultural and historical moments that defined his political rise.

BREAKING THE SILENCE: HOW DOCUMENTARIES CAN SHAPE CONVERSATIONS ON RACIAL VIOLENCE

BREAKING

This eye-opening panel presents major findings from the Center for Media & Social Impact’s recent report, “Breaking the Silence,” about the impactful community conversations on racial violence in America held in conjunction with the documentary ALWAYS IN SEASON.

COURTROOM 3H

COURTROOM

Inside Tallahassee’s Courtroom 3H, staggeringly emotional hearings and trials hint at the complexities of family histories, calling into question a justice system with the power to decide who is suitable to be a parent.

DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD

DAUGHTER

Kendra grew up in white suburbia knowing little of her Native American heritage. The search for her birth mother leads her to face a legacy of family trauma and joy.

DELPHINE'S PRAYERS (LES PRIÈRES DE DELPHINE)

DELPHINE’S

Delphine, a 30-year-old Cameroonian woman, sits casually on a mattress. With filmmaker Rosine Mbakam, she will “just talk as usual,” describing what led her to this brightly lit room in a Brussels apartment.

FATHOM

FATHOM

Have you ever wanted to introduce yourself to a whale? FATHOM follows women in the field of cetacean research trying to do just that and takes a deep dive into whale culture and our own.

THE FIRST STEP

THE

Brilliantly plotted and politically nuanced, THE FIRST STEP follows CNN commentator Van Jones’ trip down the rabbit hole as he forms an unholy alliance with Jared Kushner to effectuate prison reform legislation.

GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT SERIES: NEW COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN PUBLIC MEDIA SERIES AND INDIE FILMMAKERS

GETTING

Leading executives from major PBS and WORLD Channel series join with independent documentary filmmakers to discuss the exciting new relationships that are invigorating these legacy series.

GUGGENHEIM SYMPOSIUM WITH DAWN PORTER

GUGGENHEIM

Each year, the AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors a master of documentary film. AFI is proud to recognize the exceptional career of filmmaker Dawn Porter as the 2021 Guggenheim honoree.

IN SEARCH OF OUR FATHERS

IN

Marco Williams’ searing seven-year journey to track down the father he never knew. Thirty years on, the film remains a brilliant and powerful evocation of the personal documentary form.

INSIDE INVESTIGATION: WHAT FILMMAKERS NEED TO KNOW TO EMBARK ON INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARIES

INSIDE

A panel of experts demystifies the process of making investigative documentaries by illustrating how filmmakers can successfully embark on investigative projects, successfully navigating obstacles and avoiding potential pitfalls.

LFG

LFG

LFG is an inspiring and intimate documentary following the U.S. women’s national soccer team as it files a class-action, gender discrimination lawsuit against the team’s employer, the U.S. Soccer Federation.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE WITH 'HINDSIGHT'

LOOKING

The key partners behind the Hindsight Project discuss this exciting new initiative that focuses on supporting Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) filmmakers living in the American South and U.S. Territories.

THE LOST LEONARDO

THE

This intriguing thriller follows the story behind the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold ($450 million) after it is claimed to be a long-lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci.

LUCHADORAS

LUCHADORAS

Three courageous female wrestlers, Luchadoras, confront crises in their personal lives and present strength in their community of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where women are all too often abused, kidnapped or murdered.

MAKING FILMS MORE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL AUDIENCES

MAKING

In this highly informative workshop, a panel featuring filmmakers, WGBH’s Media Access Group and members of the disability community addresses what filmmakers need to know about accessibility needs, best practices and available resources.

MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY

MY

Academy Award® nominees Betsy West and Julie Cohen (RGB) profile the remarkable Pauli Murray, whose legacy as one of the 20th Century’s great human rights activists and legal scholars finally gets the attention it deserves.

THE NEUTRAL GROUND

THE

Comedian and satirist CJ Hunt (THE DAILY SHOW) is asking difficult questions about this country’s Confederate monuments. In THE NEUTRAL GROUND, he hopes to discover some clarity, by diving into history.

NO STRAIGHT LINES

NO

This wonderfully immersive look at the history of queer comics celebrates the queer artists who carved out a space in the culture where they could see themselves and be seen by others.

NORTH BY CURRENT

NORTH

After the death of his young niece and accusations that the family might somehow have been involved, filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax has many questions that won’t have clear or easy answers.

THE ONE AND ONLY DICK GREGORY

THE

In this affectionate tribute guided by other entertainers, the iconic comedian and activist Dick Gregory finds humor again after losing it in anger.

PHILLY D.A. - THE MAKING OF THE LANDMARK NEW INDEPENDENT LENS DOCUSERIES: PART 1

PHILLY

Part 1 of this special two-part panel on the landmark docuseries PHILLY D.A. focuses on how the series evolved and ultimately took shape and the major creative and practical challenges faced along the way.

PHILLY D.A. - THE MAKING OF THE LANDMARK NEW INDEPENDENT LENS DOCUSERIES: PART 2

PHILLY

Part 2 of this special two-part panel on the landmark docuseries PHILLY D.A. focuses on the engagement and impact strategies employed on the series’ behalf and talks to one of the key people featured in the series.

PRAY AWAY

PRAY

Through powerful testimonials, PRAY AWAY depicts the deep wounds and lingering effects caused by gay conversion therapy and how, like a horror movie zombie, the practice just won’t die.

PRESIDENT

PRESIDENT

Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe has been ousted, but the corrupt ruling party has already thrown their power behind a new candidate and, with democracy at stake, challenger Nelson Chamisa faces an impossible battle.

RADIOGRAPH OF A FAMILY

RADIOGRAPH

Filmmaker Firouzeh Khosrovani excavates and examines her parents’ marriage, which reflects the divide between traditionalism and modernization in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution.

REBEL HEARTS

REBEL

In Los Angeles in the 1960s, the courageous Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary challenged the Roman Catholic Church in an effort to reform its engrained patriarchal strictures – but at a considerable cost.

RISE AGAIN: TULSA AND THE RED SUMMER

RISE

One hundred years after the two-day Tulsa Massacre, one of America’s most violent racial conflicts, this documentary explores the role of media during these early 20th century events and today’s revived call for justice and anti-racism.

SEARCHERS

SEARCHERS

Swipe right or swipe left? Such love-life-altering decisions are explored in Pacho Velez’s enchanting, poignant exploration of online dating apps and those searching for love in all the digital places.

SINK OR SWIM

SINK

In this canonical personal documentary, filmmaker Su Friedrich returns to a pivotal childhood memory – her father has thrown her into the deep end of the pool to teach her to swim.

THE SLOW HUSTLE

THE

After Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter is killed in the line of duty, the tragedy soon becomes enmeshed in a widening corruption scandal that threatens to unravel the public’s already strained relationship with law enforcement.

STEVIE

STEVIE

Following HOOP DREAMS’ huge success, Steve James began a straightforward film about the man he had once mentored as a Big Brother. To James’ surprise, he would end up making his most complex and personal documentary.

STORM LAKE

STORM

For 30 years, in Storm Lake, Iowa, Art Cullen and his family have been publishing a Pulitzer Prize-winning local newspaper. But, with newspapers everywhere going extinct, how long can they keep it up?

THE STORY WON'T DIE

THE

In their homeland of Syria, artists are routinely tortured, kidnapped, imprisoned and killed. While in exile in Europe, their talents speak truth to power, help them heal and find joy.

SUMMER OF SOUL (. . .OR WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED)

SUMMER

In 1969, the same summer as Woodstock, another epic music festival — celebrating American music and African American history — took place in Harlem, New York.

TOM PETTY, SOMEWHERE YOU FEEL FREE

TOM

Newly discovered archival 16mm footage is weaved with intimate interviews to create a love letter to Tom Petty’s touchstone album

TRY HARDER!

TRY

Welcome to the high-pressure world of the college application process. TRY HARDER! features a wonderful cast of stressed-out high school seniors pulling out all the stops to make their college dreams a reality.

WATCH THE SOUND WITH MARK RONSON

WATCH

Hosted by renowned DJ and award-winning artist and producer Mark Ronson, this docuseries explores sound creation and the revolutionary technology shaping modern music.

WE

WE

In this fascinating slice-of-life portrait of Paris and its outskirts, filmmaker Alice Diop turns her camera on the “ordinary” people living in the shadow of the RER B train that traverses the city.

WHITE COAT REBELS

WHITE

In this probing look inside the medical profession, filmmaker Greg Barker examines the outsized influence of Big Pharma and the courageous “white coat rebels” who are pushing back against the powers that be.

SHORTS PROGRAM 1

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 2

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 3

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 4

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 5

SHORTS

SHORTS PROGRAM 6

SHORTS

HISTORY IS OUT OF THE CLOSET: EXCAVATING QUEER STORIES FOR THE SCREEN

HISTORY

Spotlight on the Hindsight Project Program

Spotlight

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