Sundance Film Festival Favorites

The Sundance Film Festival has been showcasing groundbreaking films for the past three decades. Here are some Topic favorites.
1. PahokeeUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 52 Mins

Set against a rural backdrop in one of Florida’s poorest towns, “Pahokee” paints an unlikely portrait of hope and aspiration through four seniors who happily defy the odds created by their environment to find a place in the world after high school.

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2. SoftieKenyaDocumentary1 Hour 36 Mins

SYNOPSIS  Political activist Boniface "Softie" Mwangi runs for office in a regional Kenyan election, which puts pressure on his young family and his convictions.

WHAT  Boniface Mwangi is daring and audacious, and recognized as Kenya's most provocative photojournalist.

WHY  This is director Sam Soko's first feature documentary, that started out as a 5 minute activism manual.

3. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 38 Mins

Meet the regulars of a closing Las Vegas dive bar as they spend one more bittersweet and debaucherous night telling stories, downing well whisky, and drunk singing. Tomorrow this family of misfits will have lost a home, but for now they drink.

4. Last Men In AleppoDenmarkDocumentary1 Hour 44 Mins

2018 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature and winner of the Grand Jury documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival—follows the efforts of the White Helmets, ordinary citizens who rush into Syrian battlefields hoping to save lives.

5. Light from LightUnited StatesDrama1 Hour 23 Mins

In this uniquely intimate ghost story, single mom and part-time paranormal investigator Shelia is hired by Richard to examine his Tennessee farmhouse. In searching for his wife’s spirit, Shelia ends up confronting the mysteries of her own life.

6. H.United StatesDrama1 Hour 36 Mins

Two women named Helen live separate lives, but when foreboding signs appear—a meteor reportedly crashes nearby, people go missing, and inexplicable, life-altering changes—the Helens’ realities spiral into a terrifying journey through unknown terrain.

7. Abortion Helpline, This is LisaUnited StatesDocumentary13 Mins

The Hyde Amendment denies low-income individuals abortion access. Following an abortion helpline in Philadelphia where every phone counselor goes by Lisa, the film gives voice to women and teens affected by the explicitly discriminatory legislation.

8. WesternUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 33 Mins

In Eagle Pass, TX, where the US and Mexico meet along the Rio Grande, a cattleman and the mayor face the dawn of a new reality plagued by cartel violence and border closures. Amongst these struggles, a rich tapestry of life emerges along the border.

9. Holy HellUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 42 Mins

After graduating from college, young idealist Will Allen joined a spiritual community filled with like minded people looking for some answers to the basic questions of life, led by a charismatic but secretive guru.

10. The ClimbUnited StatesComedy7 Mins

In this short—which inspired the feature film of the same name—a recent breakup fuels two friends during a long slog up a steep hill.

11. River of GrassUnited StatesDrama1 Hour 16 Mins

In suburban Southern Florida, a disenchanted housewife named Cozy meets an aimless handyman named Lee at a bar. After an accidental shooting, the two decide to go on the run from the law but their personality flaws get in the way.

12. ActressUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 28 Mins

She had a plum role on “The Wire,” but she gave it up to start a family. In this intimate portrait, actress Brandy Burre tries to juggle her ambitions with domestic life and determine what her most important role is: mother, wife, or actress?

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