SANTOS—SKIN TO SKIN

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TRAILBLAZERS | MIND THE GAP | ¡VIVA EL CINE! | DOCS US 2002, 75 min, Director: Kathryn Golden Bay Area music legend and activist John Santos takes center stage in this documentary thrumming with rhythm, passion, and cultural reflection. Known…

PATH OF THE PANTHER

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GROW | ACTIVE CINEMA | DOCS US 2022, 88 min, Director: Eric Bendick In the southern Everglades, a wildlife photographer, veterinarians, ranchers, conservationists, and indigenous people join forces to track and protect the endangered Florida…

HOME IS SOMEWHERE ELSE

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CREATE | ¡VIVA EL CINE! | DOCS Mexico, US 2022, 87 mins, Directors: Carlos Hagerman, Jorge Villalobos Set against the perennial immigration debate in the United States, this animated documentary goes beyond rhetoric to give voice to those…

FREEDOM ON FIRE: UKRAINE’S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM

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DOCS UK, Ukraine, US 2022, 118 min, Director: Evgeny Afineevsky It’s one thing to read articles on Russia’s war against Ukraine or see brief snippets of the destruction on social media. It’s something else entirely to feel like you’ve…

FINDING HER BEAT

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CREATE | MIND THE GAP | DOCS US 2022, 88 min, Directors: Dawn Mikkelson, Keri Pickett Right before pandemic lockdown 2020, eighteen leading Japanese and North American women taiko drummers realize their shared dream with the groundbreaking…

FANTASTIC NEGRITO: HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND YET?

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TRAILBLAZERS | DOCS US 2022, 93 min, Director: Yvan Iturriaga, Francisco Núñez Capriles This locally made doc packs a lot of life into 90 minutes — specifically, the super-sized life of Xavier Dephrepaulezz, better known as Grammy-winning…

ELEMENTAL: REIMAGINING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH WILDFIRE

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ACTIVE CINEMA | DOCS US 2022, 79 min, Director: Trip Jennings Narrated by award-winning actor David Oyelowo, Elemental is equal parts frightening in its imagery and compelling in its thesis. As conceived by director Trip Jennings, this engrossing…

DESCENDANT

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SPIRIT | DOCS US 2022, 108 min, Director: Margaret Brown Margaret Brown’s important and thought-provoking documentary may prompt a reevaluation of everything you’ve been taught about slavery and the Jim Crow era. In 2018, marine archaeologists…

DECONSTRUCTING KAREN

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ACTIVE CINEMA | DOCS US 2022, 73 min, Director: Patty Ivins Specht The nonprofit Race2Dinner aims to challenge liberal white women on their biases and blind spots about racism in America — one dinner at a time. Shot months before the COVID-19…

BONNIE BLUE: JAMES COTTON’S LIFE IN THE BLUES

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DOCS US 2022, 86 min, Director: Bestor Cram Largely credited with introducing the blues to rock audiences, Grammy-winning singer, harmonica player, and songwriter James Cotton gets a fitting tribute in this vibrant documentary portrait. Born…