Join us in celebrating the premiere of six local documentaries produced and directed by local filmmakers Xiaolu Wang, Tahiel Jimenez, Georgia Fort, Aida Alkadi, Phil Prospers, Lizzie Hutchins and Cameron
Join us in celebrating the premiere of six local documentaries produced and directed by local filmmakers Xiaolu Wang, Tahiel Jimenez, Georgia Fort, Aida Alkadi, Phil Prospers, Lizzie Hutchins and Cameron Yang. These six promising early-career filmmakers spent the past seven months in SPNN’s Doc U Fellows program during which they produced documentaries about local people and topics.
There is limited seating available on a first-come basis. Screening times and teasers will be shared in the coming weeks. Filmmakers will be presenting short artist talks after most films.
More about the films:
MN to Chicago: In Search of a Cure by Aida Al-Kadi
12:00pm – 25 min. followed by artist talk
(Work in Progress) When a mother can’t find answers for her daughter’s chronic illness sickle cell anemia, they decide to leave everything behind. They move from Minneapolis to Chicago with promises of a new cure for the disease: stem cell transplants. Is it too late?
My Inheritance by Lizzie Hutchins
1:00pm – 41 min. followed by artist talk
A young woman investigates ovarian cancer, the “silent killer”, which took her grandmother’s life at 37, causing concern for her own health.
The Subversive Sirens by Xiaolu Wang and Tahiel Jimenez
2:15pm – 19 min. followed by artist talk
A documentary following the inner lives of seven artists and activists who break out into the world of synchronized swimming as an act of political warfare. They represent an intersection of multiple identities and desires, and they fight for Black liberation, equity in the aquatic arts, body positivity, and queer visibility.
Peb by Cameron Yang
3:15pm – 49 min. followed by community conversation
A Queer, Transgender, second-generation Hmong American individual explores the root of their depression by confronting their family’s intergenerational trauma. Through this painful yet liberating experience, they hope to pass these stories and experiences to their children. This film is about peb peb leeg, us three.
Fighting Femicide by Georgia Fort
4:45pm – 30 min. followed by artist talk
On a quest for solutions to femicide, we find survivors on their own journey looking for ways to end the cycle of violence.
For Justice Forgotten by Phil Prospers
6:00pm – 60 min. Filmmaker cannot be present.
In 2015, Jamar Clark was shot and killed by Minneapolis police in 61 seconds after they arrived on the scene. The North Side community cannot move forward because there are more questions than answers. Phil shares his story of trauma created by police violence. *CONTENT WARNING*