Documentary Program 2018

VTFF2018 Documentary Program Web
Saturday, July 28 | 3:00 PM | 74 minutes | Rating: NR

“on the rink” (10:02, USA) Directed by Benjamin Buxton (website)
There’s nothing like a good skate.

Taobao (4:14, China) Directed by Noah Sheldon (website)
One model develops a unique way to keep on top of her work in a world of very fast fashion.

For A Better Life (9:33, USA) Directed by Yasmin Mistry (website)
Sold for $100 at the age of 5, Fekri suffers through years of abuse before moving into a group home where he finds support, mentorship, and eventual forgiveness towards the family which sold him.

Where Are You From (4:00, China/USA) Directed by Cecilia Hua (website)
In a world where western values dominate, coming to America as a “Parachute Kid” makes the filmmaker feel ashamed of her “Chinese” and “foreign” identity.

Ex Nihilo (8:20, Finland) Directed by Timo Wright
An experimental short documentary about life, death and our attempts to control them.

Do I Have Boobs Now? (6:42, Canada) Directed by Milena Salazar & Joella Cabalu
A trans activist’s journey challenging social media censorship policies.

Strawberries Will Save The World (5:57, USA) Directed by Yoko Okumura
Yuko Okumura is a strawberry enthusiast with big plans to show the world the power that strawberries hold and the happiness they can bring to humanity.

Pocket-Sized Feminism (4:22, USA) Directed by Valerie Schenkman
“This house is for wallpaper women. What good is wallpaper that speaks?” Women speak out about women’s rights, or human rights.

EMPATHY (a digital love letter) (7:53, USA) Directed by Qiyue Sun (website)
A hilarious short essay documentary about a messy break-up, an attempt to concretize emotion and evoke empathy from a writer’s approach.

Death Metal Grandma (12:40, USA) Directed by Leah Galant (facebook)
DEATH METAL GRANDMA follows 97 year old Holocaust survivor Inge Ginsberg’s final attempt at being recognized as a Death Metal Singer by auditioning for America’s Got Talent. Inge redefines what it means to grow old and reminds us it’s never too late to try anything.