New York Times Op-Docs
The fourth edition of our annual exploration of the year’s best short documentaries from the New York Times‘ award-winning series again shows the strength and versatility of the non-fiction form. This year’s program takes us from family reflections to pressing worldly issues and beyond—even to outer space.
Films listed in alphabetical order. Program order to be announced.
Post-screening Q&A moderated by Academy Award-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky (Open Your Eyes, Doc Stories 2015).
Angello Faccini, Guille Isa, Colombia/USA, 11 min
In coastal Colombia, a mother teaches her daughter how to swim so that she may harvest piangua shellfish with the other women in the village.
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, USA, 30 min
The Apollo 8 astronauts recount their memories of capturing the first image of Earth from space in 1968 and the awe of seeing Earth framed against the blackness of the universe.
I Am Bisha: The Rebel Puppeteers of Sudan
Roopa Gogineni, Sudan/USA, 12 min
Over the past seven years, Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir has dropped thousands of bombs on villages across the Nuba Mountains. This rebel is fighting the bombs with satire.
My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes
Charlie Tyrell, Canada, 14 min
A filmmaker tries to uncover a better understanding of his deceased father through the random objects he inherited, including a pile of dirty movies on VHS.
We Became Fragments
Luisa Conlon, Hanna Miller, Lacy Jane Roberts, USA, 13 min
After losing his mother and four siblings in a bombing that left him injured, Syrian teenager Ibraheem Sarhan and his father make a new life for themselves in Winnipeg, Canada, despite the heartbreak of leaving their home behind.