2017 Best in Fest
3rd Runner Up: Sami Blood
Encore Screening on Sunday, November 12, 1:00 pm
2016 Amanda Kernell 110 min Sweden Subtitles Drama
In this eloquent coming-of-age drama set in the 1930s, Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-herding Sami girl. Exposed to racial shaming at her boarding school, where indigenous students are converted into acceptable members of Swedish society, she starts dreaming of another life. After sneaking off to a dance and experiencing respect without question, she has to decide if leaving her family and disavowing her Sámi heritage will give her the life she is seeking.
2nd Runner Up: Lost in Paris
Encore Screening on Sunday, November 12, 3:00 pm
2016 Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon 83 min France part-subtitles Comedy Drama
Full of imaginative sight gags and physical comedy including a surprising and delightful tango, harkening back to great film comics like Tati and Chaplin, this charming story follows Fiona while she visits Paris for the first time to assist her myopic Aunt Martha. Catastrophes ensue, mainly involving Dom, a happy-go-lucky homeless man who has yet to have an emotion he was afraid of expressing.
1st Runner Up: The Untold Tales Of Armistead Maupin
Encore screening on Sunday, November 12, 5:00 pm
2017 Jennifer M. Kroot 90 min USA Doc
Moving nimbly between playful, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny, this film celebrates one of the world's most beloved storytellers. With help from his friends, Maupin offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the front line of the American culture war, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to reclaim their lives.
Best in Fest: Dolores
Encore Screening on Sunday, November 12, 7:30 pm
2017 Peter Bratt 95 min USA Doc
Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. As an equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—a fight she continues to this day, at 87 years old. The film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.