TWENTY-EIGHT FILMS SCREENING IN THEATRICAL RELEASE IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES FROM AUGUST 3rd â€“ 30th
The Arab Spring as seen from the eyes of a young female Egyptian journalist. The mass exodus from a Northeastern Mexican village in search of water during the annual drought. A once-in-a-lifetime journey to the Academy AwardsÂ® for one extraordinary 5th grade choir. These are just some of the 28 outstanding stories that will be presented in the International Documentary Associationâ€™s 16th Annual DocuWeeksTM Theatrical Documentary Showcase.
Check out all the films here. I'll be seeing as many of these as I can, let me know in the comments which you think I should check out!
Screening from August 3rd through the 23rd in New York at the IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street) and August 10th through the 30th at the Laemmle Noho 7 (5240 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood), the 2012 edition of DocuWeeksTM will present seventeen feature films and eleven shorts from nineteen different countries in theatrical runs, which will give movie-lovers a chance to catch some of the best documentary films of the year.
â€œWith over 500 screenings during the month of August, DocuWeeksTM gives documentary fans on both coasts multiple opportunities to see a great lineup of short and feature length docs,â€ says IDA Executive Director Michael Lumpkin. â€œWe are especially excited about the eleven amazing short documentaries playing in DocuWeeksTM this year, by far more then we have had before.â€
The 16th Annual DocuWeeksTM Theatrical Documentary Showcase is presented by the International Documentary Association with the support of lead sponsor HBO Documentary Films; contributing sponsors NBCUniversal Archives, Chainsaw, and WESTDOC; and media sponsors LA Weekly and Village Voice.
Since its premiere in 1997 DocuWeeksTM has qualified over 205 short and feature length films for Oscar consideration and yielded 25 nominations with 7 winning the OscarÂ®. Documentaries presented in past DocuWeeksTM programs include OscarÂ® winners Smile Pinki (2008), Taxi To The Dark Side (2007) and The Blood of Yingzhou District (2006), as well as OscarÂ® Nominees Hell and Back Again (2011), The Barber of Birmingham (2011), Wasteland (2010), Sun Come Up (2010) Killing in the Name (2010), Rabbit aÌ€ la Berlin (2009),The Betrayal (2008), War/Dance (2007), Salim Baba (2007) and Sariâ€™s Mother (2007).