NHDocs: June 2

Short Film Block #1

1:30 PM – New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven

All For This
Dir. Eric Jenkins-Sahlin
2:34 min
Melissa finds her voice by invoking early blues women: “They sang their stories and they were always just so heart-wrenching.” She’s not afraid to let it all out, and laughs about singing “hateful songs” like “God May Forgive You (But I Won’t).”

Arrested (Again)
Dir. Dan Goldes
4:33 min
Activist and Rhode Island native Karen Topakian has been arrested dozens of times for using nonviolent civil disobedience to protest nuclear proliferation, human rights abuses, environmental issues, and war. What drives her to repeatedly put her body on the line? In turn lighthearted and moving, Karen's story speaks to the need for Americans, now more than ever, to exercise this important First Amendment right.

Dripping Identity (Nasty Women FF winner)
Dir. Ina Chen
who am I? where do I come from? who's my family? do I know them anymore? how far am I away from home? what is my identity? from a self point of view: always "on my way" to somewhere else, to study, to work, to travel, to have a life. is it possible to pursue one's roots and where is the fundamental base (family)?

Recovering Lives
Dir. Jeff Bemiss
26 min
RECOVERING LIVES shares three powerful recovery stories related to autism, childhood trauma/mental illness and addiction.

The Kampala Boxing Club
Dir. Sean Kernan
42 min
One hot afternoon Sean Kernan wandered into the Kampala Boxing Club in Uganda — for no good reason. He knew nothing about boxing and didn’t really care. And he hung out there for the next seven years, returning again and again to film a deep dive into the far-off world of big-city boxers in Africa, with all of its passion, humanity, and ferocious focus.

Short Film Block #2

3:30 PM – New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven

Connection In Crisis - The Story of Spartacus and the K9 First Responders
Dir. Dennie Zaidi
24 min
Born in the aftermath of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, this remarkable team of psychological first aid trauma dogs, the K9 First Responsers, are called upon after America's worst tragedies.

Where We've Been
Dir. Ashley Brandon
4:03 min
A woman dedicates her life to remembering the past, but now as dementia fogs her memory her life's work bares the risk of being forgotten.

Segmented Sleep (Nasty Women FF winner)
Dir. Mira Steinzor, Rie-Ito-Hiraka, Christina Schnabel
9:09 min
Segmented Sleep is collaboration between three filmmakers. It is a series of three short films focused on femininity, various states of consciousness, and magical realism. It draws inspiration from a variety of sources: 60s French pop music, the writings of Marguerite Duras, Lolita fashion, 80s punk, stop - motion animation, and religious/cultural iconography.

The Unconditional
Dir. Dave Adams
30 min
An unflinching look into the lives of two undiagnosed special needs kids and their parents as they grow older with no answers in sight.


25 Prospect Street
Dir. Kaveh Taherian 
7:00PM-8:27PM @ Whitney Humanities Center 
In a dramatic attempt to get closer with her sister, an eccentric schoolteacher creates an innovative movie theater business where people with disabilities are given the freedom to fail and discover where they can shine in the workforce.

Working In Protest
Dir. Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley
7:30PM-8:49PM @ Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center 
30 years of documenting protest. The story starts in North Carolina in 1987 and ends in DC 2017

One Vote
Dir. Christine Woodhouse
9:00PM-10:18PM @ Whitney Humanities Center 
Filmed in five locations on a single day, One Vote captures the compelling stories of diverse American voters on Election Day 2016.

Playing Soldier
Dir. Edwin Gendron
9:30PM-10:42PM @ Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center 
What happens when six war reenactors with different perspectives on American history don WWII era uniforms and attempt to relive someone else’s war? By turning a lens on this seemingly innocuous hobby, this film mirrors today’s polarization of American life. Edward is the quintessential Southern history addict. Stacy & Marisha are photographers who run afoul of a Nazi reenacting unit. Brad & Kami are a married couple who portray a German soldier and nurse .When they encounter Stacy and Marisha, conflicts arise. Charles reenacts to alleviate his PTSD, a result of his years serving as a Washington, D.C. police officer.