Washington, D.C. • Greenbelt, MD • October 17-26, 2020
The 2020 Utopia Film Festival is happening!
2017 Films N-Z
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Paint as You Like
Director: Ryan Fenton-Strauss (USA, 65 min.)
A son takes an emotional journey through his father’s life as an artist and explores universal themes: What is success? What is failure? What is art?
Remember everything, to not forget anyone
Director: Enrico Chiarugi (Italy, 3 min.)
Marco Pietrantuono walks the Italian island of Lampedusa reciting the names of 500 immigrants who died on October 3rd, 2013 while attempting to reach Europe.
Roll Call: A Dance Story
Director: Anthony DiFranco (USA, 44 min.)
A group of young wheelchair-using ballroom dance students confront the challenges and joys of dance as they transcend their disabilities to stage a gala dance show.
Director: Bianca Mangravite (USA, Columbia, 25 min.)
A young filmmaker’s documentary about poverty in Colombia takes a personal turn when she encounters a teenaged victim of kidnapping, rape and sexual slavery.
Streams of Plastic
Director: Thierry Rigoine de Fougerolles (France, 4 min.)
A journey to Central America and Southeast Asia, where concerned residents are helping stop the flow of plastic pollution before it damages the coastlines and reefs downstream.
Swimming in the Desert
Director: Ron Alvaro (USA, 17 min.)
Sugihara Survivors: Jewish and Japanese, Past and Future
Director: Junichi Kajioka (24 min.)
The story of Chiune Sugihara and some of the “Sugihara survivors” he helped save during World War 2, told as a Japanese writer tries to trace the survivors’ identities.
The Bucket Drummer
Director: Evan Mills (USA, 5 min.)
A New York City bucket drummer struggling to sustain his street art follows the advice of a strange capitalist - and experiences a startling outcome.
The End of the Road
Director: Tai Uhlmann (Canada, 111 min.)
A real-life group of American Vietnam war resisters and free-spirited Canadians and Europeans escape conformity and comfort for the green pastures of Lund, Canada.
Director: Farnoush Abedi (Iran, 9 min.)
A bug becomes a servant - and then becomes the master. (animation)
The Writer with no Hands
Director: William Westaway (U.K., USA, 74 min.)
A British university professor travels to Los Angeles to prove that a Hollywood screenwriter was assassinated by the CIA.
Director: Bethann Morgan (USA, 17 min.)
A scientist exploring the world of cotton production makes a discovery that could end the use of toxic dyes and pesticides - but creating change will be harder than she thinks.
Une passion d’or et de feu
Director: Sebastien Pins (Belgium, 6 min.)
A beekeeper shares his worries about the future of his apiary school, which contributes much to our environment.
Director: Sanjay Patel (Canada, 95 min.)
Resigned to his fate as a worker in a notoriously shoddy chemical plant, a young man supporting his family realizes he must help overcome grave social and legal injustices.
We are the Nation
Director: Havard Holme (Kenya, 52 min.)
In 2008, post-election violence in Kenya left thousands orphaned and with terrible memories. 20-year-old rapper Billian Okoth, himself an orphan, decided to use music to help them build their futures.
2017 Films: N-Z
2017 Young Artists
2017 Films: N-Z
2017 Films by Young Artists
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