Past Screenings

Waking Dream, Theo Rigby

Waking Dream

(Theo Rigby, 2018)

Wed, Nov 20, 2019

6-8pm / FREE

In Person: Filmmaker Theo Rigby

UA Gallagher Theater

The DocScapes Film Series is pleased to host award-winning filmmaker, interactive storyteller and photojournalist Theo Rigby for a campus screening of his series of short documentary films exploring the lives of young, undocumented people, primarily migrants from Latin America, residing in the US with DACA permits…

The Unafraid

THU FEB 21, 2019

7pm / FREE

Loft Cinema

In Person: Heather Courtney and Anayansi Prado

»more info at THE UNAFRAID website

High School seniors Alejandro, Silvia, and Aldo, like most of their friends, are eager to go to college and pursue their education. However, their home state of Georgia not only bans them from attending the top five public universities, but also deems them ineligible for in-state tuition at public colleges due to their immigration status as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients. In response, these three ambitious and dream-filled students divert their passions towards the fight for education in the undocumented community…

Call Her Ganda

(PJ Raval, 2018)

FRI NOV 2, 2018

6pm / FREE

Center for Creative Photography

In Person: PJ Raval

»more info at CALL HER GANDA website

When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina trans woman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case–an activist attorney (Virgie Suarez), a transgender journalist (Meredith Talusan) and Jennifer’s mother (Julita “Nanay” Laude) –galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of U.S. imperialism.

A modern David and Goliath story, CALL HER GANDA fuses personal tragedy, human rights activism and the little-known history, and complex aftermath, of U.S. imperial rule in the Philippines, forging a visually daring and profoundly humanistic geopolitical investigative exposé…

Quest: A Portrait of an American Family

(Jonathan Olshefski, 2017)

Thursday Mar 29, 2018

7:30pm

Loft Cinema

In Person: QUEST Editor Lindsay Utz

»more info at QUEST website

Filmed with vérité intimacy for nearly a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher “Quest” Rainey, and his wife, Christine’a “Ma Quest” raise a family while nurturing a community of hip hop artists in their basement home music studio. It’s a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can’t always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood.

The Tent Village

(Nilima Abrams with student collaborators, 2016)

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017

6pm

Loft Cinema/Loft Film Festival

Tent Village Trailer 2.5 Min from Nilima Abrams on Vimeo.

India’s roadside tent dwellers, through the eyes of their teenaged children

The Tent Village is a collaborative work between Nilima and four teenagers she worked with in India. After learning basic filmmaking, the students decided to film at roadside hovels where garbage workers and hair-collectors live. The filmmakers’ unique perspectives (being themselves from the community they film) guide the viewer through life in the “tent village”, bringing a compassionate yet unsentimental peek into the lives of people who are often barely seen as people at all…

The Journey

Thursday, April 6, 2017
7pm
FREE

Loft Cinema

Co-presented by Center for Middle Eastern Studies

»See Episode 1

still from Journey

This six-part documentary follows the treacherous, seventeen-hundred-mile migration of a Syrian refugee who fled the perils of wartime Damascus to build a better life for his family. More than a million people whose lives have been upended by desperation and violence in Syria have made similar journeys, but most of these treks take place in obscurity…

Tickling Giants

(Sara Taksler, 2016)

Wed March 8, 2017
7:30pm
FREE

Loft Cinema

Co-presented by the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies and UA Main Library

Bassem Youssef faced an unusual choice in 2011: heart surgeon or full-time satirist. The established doctor picked the unexpected path and it would make him one of the most famous men in the Arab world and earn him the nickname “the Jon Stewart of Egypt”…

Finding Oscar

(Ryan Suffern, 2016)

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017
6:30pm
FREE

AME Auditorium, U of A

(NE corner of Speedway/Mountain)

Presented by the Center for Border & Global Journalism and the Center for Latin American Studies, co-sponsored by the Center for Documentary

Finding Oscar explores the story of a 1982 massacre in the small Guatemalan town of Dos Erres. The massacre claimed the lives of 200 people — men, women and children — save two small boys who survived only to be stolen and raised by their attackers…

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

(Deborah S. Esquenazi, 2016)

Thursday, Feb 2, 2017
7:30pm
FREE

Loft Cinema

Co-presented by Lesbian Looks
with support from Puertas Abiertas

After being wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls during the Satanic Panic witchhunt era of the 80s and 90s, four Latina lesbians fight against mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor in their struggle for exoneration in this riveting ‘True Crime’ tale…

The Bad Kids

(Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe, 2016)

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016 – 7:30pm FREE


Loft Cinema


Presented by DocScapes
http://www.thebadkidsmovie.com/

In Person: Editor Jacob Bricca

At a remote Mojave Desert high school, extraordinary educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give at-risk students command of their own futures. This coming-of-age story watches education combat the crippling effects of poverty in the lives of these so-called “bad kids”…

Disruption

(Pamela Yates, Paco de Onis and Peter Kinoy, 2014)

Thursday, Mar 3, 2016 – 7:30pm FREE


Loft Cinema


Presented by DocScapes
http://skylight.is/films/disruption/

In Person: Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis

Can 20 million women upend a continent?

A band of Latin American activist economists sets out to change their region, partnering with women marginalized by poverty to challenge accepted notions of how to eradicate inequality. Through this program, the women become empowered economic and political agents in their communities…

Land of Opportunity

(Luisa Dantas, 2010, USA)

Thu, Nov 5, 2015, 7pm

THE LOFT
3233 E. Speedway Blvd
FREE

In Person: Luisa Dantas

Land of Opportunity – Trailer from Land of Opportunity on Vimeo.

Through the eyes of urban planners, community organizers, displaced youth, immigrant workers, and public housing residents, this verité-style documentary reveals how the story of New Orleans is the story of urban America: how democratic processes can fail us, how economic crisis can pull the rug out from under us, and how (im)migration can prove to be a complicated bargain. As cities all over the world struggle to…

Dreamcatcher

(Kim Longinotto, 2015, UK)

Tue, Sep 22, 2015, 7pm

THE LOFT
3233 E. Speedway Blvd
FREE

In Person:
Producer Lisa Stevens
Protagonist Brenda Myers-Powell

Brenda is on a mission to disrupt the cycle of neglect, violence, and exploitation endured by girls and women in inner-city Chicago. On any given day, she’s performing interventions with at-risk teenagers, female prisoners, and prostitutes on street corners. She uses unconditional love, non-judgmental support, practical help—whatever it takes for them to change their own lives…

The Homestretch

(Anne de Mare and Kirstin Kelly, 2014, USA)

Wed, Apr 1, 2015, 7pm

The Screening Room
127 E. Congress / FREE

Co-presented by Lesbian Looks with support from the UA McClelland Institute for Children, Youth & Families, Primavera Foundation and Our Family Services.

The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers – Roque, Kasey and Anthony – will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age…”

Apache 8

(Sande Zeig, 2011)

Fri, Mar 6, 2015, 7pm

The Bisbee Royale
94 Main Street, Bisbee, AZ

Admission $7

apache-8

U.S.A. 2011, 57 mins
Produced and Directed by Sande Zeig
Executive Produced by Heather Rae
Produced by Dolly Hall and Victoria Westover

This documentary tells the story of an all-women wildland firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe, who have been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the U.S., for over 30 years. The film delves into the challenging lives of these Native…

Cesar’s Last Fast

February 17, 2015, 6:30pm

In Person: Richard Ray Perez

The Screening Room127 E. Congress

$5 / FREE for UA students with Catcard
Advance tickets available at The Screening Room

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This film is built around powerful, never-before-seen footage of Cesar Chavez’s 1988 36-day “Fast for Life,” interwoven with the historic events that defined the life mission of America’s most inspiring Latino leader and the struggles confronting today’s farm workers. Culled from…