Past Screenings

Poster for film LIFE INTERRUPTED, directed by Paula Mozen

Life Interrupted

(Paula Mozen, 2018)

TUE, MAR 19, 2024, 7pm

The Loft Cinema / FREE

Poster for film LIFE INTERRUPTED, directed by Paula Mozen


Joining filmmaker Paula Mozen for post-screening discussion:

Co-presented by UA Hanson FilmTV Institute, with generous support from Arizona Oncology

In the United States, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

In LIFE INTERRUPTED, three breast cancer survivors, including the filmmaker herself, share their empowering stories of survival. They confront life-altering diagnoses, navigate their disease process and treatment, and rebuild their lives with dignity, humor, and strength.

In an interview with Rethink Breast Cancer, filmmaker Paula Mozen says: “This is the film I wished I could have seen when I was diagnosed with breast cancer… Hearing stories from articulate women who have travelled this road before is invaluable for navigating the treatments and keeping hope alive. Knowledge is power and the successful prevention and treatment of breast cancer depends on it.”

Paula had two lumpectomies, 38 weeks of radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and then a double mastectomy. Her reconstruction took a difficult 3.5 years.

Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project

(Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, 2022)

TUE, NOV 7, 2023, 7:30pm

The Loft Cinema / FREE

Co-presented with Lesbian Looks and Hanson FilmTV Institute

UA Co-sponsors: UA Poetry Center, Department of Gender & Women’s Studies

“The trip to Mars can only be understood through Black Americans.” Legendary poet Nikki Giovanni’s revelation is a launching pad to an inspiring exploration of her life and legacy. Through a collision of memories, moments in American history, live readings of her poetry, and impressions of space, Giovanni urges us to imagine a future where Black women lead, and equity is a reality…

El Equipo

TUE SEP 26, 2023, 7pm

The Loft Cinema / FREE

In Person: Joining filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz for post-screening discussion:

  • Robin Reineke (Assistant Professor, Southwest Center & School of Anthropology, University of Arizona)
  • Mirza Monterroso (Forensic Archeologist)
  • Dr. Bruce Anderson (Forensic Anthropologist for the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner)

UA Co-sponsors: Southwest Center, School of Anthropology, Center for Latin American Studies, Human Rights Practice Program, School of Journalism

Still from El Equipo: Argentine forensic anthropology team in their early years.

An unlikely collaboration between a forensic scientist from Texas and a group of Latin American students changes the course of forensic science and international human rights…

March scene from AMERICA'S FAMILY (Anike Tourse, 2019)


(Anike Tourse, 2022)

TUE APR 4, 2023, 7:30pm

The Loft Cinema / FREE

Co-presented with Border Zones Film Series and Racial Justice Studio.

When ICE raids the Diaz family home on Thanksgiving, Mother Marisol is arrested and locked up in detention, son Koke is deported to Mexico, and Father Jorge flees for protective sanctuary in a local synagogue. The two American-born children, young attorney Emiliano and his teen sister Valentina (while also managing her epilepsy), race to do whatever they can to reunite the family while their parents and brother do what they must to get home.


DocScapes presents an evening of two films by Luchina Fisher

THE DADS (Luchina Fisher, 2023)
»Trailer on IMDb

MAMA GLORIA (Luchina Fisher, 2020)
»MAMA GLORIA website (trailer and more)

TUE, MAR 28, 7pm

The Loft Cinema / FREE
Tickets available day of screening

In Person: Filmmaker Luchina Fisher and Tucson artist José Trujillo, one of the fathers from THE DADS

Co-presented by Lesbian Looks, Hanson FilmTV Institute, Institute for LGBT Studies

DocScapes presents a Luchina Fisher double feature


Image from Saeed documentary, THIS IS NOT ME


(Saeed Gholipour, 2022)

TUE, FEB 7, 2023, 7:30pm

The Loft Cinema / FREE

Co-presented by UA Hanson FilmTV Institute and DocScapes

Two trans men trying to free themselves from the pressure and practice of gender matching are the focus of THIS IS NOT ME, a documentary about transgender people in Iran, who are challenged by religion and the harsh laws of gender inequality.

As they seek to prove themselves in the religious community, one seeks to emigrate from Iran and the other is looking for gender reassignment.

Image from Ester Newton Made Me Gay


TUE, FEB 21, 2023, 7:30pm

The Loft Cinema / FREE

In Person: Jean Carlomusto and Esther Newton

Co-presented by Lesbian Looks, Hanson FilmTV Institute, Institute for LGBT Studies

ESTHER NEWTON MADE ME GAY explores the life and times of cultural anthropologist Esther Newton. Throughout her career, Esther was a pioneer—questioning and challenging status quo assumptions on gender, sexuality, and anthropological methods. Her work inspired generations of scholars to pursue research in what would eventually become the field of LGBTQ+ and Gender Studies.

The film tells her story of awakening to gay life in the 1950’s, the women’s liberation movement and lesbian-feminism, drag culture, and forging a butch identity which for her is now in conversation with trans-masculinity.

Keenly attuned to the cultural and societal forces that shaped her life, Esther guides us through an anthropology of herself, a study influenced by her love for a sport—competitive dog agility—that pairs her aging butch body with her beloved dog teammate on an obstacle course that is constantly changing.

In her persistent efforts to train her body back into shape after numerous health setbacks, we see the intense drive that has helped Esther navigate a lifetime of obstacles she faced in her quest to become who she wanted to be: a butch lesbian, scholar, and athlete.


(Jeff Adachi and Chihiro Wimbush, 2021)

SUN, MAY 15, 2022, 5pm

The Loft Cinema / FREE

In Person: Followed by discussion with San Francisco Public Defenders Francisco Ugarte and Matt Gonzalez, and Pima County Justice For All campaign leaders Margo Cowan and Isabel Garcia, as well as filmmaker Chihiro Wimbush.

RICOCHET tells the story of the trial of an undocumented immigrant, Jose Inés Garcia Zaraté, for the accidental shooting of a young woman in San Francisco in July of 2015. The incident gains national attention when Donald Trump exploits it on the campaign trail, fueling the anti-immigration movement that propels him to the presidency. At the same time, the national media makes the story a referendum on San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy. So the stakes are high when the trial finally begins in Fall 2017, with the defense led by two San Francisco public defenders: Chief Attorney Matt Gonzalez and Francisco Ugarte, head of the office’s Immigration Defense Unit.

Shefali Milczarek-Desai, Soledad and Rosie Ibarra Lopez of Lisa Molomot's documentary film SOLEDAD (2019)


(Lisa Molomot, 2019)

TUE, OCT 26, 2021, 7:30pm

The Loft Cinema / FREE

In Person: Joining filmmaker Lisa Molomot for a post-screening discussion will be:

  • Asylum seeker Soledad
  • Clinical Law Professor and Director of the Workers’ Rights Clinic, Shefali Milczarek-Desai
  • Interpreter Rosie Ibarra Lopez
  • Psychologist Syd Arkowitz

Co-presented by UA Center for Latin American Studies, UA Hanson Film Institute, Human Rights Practice Program, College of Fine Arts

Soledad tells the story of a young woman from Central America who was imprisoned in the Eloy Detention Facility when she sought asylum in the United States in 2017. Soledad set out on a perilous journey from her homeland after enduring horrific persecution where she was kidnapped, sex-trafficked, tortured and nearly killed.

Attorney Shefali Milczarek-Desai, who took the case pro bono, mobilized a dream team of professional women, all of whom agreed to work for free on the case. Together, they secured Soledad’s release from Eloy and ultimately prevailed on her asylum claim in a rare victory for an asylum seeker in the U.S….


(Jeff Bemiss and Lisa Molomot, 2020)

FRI, SEP 10, 2021, 7:30pm

The Loft Cinema

In Person: Followed by Q&A with Co-director/Producer Lisa Molomot and Editor/Producer Jacob Bricca, along with a panel of immigration policy experts

Co-presented by UA School of Sociology, School of Theatre, Film & Television, Binational Migration Institute, Hanson Film Institute, College of Fine Arts

Missing in Brooks County follows the stories of two families searching for their loved ones who went missing in the fields of Brooks County, Texas after crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. On their search they meet vigilante ranchers, human smugglers, humanitarian activists, and Border Patrol agents, all of whom are locked in a proxy version of the national immigration debate. They also discover a sobering truth: the deadliest part of the journey was far from the border. A gripping investigative documentary, Missing in Brooks County is also a deeply humane portrait of the human rights workers, activists, and law enforcement agents who confront the life-and-death consequences of a broken immigration system.

Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America

Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America

(Tom Shepard, 2019)

Thu, FEB 27, 2020


The Loft Cinema / FREE

In Person: Joining Jen Gilomen, Producer and Director of Photography, for post-screening Q&A will be UA Professor of History Benjamin Lawrance, whose research focuses on migration.

Co-presented by Lesbian Looks

UNSETTLED tells the stories of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers who have fled intense persecution from their home countries and are now resettling in the U.S. As new leadership in America continues to demonize immigrants and drastically restrict the flow of refugees and asylum seekers into the U.S., UNSETTLED humanizes a group few people know, who are desperately trying to create new and safer homes…

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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”…


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

Thursday, Mar 3, 2016 – 7:30pm FREE

Loft Cinema

Presented by DocScapes

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

3233 E. Speedway Blvd

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…


(Kim Longinotto, 2015, UK)

Tue, Sep 22, 2015, 7pm

3233 E. Speedway Blvd

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…