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PIFF XL: Documentary Views

  • February 11, 2017 — February 24, 2017

This year’s non-fiction showcase offers fresh perspective on the world we live in and the fascinating people and stories that surround us. Some are masters, some emerging, but they share a passion to tell entertaining and enlightening stories from fascinating places.

Sponsored by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation

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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Directed by Steve James

The incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York, elicits both

Sat, Nov 4

Buzz One Four

Directed by Matt McCormick

At the height of the Cold War, the US Air Force was flying B-52 bombers armed with thermonuclear weapons on

Alive & Kicking

Directed by Susan Glatzer

Some dance styles and crazes endure. For many who love music and dance, the lindy hop, jitterbug, shag, and other

All These Sleepless Nights

Directed by Michał Marczak

“Many of us know the freedom of our twenties—unfettered by responsibilities or mortality, inventing ourselves in the rush of the

Austerlitz

Directed by Sergei Loznitsa

Filmed on the sites of former Nazi concentration camps, Loznitsa’s (Maidan, In the Fog) Austerlitz is a stark observation of

Behemoth

Directed by Zhao Liang

You can’t un-see political documentarian Liang’s cinematic allegory, which draws inspiration from The Divine Comedy in fashioning a simultaneously intoxicating

Burden

Directed by Timothy Marrinan, Richard Dewey

One the most intriguing, boundary-pushing artists of his generation, Chris Burden guaranteed his place in art history in 1971 with

Fire at Sea

Directed by Gianfranco Rosi

The island of Lampedusa, between Sicily and Tunisia, is a major destination point for refugees fleeing Africa and the Middle

Forever Pure

Directed by Maya Zinshstein

Beitar Jerusalem, an intensely nationalist soccer team in the Israeli Premier League, inspires as much extreme fandom as it does

I Am Not Your Negro

Directed by Raoul Peck

Based on the text of Remember This House, James Baldwin’s final, unfinished novel, Peck’s urgent essay film is a reflection

Kedi

Directed by Ceyda Torun

Cats (“kedi”) have an exalted status in Turkish culture, and caring for them is both a social and religious obligation,

Obit

Directed by Vanessa Gould

Who makes it on the obituary page of the paper of record? Both a peek into the inner workings of

Raising Bertie

Directed by Margaret Byrne

What happens in the lives of young people caught in the complex interplay of generational poverty, educational inequity, and race?

Starless Dreams

Directed by Mehrdad Oskouei

Starless Dreams plunges us into the lives of teenage girls at a juvenile detention center on the of Tehran. The

The Land of the Enlightened

Directed by Pieter-Jan De Pue

Shot over seven years, De Pue’s debut, a hybrid of documentary and fiction, paints a whimsical yet haunting look at