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Presented as part of the National Media Market 2017 Conference. One of the below films will screen in full — but which one will be announced at the show! For further details, please see information here: https://www.nmm.net/best-in-show-2017/

Finalist #1:

Ghosts of Our Forest, Canada/Uganda, 2017, 63 mins.

dir. Daniel Roher

Trailer: https://youtu.be/yJ7DUCoNSpo

In 1992, as pressure from international conservation groups to protect the great forests of Uganda mounted, the indigenous Batwa tribe was forcefully removed from their ancestral home by the Ugandan government. One of the most ecologically diverse places on earth, the Bwindi impenetrable forest nurtured the Batwa, and in turn the tribe worshiped all that it gave them. Upon eviction, however, the Batwa received nothing in the way of compensation or support, and so fell into poverty.

Finalist #2:

Last Men in Aleppo, Denmark/Syria, 2017, 110 mins.

dir. Firas Fayyad

Trailer: https://youtu.be/qT6IagQ7xos

After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are getting ready for a siege. Through the eyes of volunteer rescue workers called the White Helmets, Last Men in Aleppo allows viewers to experience the daily life, death, and struggle in the streets, where they are fighting for sanity in a city where war has become the norm. Winner, 2017 Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary.

Finalist #3:

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, Canada, 2017, 103 mins.

dir. Catherine Brainbridge

Trailer: https://youtu.be/Ni7fAqjA0BE

This film tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence, and features music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, Redbone, Randy Castillo, Taboo. Rumble shows how these talented Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

Genres: Documentary