7:00 p.m. "The Forger"
(16 min) 2016 NY Times Documentary and Manual Cinema Studios Filmmakers: Samantha Stark, Alexandra Garcia, Pamela Druckerman. It's 1944 in occupied Paris. Four friends spend their days in a narrow room atop a Left Bank apartment building. The neighbours think they're painters a cover story to explain the chemical smell. In fact, the friends are members of a Jewish resistance cell. They're operating a clandestine laboratory to make false passports for children and families about to be deported to concentration camps. The youngest member of the group, the lab's technical director, is 18-year-old Adolfo Kaminsky. Their heroic actions helped save the lives of thousands of Jews. Kaminsky went on to forge papers for people around the world in practically every major conflict of the mid-20th century.
Audience Award for Short Documentary, Hot Docs
7:25pm - "116 Cameras"
16 min. 2017 Birdling Films Director: Davina Pardo
As the Holocaust survivor community ages, the Shoah Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies, has embarked on an ambitious new project to transform survivors into 3D digital holograms that will interact with generations to come. 116 Cameras follows Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor and stepsister of Anne Frank, as she tells her story. This creative project addresses the pressing question of what might happen when witnesses are no longer with us.
7:45pm - "Rebels on Pointe"
89 min. 2017 Director: Bobbi Jo Hart
Exploring universal themes of identity, dreams and family, Rebels on Pointe celebrates the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The notorious all-male, comic, drag ballet company was founded over 40 years ago in New York City on the heels of the Stonewall riots, and has a passionate cult following around the world. The film juxtaposes intimate behind-the-scenes access, rich archives and history, engaging character-driven stories, and dance performances shot in North America, Europe and Japan. Rebels on Pointe is a creative blend of gender-bending artistic expression, diversity, passion and purpose. A story which ultimately proves that a ballerina is not only a woman dancingbut an act of revolution in a tutu. "Laugh out loud funny!... The dancers are good company for any audience."POV Magazine. Best Documentary, San Louis Obispo Film Festival and Miami LGBT Film Festival
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7:00 p.m. "The Forger"