Best of the Fest

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies Spokane with UUCS
6:30 PM, Friday, March 18, 2022 PST
Location: Spokane (click for map)

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 6:30 – 9:30PM

Honor Thy Mother — directed and produced by Lucy Ostrander. The untold story of Native women who migrated to Bainbridge Island, the traditional territory of the Suquamish people. (content warning: Indian Residential Schools and Japanese American internment) Winner of the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center Indigenous Futures Award

Reflecting on Anti-Bias Education in Action: The Early Years — directed by Filiz Efe McKinney, produced by Debbie LeeKeenan and John Nimmo. Preschool teachers reect on anti-bias education both in and beyond the classroom. Silver Prize Winner, Documentary Feature

Alina — directed by Rami Kodeih, produced by Rachelle Owen, Joshua Owen, Nora Mariana, Courtney Prather, and Rami Kodeih. As Nazis separate children from their parents in the Warsaw Ghetto, a group of women risks everything to smuggle a baby to safety. Inspired by true events. (content warning: some gunfire, Holocaust-related content) Gold Prize Winner, Narrative

SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 12:30 – 2:30

Special Presentation of Ramps to Nowhere directed and produced by Minda Martin. In 2022, frontline communities are fighting against the business-as-usual expansion of highways and organizing to build a more equitable transportation system in Washington. But this story isn’t new.

SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 3:00 – 6:00PM

ITCH — directed by Matt Cochran, produced by Rob Mitchell. A troubled teen smokes from a mysterious object, summoning a monster. As he tries to escape, the true source of his torment is revealed. (content warning: frightening imagery, transphobia, drug use) Bronze Prize Winner, Narrative

Echoes from Lock One — directed by Branda Miller, produced by the Sanctuary for Independent Media. North Troy teens call for environmental and water justice in one of New York’s most economically challenged and environmentally devastated neighborhoods. (content warning: brief clip of violence against protestors) Bronze Prize Winner, Youth Visions

Descended from the Promised Land: The Legacy of Black Wall Street — directed by Nailah Jefferson, produced by Michelle Budnick, Nick Stuart, CarolAnne Dolan, Vashni Koran, and Amber Handy. Through the lens of family members descended from Black Wall Street, we ask, “If the Tulsa Race Massacre had never happened, would Black Wall Street have influenced the entire nation?” (content warning: Tulsa Race Massacre, racist violence) Gold Prize Winner, Documentary Short

Beyond Borders — a production of Environmental Justice Foundation. Across the planet, lives are changing as climate collapse alters the world around us. People from the Arctic to Bangladesh share their stories. (content warning: footage of dead animals) Bronze Prize Winner, Documentary Short

SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 6:30 – 9:30PM

Limbo — directed by Lotje Sodderland, produced by Margo Mars, Anthony Austin, Charlie Falconer, and Danielle Wright. A true-ction short following the story of Witold, a young, Polish Londoner who takes a new job as a care worker, to the baement of his laddish housemates. (content warning: depictions of in-home medical care) Silver Prize Winner, Narrative

The 8th — directed and produced by Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, and Maeve O’Boyle. THE 8TH tells the story of Irish women and their fight to overturn one of the world’s most restrictive abortion bans. (content warning: flashing lights, abortion discussions) Gold Prize Winner, Documentary

SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 3:00 – 5:00PM

Prayers for Prisoners — directed by Victoria Bacani, produced by Nino Lovell and Katie McKenna. Deacon Brian leads a prayer-circle that highlights the harsh realities of the Canadian Correctional System. Now alone during the pandemic, the lm follows his perseverance. Silver Prize Winner, Youth Visions

Unemployment Hotline — directed and produced by Nikos Campbell. A personal look into people’s experience with unemployment and isolation during this global pandemic. This lm is narrated by a collection of voicemails left at an unemployment hotline. (content warning: talk of drug use and addiction, suicidal thoughts) Silver Prize Winner, Documentary Short

The Berrigans: Devout and Dangerous — directed by Susan Hagedorn, produced by Richard Dresser, Jim Reale, and Willie Real. They were arrested over 300 times. They were on America’s Most Wanted. They were two priests and a nun who broke the law to follow a higher calling. (content warning: state violence) Bronze Prize Winner, Documentary Feature

Release Year: 2021

Running Time: 180

Director: Varies

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