HIGHLIGHTS: January 2023 LA DOCUMENTARY Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Feature Film: NAFKOT – YEARNING
Best Short Film: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Best Cinematography: IRON SHARPENS IRON
Best Student Film: OUR CROWN & GLORY
Best History Film: A MESSAGE FROM THE FUTURE. BOSNIA GREETS UKRAINE
Best Society Film: THE SCULPTURE
Best Sound & Music: ROTZLOCH

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, 36min., Nepal, Documentary
Directed by Barak Laub, Raymond Steege
Volunteers Needed is the first in-depth documentary focusing on international volunteers in children’s homes and orphanages.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


OUR CROWN & GLORY, 29min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Ashley Brajaé
A group of friends explores their hair journey and what it means to embrace black hair joy!

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


A MESSAGE FROM THE FUTURE. BOSNIA GREETS UKRAINE, 17min., Austria, Documentary
Directed by Edward Serotta
30 years ago, during the longest siege in European history, Jews and Bosniak Muslims, Serbian Orthodox and Croatian Catholics, came together in the city’s last synagogue so they could give to their neighbors food, medicine and hope. In this short film, 6 of those volunteers have a message for Ukrainians today “They tried to kill me. They didn’t. I survived. And so will you.”

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


IRON SHARPENS IRON, 28min., USA, Documentary
Directed by John Richie
“Iron Sharpens Iron” chronicles Ironton’s fight against the development of the Plaquemines Liquids Terminal (PLT) atop the community’s ancestral burial grounds, as well as the destruction wrought by Hurricane Ida.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


THE SCULPTURE, 78min., Austria, Documentary
Directed by Wayne Camilleri, Stephan Wellink
Philanthropist Basil Sellers and artist Terrance Plowright come together to create an impressive, multimillion dollar public sculpture symbolic of Australia’s Indigenous and migrant heritage, which Basil will gift to Australia. However, in a world where public art is both admired and scorned, what begins as a 12 month project escalates into a 10 year roller coaster ride. Both philanthropist and artist are pushed to the limit, as many obstacles threaten to derail their good intentions.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


NAFKOT – YEARNING, 70min., Israel, Documentary
Directed by Malka Shabtay
An israeli anthropologist traveling to meet a hidden jewish community in north Ethiopia, together they telling their
special story of survival . Abera, a young artist joins to discover what has been hidden from him.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


ROTZLOCH, 96min., Switzerland, Documentary
Directed by Maja Tschumi
In a godforsaken place called Rotzloch (“Snot hole”), on the edge of a quarry, a new life begins for four young refugee men. Having a long journey behind them, they try to get back on their feet. Above all, they are searching for contact with women. They find themselves in a different culture and faced with unexpected conflicts. In the film, these young men trace their paths through this new reality and thus are confronted with themselves, their masculinity and their sexuality.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


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