LA Women's Fest Doc Shorts Program 1
CHINOOK DOWN' is an account of the real story behind the WikiLeaks headline of a Chinook helicopter shoot-down by surface-to-air-missile in Afghanistan, killing all onboard. War reporter Alex Quade who was supposed to be on that helicopter spent 5-years gathering material on the attack, interviewing pilots who provided air support to rescue teams on the ground, obtaining previously unreleased Pentagon documents, via FOIA appeals, and video. The result of her investigation is this compelling documentary short that introduces audiences to the heroes behind the headlines:
Cast in Sand: Najla and Agaila
Najla and Agaila's are two women from different generations struggling for survival, happiness, and freedom in barren desert refugee camps. Here, the displaced people of Western Sahara have rebuilt life after fleeing from Morocco's brutal occupation of their homeland. Najla, 24, is a passionate student and activist and Agaila is a wise elder and medicine woman. This short documentary chronicles their personal struggles which speak to the larger struggle of their people, painting a picture of daily life in these camps.
Life Changing Moments
Life Changing Moments follows director and surgeon Dr. Sherry Thomas as she travels to Africa to provide free surgery and medical care to dozens of impoverished African women suffering with fistula, an abnormal connection or passageway between two organs or vessels. This short documentary provides rare insight into Dr. Thomas' experience providing health care in Africa compared to her practice in the US.
For anyone who has ever wondered about genetic research or stem cell research, this film provides an explanation as to why progress is unstoppable. Against the backdrop story of Sara who suffers a rare disease, this documentary uncovers the inspiration and passion that serves as a driving force for these researchers. Their dedication and fight to push research forward brings hope and hope is crucial for the well being of those who suffer.
Punches and Pedicures
Vietnamese immigrant, Victor, escaped a life of gang activity by relocating to the rural town of Defiance, Ohio. Now the owner of his own salon business, he strives to inspire and help troubled youth from making the same mistakes he once made. He does so by teaching the brutal yet disciplined sport of Mixed Martial Arts, in one of the most delicate of places.
The File Folder
This is a story about Violet-Rose Pharoah, a former foster kid. She went through all challenges of aging out and is now in a more stable place in her life, she started a blog The File Folder that allows other young people who were in foster care to share their experiences. With this blog, she hopes, to show foster kids that they are not alone. Her goal is to collect 365 successful stories with the goal of motivating kids who are currently in foster care to make a more successful transition to adulthood.
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