AFI DOCS 2021: The Lighter Side of DOCS – American Film Institute

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AFI DOCS 2021: The Lighter Side of DOCS

Documentaries reflect the state of the world and with such monumental issues to address such as climate change, politics and human rights, these subjects can sometime seem rather serious. While most of the documentaries in the lineup do contain moments of lightness and humor, some look at subjects that are outright joyful. Attend a music festival, a first communion set to reggaeton and take a deep dive into queer comics with this wonderful selection of shorts, series and features for those in need of a little lightness!

THE COMMUNION OF MY COUSIN ANDREA
World Premiere
Andrea’s First Communion ceremony lacks glamour. For Andrea, things without sparkles are meaningless. SCREENS AS PART OF SHORTS PROGRAM 4 – BUY TICKETS

 

NO STRAIGHT LINES
This wonderfully immersive look at the history of queer comics celebrates the queer artists who carved out a space in the culture where they could see themselves and be seen by others. Closed captions available. Buy Ticket

 

SEARCHERS
Swipe right or swipe left? Such love-life-altering decisions are explored in Pacho Velez’s enchanting, poignant exploration of online dating apps and those searching for love in all the digital places. Closed captions available. BUY TICKETS

 

SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED)

In 1969, the same summer as Woodstock, another epic music festival — celebrating American music and African American history — took place in Harlem, New York. Following the screening, watch a special conversation with director Ahmir Thompson/Questlove moderated by Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Curator Dwandalyn Reece. BUY TICKETS

 

WATCH THE SOUND WITH MARK RONSON

Morgan Neville (102 “Sampling), Mark Monroe (105 “Drum Machines”) Hosted by renowned DJ and award-winning artist and producer Mark Ronson, this docuseries explores sound creation and the revolutionary technology shaping modern music. Following the screening, watch a special conversation with executive producers Mark Ronson and Morgan Neville moderated by AFI Festivals Director of Programming Sarah Harris. BUY TICKETS

 

WE THE PEOPLE
World Premiere
WE THE PEOPLE promises to be a vibrant call to action for everyone to rethink civics as a living and breathing thing, and to reframe their understanding of what government and citizenship mean in a modern world. Closed captions available. Free event. GET TICKET.

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