AFI DOCS: Your Guide to Shorts Program 3 – American Film Institute


AFI DOCS: Your Guide to Shorts Program 3

Watch the best in short nonfiction films at AFI DOCS, June 18-21. Get your ticket here.

Curated from hundreds of entries, this year’s short films highlight unique voices from around the world – presented in four programs.

Following the screening, watch a recorded discussion with the films’ directors.


ABORTION HELPLINE, THIS IS LISA – directed by Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Mike Attie

At an abortion fund in Philadelphia, counselors arrive each morning to the nonstop ring of calls from women and teens who seek to end a pregnancy but can’t afford to.


NOW IS THE TIME – directed by Christopher Auchter

Fifty years ago, the entire village of Old Massett gathered to celebrate the raising of a totem pole that signaled the rebirth of the Haida spirit.  

“What inspired me to really want to tell this story was researching the background of this event, of the pole raising on August 22, 1969, and seeing that it was so pivotal for our Haida culture. So once I realized that, I also realized how important it was that this story be told, because it really underscores the importance of art as a key ingredient in a healthy culture.” – Christopher Auchter


DO NOT SPLIT – directed by  Anders Hammer

During the 2019 protests in Hong Kong, a series of evening demonstrations escalate into conflict when heavily armed police appear on the scene.

“Last summer Hong Kong was rocked by the largest protests since 1997…I saw this as one of the most important events in international politics. And I went to Hong Kong with the aim of filming how the protesters, as they see it, are fighting to keep their democratic freedoms.” – Anders Hammer



In 1968, a young flight attendant bought 900 pounds of marijuana in Jamaica and tried to smuggle it out, leading to unexpected consequences.


SAN DIEGO – directed by Laura Hinman

SAN DIEGO is cinematic essay on gathered fragments of daily Native American life, struggles for sovereignty and youth in a post-COVID-19 reality.

“The story is reality, as current as possible. I’m inspired by our limitations and our failures as a society. I want to make direct cinema with Native American perspectives. I don’t speak for Indian country. In this film, I tried to build my own platform to share many different voices around me – my friends and family, people I interact with on a daily basis.” -Laura Linman


Watch the best in short nonfiction films at AFI DOCS, June 18-21. Get your ticket here.

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