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The AFI DOCS Interview: THE STORM MAKERS’ Guillaume Suon

Every year, hundreds of thousands of young Cambodians go abroad, lured by promises of well-paid work. Nearly a third will be enslaved, forced to work without pay and subjected to beatings and sexual violence. In his film THE STORM MAKERS, French-Cambodian filmmaker Guillaume Suon exposes the human-trafficking industry perpetuating this misery through revealing interviews with a…

The AFI DOCS Interview: FRESH DRESSED’s Sacha Jenkins

In the AFI DOCS film FRESH DRESSED, filmmaker Sacha Jenkins offers a fun and colorful history lesson in hip-hop fashion through the decades. The fashion trends which were initially born out of a mix of ingenuity, creativity and swagger soon found their way onto high-fashion runways and into suburban closets in middle America. The film…

The AFI DOCS Interview: THE DIPLOMAT’s David Holbrooke

Richard Holbrooke was a crucial diplomatic negotiator for two Democratic presidents, but his charisma and his talent for foreign policy also came with a brashness that earned him nicknames such as “The Bulldozer.” Through the eyes of Holbrooke’s filmmaker son David Holbrooke, THE DIPLOMAT examines a career with global reach and unquestioned historical impact. Holbrooke’s…

The AFI DOCS Interview: CODE’s Robin Hauser Reynolds

The pioneer computer programmers — those first to grasp that coded instructions were more important than the machines reading them — were mostly female. With computer science now touching almost every aspect of life, women are barely represented in a coding community urgently seeking more skilled workers. With humor and optimism, the AFI DOCS film CODE:…

AFI DOCS 2015 Sneak Peak: Watch Exclusive Clips

AFI DOCS starts June 17, 2015 and we can’t wait for the festival to begin. Below is an early look at three of the many great documentaries screening this year. Watch these exclusive clips — from DRONE, FIRST AND 17 and TYKE ELEPHANT OUTLAW — right now. And remember, tickets and passes are on sale now….

Do You Have the AFI DOCS App?

Yes, our new mobile app is available to download right now. With the free app, you can plan your festival experience and use it as a useful tool on the ground when AFI DOCS launches on June 17. Here are just a few of the many things you’ll be able to do with ease right on…

The AFI DOCS Interview: ALTHEA’s Rex Miller

In Rex Miller’s AFI DOCS 2015 documentary ALTHEA, the filmmaker delves into the fascinating life of Althea Gibson, the first African-American athlete to cross the racial barriers of an elite sport defined by its tradition of white clothes and white people. We spoke to Miller about Gibson, one of the greatest tennis players who ever…

Documentary Filmmaker Stanley Nelson to be 2015 AFI DOCS Guggenheim Symposium Honoree

AFI is proud to announce that AFI DOCS will pay tribute to pioneering documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson as its 2015 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree. The Symposium, which will include a discussion and Q&A with the filmmaker, will take place during the Washington, DC-area festival on June 19, 2015.  The Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday will moderate….

The AFI DOCS Interview: IN TRANSIT’s Lynn True and Nelson Walker

The documentary IN TRANSIT takes place aboard the Empire Builder, America’s busiest long-distance train route. The film captures a series of intimate vignettes on the train as passengers share their disparate stories as the moving landscape of America shifts behind them on their journey. IN TRANSIT is legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles’ (GREY GARDENS) last film. Maysles died…

The AFI DOCS Interview: TYKE ELEPHANT OUTLAW’s Susan Lambert and Stefan Moore

In 1994, the world watched as Tyke the circus elephant rampaged through Honolulu, Hawaii after mauling her trainer to death. Yet few who knew the animal’s history — and the inhumane treatment she received in the off-season — were shocked. Performing-animal abuse isn’t new and continues to make big waves. The film TYKE ELEPHANT OUTLAW…

Watch the THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF A REVOLUTION Panel Discussion

After a screening of THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION at AFI DOCS on June 20, 2015, the festival, along with sponsor the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), held a panel discussion to talk about the documentary, the Black Panthers organization and race relations. Panelists included the film’s director (and this year’s Charles Guggenheim honoree), Stanley Nelson;…

Here are the AFI DOCS 2015 Audience Award Winners

AFI DOCS has concluded a successful five days in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, Maryland and we’ve just announced this year’s Audience Awards. The Award for Best Feature went to WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? which was directed by Liz Garbus (THE FARM: ANGOLA, USA). Garbus offers access into legendary singer Nina Simone’s most intimate thoughts through…
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