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14 mins — Michaela Wadzinski (USA)

Kaja Powlaski has closed herself off from the world. Taking solace only in her love for photography. When her elderly neighbor Amelia arrives at her doorstep with a film camera and a script, Kaja must decide to exit her comfort zone and try something new. However, feelings of inadequacy and embarrassment may hold her back.

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Sat, Feb 15, 9:00am Student Narrative Block, Valders 362.

#3 Normandy Lane

21 mins — Brenda Strong (California, USA)

Army wife and Young Mother, Sarah Winston's life is inextricably altered when a series of visitors arrive on her doorstep.

Sat, Feb 15, 11:00am Narrative Shorts Block 1, Valders 262.

8000 Paperclips

1 hr 14 mins — Nitsan Tal (Israel)

When Israeli artist and TED Fellow, Raffael Lomas turned 50, he knew he wanted his new work to have meaning. So when he learned about a group of South Sudanese children who had been raised in Israel and were then deported to South Sudan, he jumped at the chance to go make art with them and “see what would happen.”In a complex and layered story, 8000 Paper Clips explores the value of art, Raffael’s own history with depression and struggle, and what humans need – no matter their national status. It follows a group of extraordinary young people as they overcome adversity and build hope for their future – with the support of a team of people whose hearts they have touched.

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Sat, Feb 15, 11:00am Valders 206

Sun, Feb 16, 2:00pm Valders 206.

Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066

1 hr 5 mins — Jon Osaki (California, USA)

Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 is a documentary feature film about the false information and political influences which led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. Alternative Facts sheds light on the people and politics that influenced the signing of the infamous Executive Order 9066, which authorized the mass incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans. The film will expose the lies used to justify the decision and the cover-up that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Alternative Facts also examines the parallels to the current climate of fear, targeting of immigrant and religious communities, and similar attempts to abuse the powers of the government.

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Sat, Feb 15, 9:00am Valders 262.

Ashes to Ashes

25 mins — Taylor Rees (Utah, USA)

Winfred Rembert, the only living survivor of a lynching, a Star Wars fanatic and leather artist, develops a friendship with Doctor Shirley Jackson Whitaker who is on a mission to memorialize the forgotten 4,000 African Americans lynched during the Jim Crow era. Together, their journeys of healing intertwine.

Best Documentary Short OFF Walter W. Ordway Award Winner

Sat, Feb 15, 11:00am Documentary Shorts Block 2: Art, CRH.
Q&A following the screening

Sun, Feb 16, 12:00pm Documentary Shorts Block 2: Art, Valders 362.

Ayana

21 mins — Aidana Topchubaeva (Kyrgyzstan)

Nine-year-old Ayana, despite the fact that she is a girl, is preparing to become a player of the national game of warriors - kokboru. She has a dream to become the first girl kokboru player in the history of this game. The support of the father - the famous kokboru player Tilek Mukaev and mother makes Ayana believe in her Dream

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Sat, Feb 15, 9:00am Documentary Shorts Block 1:Women, CRH

Sun, Feb 16 12:00pm Documentary Shorts Block 1: Women, Valders 362

Balance

4 mins — Raymond Limantara (Singapore)

“There isn’t enough room for the both of us.” Two painters battle out what space they have to paint in their own style.

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Sun, Feb 16, 3:00pm Animated Films Block, Valders 262.

The Battle of Billy Joe

4 mins — Natalie LaTurno (Missouri, USA)

Rivals Annie Boakley and Bobbie-Sue battle each other over their beloved Billy Joe, only to discover a shocking revelation that nobody could foresee in this wild western showdown.

Sat, Feb 15, 9:00am Student Narrative Block, Valders 362.

Bella

19 mins — Seth D. Myers, Sarah Stolar (Iowa/New Mexico, USA)

A young female dancer travels on an emotional journey through psychological and physical landscapes to discover a crucial truth that lives within her.

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Sat, Feb 15, 11:00am Narrative Shorts Block 1, Valders 262

Sat, Feb 15, 1:00pm Iowa Short Films Block, Waukon Main Feature Theater

Sun, Feb. 16th, 12:00pm Iowa Short Films Block, CRH.

Beyond Home

20 mins — David Sipos (Slovenia)

BEYOND HOME is the story of Tine and Manca, brother and sister, abandoned by their father to a vitiated family in the countryside. As their situation grows unbearable, Tine plans to leave his sister behind and cross the ocean in search of their father.

2020 Best Narrative Short OFF Walter W. Ordway Award Winner

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Sat, Feb 15, 11:00am Narrative Shorts Block 1, Valders 262

Sun, Feb 16, 2:00pm OFF 2020 Award Winners Block 2, Valders 262.

Blake

13 mins — David Busch (Iowa, USA)

Blake is a heartwarming short film about a man and his cat. And time travel.

Sat, Feb 15, 1:00pm Iowa Short Films Block, Waukon Main Feature Theater

Sun, Feb. 16th, 12:00pm Iowa Short Films Block, CRH.

The Blue Marble (pilot)

15 mins — Ralph Toporoff (USA)

At the Universal Soul Assignment office a soul, Charlie has been stuck on the Blue Marble line for eternity. A victim of red tape, he struggles to unravel the incomprehensible rules and regulations which have prevented him from fulfilling his destiny since the Big Bang.

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Sat, Feb 15, 3:00pm Narrative Shorts Block 2, Valders 362.

Broken

5 mins — Decorah High School (Iowa, USA)

Film about a student in crisis was created by Decorah Speech and Drama students.

Sun, Feb. 16 2:00pm, Valders 206

Catnap

7 mins — Alivia Horsley (CA, USA)

A cat struggles to deal with the loss of her tail and finds self-acceptance along the way.

Sun, Feb 16, 3:00pm Animated Films Block, Valders 262.

Colour Me Free

5 mins — Gray Hodgkinson (Singapore)

The animated movie “Colour Me Free” is a symbolised narrative influenced by the plight of civilians caught up in war. Through no fault of their own, these people are trapped in their cities, targeted by both sides as acceptable collateral damage, or even as human shields. This movie explores how these survivors are forced to question their allegiances, as expressed by colour, as their base human need to survive takes precedence.

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Sun, Feb 16, 3:00pm Animated Films Block, Valders 262.

Concourses and Megastructures

6 mins — Stefanie Toftey (Iowa, USA)

This is a NYC love story about solitude

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Sat, Feb 15, 1:00pm Iowa Short Films Block, Waukon Main Feature Theater

Sun, Feb. 16th, 12:00pm Iowa Short Films Block, CRH.

A Dairy Tale

31 mins — Dawn Trautman (MN, USA)

A sentimental comedy sitting at the crossroads of “Parks and Rec” and a Hallmark movie, celebrating the Upper Midwest, second chances, and the power of good baked goods.

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Sat, Feb 15, 3:00pm Narrative Shorts Block 2, Valders 362.

The Dead Die Once

9 mins — Max McGillivray, Alex Morelli (North Carolina, USA)

After settling into her new life in America, a Syrian refugee receives a visit from her past. Based on a story by Syrian writer Jehan Sayed Issa.

Best Student Narrative OFF Walter W. Ordway Award Winner

Sat, Feb 15, 9:00am Student Narrative Block, Valders 362

Sun, Feb 16, 12:00pm OFF 2020 Award Winners Block 1, Valders 262.

Economy is Care

6 mins — Sergio Herencias (Switzerland)

A short film that questions the current state of the economy with thought-provoking sequences and takes a look into the past, how the present understanding of the economy came to be.

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Sun, Feb 16, 3:00pm Animated Films Block, Valders 262.

Finding Our Voice

34 mins — Evan Gardner (New York, USA)

Finding Our Voice is a documentary chronicling Director Evan Gardner’s journey to better understand the condition he was diagnosed with as a child – Apraxia. Through his eyes, we follow Gardner as he searches for answers and information regarding what makes Apraxia so difficult to diagnose, how it impacts more than just those afflicted by it, and how families can help loved ones with Apraxia. A passion project for Gardner, this film is a deeply personal journey through not only his struggles during his youth but the struggles of others like him.

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Sat, Feb 15, 1:00pm Valders 262.

Flat Echo

15 mins — Bruce Chiu (Taiwan)

Ruby cares for her husband, Richard, a once-celebrated pianist now crippled by the late-stages of Alzheimer's Disease. When Richard reacts to a piece of music, Ruby decides to master the piece on the piano. Richard’s condition worsens but Ruby refuses to let go, holding onto the hope that the music will re-establish the connection that she once had with her husband.

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Sat, Feb 15, 9:00am Student Narrative Block, Valders 362.

Flava

20 mins — Terrell Christie (Iowa, USA)

Raekwon, the actor behind a popular energy drink mascot named Lil Pooky, is criticized for the messages his performances send to the public. In a knee jerk attempt to put a message behind his character, he finds that Lil Pooky may be tied into a horrifying conspiracy.

Sat, Feb 15, 1:00pm Iowa Short Films Block, Waukon Main Feature Theater

Sun, Feb. 16th, 12:00pm Iowa Short Films Block, CRH.

A Flowering Tree

9 mins — Meera Krishnamurthy (India)

Based on a Kannada folktale translated by AK Ramanujan, “A Flowering Tree” is about Vanaja, a young woman who can magically turn into a flowering tree at will. When her talent results in an unlikely marriage to the prince, Vanaja encounters his sister Kaikeyi, who is envious of her gift.

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Sun, Feb 16, 3:00pm Animated Films Block, Valders 262.

The Foursome

30 mins — Zach McTee (NY, USA)

Iowa’s Waukon Golf Club is so small that a round of 18 means playing the 9 hole course twice. But the Iowa course created something Augusta and Pebble Beach never could - a friendship that has lasted well beyond 18 holes. This short documentary follows a lively foursome as they play their 50th outing at the Waukon Men’s Invitational.

Sat, Feb 15, 9:00am, Olin 102.

Free Trip to Egypt

1 hr 38 mins — Ingrid Serban (Romania/USA)

Free Trip to Egypt takes audiences on a remarkable journey, in which an unlikely group of travelers to the Middle East finds themselves transformed by the power of human connection.

Sponsored by Decorah UCC and NE Iowa Peace and Justice.

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Sat, Feb 15 9:00am, Valders 206

Sun, Feb 16, 2:00pm, CRH.

Ghazaal

15 mins — Ragini Bhasin (India/California, USA)

A 13-year-old Afghan refugee hustles around in a refugee camp, trying to survive the harsh circumstances.

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Sat, Feb 15, 3:00pm Narrative Shorts Block 2, Valders 362.

Gridshock

59 mins — Vanessa McNeal (Iowa, USA)

Gridshock is a riveting documentary exposing the hidden and disturbing reality behind the sex trafficking demand in Iowa. Vanessa McNeal, a filmmaker and survivor of sexual violence sets out to explore the often overlooked reality about why the sex trafficking industry thrives. The truth is that sex trafficking wouldn’t exist without the unquenchable thirst and demand for it. On the quest to learn more, Vanessa discovers who the johns/buyers are and why there is a culture of impunity that hides and protects them. In this riveting and truly disturbing documentary what you think you know about sex trafficking will be challenged. What is hidden will come to light, even in a midwestern state like Iowa. The film features survivors of sex trafficking, local and federal law enforcement, advocates, politicians, and a recovering sex addict.

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Sun, Feb 16, 2:00pm, Valders 206.

Hans Arnold - Art of the Witchmaster

1hr 30 mins — Micke Engtrom (Sweden)

Follow into the mind of the creative genius HANS ARNOLD. His lifejourney and images will mesmerize you and give you insights in art, life, sex & horror. He is perhaps best known for illustrating works of Astrid Lindren and ABBAs Greatest HIts cover. It took 12 years of work to turn Hans Arnold’s life saga into a touching documentary with ingenious interweaving between interviews, archive and Arnolds art.

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Sat, Feb 15, 3:00pm, CRH.

Honeyland

1 hr 30 mins — Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska (North Macedonia)

Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She’s the last in a long line of Macedonian wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city – a mere four hours’ walk away. Hatidze’s peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle. Hatidze optimistically meets the promise of change with an open heart, offering up her affections, her brandy, and her tried-and-true beekeeping advice. It doesn’t take long however, before Hussein, the itinerant family’s patriarch, senses opportunity and develops an interest in selling his own honey. Hussein has seven young mouths to feed and nowhere to graze his cattle, and he soon casts Hatidze’s advice aside in his hunt for profit. This causes a breach in the natural order that provokes a conflict with Hatidze that exposes the fundamental tension between nature and humanity, harmony and discord, exploitation and sustainability. Even as the family provides a much-needed respite from Hatidze’s isolation and loneliness, her very means of survival are threatened.

Sponsored by Daryl and Norma Jean Bosma.

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Sat, Feb 15, 7:00pm, Waukon Main Feature Theater

The Honey War

2 mins — Landon Walsh (Iowa, USA)

A short animated tale of heroism, betrayal, and countless other nonsense as you learn about the stupidest war Iowa has ever been involved in

Sat, Feb 15, 1:00pm Iowa Short Films Block, Waukon Main Feature Theater

Sun, Feb. 16th, 12:00pm Iowa Short Films Block, CRH.

The Hottest August

1 hr 35 mins — Brett Story (USA)

A complex portrait of a city and its inhabitants, The Hottest August gives us a window into the collective consciousness of the present. The film’s point of departure is one city over one month: New York City, including its outer boroughs, during August 2017. It’s a month heavy with the tension of a new President, growing anxiety over everything from rising rents to marching white nationalists, and unrelenting news of either wildfires or hurricanes on every coast. The film pivots on the question of futurity: what does the future look like from where we are standing? And what if we are not all standing in the same place? The Hottest August offers a mirror onto a society on the verge of catastrophe, registering the anxieties, distractions, and survival strategies that preoccupy ordinary lives.

Sponsored by Rocket Dog Books

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Sat, Feb 15, 3:00pm Valders 206.

Iyengar: the Man, Yoga, and the Student’s Journey

1 hr 47 mins — Jake Clennell (USA)

Hailed as "the Michelangelo of yoga" and considered to be one of the most important masters in the world, B.K.S. Iyengar is credited with bringing the ancient art of yoga to the modern masses. Born in Southern India 100 years ago, the legendary guru is the founder of Iyengar Yoga, a form of Hatha, known for its rigorous mental and spiritual focus. Filmed before he passed away in 2014, this intimate portrait centres on Iyengar's legacy and teachings, while illuminating the life-changing holistic methods at the core of his practice. Whether you’re a seasoned devotee or simply looking for self-care motivation, this profound film is bound to steer you on the path to mindfulness.

Sponsored by Marybeth Gallant, Yoga with Thea and Steve, Yoga Room, and Wadsworth Construction

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Sun, Feb 16, 12:00pm, Valders 206

Irritable Ball Syndrome

6 mins — Brady Glover (Nebraska, USA)

When a scientist tries to infuse life into a ball, he learns how to roll with what life zaps at him.

Best Student Animation OFF Walter W. Ordway Award Winner

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Sun, Feb 16, 3:00pm Animated Films Block, Valders 262

Sun, Feb 16, 2:00pm OFF 2020 Award Winners Block 2, Valders 262

Jack and Anna

15 mins — Ksenia Ivanova (Illinois, USA)

Jack and Anna is based on true events that happened in the early 1900s in Colorado. It tells a story about a young couple who live a happy life on their farm when suddenly a man from the past reveals Jack’s biggest secret – that he is, in fact, a woman named Helen. After the revelation, Helen is put on trial for cross-dressing and same-sex marriage.

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Sat, Feb 15, 3:00pm Narrative Shorts Block 2, Valders 362.

John 746

30 mins — Ana Vijdea (Romania)

In a room packed with objects of all sorts, a man passes the time painting a mural remake of Picasso’s Guernica, giving books away and taking care of his dog Bakunin. In between, he stares blankly at his works, waiting for something to happen or someone to arrive. “We’ve got to start buying stuff and selling stuff, Bak.”. He handpaints discount signs and hangs them in the window, but the only thing he manages to sell is a baking tray. In a final attempt to reach his audience, he comes up with a plan: The Destruction of Art.

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Sat, Feb 15, 11:00am Documentary Shorts Block 2, CRH

Sun, Feb 16 2:00pmn Documentary Shorts Block 2, Valders 362.
Q&A following the screening

Knee High

14 mins — Marissa Vonn (Iowa, USA)

The Melbourne farm is about to slip through Calvin’s fingers as he tries to balance parenting with taking control of the family land. On an extremely important day in his young son’s life, Calvin makes a mistake that could cause his already fragile relationship with his little boy to crumble.

Sat, Feb 15, 1:00pm Iowa Short Films Block, Waukon Main Feature Theater

Sun, Feb. 16th, 12:00pm Iowa Short Films Block, CRH.

L’Eau Est La Vie (Water is Life): From Standing Rock to the Swamp

25 mins — Sam Vinal (California, USA)

On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are ready to fight—to stop the corporate blacksnake and preserve their way of life. They are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it.

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Sat, Feb 15, 9:00am Documentary Shorts Block 1:Women, CRH

Sun, Feb 16 12:00pm Documentary Shorts Focus: Women, Valders 362.

The Ledges

47 mins — Bill Gebhart (Iowa, USA)

This short documentary tells the story of Ledges State Park in Boone County, Iowa. From its canyon formation by tropical seas and glaciers to its present and future as an outdoor destination, The Ledges tracks through state and national history to explain what makes Ledges State Park so unique.

Sat, Feb 15, 9:00am, Olin 102.

Leslie’s Gift

11 mins — Charles Cunliffe (IA, USA)

A man who is visiting his parents grave with his sister, reminiscing about their childhood, is surprised by her unexpected gift of forgiveness.

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Sat, Feb 15, 11:00am Narrative Shorts Block 1, Valders 262

Sat, Feb 15, 1:00pm Iowa Short Films Block, Waukon Main Feature Theater

Sun, Feb. 16th, 12:00pm Iowa Short Films Block, CRH.

Made in China: Reforming China’s Supply Chain

10 mins — Gabriel Diamond, Matthew Beighley (USA)

For years, China has valued aggressive growth at the cost of environmental protection. Ma Jun emerged as a bold and singular voice, willing to stand up to powerful political and economic interests. His groundbreaking use of data and transparency holds the industry accountable and makes clear the costs of toxic pollution.

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Sat, Feb 15, 4:35pm Valders 262.

The Mill

52 mins — David Craig (Canada)

The divided community of Pictou County, Nova Scotia is facing a major turning point in the fifty-year-old controversy surrounding the pulp mill located on the shores of Pictou Harbour. Will the mill, considered the dirtiest in Canada, finally clean up its act or will the Government of Nova Scotia allow a new plan to allow the mill to pipe its treated waste directly into the Northumberland Strait.

2020 Best Feature Documentary OFF Walter W. Ordway Award Winner

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Sat, Feb 15, 3:00pm, Valders 262

Sun, Feb 16 12:00pm, OFF 2020 Award Winners Block 1: Valders 262.

Monochrome World

5 mins — Decorah Speech and Drama students

This All-State winning film addresses the use of technology in the lives of high school students.

Sunday, Feb. 16 2:00pm, Valders 206

Mother, Daughter, Sister

28 mins — Jeanne Marie Hallacy (USA/Bangladesh, Myanmar)

Amae, Thamee, Ama (Mother, Daughter, Sister) gives voice to Kachin and Rohingya women calling for an end to sexual violence in conflict. The film revolves around the stories of four women: Shamima, a volunteer counselor working with survivors of military rape in the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, Dil Kayas, a teenage survivor and San Lung and Lu Ra, the sister and mother of two Kachin school teachers brutally raped and killed in 2015, allegedly by the Burmese military. Powerful testimonies from survivors, witnesses and activists explore the far-reaching impact of sexual violence and trauma upon communities, woven with stories of couragaeous women calling for justice and an end to impunity.

2020 Documentary Short OFF Walter H. Ordway Honorary Mention Award Winner

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Sat, Feb 15, 9:00am Documentary Shorts Block 1:Women, CRH

Sun, Feb 16 12:00pm Documentary Shorts Block 1: Women, Valders 362. Sun, Feb 16 2pm OFF 2020 Award Winners Block 2: Valders 262.

My First Funeral

14 mins — Ann Sorenson (USA)

Fresh out of seminary, Pastor Paul has diligently prepared for his first funeral. He soon realizes that no amount of preparation can ready him for this funeral.

Sat, Feb 15, 11:00am Narrative Shorts Block 1, Valders 262.

A New Deal for Public Art in the Free State

22 mins — Graham Carroll, Kara Heitz (Kansas, USA)

A film that explores Kansas identity during the Great Depression and New Deal era through stories about conflicts over public art.

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Sat, Feb 15, 11:00am Documentary Shorts Block 2, CRH.
Q&A following the screening

Sun, Feb 16 2:00pmn Documentary Shorts Block 2, Valders 362.

No History of Violence

1 hr 23 mins — Ellie Bernstein, Tracy Nichole Cring (USA)

No History of Violence is a documentary about attacks against Somali-Americans since 9/11. It focuses on a Federal case that occurred between 2013 and 2016 in Minneapolis, orchestrated by the FBI and culminating in the trial of 3 young Somali boys, who were accused of material support of terrorism and conspiring to join ISIS. It was the second-largest Federal terrorism case in the United States. It highlights the federal government’s targeting and entrapment of Muslims in the United States.

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Sat, Feb 15, 1:00pm Valders 362.

One Man Dies A Million Times

1 hr 32 mins — Jessica Oreck (Russia/USA)

A true story, set in the future. About seeds and genetic diversity, about growth and decay, about love and war, about hunger of all kinds. About what it means to be human, even when all your humanity is stripped away.

"One Man Dies a Million Times" will not be shown at 11:00 on Saturday in Valders due to techincal difficulties

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Sat, Feb 15, 11:00am, Valders 362.

Picture Jasper

20 mins — H. Nelson Tracey (Oregon, USA)

On the border of Oregon and Idaho, Steve Schultz, a lifelong man of the American West, mines for Picture Jasper, a rare form of rock that produces spectacular finished jewelry products. Through booms and busts, he works to find these natural treasures.

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Sat, Feb 15, 11:00am Documentary Shorts Block 2, CRH.
Q&A following the screening

Sun, Feb 16 2:00pmn Documentary Shorts Block 2, Valders 362.

Rear View

17 mins — Steve Kniss (Illinois, USA)

To process the death of his wife, a grieving husband embarks on a road trip with his daughter to the place where it all began, the place where he and his wife fell in love.

Sat, Feb 15, 9:00am Student Narrative Block, Valders 362.

Saving Snow

53 mins — Diogo Castro Freire (Portugal/USA)

Across the country, people who depend on winter for their livelihood are feeling the heat. On the sidelines of skiing and snowboarding, an epic struggle to reverse rising temperatures is unfolding. Ski towns and the snow sports industry are paving the way towards a clean energy future.

Sponsored by NE Iowa Citizens Climate Lobby.

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Fri, Feb 14, 8:00pm. T-Bock’s Upstairs.

Sea of Shadows

1 hr 45 mins — Richard Ladkani, Sean Bogle (USA)

A looming disaster in one of the most spectacular environments on Earth sparks a rescue mission unlike any other in SEA OF SHADOWS, a riveting new documentary with the intensity of a Hollywood thriller from National Geographic Documentary Films and winner of the Sundance audience award. When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, their deadly methods threaten to destroy virtually all marine life in the region, including the most elusive and endangered whale species on Earth, the vaquita porpoise. SEA OF SHADOWS follows a team of dedicated scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists, and courageous undercover agents as well as the Mexican Navy as they put their lives on the line to save the last remaining vaquitas and bring the vicious international crime syndicate to justice.

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Sat, Feb 15, 1:00pm Valders 206.

SGaawaay K'uuna (Edge of the Knife)

1 hr 41 mins — Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown (Canada)

Haida Gwaii, 1800’s. At a seasonal fishing camp, two families endure conflict between the nobleman Adiits’ii and his best friend Kwa. After Adiits’ii causes the accidental death of Kwa’s son, he flees into the rainforest, descending into madness and transforming into Gaagiixid - the Wildman. When the families return in the spring, they discover Adiits’ii has survived the winter. Can he be rescued and returned to his humanity? Meanwhile, Kwa wrestles with his deepest desire – revenge.

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Fri., Feb. 14, 5:00pm. T-Bock’s Upstairs. Underwritten by an anonymous donor.

Silo

1 hr 16 mins — Marshall Burnette (USA)

SILO is the first ever feature film about a Grain Entrapment. Inspired by true events, SILO follows a harrowing day in an American farm town. Disaster strikes when teenager Cody Rose is entrapped in a 50-foot-tall grain bin. When the corn turns to quicksand, family, neighbors and first responders must put aside their differences to rescue Cody from drowning in the crop that has sustained their community for generations. Filmed on location in Iowa and Kansas.

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Sat, Feb 15 1:00pm CRH.

Soma

9 mins — Sandra Jovanovska (Macedonia)

Situated in a strange, trashy universe, the story revolves around two people; a taxidermist and a butcher. The butcher gets the taxidermist hooked on his drugs, which he offers as an alleged cure for the taxidermist's sneezing. The taxidermist becomes a junkie and gives away his forgotten love to the butcher in exchange for more drugs. After realizing what he did, he goes to take what belongs to him, but the path ahead is a one-way journey.

Sun, Feb 16, 3:00pm Animated Films Block, Valders 262.

The Songs of Time

1 hr 10 mins — Mana Garcia (Buenos Aires)

Echoes of an ancestral chant resonate deep in the jungle of Misiones, Argentina. They are the voices of the Mbya Guaraní people who preserve their musical legacy through the songs of their children. Charo Bogarín and Diego Perez, creators of the musical project TONOLEC, travel to their villages in search of melodies which will provide inspiration for their new album. Music is the bridge that conquers distances and enables the encounter between these two worlds. And it is in the joy of the children’s choirs that TONOLEC will discover an entire universe of sound. From the villages to the recording studio we witness a musical journey of discovery, learning, inspiration, and the melding of the Mbya ancestral songs with the contemporary sound of TONOLEC.

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Sat, Feb 15, 3:00pm, Olin 102.

Stout Hearted: George Stout and the Guardians of Art

1 hr 19mins — Kevin Kelley (Iowa, USA)

Stout Hearted: George Stout and the Guardians of Art, tells the story of Iowa Native, George Stout, and his life’s impact on the fields of Art Conservation and Monuments Protection. During World War II, Stout led the Monuments Men through Europe on the greatest treasure hunt in history- protecting and recovering priceless art from the Nazis. Stout’s legacy with The Monuments Men continues presently with the U.S Committee of the Blue Shield an organization that is protecting precious art from destruction in areas of global conflict. Stout’s innovative methods of art conservation, created some 90 years ago, are still used today in major museums around the world.

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Sat, Feb 15, 1:00pm Olin 102.
Q&A following the screening.

Summer Ball

1 hr 17 mins — Mitchell Keeran, (IA, USA)

The community of Bancroft, Iowa holds a very proud and rich history with the sport of baseball including championships won and legendary names competing on the historic field. In this story, we see a young and hungry coach, a town of welcoming Midwestern people, and players from all over the country and beyond come together with one mutual goal - Bring a winning team and a championship back to Bancroft.

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Sat, Feb 15, 11:00am Olin 102.
Q&A following the screening.

Tightrope

1 mins — Elena Ivanaj (UK)

A man stages and performs a one-man show, alternating between two characters: this is their dialogue. An experimental expression of contrasting emotional states as perceived through the lense of Borderline Personality Disorder.

Sun, Feb 16, 3:00pm Animated Films Block, Valders 262.

Victory Swim

56 mins — Matt Yamashita (Hawaii, USA)

What do you do when someone you love is diagnosed with a debilitating disease? How can you help ease their pain and fear? How can you give them hope? Endurance athlete Adam Ellenstein asked himself those very questions when his aunt, Susan Scarlett, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. The 60-minute documentary Victory Swim follows Susan and Adam as they come together at this critical moment, and as a team, embark on a swim that will inspire and transform them both.

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Sat, Feb 15, 3:00pm, Valders 262.

Walk Off

33 mins — Andrew Howell (Michigan, USA)

With graduation nearing, and no offers to play in college, a high school baseball star and his sports-crazed father are forced to figure out what their relationship consists of without baseball.

2020 Student Narrative OFF Walter W. Ordway Honorable Mention Award Winner

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Sat, Feb 15, 9:00am Student Narrative Block, Valders 362

Sun, Feb 16, 12:00pm OFF 2020 Award Winners Block 1, Valders 262.

When All That’s Left is Love

1 hr 18 mins — Eric Gordon (USA)

When All That’s Left is Love is the emotionally gripping story of a wife’s determination to care for her Alzheimer’s-stricken husband in their home. With unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access, the film reveals the toll that the disease takes on families coping with Alzheimer's, while also showcasing the power of love that sustains both patients and caregivers. 2020 Documentary Feature OFF Walter W. Ordway Honorable Mention Award Winner

Sat, Feb 15, 1:00pm, Valders 262

Sun, Feb 16, 2:00pm OFF 2020 Award Winners Block 2, Valders 262.

Women of Gold

20 mins — Jerry de Mars (Netherlands/Tanzania)

Everyday women face challenges towards their empowerment working in the Goldmines of Tanzania. In this film, we follow Anna, a strong independent woman working in the mines. Tanzania is the 4th producer of Gold in Africa. Approximately 25 percent of an estimated one million artisanal and small-scale gold miners in Tanzania are women. Women in small scale mining in Tanzania are characterized by unsafe and unregulated working conditions, illegal mining, under-production and gender-based exclusion.

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Sat, Feb 15, 9:00am Documentary Shorts Block 1:Women, CRH

Sun, Feb 16 12:00pm Documentary Shorts Block 1:Women, Valders 362.