Arts & Culture

What to see this year at Full Frame

Filmmaker Nanfu Wang travels with activist Ye Haiyan to Hainan Province in Southern China, to protest the case of six young girls who claim they were sexually abused by their school principal in “Hooligan Sparrow.”
Filmmaker Nanfu Wang travels with activist Ye Haiyan to Hainan Province in Southern China, to protest the case of six young girls who claim they were sexually abused by their school principal in “Hooligan Sparrow.” hooligansparrow.com

‘Audrie and Daisy’

The hot-button issues of sexual assault and public shaming through social media are dealt with in this film about two girls raped at a party, and the consequences for both them and the boys involved.

See it: 1:20 p.m., April 9, Cinema 3, Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan St.

‘By Sidney Lumet’

He directed “Serpico,” “Prince of the City,” “Network,” “12 Angry Men,” “The Verdict” and many other great films. This movie features an interview from the director – who died in 2011 – with clips from his work.

See it: 4 p.m., April 7, Fletcher Hall, Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.

‘The Ground We Won’

Rugby is the sports lifeblood in tiny Reporoa, New Zealand, and this documentary shows a farming community and its town team fighting to earn respect. Shot in shimmering black and white, “The Ground We Won” is amazing fly-on-the-wall filmmaking. And it’s yet another chance to see a rugby team do the haka.

See it: 1:30 p.m., April 7, Cinema 3, Durham Convention Center.

‘Hooligan Sparrow’

Filmmaker Nanfu Wang travels with activist Ye Haiyan to Hainan Province in Southern China, to protest the case of six young girls who claim they were sexually abused by their school principal. Under constant surveillance by a government that considers them enemies of the state, Wang eventually resorts to guerrilla-style filmmaking and smuggles her footage out of the country.

See it: 1:20 pm., April 8, Cinema 3, Durham Convention Center.

‘The Jazz Loft According To W. Eugene Smith’

From 1957-1965, famed Life photographer Smith chronicled, in photos and on audiotape, the comings and goings and jam sessions of musicians such as Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker and Zoot Sims at his New York loft. A tone poem to a time when jazz was king.

See it: 10:10 a.m. April 7, Fletcher Hall, Carolina Theatre.

‘Life, Animated’

Winner of the Documentary Directing award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Roger Ross Williams’ work is the story of Owen Suskind, an autistic boy who couldn’t speak for years, but who memorized dozens of Disney movies, turning them into a language of his own. When his family learned this, they began communicating with him through animated characters.

See it: 1:30 p.m., April 9, Fletcher Hall, Carolina Theatre.

‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’

The first documentary about the writer and civil rights activist, who was a regular speaker at Duke University’s annual fall convocation.

See it: 1:50 p.m., April 10, Fletcher Hall, Carolina Theatre.

‘Off the Rails’

The story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome, who is so in love with public transportation that he’s been arrested numerous times for not only impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors but also driving their routes. Although he has never damaged property or hurt anyone, he has spent years in prison – pointing to the failure of a system that can’t channel an essentially harmless person’s actions into legitimate pursuits.

See it: 7:20 p.m., April 7, Cinema 3, Durham Convention Center.

‘The 100 Years Show’

Carmen Herrera has been painting since her youth in Cuba, but it has only been recently, as she nears her 101st birthday, that her playful, colorful abstracts have been recognized. She’s now in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and The Tate. This film about her life and work follows the career of a modernist master described by the London Observer as “the discovery of the decade.”

See it: 1:10 p.m., April 7, Fletcher Hall, Carolina Theatre.

‘Raising Bertie’

Three African-American teens come of age in Bertie County, N.C. Faced with poverty and educational challenges, they try to make the transition into adult life.

See it: 4:30 p.m., April 9, Fletcher Hall, Carolina Theatre.

‘Rebel Citizen’

The late Haskell Wexler was a world-famous cinematographer (“Coming Home,” “Days of Heaven”), but also a noted political documentary filmmaker. Pamela Yates’ film lets Wexler, who died this past December, describe in his own words his political films, which included works about the Weather Underground and activists on their way to the 1963 march on Washington.

See it: 1:40 p.m., April 8, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St.

‘Sonita’

A refugee from Afghanistan living in a Tehran shelter, Sonita idolizes Michael Jackson and Rihanna and wants to be a rapper. But first she has to deal with her family, who can sell her as a bride for $9,000.

See it: 10:10 a.m., April 9, Cinema 4, Durham Convention Center.

‘Unlocking the Cage’

Acclaimed filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker directed this feature about animal rights lawyer Steven Wise, who is trying to revolutionize the law and have it recognize animals as persons with legal protections. His clients: four captive chimpanzees.

See it: 1:30 p.m., April 8, Fletcher Hall, Carolina Theatre.

‘Weiner’

Remember Anthony Weiner? He’s the congressman whose attempt to become mayor of New York City crashed and burned thanks to a sex scandal and his own social network stupidity. Relive those juicy tabloid moments in this film.

See it: 7:40 p.m., April 7, Fletcher Hall, Carolina Theatre.

Details

What: 19th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

When: April 7-10

Where: Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham, and other venues

How much: $16 for individual tickets, $27 for special events, $14 for educators, students and military

Information: www.fullframefest.org

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