AFI DOCS will open with the world premiere of Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey and close with Life Itself.

The annual AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium will honour and Guggenheim honouree Alex Gibney.

All in all 84 films from 28 countries will screen over the course of the festival, set to run from June 18-22 in in Washington DC and Silver Spring, Maryland

New events include Catalyst screenings of provocative subjects and the Filmmaker Engagement Program, designed to connect artists with decision-makers and thought-leaders.

Spotlight Screenings include E-Team, Freedom Summer and POINT AND SHOOT, while the programme includes Dinosaur 13, We Are The Giant and When The Garden Was Eden.

“AFI DOCS 2014 is a true celebration of documentaries and storytellers,” said interim festival director Christine O’Malley. “While there are serious thought-provoking issues presented artfully in the films, there are equal amounts of whimsical and entertaining experiences.

“What they all do, however, is inform and hopefully inspire different types of change – policy, perspective or heart.”

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