The InternationalDocumentary Association (IDA) has selected 19 documentaries for the seventhannual InFACT Theatrical Documentary Showcase, formerly known as DOCtober. Theeight short films and 11 features will screen from Aug 22 to 28, a window whichenables the film to qualify for Academy Award consideration.
The Showcase wasmoved to August this year due to a change in entry dates for Oscarconsideration. Films from the showcase such as The Last Days and The Personals have gone on to win Oscars.
This year's InFACTfeatures are:
- Wayne Ewing's BreakfastWith Hunter about the world ofHunter S Thompson.
LisaGay Hamilton's Beah:A Black Woman Speaks about the lifeof black Hollywood star Beah Richards.
- Felipe Lacerda and JosePadilha's Bus 174 about thehijacking of a passenger bus in Rio De Janeiro.
- Cosmic Africa, the story of African astronomer Thebe Medupe whojourneys into the continent's astronomical past.
- Gabriel Orozco, the portrait of a prominent Mexican artist directedby Juan Carlos Martin.
- A Fisherman'sStory, which follows a fisherman ona voyage to Australia to confront a mining company which flooded the Hungarianriver Tisza with tones of cyanide and destroyed his livelihood.
- The Kidnapping OfIngrid Betancourt, the story of aColombian presidential candidate held hostage by guerillas.
- Liberty: 3 StoriesAbout Life & Death about aninterconnected lesbian family of friends.
- Refugee is the story of Mike Siv who travels to Cambodia tomeet his father and brother for the first time since he escaped as a child.
- Sunset Story portrays the feisty engagements of two women in aretirement home for political progressives.
- The Wild Parrots OfTelegraph Hill follows a Bohemian StFrancis in San Francisco and his relationship with a flock of wild parrots.