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Short Competition - North American Premiere
After their retirement from company employment about 15 years ago Mrs and Mr Kikuchi left Tokyo and started a new life in the rural and mountainous region of the island of Kyushu in Japan. They built up the hinoki farm with all buildings, garden and the fields with their own hands. A study of daily work and the simple things in life. A way of life in old age.
Mini Competition - Montana Premiere
As the effects of the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill linger in Louisiana’s bayou country, a way of life begins to slip away for a crab fisherman and his sons.
Mini Competition - World Premiere
An explosion in unregulated ‘rat-hole’ coal mines turns a rural Indian community into the Wild West. That is, until the environmental destruction prompts the government to ban coal mining completely. Mine owners and villagers clash in this moving examination of the cost of unmonitored industrial development.
Daugthers of Emmonak
Big Sky Competition - World Premiere
Daugthers of Emmonak is a documentary film about a Yup’ik Eskimo woman, Lenora “Lynn” Hootch, working to bring an end to domestic abuse in her rural village of Emmonak, Alaska. In 1982, Lynn opened the Emmonak Women’s Shelter to provide a safe place for women and children from surrounding villages. Lynn has dedicated her life to reclaiming her people’s culture and traditional values as alcohol, drugs, and violence have torn through her community. Daughters of Emmonak brings these powerful stories to the fore, highlighting Lynn’s dream of a future where her grandchildren will walk the streets without fear.
Short Competition - Montana Premiere
Samer, a displaced Syrian barber, has taken refuge along with his young family in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Despite filling his time with meaningful work, caring for his family and improving his living conditions, such daily distractions cannot diminish his desire to return home.