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Announcing the 2024 Film Lineup!

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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is pleased to announce the complete lineup for the 26th annual festival, April 4–7, 2024. Full Frame will exhibit documentary features and shorts from around the world in a premier showcase of film screenings, discussions, and panels held in historic downtown Durham, N.C. This year’s festival will include 50 titles, 35 features and 15 short films from 22 countries.


1489 / Armenia (Director: Shoghakat Vardanyan; Producer: Shoghakat Vardanyan)
Over two years, filmmaker Shoghakat Vardanyan documented her parents and herself, waiting to hear about the fate of her twenty-one-year-old brother Soghomon, a musician, who disappeared in the front line of the brutal 2020 Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) War. Filming with her phone, Vardanyan turns her family’s grief into a film as an act of escape.

Agent of Happiness / Bhutan, Hungary (Directors: Arun Bhattarai, Dorottya Zurbó; Producers: Noémi Veronika Szakonyi, Máté Artur Vincze, Arun Bhattarai)
Amber is one of the many agents working for the Bhutanese government to measure people’s happiness levels among the remote Himalayan mountains. But will he find his own along the way?

All We Carry (Lo que llevamos) / United States (Director: Cady Voge; Producers: Laura Pilloni, Laura Tatham, Cady Voge)
All We Carry follows a young Honduran family as they flee persecution—migrating in cargo trains across Mexico, claiming asylum at the US border, and enduring separation in detention before being released in Seattle. There, a local synagogue sponsors the family for two years while they await the final decision on their asylum case. As the family tries to settle into their new home, we witness their everyday moments—both sorrowful and joyful—along the way.

American Seams / United States (Director: Carly Jakins; Producer: Carly Jakins)
The stories of three quilters combine to reveal an intimate portrait of rural women in the American West.  World Premiere

Anyuka / United States (Director: Maya Erdelyi; Producer: Maya Erdelyi)
Interweaving super 8 family films, archival material, and experimental animation, a granddaughter takes a deep dive into the remarkable life of her indomitable grandmother— a writer, WWII refugee and Holocaust survivor. Anyuka (Hungarian for mother) explores intergenerational trauma, the Jewish diaspora, immigration, motherhood, and religious identity, to tell the story of a tragic and marvelous life across continents.

Ashima / United States, Spain, France, South Africa, United Kingdom (Director: Kenji Tsukamoto; Producers: Minji Chang, Dave Boyle, Roy Choi, Kenji Tsukamoto)
Ashima is an intimate portrait of elite rock climber Ashima Shiraishi as she travels to South Africa to try to become the youngest person in the world to climb a v14 graded boulder problem. Accompanying Ashima is Poppo, an eccentric, hermit-like, retired avant-garde dancer, who also happens to be her father. Emotional and rooted in character, Ashima is a love letter not only to climbing, but to immigrant parents and the realization of the American Dream.

The Bus (El bus) / Spain (Director: Sandra Reina; Producer: Valérie Delpierre, Jaume Fargas Coll)
This round-trip bus ride takes passengers on Friday mornings towards the weekend and picks them up on Sunday afternoons to take them back to the place where they came from.

The Bitter Pill / United States (Director: Clay Tweel; Producers: Tim Grant, Shannon E. Riggs, Mary Rohlich)
With his hometown ravaged by the opioid epidemic,

Film Festival Watch: Catch These 10 Sundance-Supported Docs at True/False Film Fest 

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By Stephanie Ornelas 

One of the rewards of being part of a filmmaker’s journey from the beginning is witnessing their stories reach wider audiences. We recently celebrated the 12 remarkable Sundance-supported films at the 2024 Berlinale, and now we’re turning our attention to the True/False Film Fest happening today through March 3 in Columbia, Missouri. We’re so proud to see that 10 documentaries with connections to Sundance Institute are in the program this year. 

Over the next four days, festivalgoers will be fully immersed in captivating nonfiction stories, including an emotional look at how incarceration affects families (Daughters) and the inspiring journey of a group of Amazon employees as they fight to unionize (Union).  

Whether the filmmakers of the following titles are Documentary Film Program (DFP) fellows or their projects premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival, each will forever be a part of the Sundance Institute community. Learn more within our watchlist below about  the 10 films with Sundance Institute ties screening at True/False Film Fest — from 2024 Festival favorites that won viewers’ hearts in Utah and online, to Labs and grant projects making their world premiere. 

A Photographic Memory — 2019 Documentary Edit Story Lab, 2019 Sundance Documentary Film Grant 

Logline: A filmmaker ventures into the archives of her photographer mother to construct a personal story of love, loss, and finding someone in the work they leave behind.

Agent of Happiness — 2024 Sundance Film Festival

Logline: Amber is one of the many agents working for the Bhutanese government to measure people’s happiness levels among the remote Himalayan mountains. But will he find his own along the way?

Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano — 2021 Sundance Documentary Film Grant 

Logline: After the 2020 explosion in Beirut, a film crew confronts a crucial decision: pursue the production of their film or yield to the devastation surrounding them.

A close up of A Black man holding high young daughter who is in a white dress

Daughters — 2024 Sundance Film Festival 

Logline: Four young girls prepare for a special Daddy Daughter Dance with their incarcerated fathers, as part of a unique fatherhood program in a Washingt