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Doc Stories 2018

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This year's edition of Doc Stories highlights the depth, versatility, and power of the non-fiction form. The forward-thinking values of the San Francisco Bay Area are celebrated in two remarkable portraits—General Magic and 5B—both featuring extraordinary footage from their time that give them a "you were there" immediacy. Pressing issues from political indoctrination in Syria to maternal mortality rates here in the US take the stage alongside films such as They'll Love Me When I'm Dead and United Skates, that use art and culture as a lens through which to tell larger stories.

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Opening Night: They'll Love Me When I'm Dead

November 1, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Castro Theatre

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Morgan Neville, who charmed SFFILM Festival audiences this spring with his look at Mr. Rogers and his neighborhood, now playfully takes on the story of Orson Welles’s last production, The Other Side of the Wind. Read More

Doc Star Keynote Conversation: Lisa Nishimura

November 2, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
SFMOMA

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In an entertaining and informative Keynote, Netflix’s Vice President of Documentary and Comedy Programming Lisa Nishimura will discuss her thoughts on the current state of non-fiction filmmaking. Read More

Giving Birth in America: California

November 2, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
SFMOMA

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Giving Birth in America is a documentary series that examines some of the reasons for the alarming current statistics about maternal mortality rates in the US. Read More

New York Times Op-Docs

November 2, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
SFMOMA

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The fourth edition of our annual exploration of the year’s best short documentaries from the New York Times’ award-winning series again shows the strength and versatility of the non-fiction form. Read More

The Truth About Killer Robots

November 2, 2018, 9:00 p.m.
SFMOMA

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This timely exploration of our increasingly mechanized world is a kaleidoscopic look at the automatically operating machines that are changing our daily lives in ways that run the gamut from intriguing to deadly. Read More

Doc Shorts

November 3, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
SFMOMA

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Whether navigating a transition from North Korea to the UK, a release from prison, or a trip to the beach, the people documented in these non-fiction shorts are each in their different way adjusting to the changing world in which they find themselves. Read More

Ghost Fleet

November 3, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
SFMOMA

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The plight of fishermen enslaved on vessels in Southeast Asian waters is movingly documented in Shannon Service and Jeffrey Waldon's Ghost Fleet. Read More

General Magic

November 3, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
SFMOMA

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A portrait of Silicon Valley’s most important failed startup, General Magic details the rise and fall of the groundbreaking company that envisioned the first smartphone, as well as e-commerce and emojis, years before any of them became ubiquitous. Read More

Of Fathers and Sons

November 3, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
SFMOMA

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Posing as a photojournalist who supports jihad, director Talal Derki takes extraordinary risks and gains vivid access to the family and life of 45-year-old Abu Osama, one of the founders of Al-Nusra, the Syrian arm of Al-Qaeda. Read More

Filmmakers in Conversation

November 4, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
SFMOMA

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Join the creators of some of 2018’s most remarkable films to explore several key questions facing non-fiction storytellers. Participants include Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks (Quincy), Bing Liu (Minding the Gap), RaMell Ross (Hale County This Morning, This Evening), and Sandi Tan (Shirkers). Read More

United Skates

November 4, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
SFMOMA

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Eight wheels and a roller rink hold special significance in the African American community, as the act of roller skating provides a meaningful, vibrant, and safe way for people to express themselves. Read More

Closing Night: 5B

November 4, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Castro Theatre

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In the mid-1980s, a simple number and letter designated a ward on the fifth floor of San Francisco General Hospital, the first in the country designed specifically to deal with AIDS patients, and one that revolutionized the standard of care. Read More