New York Times Op-Docs


Friday, November 02, 2018
6:30 p.m.

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Guests Expected

Directors Luisa Conlon and Hanna Miller (We Became Fragments), producer Oliver Hartman (Dulce), director Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee (Earthrise), and Kathleen Lingo, Executive Producer of New York Times Op-Docs, are expected to attend.


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. This year's program takes us from family reflections to pressing worldly issues and beyond—even to outer space.

Films listed in alphabetical order. Program order to be announced.  

Post-screening Q&A moderated by Academy Award-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky (Open Your Eyes, Doc Stories 2015).

Angello Faccini, Guille Isa, Colombia/USA, 11 min
In coastal Colombia, a mother teaches her daughter how to swim so that she may harvest piangua shellfish with the other women in the village.  

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, USA, 30 min
The Apollo 8 astronauts recount their memories of capturing the first image of Earth from space in 1968 and the awe of seeing Earth framed against the blackness of the universe.  

I Am Bisha: The Rebel Puppeteers of Sudan
Roopa Gogineni, Sudan/USA, 12 min
Over the past seven years, Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir has dropped thousands of bombs on villages across the Nuba Mountains. This rebel is fighting the bombs with satire.  

My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes
Charlie Tyrell, Canada, 14 min
A filmmaker tries to uncover a better understanding of his deceased father through the random objects he inherited, including a pile of dirty movies on VHS.  

We Became Fragments
Luisa Conlon, Hanna Miller, Lacy Jane Roberts, USA, 13 min
After losing his mother and four siblings in a bombing that left him injured, Syrian teenager Ibraheem Sarhan and his father make a new life for themselves in Winnipeg, Canada, despite the heartbreak of leaving their home behind.

Film Details
  • Running time: TRT 80