The Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration with the American Film Institute featured 16 short political documentaries produced by filmmakers from across the country. The inaugural film festival was held in Washington, D.C. on November 13th. A showcase of the films was available for a limited time to watch online and on demand.
Ferryman at the Wall
Originally proposed as an international peace park with Mexico, Big Bend, Texas has a unique relationship with its southern neighbor. For the past 40 years, Mike Davidson has been ferrying tourists across the Rio Grande for a little taste of Mexican life — but now a great big border wall might divide the park.
Edith + Eddie
Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.
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Gavin Grimm Vs.
In 2016, transgender teen Gavin Grimm sued his local school board after its members refused to let him use the bathroom of his choice. He was ready to take his case all the way to the Supreme Court, and then the election happened.
Shawna: Life on the Sex Offender Registry
After having consensual sex with a younger boy while she was still a teenager, Shawna Baldwin found herself one of the 800,000 people on American's sex offender registries. She is now in her mid-thirties and a mother of three. This short documentary explores the effects that being a registrant has had on her life.
The fates of undocumented immigrant workers and Wisconsin's $43 billion dairy industry are closely intertwined — and both are grappling with their options for survival as fears of ICE raids and deportations under the Trump administration grow.
A Debtors' Prison
Across the racially segregated landscape of St. Louis County, Missouri, thousands of people are routinely sent to jail because they cannot pay local court fines and fees.
Marlise Munoz was 33 years old and 14 weeks pregnant with her second child when she died. She suffered a pulmonary embolism and was pronounced brain-dead in a hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.
Monument | Monumento
At Friendship Park, a unique meeting place along the US-Mexico border, family members and loved ones from both countries can see and speak to each other through a meshed fence, but they cannot touch.
Election Day 2016
After a long and contentious presidential campaign, 10,000 people spontaneously came to pay tribute to Susan B. Anthony's grave in Rochester, New York.