PTAFF 2019 Trailers

Fix My Kix (documentary short, United States)

A short documentary about young sneaker entrepreneur, James Green, who is steadily working his way out of East Oakland with his innovative company "Fix My Kix", a youth business started in the Youth Impact Hub Entrepreneurial Program at United Roots in Oakland, California.

The Curious Scroll (documentary short, United States)

How to not hate the hater? A curious painter in Santa Cruz, California gets strangers to make art on a scroll, creating room for conversations across political differences. The art, stories, and thoughts that emerge are personal, direct, and sometimes profound.

Hare Krishna! (documentary feature, United States)

A documentary on the life of Srila Prabhupada, the 70-year-old Indian Swami who arrived in America without support or money in the turbulent 1960s. The documentary explores how Prabhupada ignited the worldwide cultural revolution of spiritual consciousness, known as the Hare Krishna movement.

The German King (narrative short, United States)

Set in 1914 at the start of World War I, The German King is the unbelievable true story of Rudolf Manga; a German raised African prince who becomes king after his father’s death. Upon returning home to Cameroon, he sees his people being subjugated and enslaved under Kaiser Wilhelmʼs II oppressive colonial rule. He realizes the only way to put an end to his peopleʼs suffering, is to lead a rebellion against the man he once considered his brother.

Homeless Ashes (narrative feature, United Kingdom)

Frankie is a young boy who stands up to his fear and runs away from an abusive home only to grow-up trying to survive on the streets.

Dark Chocolate (narrative short, United States)

A teen becomes suicidal after constant bullying by his peers. In an age where being the target of ridicule and bullying seems to be growing, what options does a victim have? Why is this such an epidemic among teens in our society? This dramatic short spotlights a day in the life of a teenage boy pushed too far, and what could’ve happened if someone spoke out.

AMARUKAFO ADEBISA: African-American Ancestral Divination (documentary feature, United States)

A documentary film that examines Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African) people in America, Amarukafo, African-American male and female diviners, healers and healeresses in the restoration and reintroduction of those systems of oracular divination retained in our Ancestral blood-circles in North america over the past 300 years.

Plume The L.A. Exide Contamination (documentary short, United States)

For over 30 years Exide Technologies in the City of Vernon illegally incinerated car batteries releasing lead, arsenic, cadmium, butadiene and other harmful cancer causing toxins into the communities of Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, Huntington Park, Bell, and the City of Commerce leaving a trail of victims through-out these communities.

15 Minutes (narrative short, United States)

Samantha Hamilton, a gorgeous African American emerging filmmaker, is looking for love at this speed dating event because she paid her money and can't get it back. Colin Rudd, a handsome African American investment banker at Goldman Sachs, is ready to find a connection so he can roll up on high profile "camera op" events and perhaps up his profile.

You went on with your dying (narrative short, Republic of Iran)

Today my mother died. Maybe I did not know yesterday. I had a phone call from a nursing home. For the first time, after a long time, I thought aloud to my mother, at this moment and at the end of the day, will I be survived?

Coffin Decollette (short, Egypt)

A little girl notices wedding preparations in her home. She is shocked because she did not expect to be the bride. This film highlights the suffering of an impoverished middle-class Egyptian girl who is deprived of her right to complete her education and her innocent childhood.

Before Darkness (narrative short, Republic of Iran)

The story of an Afghan woman with a little baby and a group of human smugglers who attempt to cross the Iranian border towards Europe, but since she does not have enough money to pay the fare for herself and her child, she is forced to hide her baby in a bag.

Deadwater (narrative short, Republic of Iran)

A taxi driver stalks two teenagers in love during their afternoon in a remote cabin by the marsh.

The Marsden Motion (narrative short, United States)

An incarcerated gang member gets stuck with a jaded public defender who is not doing his job. While in the court lock-up, he is guided to believe that a Marsden Motion is the key to solving his problems. If successful, it will ultimately give him a fair chance to prove his innocence.

The Education of A Negro (narrative feature, United States)

From rookie filmmaker Ryan Culver comes The Education of a Negro! A movie inspired by the 2006 FBI Report about white supremacists infiltration of law enforcement. After discovering the terrifying truth about his brother's murder by a cop, Kenny and his wife JJ are forced to confront the one thing black people have feared for over 400 years.

The Creepy Line (documentary feature, United States)

An eye-opening documentary which reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook, and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle - hence powerful - manner in which they do it.

THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA (documentary feature, Russia)

A documentary film directed by Elena Demidova, tells the story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.

Sharkwater Extinction (documentary feature, Canada)

A thrilling and inspiring action packed journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it — a conspiracy that is leading to the extinction of sharks.

Cleats (narrative short, Turkey)

Ilyas and Ahmet are two close friends. Emir, a Syrian refugee, completes the gang. Ilyas wants to make the tryouts for a local football team and saves money to buy new cleats, but after seeing his father pay the debts of Emir’s family at the grocery store, Ilyas gives his new cleats as a gift to Emir. On the morning of the tryouts, one of Ilyas’ temporary cleats given to him by the shoemaker drops into the river. As Ilyas and Ahmet debate about jumping in after it, Emir surprises them with what he does.

Fishnet and the Fish (narrative short, Republic of Iran)

Its about all little fishes in the world.

A Mother’s Cry: “Stay strong, be tough that’s what the preacher tell ya, he never really felt ya, so he can’t even help ya, need a shoulder to lean on, somebody to cry to, it’s like everything’s gone but I’m a survivor.”

These are the truthful words slurred from the mouth of New Orleans own rapper Lil Wayne on his hit song “Get Over” off his Certified Platinum Album Tha Carter II. To often senseless violence leads pastors to saying those very words to grieving mother’s as the funeral service comes to an end, “stay strong, be tough” not understanding that the mother of that child laying in that casket life will never be the same. As a parent I’m sure you’ve woken up only to find out your child is still out and you begin to worry, but soon as they return home and realize their ok you head off back to bed. But have you ever wondered what life would be like if every time you woke up your child wasn’t there, and all you had was pictures and old videos for memories? Scary right? Well, that’s reality for some mothers. A Mother’s Cry is a docuseries that sits down with mothers from all across the United States to zero in on how losing a child has changed their lives forever in hopes to catch the attention of people and let them know who’s the biggest loser in the senseless violence fight. Life is so precious but often times can be taken for granted.

Pixán the Ghost of Góngora (short, United States)

In collaboration with the Black Out for Human Rights Collective, UR Media presents "Pixán: The Ghost of Góngora". An experimental Poetic Essay honoring Luis Góngora Pat, a homeless undocumented Mayan immigrant who was murdered by the San Francisco Police Department on April 7, 2016.

Waiting Under One Roof (documentary short, Switzerland)

Cameraman Ibrahim Yaghi spent his first two months as an asylum seeker in the Asylum Center Juch in Zurich, Switzerland, where he captured everyday life with his camera. His narrative voice leads us through the film that let's inhabitants and caregivers speak, and gives a subjective insight into his stay as well as the everyday life of the center.