2019 Documentary Selections

Beneath The Ink

In a time when society's belief systems are seemingly changing, or even reverting in time, one Ohio tattoo artist, Billy Joe White, is challenging his community by saying: "bring me your mistakes." Beneath the Ink is a timely look at hate and racism in the western foothills of the Appalachian region that reveals heartfelt stories of change and redemption.


A short documentary that continues the themes and work from In the Land of the Finndians (book published in Finland in 2016). Featuring among others Lyz Jaakola, Rebecca and Jim Gawboy.

Magnolia's Hope

When three-year-old Magnolia Tesler was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, her parents didn’t know what to do. This intimate documentary follows the Tesler family as they spring into action in an effort to cure their daughter from a rare, debilitating disorder.

Birthing Sovereignty

Birthing Sovereignty features five Anishinaabe women on the Fond du Lac Reservation sharing Indigenous traditions for raising babies in this instructive and spiritual documentary produced by the Ojibwemowining Digital Arts Studio. After 200+ years of colonization, Ojibwe resilience is helping to revive the use of cradleboards, moss bags, and belly button pouches.

Jeffrey T. Larson

This film follows the life of Jeffrey T. Larson, an artist and modern-day master of contemporary realism. Through chance encounters, failed pottery classes and desperate situations that drove him and his young family down to their last few cents, the film reveals the unwavering passion for oil painting that steered Larson to become one of today's most acclaimed artists.

Caminantes (Walkers)

“Caminantes” from Venezuela leave and cross Colombia on foot, fleeing the crisis. Jóse R Guzmán shows the stark truth of thousands of Venezuelans from within. Between shelters, long daily walks, and low temperatures with very few provisions, a vivid and humorous experience develops, as no one has done it before.

Outsourced: The New Wisconsin Idea

UW-Superior suspended 25 programs, with no transparency. Following the aftermath of the program suspensions at UW-Superior, this film looks into the future of higher education in the state of Wisconsin through interviews with students, faculty, and community members.

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