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2016 Thesis Documentary Film Screening

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 2:30pm to 6:00pm
Cubberley Auditorium

Free and open to the public.



Thesis films produced over the course of the year by graduating students in the MFA in Documentary Film and Video Program.


Q&A and Reception to immediately follow screening.




Encounters in Lot C
by Sami Chan

26 min.

Night falls in a parking lot and a filmmaker has a series of unusual encounters.



by Chris Ward

21 min.

One filmmaker's quest to understand his father and the record-breaking ocean voyage he made 43 years ago.



The Sandman
by Lauren Knapp

21 min.

A doctor walks the line of his own morality as he participates in lethal injections, while personally opposing capital punishment.



by Alexandra Swati Guild

25 min.

Moments of intimacy and distance unfold before us in this quiet examination of family life across three generations of women.

by Kadri Koop

14 min.

Four decades after hijacking a plane to Cuba to avoid charges of killing a state trooper, a former black power militant reflects on his past in a letter to his nine-year-old Cuban son.

No Harm No Foul
by Cheng Zhang

22 min.

In the tendency to assume that science-based conclusions are objective and reliable, public health tragedies are allowed to occur repeatedly.

El Cisne
by Daniel Chávez Ontiveros

22 min.

After a long period of absence, Sthefany decides to go back home in Mexico to confront her parents about her gender identity.

Ramped Up
by Reid Davenport

17 min.

Robert Kalani has filed about 60 lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Lee Ky's family-owned donut shop, which she manages from her wheelchair, got sued under the ADA.  Twenty six years after its signing, is the law a means of activism or an enabler of abuse?