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2017 Thesis Documentary Film Screening

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Cubberley Auditorium

Free and open to the public


Thesis films produced by graduating Second Year MFA students in the Documentary Film Program.


Q&A with filmmakers and reception to immediately follow screening.






by Dane Christensen

16 min.

Two women in a rural Utah town navigate two opposing identities––being gay and Mormon.


Hey Little Black Girl
by Lyntoria Newton

13 min.

Being black and girl. Yesterday, today and tomorrow.



by Aria Swarr

12 min.

Michael Zakarian, an Armenian in the Old City of Jerusalem, cultivates his garden and pigeon haven while facing changes in his historic community.


Room 140
by Priscilla Gonzalez Sainz

11 min.

Immigrants just released from detention centers spend their first night in Oakland at a motel, paid for by one of the workers. For one night of respite, they rest, reflect, and prepare for the next phase of their journey. 


by Leonor Zúniga Gutiérrez

19 min.

A woman and her son deal with the ongoing trauma of losing their family and their country.

by Puck Lo

15 min.

In an Arizona desert, a dystopic collective nightmare unfolds where U.S. domestic and foreign policies collide.


The Woman who was in love with seashells and other stories
by Olivia A. Booker

15 min.

In the fight to make ends meet in the uphill battle against fishing regulations, a changing climate, and their own geographical isolation, multiple generations of the residents of  Atlantic, NC tell stories about their home and its environment.



Cheche Lavi
(Looking for Life)

by Sam Ellison

27 min.

Two friends drift from Haiti to Brazil to Tijuana. Now what?