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Seven Thesis Films

Friday, January 22, 2021 - 5:00pm to 7:15pm


Films by the 2020 graduates of the MFA program in documentary film.

Q&A with filmmakers to immediately follow screening.

Free and open to the public.

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Contact phone:  650-725-3107

Films listed in screening order.

Note: Seven Thesis FIlms, the 2020 Thesis Documentary Film Screening, was originally scheduled for June 2020, but was postponed as a precautionary measure in response to the coronavirus. We are now pleased to be able to present these films online. This screening will take place on Vimeo:


by Yeon Park

Amid the pandemic, a couple find themselves stuck in a place thousands of miles from their homeland.

Framing Mother
by Ashleigh McArthur

Three women recount the physical and psychological effects of early motherhood, reimagining the myth of the 'perfect mother'.

A Door Away
by Alex H. Rafi

Still living in his childhood home, twenty-five year old DeVaughn reflects on his relationship with his family as he continues to build a life of meaning.

In Good Faith 
by Andrea Yu-Chieh Chung

In a world where industrialized meat production has become the norm, some Muslims strive to maintain a diet that is permitted by God and is more humane.

What She Left
by Michelle Mehrtens

Kathryn is the "well-sibling” in a family torn apart by the death of her older sister Fernanda. In the tropical warmth of Miami, Florida, Kathryn struggles to reconcile her memories of Fernanda.

Death and Her Compass
by Annie Munger

In the depths of a winter in Maine, an end-of-life doula prepares her clients for death while grappling with her own uncertainties about loss and mourning. 

Beyond the Wire
by Ted Griswold

Former Army Ranger Chris Pesquiera experiences freedom after 33 years at Soledad State Prison in California.  He leans into a community of formerly incarcerated veterans for support as he takes his first steps back into society.