Explore human trafficking, crises of faith, music, murder, mental illness, and more in this selection of short documentaries from Ohio. Films include: Caught in Columbus Director: Matt Hermes Runtime: 16 minutes, 6 seconds Caught in Columbus examines the issue of human trafficking in Columbus and the rise of CATCH Court, a pioneering, specialized legal docket aimed at restoring the lives of women who were trafficking victims. Herbert, Mom and Me Director: Olga Wagner Runtime: 8 minutes, 4 seconds Even decades after his death, a cult leader still has an effect on those who used to believe. Naveed Director: Olga Wagner Runtime: 8 minutes, 45 seconds Naveed tells the story of a young man’s struggle to balance faith, culture, and sexuality. The Builder Director: David Kuznicki Runtime: 6 minutes, 30 seconds A father recalls the two weeks he spent in Montana building a cabin with his son. The Builder is a short documentary about the construction of a memory and the legacies we leave behind. Breaking the Grade Directors: Alix Korda, Sam Korda, and Austin Bening Runtime: 21 minutes, 19 seconds Breaking the Grade is a documentary following a group of students in Columbus, Ohio, who are given a second chance. Though the system was ready to give up on them, a determined educator willing to try a bold new program wasn’t. What followed was proof past events can’t define the future. Emily Director: Wendy Dean Runtime: 17 minutes, 3 seconds Emily is about a young mother murdered in front of her twin six-month-old daughters by her estranged husband. Her family and friends share Emily’s story of abuse, details about the night she was murdered, and their life without Emily. Down & Dirty Director: Ori Segev Runtime: 13 minutes, 34 seconds Down & Dirty follows the three-part music group, New Thousand, as they travel and perform around New Orleans, shedding light on street performance and busking culture of this rich and historic city. From street corner politics to vibrant live concert footage, Down & Dirty captures the spirit of New Orleans street performance through the eyes of a band that risked everything for their musical dreams. Talk to my son Director: Sangsun Choi Runtime: 14 minutes Kyung-hee, a barista in South Korea, is a North Korean defector who left her son in China 13 years ago. With the help of a filmmaker, she records her voice to explain the story of his birth for her son and why she had to leave him. In this situation, the filmmaker (Sangsun) tries to build a unique relationship with Kyung-hee and her son by making a film about their lives.
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