#HSDFF25 Day 6 Highlights

The celebration is only half over! Today we brings Dallas (sort of), a feature length ESPN doc on John Daly, lots of filmmakers in attendance, an excellent selection of short films and so much more. You do not want to miss Day 6 of Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival!

Here are a few highlights for Day 6. Click here for the full HSDFF schedule.

SHORTS

Short films that screen at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival often show up as a Best Short Film nominee on Oscar night.  And remember, the winner of the Spa Center Best Short Documentary Award becomes an Oscar qualifying  film.   So don't miss your chance to say on Oscar night, "I saw that at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival!".

10 AM - THE PATH OF MOST RESISTANCE: STORIES OF COURAGEOUS CONVICTIONS

5 Short Films - 108 Minutes

12 PM - RISKY BUSINESS: STORIES OF ENTREPRENEURS, RISKS AND REWARDS

4 Short Films - 90 minutes

Features

12:10 PM - HOTEL DALLAS

*Part of Doc/Fiction category

D: Sherng-Lee Huang, Livia Ungur | USA/Romania | 75 min | Romanian and English with English Subtitles | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang’s Berlinale-premiering Hotel Dallas tells the true story of how the soapy series Dallas – the only American program allowed to be aired in Ceaușescu’s Romania because it served as a cautionary tale on the evil capitalist West (yes, really) – became must-watch TV that influenced an entire generation. It also tells the fuzzier tale of how Livia, who fell in love with Patrick “Bobby Ewing” Duffy as a youngster, and her father Ilie, who fancies himself a wheeler-dealer much like J.R., pursued their Dallas dreams after the fall of the regime. While Ilie built Hotel Dallas (a Southfork replica and a means to embezzle millions in taxes), Livia left for America, eventually deciding to return to her homeland to take her adolescent obsession Duffy on a wild ride through the new – 80s-inspired – Romania. -- LW

1:45 PM - HIT IT HARD

*Part of Riser Sports Series

D: Gabe Spitzer and David Terry Fine | USA | 50 min | SOUTHEAST REGION PREMIERE

When University of Arkansas golfer John Daly burst onto the scene in 1991 “gripping it and ripping it” all the way to the top, he wasn’t an easy fit into the world of golf. An immense natural talent, he’s had improbable highs on golf's biggest stages and brutal lows ranging from suspensions and divorces, to rehabs and relapses. Through it all, this "rockstar of golf” has remained legendary to his loyal fans. Hit It Hard is a look back at Daly’s tumultuous career two decades after his glory days, exploring why, despite his myriad of mistakes, he’s still so universally loved. (A 30 for 30 ESPN film.)

3:15 PM - WINGS OF CHANGE

*Part of AARP Movies For Grownups

D: Tuvi Arbel | Israel | 53 min | Hebrew with English Subtitles | NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

The primary defender of Israeli nature is virtually the only person breaking ground in the talks between Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians. A religious scholar who lives in the territories, Professor Yossi Leshem is waging an uncompromising battle for coexistence between the parties with the aid of birds. Through a project that he initiated, barn owls are used as exterminators in the fields to prevent pollution of the groundwater for everyone. But Prof. Leshem dreams of implementing the project even further in the entire Middle East, enabling the birds of prey to survive instead of becoming extinct while simultaneously bringing together the divided peoples.

4:45 PM - SEVEN SONGS FOR A LONG LIFE

*Part of the Being Human category

D: Amy Hardie | UK | 83 min | SOUTHEAST REGION PREMIERE

Hospice care is rarely associated with singing and laughter, but at Strathcarron, it's different. At this exceptional Scottish hospice center, we follow five remarkable patients who face pain, uncertainty and the possibility of life's end with song and humor. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to help face your own mortality, making the process of dying itself safe, individual, and as gentle as possible. Seven Songs for a Long Life is an intimate story behind our changing relationship with death and those who provide end of life care.

Filmmaker in attendance

Sponsored by Legacy Termite and Pest Control, Inc

5:00 PM - ACCIDENTAL COURTESY: DARYL DAVIS, RACE & AMERICA

*Part of the Being Human category

D: Matthew Ornstein | USA | 95 min | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

Musician Daryl Davis has an unusual hobby, particularly for a black man. He likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan. In this digital age of personal disconnection, Daryl’s journey takes him cross country, meeting old friends, both former and current Klan members, face-to-face.  And when many of these former Klan members, with his help and support, eventually leave the Klan, Daryl gathers their robes and other artifacts, building an historical collection, piece by piece, person by person, story by story.

Filmmaker in attendance

6:45 PM - THE HEART OF NUBA

*Part of the Being Human category

D: Kenneth A. Carlson | USA | 86 min | WORLD PREMIERE

Welcome to the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where Dr. Tom Catena, the only surgeon within 200 miles, does his best to save lives in the midst of carnage and terror, treating as many as 400 patients a day at Mother of Mercy Hospital. He selflessly and courageously serves the needs of a forgotten people, as the region is bombed relentlessly by an indicted war criminal, Omar Al-Bashir. Surrounded by a country at war, living under the constant shadow of aerial bombardment, two things remain constant: Dr. Tom’s faith and his enduring love for the Nuba people.

Filmmaker in attendance

Sponsored by CHI St. Vincent

7:00 PM - FIRST LADY OF THE REVOLUTION

*Part of the AARP Movies For Grownups category

D: Andrea Kalin | USA/Costa Rica | 71 min | In English and Spanish with English subtitles | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

While visiting an aunt and uncle in the exotic countryside of Costa Rica, a young Southern belle from Alabama accepted a ride on the back of a motorcycle belonging to a charismatic local farmer – a ride that would propel her down narrow mountain roads and into history. The remarkable story of Henrietta Boggs, a Southern belle who takes a life-altering journey through marriage, civil war and audacious democratic reforms to become the First Lady of Costa Rica.

Filmmaker in attendance

8:30 PM - THERMAL WATERS PARTY AT QUAPAW BATHS & SPA

Wander down Central Avenue to the acclaimed, historical thermal water Quapaw Bathhouse. A “water bar” will be set up in the south wing of the Quapaw to sample mineral water from local natural springs, along with complimentary beer, wine and finger food. World-renowned guitarist Jason Truby will entertain. 

Sponsored by Quapaw Baths & Spa

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