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HSDFF Best U.S. Feature

TIME FOR ILHAN

BY NORAH SHAPIRO

This inspiring and suspenseful political documentary follows the campaign of Ilhan Omar, a young Somalian Muslim immigrant woman who attempts to unseat a 43-year incumbent and other challengers.

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U.S. JURY SPECIAL MENTION

UNITED SKATES

By DYANA WINKLER & TINA BROWN

When America’s last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community of thousands battle in a racially charged environment to save an underground subculture.

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Best INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY

A WOMANCAPTURED

By BERNADETT TUZA-RITTER

A European woman has been kept by a family as a domestic slave for 10 years. Drawing courage from the filmmaker’s presence, she decides to escape the unbearable oppression and become a free person.

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Best Sports DOCUMENTARY

& Audience Choice

WRESTLE

by SUZANNAH HERBERT& LAUREN BELFER

The intimate and nuanced story of a wrestling team facing challenges on and off the mat, as they fight their way towards the State Championship.

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Best SOUTHERN DOCUMENTARY

GOSPEL OF EUREKA

DONAL MOSHER & MICHAEL PALMIERI

Love, faith, and civil rights collide in the South as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to explore the meaning of belief.

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REEL SOUTH BEST SOUTHERN SHORT AWARD

COTTON PLANT

BY MATTHEW MICHAUD

A deeply religious mayor looks to the medical marijuana industry as the last hope for his dying Southern town.

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BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

THE LAST STORM

LIAM SAINT-PIERRE

Recently diagnosed with lung cancer, a 60-year-old fledgling storm chaser sets out with his friend in search of a twister before the season comes to an end.