HSDFF Best U.S. Feature
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.
U.S. JURY SPECIAL MENTION
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.
Best INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY
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.
Best Sports DOCUMENTARY
& Audience Choice
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.
Best SOUTHERN DOCUMENTARY
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.
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
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.