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ADFS kicked-off the Piedmont Food Fest with five short documentary films

Viewers experienced the range of family diversity through themes such as adoption, homelessness, women’s issues, education, and gender identity. The films were appropriate for children ages 10 and up.

Absolutely No Spitting. A Jewish mother and her multiracial 4-year-old adopted daughter explore their DNA profiles and what it means to have many identities and cultures in your genetic heritage. From Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand.

A Concerto Is a Conversation. A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer traces his family’s lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short Film.

“In its compact 13 minutes, ‘A Concerto Is a Conversation’ manages to say more about race relations than a film that runs 10 times as long.”

Roger Ebert

Almost Famous: The Silent Pulse of the Universe. In 1967, a young astronomer, Jocelyn Bell, made a breakthrough discovery in astronomy, but as a woman in the sciences her role was overlooked and unfairly ignored.

What You’ll Remember.  The story of young Bay Area parents determined to give their four children a good life despite moving in and out of homelessness over a period of fifteen years.

what you'll remember short documentary film

Texas Strong. Kai Shappley, a 6-year old trans child in Texas, fights to be recognized and accepted by her devout Christian family. Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Short Documentary.

Here’s a look at ADFS films from years past.

The Long Shadow

100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice
The Pushouts
An Evening of Shorts (Mother’s Day, Bias, 4.1 Miles,
Science Fair
Knock Down the House

Code: Debugging the Gender Gap
Rape on the Night Shift
Political Animals
The Chinese Exclusion Act
I Am Not Your Negro

And Then They Came for Us
Arc of Justice
Growing Up Trans
The House We Live In
The Hunting Ground

Audrie & Daisy
The Mask You Live In
3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets

At the River I Stand
Alive Inside
A New Color
The Raising of America: Are We Crazy about Our Kids?
Somewhere Between
Three to Infinity: Beyond Two Genders

American Promise
Inequality for All
Louder than a Bomb
Loving Lampposts
The Waiting Room

Lives Worth Living
The Loving Story
Out in America
Poor Kids
Room to Breathe
The Invisible War

Accidental Hero
Off and Running
Salaam Dunk
Stonewall Uprising
The Education of Shelby Knox

Brazil in Black and White
Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice
Paths of the Displaced
Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
Writ Writer
Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun

Anyone and Everyone
Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Speaking in Tongues
When Medicine got it Wrong

Ask Not
Immigration Calculations
Race to Execution
Unnatural Causes

Aging Out
Boys of Baraka
Cats of Mirikitani
Islam vs Islamists
Made in LA

Autumn’s Eyes
Soul of Justice

39 Pounds of Love
Homeless in Paradise
Mad Hot Ballroom
Raising Teens

Beauty Before Age
Wet Dreams and False Images
Brother Outsider
Death of a Shaman
Girl Trouble
Lost Boys of Sudan

Death on a Friendly Border
Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary
Unlikely Hero
You Don’t Know Dick

Brothers and Others
Kiss My Wheels
Mai’s America
Strange Fruit

Daddy & Papa
Dying to be Thin
Misunderstood Minds
What Do You Believe?

Boys will be Men
Breathing Lessons
Disability Culture Shock
First Person Plural
Girls Like Us
Long Night’s Journey into Day
Scout’s Honor
Sound and the Fury

Follow Me Home
The Personals

The Way Home
Raymond’s Portrait
Look What a Wonder
Rabbit in the Moon
AKA Don Bonus
Smoke Signals

Family Name
Twitch & Shout

Skin Deep

You can find a description of many of these films HERE.

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