AFI celebrated this year’s 123 AFI Conservatory graduates — and the world’s newest filmmakers — Monday, June 11, at Hollywood’s historic TCL Chinese Theatre. During Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2018, Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa were conferred upon Academy Award®-winning actor/director Jodie Foster and Academy Award®-winning production designer Dean Tavoularis for their “contribution of distinction to the art of the moving image.”
Filmed entirely from the perspective of preschoolers, MINI MISS follows five young girls competing to be crowned Mini Miss Baby Brasil. The film provides a unique insight into early childhood experiences, and children’s innate capacity for resistance in a world dominated by adult norms and desires.
Tucked away in an unsuspecting room in Kathikhera, a rural village in Northern India, steel frames and wooden crates filled with supplies crowd the space. These are the materials for what will become a new business venture for the women in the village: a sanitary pad revolution. In PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE., follow the women as they produce and sell thousands of pads to local women in an effort to improve feminine hygiene, all while battling uphill against one of the country’s greatest taboos — menstruation.
Laura Green and Anna Moot-Levin’s THE PROVIDERS follows three “country doctors” — health care providers working for a small network of clinics in northern New Mexico — as they confront the challenges of keeping those in their poor and opioid-plagued communities healthy and safe.