Today at SILVERDOCS: Facing Ali, Off and Running

AFI films for June 16

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There's more than you just read in the title. Lots, lots more. Today’s the first full day of the fest; here’s a smattering of what’s being screened from noon ’til midnight. For the entire schedule and ticket information, go to Silverdocs.com.

Albert Maysles Shorts Program, Part I, a 68-minute collection of five short films from this year’s Guggenheim Symposium honoree. 12:15 p.m.

Another Planet
, a doc on child laborers that Aaron Leitko calls “powerful viewing.” 12:30 p.m.

My Neighbor, My Killer, a look at Rwanda’s Gacaca Tribunals that Steve Kolowich says is “too hard for tears.” 3 p.m.

The Apprentice, the sometimes “too fortuitous” story of a 15-year-old French boy who’s learning to farm. 4 p.m.

Off and Running, a look at the life of a black girl who was adopted by white Jewish lesbians in Brooklyn. 4:30 p.m.

Facing Ali, which was to be the night’s big get until a press release yesterday advised that the Champ will no longer be attending. Still, should be worth a look. 7 p.m.

Afghan Star, or Central Asia’s American Idol. Need we say more? 7:45 p.m.

RiseUp, which offers three “unique and compelling tales” on Jamaica’s underground reggae scene. 8 p.m.

Sea Point Days
, a “brilliant commentary on community” in the South African suburb of Cape Town. 8:45 p.m.

Only When I Dance, a peek into the lives of two Rio de Janeiro teens as they work toward becoming professional dancers. 9:45 p.m.

Forty Men for the Yukon
, an “always earnest and at times wickedly funny” portrait of two 80-somethings who’ve spent their lives panning for gold. 9:45 p.m.

Today at Silverdocs: Facing Ali, Afghan Star, Off and Running, and More was originally published on City Desk on Jun. 16, 2009, at 10:46 am

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