Today at SILVERDOCS: Facing Ali, Off and Running - NBC4 Washington

Today at SILVERDOCS: Facing Ali, Off and Running

AFI films for June 16



    5 Ways to Make the City Your Gym
    Documentaries teach you things. It's kind of like school, but you can make out in the dark.

    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

    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