Many LGBTQI Films Slated for Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 2019 is pleased to partner again with OUTwatch, Wine Country’s LGBTQI Film Festival, to offer a slate of films curated by the OUTwatch producers as part of our program. Look for the OW icons in the program!

SDFF 2019: 4 LGBTQI features, 2 LGBTQI shorts plus 4 more films about strong women:

LGBTQI Features
The Rest I Make Up Friday March 29, 4pm   Rialto Cinemas® #9
Leitis in Waiting Friday March 29, 7:30pm Rialto Cinemas®  #7
Singing For Your Lives Friday March 29, 4:15-5:45  Brent Theater – Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Baghdad To the Bay Sunday March 31, 2-4pm Rialto Cinemas®  #7

A Great Ride before Baghdad to the Bay Sunday March 31, 2-4pm, Rialto Cinemas®  #7
Short Program #3 Saturday 3/30, 12:45-2:45 pm Rialto Cinemas®  #7 and 4-6pm Rialto Cinemas®  #9
I Have Something to Tell You before Leitis In Waiting Friday March 29, 7:30pm Rialto Cinemas®  # 7 Also in Short Program # 1 Saturday March 30, 11:15 AM Rialto Cinemas # 9

Strong Women Films
The Racer (Short) with Derby Crazy Love (Feature) Sat March 30 1:45-3:15pm  Brent Theater – Sebastopol Center for the Arts
The Woman Who loves Giraffes Saturday March 30, 5-6:30pm  Rialto Cinemas®  #7
Shorts Program #3:The Racer, A Great Ride, Madame Mars: Women and the Quest for Worlds Saturday 3/30, 12:45-2:45 pm Rialto Cinemas®  #7 and 4-6pm Rialto Cinemas® #9


The Rest I Make Up
Maria Irene Fornes is one of America’s greatest playwrights and most influential teachers, but many know her only as the ex-lover of writer and social critic Susan Sontag.  At the vanguard of the nascent Off-Off Broadway experimental theater movement in NYC, the visionary Cuban-American dramatist constructed astonishing worlds onstage, writing over 40 plays and winning nine Obie Awards.  When she gradually stops writing due to dementia, an unexpected friendship with filmmaker Michelle Memran reignites her spontaneous creative spirit and triggers a decade-long collaboration that picks up where the pen left off.  
Leitis in Waiting
Leitis in Waiting is a raw yet tender portrait of Joey Mataele and the Tonga leitis, an intrepid group of native transgender women. They are fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism in their South Pacific Kingdom and discovering what it takes to be accepted without forsaking your culture and traditions.
From Baghdad to the Bay 
“From Baghdad to The Bay” is a personal look at one man’s harrowing journey to be true to himself amidst adversity. This awardwinning film follows the epic journey of Ghazwan Alsharif, an Iraqi refugee and former translator for the U.S. military. Wrongfully accused of being a double agent, tortured by the U.S. military and ostracized from family, Ghazwan struggles to rebuild his life in the San Francisco Bay Area while coming out as an openly gay activist.
Singing For Your Lives
Singer, songwriter, and social activist Holly Near has been performing for well over 50 years and in the process created what Gloria Steinem called, “the first soundtrack of the women’s movement. Singing for Our Lives documents the story of the activist and her art
Derby Crazy Love
A bad ass documentary about the third wave feminist revival of roller derby, featuring NY’s Gotham Girls, UK’s London Roller Girls and Montreal’s New Skids On The Block. This is not your Mom’s Roller Derby. These Derby women are modern, young and totally committed to the sport.
The Woman Who Loves Giraffes Dr. Anne Innis Dagg re-traces the steps of her ground-breaking 1956 journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild. Now, at 85 years old, Anne sees a startling contrast between the world of giraffes she once knew and the one it has become. Weaving through the past and present, her harrowing journey gives us an intimate look into the factors that destroyed her career and the forces that brought her back.