5PM - Playing Frisbee in North Korea, USA/North Korea, 2017, 90 mins
Director: Savanna Washington
Playing Frisbee in North Korea is the first documentary produced and directed by an African-American female filmmaker from inside North Korea. It follows Ms. Washington’s journey inside North Korea, offering a first-time glimpse into the everyday life of its people. Through interviews with North Korean refugees, long time aid workers, scholars, and experts on the topic, this documentary provides an authentic, inimitable perspective of the lives and struggles of a people. Director Savanna Washington plans to attend the festival to answer questions after the film.
7:30PM - Time For Ilhan, 2018, US, 89 mins
Director: Norah Shapiro
On November 8, 2016, a young, hijab-wearing mother of three named Ilhan Omar made history, becoming the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to state office in America. She was hailed by The New York Times as “one of the brightest lights in post-election darkness,” and the documentary film Time for Ilhan intimately chronicles her hard-fought campaign for State Representative in Minnesota’s Senate District 60B, home to the nation’s largest Somali community. A fresh take on the old story of the American Dream, Time for Ilhan offers an inspiring, stereotype-busting portrait of a rising political star as she begins a bold and powerful political career.