Some of the downtown fest’s best films are the documentaries. Here are a few of our favorites that you can still catch this week.
Slavik Kryklyvyy was the World Latin Dance Champ-ion in 2000 when paired with his girlfriend, Joanna Leunis, but lost the crown when he moved on to a new dance partner. Ten years later, Kryklyvyy is working toward a comeback with his newest dance partner and girlfriend, Anna Melnikova, but his unwavering determination for success could make the possibility of failure just as likely as victory.
‘Journey to Planet X’
Two science nerds in Florida have a unique passion — making DIY sci-fi films in a basement with a green screen. This doc follows the pair as they set out to make their unintentionally hilarious dreams come true.
‘Let Fury Have the Hour’
With Occupy Wall Street back on, it’s perfect timing to catch Antonino D’Ambrosio’s debut film about how artists and writers have channeled political dissent into brilliant works of art. Notable interviews from the film include Lewis Black, Shepard Fairey and Chuck D.
‘The World Before Her’
Nisha Pahuja follows two women competing in the Miss India pageant while also documenting the world of Durga Vahini, the women’s wing of the Hindu fundamentalist movement. The two worlds juxtaposed create a fascinating portrait of what it is to be a female in India today.
How do some of the country’s most venerated and well-paid athletes go bankrupt only years after achieving big-time success? Director Billy Corben elicits vulnerable confessions from those who have lived the high life and, due to excessive spending, medical bills and a host of other reasons, have gone from flush to broke in under a decade.