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CEH 2022 Direction Nominees Collage

Faya Dayi

In her hypnotic documentary feature, Ethiopian-Mexican filmmaker Jessica Beshir explores the coexistence of everyday life and its mythical undercurrents. Though a deeply personal project—Beshir was forced to leave her hometown of Harar with her family as a teenager due to...

Ascension

Mesmerizing in its imagery, Ascension is an impressionistic portrait of China’s growing class divide through staggering observations of labor, consumerism and wealth. The film is structured in three parts, ascending through the levels of the capitalist structure: workers running factory...

Flee

FLEE tells the story of Amin Nawabi as he grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband. Recounted...

In the Same Breath

Nanfu Wang’s fourth feature film meticulously documents the origin and spread of COVID-19 throughout 2020. With on-the-ground footage and stirring first-person interviews, the documentary is a scathing rebuke of mismanagement, misinformation, and failed leadership in the US and China. Weaving...

Procession

In the American heartland, six survivors of childhood sexual abuse by Catholic priests become a makeshift family as they collaborate to create staged scenes depicting rituals of power in the church....