Documentary Competition

There are stories to be told all throughout our living world, providing documentarians endless source material for compelling projects. Sports, politics, journalism, social injustices, and art all offer new perspectives and challenge our preconceived notions. These films broaden our horizons and invigorate our understanding of the planet, including the people and creatures with whom we share it. From the absurd and terrifying to the inspiring and beyond, documentary art is about showing the world as it truly is, truly was, and truly could be.

The Documentary Competition jury comprises film industry professionals and journalists who will choose the winning filmmaker, which will be announced at the Golden Space Needle Awards April 24 and will receive a cash prize of $5,000.

Children of the Mist

Vietnam | 2021 | 92 min | Hà Lệ Diễm

April 14 - 24, 2022

A Hmong girl in a rural Vietnamese village rebels against impending marriage and the custom of bride-kidnapping.

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Dark Red Forest

China | 2021 | 85 min | Jin Huaqing

April 14 - 24, 2022

Thousands of Tibetan nuns run through their rituals and practices on a meditation retreat during the coldest days of the year.

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The Last Shelter

France | 2021 | 85 min | Ousmane Samassekou

April 14 - 24, 2022

A Malian rest stop on the edge of the Sahara is a refuge for African migrants struggling to make it to Algeria and Europe.

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Outta the Muck

USA | 2022 | 80 min | Bhawin Suchak, Ira Mckinley

April 14 - 24, 2022

An intimate narrative of Black achievement about the resilient and self-determined Dean family of rural Pahokee, Florida.

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Radiograph of a Family

Iran | 2020 | 82 min | Firouzeh Khosrovani

April 14 - 24, 2022

Khosrovani reflects on her parents’ marriage and its kinship to the struggle between modernity and religion in Iran.

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Sweetheart Deal

USA | 2022 | 98 min | Elisa Levine, Gabriel Miller

April 14 - 24, 2022

Four women encounter friendship and betrayal while working Seattle’s infamous Aurora Avenue.

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Kaepernick & America

USA | 2022 | 82 min | Tommy Walker, Ross Hockrow

April 16 - 17, 2022

A doc on activist and quarterback Colin Kaepernick, tracing his ascent through the NFL and his game-changing protests.

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Riotsville, USA

USA | 2022 | 91 min | Sierra Pettengill

April 18 - 21, 2022

Built from archival footage, this doc tells how militarized police forces were trained to put down ’60s street protests.

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