Jury Selections

For the first time ever, a distinguished panel of eight jury members selected and ranked their top 5 favorite films of the festival. Learn more about each jurist here and check out each panelists' picks below. 


pam-aguilar-mugshot.jpg Pamela A. Aguilar

Senior Director of Programming and Development for PBS

  1. You Can Go
  2. The Collinwood Fire
  3. Dad
  4. Our Voices Are Rarely Heard
  5. A Thousand Midnights  

Eric Gulliver mugshot.jpg Eric Gulliver

Producer and Editor of American Experience

  1. Our Voices Are Rarely Heard
  2. You Can Go
  3. It Is What It Is
  4. The Collinwood Fire
  5. Our Nation

Simon Kilmurry mugshot.jpg Simon Kilmurry

Executive Director of the International Documentary Association

  1. You Can Go
  2. Osama Esid: Photographer
  3. Our Voices Are Rarely Heard
  4. Kojo
  5. Si

Mike Sargent mugshot.jpg Mike Sargent

Founding Member of the Black Film Critics Circle

  1. Our Nation
  2. You Can Go
  3. The Secession
  4. Amigas with Benefits
  5. Kojo

Nina Gilden Seavey mugshot.jpg Nina Gilden Seavey

Director of The Documentary Center at The George Washington University

  1. Dad
  2. Osama Esid: Photographer
  3. Lockbox
  4. Our Voices Are Rarely Heard
  5. The Collinwood Fire
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