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San Diego Film Week

Doc Block

Compelling documentaries show you things about the world that you may never know otherwise. Documentaries are often our historians, capturing human level stories and insight into the world around us. This block features stories with local and international themes, teaching us about our surroundings, our world and each other.


  1. Captain Bowen’s Story

    Tonya Mantooth / Doc Block / United States / 2017 / 7 mins
    Captain Jeff Bowen and Firefighter Jay Bettencourt found themselves out of air, disoriented from breathing toxic smoke, and fighting for their lives.


  2. Doc Block – Shorts Program

    Doc Block / 120 mins
    Compelling documentaries show you things about the world that you may never know otherwise. Documentaries are often our historians, capturing human level stories and insight into the world around us. This block features stories with local and international themes, teaching us about our surroundings, our world and each other.

    In This Program: Captain Bowen’s Story, A New Stellar Order, Rifleman’s Violin, Places Like This, Growing up Hip Hop, Dislocation Blues, Native Like Water: We’re Still Here


  3. Growing up Hip Hop

    Nina Pearl Martin / Doc Block, Pacific Arts Movement / 2017 / 8 mins
    This film documents the lives of teens growing up in Hip Hop dance culture. Made in the Pacific Arts Movement's "Reel Voices" film class.

  4. Native Like Water: We’re Still Here

    Nalini Asha Biggs / Doc Block / United States / 2017 / Activism, Indigenous, Native American, Teens, Water Rights, Young FIlmmakers, Youth / 16 mins
    In the summer of 2016 native and indigenous youth gathered at UCSD. We engaged in discussions about media activism, and with only a few hours of training we produced hours of audio and video footage. We worked together on our script, agreed on our film structure, tone, and point of view. We engaged in self critique over both our product and our process. This is our story. "We are not living stereotypes. We are not redskins. We are not diggers. We don’t all live in tipis. Some of us don’t. We are all different, yet still the same. We just want to be proud of who we are, and to embrace our culture. To be native is to be like water, to be on the earth like water. Water is the blood of the earth. And we want everyone to know that we’re still here."

  5. A New Stellar Order

    Barbarella Fokos, David Fokos / Doc Block / United States / 2017 / art, Science / 17 mins
    As a graphic designer and science illustrator for NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory, Melissa Walter has spent a career interpreting the known universe. With her fine art work, she moves beyond literal expressions of planets and stars to create her own cosmos. In this short film, viewers will be drawn into Walter’s world of astronomical inspirations as she shares insights about her process on select works, including Dark Energy, her recent installation piece.

  6. Places Like This

    Nicholas McNaughton / Doc Block, GI Film Festival San Diego / United States / 2016 / 9 mins
    In this visually stunning and emotionally charged film, eleven veterans come from all over the country seeking peace, answers, and direction through the Outward Bound program as they work to reach a peak of more than 13,000 feet.

  7. Rifleman’s Violin

    Sam Ball / Doc Block, GI Film Festival San Diego / United States / 2015 / 13 mins
    “The Rifleman's Violin” centers on 90-year-old virtuoso violinist Stuart Canin as he recounts his deployment to the German front as a 19-year-old GI with a rifle and violin on his back during World War II.