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Lost/Found – 2021 Doc Media Thesis Films - Part 1

NU Docs 2021
NU Docs 2021
3:30 PM-3:30 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Thu June 10, 2021 - Fri June 11, 2021
3:30 PM-3:30 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Northwestern University continues to build on its reputation for releasing talented film alumni into the world with the sixth consecutive NU DOCS screening event. “Lost and Found” features nine short films exploring loss or recovery, whether that be of a homeland, family, identity, love, or peace of mind. The films are directed by 2021 graduates from the two-year MFA in Documentary Media program at the School of Communication.

Lost//Found Pt. 1 will be available to watch on the Block Museum's Eventive page on Thursday, June 10 from 3:30 PM to June 11 at 3:30 PM. Screenings will be followed by a live panel discussion with the filmmakers during which viewers may submit questions. Closed captions available for the films.


Check out the second night of films Lost//Found Pt. 2 here.

Live conversation on June 10

Join us for a discussion with the filmmakers on Thursday, June 10 at 8:30 PM on Zoom:


About Lost/Found Pt. 1:

The times during which we received our documentary training were among the most tumultuous in recent history. The way our cohort processed it fell into two distinct categories: loss and reunion. Hence the name for the overall program “Lost and Found”. Our night, “Lost”, focuses on loss or potential loss, whether that be loss of a homeland, an identity, a family, or a legacy. The themes we explore are painful and raw but not hopeless. To steal a page from Bobby Kennedy, we’d like to quote Aeschylus, who said of grief: “Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.” In loss, we find new parts of ourselves.


About the films:

“Freedom Hill” – dir. Resita Cox

Princeville, North Carolina is the first town incorporated by freed, formerly enslaved Africans in America. This historical significance sits on a precipice: the town is gradually being washed away.


“Hello, Noura” – dir. Noura Al Sabboury Khayat

We live a day in the life of Roula Nasser as she lives in Lebanon and reminisces on her intimate relationship with her daughter and how separation continues to inform that relationship across borders.


“Falling Leaves from the Family Tree” – dir. Chris Churchill

Chris Churchill explores how the legacy of racism within his own family affected two sets of first cousins differently. Churchill’s cousins are bi-racial while he and his siblings are white. Their shared grandfather, a Christian preacher, chose not to have a relationship with his bi-racial grandchildren while having a loving relationship with each of his white grandchildren.


“When Beirut Was Beirut” – dir. Alessandra El Chanti

If these buildings could talk, what would they say? In this animated documentary, three of Beirut’s monumental buildings come to life and share their stories of Beirut’s unsettling history.


“Hejar” – dir. Anvar Hassanpour

Hejar is the story of a Kurdish immigrant and family man who must live with the consequences of assuming the identity of Adam, his dead cousin when fleeing war-torn Kurdistan/Northern Iraq decades ago as a child.

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