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In 2017, TFA created the DOX Spotlight to showcase the incredible real life stories being told by women documentary filmmakers.

DOX Spotlight: STUMPED
Oct. 19, 6:30pm, Scottish Rite

Sponsored by: Greteman Group

DIRECTOR: Robin Berghaus
USA | 2017 | 1h 12m

Preceded by JUST GO!
d. Pavels Gumennikovs
Latvia | 2017 | 11m and DOX Award Presentation Ceremony

When a filmmaker loses his limbs, he turns to stand-up comedy as therapy and undergoes a double-arm transplant in the hope of reclaiming his independence. Q&A with Film Critic and host of The Canon, Amy Nicholson. 

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DOX Spotlight Director: Robin Berghaus

Filmmaker Robin Berghaus has directed, produced, filmed and edited more than 100 short documentaries and commercials. Her award-winning projects have screened at film festivals all over the world.

TFA & DOX sponsor Greteman Group are honored to present Robin with the first DOX Spotlight Award for her dedication to represent the female-voice in the art of documentary filmmaking. 

Eligible DOX films were women-directed, feature-length documentaries, not bound by budget or country, with no traditional distribution at the time of the film festival. Congratulations to all the nominees! 


  • Beth Barrett - Artistic Director, Seattle International Film Festival
  • Maisie Crow - Documentary Film Director (JACKSON)
  • Debra Zimmerman - Executive Director, Women Make Movies 

‚Äč2017 DOX Spotlight Nominees Incude:

DIRECTOR: Madeleine Gavin
USA | 2016 | 1h 14m
French and Swahili with English Subtitles
FRI. OCT. 20 4:00 PM | ROXY'S 

The Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is in the middle of one of the longest, most vicious conflicts, in history. An uplifting story of a center where women
who have suffered unimaginable abuse come together to create a revolutionary community of leaders.
* Director Madeleine Gavin scheduled to attend.

DIRECTOR: Skye Borgman
USA | 2017 | 1h 30m
SAT. OCT. 21 5:15 PM | SCOTTISH 

A true crime story, this intimate documentary tells an astonishing story of brainwashing, manipulation, and kidnapping — and how a series of crimes could have been prevented.
* Director/Producer Skye Borgman scheduled to attend.