Take on Power

In Take on Power we show films about uneven power relations. And about people taking on forces and structures that seem bigger than themselves.

The Body Politic

Gabriel Francis Paz Goodenough

Powerful portrait of Brandon Scott, Baltimore’s idealistic young mayor, during his first year in office. In a city with an enormous murder rate, Scott embraces an alternative approach to gun violence. But as the media and his opponents turn up the pressure, will his plans even get a chance to succeed?


Ibrahim Nash’at

A terrifying eyewitness account of the Taliban takeover of a former US military base in Kabul. At great personal peril, Egyptian director Ibrahim Nash’at gains access to the Taliban leadership’s inner circle for a year.


Guy Nattiv, Zar Amir Ebrahimi

While Iranian female judo fighter Leila is performing spectacularly well at the Judo World Championships, she receives an ultimatum from her government. Should she give up, or follow her dream? Nail-biting sports thriller.

Terrestrial Verses

Ali Asgari, Alireza Khatami

Alireza Khatami and Ali Asgari co-direct a powerful compilation of nine encounters of ordinary Iranians with authority. Terrestrial Verses follows people from all walks of life as they navigate the cultural, religious, and institutional constraints imposed on them.