The fest — held from June 13 to June 17 in Washington and Silver Spring, Md. — will include five world premieres and feature 92 films representing 22 countries.
“Personal Statement,” directed by Juliane Dressner and Edwin Martinez, is about three high school seniors in Brooklyn who take it upon themselves to become college counselors in their schools in their determination to earn a higher education.
“United Skates,” about the fight to save roller skating rinks — a staple of African American culture — will close the festival.
The centerpiece screening will be Rory Kennedy’s “Above and Beyond: Nasa’s Journey to Tomorrow.” It tells the story about the workforce of Nasa in its exploration of the solar system and of Earth.