Published: 10/13/2023

The 26th United Nations Association Film Festival, the longest-running documentary film festival in the U.S., will be showing 60 documentaries about issues around the globe between October 19th – 29th in Stanford University, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and San Francisco.

See the schedule here. Stanford students get in for free.

Following are some films that may be of interest to a global health audience:

Tuesday, October 24th @ Stanford Medical School Alway Building

A portrait of a group of talented neuro-diverse artists whose daily practice is nurtured and encouraged at Creativity Explored. The CE studio space and art gallery has transformed the personal and professional lives of numerous artists over the decades. When Covid-19 shuts down the beloved studio and threatens their community, they devise a collaborative fashion show that reunites the artists and instructors after 2-years apart.

A Still Small Voice follows Mati, a chaplain completing a year-long hospital residency, as she learns to provide spiritual care to people confronting profound life changes. Through Mati’s experiences with her patients, her struggle with professional burnout, and her own spiritual questioning, we gain new perspectives on how meaningful connection can be and how painful its absence is.

8pm Unnamed

Zainab is a successful girl who supports her family financially, but considers herself a boy in spirit, and now she has decided to undergo gender transition, but in addition to her family’s opposition and the society’s inappropriate view of this issue, she has more difficulties There is something more important to come. she, who played in the country’s national volleyball team for a while and is now in the Bartar league, if she does this, she will be removed from professional volleyball forever due to her short stature compared to men, and not only will she lose her professional future, but also her livelihood and her family who are under her care will be in trouble.

8:30pm The Human Trial

In 2011, filmmakers Lisa Hepner and Guy Mossman heard about a radical stem cell treatment for diabetes, a disease that kills more than five million people each year. Driven by a desire to cure Lisa of her own type 1 diabetes, they secured unprecedented access to a clinical trial led by San Diego–based biotech company ViaCyte—only the sixth-ever embryonic stem cell trial in the world. What follows is an intimate journey with the patients and scientists who put themselves on the line to be first. In the world of biotech and medical research, there are no tidy solutions.