All These Sons

Joshua Altman, Bing Liu, USA 2021, 88’
Polish premiere
Audience award nominated film. Vote after the screening.
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All These Sons can be viewed as a supplement to Alex Kotlowitz's excellent book An American Summer. The windy city is known for its gun violence, a scourge that especially plagues the poorer South Side and West Side. Liu and Altman, however, look not at the rising death rates, but the people doing everything to get young people away from the thug life. They talk to the creators of programs and charities such as Green ReEntry or the MAAFA Redemption Project, which aim to reduce unemployment, educate and offer psychological care to young men for whom drugs are an escape from reality and weapons are the only way to resolve conflicts. But most of all, they give voice to those who were often the perpetrators and victims of crime, and are now looking for a way out of a hopeless situation. A poignant but hopeful film. 

Audience award nominated film. Please pick up a voting card on entering the screening and tear in a place marking your opinion and throw it into an assigned box after the screening (cards and boxes will be available at the theaters). The filmmakers have a chance of winning $5,000 sponsored by BNY Mellon, Poland.

Jakub Demiańczuk


Tribeca FF 2021 - Best Cinematography in a Documentary Film

Bing Liu

Bing Liu is an American director, screenwriter, cinematographer, and photographer. Born in China, he moved to the United States with his parents when he was five. Bing is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Chicago. His debut film, Minding the Gap (10th AFF), based on material that Liu had shot for 12 years, was nominated for Oscar and Emmy Awards, and won dozens of other prizes, including the Millennium Docs Against Gravity Grand Prix. 


2010 Nuoc (short)

2018 Jutro albo pojutrze / Minding the Gap (doc.)

2021 Wszyscy nasi synowie / All These Sons  (co-dir., doc.)

Joshua Altman

Joshua Altman is an experienced editor, cinematographer and producer. He graduated from Penn State University. Joshua has worked on films produced by Hulu and PBS, and collaborates with Bing Liu on an ongoing basis. This year, at the Tribeca Festival, he was nominated for Best Editing for All These Sons


2009 Fresh Squeezed (short)

2021 Wszyscy nasi synowie / All These Sons (co-dir., doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Joshua Altman, Bing Liu
screenplay Joshua Altman, Bing Liu
cinematography Joshua Altman, Bing Liu
editing Joshua Altman, Joe Beshenkovsky, Bing Liu, Jennifer Tiexeira
music Kris Bowers
producer Joshua Altman, Kelsey Carr, Bing Liu, Zak Piper
production Concordia Studio
sales Concordia Studio
language English
coloration colour
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