Big Sky Documentary Film Fest 2020

For the fourth year in a row, Soft Landing is proud to sponsor films for the incredible Big Sky Documentary Film Fest (BSDFF).

This week-long event allows us to explore the world through film and presents artful productions that cover a diverse range of topics. We thoroughly believe that stories unite people from all walks of life and are always so excited to be a part of such a beautiful and at times complicated view of humanity. This is a wonderful community event that showcases diversity and supports the arts! We advise trying to see as many of these great films as you can (take the week off work?!?!)!

Our four sponsored films are:

Chèche Lavi (Looking for Life)

Sam Ellison, 2019, Mexico, Haiti, USA, 76 minutes
Montana Premiere

CHÈCHE LAVI is a lyrical portrait of two Haitian migrants, Robens and James, who find themselves stranded at the US-Mexico border with no way forward and no one to depend on but each other. As the two men drift towards drastically different futures, a picture of their unexpected friendship emerges against the backdrop of an incomprehensible political situation and a new wall rising on the horizon.


Saturday, Feb 15th @ 5:00 pm- Roxy Theater
Wednesday, Feb 19th @ 2:45 pm- Elks Lodge

A Word Away

Mollie Moore, 2019, USA, 19 minutes

Cosmo, originally from South Sudan, seeks help from childhood friend Moon, a poet. After having to flee his home country, he attempts to tell his story for the first time through the medium of poetry after 18 years of silence.


Tuesday, Feb 18th @ 4:00 pm- ZACC
Saturday, Feb 22nd @ 5:15 pm- ZACC

Welcome Strangers

Dia Sokol Savage, 2020, USA, 21 minutes
World Premiere

When asylum-seeking immigrants are released from an ICE detention facility onto unfamiliar streets near Denver, Colorado, where can they go for help? Since 2012, Sarah Jackson and her team of volunteers have welcomed them into her home and helped to reunite them with their families.


Sunday, Feb 16th @ 9:00 pm- Elks Lodge
Wednesday, Feb 19th @ 1:30 pm- ZACC

Paradise Without People

Francesca Trianni, 2019, Greece, USA, 76 minutes
Montana Premiere

Inside the delivery ward of a Greek hospital, two Syrian women share the same dream: to raise their newborn daughters far from war. Taimaa and Nour begin a journey navigating an inflexible European resettlement program that rarely takes their needs into account. A tender and at times infuriating view into a new mother’s choices at the height of Europe’s refugee crisis.

Screening: Wednesday, Feb 19th @ 5:30 pm- Elks Lodge

*** The filmmaker and a representative from TIME Studios are also scheduled to be at this screening***

For more information on BSDFF, a full schedule of events, and to purchase tickets and passes, please visit their website here.