Highlights from Day Five at DOC NYC
Behind the scenes of modern burlesque, documenting activism and unrest in Baltimore, and uncovering Cuba's rich culture and history on day five of DOC NYC

Members of the Getting Naked: A Brusque Story team take a selfie in the DOC NYC PRO lounge before their screening (Photo by Lou Aguilar).

Day five at DOC NYC explored the evolution of the striptease, four decades in Cuba , and the ways one city addressed injustice in films that proved that common ground can exist in the most unlikely places.

Baltimore Rising Director Sonja Sohn and subjects from the film during a Q&A (Photo by Lou Aguilar)

Baltimore suffered a city wide loss when Freddie Gray was killed while in police custody, leading to weeks of protests and months of turmoil. Actress Sonja Sohn of the Baltimore-based and critically acclaimed series The Wire, turns the lens on the city as the director of Baltimore Rising, and discovers how a city recovers and reconnects. Former DOC NYC Lifetime Achievement Award winner and video journalist Jon Alpert returns to the festival with Cuba and the Cameraman, his 40 year visual journal of Cuba and the many changes the country has faced. In his fun and feisty expose on New York City’s neo-burlesque scene, Director James Lester goes beyond the kitch and costumes with Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story, and shows that sometimes the best way to overcome adversity is to bare-all.

Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story on stage after their Q&A with Associate Programmer Karen McMullen (Photo by Lou Aguilar)

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