City So Real, The Dilemma of Desire to Stream at AFI DOCS Film Festival Online

AFI DOCS is going virtual! AFI announced the full slate of films being presented online for the AFI DOCS Festival 2020, including two Kartemquin Films - Steve James' City So Real and Maria Finitzo's The Dilemma of Desire. City So Real enjoyed it's episodic premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January with the full series premiering at the True/False Film Festival in March. After having its world premiere thrawrted by the cancellation of SXSW, The Dilemma of Desire had its North American premiere at Hot Docs 2020 (available to Ontario residents until June 24), but will be premiering in the United States with its run at AFI DOCS. Both films will feature a director Q&A available online after the screening. 

AFI DOCS 2020 runs June 17–21, with films available to view on The 18th edition of the festival will present films in the following sections: Special Presentations, Feature Films, Cinema’s Legacy, Episodic and Short Film sections. The full schedule, including screening information, is available now. 

The festival lineup features 59 films from 11 countries and 11 virtual World Premieres, with 61% of the films directed by women, 25% by POC directors and 14% by LGBTQ directors. over the five-days. 

There are a few ways to attend AFI this year:

To unlock a film, you must have either a Screening Pass – which gives you access to watch films in the Features, Cinema’s Legacy, Shorts or Episodic sections for no additional cost – or you can “unlock” (aka get a ticket for) individual films here: 
Access to Forum events is available through the Forum Pass only.

Screening Pass - $50
A great value for film lovers who want to see as many screenings as possible
Access to watch films online in the Features, Cinema’s Legacy, Episodic and Shorts sections
Filmmaker video Q&A’s available online after screening


Forum Pass - $50
10% Discount for Star Members and above
Access to the five-day series of online panels and conversations
Perfect for filmmakers, industry professionals and documentary enthusiasts


Individual Tickets

City So Real

The Dilemma of Desire

Select a poster below for more details on the film.