The American Film Institute's annual documentary festival will go online this year in light of the coronovirus pandemic. This years festival - which runs June 17th through June 21st - will open with A24 and Apple award winning documentary 'Boys State' in the lead up to the films debut on Apple TV+.

The Sundance Grand Dury Prize Winner - directed by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine - will air on June 17, followed by a Q&A. The film which was purchased by A24 and Apple for $12 million follows a group of teenage boys at an annual civics program hosted by the American Legion in Austin, Texas, where attendees create a mock government and campaign for leadership and party platforms. Exploring politics through a coming-of-age lens, the result reveals American democracy and political division at its most hopeful and terrifying moments.

Tickets for AFI Docs will go on sale on June 1st with the full lineup announced on June 10th. Documentary films from Apple TV+, A24, Audience Network, HBO, National Geographic, PBS and The Atlantic are set to feature.

No official release date has yet been made public for 'Boys State' on Apple TV+ whilst Jesse Moss's 2014 documentary 'The Overnighters' comes with our highest recommendation.  

In related news AFI Movie Club picks joined the TV App this week. Found within collections in Watch Now - the new section features contributions from Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Brad Pitt, Emma Roberts, Natalie Portman, and more.

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