Gabriel Francis Paz Goodenough’s first documentary film, “The Body Politic,” debuted in June in England, before being shown at another film festival in Washington, D.C., where it received a standing ovation. In Tanzania, it was shown outdoors, for a crowd of international filmmakers and locals alike.

On Sunday, Baltimoreans will get a chance to view the movie that centers on Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott’s first year in office and his attempt to lower the city’s homicide rate, as part of the inaugural New/Next Film Festival.

“Showing it in Baltimore, it’s going to be tough. Tough and amazing probably at the same time, because people here experience it; this is ground zero for this film,” Baltimore native Goodenough, 50, said. “I think the audience reaction will be emotional.”

From Friday through Sunday, the New/Next festival sponsored by Baltimore public radio station WYPR-FM (88.1) will take over screens at The Charles Theatre in Station North. Conceived of after the Maryland Film Festival’s announcement in December that it would postpone its annual event until 2024, the festival will spotlight 23 feature-length movies and 53 short films.

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