Truth or Consequences is a speculative documentary about time and how we weave the past into the present and our possible future.

Truth or Consequences | Documentary Feature
103 mins, premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2020

Set in the small desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, the film takes place in the shadow of the world's first commercial Spaceport. Subtly set in a near future when space travel has begun, the film follows five residents in the town - Yvonne, Olin, Katie, Philip and George. Anchored in observational documentary footage filmed over three years, the film weaves together archival, virtual reality worlds, an improvised score by Bill Frisell and a speculative premise based on the very real spaceport located just outside of town. These intertwine to create a lyrical meditation on progress, history, and how we navigate a sense of loss within ourselves and a changing world. More at

Premiered in the Bright Future’s Competition at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020. Supported by Sundance Documentary Fund, Sundance Edit & Story Lab, Tribeca All Access, New York State Council on the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Camden/TFI Documentary Retreat presented by CNN Films, True/False & Catapult Rough Cut Retreat, Puffin Foundation, Creative Culture Residency at Jacob Burns Film Center, Women Make Movies Production Assistance Program. Made in association with Arch + Bow Films and Genuine Article Pictures.

Truth or Consequences (103 mins) is available for streaming on Ovid and Sentient.Art.Film, with reviews from the limited screening run on MUBI.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES: "Haunted and haunting. Jayanti threads the real-life stories of this town’s inhabitants through the impressionistic narrative [...] the tales are given further resonance by the strangeness of the place, and by a reflective electric-guitar score by Bill Frisell." | POV MAGAZINE: “a profound reflection on mankind’s eternal urge to seek new frontiers” | THE BOSTON GLOBE: “one of the best documentaries that came out in 2020” | MUBI NOTEBOOK: “The characters she has us living with are always front and center, and on display is her humanistic gift of putting people at ease and earning buried life stories and emotions. Truth or Consequences is the product of a great documentarian letting her heart guide her” | THE ARTS FUSE: "A thoughtful, surprisingly moving, and extremely ambitious film, one that employs an innovative style and some unconventional pacing to explore an unusually complex philosophical and emotional landscape." | BEYONDCHRON“Jayanti repeatedly demonstrates a gift for making mundane visual moments feel transcendent [...] Truth or Consequences is admittedly not a film for everyone. But for those willing to surrender themselves to its spell, it will reveal itself to be a beautiful enigma.” | IMMERSE NEWS: “singular, beautiful and immersive”

Festivals & Awards

International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands (Bright Futures Nomination)
Sheffield Doc | Fest, United Kingdom
Dok Leipzig, Germany (International Nomination & Film Critic Nomination)
DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Canada (Feature Documentary Nomination)
Camden International Film Festival, USA
San Francisco Documentary Festival, USA (Centerpiece Film)
Bogota International Film Festival, Columbia
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, USA (Best New Mexican Feature)
Calgary Underground Film Festival, Canada (Special Jury Prize)
Boston SciFi Film Festival, USA (Best Speculative Non-Fiction)
Brooklyn Film Festival, USA
Frameout Festival, Vienna
Provinzale Film Festival, Germany (Documentary Nomination)
American Film Festival / New Horizons, Poland (Documentary Nomination)

Theatrical Screenings

Maysles Documentary Cinema, NY, USA
Museum of the Moving Image, NY, USA
Union Docs, Future Present Series, NY, USA
Amherst Cinema, MA, USA
Laemmle Theaters, Los Angeles, CA
The Cinematheque, Vancouver, CA
Facets Cinema, Chicago, IL
Lumiere Cinema, Los Angeles, CA
The Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM
The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY
Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, NM
The Future of Film is Female, NY NY
The Parkway Theater, Minneapolis, MN
CinéSPEAK, Philadelphia, PA
Epsilon Spires, Brattleboro, VT
The Brattle Theater, Cambridge, MA
The Screening Room, Tuscon, AZ
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, WI


Hannah Jayanti | director, producer, writer, editor, cinematographer, sound
Sara Archambault | producer
Alexander Porter | key collaborator, co-writer, vfx creative director, photogrammetry lead
Maida Lynn & Linda Dodwell | executive producer
Mary Lampson | consulting editor
Scott Hirsch | post-production audio
Anne Yao | assistant editor
Claire Hentschker | additional vfx creative direction & photogrammetry reconstruction
Elliott Mitchell | visual effects & virtual production technical director
Bill Frisell | composer