Directed by Mori Tatsuya, 1998
In 1996, filmmaker Tatsuya Mori received permission to tape the inside activities of Japan's religious cult Aum Shinrikyo-the enigmatic group that released sarin gas into Tokyo's subway system in 1995. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Directed by Mori Tatsuya, 2001
Documentary filmmaker Tatsuya Mori continues the story of the notorious Aum Shinrikyo cult in this provocative follow?up to his critically acclaimed A. With Aum leader Shoko Asahara on trial for his role in the 1995 poison-gas attack in the Tokyo subways, his followers struggle to maintain their beliefs and doctrines. In Japanese with English subtitles.
AMILCAR CABRAL & FRANTZ FANON
Amilcar Cabral directed by Ana Ramos Lisboa, 2001
Franz Fanton directed by Cheikh Djemai, 2001
In this two-DVD set, two African leaders who defied colonialism are profiled and given their places
An icon of Africa, Amilcar Cabral was the founder of the African Party for Independence of Guinea
Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC) who led the Liberation Movement against Portugal for those countries.
Using rare archival footage, director Ana Lucia Ramos Lisboa accurately chronicles both the personal and
public Cabral. In Portuguese with English subitles.
Franz Fanton: His Life, His Struggle, His Work:
Frantz Fanon, a psychiatrist, philosopher, and political leader, became a spokesman for the
Algerian revolution against French colonialism. Author of Black Skin, White Masks, he documented the
effects of colonialism and racism on the people of colonized countries. Director Cheikh Djemai uncovered
scores of Fanon's former associates and interviewed them for this important documentary. In French with English subtitles.
AFRO-CUBA: YESTERDAY AND TODAY
Directed by Octavio Cortazar, 1992
Two exciting, colorful films spotlight the
African roots of Cuba's culture by focusing on two
legendary artists in this unique 2-DVD set. The life of Cuba's last
great rumbero is detailed in The Last Rumba of Papa Montero
, a bold story that captures
Cuban traditions and culture through beautiful
imagery, sensual music, and the most scorching
Latin dance ever invented. Acclaimed filmmaker Sara Gomez comes
to life in the rich, multilayered documentary Sara Gomez: An Afro-Cuban Filmmaker
Though trained in ethnography, Gomez became
the first female Cuban filmmaker. In Spanish with English subtitles.
An irresistible program of Black Cinema clips that trace its evolution throughout its most crucial period, 1946-1976.
AMERICAN PIT BULL
Directed by Marilyn Braverman, 2007
American Pit Bull explores the evolution of the breed from an upper-class working dog and beloved companion to a fighter and guard dog for inner city residents. It examines the stereotypes associated with the Pit Bull, which is also known as the American Staffordshire Terrier.
AMERICAN REVOLUTION 2
Directed by Mike Gray & Howard Alk, 1969
A rare cinematic treasure that captures the social upheaval that followed the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. From the riots that followed, two disparate groups, the Black Panthers and the Young Patriots (a group of poor Southern whites living in Chicago), emerge to unite against prejudice and injustice in their city.
THE ANNA AKHMATOVA FILE
Directed by Semyon Aranovich, 1990
A portrait of the extraordinary Soviet poet Anna Akhmatova. Although her work was banned and
went unpublished for seventeen years, her poem "Requiem" became the underground anthem for the millions who suffered under Stalin. Russian with English subtitles.
AS GOES JANESVILLE
Directed by Brad Lichtenstein, 2008
As Goes Janesville
reports from ground zero of the recession-ridden heartland. When bankrupt General Motors shut down their century-old plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, in 2008, thousands of workers lost their jobs. Meanwhile, local business leaders seized the moment to woo new companies with the promise of lower wages, reduced regulation, and tax breaks.
AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR
Directed by Steve James & Peter Gilbert, 2008
Carroll Pickett served as minister to death
row inmates at a Texas penitentiary for 15 years,
believing that the death penalty was just. Then he
met inmate Carlos de Luna, whom Pickett believed to be innocent, sending him on a gutwrenching quest to uncover the facts surrounding
the poor man's highly questionable arraignment.
AXIS OF EVIL
Directed by Carmine Cervi, 2004
A powerful new documentary that asks a very fundamental question: What is evil? Interviews with 16 journalists, artists, scholars, and activists explore the concept of evil and how it has been used to justify political and military actions throughout the world. In English.
BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Directed by Chuck Braverman, 2002
This documentary chronicles a season with the Somerset Patriots, a minor league baseball team in a race for the championship. Interviews with players and coaches reveal that the heart and soul of America's national pastime is not with the overpaid, scandal-ridden major leagues but in the farm clubs and minors where team members play out of a true passion for the game.
Directed by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, 2004
A harrowing account of life on some of the
world's most dangerous streets, this hard-hitting
documentary follows thirteen-year-old Carlito as
he shows his decimated neighborhood to
filmmaker Jean-Stephane Sauvaire. Carlito lives
in Medellin, Colombia's second-largest city,
where armed boys hold out against the
paramilitary, gangs of criminals, and violent
guerrillas. In Spanish with English or French subtitles.
CAVALLO BEHIND BARS
Directed by Shula Erenberg, Laura Imperiale & Maria Ines Roque, 2006
In this real-life story of dictators, political
agents, and secret identities, Argentine
businessman Ricardo Miguel Cavallo used the
code name "Serpico" as an officer of the National
Reorganization Process, the military junta that
ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983. Cavallo
allegedly committed horrific acts of torture and
terrorism against innocent civilians during the
junta's "Dirty War"and he almost got away with
it. In Spanish with English subtitles.
A CHRISTMAS FAMILY TRAGEDY:
The Legend of the 1929 Lawson Family Murders
Directed by Matt Hodges, 2007
On Christmas Day, 1929, respected tobacco farmer Charlie Lawson shot his wife and six of his children, and then turned the gun on himself in one of the most brutal murder-suicides in Southern history. Why would a family man commit such a horrific act? Charlie took his reasons to the grave, but his crime has since sparked gossip, ghost stories, folk ballads, and even family feuds.
THE COLLAPSE OF COMMUNISM: THE UNTOLD STORY
Directed by Robert Buchar, 2012
In this eyebrow-raising documentary, director Robert Buchar argues that the threat Russia posed to the United States during the Cold War has not abated since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Instead, the same operatives who opposed the U.S. during the Soviet regime remain in power today, and have since gained the higher ground. Featuring former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.
Directed by Alexander Sokurov, 1998
A powerful and unique documentary that chronicles the lives of a soul-searching ship's captain and his young sailors as they sail the Arctic region in a Russian naval ship. Narrated mostly by the captain, the film focuses on the daily duties associated with a ship based in the Arctic, but it is also an engrossing study in human solitude and the effects of isolation. In Russian with English subtitles.
Directed by Gérard Mordillat and Jérôme Prieur, 1997-1998
explores the historical figure of Jesus through the story of the Passion, calling upon the world's most renowned biblical scholars to lead this inquiry, which began with an examination of the Gospel According to St. John and proceeded through the 27 books of the New Testament.
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A DEDICATED LIFE
Directed by Kazuo Hara, 1994
Kazuo Hara, who rattled the Japanese establishment with The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On
and Goodbye CP
, turns his camera on controversial writer Mitsuharu Inoue in this powerful documentary. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Directed by Johan Grimonprez, 1997
is a devastatingly powerful look at the history of plane hijackings. We see how "romantic" skyjackers fought their revolutions and won airtime on the passenger planes of the 1960's and 1970's. However, by the 1990's the situation had changed; the colorful characters were replaced on our TV screens by stories of anonymous bombs in suitcases. Grimonprez combines archival news footage of hijackings with an array of enticing images, from the surreal to the ordinary. In English.
DIALOGUES WITH SOLZHENITSYN
Directed by Alexander Sokurov, 1999
In this evocative two-part portrait of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, director Alexander Sokurov interprets the acclaimed writer's life based on two lengthy talks with Solzhenitsyn and his wife. Dialogues
is not a straightforward biography but instead focuses on Solzhenitsyn's monologues and his discussions with Sokurov about Russian literature, folklore, history, and language. In Russian with English subtitles.
DRESS REHEARSAL: THE BRAVE HURR'S TA'ZIEH
Directed by Nasser Taghvai, 2005
From Nasser Taghvai (Tales of Kish
), one of the original filmmakers of the Iranian New Wave, comes his latest documentary. This rare glimpse into Iranian culture chronicles the performance of a ta'zieh, an ancient and uniquely Iranian passion play that celebrates the glory of martyrdom for the sake of justice. In Persian with English subtitles.
ELEGY OF A VOYAGE
Directed by Alexander Sokurov, 2001/1996
From the uncompromising vision of Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark
) comes two short films caught in the cross-section of painting and film. In Elegy of a Voyage
, Sokurov crosses vast landscapes, sails the high seas, and stumbles through congested cities to bask in the power of a beautiful landscape by Peter Saenredam. In Hubert Robert, a Fortunate Life
, Sokurov meditates on the work of French romantic painter Hubert Robert, whose paintings of lost ruins evoke the same nostalgia and lyricism of Sokurov's own films. In Russian with choice of English, French, Spanish, and Italian subtitles.
ELEGY OF THE LAND
Directed by Alexander Sokurov, 1977-78
Elegy of the Land
contains two shorts by Alexander Sokurov about the significance of the land to Russia, where it has an almost spiritual meaning. Both films are embued with the director's signature moody melancholy. Maria
, made in memory of Russian peasant Maria Semionovna Voinova, serves as not only a requiem for a hard-working woman but also for a way of life. The Last Day of a Rainy Summer
was shot in 1978 on a Russian collective farm called a kolkhoze. In Russian with option of English, French, Spanish, or Italian subtitles.
THE EMPEROR'S NAKED ARMY MARCHES ON
Directed by Kazuo Hara, 1987
Director Kazua Hara's absorbing documentary follows former auto mechanic Kenzo Okuzaki - a veteran of Japan's New Guinea campaign during WWII - as he searches out those responsible for the mysterious deaths of several fellow soldiers in his unit. Though Okuzaki holds Emperor Hirahito ultimately accountable for all the suffering caused by WWII, he painstakingly tracks down former military officers and accuses them of specific war crimes, including the wrongful execution of Japanese soldiers. In Japanese with English subtitles.
EUROPEAN MUSLIMS AND EASTERN CHRISTIANS:
THE BROKEN MIRRORS
Directed by Jacques Debs, 2006
For centuries, these Muslims and Christians
have lived jointly in the old Ottoman Empire,
despite experiencing some disappointing
setbacks and failures, including genocide. Yet,
they are either overshadowed or they live in exile
in their homelands. Debs uses his personal story
as a Christian from Lebanon as a starting point,
while illuminating the complexities of the modern
Mediterranean area, making the film at once
personal and universal.
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EXTREME PRIVATE EROS: LOVE SONG 1974
Directed by Kozuo Hara, 1974
In this intensely intimate documentary, filmmaker Kazuo Hara offers a portrait of a complex, strong-willed woman named Takeda Miyuki -- his former lover. A feminist and bisexual in 1970s Japan, Miyuki is a maverick in a rigid society driven by convention and tradition. As much a participant in this film as he is the filmmaker, Hara follows Miyuki to Okinawa and documents her uncommon life as his feelings unravel in front of the camera. In Japanese with English subtitles.
FAR FROM POLAND
Directed by Jill Godmilow, 1984
A brave meditation on the Polish Solidarity movement and on the possibility of documentary truth. Denied a visa to shoot in Poland, director Jill Godmilow constructs a film from afar through personal testimony in a documentary recreation. "A Must See!" (East Village Eye
FIELD DIARY/ARENA OF MURDER
Directed by Amos Gitai, 1982/1996
Two documentaries by Amos Gitai: Field Diary
consists of about 50 sequence shots, mostly filmed from a moving car in the occupied territories before and during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Arena of Murder
investigates the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin three weeks after the event. In Hebrew, Arabic, Russian and English w/English subtitles.
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Directed by Maria Finitzo, 2001
Filmmaker Maria Finitzo followed five adolescent girls for two years, shooting footage of the group as they went through adolescence. The result is an authentic portrait of young girls at a key point in their lives.
THE FORGOTTEN MEN OF THE
VALLEY OF THE KINGS
Directed by Jerome Prieur, 2002
The men who immortalized the Pharaohs by
building, carving, and painting their monumental
tombs are honored in this remarkable documentary
that takes you back 3000 years to Deir el-Madinah
near Luxor in the Valley of the Kings. Explore the big
tombs of the New Kingdom -- masterpieces upon
which no human eyes were supposed to gaze.
Directed by Jerome Prieur (Corpus Christi
Origin of Christianity
), this film shows how these
artists and craftsmen worked and lived in the workers'
village of Deir el-Madinah. In French or English.
Highly influential in cinema history, the Free Cinema movement not only reinvented documentary in the 1950s but also spearheaded the British New Wave of social-realist feature films. This three-disk collection has brought together the films that represent the best of Free Cinema. Some were shot on a shoestring budget with a 16mm Bolex by first time directors such as Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson (Momma Don't Allow
), while others were more ambitious 35mm featurettes, including those by Lindsay Anderson (Every Day Except Christmas
) and Karel Reisz (We Are the Lambeth Boys
Directed by Kazuo Hara, 1972
Maverick documentary filmmaker Kazuo Hara once again criticizes the mores and customs of Japanese society in this unsentimental portrait of adults with cerebral palsy (CP). In Japanese with English subtitles.
GREAT DAY IN HAVANA
Directed by Laurie Ann Schag & Casey Stoll, 2000
The state of the arts in Cuba's capital city is examined in this documentary by American filmmakers Laurie Ann Schag and Casey Stoll. Cuban artists, filmmakers and musicians discuss their work and reveal their personal feelings toward Fidel Castro, the U.S. embargo against Cuba, and their country's political climate. English and Spanish with English subtitles.
THE GUERRILLA & THE HOPE:
Directed by Gerardo Tort, 2005
Teacher-turned-guerrilla leader Lucio Cabañas was beloved by the poor of South Mexico, scorned by his government, and clandestinely watched by U.S. covert agencies. In a seven-year campaign of robberies, kidnappings, and shootouts, Cabañas, acquired a mystique reminiscent of Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa. In Spanish with English subtitles.
HOME FOR LIFE
Directed by Gordon Quinn & Gerald Temaner, 1966
Home for Life
depicts the experiences of
two elderly people in their first month at a home
for the aged. One is a woman whose struggle to
remain useful in her son and daughter-in-law's
home is no longer appreciated. The other is a
widower, without a family, who suddenly realizes
he can no longer take care of himself.
HOUSE/A HOUSE IN JERUSALEM
Directed by Amos Gitai, 1979/1998
Two documentaries by Amos Gitai: Censored by Israeli television, House
chronicles the inhabitants of a residence in West Jerusalem; eighteen years later, Gitai returns in A House in Jerusalem
to observe the changes in the new residents as well as in the neighborhood. In Hebrew, Arabic, Russian and English with English subtitles.
HOW TO LIVE IN THE
GERMAN FEDERAL REPUBLIC
Directed by Harun Farocki, 1990
Before the collapse of the Berlin Wall reunified Germany, the country was divided politically and
culturally. Most westerners demonized East Germany because of its communist ideology, but in How to Live in the German Federal Republic
, avant-garde filmmaker Harun Farocki sharply dissected life
in West Germany with his camera and his rapier wit.
Composed entirely of 32 short scenes take from instructional and training classes, Farocki's film
revealed West Germany as a country where nothing happened without rehearsal, training, or preparation. In German with English subtitles.
HUNGRY FOR MONSTERS
Directed by Paul Csicsery, 2003
When a teenage girl confesses to a teacher that her father molested her, the entire household is turned upside down. During therapy sessions to recover her "repressed memories," the daughter exaggerates and embellishes her accusations as social workers, therapists, and officers of the court inadvertently egg her on.
Directed by Peter Forgacs, 2009
The Hungarian immigrant experience is revealed and revered in this special documentary by
internationally acclaimed director Peter Forgacs.
Forgacs weaves photographs, home-movie footage, and interviews into an epic saga of escape and
emigration, and integration and assimilation, as he chronicles the wave of Hungarian immigrants who
arrived in America between 1890 and 1921. From the rural countryside of Eastern Europe to Ellis Island,
the film follows the struggles of ordinary Hungarians as they travel the well-trodden path to the American
I WAS STALIN'S BODYGUARD
Directed by Semyon Aranovich, 1989
Stalin's last surviving personal bodyguard provides unprecedented first-hand testimony, which is combined with rare footage (including Stalin's home movies) for a singular portrait of a complex era. In Russian with English subtitles.
I WORKED FOR STALIN
Directed by Semyon Aranovich, 1990
Combining the testimony of eyewitnesses with rare archival photos and film footage, this documentary is an insider's look at the tortured history of the U.S.S.R. and Josef Stalin's reign of terror. The film follows Zhdanov, Andreyev, Krushchev, Malenkov, Suslov, and Molotov--Stalin's inner circle--as they jockey for power and position.. In Russian with English subtitles.
Directed by Harun Farocki, 1983
Harun Farocki chronicles the process of shooting a Playboy centerfold photo. Shot in four days at Playboy's photography studio in Munich, the film begins with the building of the set and follows through to the dismantling of the set at the end of the job. Farocki includes all phases of the photo shoot and shows the participation of the many people involved in making one photo. In German with English subtitles.
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Directed by Harun Farocki, 1987
Harun Farocki recorded a five-day seminar designed to teach management executives how to better present themselves using basic rules of dialectics and rhetoric. Throughout the seminar, a group of young professionals learn verbal skills so they can "sell themselves" better; then they are trained in body language, posture, and facial expression. Using no titles, talking heads, narration, or other conventions of documentary, Farocki manages to expose how big business uses psychology and principles of rhetoric to sell ideas and products. In German with English subtitles.
Directed by Gordon Quinn & Gerald Temaner, 1968
A provocative but enlightening
documentary featuring a pair of nuns who pound
the pavement on the gritty streets of 1968
Chicago asking everyone from hippies to
professors to much maligned African-American
comedian Stepin Fetchit, "Are you happy?"
The honest human emotion lifts the film
beyond the interview format as it offers a window
into 1968 America -- one of the country’s most
Directed by Harun Farocki, 1997
In this unique documentary, Farocki draws on the anxiety of unemployment as he follows the efforts of several candidates who take part in a training program designed to teach them how to apply for a job. The goal is to learn how to market and sell themselves, a goal that Farocki exposes as demeaning and superficial. In German with English subtitles.
JUAN, I FORGOT I DON'T REMEMBER
Directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo, 1999
Director Juan Carlos Rulfo expanded his
award-winning short El abuelo Cheno y otras historias
(Grandfather Cheno and Other Stories
) into this
cutting-edge documentary about his legendary father,
poet and novelist Juan Rulfo.
The director abandons the conventional
biographical documentary in favor of an artful
reflection on the passing of time. In Spanish with English subtitles.
KARTEMQUIN: THE EARLY YEARS, VOL.1
Directed by Gerald Temaner & Gordon Quinn, 1968
This DVD offers a rare look at two early but vital documentaries from Gerald Temaner and Gordon
Quinn, the founders of Chicago's world-renowned filmmaking collective, Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams
At the Death House Door
, a parish youth group in a lower-middle-class Chicago neighborhood discusses
parental authority, coming of age, and the struggle to communicate with parents. Thumbs Down
name of a teenage youth group that decides to bring the real meaning of Christ to their neighborhood by
holding an antiwar Mass in their conservative parish.
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THE KARTEMQUIN FILMS COLLECTION:
THE EARLY YEARS
VOLUME 2, 1969-1970
Three documentaries from Chicago's legendary Kartemquin Films capture the 1960s
counterculture at the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute, providing a snapshot of the
era’s politics and passions.
In Anonymous Artists of America
, the psychedelic rock-music collective of the same name
performs at the University of Chicago, the artists' alma mater. Once the opening act for the Grateful Dead
and connected to Ken Kesey's Acid Test Graduation, Anonymous Artists use one of the first analog
synthesizers created by Don Buchla. Hum 255
chronicles the impact of a student strike at the University of
Chicago not only from the perspective of those who were expelled but also from those who remained in
school. What the Fuck Are These Red Squares?
is a "fascinating time capsule of radical
rhetoric" (Chicago Reader
). Striking students meet at the Art Institute in
response to the violence at Kent State and Jackson State and invasion of Cambodia. They ponder the role
of artists in a capitalist society.
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KARTEMQUIN: THE EARLY YEARS, VOLUME 3, 1970
Directed by Kartemquin Films, 1970
When the wife of one of the filmmakers in the Kartemquin cooperative becomes pregnant, the group decides to chronicle the experience of natural childbirth in the cinema verite style. The real drama unfolds when the couple faces the hostile reactions of the established medical community over their decision to choose a natural childbirth. They finally find a receptive doctor in Wisconsin, but that means they must race over the state line when it's time for the baby to come. Marco
follows the young couple as they learn about natural childbirth, discuss plans with medical staff, and experience the birth of their son, Marco.
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Directed by Kartemquin Films, 1975
Kartemquin, renowned for its legacy of artistic and socially relevant documentaries, (its alumni created the celebrated Hoop Dreams
) offers the stories of the epic struggles of three separate unions in this anthology. These films not only allowed the workers and their unions to tell their compelling stories but they also affected the course of events for each union.
THE LAST PULLMAN CAR
Directed by Kartemquin, 1983
In 1864, George Pullman began selling his famous railroad sleeping cars, which helped him build a vast industrial empire that was supposed to last forever. A model of the modern employer, Pullman had constructed a self-sustaining village for his workers just outside Chicago, with its own school, sewage system, and public works. However, nothing lasts forever, and by 1981, Pullman workers found themselves in the midst of a fight not only for their jobs but the future of the American rail car industry. The Last Pullman Car
traces 100 years in the history of this unique company that grappled with government, union and corporate policies.
CLAUDE LÉVI-STRAUSS: IN HIS OWN WORDS
Directed by Pierre-Andre Boutang & Annie Chevallay, 2008
This film recounts the extraordinary career
path of Claude Lévi-Strauss, the father of
structural anthropology, whose theories made an
impact on anthropology, linguistics, mythology,
and even pop culture studies. Author of A World
on the Wane
) and The Savage
, Lévi-Strauss is a man curious about the
nature of man, a confirmed ecologist, and a fierce
defender of the diversity of cultures and people. A
profound intellectual with the temperament of an
artist or poet, Lévi-Strauss still dominates the
landscape of Western thinking.
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LITTLE DEATHS (Las Muertes Chiquitas)
Directed by Mireia Sallarès/2009
For her epic exploration of the female orgasm, Catalan artist Mireia Sallarès interviewed 30 Mexican women from various walks of life: professors, prostitutes, psychologists, nuns, revolutionaries, and former child brides. Her interviews go beyond the "little deaths" of the title, seamlessly moving between issues of sexual violence, political protest, love, family, and mortality.
A LITTLE FAMILY CONVERSATION
Directed by Helene Lapiower, 1999
rench actress Helene Lapiower steps on
the other side of the camera to shoot this intimate
documentary about her working-class Jewish
family who immigrated to France from Poland
decades ago. Originally intending to preserve
images of her family’s background and culture,
which was slowly slipping away, she began a
seven-year odyssey that yielded so much more. In French, English, and Yiddish
with French or English subtitles.
Directed by Patrick Keiller, 1994
Architect-turned-director Patrick Keiller and actor Paul Scoffield visit historical sites associated with such famous authors as Poe and Baudelaire, only to discover pollution, urban blight, and IRA bomb scares have changed the flavor of their beloved London forever.
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LONG LIVE PAKISTAN
Directed by Pascale Lamche, 2007
Produced for the 60th anniversary of the
creation of Pakistan, this compelling documentary
explores the country's brief but turbulent past in
order to understand its volatile present. Pakistan
has always been a prisoner of its geo-political
situation, and this documentary reveals how this
has hampered the country's political and
MAPPING STEM CELL RESEARCH:
Directed by Maria Finitzo, 2007
When Dr. Jack Kessler was invited to head up the
Neurology department at Northwestern University, his focus
was on using stem cells to help cure diabetes.
However, after his daughter Allison was paralyzed from the
waist down in a skiing accident, he changed the
focus of his research to look for a cure for spinal
cord injuries using embryonic stem cells.
MAU MAU SEX SEX
Directed by Ted Bonnitt, 2001
As affectionate as it is frequently profane and hilarious, this portrait of aging exploitation producers David Friedman and Dan Sonney offers a first-hand reminiscence of the glory years of the grindhouse.
MÉXICO, THE FROZEN REVOLUTION
Directed by Raymundo Gleyzer, 1970
Using rare newsreel footage of Pancho
Villa and Emiliano Zapata, Gleyzer connected the
betrayal of the 1910 Mexican Revolution with the
failure of revolution in his own time. At risk to his
own safety, he then exposed the PRI -- the party
that governed Mexico for almost 70 years -- as
corrupt. In Spanish with English subtitles.
MILKING THE RHINO
Directed by David E. Simpson, 2009
A ferocious kill on the Serengeti... warnings
about endangered species. These clichés of
nature documentaries make the mistake of
ignoring the villagers who live in Africa and
navigate the dangers and costs of living with
wildlife. Two of the world's oldest cattle-cultures
— the Masai and the Himba — have suffered
from the conservation efforts forced on them by
whites. This hard-hitting documentary chronicles
recent efforts by villagers to embrace ecotourism,
which focuses on community-based
conservation that balances the needs of the
people and the wildlife.
Directed by Alexander Sokurov, 1986-87
is a subjective portrait of the legendary Andrei Tarkovsky, whose shadow looms large over Russian cinema, despite his exile to Western Europe at the end of his life. Sokurov, who shot the film while working at Leningrad State Documentary Productions (LSDF), focuses on Tarkovsky's absence from the then-Soviet Union and meditates on what he left behind. In Russian and Italian with English subtitles.
MUHAMMAD ALI THE GREATEST
Directed by William Klein, 1964-1974
This documentary by acclaimed photographer and filmmaker William Klein is a vibrant, intimate portrait of one of the greatest sports figures of modern times. Includes glimpses of such notables as Malcolm X, Norman Mailer, and The Beatles.
THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON
Directed by Howard Alk & Mike Gray, 1971
In an infamous moment in Chicago history and politics, over a dozen policeman burst into Hampton's apartment while its occupants were sleeping, killing Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark and brutalizing the other occupants. Filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk arrived a few hours later to shoot film footage of the crime scene that was later used to contradict news reports and police testimony.
MY NAME WAS SABINA SPIELREIN
Directed by Elisabeth Marton, 2002
In 1977, a surprising find in Switzerland led to the re-discovery of one of the most important female figures in the early history of psychoanalysis. The found diaries and letters revealed an extensive relationship between the unknown Russian-Jewish psychiatrist Sabina Spielrein and two founding fathers of pyschoanalysis, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. In German with English subtitles.
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