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A Suitable Girl - Matchmaking & Marriage in India
A SUITABLE GIRL follows three young Indian women struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure to get married. Documenting the arranged marriage and matchmaking process in verite for over four years, the film examines the…
In Jackson Heights - One of America's Most Ethnically Diverse Neighborhoods
Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse communities in the United States and the world. There are immigrants from every country in South America, Mexico, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and China. The…
The Pool
The story of Venkatesh, a hotel worker in India, who sees from his perch in a mango tree a luxuriant garden and shimmering pool hidden behind a wall. In making whatever efforts he can to better himself, Venkatesh offers his…
Siddharth
A spellbinding and gorgeously wrought tale of one father's journey across India in search of his son. Mehendra is a chain-wallah, eking out a living fixing zippers on the bustling streets of New Delhi. To ease his financial woes, he…
Becoming Who I Was - An Epic Journey Across India
After a boy is discovered to be the reincarnation of a centuries-old Tibetan monk, his godfather takes him on an epic journey through treacherous and magnificent natural landscapes to discover his past in a story of profound faith and unconditional…
Population Boom
In Population Boom , director Werner Boote traverses the globe to examine the myths and facts about overpopulation. Speaking with everyone from demographic researchers to environmental activists, he comes to a surprising conclusion.
Court
An elderly folk singer and grassroots organizer is arrested on a trumped-up charge of inciting a sewage worker to commit suicide. His trial is a ridiculous and harrowing display of institutional incompentence, with endless procedural delays, coached witnesses for the…
Hotel Salvation
Faced with his father's untimely and bizarre demand to die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain Salvation, a son is left with no choice but to embark on this journey. Winner of the Best Film Award at the…
Short Cut To Nirvana - On Pilgrimage to A Spiritual Festival in India
The Kumbh Mela is the biggest gathering of people in the history of humanity - although few in the West have ever heard of it. More than 70 million pilgrims attend this extraordinary spiritual festival, which has been held every…
Kavi
This Academy Award nominated short film tells the story of a boy in India who wants to play cricket and go to school, but instead he is forced to work in a brick kiln as a modern-day slave. Unsatisfied with…
Tashi and The Monk - A Former Monk's Home for Abandoned Children
On a remote mountaintop of the Himalayas sits Jhamtse Gatsal (Tibetan for "The Garden of Love and Compassion"), a special school and home for 85 abandoned and neglected children. Founded by former Buddhist monk Lobsang Phunstok, who trained under the…
A Sinner in Mecca - Challenging Faith in the Face of Adversity
For a gay filmmaker, filming in Saudi Arabia presents two serious challenges: filming is forbidden in the country and homosexuality is punishable by death. For filmmaker Parvez Sharma, however, these were risks he had to assume as he embarked on…
Pink Saris - Female Political Activists in India
"A girl's life is cruel...A woman's life is very cruel," notes Sampat Pal, the complex protagonist at the center of PINK SARIS, internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto's latest foray into the lives of extraordinary women. Sampat should know - like…
Machines - The True Cost of Cheap Labor in India
Marrying stunning visuals with social advocacy, Rahul Jain's debut documentary takes audiences into the labyrinthine passages of an enormous textile factory in Gujarat, India. Jain's camera wanders freely between pulsating machines and bubbling vats of dye to create a moving…
Ayurveda: The Art Of Being
This visually lush documentary travels 10,000 miles through India, Greece, and the U.S. to accompany practitioners of AYURVEDA - probably the oldest continually practiced holistic healthcare system in the world.
Harud
Rafiq and his family are struggling to come to terms with the loss of his older brother Tauqir, who is one of the thousands of young men who have disappeared since the onset of the military insurgency in Kashmir. After…
10 Billion: What's on your Plate? - Meeting the Demands Population Growth
In this century alone the world population will increase to 10 billion. Where do we get enough food for that many people? How do we stop mankind from destroying the very foundation of its food source? Valentin Thurn travels the…
The Lover and The Beloved - A Journey into Tantra
A documentary feature film about one man's journey across northern India and his search for enlightenment. Rajive McMullen, a history teacher suffering from a debilitating illness, makes the painful journey into the heart of Tantra, searching for meaning in holy…
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The Great Day - Four Young People Strive for a Brighter Future
Cesar-winner Pascal Plisson ("On the Way Back to School") introduces four children from different regions of the developing world, all of whom have the ambition and talent to rise to the top. Their perseverance is the foundation of their dreams,…
The Last Rites of the Honourable Mr. Rai
A film about the cremation of a longtime resident of the holy city of Varanasi. This film, made at the request of the Rai family, is possibly the most detailed and respectful study of the Hindu rites of cremation on…