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The Watermelon Woman
Cheryl Dunye plays a version of herself in this witty, nimble landmark of New Queer Cinema. A video store clerk and fledgling filmmaker, Cheryl becomes obsessed with the "most beautiful mammy," a character she sees in a 1930s movie. Determined…
The Future of Work and Death - The Impact of Technological Advances on Human Life
'What is humanity?' In this revealing documentary, world experts in the fields of Futurology, Anthropology, Neuroscience, and Philosophy consider the impact of technological advances on the two certainties of human life; Work and Death. Charting human developments from Homo Habilis,…
Through a Lens Darkly - Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, THROUGH A LENS DARKLY probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have…
56 Up
Starting in 1964 with Seven UP, The UP Series has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future.…
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth 
It began as a housing marvel. Built in 1956, Pruitt-Igoe was heralded as the model public housing project of the future, "the poor man's penthouse." Two decades later, it ended in rubble - its razing an iconic event that the…
Tokyo Fiancée
Based on Amelie Nothomb's bestselling novel, Tokyo Fiancee is an entertaining romantic comedy that will appeal to fans of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie and Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation. The young, pixie-like Amelie is in love with all things Japanese, which…
Born in Flames
The movie that rocked the foundations of the early Indie film world, this provocative, thrilling and still-relevant classic is a comic fantasy of female rebellion set in America ten years after the Second American Revolution. When Adelaide Norris, the black…
When Two Worlds Collide - A Battle for Indigenous Amazonian Land
In this tense and immersive tour de force, audiences are taken directly into the line of fire between powerful, opposing Peruvian leaders who will stop at nothing to keep their respective goals intact. On the one side is President Alan…
Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe
This emotionally powerful film explores the painful dilemma of whether to speak out or remain silent in the face of tyranny. It tells the story of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig and his life in exile from 1936 to 1942. Zweig…
Company Town - Environmental Injustice, Corporate Accountability, & Community Action
In this groundbreaking investigative documentary, one man goes up against one of the nation's largest paper mill and chemical plants in a bid to save his town from sickness-causing pollution. Official Selection at the Los Angeles Film Festival , Hot…
Brownian Movement
Charlotte and Max live with their young son in Brussels. When Max finds out Charlotte has been taking some of her male patients to a rented apartment, their relationship is put to the test. Charlotte agrees to go to therapy…
Berkeley in the Sixties
Six years in the making and with a cast of thousands, Berkeley in the Sixties recaptures the exhilaration and turmoil of the unprecedented student protests that shaped a generation and changed the course of America. Many consider it to be…
1971 - The Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI
On March 8, 1971, a group of citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, PA, took every file, and shared them with the public. Their actions exposed the FBI's illegal surveillance program of law-abiding Americans. Now, these previously anonymous…
Art House - Exploring the Homes of Artists
In his new documentary, photographer Don Freeman explores the homes designed and lived in by notable American artists, revealing the inventiveness derived from the dialogue between each artist's practice and the construction of their handmade homes. Ranging from the romantic…
American Socialist - The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs
Prolific filmmaker and ethnographer Yale Strom has turned his attention to an early American political hero: Eugene Victor Debs. Bernie Sanders inspired a generation - but who inspired him? Most people in America don't know that the contemporary political movement…
Before Stonewall
In 1969 the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting by the city's gay community. With this outpouring of courage and unity the Gay Liberation Movement had…
Sherman's March
After his girlfriend leaves him, McElwee takes a voyage along the original route followed by General William Sherman - but rather than cutting a swath of destruction designed to force the Confederate South into submission, as Sherman did, McElwee searches…
Special Treatment - Sans queue ni tête
In this darkly erotic drama from cult filmmaker Jeanne Labrune, Oscar-nominee Isabelle Huppert ( Elle, The Piano Teacher ) stars as a high-class prostitute named Alice who serves up sexual fantasies for her clientele, from schoolgirl innocence to S&M. Fed…
Tomcat
Andreas and Stefan lead an idyllic life near Vienna and even work in the same orchestra, as manager and musician. But one morning an unexpected outburst of violence from Stefan shakes their harmonious relationship to its core. Writer-director Klaus demonstrates…
After Stonewall
In 1969 the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting by the city's gay community. With this outpouring of courage and unity the Gay Liberation Movement had…