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Pine Ridge - The Lives and Dreams of Today's Native American Youth
Filmed on the Native American reservation of the same name in South Dakota, where Americans with native blood live a life in the middle -- and yet outside -- of American society, PINE RIDGE explores what shapes the lives and…
Here and There - Aqui y Alla
Winner at the Cannes Film Festival and AFI Fest , AQUI Y ALLA is a story about hope, and the memories and loss of what we leave behind. Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after…
Factory Complex - The Exploitation of Female Laborers in the South Korean Workplace
Winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale , this powerful documentary exposes the nature of exploitation and acts as a lyrical ode to poor working women around the world. The film provides a rare insight into the ongoing…
INAATE/SE/ - The Seven Fires Prophecy
A re-imagination of an ancient Ojibway story -- the Seven Fires Prophecy -- which both predates and predicts first contact with Europeans, INAATE/SE/ is a kaleidoscopic experience blending documentary, narrative, and experimental forms. INAATE/SE/ transcends linear colonized history to explore…
Call Me Marianna - Portrait of a Transgender Woman
Unable to deny the intense feelings of her true gender identity any longer, middle-aged Marianna began the transition from man to woman. The risk of estrangement from her wife, children, and parents became her reality. Homeless for three winter months,…
Brothers of the Night - Male Prostitutes in Vienna
The protagonists in BROTHERS OF THE NIGHT are young Bulgarian Roma men. Poverty and a sense of adventure has brought them to Vienna. They sell their bodies because they don't want to beg for money or peddle newspapers. Their customers…
Possessed by Djinn - An Exploration of an Islamic Cultural Phenomenon
The belief in demons, or "djinn," is an aspect of Islamic culture that is open to interpretation. In a subjective investigation of this controversial topic, POSSESSED BY DJINN follows the true story of Aya, a four-year-old Jordanian girl killed by…
Like Dew in the Sun - Ukraine's Civil War
A century ago, the Jewish grandparents of film director Peter Entell fled the persecution and pogroms of Ukraine, a land torn apart by war and massacres, and found refuge in the United States. Returning to seek out the village of…
The Great Wall - A Study of Borders and Immigration in Modern Europe
A visually hypnotic and disturbing study of borders and immigration in a contemporary Europe increasingly preoccupied with its own fortification. In a simple but highly suggestive manoeuvre, we hear Kafka's short story, "The Building of the Great Wall of China"…
The Lab - The Global Israeli Arms Business
Israel invests heavily in military weapons research, which isn't surprising given it's history and location. Large companies develop and test deadly technology, which is sold worldwide by private agents, often to countries with oppressive regimes and abysmal human rights records.…
Depth Two - Investigating the Atrocities of the Kosovo War
In 2001, a mass grave was discovered in a suburb of Belgrade. Soon, more were to be found. DEPTH TWO investigates the hidden story behind these horrid discoveries, and takes us back to 1999 and the atrocities committed in Kosovo.…
No Man is an Island - The Refugee Experience
Nominated for Best Documentary at Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival , NO MAN IS AN ISLAND illuminates the refugee experience and its contradictions. The Italian island of Lampedusa has increasingly become a rescue point for migrants and refugees seeking…
The Shebabs of Yarmouk - Young Palestinian Refugees
On the brink of the Syrian uprising, in the refugee camp of Yarmouk, the Shebabs, a young close-knit collective of third-generation Palestinian refugees, are preparing for a future of profound uncertainty. Now facing adulthood, they possess a genuine thirst for…
Psychohydrography - Following Water Flow Through the West Coast
Beginning at origins in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY tracks the flow of water, step-by-step, through Owens Valley, aqueducts, and concrete troughs in the city of Los Angeles, to Long Beach delta and the Pacific Ocean. Constructed from tens of…
Topophilia - An Examination of Place and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is one of the world's longest conduits for crude oil, stretching 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay in the north to Port Valdez in the south. Mostly raised due to permafrost and only 48 inches in diameter, the…
To the End of Reckoning - Closeup on the Professionals at Jalisco's Forensic Science Labs
Exploring what lies behind the scenes of Mexico's "war on crime", TO THE END OF RECKONING focuses on the stoic professionals at Jalisco's Forensic Sciences labs who investigate the deaths in all their detail. From this seemingly overstretched and underfunded…
The Lost City (La Ciudad Perdida) - A Mysterious Ancient City in Chile
Aysen, a region in Chilean Patagonia, is the size of England but has only 90,000 inhabitants. They live isolated with nearly no roads in a stunning rough landscape. Somewhere in this lost world, a mysterious city is hiding. Five hundred…
Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait - First-Hand Footage of the Syrian War
This devastating and highly important film depicts the brutal reality of the Syrian Civil War as captured first-hand by both its victims and its perpetrators - or "1,001" ordinary Syrians. SILVERED WATER, SYRIA SELF-PORTRAIT is a rare poetic work that…
Tectonics - A Topography of the U.S. Border with Mexico
The immigration debate is at a fever pitch, and some politicians insist that a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico will solve our problems. But what does the common person know about topography of this border? With approximately 350…
Out of Norway - A Migrant Returns to Africa with Forged Papers
After the Norwegian Ministry of Culture's Human Rights Award was bestowed upon Thomas Ostbye's previous film IMAGINING EMANUEL, Emanuel uses the money to buy fake identity papers and smuggle himself out of Norway and back to Liberia in order to…