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New Yorkers - A Portrait of a Manhattan Neighborhood in the Early 70s
Set in and around East 77th Street, NEW YORKERS follows inhabitants of the neighborhood, documenting their small businesses, daily encounters and commentary on New York in the 1970s. With the neighborhood experiencing changes in culture, cost and character we get to know a wide range of residents, each vastly different…
Space, Land and Time - Adventures with the Ant Farm Art Collective
Space, Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm is the first film to consider the work of the renegade 1970s art/architecture collective Ant Farm, best known for its iconic land-art piece, Cadillac Ranch. Radical architects, video pioneers, and mordantly funny cultural commentators, the Ant Farmers created a body of…
Warning Warning
Warning Warning focuses on San Francisco Bay ecological conditions in 1970 and threats to the Bay caused by the dumping of municipal, farming and industrial wastes into its tributary rivers and into the bay itself. The film was made in support of the Save the Bay movement that succeeded in…
1972—China Enters the World Balance
Nixon's meeting with Mao shifted the cold war's balance and returned China to the world stage. Learn the reasons for Nixon's trip, the consequences of which still reverberate, and plot the rise of Mao and communism in China. Then, see how Deng Xiaoping's promotion of private enterprise began a trajectory…
Phans of Jersey City
A true gem of 1970s American cinema verite filmmaking re-released! The Phans of Jersey City fills a gap in our cinematic history of Vietnam by documenting a South Vietnamese family recently relocated to the United States. Evoking the realist style and domestic drama of An American Family, the filmmakers lived…
Asylum
A truly unique documentary that examines the controversial ideas of psychiatrist and philospher R. D. Laing. Asylum is both an exploration of Laing's alternative theories on schizophrenia and an invaluable record of the day-to-day lives of some forgotten members of society.
Daguerréotypes
A classic documentary from Agnes Varda, DAGUERREOTYPES is a wonderfully intimate portrait of the small shops and shopkeepers on a short stretch of the Rue Daguerre, a picturesque street that has been the filmmaker's home for more than 50 years. Varda has described it as an archeological study for future…
Antonio Lopez: Sex, Disco & Fashion - The Life and Work of a Revolutionary Fashion Illustrator
This documentary is a vibrant time capsule of the decadent world of '70s haute couture as viewed through the eyes of Antonio Lopez, the dominant fashion illustrator of the era. Full of stunning archival footage and interviews with Lopez's friends, discoveries, and muses - Grace Jones, Jessica Lange, Bill Cunningham,…
Ulises' Odyssey - Family Secrets and the History of Chile
Chilean filmmaker Lorena Manriquez embarks on a journey to search for the truth behind a 30-year rift between her father and her uncle Ulises. The two brothers were on opposite sides in the 1973 military coup that brought General Pinochet to power in Chile and Ulises to exile in Switzerland.…
The Disappeared - A Personal Story About Argentina's Dirty War
A film that relives the horrors of Argentina's Dirty War (1976-83) through the experience of Horacio Pietragalla, a young man raised by the maid of the officer who kidnapped him after the military brutally murdered his parents. The film follows Horacio as he reconstructs the cause for which his real…
Reggae in a Babylon - The Birth of Urban British Reggae
In the late 1970's the young, gifted and black generation of Thatcher's Britain fused the Revolutionary zeal of Punk with their Rastafarian roots to create a new sound system that defined their struggle. Reggae was the saviour in their modern 'Babylon' and this acclaimed film charts the birth of urban…
Jane: An Abortion Service - The Underground Abortion Service
This fascinating political look at a little-known chapter in women's history tells the story of "Jane", the Chicago-based women's health group who performed nearly 12,000 safe illegal abortions between 1969 and 1973 with no formal medical training. As Jane members describe finding feminism and clients describe finding Jane, archival footage…