As the food movement grows across America, a young generation of mindful meat-eaters rejects factory farms and turns to hunting for the ultimate protein.
Meet the Adi people, who are challenged by increased pressure of land, water and identity as China and India vie over who controls the territory.
Since the end of communism in Bulgaria, the country has experienced the most extreme population decline in the world. Altimir is one of those villages on the cusp of extinction.
Narrated with the words of the men who survived, brought to life with thousands of individual paper cutouts, And We Were Young is an animated oral history of American soldiers, a story of the ‘Doughboys’ in France in the last months of the Great War. Filmed in luminous Ektachrome on an old Russian Super 8 […]
The inspiring journey of New Communities Inc., the largest black-owned farm in the United States, defining the struggle for racial and economic justice among African Americans in southwest Georgia.
Sonia Warshawski at ninety has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons for years. Her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless people who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever.
Out of all the cross-cultural encounters that have resulted in the richness of American popular music, none has been so prominent or so fraught with fraternity and conflict as the relationships between African Americans and American Jews. Body and Soul: An American Bridge aims to tease out the strands of this cultural knot by focusing […]
What holds two sisters-in-law together over a lifetime? Carmen and Maria are two old ladies who support each other in their daily lives despite being alone. Instead of a walking stick, Carmen uses an old wooden chair to get about.
Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model follows award-winning performance artist Bryony Kimmings and her 10-year-old niece Taylor as they try to combat the hyper-sexualized and commercialized world of pop by creating their own alternative popstar role model for Tweens (7 to 12 year-old girls). This feature-length documentary is as uplifting as it is irreverent, an inspirational […]
A kaleidoscopic picture of the pirate movie industry in Managua, Nicaragua; an immersive glimpse into lives built around selling bootleg movies in the street. This film is both a sensory exploration of specific intercultural spaces and a meditation on the way Hollywood products are transformed into basic commodities that people depend on for their daily […]
Dubbing is more than just a job for actor Joan Pera, who has been the onscreen voice in Spain of Woody Allen, Jerry Lewis and countless others. Joan has been the Spanish and Catalan voice of Hollywood stars for three decades. Now, with his son Roger in the game, this story of the weird and […]
With rare access to nomadic family living, the film reveals the unprecedented environmental and sociopolitical forces the Drokpa people are facing.
What if the city streets filled with fat people dancing happily, energetically, all in unison? Juicy D. Light believes that people should live “out loud” whatever their body size and she is not alone.
Take a riveting ride alongside Evan Wolfson, Mary Bonauto and the Freedom to Marry movement, one of the most successful civil rights campaigns in modern history.
Master fiddler Alasdair Fraser’s personal journey led him to dig deep into his Scottish musical roots, where he finds a universal pulse — a groove.
British artist Sarah Maple’s art and life is on display in this documentary. After one of her pieces ignites controversy and threatens her safety, she is forced to reexamine her work and process.
Andy devotes his days and nights to looking for a lesbian wife of convenience who could possibly bear his child. From online searches to underground marriage markets he finally meets Cherry.
Wang Bingzhang, founder of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Movement, has spent the last fourteen years in a Chinese prison for the crime of political activism. Although he once abandoned his family to pursue his political beliefs, his ex-wife and children campaign tirelessly for his release. Inside These Walls captures the complex range of emotions of […]
Jheri Jones is the 74-year-old transgender matriarch of a unique Mississippi Bible Belt family. Reconciled after years of estrangement, and now living with two of her four sons in her trailer park home, Jheri embarks on a new path to reveal her true self to her grandchildren.
Renowned transformer of junk, Sebastopol’s Native Son of Florence Street, French-Canadian artist Patrick Amiot and his wife, painter Brigitte Laurent, are documented over the three years they have spent building their pièce de résistance — a 50-foot diameter carousel with 44 rideable reclaimed art pieces celebrating Canadian themes.
This poetic documentary is about the lost culture of cinema-going in small towns on Croatian islands. In the second half of the last century, six witnesses recall the past times, their favorite movies and events surrounding film screenings that had a profound impact on their lives.
A Mayan boy, Yu’uk, and his younger brother face enormous change and growth as their lifestyle in the southern rainforests of Mexico is threatened.
In a remote village in central Iran, students try to fulfill their dreams. Studying is still a big challenge for many as they must walk kilometers across wild landscapes to reach their school. Some keep going while others give up. One day, a car shows up in the village. It’s not an ordinary car but […]
The Holocaust would seem to be an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy — but is it? History shows that the victims of the Nazi concentration camps themselves used humor as a means of survival and resistance — but where do we draw the line? In this intimate cinema verité portrait of Auschwitz, survivor Renee Firestone […]
Three brothers collect garbage to earn the money to pay for their school fees. They want to change their future by selling garbage in Lahore and studying. This is a portrait of resilience which celebrates children who dare to achieve their dreams.
Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” icon Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.
A 3rd grade class in Brooklyn recounts its worst day in school that year. It was a very bad day… and surprisingly funny.
Molasses & Lemon explores the surprising similarities in the ways people talk about their experiences with Love & Heartbreak. Love. Heartbreak. What’s the difference?
You recognize their work — but do you really know these composers? Find out what happens when celebrated pianist Gloria Cheng challenges the world’s greatest film composers to write original pieces for solo piano.
Want a better brain? Meet Dr. Marian Diamond, renowned teacher and research scientist, and prepare to be smitten. Learn about her many scientific accomplishments and meet the thoroughly charming woman herself, who describes her 60 years researching the brain as “pure joy.” As one of the founders of modern neuroscience, Dr. Diamond has changed forever […]
While researching migratory birds in Cheorwon, South Korea, along the demilitarized zone that separates the North and the South, the filmmaker came across a woman whose house was full of photographs from the other side of the border.
The dynamic leaders of the world’s only LGBT political party wage a historic quest to elect a trans woman to the Philippine Congress.
Life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota is told through a single summer with two reservation families. The families attend rodeos and participate in Pow Wows; get married, celebrate new arrivals and the 4th of July but the dark cloud of modern reservation life shadows their world. Taking cues from filmmakers […]
This is Alejandro’s testimony as a gay priest. Father Alejandro knows many of his colleagues are gays or lesbians who will not openly express affection for fear of expulsion from the Church. He lives Christianity as a religion of happiness and joy, not punishment and suffering. In that light, he lives openly gay without guilt.
International peacemaker Padraig O’Malley helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. For five years, the filmmaker follows Padraig as he travels from his isolated life in Massachusetts to some of the most dangerous crisis zones on the planet — from Northern Ireland to Kosovo, Nigeria to Iraq — where Padraig […]
Pepe wakes up every day with a smile on his face. Pepe Argulo is a 12 year-old boy with cerebral palsy. He lives with his family in one of the poorest parts of Lima, Peru. Together they fight to improve their situation, making sure never to lose track of the beauty of life and the […]
Bennett Wallace is a charismatic teenager navigating the ups and downs of gender transition. As he seeks his true voice — as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man — the boy is taken under the wing of his idol Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician fighting his own demons. The film explores […]
Todd Oldham speaks about his discovery of Charley Harper’s art, an ongoing source of inspiration for his own practice as a designer.
In the 1970s at a prestigious Catholic boys’ school in Melbourne, arty and flamboyant Tim Conigrave fell madly in love with the star of the school’s football team. From the awkward schoolboy romance to their parents’ efforts to keep them apart — temptation, infidelity and separation — the story evolves. What grips the screen is […]
Following international river conservationist Mark Angelo, RiverBlue spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most polluting industries — fashion. With its focus on our iconic everyday go-to wear, blue jeans, the harsh chemical manufacturing processes and irresponsible disposal of toxic waste are exposed.
Poet Robert Bly stands out even among the celebrated, revolutionary generation of American artists who burst forth in the 1950’s. A Thousand Years of Joy charts Bly’s path from farmer’s son to anti-Vietnam War activist to wild man of the 1990’s men’s movement, through his international bestseller Iron John. Above all, Bly has been a […]
At a time when religious hatreds dominate the world’s headlines, Sacred explores faith as primary human experience: how people turn to ritual and prayer to navigate the milestones and crises of private life.
Dr. Carlo Musso has been helping the state of Georgia execute inmates through lethal injection since 2003, while personally opposing capital punishment.
For over a year, Abou and thousands of other migrants attempt to jump the enormous fence system that separates Morocco from a tiny land spit of Spain.
A 5th grade theater production of The Wizard of Oz becomes a larger-than-life coming of age drama for four extraordinary kids in this hilarious tribute to the end of childhood.
A movie about six hospice patients which is funny, touching and passionate.
Snow Day; Life, Death and Skiing follows a group of senior skiers on their weekly trip up to the Colorado Rockies. Full of life and frequently facing profound adversity, these men and women share stories of love, loss, and personal growth that play out in high contrast to the athleticism, freedom and joy they exhibit […]
This film is packed wall to wall with the greatest music from Texas and beyond — with performances from Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ray Charles, to name a few. Tracing its forty-year evolution, the film transcends the TV show and gives audiences a front-row seat and backstage pass to the greatest performances of the […]
At the tail end of the “Satanic ritual abuse panic” of the 1990’s, four Latina lesbian women in San Antonio, Texas were accused and wrongfully convicted of a heinous sexual assault. Known as ‘The San Antonio Four’, these women, after serving over a decade in prison, refuse to stop fighting to prove their innocence in […]
The Fratello Marionettes duo perform a timeless craft with consummate skill. Their youthful audiences are drawn into a magical world of beautifully made doll-like creatures come alive. Strings Attached is a blend of master puppet maker/performers putting on a show and giving us insights into their craft and their lives. They perform to beautiful music […]
For two years now, on Sundays, Abril makes a treacherous trip from her home in Southern California to the US/Mexico border. An undocumented immigrant, Abril carries her two-year-old son Julián, an American citizen, to the border each week so they can have family-time with Julián’s father, Uriel.
To Be a Miss takes the viewer through the inner workings of Venezuela’s beauty factory, exploring the hopes and dreams of young models as they strive to become the next Miss Venezuela. Following three central protagonists, the film exposes the risks and rewards associated with this multi-billion-dollar industry while showing how nationalism, personal ambition, and […]
On August 1st, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead, three dozen wounded, and a shaken nation left trying to understand. Combining archival footage with […]
A powerful and poetic blend of dance, imagery, music and sound, combined in a stunning lament to the disappearance of poplar groves in Zaragoza, Spain.
The systematic repression of indigenous peoples of Guatemala led to a bloody armed conflict from 1960 to 1996 that left behind more than 200,000 dead, most of whom were Maya. In an environment of fear and threats, the photographer Miquel Dewever-Plana documented the exhumation process and gathered testimonies of numerous victims. Years later, he returns […]
The lives of three outspoken poets intersect as they harness the power of the word. CJ Suitt confronts the racial injustice of a Southern black male. Kamaya Truitt-Martin competes in poetry slams across the country to heal a broken home. Jeremy Berggren employs art and poetry to cope with PTSD and to bear witness to […]
Behind the splash of headlines about the Syrian conflict, Khalil (Syrian, age 12) and Niam (Lebanese, age 32) share a rare friendship.
The film is a portrait of deaf parents and their 12-year old daughter Laura who takes on the role of her father’s and mother’s mouths and ears. Laura is also the medium who, with empathy, introduces the spectator to the daily life of people with disabilities. Beyond her translations, she has become a transmitter of […]
The men of the remote Spanish village of ‘Riofrio’ have a plan to fall in love. One busload of women from Madrid might just be the answer to their problems… or is it?
An aging building tells the story of a day in the life of two people still living in its humble accommodations. A 92-year old Mr. Istvan and reclusive Mrs. Magdi, neighbors for many years, meet.