Description: In Drew Xanthopoulos’ intimate and cinematic documentary, we meet Joe, a patriarch whose affliction is so all-encompassing that he’s indifferent to his long-suffering wife; and twin brothers Sam and Nathan, musicians who are no longer able to breathe outside of their real-life sterile “plastic bubble,” and whose mother, Karen, developed her disease when she was only 17. These characters all suffer from debilitating sensitivities to their environment. Whether from ambient chemicals, genetics, electricity, or even psychogenic reasons, the cause is not clear, but the reality of the results on these individuals is undeniable. Fortunately, Susie Molloy, a quiet firebrand who is chemically sensitive herself, seeks to help. In her, those afflicted by this modern malady have found an advocate whose point is to de-stigmatize this community, and in saying their stories, Xanthopoulos has crafted a movie itself as deeply sensitive as its game suggests. Cara Cusumano
Description: Deep in the Amazon, the population of the indigenous pink river dolphin is dwindling. Docile and simple to catch, this near-mythical animal is being hunted to extinction and used as bait for scavenger fish. But two activists are every working tirelessly to raise awareness and protect the species. On the one hand a marine biologist and on the another a popular TV star, every has their own very various approach to their one common goal.
Description: The movie is titled as such in an effort to recognize it's not exactly a polished final product. But it is a final product, and hopefully one that uses its purposeful imperfections to breathe a bit more.
Description: Capturing Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future could be under the Trump Administration. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the movie goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to show compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate.
Description: An intimate hero study of the complex figure Ittetsu Nemoto, an aimless and rebellious former punk rocker-turned-Buddhist priest. He is renowned in Japan for saving the lives of countless suicidal boys and girls through his wise and compassionate counsel. But Nemoto is actually approaching middle-age with a wife and young man of his own, when he learns his life is at risk from heart disease, compounded by the massive emotional workload of helping those who no longer wish to live. When saving others takes such a toll, can he search the resiliency to save himself?
Description: A SUITABLE GIRL follows three young girls in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure to receive married. The movie examines the women's complex relationship with marriage, family, and society.
Description: I Was a Jewish Sex Worker is a humorous, no-holds-barred autobiographical movie about the director’s former career as a sex worker and his relationship with his Jewish family. From graphic, erotic massages to a revealing interview with his grandmother, Roth says a special tale and explores themes of sexual wellness, connection and self-realization. Featuring guest appearances by German filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim and sexologist/performer Annie Sprinkle.
Description: The real storyline of We Copwatch, an organization whose point is to movie police activity as a non-violent form of protest and deterrent to police brutality. Around the country, a network of regular folks take up cameras to bear witness to police actions and keep law enforcement to accountability.
Description: In 1972, officer Frank Serpico exposes the corruption which poisons the roots of the NYPD and becomes popular in 1973 when director Sidney Lumet says his storyline in the classic movie “Serpico,” starring Al Pacino.
Description: In 1957, Ghana was the first African country to become independent of its colonial rulers, in this situation the British. Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of what in 1960 became the Republic of Ghana, named on Africans from all over the globe to come to Ghana to support build the fresh nation. The most necessary aim was to "undo the hurt caused by the slave trade" as filmmaker Shirikiana Aina expressed it in her documentary Footprints of Pan Africanism. Few folks speak in Aina’s movie about the reconstruction of Ghana and Nkrumah, who was deposed in 1966, offering room for their frequently gripping private stories. These are often marked by racism, the emerging civil rights movement and what it’s like to be black and live elsewhere. For many, returning to Africa was like going home.
Description: Japan blossomed into its Renaissance at approximately the same time as Europe. Unlike the West, it flourished not through conquest and exploration, but by fierce and defiant isolation. And the boy at the heart of this empire was Tokugawa Ieyasu, a warlord who ruled with absolute control. This period is explored through myriad voices-- the Shogun, the Samurai, the Geisha, the poet, the peasant and the Westerner who glimpsed into this secret world.
Description: Uprize! looks at the political, social, and cultural conditions that shaped the June 1976 student uprising in South Africa, how those concepts we transformed into liberatory action, and how those actions helped shape the democratic society we live in today.
Description: For how long have we been laughing? Are human beings the only ones to laugh? In the past, scientists tended to neglect such questions of laughter, leaving them to the philosophers. Jacques Mitsch's A NATURAL HISTORY OF LAUGHTER explores newest scientific attempts to explicate this most elusive of human faculties, undertaken by scientists who see it as a means of approaching some of the larger mysteries of neurology and human behavior.
Description: From a tiny Italian community in 15th-century Florence, the Medici family would rise to rule Europe in many ways. Using charm, patronage, skill, duplicity and ruthlessness, they would amass unparalleled wealth and unprecedented power. They would also ignite the most necessary cultural and artistic revolution in Western history -- the European Renaissance. But the forces of change the Medici helped unleash would one day topple their ordered world.
Description: Two thousand years ago, at the dawn of the first century, the ancient globe was ruled by Rome. Through the experiences, memories and writings of the folks who lived it, this series says the storyline of that time - the emperors and slaves, poets and plebeians, who wrested order from chaos, built the most cosmopolitan society the globe had ever seen and shaped the Roman empire in the first century A.D.
Description: 80000 Shots is a German movie directed by Manfred Walther. It was released in 2002 and had its premiere at the Berlin International Movie Festival. In breathtaking speed, 80000 SHOTS is a documentary about the reconstruction of Berlin's Potsdamer Platz. This 53 minutes' film, shot in timelapse between 1990 - 2000 had its première at the Berlin International Movie Festival 2002.
Description: Echo is a youngster who can't quite decide if it's time to grow up and take on fresh responsibilities-or give in to her silly side and just have fun. Dolphin society is tricky, and the coral reef that Echo and his family call home depends on all of its inhabitants to hold it healthy. But Echo has a tough time resisting the many journeys the ocean has to offer.
Description: In this documentary, Prof. Laércio Fonseca presents facts and connections between cosmology, the universe, The World Project and The Planet Deadline according to Chico Xavier. Where did I come from? Where I go? Is the end of the globe near? Was Chico Xavier right? Do we have a deadline? Search out the answers to these and another questions in this movie.
Description: When Thomas Ostermeier, artistic director of the Schaubühne in Berlin, decided to go to Ramallah in September 2012 to scene Hamlet at the invitation of the Al-Kasaba Theatre, he knew that the Shakespearean verses would search a particular resonance there. The concept of the trip came from intense contact with theatre specialists in Palestine, and most especially with the Freedom Theatre in the refugee camp in Jenin. Under the watchful eye of the movie director Nicolas Klotz, the tragedy of the Danish prince intersects with that of young Palestinians. The movie is, moreover, a view on other tragedy: the murder of Juliano Mer Khamis, the former director of Freedom Theatre, killed by an unknown killer in April 2011.
Description: As one art stage insider proclaims, the contemporary art globe can be summed up as “rich folks trying to prove how rich they are,” but is that all there is to this billion dollar industry? Well-researched and expertly constructed, Barry Avrich’s eye-opening documentary peels back the layers of the art globe economy- from production to circulation, and delineates each integral user in the minigame of art-making, including curators, gallerists, collectors, donors, auction houses, and … artists. In the process, he unpacks the complex and surprising ecosystem that helps the art globe superstars and million-dollar deals that create front-page news. Featuring extraordinary access to industry users and candid statements from prominent artists like Damien Hirst, Julian Schnabel, Taryn Simon, and Marina Abramovic, Blurred Lines collides the two narratives of the art globe as both above and beholden to store forces.
Description: The Red Orchestra was a Berlin-based resistance group that fought vs the Third Reich within Germany. The Gestapo labeled them Communists and traitors, and so did the Allies. Only recently have historians recognized them as one of the most necessary resistance groups. This movie, made by the son of one of the survivors, says their storyline for the first time to an American audience.
Description: Short movie made for the Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded . A homage to Paulo Rocha and Kenji Mizoguchi, filming the director's two tombs, one in Tokyo and the another in Quioto.
Description: As a child, Elena had a fascination with the blood and gore of splatter movies. As she matured, this bloodlust became her dark and dirty tiny secret. We join her on a adventure of discovery and awakening as she tries to come to terms with her very particular tastes.
Description: It's a condition known as "hypertrichosis" or "Ambras Syndrome," but in the 1500s it would transform one boy into a national sensation and iconic fairy-tale character. His name: Petrus Gonsalvus, more commonly known today as the hairy character of Beauty and the Beast.
Description: In the late 16th century Europe was in the grip of a ferocious witch hunt, where thousands were tortured and burnt at the stake. The church was totally behind this terrifying crusade vs the imaginary opponents of Christianity. In France and Germany alone up to 40,000 folks may have been killed as witches. But England and Scotland were almost untouched by witch persecutions until Lord James himself decided to open his own, private fight on witchcraft.
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