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Founded in 1968, we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote thought-provoking documentary film and media for learning about the people and cultures of the world.

Elephant's Dream

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Elephant's Dream


Elephant's Dream is a portrait of three state-owned institutions and their workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The interwoven stories of a female clerk in the dilapidated central post office, two colleagues at the railway station, and firemen in the only fire station provide insight into their daily lives and survival in Kinshasa, the third largest city in Africa. Read more read more

Sailing a Sinking Sea

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Sailing a Sinking Sea


Sailing a Sinking Sea is an experimental documentary exploring the culture of the Moken people of Burma and Thailand — a seafaring community and one of the smallest ethnic minority groups in Asia. Wholly reliant upon the sea, their entire belief system revolves around water. With stunning cinematography, the film weaves a visual and aural tapestry of Moken mythologies and present-day practices. Read more read more

My Name is Salt

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My Name is Salt


Each year, Sanabhai brings his family to a saline desert in India, where they harvest what they proudly proclaim to be the world's whitest salt. For months they work, using the same painstaking, manual harvesting techniques as generations before them, until the desert turns into sea and washes their salt fields away. Though hardships loom large, the film's gaze is fixed on the poetry and ritual of the family's existence. Read more read more

Send in the Clowns

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Send in the Clowns


Armed with unique skills and an earnest desire to change the world, performers from Clowns Without Borders travel to areas of crisis to relieve stress through laughter. Send In the Clowns explores their work in Haiti before and after the 2010 earthquake. What begins as a film about artists with good intentions slowly reveals Haiti's crippling and conflicted relationship with an arguably more absurd global aid industry. Read more read more

Mystic Mass

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Mystic Mass


Every year, thousands of Shia Muslims meet in the town of Nabatiyyeh in Lebanon to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein, killed in battle in 680 A.D. With great sensitivity, Mystic Mass documents the emotional ceremony, and provides a deeply engaging portrayal of how the mass is formed, how it attains its highest mystical levels, and how it dissolves — all within a period of twenty-four hours. Read more read more

Beyond Recognition

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Beyond Recognition


After decades struggling to protect her ancestors' burial places, a Native woman and her allies occupy a development site to prevent desecration of sacred ground, and ultimately vow to establish the first women-led urban Indigenous land trust. Over the course of the film, their journey transforms the way viewers see cities, revealing histories that have been buried by shifting urban landscapes. Read more read more

DER Digital

DER DIGITAL

You can now access the films you need, when you need them, through DER Digital's streaming services! DER Digital offers multiple streaming options — designed specifically for students, teachers, and home users. Read more read more

DER filmmaker Karim Haroun

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Karim B Haroun on Mystic Mass


In the latest installment of the DER Podcast, filmmaker Karim Haroun talks about the making of his film Mystic Mass. Read more read more

Liahona

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Liahona


An experimental documentary examining the culture, history, and lived experience of the Mormon faith. The film creates a portrait of Mormonism through filmmaker Talena Sanders' personal history and connection to the church. Read more read more

Opening and Closing the DER Vault

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The DER Vault


We recently completed a 3-year effort to inventory and preserve our collection of 16mm film materials! Many of the films were transferred into the care of archives, returned their makers, or donated to local film schools and artist collectives. Read more read more

Tender

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Bitter Honey


An intimate and emotionally charged portrait of three polygamous families in Bali, Indonesia. For Balinese co-wives, marriage is frequently characterized by psychological manipulation, infidelity, domestic violence, and economic hardship. Read more read more

Argentinian Lesson

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Argentinian Lesson


With lush and intimate photography, Wojciech Staroń documents his family's move from Poland to Argentina. This uniquely cross-cultural yet universal coming-of-age story portrays the innocence of childhood surrounded by the harsh realities of adulthood. Read more read more

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