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DER's 50th Anniversary Screenings & Events

DER at 50

DER's 50th Anniversary Screenings & Events


This year marks DER's 50th anniversary! We invite you to join us in celebrating our history and to help us as we look forward toward the next 50 years. Check out our schedule of events, taking place in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles. We hope to see you there! Read more read more

Democrats

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Democrats


In the wake of Robert Mugabe's contentious 2008 presidential win, Zimbabwe convened a bipartisan constitutional committee in an effort to transition the country away from its corrupt authoritarian leadership. Filmed over three years with unprecedented access to the two political rivals overseeing the committee, Democrats is a riveting, firsthand account of a country's fraught first steps towards democracy. Read more read more

Good Luck Soup

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Good Luck Soup


In this personal documentary, filmmaker Matthew Hashiguchi shares his experience of growing up as a mixed race Asian American in a predominantly white Midwestern neighborhood. As Hashiguchi explores his multiracial identity and heritage, he is guided by his spunky Japanese American grandmother, who tells him stories about their family and her own internment in a prison camp during World War II. Read more read more

Jazz Cosmopolitanism In Accra series

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Jazz Cosmopolitanism In Accra series


This series of five one-hour collaborative documentaries (two with additional shorts) by filmmaker and sound/performance artist Steven Feld reveals Accra's resonances with jazz histories, styles, and performance practices ranging from New Orleans to bebop and the avant-garde. Read more read more

Out of the Maya Tombs

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Out of the Maya Tombs


Over the past 50 years, thousands of exquisitely painted Maya vases, almost all looted from royal tombs, have flooded into the world's public and private collections. Out of the Maya Tombs enters the world of the vases to explore the royal life and rich mythology of the Maya, as well as the tangled issues involved in the collection and study of Maya art. 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

Preserving the Yanomamö Films

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Preserving the Yanomamö Films


In 2017, we began taking steps to preserve and remaster the groundbreaking ethnographic films in our Yanomamö series, by DER co-founder Tim Asch and anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon. Read more read more

A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake

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A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake


A group of South African actors tours the war-torn regions of Northern Ireland, Rwanda, and the former Yugoslavia to share their country's experiment with reconciliation. As they ignite a dialogue among others with raw memories of atrocity, the actors find they must also confront their homeland's violent past, and question their own capacity for forgiveness. Read more read more

Banjo Romantika

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Banjo Romantika


Banjo Romantika follows musicians from the Czech Republic who play a unique version of American Bluegrass, melding the political past and present into a lively musical tradition. Ethnomusicologist Lee Bidgood explores the genre's fascinating history, and performs original Czech Bluegrass songs at renowned venue, The Down Home, in Johnson City, Tennessee. Read more read more

Monir

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Monir


An intimate look at the life and practice of influential Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who first garnered attention in the 1970s when she pioneered contemporary forms of geometric mirror works in a unique artistic language informed by traditional Iranian craft and architecture. Read more read more

Cotton Road

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Cotton Road


Americans consume nearly 20 billion new items of clothing each year, yet few know how these clothes are made or who produces them. Cotton Road follows the commodity of cotton from US farms to Chinese factories to illuminate the work and processes of a global supply chain. Read more read more

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