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Monir

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Monir


Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian 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. Formative years spent in New York in the 1940s and ongoing conversations with some of the 20th century's most experimental artists were also part of her artistic universe. 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 of us know how our clothes are made, much less who produces them. The Emmy-nominated documentary Cotton Road follows the commodity of cotton from South Carolina farms to Chinese factories to illuminate the work and industrial processes in a global supply chain. Read more read more

Tashi's Turbine

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Tashi's Turbine


Set in the grassroots of the Himalayan mountains, Tashi's Turbine is an uplifting tale of a small village's attempt to harness renewable, sustainable energy with the power of the wind. The film follows friends Tashi Bista and Jeevan as they journey from Kathmandu to Nyamdok, a remote village in Upper Mustang, with hopes of building a stronger Nepal, one wind turbine at a time. Read more read more

Remembering Yayayi

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Remembering Yayayi


Pintupi elder Marlene Nampitjinpa Spencer reflects on previously unseen archival footage shot by renowned ethnographic filmmaker Ian Dunlop and shares her memories of living at the remote outstation of Yayayi in 1974. DVD also includes Marlene's Story (32 min), in which Spencer tells her full life story, and recalls how, against all odds, the Pintupi established settlements back on their own land. Read more read more

The Tentmakers of Cairo

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The Tentmakers of Cairo


The Tentmakers of Cairo offers unprecedented access to a small community of talented craftsmen, known as tentmakers, who practice the uniquely Egyptian art of Khayamiya, or hand stitched appliqué. In a small covered market, in the heart of Old Islamic Cairo, four tentmakers expertly stitch ornate Islamic designs, as their centuries-old craft collides with a 21st century revolution. 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

Interview with Congolese animator and DER filmmaker Jean-Michel Kibushi

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An Interview with Jean-Michel Kibushi


We're pleased to share this special guest interview with Congolese animator Jean-Michel Kibushi, conducted by Sub-Saharan African animation expert, Paula Callus. Read more read more

Elephant's Dream

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Elephant's Dream


An intimate portrait of three state-owned institutions and their workers in the Congo. The interwoven stories of a female clerk in the dilapidated central post office, two colleagues at the railway station, and the staff of the area's only fire station provide insight into daily life in Kinshasa, Africa's third largest city. Read more read more

Opening and Closing the DER Vault

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Sailing a Sinking Sea


A dazzling experimental documentary exploring the culture of the Moken people of Burma and Thailand — a seafaring community whose 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

Tender

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Send in the Clowns


Armed with a 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 the global aid industry. 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. Though hardships loom large, the film focusses instead on the poetry and ritual of the family's existence. Read more read more

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