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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.

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

Liahona

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Liahona


An experimental documentary examining the culture, history, and lived experience of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as the Mormon faith. The film creates a portrait of Mormonism through documentation of LDS cultural dominance in Utah, the suppressed history of folk magic in the early church, landmark Mormon life experiences, and Sanders' personal history and connection to the church. 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

Life and Death at Preah Vihear

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Life and Death at Preah Vihear


Filmed over a five year period in both Thailand and Cambodia, David Feingold's latest film uses the conflict over the ancient temple of Preah Vihear to illuminate current political and cultural tensions between the two Buddhist countries. 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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