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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.

Yanomamo films Kickstarter campaign

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Yanomamö Films Preservation


DER has been awarded a matching grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to restore and preserve nine 16mm films from Tim Asch and Napoleon Chagnon's Yanomamö Series. Now, we need to raise $25,000 to meet the grant's match requirements. Help us preserve a piece of our shared humanity — make your pledge now on Kickstarter! 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

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

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

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

Faces of Change: Retrospective, Part 2 - The Rise of the Filmmaker-Anthropologist

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Faces of Change: Retrospective, Part 2


Part 2 of our blog series on the recently remastered Faces of Change series, one of the most important ethnographic and educational film collections of the previous century. 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. 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

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

Tashi's Turbine

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Tashi's Turbine


Tashi's Turbine is an uplifting tale of a small Himalayan village's attempt to harness renewable, sustainable energy. The film follows two friends as they journey to 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). Read more read more

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