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!
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
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
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
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
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