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New Releases – May 2017

Cotton RoadCotton Road
by Laura Kissel, 72 min, 2014

Americans consume nearly twenty billion new items of clothing each year, and at least one billion of them are made in China. Cotton Road uncovers the transnational movement of cotton and tells the stories of workers lives in a conventional cotton supply chain. From rural farms in South Carolina to factory cities in China, we span the globe to encounter the industrial processes behind our rapacious consumption of textile products. Read more Read More

Posted on May 17th, 2017

New Releases – April 2017

Jean-Michel Kibushi: Palabres Animées du GriotJean-Michel Kibushi: Palabres Animées du Griot
by Jean-Michael Kibushi Ndjate Wooto, 72 min, 1991-2004

This compilation DVD brings five of together Kibushi’s best-known works. While all use stop motion animation, Kibushi draws widely on materials — from jointed paper cutouts, to clay, to puppetry, to children’s drawings — set against elaborate backgrounds to convey poignant social and political messages. Whether offering traditional wisdom or political critiques, these films capture the spirit and culture of the people of the DRC. Read more Read More

Posted on April 26th, 2017

New Releases – March 2017 – Faces of Change Collection, Digitally Remastered Edition

Faces of Change – Digitally Remastered Edition

This revolutionary series, unprecedented in its scope and documented by some of the finest ethnographic filmmakers of our time, is now available in an updated edition through DER. These re-transferred films examine four cultures selected for the diversity of their geographic location: starting with the China Coast at sea level and moving up to Afghanistan, Kenya, and finally to the mountains of Bolivia.

Each location is examined through five themes: Rural Society, Education, Rural Economy, Women, and Beliefs. Study guides and supplemental materials are available for free download on the DER website. Read more Read More


Faces of Change – Afghanistan SeriesFaces of Change – Afghanistan Series
148 min, 1974, digitally remastered 2017

Shot in 1972, these films capture the daily economic and social exchanges in the market town of Aq Kapruk, an area northwest of Kabul, inhabited by Tajik and other Central Asian peoples. Living along Balkh river, this agricultural community depended on wheat farming and a pastoral economy. These films offer a window into an Afghanistan on the cusp of change, and serve as a record of the culture and life ways of its rural people. Read more Read More

Faces of Change – Bolivia SeriesFaces of Change – Bolivia Series
158 min, 1974, digitally remastered 2017

Bolivia’s remote Muñecas Province is populated by Aymara and Quechua speaking Indians and people of mixed Spanish-Indian descent, who survive on a mixed economy of potato farming, other high altitude vegetables, and small animal husbandry. This series explores their conflicts over land ownership, age-old control by rich “mestizos” – still referred to as “conquistadors” – poor health facilities, and a struggling education system. Read more Read More

Faces of Change – China Coast SeriesFaces of Change – China Coast Series
113 min, 1974, digitally remastered 2017

Shot in 1973, these films portray two independent cultures of the Soko Islands in the South China Sea — the fishermen and the island farmers — that relied on each other in complex ways. The fishing families provided fish, transport to markets, and other necessities of survival to the island; the island families provided food, a school for the fishermen’s children, and labor when needed on boats and in harbors. Read more Read More

Faces of Change – Kenya SeriesFaces of Change – Kenya Series
121 min, 1974, digitally remastered 2017

The Boran are desert pastoralists in Kenya and Ethiopia who traditionally followed the rains in search for grass and water. Since the 1960s many Boran have elected to settle in a few market towns, such as Marsabit, the district capital in northern Kenya. Those who settle are in contrast to those who pursue the traditional lifestyle, particularly in terms of work, education, and social interaction with the outside world. Read more Read More

Posted on March 18th, 2017

New Releases – January 2017

Blind Bird Singing Rain DVD coverBlind Bird Singing Rain
by Robert Perkins, color, 57 min, 2012

Blind Bird Singing Rain is Robert Perkins’ latest journey: canoeing down the Lower Colorado River in the American Southwest. The film conveys the hard truth of water running out, and the odd reaction people have to this truth. Perkins creates a poetic homage to water and nature’s resilience. Read more Read More

Posted on January 24th, 2017

New Releases – November 2016

Tashi's Turbine DVD coverTashi’s Turbine
by Amitabh Joshi, color, 56 min, 2015

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. Read more Read More

Posted on November 28th, 2016

New Releases – October 2016

Live from UB DVD coverLive from UB
by Lauren Knapp, color, 83 min with 10 min of extras, 2015

Live From UB focuses on the contemporary rock music scene in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar (UB), to explore music’s role in shaping the modern nation. Following the musicians in Mohanik — one of today’s most promising independent bands — the film reveals the contemporary synthesis of Mongolian and western influences in the creation of a new sound, and forging of a new Mongolian identity through music. Read more Read More

Live from UB DVD coverChina Remix
by Dorian Carli-Jones and Melissa Lefkowitz, color, 29 min, 2015

This short documentary explores China’s burgeoning African entertainment industry through the lives of three African hip-hop artists who are trying to find success in the face of challenging labor and immigration laws in the southeastern city of Guangzhou. The film follows the entertainers as they prepare for their shows, perform, and live their daily lives with their Chinese and African family members and friends. Read more Read More

Posted on October 20th, 2016

New Releases – September 2016

J.B. Jackson and the American Landscape DVD coverJ.B. Jackson and the American Landscape
produced by Janet Mendelsohn, color, 103 min with 57 min of extras, 2015

This comprehensive compilation DVD highlights the pioneering work and lively personality of John Brinckerhoff (J.B.) Jackson, considered by many to be the father of landscape studies in the United States. It includes the two documentaries Figure in a Landscape (45 min, 1988) and J.B. Jackson and The Love of Everyday Places (58 min, 1989), plus several bonus features. Read more Read More

An Autobiography of Michelle Maren DVD coverAn Autobiography of Michelle Maren
by Michel Negroponte and Michelle Maren, color, 81 min, 2015

When the filmmaker Michel Negroponte (Jupiter’s Wife) received an e-mail from a woman who thought she might be a promising subject for a documentary, a process of collaboration began that would result in one of the most revealing self-portraits of living with mental illness ever made. Read more Read More

Posted on September 7th, 2016

New Releases – August 2016

This Kind of Love DVD coverThis Kind of Love
by Jeanne Hallacy, color, 43 min, 2015

This Kind of Love follows Burmese human rights and LGBT activist, Aung Myo Min, as he returns home after 24 years in exile. Set against Myanmar’s historical transition from half a century of brutal military rule, Myo shares his vision for equality for all – from children to transgender people to ethnic nationalities with his countrymen, to be part of his homeland’s emergence from the darkness of dictatorship. Read more Read More

Table Songs of Kakheti DVD coverTable Songs of Kakheti
by Hugo Zemp, color, 83 min with 4 min extra, 2015

At the foot of the Caucasus, in the Kakheti province of eastern Georgia is famous for its wine and its polyphonic songs. Banquets with their alternation of ritualized toasts and collective singing are considered by Georgians as a major component of national identity. Verbal art and musical art are bound together in a unique way. Read more Read More

Posted on August 15th, 2016

New Releases – July 2016

Remembering Yayayi DVD coverRemembering Yayayi
by Pip Deveson, Ian Dunlop, Fred Myers, color, 57 min, 2014

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

Posted on July 20th, 2016

New Releases – June 2016

I Am the People DVD coverI Am the People (Je Suis Le Peuple)
by Anna Roussillon, 111 min, 2014

As the Egyptian people rise up in Tahrir Square, a rural community in the Nile valley follows the revolution on TV, radio and in the newspapers. Intimately shot over the three year period from the overthrow of Mubarak to the fall of Morsi, we are shown an alternate view of the revolution through the eyes of Farraj, his family, and friends as they make sense of and debate national politics. Read more Read More

Posted on July 1st, 2016

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