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New Releases – April 2016

An American Mosque DVD coverAn American Mosque
by David Washburn, 27 min, 2013

When the Islamic Center of Yuba City, California, was burned to the ground, it was the first arson to destroy a mosque in US history. At the time, this incident was largely ignored. Now, for the first time, members of the Muslim community involved respond publicly to the crime, speaking passionately about their hope and heartbreak, as well as their continued faith in religious freedom for all Americans. Read more Read More

Visible Silence DVD coverVisible Silence
by Ruth Gumnit, 43 min, 2015

Visible Silence is a rare glimpse into the unspoken lives of Thai toms, dees and lesbians striving for recognition, authenticity, and acceptance in a traditional Buddhist society. It is an intimate story of self and family, love and sexuality, and self-determination where conformity is prized. Read more Read More

Posted on April 27th, 2016

New Releases – March 2016

Elephant's Dream DVD coverElephant’s Dream
by Kristof Bilsen, color, 74 min, 2014

Elephant’s Dream is a portrait about three state-owned institutions and their workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The interwoven stories of a female post office clerk in the dilapidated central post office, two colleagues at the railway station, and the group of firemen in the only fire station provide insight into their daily lives and survival in the third largest city of Africa, Kinshasa. Read more Read More

Drums of Winter DVD coverThe Drums of Winter – Restored and Remastered Edition
by Sarah Elder and Leonard Kamerling, color, 90 min, 1988, restored 2015

Named to the National Film Registry in 2006, this classic of ethnographic cinema has now been beautifully restored and digitally remastered from original film elements. Offering an intimate look at a way of life which most have only glimpsed, The Drums of Winter explores the traditional dance, music and spiritual world of the Yupik Eskimo people of Emmonak, a remote village at the mouth of the Yukon River on the Bering Sea coast. Read more Read More

Posted on March 11th, 2016

New Releases – February 2016

Sailing A Sinking Sea DVD coverSailing A Sinking Sea
by Olivia Wyatt, color, 65 min, 2015

A feature-length experimental documentary exploring the culture of the Moken people of Burma and Thailand. The Moken are a seafaring community and one of the smallest ethnic minority groups in Asia, traditionally spending eight months out of the year in thatch-roofed wooden boats. Wholly reliant upon the sea, their entire belief system revolves around water. Read more Read More

My Name is Salt DVD coverMy Name is Salt
by Farida Pacha, color, 92 min, 2013

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, until the desert turns into sea and washes their salt fields away. Though hardships loom large, the film’s gaze is fixed on the poetry and ritual of the family’s existence. Read more Read More

Posted on February 16th, 2016

New Releases – January 2016

Peter Voulkos Working DVD coverPeter Voulkos Working
Produced by Susan Fanshel and Ann Voulkos, color, 68 min with extras, 2015

Peter Voulkos is the undisputed creative force behind the American Clay Revolution that began in the 1950s and continues today. His energy and charisma are legendary. Peter Voulkos Working offers a window into three distinct chapters of his prodigious career. It features newly re-mastered films available digitally for the first time. Read more Read More

Send In The Clowns DVD coverSend In The Clowns
by Sam Lee, color, 82 min, 2014

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

Posted on January 27th, 2016

New Releases – December 2015

Liahona DVD coverLiahona
by Talena Sanders, color, 70 min, 2013

Liahona is an experimental documentary examining the culture, history, and lived experience of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, often referred to 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

Posted on December 17th, 2015

New Releases – November 2015

Bitter Honey DVD coverBitter Honey
by Robert Lemelson, color, 81 min, 2015

An intimate and emotionally charged portrait of three polygamous families in Bali, Indonesia. Following these families over a seven year period, the film portrays the plight of Balinese co-wives, for whom marriage is frequently characterized by psychological manipulation, infidelity, domestic violence, and economic hardship. Read more Read More

Posted on November 6th, 2015

New Releases – October 2015

Mystic Mass DVD coverMystic Mass
by Karim B Haroun, color, 70 min, 2014

Every year, thousands of Shia 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 an engaging portratal 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 DVD coverBeyond Recognition
by Michelle Grace Steinberg, co-produced with Robyn Bykofsky, color, 25 min, 2014

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. When this fails to stop the development, they vow to establish the first women-led urban Indigenous land trust. Beyond Recognition tells the inspiring story of women working to preserve Native culture and homeland in a society bent on erasing them. Read more Read More

Posted on October 20th, 2015

New Releases – September 2015

Dead Birds Re-encountered DVD coverDead Birds Re-encountered
by Robert Gardner, color, 46 min, 2013

Twenty-eight years after the making Dead Birds, Robert Gardner returned to the Highlands of New Guinea to see what had become of the Dani people and to show them the film. Dead Birds Re-encountered is a captivating, reflexive epilogue which observes the changes nearly three decades have brought to Dani life and culture, raising questions about modernization, cross-cultural relations, and the meaning of friendship. Read more Read More

African Christianity Rising DVD coverAfrican Christianity Rising
by James Ault, 4-DVD set, color, 151 min with 225 min of extras, 2013

Christianity is no longer just the religion of the West; over two-thirds of the world’s Christians now live in the global South – with Africa growing the fastest. With guidance from leading scholars, these films document the vitality and changing nature of Christianity in Africa. They explore the ways in which it is has become increasingly popular by becoming rooted more authentically in local cultures. Read more Read More

Posted on September 8th, 2015

New Releases – August 2015

Yucatec Maya Deaf Sign DVD coverYucatec Maya Deaf Sign
by Hubert Smith, color, 31 min, 2015

This film by Hubert Smith visually documents the Yucatec Maya Deaf Sign Language used within the village of Chican, Mexico. The film contains two conversations: in the first episode, three deaf young men discuss their encounters with snakes. In the second, village bachelors tackle a common topic: who can carry out a successful courtship? Full of frank good humor, this conversation also shows a hearing man participating using deaf sign. Read more Read More

Posted on August 13th, 2015

New Releases – July 2015

Common Roads DVD coverCommon Roads
by Tommi Mendel, color, 95 min, 2013

While the label of ‘pilgrim’ is still mostly associated with devout persons leaving home with purely religious motives, young people taking to the road as ‘backpackers’ are generally perceived as pleasure seeking globetrotters. Questioning these stereotypes, Common Roads follows two young women, one along the Way of St. James through France and Spain and another backpacking through Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. Read more Read More

Posted on July 1st, 2015

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