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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

New Releases – May 2016

The Tentmakers of Cairo DVD coverThe Tentmakers of Cairo
by Kim Beamish, 94 min, 2015

The Tentmakers of Cairo offers unprecedented access to a small community of talented craftsmen, known as tentmakers, who practice the uniquely Egyptian art of Khayamiya, or hand stitched appliqué. In a small covered market, in the heart of Old Islamic Cairo, four tentmakers expertly stitch ornate Islamic designs, as their centuries-old craft collides with a 21st century revolution. Read more Read More

George Stoney: Happy Collaborator DVD coverGeorge Stoney: Happy Collaborator
by Mike Hazard, color, 55 min, 2015

Hailed as the Johnny Appleseed of documentary film and known as “the father of public access,” George C. Stoney (1916-2012) wrote, produced, and directed more than 200 films in a career that spanned more than 60 years. This poignant documentary portrays the late George Stoney as a filmmaker, teacher of film, and media activist. Read more Read More

Posted on May 24th, 2016

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

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