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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

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

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