Cultural Studies


CLAIRE'S CAMERA
CLAIRE'S CAMERA

2017  Asian Studies  Cinema Studies  Cultural Studies  Europe  Narrative Films  Performing Arts  Photography 

 A refreshingly sunny performance from Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher, Elle) is at the center of this comic charmer from South Korean Master Hong Sangsoo. Intricately plotted with wit and charm to spare, CLAIRE'S CAMERA explores the power of images to transform us. 

LA MANPLESA: an uprising remembered
LA MANPLESA: an uprising remembered

2022  American Studies  American History  Criminal & Law  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women  Latin-American Studies  Sociology 

On May 5th, 1991, people took to the streets of Washington D.C.’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood to protest the police shooting of Daniel Gomez, a young man from El Salvador. Through testimony, song, poetry, and street theatre, La Manplesa weaves together the collective memory of one of D.C.’s first barrios and dives into the roots of the ‘91 rebellion.

THE ACCUSED: Damned or Devoted
THE ACCUSED: Damned or Devoted

2021  Criminal & Law  Cultural Studies  Economics  Education  Islamic Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Religion & Spirituality  World History  2022 

There is a divide in Pakistan over its blasphemy law, which if broken can lead to a death sentence for those accused. Cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi, has one mission: to preserve Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and now he’s running for the highest office in the country.  Now everyone,  those that oppose him and even his followers,  are just pawns in his quest for absolute power.


EXPEDITION CONTENT
EXPEDITION CONTENT

2021  Anthropology  Cinema Studies  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women  Education  Indigenous Studies  Political Science  Sensory Ethnography Lab  Sociology  World History  2022 

An immersive marvel of sonic ethnography, Expedition Content draws on audio recordings made by recent college graduate and Standard Oil heir Michael Rockefeller as part of the so-called Harvard-Peabody Expedition to Netherlands New Guinea in 1961

THE KITCHENISTAS
THE KITCHENISTAS

2021  American Studies  Business  Cultural Studies  Family Relations  Gastronomy  Health  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Women's Studies  Sociology  2022 

What started as a 7-week nutrition program for women seeking healthier diets, has become a Latina-led movement to enact change in their own communities. Known as Kitchenistas, these women are showing how healthy food traditions can lead to physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing as well as big change in the home, at schools, within city hall, and in the healthcare system.

SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE
SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE

2021  Asian Studies  Cinema Studies  Cultural Studies  Education  Literature  Political Science  Sociology 

From master director Jia Zhang-Ke  comes a vital document of Chinese society since 1949. Jia interviews three prominent authors—Jia Pingwa, Yu Hua, and Liang Hong. SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE is an indispensable account of a changing China from one of the countrys foremost cinematic storytellers.


499
499

2021  Cinema Studies  Cultural Studies  Media Studies  Latin-American Studies  Sociology  Spanish Language  Performing Arts  Peace & Conflict 

Mixing fictional and nonfictional elements, 499 is a creative documentary that explores the brutal legacy of colonialism in contemporary Mexico, nearly five-hundred years after Cortez conquered the Aztec Empire.


THE TWO SIGHTS
THE TWO SIGHTS

Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Europe  Sociology  Cinema Studies  2021 

The Two Sights (An Dà Shealladh) explores the disappearing tradition of second sight in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. As we listen to locals' accounts of haunting experiences—phantom horses, ghost voices and other supernatural phenomena—Bonnetta connects their testimonies with striking 16mm images and a carefully-curated sonic montage of the physical and aural environment of these enchanted islands.

TO KID OR NOT TO KID
TO KID OR NOT TO KID

2020  American Studies  Cinema Studies  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women  Women's Studies  Health 

Filmmaker Maxine Trump turns the camera on herself and her close circle of family and friends as she confronts the idea of not having kids, and explores the cultural pressures and harsh criticism childfree women regularly experience.

RED CHEF REVIVAL
RED CHEF REVIVAL

2020  Indigenous Studies  Cultural Studies  Native American Studies  Cinema Studies 

Red Chef Revival is a unique and intimate documentary that follows three trailblazing chefs on a cross country journey to redefine and reclaim Indigenous cuisine. Using food as their access point, these chefs discover a new path to reconciliation, while working with ingredients you won't find in any cookbooks, like bison heart, beaver tail, moose nose, seal and cougar. 

UN FILM DRAMATIQUE
UN FILM DRAMATIQUE

Cinema Studies  Cultural Studies  Europe  Performing Arts  Education  2021 

Un Film Dramatique is a lively portrait of the first class to attend the newly constructed Dora Maar middle school, filmed over the course of four years. The group of 21 middle schoolers discuss the drama of their daily lives and experiment with cameras and equipment. They are the film’s subjects, and also its makers.

DESALAMBRANDO: THE DOCUMENTARY
DESALAMBRANDO: THE DOCUMENTARY

2019  American History  Chicano Studies  Cultural Studies  Latino Studies  Political Science  Puerto Rican Studies  World History 

Desalambrando examines the history of Puerto Rico’s squatter movement, also known as rescates de terrenos and its current relevance in a post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico.

THE CALL
THE CALL

2019  Cultural Studies  Cinema Studies  Europe  World History  Sociology 

The Call is an inside look at the turbulent jury selection process in Italy. In Italy, citizens can be summoned at a day’s notice for potential jury duty. 60 common citizens are randomly selected by a computer and notified by the police in person to appear in court—by the end of the day, 6 people are selected to be jurors.

WHEN PIGS COME
WHEN PIGS COME

2019  Aging / Gerontology  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women  Eastern Europe  Women's Studies  World History 

A retired teacher in Serbian province, devotedly monitors elections believing that all individuals could and should make a difference in building democracy.


I AM GAGARIN
I AM GAGARIN

2019  Cinema Studies  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women  Music  Russia  World History  Urban Studies 

A deeply personal exploration of post-Soviet Russia, I am Gagarin examines the Moscow rave scene, and the influential trendsetters at the forefront of the subculture. 



HÍBRIDOS, THE SPIRITS OF BRAZIL
HÍBRIDOS, THE SPIRITS OF BRAZIL

2019  Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Cinema Studies  Dance  Directed by Women  Indigenous Studies  Latin-American Studies  Music  Religion & Spirituality 

HÍBRIDOS, THE SPIRITS OF BRAZIL is an ethnomusicological journey into the sacred culture of Brazil, from Roman Catholic to Ubanda and candomblé--mixures of African traditions with Catholicism.

ALSO KNOWN AS JIHADI
ALSO KNOWN AS JIHADI

2019  Cinema Studies  Cultural Studies  Flaherty Collection  Middle Eastern Studies  World History  Urban Studies  Terrorism Studies 

Pulling from real events and court documents in the wake of the 2015 Paris terror attacks, Also Known As Jihadi follows a young man's journey to radicalism not through his actions, but through his surroundings. 

LAILA AT THE BRIDGE
LAILA AT THE BRIDGE

Asian Studies  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women  Health  Middle Eastern Studies  Cinema Studies  Women's Studies  2018  2019 

Laila at the Bridge takes the viewer on a harrowing journey to Kabul’s dark underpass, following a woman who attempts to save as many drug addicts as she can.


OWNED: A TALE OF TWO AMERICAS
OWNED: A TALE OF TWO AMERICAS

2018  Sociology  American History  Urban Studies  Cultural Studies  African-American Studies  2019 

Owned: A Tale of Two Americas is a fever dream vision into the dark history behind the US housing economy. Tracking its overtly racist beginnings to its unbridled commoditization, the film exposes a foundational story few Americans understand as their own.

I'VE GOT A LITTLE PROBLEM
I'VE GOT A LITTLE PROBLEM

2018  Art History  Cultural Studies  LGBTQ  Asian Studies  Cinema Studies  Short Films  Human Sexuality 

I’ve Got a Little Problem chronicles internationally renowned photographer and poet Ren Hang’s struggle with Chinese censorship, painful public scrutiny, and manic depression, that eventually sent his life spiraling out of control.

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