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GHOSTS OF OUR FOREST
GHOSTS OF OUR FOREST

African Studies  Music  Anthropology  Indigenous Studies  2017  Dance  Environmental Studies  Performing Arts  Loud Roar Productions 

Forcefully removed from their ancestral home by the Ugandan government to protect the endangered gorilla population, the indigenous Batwa people start a music club in hopes to preserve their culture through song and story.

JOE'S VIOLIN
JOE'S VIOLIN

Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Music  New York City  Performing Arts  Jewish Studies  2017  Education  Directed by Women 

2017 ACADEMY AWARD® Nominee for Documentary Short Subject In Joe’s Violin, a donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship between a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor and 12-year-old Bronx school girl, showing how the power of music to bring light in the darkest of times and how a small act can have a profound impact.

YUMEN
YUMEN

Asian Studies  Anthropology  Performing Arts  Cinema Studies  2014  Sensory Ethnography Lab 

A collaboration between two Chinese artists, Xu Ruotao and Huang Xiang, and acclaimed American filmmaker J.P. Sniadecki, Yumen is a documentary-fiction hybrid that tells the story of a ghost town, a once-thriving oil-rich community in China's western Gansu province, through a series of wandering characters and inventive vignettes. Produced with the support of SEL

BAM150
BAM150

Performing Arts  Art History  New York City  Dance  Music  American History  2013 

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the staging of a major operatic production, Verdi's masterpiece, "La Traviata," starring world-famous French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay and directed by the celebrated Jean-Francois Sivardier.

MUSICWOOD
MUSICWOOD

Environmental Studies  Native American Studies  Music  Performing Arts  2013  Business  Directed by Women 

For hundreds of years, the acoustic guitar has been made from the same species of Spruce. Today, due to an extreme logging practice known as clear-cutting, this tree is in danger of disappearing - and with it, the acoustic guitar. In this captivating documentary, owners of the top guitar makers unite with Greenpeace and travel to the largest forest in the US to meet with Native American landowners in the hope of finding a sustainable solution.

BECOMING TRAVIATA
BECOMING TRAVIATA

Music  Performing Arts  2013 

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the staging of a major operatic production, Verdi's masterpiece, "La Traviata," starring world-famous French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay and directed by the celebrated Jean-Francois Sivardier.

ANDRE GREGORY: BEFORE AND AFTER DINNER
ANDRE GREGORY: BEFORE AND AFTER DINNER

Performing Arts  Literature  New York City  American Studies  2013  Directed by Women 

A wonderful exploration of the life and work of groundbreaking director, actor and artist Andre Gregory. A witty and often hilariously funny raconteur, Gregory looks back on a career that spanned decades, from his influential theatre work to the making of the Louis Malle-directed classic My Dinner with Andre, in which he starred and co-wrote.

THE WELCOME: a healing journey for war veterans and their families
THE WELCOME: a healing journey for war veterans and their families

Psychology & Psychiatry  American Studies  Native American Studies  Performing Arts  2013  Directed by Women 

An up-close and emotionally resonant look at a diverse group of veterans, from Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, who come together to participate in a healing retreat. The Welcome offers an intimate view of life after war: the fear, anger and isolation of post-traumatic stress that affects veterans and family members alike.

PLANET OF SNAIL
PLANET OF SNAIL

Asian Studies  Health  Disabilities  Literature  Performing Arts  2012 

Winner of the prestigious Best Documentary prize at the International Film Festival Amsterdam, Planet of Snail is a mesmerizing, critically-acclaimed documentary about an accomplished young poet who can no longer hear or see and his relationship to the world around him.

SHAKESPEARE HIGH
SHAKESPEARE HIGH

Performing Arts  Literature  Urban Studies  Latino Studies  Education  2012 

Executive produced by Kevin Spacey, Shakespeare High is an uplifting documentary that follows a diverse group of California high school students as they prepare for and compete in an annual Shakespeare Festival - a unique program that counts many of Hollywood's biggest stars among its alumni. A celebration of theater and performance, Shakespeare High illustrates the life-changing effect drama programs such as this can have on young people.

BROOKLYN BOHEME
BROOKLYN BOHEME

African-American Studies  Performing Arts  Cinema Studies  Urban Studies  New York City  2012  Directed by Women 

In this inspiring documentary, filmmaker Nelson George explores a singular neighborhood in Brooklyn that gave rise to an African-American arts movement in the late 20th century as vibrant as the Harlem Renaissance. Through interviews with Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Lisa Jones Chapman, Branford Marsalis, Lorna Simpson, and many others, Brooklyn Boheme celebrates the rise of a new kind of African-American artist.

AL-HALQA – IN THE STORYTELLER’S CIRCLE
AL-HALQA – IN THE STORYTELLER’S CIRCLE

Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Literature  Performing Arts  Islamic Studies  2011 

For centuries, Marrakech's historic Djemaa el-Fna square has been home to the world's greatest storytellers; their craft even recognized by UNESCO as an "Intangible Heritage of Humanity." This wonderful documentary examines this age-old tradition and considers its place in the modern world.

PUPPET
PUPPET

Performing Arts  American Studies  LGBTQ  Photography  Art History  Psychology & Psychiatry  2011 

Centered around the development and staging of a complex work of modern puppet theater, this illuminating documentary offers a look at the fascinating history of American puppetry - its cultural roots and influence - as well as its current renaissance.

NE CHANGE RIEN (CHANGE NOTHING)
NE CHANGE RIEN (CHANGE NOTHING)

Music  Cinema Studies  Performing Arts  2011 

A luminous exploration of the creative process from one of the world's most important filmmakers, Pedro Costa's Ne Change Rien is a spare, hypnotic portrait of French chanteuse Jeanne Balibar. Photographed in shimmering black-and-white and featuring a soundtrack of haunting jazz-inflected pop songs.

THE BEACHES OF AGNES
THE BEACHES OF AGNES

Cinema Studies  Art History  Photography  Women's Studies  Performing Arts  2009  Directed by Women 

A reflection on art, life and the movies, The Beaches of Agnès is a magnificent film from the great Agnès Varda (The Gleaners and I), a richly cinematic self portrait that touches on everything from the feminist movement and the Black Panthers to the films of husband Jacques Demy and the birth of the French New Wave.

SONIA
SONIA

Art History  Women's Studies  Russia  Performing Arts  Jewish Studies  Eastern Europe  Cultural Studies  Architecture  2007  Directed by Women 

A magical portrait of Russia's revolutionary artistic avant-garde - Mayakovsky, Voloshin, Blok, Malevich, Tatlin - through the life of Sonia Dymshitz-Tolstaya, an impassioned artist whose life reflected the social upheavals of her time. She was one of the few Jewish women who became part of this inner circle.

PROMISED PARADISE
PROMISED PARADISE

Cultural Studies  2007  Terrorism Studies  Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Political Science  Performing Arts  Media Studies  Islamic Studies  Asian Studies  Southeast Asian Studies 

How can one believe that terrorism leads to heaven? Banned by the Indonesian government, this provocative documentary examines the psychology of extremism in a country with the largest Muslim population in the world.

BE HERE TO LOVE ME - Townes Van Zandt
BE HERE TO LOVE ME - Townes Van Zandt

Music  Alcohol & Drug Abuse  Performing Arts  American Studies  Directed by Women 

An acclaimed documentary about the life and music of Townes Van Zandt, perhaps one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time, who inspired artists from Bob Dylan to Norah Jones.

DANCEWEB
DANCEWEB

Dance  Performing Arts  Education  Children & Young Adult  Directed by Women 

Danceweb is an intimate, rewarding film that gives a unique understanding of the world of contemporary dance by following three young dancers.

COMEDY MIDDLE EASTERN STYLE
COMEDY MIDDLE EASTERN STYLE

Middle Eastern Studies  Islamic Studies  American Studies  Sociology  Performing Arts  Directed by Women 

Middle Eastern standup comics living in New York share their views on political issues and the prejudice they’ve had to endure since 9/11.

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