2009

CODY: THE FIRST STEP
CODY: THE FIRST STEP

Disabilities  Health  Women's Studies  Science  Sociology  Political Science  2009 

Narrated by actress Glenn Close, this heartfelt documentary follows Cody Unser, a remarkable young woman left paralyzed from a rare neurological disorder, as she learns to live with her disability while working to raise awareness, improve quality of life and find a cure for those afflicted with spinal cord related paralysis.

ME BRONI BA (MY WHITE BABY)
ME BRONI BA (MY WHITE BABY)

African Studies  Women's Studies  African-American Studies  Anthropology  Sociology  2009  Directed by Women 

Weaving together sequences of hair-braiding salons in Ghana, voice-over of Oprah rhapsodizing brown-skinned dolls and animated clips of signature hairstyles, Me Broni Ba (My White Baby) is an artfully composed, thought-provoking work that investigates the fraught relationship between images of beauty and power.

FIXER: THE TAKING OF AJMAL NAQSHBANDI
FIXER: THE TAKING OF AJMAL NAQSHBANDI

Media Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Political Science  Cultural Studies  Peace & Conflict  Islamic Studies  Terrorism Studies  Sociology  2009 

A behind-the-scenes look at the dangerous world of wartime news gathering, this incisive documentary tells the story of 24-year-old Ajmal Naqshbandi, a 'fixer' - someone hired by foreign journalists to gain access for their stories - who was kidnapped, along with an Italian reporter, by the Taliban in 2007.

THROW DOWN YOUR HEART
THROW DOWN YOUR HEART

African Studies  African-American Studies  Music  Anthropology  2009 

Throw Down Your Heart follows American banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck on his journey to Africa to explore the little known African roots of the banjo. This exuberant musical adventure provides a glimpse of the beauty and complexity of Africa - a picture that is very different from what is often shown in the media.

O'ER THE LAND
O'ER THE LAND

American Studies  Sociology  Media Studies  2009  Directed by Women 

Taking its title from the last line in the first stanza of the National Anthem, O'er The Land is a haunting meditation on the connection between patriotism and violence in American culture. It raises timely questions about the hallowed concept of freedom, including how its evolved since 1776 and what it means to Americans today.

THE HILLSIDE CROWD
THE HILLSIDE CROWD

African Studies  Sociology  Anthropology  2009 

When gold was discovered on a remote hillside in Burkina Faso, a bustling city quickly sprung up around it, replete with gold-diggers, prospectors, merchants, holy men, gamblers and prostitutes. The Hillside Crowd profiles the inhabitants of this improvised gold town and their efforts to escape the surrounding poverty.

WADE IN THE WATER, CHILDREN
WADE IN THE WATER, CHILDREN

2009  Urban Studies  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Media Studies  Health  Education  Cinema Studies  Anthropology  American Studies  African-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Through a passionate mixture of private videos, uncensored interviews and school-day adventures, the young children of Singleton Charter Middle School, the first school to open in New Orleans after Katrina, have created a revealing portrait of urban youth at the heart of an ongoing American crisis.

THE BEEKEEPERS
THE BEEKEEPERS

Environmental Studies  Science  World History  2009 

What can the behavior of bees tell us about our environment? The Beekeepers is an innovative documentary that investigates the causes behind Colony Collapse Disorder, the mass disappearance of bees all over the world.

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.

THE SOLITARY LIFE OF CRANES
THE SOLITARY LIFE OF CRANES

Architecture  Urban Studies  Sociology  2009  Directed by Women 

Part city symphony, part visual poem, The Solitary Life of Cranes explores the invisible life of a city, its patterns and hidden secrets, seen through the eyes of crane drivers working high above its streets. Referencing both Ruttmann and Vertov as well as Jane Jacobs' "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," it's a beautiful meditation on how our existence is shaped by the spaces we inhabit.

AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR
AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR

Criminal & Law  American Studies  Latino Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Kartemquin Films  2009 

An impassioned exploration of the legal and ethical issues surrounding capital punishment, this award-winning documentary looks at the death penalty through the eyes of Pastor Carroll Picket, who served 15 years as a death house chaplain in a notorious Texas penitentiary and presided over 95 executions.

INSIDE THE GREAT MAGAZINES (series)
INSIDE THE GREAT MAGAZINES (series)

Media Studies  Sociology  American Studies  Photography  African-American Studies  LGBTQ  Cultural Studies  2009  Directed by Women 

An illuminating and entertaining history of the magazine - from Edward Cave's 1731 publication The Gentleman's Magazine to Oprah and beyond - exploring how this powerful medium has influenced our social and political landscape. A three-part documentary series.

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