2009


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SEX POSITIVE
SEX POSITIVE

LGBTQ  American Studies  AIDS  Human Sexuality  Health  New York City  Media Studies  2009 

An electrifying new documentary that revisits the early days of the AIDS epidemic and chronicles the little-known story of the birth of the safe sex movement. Winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Outfest.

IN A DREAM
IN A DREAM

Art History  Health  Psychology & Psychiatry  2009 

Over the past four decades, Isaiah Zagar has covered more than 50,000 square feet of Philadelphia with stunning mosaic murals. The murals chronicle his love for his family and subtly hint at inner torments. In a Dream is a loving, but unsparing psychological portrait of an artist, the artistic process and mental illness.

THE ENGLISH SURGEON
THE ENGLISH SURGEON

Health  Eastern Europe  2009  Medicine 

What is it like to have God-like surgical powers, yet to struggle against your own humanity? This film follows a renowned brain surgeon to Eastern Europe as he confronts an under-funded healthcare system and the dilemmas of the doctor-patient relationship. Original soundtrack by Nick Cave.

FAIRYTALE OF KATHMANDU
FAIRYTALE OF KATHMANDU

LGBTQ  Anthropology  Asian Studies  Irish Studies  Literature  2009  Directed by Women 

When a filmmaker accompanies a celebrated, openly gay poet on one of his many trips to Nepal - where he is revered for his philanthropy and generosity towards young men - she discovers all is not what it seems. A thought-provoking documentary about exploitation, sexual tourism and the developing world.

ODD ONES OUT
ODD ONES OUT

LGBTQ  Human Sexuality  2009  Directed by Women 

Odd Ones Out documents four years in the courageous lives of three transgender teens, Naomi, David and Tot, as they transition into adulthood and face life-altering events.

THE DICTATOR HUNTER
THE DICTATOR HUNTER

African Studies  Criminal & Law  Political Science  2009  Directed by Women 

Reed Brody, a lawyer with Human Rights Watch, hunts dictators for a living. In this absorbing documentary, we follow Brody as he tries to bring to justice the former dictator of Chad, Hissène Habré, charged with killing thousands of his own countrymen in the 1980s.

A PROMISE TO THE DEAD: the exile journey of ariel dorfman
A PROMISE TO THE DEAD: the exile journey of ariel dorfman

Latin-American Studies  Literature  Political Science  Sociology  World History  2009 

An exploration of exile, memory and democracy through the words and recollections of playwright/author/activist Ariel Dorfman ("Death and the Maiden"), a member of Salvador Allende's socialist government and witness to the violent coup that ushered in Pinochet's reign. From the director of Shake Hands with the Devil.

A PLACE TO LIVE: the story of triangle square
A PLACE TO LIVE: the story of triangle square

LGBTQ  Aging / Gerontology  Urban Studies  Architecture  2009  Directed by Women 

What does it mean to be gay and old in America? A Place to Live: The Story of Triangle Square addresses this issue by following the construction and development of the country's first affordable housing facility for LGBT seniors.

WITH A STROKE OF THE CHAVETA
WITH A STROKE OF THE CHAVETA

Latin-American Studies  Labor Studies  Literature  Sociology  2009  Directed by Women 

Don Quixote, Les Misérables, One Hundred Years of Solitude. The practice of reading classic works of literature to workers at cigar factories dates back to the mid-1800s. With a Stroke of the Chaveta explores this rich tradition that continues to flourish in Cuba.

THE BETRAYAL
THE BETRAYAL

Cultural Studies  2009  New York City  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Urban Studies  Political Science  Cinema Studies  Asian-American Studies  Asian Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women  Immigration 

2009 Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary Feature. Filmed over the course of 23 years, The Betrayal examines the collateral impact of America's secret war in Laos during Vietnam by chronicling one family's extraordinary journey from war-torn Laos to the streets of New York.

LA CORONA
LA CORONA

Criminal & Law  LGBTQ  Women's Studies  Latin-American Studies  Sociology  Human Sexuality  2009  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Directed by Women 

2008 Academy AwardŽ nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject, La Corona (The Crown) explores the lives of female contestants in an unusual beauty pageant at a high security prison in Bogotá, Colombia. The film addresses issues of female identity, sexuality, crime and equality.

WHY DEMOCRACY? (series)
WHY DEMOCRACY? (series)

Political Science  2009  Directed by Women 

A landmark collection of ten documentary films by ten renowned filmmakers, Why Democracy? explores questions of modern democracy in the 21st century. The set includes the educational version of Taxi to the Dark Side, 2008 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Feature.

TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE
TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE

Cultural Studies  2009  Terrorism Studies  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Political Science  Peace & Conflict  Middle Eastern Studies  Islamic Studies  Criminal & Law  American Studies 

The educational version of the 2008 Academy AwardŽ winner for Best Documentary Feature, Taxi to the Dark Side is the definitive investigation into the introduction of torture as an interrogation technique in U.S. facilities and the role played by key figures of the Bush Administration in the process.

IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA
IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA

African Studies  Political Science  Cultural Studies  Peace & Conflict  Criminal & Law  2009  Directed by Women 

On January 16, 2006, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was inaugurated President of Liberia, the first elected female head of state in Africa. With unprecedented access, Iron Ladies of Liberia follows her historic first year in office.

DINNER WITH THE PRESIDENT
DINNER WITH THE PRESIDENT

Islamic Studies  Cultural Studies  Political Science  2009  Directed by Women 

What are the implications for democracy in Pakistan? Before his sudden resignation, President Musharraf agreed to discuss these issues over dinner at his official residence, the Army House. Supplemented by a diverse range of interviews, this documentary provides an important study of today's Pakistan.

EGYPT: WE ARE WATCHING YOU
EGYPT: WE ARE WATCHING YOU

Islamic Studies  Cultural Studies  Peace & Conflict  Political Science  Religion & Spirituality  African Studies  Media Studies  2009  Directed by Women 

From the director of the acclaimed Al-Jazeera documentary Control Room, this extremely prescient and insightful film shows how three women activists used digital cameras and a website to expose widespread fraud and violence in the country's last presidential elections - in which Mubarak won with 88.6% of the vote.

IN SEARCH OF GANDHI
IN SEARCH OF GANDHI

Peace & Conflict  Asian Studies  Cultural Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Political Science  Islamic Studies  2009 

Over the past two decades India has experienced steady economic growth resulting in the rise of a new middle class. But what does it mean to actually live in the world's largest democracy? In Search of Gandhi seeks to discover the current and future state of democracy in India.

FOR GOD, TSAR AND THE FATHERLAND
FOR GOD, TSAR AND THE FATHERLAND

Eastern Europe  Cultural Studies  Political Science  Peace & Conflict  Russia  Religion & Spirituality  2009  Directed by Women 

Is the small village of Durakovo - where residents unquestioningly obey a self-appointed leader - a microcosm of Russia today? For God, Tsar and the Fatherland deftly explores what drives the current strain of Russian patriotism, and why many of the country's citizens oppose Western-style democracy.

LOOKING FOR REVOLUTION
LOOKING FOR REVOLUTION

Political Science  Latin-American Studies  Peace & Conflict  Cultural Studies  2009 

Che Guevara died in Bolivia while trying to ignite the sparks of revolution. Forty years later, the country's first indigenous President, Evo Morales, is promising to continue his work. This documentary takes a closer look at the successes and failures of Morales' 'revolution.'

BLOODY CARTOONS
BLOODY CARTOONS

Peace & Conflict  Middle Eastern Studies  Cultural Studies  Political Science  Islamic Studies  Europe  Terrorism Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Media Studies  2009 

Filmed across the Middle East, Bloody Cartoons looks at how and why 12 drawings in a Danish newspaper drew a small country into a confrontation with Muslims all over the world. Featuring interviews with key players, this documentary goes behind the controversy to investigate the roots of the crisis.

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