2011

THE CANAL STREET MADAM
THE CANAL STREET MADAM

Criminal & Law  Women's Studies  Human Sexuality  American Studies  2011 

Jeanette Maier ran the most successful brothel in New Orleans, if not the country, with a clientele of high-powered lawyers, bankers and politicians. When the FBI shut it down, Maier went to prison. Her clients went free and escaped exposure. The Canal Street Madam peers inside the business of prostitution and exposes the double standards that exist for women in our society and our justice system.

THE GREEN WAVE
THE GREEN WAVE

Political Science  Islamic Studies  Criminal & Law  World History  2011  The Arab Spring 

The Green Wave incorporates actual blog entries, tweets and cell phone video, along with eyewitness accounts, expert interviews and animated sequences to tell the story of Iran's 2009 Green Revolution as well as the Government's violent crackdown. The film captures the spirit of hope and possibility that united the protesters and has since spread across the Middle East.

PEOPLE IN WHITE
PEOPLE IN WHITE

Psychology & Psychiatry  Health  Sociology  2011  Directed by Women 

An extremely insightful examination of the psychiatrist-patient relationship, this innovative documentary uses role-playing techniques that allow patients to express their innermost thoughts about their psychiatrist and experience in mental institutions. People in White offers a fresh look at the mental health industry and the treatment methods used by mental health care professionals.

ROTHSTEIN’S FIRST ASSIGNMENT
ROTHSTEIN’S FIRST ASSIGNMENT

Photography  Health  American Studies  Anthropology  Art History  2011 

When FSA photographer Arthur Rothstein came to Virginia in 1935, his assignment was to photograph local residents displaced by Shenandoah National Park. But as this documentary uncovers, Rothstein would play a role in the forced institutionalization and sterilization of many of the area's residents, establishing a disturbing connection between the American eugenics movement and Depression-era documentary work.

A PERFECT SOLDIER
A PERFECT SOLDIER

Peace & Conflict  Asian Studies  2011  Southeast Asian Studies 

An extraordinary and inspiring documentary about one man's journey from child soldier to international hero. A Perfect Soldier tells the story of Aki Ra, who as a young boy was taken by the Khmer Rouge and forced to plant hundreds of landmines in the Cambodian countryside. As an adult, he has devoted his life to removing them, one landmine at a time. In 2010, he was named one of CNN's Top 10 Heroes of the Year.

BHOPALI
BHOPALI

Environmental Studies  Health  Disabilities  Criminal & Law  Asian Studies  2011 

On December 2, 1984, forty tons of poisonous gas leaked from a Union Carbide (DOW Chemical) pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, killing over 20,000 people. Today, hundreds of thousands continue to suffer from chronic diseases and disabilities. Bhopali is an invaluable examination of the world's worst environmental disaster.

QUADRANGLE
QUADRANGLE

Human Sexuality  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  American Studies  Family Relations  2011  Directed by Women 

What values define the institution of marriage? Can social convention be upended successfully? Quadrangle is a fascinating documentary about two 'traditional' couples, coming out of the free love era and struggling with the monotony of suburban life, that swapped partners and lived in a group marriage in the early 1970s.

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.

TRUTH IN NUMBERS? everything,  according to wikipedia
TRUTH IN NUMBERS? everything, according to wikipedia

Media Studies  Cultural Studies  Education  Technology  2011 

Examining the history and cultural implications of one of the most popular websites in the world, Truth in Numbers? Everything According to Wikipedia provokes a deeper conversation on the power of new media, on how knowledge is collected, disseminated and controlled.

SILVER GIRLS
SILVER GIRLS

Women's Studies  Human Sexuality  Aging / Gerontology  Sociology  2011  Directed by Women 

A portrait of three women over the age of 50 earning a living as prostitutes, Silver Girls approaches this oft-explored subject from a refreshingly different perspective; discussing sex, sexuality, social mores, aging, female empowerment and independence in a candid, insightful but non-exploitative manner.

ME FACING LIFE: CYNTOIA’S STORY
ME FACING LIFE: CYNTOIA’S STORY

Criminal & Law  Psychology & Psychiatry  Health  Alcohol & Drug Abuse  American Studies  Sociology  Women's Studies  2011 

What role should genetics and one's social environment play in the legal defense of a minor on trial for murder? This engrossing documentary explores the question by following the controversial case of Cyntoia Brown, a 16-year-old girl forced into prostitution, who faces life without parole for killing one of her clients.

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.

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