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CELLULOID MAN
CELLULOID MAN

Art History  Cinema Studies  Asian Studies  2014 

An enthralling journey through the history of Indian cinema, Celluloid Man is a portrait of P.K Nair, the legendary founder-director of the National Film Archive of India. Featuring extensive interviews and film clips, this is a gorgeous cinematic tribute to 'India's Henry Langlois' and to the importance of preservation.

FINDING HILLYWOOD
FINDING HILLYWOOD

African Studies  Cinema Studies  Peace & Conflict  2014  Directed by Women 

A stirring documentary about the very beginning of Rwanda's film industry, Finding Hillywood looks at the people - the filmmakers, festival organizers, and audience - that are part of this blossoming film community and shows how it has become a beacon of hope and healing for a country still grappling with its past.

AGNES VARDA: FROM HERE TO THERE
AGNES VARDA: FROM HERE TO THERE

Art History  Cinema Studies  2014  Directed by Women 

The much-anticipated follow up to Agnes Varda's The Beaches of Agnes, From Here to There is a five-part documentary series that chronicles the peerless and indefatigable director's travels around the world, meeting friends, artists and filmmakers, for an expansive view of the contemporary art scene.

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

TARR BELA: I USED TO BE A FILMMAKER
TARR BELA: I USED TO BE A FILMMAKER

Cinema Studies  2014 

An illuminating and extremely rare documentary profile of one of the great filmmakers of our time, Bela Tarr. Filmed during the production of The Turin Horse, his final film, Tarr Bela: I Used To Be A Filmmaker features clips, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with longtime collaborators such as Mihaly Vig, Erika Bok and Tarr's wife and co-director Agnes Hranitzky.

COUSIN JULES
COUSIN JULES

Cinema Studies  Anthropology  Europe  2014 

A lost masterpiece, now exquisitely restored, Dominique Benicheti's Cousin Jules is a beautiful, immersive documentary portrait of a farmer living with his wife in the French countryside. One of the earliest documentaries to be shot in CinemaScope with stereo sound, it is a record of a time and a way of life that has long ago vanished.

VIOLA (narrative)
VIOLA (narrative)

Narrative Films  2014  Spanish Language  Cinema Studies 

A dazzling and delightful mystery about love and its follies from filmmaker Matías Piñeiro - named one of "20 Directors to Watch" by The New York Times - VIOLA follows a young woman who joins a small Shakespeare theater company in Buenos Aires and becomes entangled in a seductive roundelay of romantic dalliances, intrigue and revelation.

PEOPLE'S PARK
PEOPLE'S PARK

Anthropology  Asian Studies  Cinema Studies  Cultural Studies  2014  Sensory Ethnography Lab  Directed by Women 

Produced at Harvard's groundbreaking Sensory Ethnography Lab (Sweetgrass, Leviathan, the upcoming Manakamana), People's Park is an exhilarating single shot documentary that immerses viewers in an unbroken journey through an urban park in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, offering a fresh gaze on public interaction, leisure and self-expression in China.

LEVIATHAN
LEVIATHAN

Anthropology  Cinema Studies  Environmental Studies  Labor Studies  2013  Sensory Ethnography Lab  Directed by Women 

One of the most critically-acclaimed documentaries in recent years, Leviathan is a groundbreaking, immersive portrait of the contemporary commercial fishing industry. Directed by the award-winning filmmakers of Sweetgrass and Foreign Parts, Leviathan is a purely visceral, cinematic experience.

NEIGHBORING SOUNDS (narrative)
NEIGHBORING SOUNDS (narrative)

Narrative Films  Cinema Studies  2012 

A thrilling debut by a major new voice in world cinema, Kleber Mendonça Filho's Neighboring Sounds is a film about the long-suppressed history of class and racial oppression that continues to haunt contemporary Brazilian society.

THE DAY HE ARRIVES (narrative)
THE DAY HE ARRIVES (narrative)

Cinema Studies  Asian Studies  Narrative Films  2012 

A heartbreaking and hilarious film of repeating patterns and circumstance, The Day He Arrives, from the celebrated Korean auteur Hong Sangsoo, is a meditation on relationships, filmmaking, and the unknowable forces that govern our lives. An official selection of the Cannes Film Festival.

35 SHOTS OF RUM (narrative)
35 SHOTS OF RUM (narrative)

Narrative Films  Cinema Studies  2012  Directed by Women 

Widely hailed as one of the best films of 2009, the latest from the renowned director of Beau Travail, Claire Denis' sublime 35 Shots of Rum is the moving story of a father and daughter whose close-knit, tender relationship is disrupted by a handsome young suitor.

PATIENCE (AFTER SEBALD)
PATIENCE (AFTER SEBALD)

Literature  Cinema Studies  Europe  World History  2012 

A richly textured essay film on landscape, art, history, life and loss, Patience (After Sebald) offers a unique exploration of the work and influence of internationally acclaimed writer W.G. Sebald (1944-2001), author of "The Emigrants," "Austerlitz" and "The Rings of Saturn." Featuring contributions from major writers, artists and thinkers, this is the first film on this important writer.

THE TURIN HORSE (narrative)
THE TURIN HORSE (narrative)

Narrative Films  Cinema Studies  2012 

Widely considered one of the most important filmmakers in world cinema, Béla Tarr is the director of such revered films as Satantango and Werckmeister Harmonies. The Turin Horse, which Tarr has said will be his last film, is a breathtaking masterpiece that uses an obsucre Nietzsche anecdote to tell a story about human dignity and survival.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA (narrative)
ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA (narrative)

Narrative Films  Cinema Studies  2012 

Winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival - and one of the best reviewed films of the year - Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is the new film from the celebrated director of Distant and Climates. Stunningly photographed, the film follows a murder investigation into the Anatolian countryside that rattles the investigators' own beliefs and truths.

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.

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.

THREE FILMS BY AGNES VARDA
THREE FILMS BY AGNES VARDA

Anthropology  Sociology  Cinema Studies  Photography  Urban Studies  2011  Directed by Women 

Three films from the legendary French filmmaker that celebrate life, art and cinema, this set includes her wondrous self-portrait The Beaches of Agnes, her exploration of the photographic medium in Cinevardaphoto, and the newly available Daguerreotypes.

DAGUERREOTYPES
DAGUERREOTYPES

Anthropology  Sociology  Cinema Studies  Photography  Urban Studies  2011  Directed by Women 

A classic documentary from Agnès Varda available for the first time in the US, Daguerréotypes is a wonderfully intimate portrait of the small shops and shopkeepers on a short stretch of the Rue Daguerre, a picturesque street that has been the filmmaker's home for more than 50 years. Varda has described it as an archeological study for future sociologists.

MARWENCOL
MARWENCOL

Photography  Art History  Psychology & Psychiatry  Health  Cinema Studies  2010 

Winner of multiple awards, Marwencol explores the real and imaginary worlds of Mark Hogancamp, who, as therapy for a vicious attack, built a 1/6th scale WWII-era town in his backyard populated with dolls that enact epic stories of violence, longing and revenge.

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