Cultural Studies

SPIRITS OF REBELLION: Black Independent Cinema from Los Angeles
SPIRITS OF REBELLION: Black Independent Cinema from Los Angeles

African-American Studies  Directed by Women  American Studies  Cinema Studies  Media Studies  Cultural Studies  American History  2017 

Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema from UCLA documents the lives and work of a small critically acclaimed group of black filmmakers and media artists known as the Los Angeles Rebellion, the first collective of minority filmmakers that aimed to reimagine the production process to represent, reflect on, and enrich the day to day lives of people in their own communities.

SURVIVORS ROWE
SURVIVORS ROWE

2017  Indigenous Studies  Cinema Studies  Cultural Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Loud Roar Productions 

Survivors Rowe documents the tragic stories of three men who were victims of Ralph Rowe, an Anglican priest who molested over 500 children, and the courageous journey they undertake to arrive at a place of healing and forgiveness.

BASHIR'S VISION
BASHIR'S VISION

Cultural Studies  African Studies  Disabilities  Loud Roar Productions  2017  Short Films 

Bashir Ramathan worked as a laborer until losing his sight. Destitute and depressed, boxing saved Bashir, now an advocate for the rights of disabled people around Uganda. This uplifting short documentary will remind audiences that if there’s something you want to achieve in life, nothing should stop you.

RESOLUTE
RESOLUTE

2017  Cultural Studies  Environmental Studies  Family Relations  Indigenous Studies  Loud Roar Productions  Political Science  World History  Short Films 

Zipporah was a girl when her family was among the eighty Inuit to be sent to the high arctic by the Canadian government. Through haunting interviews, archival footage and experimental animation, Resolute tells a story familiar to thousands of indigenous families in Canada and beyond.

RAT FILM
RAT FILM

2017  Urban Studies  Environmental Studies  Political Science  Sociology  Cultural Studies  Cinema Studies  Anthropology  American Studies  Architecture  African-American Studies 

A documentary that uses the rat to explore the complicated history of Baltimore and how racial segregation, redlining, and environmental racism built the American city we see today.

LA LAGUNA
LA LAGUNA

2016  Latin-American Studies  Environmental Studies  Indigenous Studies  Anthropology  Children & Young Adult  Family Relations  Short Films  Cultural Studies  Spanish Language 

An immersive, visually stunning portrait of a childhood on the margins of society by Emmy-nominated director Aaron Schock, La Laguna documents the remarkable journey undertaken by a Mayan adolescent as he tries to navigates the changing world around him in the endangered rainforests of southern Mexico.

YOUTH BEHIND BARS: The Iran Trilogy
YOUTH BEHIND BARS: The Iran Trilogy

Middle Eastern Studies  Criminal & Law  Cinema Studies  Sociology  Cultural Studies  Family Relations  Children & Young Adult  Peace & Conflict  2017 

A groundbreaking documentary trilogy directed by Iran's most prominent documentary filmmaker Mehrdad Oskouei, Youth Behind Bars: The Iran Trilogy, with incredible humanity, captures the lives, dreams and hopes of Iran's imprisoned youth.

HERE COME THE VIDEOFREEX
HERE COME THE VIDEOFREEX

Cinema Studies  Women's Studies  2016  Cultural Studies  American Studies  Media Studies  American History  Directed by Women 

Here Come the Videofreex tells the enthralling story of a pioneering collective of video journalists known as the Videofreex who in the 60s and 70s became the forerunners of public access television and the modern internet news era as they deployed the first handheld video cameras to report and observe the world around them.

HANDMADE WITH LOVE IN FRANCE
HANDMADE WITH LOVE IN FRANCE

2016  Art History  Cultural Studies  Europe  Business  Directed by Women 

An elegantly crafted peek into the secret world of the master craftsmen behind the dazzling designs of Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. A touching reflection on the disappearance of crafts, Handmade with Love in France examines the challenges these ateliers face as couture and luxury evolves, the pace of fashion and its impact on handcraft, and the continuing rise of technology and succession.

FROM IRAN: A SEPARATION
FROM IRAN: A SEPARATION

2015  Cinema Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Media Studies  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women 

A gripping and moving story that illustrates the impact cosmopolitan recognition has on an isolated population, From Iran: A Separation details the reception of the speech Asghar Farhadi (About Elly) gave when his film A Separation won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

MANAKAMANA
MANAKAMANA

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

Produced by the directors of Sweetgrass and Leviathan, Manakamana is an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind documentary experience. Filmed entirely inside the narrow confines of a cable car, high above a jungle in Nepal, that transports villagers to an ancient mountaintop temple, it is an acute ethnographic investigation into culture, religion, technology and modernity.

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.

AS GOES JANESVILLE
AS GOES JANESVILLE

American Studies  Labor Studies  Political Science  Sociology  Economics  American History  Business  Cultural Studies  Kartemquin Films  2013 

With efforts to recall newly elected Governor Scott Walker making national news, As Goes Janesville provides an in-depth account of the struggles and hopes of union workers, business leaders and elected officials in Janesville, WI to rebuild their town's economy following the closure of the local General Motors plant.

RESTORING THE LIGHT
RESTORING THE LIGHT

Anthropology  Asian Studies  Disabilities  Health  Economics  Cultural Studies  Children & Young Adult  2013  Medicine  Directed by Women 

A heart-wrenching documentary, Restoring the Light observes the work of a dedicated ophthalmologist who operates a non-profit mobile eye clinic in one of China's poorest regions, as well as the lives of his patients. It captures the adversities and hopes of a population that has been left behind in the wake of China's dizzying economic boom.

WAVUMBA: THEY WHO SMELL OF FISH
WAVUMBA: THEY WHO SMELL OF FISH

Anthropology  Indigenous Studies  African Studies  Environmental Studies  Cultural Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Literature  Aging / Gerontology  2013 

A gorgeously filmed ethnographic portrait of an elderly Kenyan shark fisherman who has a primeval bond with the ocean and its creatures, Wavumba: They Who Smell of Fish delivers an enchanting depiction of Africa's storytelling tradition, where fantasy, dreams, belief and reality blend.

SUN, MOON, STARS: INDONESIA TRILOGY
SUN, MOON, STARS: INDONESIA TRILOGY

Southeast Asian Studies  Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Political Science  Islamic Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Asian Studies  2012 

A landmark documentary trilogy, Sun, Moon, Stars captures the tumultuous changes taking place in Indonesia by following three generations of a single Jakarta family for over a decade. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich, it offers an unparalleled, vibrant portrait of the world's fourth most populous nation; and home to the largest Muslim community.

POSITION AMONG THE STARS
POSITION AMONG THE STARS

Southeast Asian Studies  Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Political Science  Islamic Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Asian Studies  2012 

For over a decade, noted filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich followed the lives of an Indonesian family in Jakarta. In this final film of his acclaimed Sun, Moon, Stars trilogy, Helmrich confronts the most important issues facing the country's fast-changing society: corruption, conflict between religions, gambling addiction, the generation gap, and the widening disparity between rich and poor.

SHAPE OF THE MOON
SHAPE OF THE MOON

Southeast Asian Studies  Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Political Science  Islamic Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Asian Studies  2012 

The end of the Suharto regime ushered in an era of rapid sociopolitical upheaval in Indonesia. In this second installment of the Sun, Moon, Stars trilogy, filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich returns to the Sjamsuddin family to intimately capture the changes taking place in their country, including the troubling rise of Islamic fundamentalism.

THE EYE OF THE DAY
THE EYE OF THE DAY

Southeast Asian Studies  Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Political Science  Islamic Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Asian Studies  2012 

Against a backdrop of social unrest that led to the ouster of Indonesia's long-time dictator President Suharto, The Eye of the Day begins filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich's award-winning trilogy Sun, Moon, Stars. It introduces us to an ordinary family living in the slums of Jakarta; a family Helmrich would return to and document for more than a decade.

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.

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