Cultural Studies


THE FALL OF WOMENLAND
THE FALL OF WOMENLAND

Anthropology  Asian Studies  Women's Studies  Human Sexuality  Cultural Studies  Sociology  2010  Directed by Women 

A fascinating documentary on the unique sexual culture of the Mosuo people, a small minority situated in the southwest of China, and one of the last remaining matriarchal societies in the world. The Fall of Womenland explores their history and present reality as well as the dangers that threaten their inherited way of life.

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.

SOMEONE ELSE’S WAR
SOMEONE ELSE’S WAR

Asian Studies  Labor Studies  Political Science  Cultural Studies  Peace & Conflict  2009  Directed by Women 

In the background of the war in Iraq is an invisible army made up of more than 30,000 low-wage workers from South and Southeast Asia. Someone Else's War is the first documentary to investigate this new underclass created by American warfare and examine what it means to globalize the business of war.

TONGZHI IN LOVE
TONGZHI IN LOVE

LGBTQ  Cultural Studies  Asian Studies  Human Sexuality  Health  2009  Directed by Women 

An intimate and beautiful documentary that looks at what it's like to be gay in modern China, from the filmmakers of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Blood of Yingzhou District.

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.

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 Award® 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.

CAMPAIGN
CAMPAIGN

Asian Studies  Cultural Studies  Political Science  2009 

This is democracy - Japanese style. Campaign provides a startling insider's view of Japanese electoral politics in this portrait of a man plucked from obscurity by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to run for a critical seat on a suburban city council.

PLEASE VOTE FOR ME
PLEASE VOTE FOR ME

Political Science  Cultural Studies  Children & Young Adult  Asian Studies  Family Relations  Education  2009 

An experiment in democracy is taking place in a third grade classroom in China. For the first time, students will be able to elect their own class monitor. A surprising and insightful documentary, Please Vote for Me seeks to determine how - if democracy should come to China - it would be received.

MEN ON THE EDGE: fishermen’s diary
MEN ON THE EDGE: fishermen’s diary

Political Science  Cultural Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Anthropology  Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Jewish Studies  Islamic Studies  2008  Directed by Women 

On an abandoned beach off the coast of Israel, against all odds, Israeli and Palestinian fishermen live and work together. Men on the Edge: Fishermen's Diary documents four years in their lives, an eclectic group of men brought together by a shared relationship with the sea.

AFGHAN MUSCLES
AFGHAN MUSCLES

Cultural Studies  Anthropology  LGBTQ  Islamic Studies  Sociology  Middle Eastern Studies  2008 

Afghan Muscles takes us inside the most popular sport in Afghanistan: body building. Suppressed by the Taliban, this thriving spectator sport now attracts thousands of young men across a country ravaged by war and poverty who dream of attaining a better life through muscles.

BEYOND EYRUV
BEYOND EYRUV

Religion & Spirituality  Psychology & Psychiatry  Cultural Studies  Jewish Studies  2008 

Hasidic communities in the U.S. and elsewhere are surrounded by an Eyruv, a thin wire that serves as a ritual boundary with the secular world. Beyond Eyruv follows a young man who decides to leave the ultra-orthodox Hasidic community, the only world he's ever known.

JOURNEY OF A RED FRIDGE
JOURNEY OF A RED FRIDGE

Asian Studies  Anthropology  Labor Studies  Cultural Studies  Children & Young Adult  Directed by Women 

The journey of a young boy, hired to carry a red Coca-Cola fridge across the Himalayan Mountains, is an acute portrait of child labor in the developing world. This unusually beautiful and moving documentary is supported by the Global Fund for Children.

FRONTRUNNER: the afghan woman who surprised the world
FRONTRUNNER: the afghan woman who surprised the world

Women's Studies  Media Studies  Islamic Studies  Political Science  Cultural Studies  Peace & Conflict  Middle Eastern Studies  2008  Directed by Women 

The heroic story of the first woman to run for President of Afghanistan. Frontrunner introduces us to Dr. Massouda Jalal, a mother of three children, whose campaign inspired thousands of women across the country to participate in the democratic process.

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