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THE YOUNG ANCESTORS
THE YOUNG ANCESTORS

Native American Studies  Anthropology  Sociology  American Studies  2013  Directed by Women 

The Young Ancestors explores the growing movement within American Indian communities to revitalize their native languages before they become extinct. An inspiring documentary, it follows a group of teenagers, who as part of a pilot program created by the Indigenous Language Institute, are learning their native language for the first time.

ELEMENTAL
ELEMENTAL

Environmental Studies  Native American Studies  Asian Studies  2013  Directed by Women 

A powerful and unusually intimate portrait of modern environmental activism, Elemental captures the stories of three eco-warriors, separated by oceans, but united by their deep connection with nature and commitment to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time.

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.

WORDS OF WITNESS
WORDS OF WITNESS

Middle Eastern Studies  Women's Studies  Media Studies  Political Science  World History  Peace & Conflict  Family Relations  2013  The Arab Spring  Directed by Women 

A fascinating account of Egypt post-revolution, Words of Witness follows a 22-year-old female reporter, an incredible, fearless young woman, as she covers her country's unsteady transition to democracy. From the director of Garbage Dreams, a dynamic portrait of the youth movement that sparked the revolution and its continued reliance on social media.

SEE YOU SOON AGAIN
SEE YOU SOON AGAIN

Jewish Studies  Psychology & Psychiatry  Education  World History  2012  Directed by Women 

Do people still want to hear stories about the Holocaust? This question plagues Leo Bretholz, a Holocaust survivor who has recounted his story to thousands of students across the country. See You Soon Again is a singular film about the weight of history, about how hard it is to tell a story of unspeakable suffering, and how impossible it is not to.

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.

G-SPOTTING: a story of pleasure and promise
G-SPOTTING: a story of pleasure and promise

Women's Studies  Human Sexuality  Sociology  American Studies  Biology  2012  Directed by Women 

In 1982, "The G-Spot and Other Recent Discoveries About Human Sexuality" is published and becomes an instant bestseller. In the 30 years since, it has been the subject of much debate, controversy and confusion. This captivating documentary offers a modern history of female sexuality, while playfully demystifying the most mythologized sexual discovery of the 20th century.

INOCENTE
INOCENTE

2013  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Chicano Studies  Short Films  Women's Studies  Education  Directed by Women  Immigration 

2013 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Subject! The moving and inspiring story of a remarkable 15-year-old girl, homeless and undocumented, but fiercely pursuing her dream of becoming an artist. An essential documentary that confronts issues of teen homelessness, immigration and the importance of arts education in this country.

OUR SUMMER IN TEHRAN
OUR SUMMER IN TEHRAN

Anthropology  Middle Eastern Studies  Sociology  Islamic Studies  Women's Studies  2012  Directed by Women 

In her Oscar nominated documentary Promises, filmmaker Justine Shapiro took us into the lives of Palestinian and Israeli children in and around Jerusalem. Her new documentary, Our Summer in Tehran, transports us into the seldom seen realm of middle class family life in Iran, transcending overt politics for a perspective Western media has little interest in showing.

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.

GRANDMA’S TATTOOS
GRANDMA’S TATTOOS

Women's Studies  World History  Human Sexuality  Peace & Conflict  2012  Directed by Women 

Grandma's Tattoos uncovers the fate of thousands of women, mostly teenagers and young girls, who survived the 1915 Armenian Genocide but were forced into prostitution by their captors. This powerful documentary investigates an aspect of history that is too often ignored - the fate of women in conflicts and wars.

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.

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.

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.

PLUG AND PRAY
PLUG AND PRAY

Biology  Physical Science  Health  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  2011  Directed by Women 

The idea of intelligent machines has captivated humankind's imagination for centuries. But recent breakthroughs are poised to make this fantastical dream a reality. Featuring interviews with leading scientists and thinkers, Plug and Pray is a deeply fascinating, occasionally frightening journey into the new world of artificial intelligence, an exploration of what's possible today and what it will mean for us tomorrow.

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.

THREE FILMS ON CHINA
THREE FILMS ON CHINA

Asian Studies  Environmental Studies  Health  Political Science  2011  Directed by Women 

An award-winning trilogy exploring the changing face of China from the filmmaking team of Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon, this set includes the Academy Award nominated documentary The Warriors of Qiugang, the acclaimed Tongzhi in Love, and the Academy Award winning The Blood of Yingzhou District.

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.

HIDDEN TREASURES: STORIES FROM A GREAT MUSEUM
HIDDEN TREASURES: STORIES FROM A GREAT MUSEUM

Art History  Psychology & Psychiatry  2011  Directed by Women 

A beautiful and illuminating investigation into the ineffable relationship we have with art, Hidden Treasures introduces us to people who spend their days and nights surrounded by great works of art and have developed powerful, life-changing bonds.

THE WARRIORS OF QIUGANG
THE WARRIORS OF QIUGANG

Psychology & Psychiatry  Health  Environmental Studies  Asian Studies  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  2011  Criminal & Law  Directed by Women 

A powerful documentary that captures the stirrings of an environmental movement in China, The Warriors of Qiugang brings to light the incredible efforts of a small village to shut down a chemical plant after years of environmental neglect. It is the third film in a trilogy about the changing face of China, from the filmmakers of The Blood of Yingzhou District and Tongzhi in Love.

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