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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.

THEY COME FOR THE GOLD
THEY COME FOR THE GOLD

Latin-American Studies  Environmental Studies  Health  2011 

In 2002, the mining company Meridian Gold arrived in Esquel, a small town in Argentina suffering from 40% unemployment. Meridian's operation would inject $120M into the local economy, but their methods raised serious environmental and health concerns. This film documents a local conflict with global consequences.

THE LAZARUS EFFECT
THE LAZARUS EFFECT

African Studies  AIDS  Health  2010 

Produced by (RED) and executive produced by Spike Jonze, The Lazarus Effect documents the real impact that large-scale AIDS programs and affordable access to antiretroviral medication can have on people, families and communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

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.

BEYOND BABYLAND
BEYOND BABYLAND

2010  Women's Studies  Urban Studies  Sociology  Health  Family Relations  Economics  Death & Dying  American Studies  African-American Studies  Medicine 

Beyond Babyland seeks to understand the causes behind the troubling rate of infant mortality in African-American communities while introducing us to the people and organizations working tirelessly to turn around this tide.

CODY: THE FIRST STEP
CODY: THE FIRST STEP

Disabilities  Health  Women's Studies  Science  Sociology  Political Science  2009 

Narrated by actress Glenn Close, this heartfelt documentary follows Cody Unser, a remarkable young woman left paralyzed from a rare neurological disorder, as she learns to live with her disability while working to raise awareness, improve quality of life and find a cure for those afflicted with spinal cord related paralysis.

WADE IN THE WATER, CHILDREN
WADE IN THE WATER, CHILDREN

2009  Urban Studies  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Media Studies  Health  Education  Cinema Studies  Anthropology  American Studies  African-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Through a passionate mixture of private videos, uncensored interviews and school-day adventures, the young children of Singleton Charter Middle School, the first school to open in New Orleans after Katrina, have created a revealing portrait of urban youth at the heart of an ongoing American crisis.

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.

SEX POSITIVE
SEX POSITIVE

LGBTQ  American Studies  AIDS  Human Sexuality  Health  New York City  Media Studies  2009 

An electrifying new documentary that revisits the early days of the AIDS epidemic and chronicles the little-known story of the birth of the safe sex movement. Winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Outfest.

IN A DREAM
IN A DREAM

Art History  Health  Psychology & Psychiatry  2009 

Over the past four decades, Isaiah Zagar has covered more than 50,000 square feet of Philadelphia with stunning mosaic murals. The murals chronicle his love for his family and subtly hint at inner torments. In a Dream is a loving, but unsparing psychological portrait of an artist, the artistic process and mental illness.

THE ENGLISH SURGEON
THE ENGLISH SURGEON

Health  Eastern Europe  2009  Medicine 

What is it like to have God-like surgical powers, yet to struggle against your own humanity? This film follows a renowned brain surgeon to Eastern Europe as he confronts an under-funded healthcare system and the dilemmas of the doctor-patient relationship. Original soundtrack by Nick Cave.

LUMO
LUMO

African Studies  Health  Political Science  Women's Studies  2008  Directed by Women 

Filmed inside a unique hospital for rape survivors in eastern Congo, Lumo follows a young woman after a brutal attack on her uncertain path to recovery. It is an intimate look at the widespread use of rape as a tool of political terror across central Africa.

THE LOST COLONY
THE LOST COLONY

Anthropology  Health  Europe  Eastern Europe  Science  Russia  Biology  2008  Directed by Women 

The recent history of Abkhazia - a breakaway republic in Georgia, like South Ossetia - is told through the story of a once-renowned scientific institute struggling to survive after the disintegration of the Soviet Union. It's a far different perspective on the Russia-Georgia crisis than what's reported on CNN.

WHAT’S UNDER YOUR HAT?
WHAT’S UNDER YOUR HAT?

Psychology & Psychiatry  Health  Disabilities  Art History  2008  Directed by Women 

A journey into the world of outsider art, as seen through the works of Judith Scott, an artist with Down Syndrome whose enigmatic sculptures have won her worldwide acclaim.

GIMME GREEN
GIMME GREEN

Environmental Studies  American Studies  Health  Sociology  2008 

A social history of one of our most recognizable national symbols - the residential lawn. Humorous, but thought-provoking, Gimme Green considers the impact of this uniquely American obsession on the environment, our health, and our way of life.

LADIES OF THE LAND
LADIES OF THE LAND

Business  American Studies  Economics  Environmental Studies  Health  Labor Studies  Women's Studies  2008  Directed by Women 

As small farms continue to disappear at an alarming rate, a growing number of women are venturing into this tradition-bound, male-dominated industry - and revitalizing it from within. Ladies of the Land explores the recent emergence of the woman farmer and its connection to the boom in organic agriculture.

LIKE A SHIP IN THE NIGHT
LIKE A SHIP IN THE NIGHT

Irish Studies  Women's Studies  Political Science  Health  2008  Directed by Women 

Abortion is illegal in Ireland. Yet every year, more than 8,000 women travel in secret to England to have abortions. They do so despite the risk of life imprisonment and social stigmatization. Like A Ship in the Night follows three such women as they plan their journeys across the sea.

NEVER PERFECT
NEVER PERFECT

2008  Women's Studies  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Media Studies  Health  Asian-American Studies  Asian Studies  Anthropology  American Studies  Directed by Women 

How are ideals of beauty influenced by race, history, and geopolitics? And how are these ideals reinforced in ethnic communities? With a rich selection of film clips and archival footage, Never Perfect examines the dramatic rise in popularity of cosmetic surgery among Asian-American women.

MAPPING STEM CELL RESEARCH: TERRA INCOGNITA
MAPPING STEM CELL RESEARCH: TERRA INCOGNITA

Science  Health  Disabilities  American Studies  Political Science  Biology  Kartemquin Films  2007  Medicine  Directed by Women 

Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita puts a human face on the stem cell debate by following the work of Dr. Jack Kessler, a renowned expert in the field, as he searches for a cure to spinal cord injury, and the breakthrough that will allow his injured daughter to walk again.

THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT
THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT

Political Science  Health  Children & Young Adult  Asian Studies  Anthropology  AIDS  2007  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Directed by Women 

2007 Academy Award® winner for Best Documentary Short Subject, The Blood of Yingzhou District is a groundbreaking documentary film which exposes the hidden AIDS epidemic in China, a country not commonly associated with the disease.

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