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FAREWELL FERRIS WHEEL
FAREWELL FERRIS WHEEL

Labor Studies  2017  American Studies  Latino Studies  Business  Cinema Studies 

Follow the day-to-day lives of Mexican migrant workers as they travel the United States to work for the struggling carnival industry. They are legally employed through the controversial H-2B work visa program and may be the last hope for the carnivals. Farewell Ferris Wheel takes a good hard look at the crossroads between economic need and human rights through one of the most emblematic symbols of Americana.

SALERO
SALERO

2016  Environmental Studies  Latin-American Studies  Anthropology  Labor Studies  Business  Family Relations  Women's Studies  Spanish Language 

A rare and thorough look at the earth’s largest salt flat, Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, Salero is a poetic journey through the eyes of one of the last remaining salt gatherers. This secluded region is thrust into the future when Bolivia embarks on a plan to extract a precious mineral from the Salar and to build an infrastructure that will connect it to the modern world.

MIRIAM: HOME DELIVERY
MIRIAM: HOME DELIVERY

New York City  Jewish Studies  Family Relations  Labor Studies  Children & Young Adult  Medicine  Directed by Women  Human Sexuality  Health  Women's Studies  2016 

An intimate observation of the complete process of home birthing - a trend on the rise in many communities, including Jewish communities practicing Orthodoxy - Miriam: Home Delivery follows a charismatic, Brooklyn-based, home birth midwife who has helped mothers giving birth at home for more than two decades, as she’s on call, and provides care to mothers in various stages of their pregnancies.

CITY OF TREES
CITY OF TREES

2016  Kartemquin Films  Environmental Studies  American Studies  Labor Studies  Criminal & Law  African-American Studies  Urban Studies  Political Science  Sociology  Health  Business 

A complex tale of social justice, urban forestry and community politics, City of Trees portrays the struggles of a DC non-profit to challenge the cycle of poverty and violence in blighted urban areas by implementing an ambitious "green jobs" program that hires 150 unemployed residents to plant trees in underserved parks.

DEEP TIME
DEEP TIME

2016  Environmental Studies  Native American Studies  Labor Studies  American Studies  Business  Anthropology 

A kaleidoscopic study of the recent oil boom in North Dakota, Deep Time is an award winning documentary that focuses on the impact the fossil fuel business has on the environment and on how it affects local landowners, state officials and the Indigenous Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. A complex take on a timely issue by the director of Crude Independence.

RED HOLLYWOOD
RED HOLLYWOOD

2014  Labor Studies  Cinema Studies  American History 

A revelatory documentary by Thom Andersen (Los Angeles Plays Itself) and film critic Noel Burch, Red Hollywood, which has been remastered and re-edited, examines the films made by the victims of the Hollywood Blacklist and offers a radically difference perspective on a key period in the history of American cinema.

SINGLE STREAM
SINGLE STREAM

Sensory Ethnography Lab  Labor Studies  Environmental Studies  2014  Business 

A singular appreciation of waste processing " graceful, mesmeric, almost balletic " Single Stream plunges viewers into the steady flow of a materials recycling facility where hundreds of tons of refuse are sorted each day. Yet another revelatory documentary from Harvard"s Sensory Ethnography Lab Single Stream locates the beauty, efficiency and futurism of an industry built on our culture of excess.

AS LONG AS THERE’S BREATH
AS LONG AS THERE’S BREATH

Sensory Ethnography Lab  Women's Studies  Labor Studies  Asian Studies  2014  Directed by Women 

Following the acclaimed Kale and Kale and Monsoon- Reflections, As Long as There's Breath is Stephanie Spray's third film documenting the lives of the Gayeks family in Nepal. Building on a deep bond of trust (Spray was eventually adopted by the family), she captures a multi-generational household struggling for cohesion after the departure of a beloved son.

MONSOON-REFLECTIONS
MONSOON-REFLECTIONS

Women's Studies  Sensory Ethnography Lab  Labor Studies  Asian Studies  Anthropology  2014  Directed by Women 

Drawing its title from a poem by the renowned Nepali poet Lekhnath Paudyal, which depicts the monsoon season as sublime and blissful, “joyous from start to finish,” filmmaker Stephanie Spray captures the melancholy and grit of two strong-willed female field hands (passengers in Spray and Velez’ Manakamana) as they carry out their arduous routines; a deeply felt reflection on labor, gender, and fleeting pleasures in rural Nepal.

SONGHUA
SONGHUA

Sensory Ethnography Lab  Labor Studies  Environmental Studies  Asian Studies  Anthropology  2014 

In northeastern China, the Songhua River has for generations served as a vital center – for leisure, commerce, and most importantly, drinking water – for the people of Harbin. Filmed only one year after a major chemical spill in its waters, Songhua depicts the enduring and complex relationship between the city’s residents and their "mother river," and considers the environmental implications of the waterway’s condition.

DEMOLITION / CHAIQIAN (拆 - 迁)
DEMOLITION / CHAIQIAN (拆 - 迁)

Sensory Ethnography Lab  Asian Studies  2014  Sociology  Urban Studies  Labor Studies 

Focusing on a vast demolition site in the center of Chengdu, the Sichuan capital in western China, a bustling site emblematic of the rapid growth and development occurring throughout the country, J.P. Sniadecki’s Demolition is a wonderfully patient and revealing portrait of the migrant laborers who work and live in its shadow.

COME WORRY WITH US!
COME WORRY WITH US!

Women's Studies  Music  Labor Studies  Family Relations  2014  Business  Directed by Women 

What happens to female artists once they become mothers? A heartfelt exploration of how motherhood affects and impinges on one's creative life, Come Worry With Us! follows violinist Jessica Moss and singer/guitarist Efrim Menuck, founding member of the revered Montreal band, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, as the couple attempts to integrate their young son into their lifestyle.

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.

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.

BROTHERS ON THE LINE
BROTHERS ON THE LINE

Labor Studies  American Studies  American History  Economics  Sociology  2013 

Narrated by Martin Sheen, Brothers on the Line explores the extraordinary journey and legacy of the Reuther brothers - prolific labor leaders and organizers whose crusade for social justice, at the helm of the United Auto Workers Union, forever transformed the auto industry and labor in this country.

CAMPESINOS... we will inherit the earth
CAMPESINOS... we will inherit the earth

Latin-American Studies  Environmental Studies  Economics  Labor Studies  2010 

Most of us rarely think twice about being able to buy a fruit or vegetable at any time of year or season. Campesinos... We Will Inherit the Earth profiles three children in Central America whose farming families are responsible for sustainably growing products that are everyday staples in our society - and are available every day.

GARBAGE DREAMS
GARBAGE DREAMS

Environmental Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Labor Studies  Urban Studies  2010  Directed by Women 

For generations, Cairo has relied on the Zabelleen or "garbage people" to collect the city's trash - resulting in the world's most efficient recycling program. A multiple award-winning documentary, Garbage Dreams considers the environmental and social repercussions when the city suddenly decides to outsource their trade to multinational waste disposal companies.

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.

LA AMERICANA
LA AMERICANA

Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Political Science  Sociology  American Studies  Criminal & Law  Labor Studies  New York City  2009  Immigration 

The story of a single mother forced to leave her ailing daughter in Bolivia in order to provide her with a better life is woven into the current debate over amnesty for undocumented immigrants. Winner of multiple awards at Latino film festivals, La Americana puts a human face on this timely and controversial issue.

A LIFE IN PRINT
A LIFE IN PRINT

Chicano Studies  Latino Studies  Media Studies  Art History  Latin-American Studies  Labor Studies  American Studies  2009 

A rich historical record of Chicano art, life and culture since WWII, A Life in Print profiles influential artist and printmaker Xavier Viramontes, founding member of Galeria de la Raza, whose iconoclastic silkscreen poster for the United Farmworkers rallied a nation and sparked the Chicano movement in art.

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