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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.

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 AXE IN THE ATTIC
THE AXE IN THE ATTIC

African-American Studies  Anthropology  American Studies  Political Science  Cinema Studies  Sociology  2008  Directed by Women 

What does it mean to be exiled in your own country? In the aftermath of Katrina, two filmmakers embark on a road trip to meet displaced evacuees. An important American documentary, The Axe in the Attic tackles questions of race, class, and the breakdown of trust between a government and its citizens.

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.

THE JUDGE AND THE GENERAL
THE JUDGE AND THE GENERAL

Latin-American Studies  Criminal & Law  World History  Peace & Conflict  Anthropology  Political Science  2008  Directed by Women 

In 1998, judge Juan Guzman, a longtime Pinochet supporter, was assigned to prosecute the ex-Chilean dictator for human rights crimes. This engrossing documentary follows the twists and turns of this landmark case; one that influenced the application of human rights laws around the world.

DIPLOMACY
DIPLOMACY

African Studies  Peace & Conflict  World History  Political Science  2008 

Is the U.N. still relevant? This behind-the-scenes documentary follows the efforts of diplomats trying to pass a Security Council resolution authorizing the deployment of a peacekeeping force to Darfur.

STRAWBERRY FIELDS
STRAWBERRY FIELDS

Economics  Environmental Studies  Labor Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Political Science  Peace & Conflict  2008  Directed by Women 

Planted in Israel, harvested in Gaza, and exported to gourmet markets across Europe, the Gazan strawberry is the only product sold abroad as Palestinian produce. The amazing story of this little red fruit is a study in globalization and politics that offers a fresh perspective on the current Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

JERUSALEM CUTS
JERUSALEM CUTS

Cinema Studies  Jewish Studies  Islamic Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Media Studies  Photography  Political Science  2008 

The founding of Israel – specifically the 1948 war for Jerusalem - is seen through the work of two photographers, British and Palestinian, in this compelling documentary that examines how pictures shape the way history is remembered and taught. Includes remarkable photographs that have never been seen before.

THE UNFORESEEN
THE UNFORESEEN

Environmental Studies  Architecture  American Studies  Cinema Studies  Economics  Urban Studies  Political Science  2008  Directed by Women 

An urgent, beautifully crafted examination of urban sprawl and its impact on the environment, The Unforeseen is a critically-acclaimed, award-winning documentary from director Laura Dunn and executive producers Terrence Malick and Robert Redford.

WE DON’T PLAY GOLF HERE – and other stories of globalization
WE DON’T PLAY GOLF HERE – and other stories of globalization

Political Science  Latin-American Studies  Environmental Studies  Economics  2008 

What can the construction of a golf course in Mexico teach us about globalization? This disarmingly engaging documentary offers a primer on how 'free market' economics can distort both culture and the environment.

PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND
PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND

American Studies  American History  Cinema Studies  Labor Studies  Political Science  2008 

An epic, visual meditation on the progressive history of the United States, from colonial times to the present, as seen through its cemeteries, historical plaques and markers. 2008 National Society of Film Critics Award winner.

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