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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 PROMISE TO THE DEAD: the exile journey of ariel dorfman
A PROMISE TO THE DEAD: the exile journey of ariel dorfman

Latin-American Studies  Literature  Political Science  Sociology  World History  2009 

An exploration of exile, memory and democracy through the words and recollections of playwright/author/activist Ariel Dorfman ("Death and the Maiden"), a member of Salvador Allende's socialist government and witness to the violent coup that ushered in Pinochet's reign. From the director of Shake Hands with the Devil.

WITH A STROKE OF THE CHAVETA
WITH A STROKE OF THE CHAVETA

Latin-American Studies  Labor Studies  Literature  Sociology  2009  Directed by Women 

Don Quixote, Les Misérables, One Hundred Years of Solitude. The practice of reading classic works of literature to workers at cigar factories dates back to the mid-1800s. With a Stroke of the Chaveta explores this rich tradition that continues to flourish in Cuba.

LA CORONA
LA CORONA

Criminal & Law  LGBTQ  Women's Studies  Latin-American Studies  Sociology  Human Sexuality  2009  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Directed by Women 

2008 Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject, La Corona (The Crown) explores the lives of female contestants in an unusual beauty pageant at a high security prison in Bogotá, Colombia. The film addresses issues of female identity, sexuality, crime and equality.

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 ORDER OF MYTHS
THE ORDER OF MYTHS

African-American Studies  American Studies  American History  Sociology  2008  Directed by Women 

The first Mardi Gras in America was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703. In 2008, it is still racially segregated. A fascinating investigation into our nation's history and traditions, this acclaimed, award-winning documentary illuminates the complexities of race relations in 21st century America.

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.

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.

FRONTRUNNERS
FRONTRUNNERS

Political Science  New York City  Education  American Studies  Sociology  Media Studies  2008  Directed by Women 

It's hard to run for office - even in high school. Frontrunners follows the recent elections at the ultra-competitive Stuyvesant High School in New York City, and explores how politics works at its most nascent level.

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.

PROMISED PARADISE
PROMISED PARADISE

Cultural Studies  2007  Terrorism Studies  Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Political Science  Performing Arts  Media Studies  Islamic Studies  Asian Studies  Southeast Asian Studies 

How can one believe that terrorism leads to heaven? Banned by the Indonesian government, this provocative documentary examines the psychology of extremism in a country with the largest Muslim population in the world.

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