Cultural Studies


HANDMADE WITH LOVE IN FRANCE
HANDMADE WITH LOVE IN FRANCE

2016  Art History  Cultural Studies  Europe  Business  Directed by Women 

An elegantly crafted peek into the secret world of the master craftsmen behind the dazzling designs of Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. A touching reflection on the disappearance of crafts, Handmade with Love in France examines the challenges these ateliers face as couture and luxury evolves, the pace of fashion and its impact on handcraft, and the continuing rise of technology and succession.

FROM IRAN: A SEPARATION
FROM IRAN: A SEPARATION

2015  Cinema Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Media Studies  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women 

A gripping and moving story that illustrates the impact cosmopolitan recognition has on an isolated population, From Iran: A Separation details the reception of the speech Asghar Farhadi (About Elly) gave when his film A Separation won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

MANAKAMANA
MANAKAMANA

Asian Studies  Cinema Studies  Anthropology  Cultural Studies  2014  Sensory Ethnography Lab  Directed by Women 

Produced by the directors of Sweetgrass and Leviathan, Manakamana is an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind documentary experience. Filmed entirely inside the narrow confines of a cable car, high above a jungle in Nepal, that transports villagers to an ancient mountaintop temple, it is an acute ethnographic investigation into culture, religion, technology and modernity.

PEOPLE'S PARK
PEOPLE'S PARK

Anthropology  Asian Studies  Cinema Studies  Cultural Studies  2014  Sensory Ethnography Lab  Directed by Women 

Produced at Harvard's groundbreaking Sensory Ethnography Lab (Sweetgrass, Leviathan, the upcoming Manakamana), People's Park is an exhilarating single shot documentary that immerses viewers in an unbroken journey through an urban park in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, offering a fresh gaze on public interaction, leisure and self-expression in China.

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.

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.

WAVUMBA: THEY WHO SMELL OF FISH
WAVUMBA: THEY WHO SMELL OF FISH

Anthropology  Indigenous Studies  African Studies  Environmental Studies  Cultural Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Literature  Aging / Gerontology  2013 

A gorgeously filmed ethnographic portrait of an elderly Kenyan shark fisherman who has a primeval bond with the ocean and its creatures, Wavumba: They Who Smell of Fish delivers an enchanting depiction of Africa's storytelling tradition, where fantasy, dreams, belief and reality blend.

SUN, MOON, STARS: INDONESIA TRILOGY
SUN, MOON, STARS: INDONESIA TRILOGY

Southeast Asian Studies  Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Political Science  Islamic Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Asian Studies  2012 

A landmark documentary trilogy, Sun, Moon, Stars captures the tumultuous changes taking place in Indonesia by following three generations of a single Jakarta family for over a decade. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich, it offers an unparalleled, vibrant portrait of the world's fourth most populous nation; and home to the largest Muslim community.

POSITION AMONG THE STARS
POSITION AMONG THE STARS

Southeast Asian Studies  Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Political Science  Islamic Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Asian Studies  2012 

For over a decade, noted filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich followed the lives of an Indonesian family in Jakarta. In this final film of his acclaimed Sun, Moon, Stars trilogy, Helmrich confronts the most important issues facing the country's fast-changing society: corruption, conflict between religions, gambling addiction, the generation gap, and the widening disparity between rich and poor.

SHAPE OF THE MOON
SHAPE OF THE MOON

Southeast Asian Studies  Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Political Science  Islamic Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Asian Studies  2012 

The end of the Suharto regime ushered in an era of rapid sociopolitical upheaval in Indonesia. In this second installment of the Sun, Moon, Stars trilogy, filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich returns to the Sjamsuddin family to intimately capture the changes taking place in their country, including the troubling rise of Islamic fundamentalism.

THE EYE OF THE DAY
THE EYE OF THE DAY

Southeast Asian Studies  Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Political Science  Islamic Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Asian Studies  2012 

Against a backdrop of social unrest that led to the ouster of Indonesia's long-time dictator President Suharto, The Eye of the Day begins filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich's award-winning trilogy Sun, Moon, Stars. It introduces us to an ordinary family living in the slums of Jakarta; a family Helmrich would return to and document for more than a decade.

AL-HALQA – IN THE STORYTELLER’S CIRCLE
AL-HALQA – IN THE STORYTELLER’S CIRCLE

Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Literature  Performing Arts  Islamic Studies  2011 

For centuries, Marrakech's historic Djemaa el-Fna square has been home to the world's greatest storytellers; their craft even recognized by UNESCO as an "Intangible Heritage of Humanity." This wonderful documentary examines this age-old tradition and considers its place in the modern world.

TRUTH IN NUMBERS? everything,  according to wikipedia
TRUTH IN NUMBERS? everything, according to wikipedia

Media Studies  Cultural Studies  Education  Technology  2011 

Examining the history and cultural implications of one of the most popular websites in the world, Truth in Numbers? Everything According to Wikipedia provokes a deeper conversation on the power of new media, on how knowledge is collected, disseminated and controlled.

THE DESERT OF FORBIDDEN ART
THE DESERT OF FORBIDDEN ART

Art History  Russia  Eastern Europe  Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Islamic Studies  2010  Directed by Women 

The incredible story of how a treasure trove of banned Soviet art worth millions of dollars was found in the desert of Uzbekistan develops into a larger exploration of how art survives in times of oppression. A fascinating documentary about a group of visionary artists and one man who risked his life to rescue their work.

LANDS
LANDS

Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Environmental Studies  Latin-American Studies  Sociology  2010  Directed by Women 

Deep in the Amazon rainforest, three cities form a unique triple border between three South American countries: Brazil, Colombia and Peru. Beautifully photographed, Lands examines the impact of borders, commerce and urbanization on the lives of the local and indigenous population as well as the surrounding ecology.

TWELVE CANOES
TWELVE CANOES

Anthropology  Indigenous Studies  Cultural Studies  2010  Directed by Women 

An extraordinary and exquisite work of anthropology, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Rolf de Heer, Twelve Canoes paints a vivid portrait of the people, history, culture and place of the Yolngu people whose homeland is the Arafura Swamp of north-central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, Australia.

THE FALL OF WOMENLAND
THE FALL OF WOMENLAND

Anthropology  Asian Studies  Women's Studies  Human Sexuality  Cultural Studies  Sociology  2010  Directed by Women 

A fascinating documentary on the unique sexual culture of the Mosuo people, a small minority situated in the southwest of China, and one of the last remaining matriarchal societies in the world. The Fall of Womenland explores their history and present reality as well as the dangers that threaten their inherited way of life.

FIXER: THE TAKING OF AJMAL NAQSHBANDI
FIXER: THE TAKING OF AJMAL NAQSHBANDI

Media Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Political Science  Cultural Studies  Peace & Conflict  Islamic Studies  Terrorism Studies  Sociology  2009 

A behind-the-scenes look at the dangerous world of wartime news gathering, this incisive documentary tells the story of 24-year-old Ajmal Naqshbandi, a 'fixer' - someone hired by foreign journalists to gain access for their stories - who was kidnapped, along with an Italian reporter, by the Taliban in 2007.

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.

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.

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