Family Relations


THREE MONKEYS [narrative]
THREE MONKEYS [narrative]

2024  Cinema Studies  Narrative Films  Psychology & Psychiatry  Family Relations 

Winner of the Best Director prize at Cannes, Three Monkeys is a moving, visually unforgettable triumph from the Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in  Anatolia, Thear Tree)

HERE (narrative)
HERE (narrative)

2024  Cinema Studies  Family Relations  Narrative Films  Environmental Studies  Science 

Director Bas Devos offers another Brussels city symphony. With a quiet grace that’s becoming a trademark, he and his team capture both the longing of contemporary urban life and the potential for enchantment that still exists in spaces shared by strangers from different worlds.

OUR BODY
OUR BODY

2023  Aging / Gerontology  Children & Young Adult  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women  Biology  Family Relations  Health  LGBTQ  Medicine  Science  Human Sexuality  Women's Studies 

In Our Body, veteran documentarian Claire Simon observes the everyday operations of the gynecological ward in a public hospital in Paris.  In the process, she questions what it means to live in a woman’s body, filming the diversity, singularity and beauty of patients in all stages of life. 

HOUSE SPECIAL
HOUSE SPECIAL

2023  Asian Studies  Cultural Studies  Education  Gastronomy  Immigration  Indigenous Studies  Family Relations  Sociology  Women's Studies  World History 

A five-part docu series that chronicles the Chinese Canadian experience through the lens of small-town Asian food joints and the families that run them. Ride the rails with chef and author, Jackie Kai Ellis, as she explores Canadian Chop Suey cuisine.

THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT
THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT

2023  Cinema Studies  Family Relations  Narrative Films  Sociology 

 The Strange Little Cat assembles seemingly unspectacular details into an exciting choreography of everyday life, a carefully staged chain reaction of actions and conversations, turning an apartment into a universe.

SANSON AND ME
SANSON AND ME

2023  Cinema Studies  Education  Family Relations  Immigration  Latino Studies  Sociology  Criminal & Law  Political Science 

A vibrant portrait of a friendship navigating immigration and the depths of the criminal justice system and pushing the boundaries of cinematic imagination to rescue a young migrant's story from oblivion.

I AM A TOWN
I AM A TOWN

2023  American Studies  Anthropology  Art History  Cinema Studies  Family Relations  Photography 

The community of Provincetown, which has been clinging to a distinctly American - and yet increasingly rare - way of life. In his immersive documentary debut, Mischa Richter, whose artist family has been living there for nearly a century, explores his home through shared moments and conversations with locals, pilgrims, outcasts, fishermen, drag queens and spirit guides in an exploration of what freedom and community mean in America today.

THE GIRL AND THE SPIDER
THE GIRL AND THE SPIDER

2022  Europe  Family Relations  Cinema Studies  Narrative Films 

As her roommate Lisa prepares to move out of their apartment, Mara contemplates the end of an era.  In The Girl and the Spider, the Zürcher brothers compose a poetic panopticon of forms of human relationships that is at once a study of everyday life, a fairytale and a psychological portrait of a brittle world. 

ANY GIVEN DAY
ANY GIVEN DAY

2022  American Studies  Directed by Women  Family Relations  Health  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Criminal & Law 

A filmmaker with mental illness follows three defendants through a specialized mental health probation program. While sharing their rarely seen struggles, she faces her own challenges, making clear just how precarious the ties between people with mental illness, their families and society can be.  From Margaret Byrne, the director of Raising Bertie.



INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION

2022  Media Studies  Asian Studies  Cinema Studies  Family Relations  Narrative Films  Films of Hong Sangsoo 

Winner for Best Screenplay at Berlin Film Festival.  For his twenty-fifth feature as director and his first as cinematographer, Hong Sangsoo offers a simple tale of young people on the edge of adulthood. Introduction cuts to the essence of who we are as people, like an unexpected hug on a winter's day.

ANNE AT 13,000 FT
ANNE AT 13,000 FT

2021  Cinema Studies  Media Studies  Education  Family Relations  Narrative Films  Women's Studies 

Anne hasn’t been the same since the jump. While skydiving for her best friend Sara’s bachelorette party, the 27-year-old felt focused, free, above it all. Back on the ground, the pressures of her daily life threaten to overwhelm her. An electrifying pairing of two of the brightest young stars in cinema in director Kazik Radwanski and rising talent Deragh Campbell, the film reveals a director and star in perfect synch.

THE KITCHENISTAS
THE KITCHENISTAS

2021  American Studies  Business  Cultural Studies  Family Relations  Gastronomy  Health  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Women's Studies  Sociology  2022 

What started as a 7-week nutrition program for women seeking healthier diets, has become a Latina-led movement to enact change in their own communities. Known as Kitchenistas, these women are showing how healthy food traditions can lead to physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing as well as big change in the home, at schools, within city hall, and in the healthcare system.

STRANGE NEGOTIATIONS
STRANGE NEGOTIATIONS

2021  American Studies  American History  Anthropology  Cinema Studies  Family Relations  Music  Religion & Spirituality  Political Science 

Musician David Bazan retreated into a solitary life after renouncing his long-held Christian beliefs and walking away from his critically-acclaimed band, Strange Negotiations follow David a decade into his journey, during which he has become a sort of reluctant prophet to Americans during the 2016 presidential election.

FILM ABOUT A FATHER WHO
FILM ABOUT A FATHER WHO

2021  Aging / Gerontology  Anthropology  Cinema Studies  Directed by Women  Family Relations 

Over a period of 35 years between 1984 and 2019, filmmaker Lynne Sachs shot 8 and 16mm film, videotape and digital images of her father, Ira Sachs Sr., a bon vivant and pioneering businessman from Park City, Utah. Film About a Father Who is her attempt to understand the web that connects a child to her parent and a sister to her siblings.

THE IMAGE YOU MISSED
THE IMAGE YOU MISSED

2019  Cinema Studies  Family Relations  Irish Studies  Media Studies  Peace & Conflict 

An Irish filmmaker grapples with the legacy of his estranged father, the late American documentarian Arthur MacCaig, through MacCaig's decades-spanning archive of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

THE WILD PEAR TREE
THE WILD PEAR TREE

2019  Family Relations  Islamic Studies  Literature  Narrative Films  Psychology & Psychiatry  Middle Eastern Studies  Cinema Studies 

Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's The Wild Pear Tree follows in the great tradition of family dramas like Death of a Salesman and Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and weaves an evocative tale of creative struggle and familial responsibility with inspired performances, sumptuous imagery and surprising bursts of humor. 

WITH THIS RING
WITH THIS RING

Directed by Women  Women's Studies  Asian-American Studies  Family Relations  2017  Asian Studies 

Filmed for six years, With this Ring follows India’s famed female boxing team and provides an inside look at the challenges they face – gender discrimination, pressure to conform to traditional gender roles, and lack of recognition by the public despite dominating the international boxing scene

RESOLUTE
RESOLUTE

2017  Cultural Studies  Environmental Studies  Family Relations  Indigenous Studies  Loud Roar Productions  Political Science  World History  Short Films 

Zipporah was a girl when her family was among the eighty Inuit to be sent to the high arctic by the Canadian government. Through haunting interviews, archival footage and experimental animation, Resolute tells a story familiar to thousands of indigenous families in Canada and beyond.

BRILLO BOX (3¢ OFF)
BRILLO BOX (3¢ OFF)

Family Relations  Art History  American Studies  Media Studies  New York City  Directed by Women  Economics  2017 

Brillo Box (3¢ off) follows a beloved Andy Warhol Brillo Box sculpture as it makes its way from a family's living room to a record-breaking Christie's auction, blending a humourous family narrative with Pop Art history, and exploring how we navigate the ephemeral nature of art and value.

THE WRONG LIGHT
THE WRONG LIGHT

2017  Asian Studies  Children & Young Adult  Criminal & Law  Family Relations  Southeast Asian Studies  Cinema Studies  Directed by Women 

A charismatic activist leads a globally-regarded NGO that provides shelter and education for girls rescued from brothels in Northern Thailand. But as the filmmakers meet the girls and their families, discrepancies begin to emerge and the story they're telling takes an unexpected turn.

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