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2011

Lynn Hershman Leeson
2010 / 83m

Forty years in the making, !Women Art Revolution is artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson

Zeina Daccache
2009 / 78m

For nearly a year and a half, 45 prison inmates in Lebanon

Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
2011 / 90m
“I’ll just keep filming. It helps me confront life and survive.”—Emad Burnat, Bil’in village, West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territories
Jennifer Arnold
2010 / 88m

One good deed can transform an entire life. When Hilde Back sponsored the primary school education of Chris Mburu from her home in Sweden, his life in Kenya was forever changed. Now a prominent human rights lawyer, Mburu hopes to replicate the generosity he once received by founding a scholarship fund to aid a new generation of Kenyan children.

Alison Klayman
2012 / 91m
"I feel like a chess player. My opponent makes a move and then I make the next one." —Ai Weiwei
Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega
2011 / 93m

When David McKay and Bradley Crowder, two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, visit an Austin bookstore to hear a talk on upcoming protests at the 2008 Republican National Convention, they are approached by a charismatic local activist 10 years their senior, who quickly becomes their mentor. Six months later at the volatile 2008 Convention, McKay and Crowder cross a line that radically changes their lives. The result: eight Molotov cocktails, multiple domestic terrorism charges, and a high-stakes entrapment defense.

Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega
2011 / 93
When David McKay and Bradley Crowder, two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, visit an Austin bookstore to hear a talk on upcoming protests at the 2008 Republican National Convention, they are approached by a charismatic local activist 10 years their senior, who quickly becomes their mentor. Six months later at the volatile 2008 Convention, McKay and Crowder cross a line that radically changes their lives. The result: eight Molotov cocktails, multiple domestic terrorism charges, and a high-stakes entrapment defense.
Beth and George Gage
2012 / 73m
Bidder 70 tells the story of Tim DeChristopher and his stunning act of civil disobedience in a time of global climate chaos. On December 19, 2008, DeChristopher, as Bidder #70, derailed the Bush administration's last minute, widely disputed federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oil and Gas lease auction, acting to safeguard thousands of acres of Utah land. Bidding $1.7 million, Tim won 22,000 acres of land with no intention to pay or drill. For his disruption of the auction, DeChristopher was indicted on two federal charges.
Micha X. Peled
2012 / 87m
Manjusha Amberwar, a young journalist, examines the causes of an epidemic of farmer suicides in India—one every 30 minutes—that includes her own father. She hopes that by drawing attention to their plight, she can bring an end to this tragedy. But it won't be easy. In 2004 an American company introduced its genetically modified seeds to the Indian market, promising higher yields. Farmers tell her that the seeds require expensive pesticides and chemical fertilizers. And the sterile seeds, unlike the conventional seeds previously used by farmers, have to be purchased again each year.
Carlo Augusto Bachschmidt
2011 / 76m
Through gripping testimony of those who experienced the raid on the Diaz school at the 2001 Genoa G8 Summit, Black Block provides a case study of police violence and arbitrary detention that could happen anywhere. Activists Lena, Niels, Chabi, Mina, Dan, Michael, and Muli, recount in painful detail how they went from demonstrating against the G8 summit in the streets to what they thought was a safe shelter for the night—the Diaz school on the outskirts of the northern Italian city of Genoa.
Annie Goldson
2011 / 99m
Through New Zealander Rob Hamill's story of his brother's death at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, Brother Number One explores how the regime and its followers killed nearly 2 million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979. In 1978, Kerry Hamill and two friends disappeared without a trace while sailing from Australia to Southeast Asia. Rob discovers that a Khmer Rouge cell attacked the boat. One sailor, Canadian Stuart Glass, was shot immediately, but Kerry and Englishman John Dewhirst were taken to the notorious S-21 Prison in Phnom Penh, held for several months, tortured, and killed.
Nic Dunlop, Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern
2010 / 70m
Myo Myint’s decision to enlist in the Burmese army at the age of seventeen was not motivated by ideology, but simply because it was the only path to employment, respect and security. In this capacity he supported the brutal military junta that dominated the nation for nearly half a century until he lost a limb to a mortar explosion, and emerged from this trauma as an activist determined to bring democracy to his country.
Nic Dunlop, Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern
2010 / 70m
Myo Myint’s decision to enlist in the Burmese army at the age of seventeen was not motivated by ideology, but simply because it was the only path to employment, respect and security. In this capacity he supported the brutal military junta that dominated the nation for nearly half a century until he lost a limb to a mortar explosion, and emerged from this trauma as an activist determined to bring democracy to his country.
Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall
2012 / 90m
In an office on the outskirts of Kampala, veteran activist David Kato labors to repeal Uganda's homophobic laws and liberate his fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women, or "kuchus." But David's formidable task just became more difficult. A new "Anti-Homosexuality Bill" proposes the death penalty for HIV-positive gay men and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual. David is one of the few who dare to publicly protest the country's government and press.
Maggie Peren
2011 / 95m
Color of the Ocean tells the story of two refugees whose paths collide with those of an altruistic tourist and a Canary Island police officer—changing the course of all their lives. After years working as a border patrolman, José (Alex González) is cynical about his work. His scepticism is tested when he encounters Nathalie (Sabine Timoteo), a German tourist assisting a boatload of refugees she discovers landing on the Canary shores. One of those refugees, a Congolese man named Zola (Hubert Koundé), is placed in an internment camp.
Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke
2012 / 98m
Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can the United States save its badly broken healthcare system? American healthcare costs are rising so rapidly that they could reach $4.2 trillion annually within 10 years. Patients pay more, yet health outcomes are worse. Thus it is no surprise that healthcare is a top concern in the United States and at the center of an intense political debate.
Icíar Bollaín
2010 / 104m
Based on events of the Bolivian Water War of April 2000, Even the Rain recounts a story that parallels the history of Christopher Columbus, with sticks and stones confronting the weaponry of a modern army. Only this time the fight is not over gold, but the simplest of elements—water. Obsessive idealist Sebastián (Gael Garcia Bernal) has sworn to direct a film about Christopher Columbus, showing what Columbus set in motion when he arrived in Latin America: the obsession with gold, the taking of slaves, and the terrible violence visited on Indians who fought back.
Mikael Wistr
2010 / 82m
A poignant and powerful documentary, Familia sensitively observes one matriarch's decision to go to work as a hotel maid in Spain and the impact that choice has on her extended family in Peru. Working with a family they have known for over 35 years, Mikael Wistr
Julia Ivanova
2011 / 99m
In a Ukrainian village, the formidable Olga Nenya single-handedly raises 23 foster children. Sixteen are the mixed-race offspring of visiting African students and Ukrainian women, who often see no choice but to abandon their babies. And that’s where Olga comes in. Family Portrait in Black and White is an inspired and challenging tale about the meaning of family that charts the rhythms of Olga’s hectic household, where the children find safety in a society that constantly reminds them they are outsiders.
Pamela Yates, Peter Kinoy and Paco de Onis
2010 / 100m
Part political thriller, part memoir, Granito takes us through a haunting tale of genocide and justice that spans four decades, two films, and filmmaker Pamela Yates
Pamela Yates, Peter Kinoy and Paco de Onis
2010 / 100m
Part political thriller, part memoir, Granito takes us through a haunting tale of genocide and justice that spans four decades, two films, and filmmaker Pamela Yates’s own career. Granito is a story of destinies joined together by Guatemala’s past and of how a documentary film from 1982, When the Mountains Tremble, emerges as an active player in the present by becoming forensic evidence in a genocide case against a military dictator. In an incredible twist of fate, Yates was allowed to shoot the only known footage of the army as it carried out the genocide.
Susan Youssef
2011 / 78m
Young lovers Qays (Kais Nashef) and Layla (Maisa Abd Elhadi) are university students in the West Bank who hail from Khan Yunis in Gaza. He is pursuing a degree in literature and she in engineering, but they are forced to return home before com­pleting their courses. In the more religious and traditional environment of Khan Yunis, their love story can continue only by marrying. Yet Qays, who is a construction worker living in a refugee camp, is too poor to con­vince Layla's father that he can provide for his beloved daughter.
Marshall Curry (director) and Sam Cullman (co-director)
2011 / 85m
How far would you go to create change? In December 2005 Daniel McGowan, a prominent New York City social justice organizer, was arrested by federal agents in a nationwide sweep of activists linked to crimes by the Earth Liberation Front (ELF)
Marshall Curry (director) and Sam Cullman (co-director)
2011 / 85m
How far would you go to create change? In December 2005 Daniel McGowan, a prominent New York City social justice organizer, was arrested by federal agents in a nationwide sweep of activists linked to crimes by the Earth Liberation Front (ELF)—a group the FBI has called America's "number one domestic terrorism threat." For years, the ELF had carried out arson from Oregon to Long Island against businesses they accused of destroying the environment.
Olivier Masset-Depasse
2010 / 95m
Based on actual events, Olivier Masset-Depasse's award-winning film vividly depicts the harsh reality for those detained in Belgium's detention centres. Tania is a Russian immigrant who has been working in Belgium for eight years. Her illegal status means she's in a state of constant alert, fearful that she or her 14-year-old son Ivan will be exposed. Tania is arrested and placed in an administrative holding centre. Following the advice of the people around her, she stays silent and refuses to co-operate with the authorities.
Juan Jos
2010 / 85m
What is the cost of truth for families immobilised by Colombia
Juan José Lozano and Hollman Morris
2010 / 85m
What is the cost of truth for families immobilised by Colombia’s violent past? In 2005, Colombia started gathering evidence about the horrific violence being carried out by illegal paramilitias. A highly controversial justice and peace process allowed paramilitary leaders to hand in their weapons and give themselves up voluntarily in exchange for reduced sentences. Impunity documents the hearings in which paramilitaries describe atrocities they have committed in detail as the families of their victims listen and watch on projected screens.
Denis Villeneuve
2010 / 130m
Masterfully adapted from the acclaimed play by Wajdi Mouawad, Incendies brings to life a moving and epic tale through the unravelling of one woman
Werner Herzog
2011 / 106m
Werner Herzog's latest stunning documentary focuses on the bleak yet fascinating subject of capital punishment, following the moving story of Michael Perry and Jason Burkett, two young men found guilty of three capital murders in Texas. Perry was executed eight days after filming commenced, while Burkett was sentenced to life in prison. Unravelling the crime and trial from separate viewpoints, including the victim's families and prison staff, Herzog's masterful exploration of life on Death Row shows the devastating effects of capital punishment on all involved.
Anand Patwardhan
2012 / 180m
In India, members of the Dalit ("Untouchable") caste were systematically discriminated against and oppressed for thousands of years, denied educationeducation, and treated as bonded labor. In By the 1920's Bhimrao Ambedkar led broke the tabooa movement of change, winning doctorates abroad and fighting for the emancipation of his people. His legend still spreads through poetry and song.
Angus Gibson and Miguel Salazar
2011 / 88m
When the wife of Carlos Rodriguez said goodbye to her husband as he left for work at the Palace of Justice on November 6, 1985
Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson
2010 / 100m
Last Best Chance brilliantly presents a political legend, Senator Edward Kennedy, in his final battle for comprehensive immigration reform in theUS. Seeking legislation that he believes would best serve US interests and provide greater security and dignity to many of the 20 million people currently living in the shadows, Senator Kennedy joins forces with talented allies on the outside to marshal fellow Senators Obama, Clinton, Menendez, Kyl and McCain toward a "Grand Bargain."
Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson
2010 / 100m
Last Best Chance brilliantly presents a political legend, Senator Edward Kennedy, in his final battle for comprehensive immigration reform in theUS. Seeking legislation that he believes would best serve US interests and provide greater security and dignity to many of the 20 million people currently living in the shadows, Senator Kennedy joins forces with talented allies on the outside to marshal fellow Senators Obama, Clinton, Menendez, Kyl and McCain toward a "Grand Bargain."
Oliver Schmitz
2010 / 105m
Life, Above All (Chanda
Lieven Corthouts
2011 / 70m
"HIV is like somebody living in my body without paying rent. I don't know him and I don't like him."—Lydia, 13, Little Heaven Orphanage, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Thomas Napper
2010 / 77m
Los Angeles, California has been designated the homeless capital of America, with an estimated 48,000 individuals living on the streets. Thomas Napper
Thomas Napper
2010 / 77m

Meet the residents of Los Angeles' Skid Row as they prove to the world – you don't need a roof over your head to build a community. Los Angeles, California has been designated the homeless capital of America, with an estimated 48,000 individuals living on the streets. Lost Angels brings us into part of the city that many chose to ignore – downtown's Skid Row. The community's residents include a former Olympic runner, a transgendered punk rocker, and an eccentric animal lover and her devoted companion. Their remarkable stories paint a multifaceted portrait of life lived on the streets.

Tanaz Eshaghian
2010 / 71m
Jailed for running away from home to escape abuse, for allegations of adultery, and other “moral crimes,” the women of Afghanistan’s Badum Bagh prison band together to fight for their freedom. The film follows three young prisoners as they go to trial, revealing the pressures and paradoxes that women in Afghanistan face today, and the dangerous consequences of refusing to fit into society’s norms. Their defiant actions come to be seen as threats to the very fabric of society, and their acts of self-determination as illegal.
Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson
2010 / 93m
With unprecedented access to some of the most powerful members of the US Congress, Mountains and Clouds revisits a seminal moment in the push for immigration reform, with implications for the immigration battle currently brewing for the Obama administration and Congress.
Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson
2010 / 93m
With unprecedented access to some of the most powerful members of the US Congress, Mountains and Clouds revisits a seminal moment in the push for immigration reform, with implications for the immigration battle currently brewing for the Obama administration and Congress.
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Pablo Larrain
2011 / 117m
In 1988, succumbing to international pressure, General Augusto Pinochet's regime in Chile called for a national referendum on the proposal to extend the dictator's presidency a further eight years. The ballot presented two choices: Yes (extend Pinochet's rule) or No (no more Pinochet). Much of the population believed that the referendum would be rigged, and was merely a front to placate the international community. There was also the problem for many that participating in the referendum would legitimize it.
Tim Hetherington
2010 / 20m
Tim Hetherington was a photographer, filmmaker, journalist, human rights activist, and artist who saw no boundaries between the mediums he worked in, the outlets he sought to publish in, and the content he created. He was a visionary who used photos, video, memoir, and testimony to explain and humanize conflicts as well as to simply illuminate the human condition. This program includes a screening of the short film Diary followed by a panel discussion.
Janet Tobias
2012 / 81m
No Place on Earth brings to light an extra-ordinary true tale of survival that remained untold for decades. In 1993, Chris Nicola, an American cave enthusiast, was exploring the Ukraine's "gypsum giants," some of the longest horizontal caves in the world. Within this labyrinth, he came across signs of former human habitation: buttons, an old house key, a woman's dress shoe. Locals told him that during World War II, there were rumours of Jewish families hiding from the Nazis in the caves.
Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer
2009 / 66m
Out in the Silence captures the controversy that ensues when filmmaker Joe Wilson's same-sex wedding announcement is published in the newspaper of the smallPennsylvania hometown he left long ago. Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson's journey dramatically illustrates the challenges of negotiating the morally charged issue of sexual orientation and the potential for building bridges when people with differing opinions approach each other with openness and respect.
Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer
2009 / 66m
Out in the Silence captures the controversy that ensues when filmmaker Joe Wilson's same-sex wedding announcement is published in the newspaper of the smallPennsylvania hometown he left long ago. Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson's journey dramatically illustrates the challenges of negotiating the morally charged issue of sexual orientation and the potential for building bridges when people with differing opinions approach each other with openness and respect.
Léa Pool
2011 / 97m
Léa Pool's critical, investigative documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc. begins on a sunny day in San Francisco as thousands of people prepare for a gruelling two-day walk to raise money for a cure for breast cancer. As the film explores the history of breast cancer, corporate fundraising, and the presen­tation of breast cancer campaigns in the media, each return to the run makes the effort seem more problematic.
Roberto Hernández and Geoffrey Smith
2009 / 88m
In December 2005 Toño Zuniga was picked up off the street inMexico City,Mexico, and sentenced to 20 years for a murder he knew nothing about. A friend of Tono's contacted lawyer/filmmaker Roberto Hernández, who gained prominence inMexicowhen his previous short documentary The Tunnel, provoked the release of another innocent man from prison. Looking into Tono's case, the filmmakers managed to get a retrial–on camera. Shot over three years with unprecedented access to the Mexican courts and prisons, this dramatic story is a searing indictment of a justice system that presumes guilt.
Lise Birk Pedersen
2011 / 85m
Meet Masha, a 19-year-old who grew up in the Putin era, on her journey through the Kremlin-created Nashi youth movement. This coming-of-age tale focuses on Masha's personal political struggle and paints a grim picture of the Russian political climate. Many see Putin as the one leading Russia back to being a global superpower. Masha grows up with this belief, wholeheartedly supporting Putin's policies and seeking to rid Russia of what Nashi believes are Russia's "enemies"—the political opposition, investigative journalists, and human rights defenders.
Bettina Borgfeld and David Bernet
2011 / 85m
Beautifully shot and interweaving interviews with scenes from soy fields in Paraguay, Raising Resistance explores Latin American farmers’ struggle against the expanding production of genetically modified soy in South America. Biotechnology, mechanisation, and herbicides have radically changed the lives of small farmers in Latin America. For farmers in Paraguay this means displacement from their land, loss of basic food supplies, and a veritable fight for survival.
Bernardo Ruiz
2011 / 72m
Reportero follows veteran reporter Sergio Haro and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana, Mexico-based weekly, as they dauntingly ply their trade in what has become one of the most deadly places in the world to be a journalist. Since the paper's founding in 1980, two of the paper's editors have been murdered and the founder viciously attacked. "Impunity reigns in Mexico, especially here along the northern border," explains Adela Navarro, Sergio's boss and Zeta's co-director.
David Fine
2011 / 82m
With plenty of pop music and 'girl power', Salaam Dunk delivers a tale of hope and inspiration, courtesy of one winning group of Iraqi women basketball players at the American University in Sulaimani, Iraq. The women come from all over the country to attend this prestigious university, but many cannot tell family back home that they go to an 'American' college. The team itself is a 'mini Iraq'—comprised of Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, and Christians.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Daniel Junge
2011 / 52m
In Pakistan, a woman's face is deemed to be her greatest asset. Someone seeking to punish a woman need only destroy her face to do her permanent harm—both physically and socially. Saving Face exposes how acid attacks affect women in Pakistan, including Zakia, whose husband attacked her outside a courthouse when she filed for divorce, and Rukhsana, whose spouse attacked her in the marital home where she still lives because she cannot afford to care for her children alone. The film focuses on one courageous man trying to help this community, Dr. Mohammad Jawad.
Beate Arnestad
2012 / 60m
Journalists in Sri Lanka risk life and limb to practice their profession. Lasantha Wickrematunge was one of these champions. He was gunned down by eight men in broad daylight in the capital, Colombo. His newly wed and now widowed wife, Sonali Samarasinghe, had to arrange her bridegroom’s funeral only a few days after the wedding. Besides being editor-in-chief of the critical newspaper The Morning Leader, Wickrematunge was also a fierce opponent of the Sri Lankan government.
Susanne Rostock
2011 / 104m
With remarkable intimacy, visual style, and musical panache, Susanne Rostock
Fernand Melgar
2011 / 100
Fernand Melgar’s intimate and emotionally charged portrait of the rejected asylum seekers and illegal migrants in Switzerland’s Frambois detention centre reveals a world that few know from the inside. With amazing access to his subjects, Melgar introduces us to a community of men who share friendships, fears, and a similar fate. There are three possibilities for every resident: to leave free with asylum granted, to leave the country by choice on a regular flight, or to leave in custody on a so-called ‘special flight’ back to their country of origin.
Jérôme le Maire
2012 / 93m
The implementation of electricity in a tiny isolated village in the middle of the Moroccan High Atlas is an occasion for anticipation, joy, and the unintended consequences of predatory capitalism. Shot season after season, this gorgeously filmed story slowly reveals how the people of Ifri join the grid of modern civilization. Before our eyes, a small village and a way of life are transformed by the comforts and complications of connecting to the rest of the world. The villagers yearn for modernization, and the electric company is eager to invest in new customers.
Lee Hirsch
2011 / 94m
News stories across North America attest to the destructive impact of bullying, as dozens of teens every year commit suicide following histories of emotional and physical violence from their peers that went unchecked and unchanged.
Lee Hirsch
2011 / 94m
News stories across North America attest to the destructive impact of bullying, as dozens of teens every year commit suicide following histories of emotional and physical violence from their peers that went unchecked and unchanged.
Justin Chadwick
2010 / 103m
Based on real events, The First Grader recounts the rousing tale of one man
Ali Samadi Ahadi
2010 / 80m
By providing an animated backdrop for the urgent blog posts and tweets that became a lifeline to Iranian pro-democracy activists, The Green Wave recounts the dramatic events of the most severe domestic crisis in the history of Iran. From the widespread hope of political change in Iran through the 2009 elections to the violent suppression of the mass protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election, filmmaker Ali Samadi Ahadi brings us into the world of Iranian citizens who risked their lives in the hopes of a better future.
Ali Samadi Ahadi
2010 / 80m
By providing an animated backdrop for the urgent blog posts and tweets that became a lifeline to Iranian pro-democracy activists, The Green Wave recounts the dramatic events of the most severe domestic crisis in the history of Iran. From the widespread hope of political change in Iran through the 2009 elections to the violent suppression of the mass protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election, filmmaker Ali Samadi Ahadi brings us into the world of Iranian citizens who risked their lives in the hopes of a better future.
Directed by Kirby Dick, Produced by Amy Ziering
2011 / 95m
The Invisible War is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about the shameful and underreported epidemic of rape within the US military. With stark clarity and escalating revelations, The Invisible War exposes the rape epidemic in the armed forces, investigating the institutions that perpetuate it as well as its profound personal and social consequences. We meet characters who embraced their military service with pride and professionalism, only to have their idealism crushed.
Jon Shenk
2011 / 100m
Jon Shenk’s The Island President tells the story of former President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, who must grapple with the daunting prospect of his country fighting for physical survival and his citizens becoming ‘environmental refugees.’ After bringing democracy to the Indian Ocean nation following 30 years of despotic rule, Nasheed now faces an even greater challenge: rising sea levels that threaten to submerge the Maldives' nearly 2000 islands.
Beth Murphy
2012 / 83
The List tells the story of Kirk Johnson, an American who is fighting to save Iraqis whose lives are in danger because they worked for the U.S. government and military to help rebuild Iraq. After leading reconstruction teams in Baghdad and Fallujah for the United States, Kirk discovers that many of his Iraqi friends and colleagues are being targeted as "collaborators with the enemy." Perceived as traitors, their fates are sealed, and they are systematically hunted—killed, kidnapped, and forced into lives on the run. Frustrated by a stagnating government bureaucracy in the U.S.
Risteard
2010 / 83m
Risteard
Mimi Chakarova
2010 / 73m
Intimate and revealing, The Price of Sex is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who have been drawn into a world of sex trafficking and abuse. It is a story told by the young women who refused to be silenced by shame, fear, and violence. Emmy-nominated photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal journeyΌ
Mimi Chakarova
2010 / 73m
Intimate and revealing, The Price of Sex is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who have been drawn into a world of sex trafficking and abuse. It is a story told by the young women who refused to be silenced by shame, fear, and violence. Emmy-nominated photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal journey¬–exposing the shadowy world of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Western Europe.
Patrick Reed
2011 / 80m
Can one TV show save a nation? Calm has returned to Kenya after the deadly post-election violence of 2007, but persistent discrimination among ethnic groups has left the country a powder keg that could easily reignite. Patrick Reed
Larysa Kondracki
2011 / 118m
Inspired by actual events, Kathy (Academy Award
Giulia Amati and Stephen Natanson
2010 / 75m
Featuring interviews with both Israelis and Palestinians living in Hebron, as well as activists on both sides, members of the Israeli parliament and prominent Ha'aretz journalists, This Is My Land... Hebron lifts the lid on Hebron as it is today - a city fraught with violence and hate. Hebron is the largest city in the occupied West Bank, home to 160,000 Palestinians. It is also home to one of the first Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the only one right in the heart of a Palestinian city. Once a bustling hub of activity, the city center now resembles a ghost town.
Giulia Amati and Stephen Natanson
2010 / 75m
Featuring interviews with both Israelis and Palestinians living in Hebron, as well as activists on both sides, members of the Israeli parliament and prominent Ha
Joe Berlinger
2012 / 101
Under African Skies travels with Paul Simon back to South Africa as the 25th anniversary of Graceland approaches. Simon revisits the making of the record, surveying from the vantage of history the turbulence and controversy surrounding the album's genesis. His artistic decision to collaborate with African musicians created a new world musical fusion, combining American and African musical idioms while igniting an intense political crossfire.The universal appeal of the music of Graceland proved more powerful and enduring than the political hotbed attending its creation.
Kim Nguyen
2012 / 90m
At 14, Komona has lived through horrors that eclipse an adult's worst nightmares. In this mesmerising, otherworldly drama, shot entirely in the Democratic Republic of Congo, comes a story of incredible human resilience. In the rebels' camp, the training is merciless. Komona quickly learns to endure, to fight and above all, to survive. During a battle waged against the government army, only Komona is spared. The rebel chief sees this as a sign and declares she is the new sorceress. She is soon brought to Great Tiger, the supreme leader of all the rebels, who makes her his war witch.
Directed by Pamela Yates and Newton Thomas Sigel, Produced and Edited by Peter Kinoy
2011 / 83m
In the early 1980s, death squads roamed the Guatemalan countryside in a war against the unarmed indigenous population that went largely unreported in the international media. Filmmakers Pamela Yates and Newton Thomas Sigel threw themselves into the task of bringing the crisis to the world
Directed by Pamela Yates and Newton Thomas Sigel, Produced and Edited by Peter Kinoy
1985 / 83m
In the early 1980s, death squads roamed the Guatemalan countryside in a war against the unarmed indigenous population that went largely unreported in the international media. Filmmakers Pamela Yates and Newton Thomas Sigel threw themselves into the task of bringing the crisis to the world's attention by making a documentary that took them into remote areas of the country where civilian massacres were taking place. Central to their story is Rigoberta Menchú, a Maya indigenous woman who was spurred into radical action by the murders of her father and two brothers.
Feo Aladag
2010 / 119m
No longer able to stand her husband's violent ill-treatment, Umay flees from Istanbul with her five-year-old son Cem to seek shelter in the arms of her family in Berlin. But as the reality of Umay's defiant actions sets in, the family's reputation at home and abroad is threatened. Umay
Nadine Labaki
2011 / 100m
On the edge of a cratered road, a cortège-like procession of women solemnly makes its way towards the village cemetery. Takla, Amale, Yvonne, Afaf and Saydeh stoically brave the oppressive midday heat, clutching photographic effigies of their beloved menfolk, lost to a futile, protracted and distant war. Some of the women are veiled, others bear wooden crosses, but all are clad in black and united by a sense of shared grief. As they arrive at the cemetery gates, the procession divides into two congregations; one Muslim, the other Christian.
Mai Iskander
2012 / 68m
Defying cultural norms and family expectations, 22-year-old Heba Afify takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and Facebook posts. Every time Heba heads out to cover the historical events shaping her country's future, her mother is compelled to remind her, "I know you are a journalist, but you're still a girl!" Her coming of age, political awakening and the disillusionment that follows, mirrors that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny, dignity and democracy.
Luc C
2010 / 99m
You Don
Luc Côté and Patricio Henríquez
2010 / 99m
You Don't Like the Truth – 4 Days Inside Guantanamo is a stunning documentary based on security camera footage from an encounter in Guantanamo Bay between a team of Canadian intelligence agents and Canadian citizen Omar Khadr, then a 16-year-old detainee. Based on seven hours of video footage recently declassified by the Canadian courts, this documentary delves into the unfolding high-stakes game of cat and mouse between captor and captive over a four-day period.
Adobe Youth Voices and Various Filmmakers
2010 / 73m
Teen filmmakers turn the camera on their own struggles for human rights and invite audiences to experience the world as they do – as a Kenyan teenager living in Africa's second largest slum, as a 15-year-old girl in India who needs to choose between supporting her family or getting an education, or as a 14-year-old Afghan seeking asylum in the UK after fleeing the war-torn country where his father was killed. Youth Producing Change shares eleven powerful stories made by teens from across the globe as they share their vision of change.Including the following films: