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Films & DVDs Released in 2017
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Summer/Fall 2017 Releases
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  • Film StillBitter Money - Documents China's rapid economic and social transformation by following the rural workers who leave their Yunnan hometown to move to the city of Huzhou to work in its textile factories.

  • Bones of Contention - Explores the theme of historical memory in post-Franco Spain, focusing on the unknown story of LGBT repression under Franquismo.

  • December Days - Between 1975 and 1991, Cuba sent more than 400,000 soldiers and civilians to Angola to support of the country's left-wing government. Two thousand of them never returned.

  • Democracy Road - After more than 20 years in exile in Norway, the Burmese journalists of DVB are returning to their homeland to establish their independent news station and test the limits of its newfound democracy.


  • The Giant is Falling - A sweeping look at the big political events of recent years that signify the end of an era in South Africa.

  • Mama Colonel - A portrait of Colonel Honorine, or "Mama Colonel," that addresses the issue of violence towards women and children in the DRC.

  • Miss Kiet's Children - In a Dutch classroom, refugee children learn alongside locals under Miss Kiet's firm but loving hand.

  • Film StillMr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance - The story of artistic genius Ohad Naharin, one of the most important choreographers in the world, who redefined the language of modern dance.

  • Nothing is Forgiven - The story of Zineb El Rhazoui, a young Moroccan woman who, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, finds her life radically transformed.

  • Rebels on Pointe - The first-ever vérite feature documentary about the notorious, all-male drag company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

  • Film StillTa'ang - The daily life of Ta'ang refugees, a Burmese ethnic minority who are caught between a civil war and the Chinese border.

  • Villa Rosa - Witness the gay experience in Cuba in the wake of the revolution through Caibarién, a socially progressive, diverse fishing village with a strong queer community.

  • We the Workers - Follows labor activists as they find common ground with workers and help them negotiate with local officials and factory owners over wages and working conditions.

Spring 2017 Releases
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  • A Day with... - Ten African filmmakers each contributed a documentary portrait of the life of a different West African child. (Online only)

  • Alive - What happens when five HIV-positive gay men spend a week preparing for their first solo parachute drop? (Online only)

  • Film StillAlthusser, an Intellectual Adventure - Centered around the only filmed interview ever given by acclaimed French philosopher Louis Althusser, who murdered his wife, Helene, a few weeks after the interview was given.

  • Anais Goes to War - A young woman's struggle to start her own farm. (Online only)

  • Animal Machine - From exploiting the cow’s physical body to manipulating its cells, a new 21st-century farm animal is under construction. (Online only)

  • Antiracket - In southern Italy, a group of shopkeepers stand up to the "tax" imposed by the local mafia. (Online only)

  • Art and Oligarchs - Newly-minted Russian art collectors have many reasons for investing in fine art, some more sleazy than others. (Online only)

  • Barcelona or Die - Madou, a Senegalese fisherman, risks his life on an illegal boat to Europe. (Online only)

  • Beauty Parlor in Rio - Meet Dr. Pitanguy, the "Golden Scalpel" at a leading Brazilian plastic surgery clinic. (Online only)

  • Bestseller - Why do some books become bestsellers? This documentary examines the phenomenon in today's global publishing industry. (Online only)

  • Between Two-Spirit - Neither man nor woman, Chris is a "Two-Spirit," in between genders. (Online only)

  • Business Club - Join young Viscount Arthur de Soultrait in the run-up to his wildly elaborate birthday/brand relaunch party. (Online only)

  • The Caste Struggle - A controversial affirmative action policy in India has brought about unprecedented social and political change. (Online only)

  • The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg - The entrepreneur, diplomat and art collector Uli Sigg has played a role in the transformation of China's art world since the 1970s.

  • Film StillCinema Novo - An intricately edited documentary composed of film clips from the major works of the Brazilian "Cinema Novo" movement and period interviews with its leading filmmakers.


  • The Coach Machine - As a defeated candidate in the musical reality TV show The Voice, Luc is certain of one thing; within three years, he’ll be a millionaire. (Online only)

  • The Destruction of Memory - Explores the loss of priceless artwork, artifacts and historical sites through war and terrorism.

  • The End of the Ottoman Empire - The Ottomans ruled three continents for six centuries. How did their rule end, and how does this history inform politics today?

  • Fevers - Dr. Maman moves freely between Western medicine and ancestral magical recipes. (Online only)

  • First Passion - Largely overlooked by historians and film buffs, the curious 1912 epic From the Manger to the Cross depicted the life of Jesus. (Online only)

  • The Healer's Syndrome - Confusion abounds between the real traditional healers who fight against the isolation and distress of the Aids victims and those who make business out of their suffering. (Online only)

  • Imaginary Feasts - In Nazi concentration camps, Japanese war camps and Gulag labor camps, starving prisoners risked their lives to document fantasy recipes. (Online only)

  • Film StillIn the Steps of Trisha Brown - The dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet learn to perform "Glacial Decoy," the seminal 1979 work by choreographer Trisha Brown.

  • Journey to the West - Six countries in 10 days! A group of Chinese tourists visits Europe at whirlwind speed. (Online only)

  • Kigali Shaolin Temple - Kigali Shaolin Temple is a kung-fu club in Rwanda started by a group of orphans from the genocide. (Online only)

  • King of the Wind and Electric Queens - A colorful, sensory experience of the Sonepur Fair in India. (Online only)

  • Latest News from the Cosmos - It wasn't until Hélène was 20 years old that her parents discovered that their autistic daughter was able not only communicate, but to write deeply complex, philosophical and poetic work.

  • Magic Radio - In Niger, where more than 80% of the population is illiterate, radio is the main means of mass communication. (Online only)

  • Mali Blues - Four dynamic Malian musicians use their music to stand up to religious extremism.

  • Mina's Recipe Book - In a concentration camp, Mina wrote down her best recipes to send to her daughter before dying of starvation. (Online only)

  • A Modest World - A film about ordinary people who transform insignificant things into works of art. (Online only)

  • Mrs. B., a North Korean Woman - Attempting to escape North Korea, Mrs. B. is sold by smugglers to a Chinese farmer. She becomes a smuggler herself and struggles to reunite with her sons, but the secret service gets involved…

  • Film StillNational Diploma - A group of Congo's high school students desperately tries to pass their final exam in order to graduate.

  • A Normal Life: Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler - The dreams and disenchantments of a teenager who is discovering the reality of the traditional world of sumo. (Online only)

  • Now he's out in public and everyone can see - Online videos diaries are stitched together into a dense, polyphonic essay on race and identity.

  • Picasso and Sima, Antibes 1946 - The friendship between Pablo Picasso and Michel Sima, which led to the founding of the Picasso Museum. (Online only)

  • Raw Beauty - Explores the immense influence of those with psychological illnesses on artworks and 20th century art history. (Online only)

  • Sleeping Souls - A political hireling working for “United Russia” explains the cold inner mechanic of the system. (Online only)

  • Smoking Kills - Thomas is a hardcore smoker, and he's going to give it up. (Online only)

  • Snake Dance - A reflection on the Promethean dimensions of nuclear power, following German-born Aby Warburg and Robert Oppenheimer, inventor of the atomic bomb. (Online only)

  • Stony Paths - Following in his great-grandfather's footsteps, Arnaud undertakes a trek to study the Armenian Genocide. (Online only)

  • Tehran Has No More Pomegranates - This humorous yet critical portrait of Tehran plays with fact and fiction to depict today’s reality. (Online only)

  • They're Selling the Wind - An exploration of the carbon market's fight against global warming, a speculative, impalpable market, and sometimes irresponsible market. (Online only)

  • Voyage in G Major - At 91 years of age, Aimé decides to finally fulfil his dream of travelling to Morocco. His photographer grandson goes with him. (Online only)

  • Film StillWelcome to Refugeestan - Explores the land of camps, from Kenya, to Tanzania, Jordan, and the Greece/Macedonia border, as well as at the UNHCR’s headquarters in Geneva.

  • Tadmor - Eight former detainees recall the years spent being tortured in Syria's notorious Tadmor Prison.

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