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Films & DVDs Released in 2017
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Spring 2017 Releases
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  • Althusser, 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.

  • 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.

  • Cinema 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.

  • Film StillThe 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Welcome 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.

2017 Streaming-Only Collection

  • A Day with... - Ten African filmmakers each contributed a documentary portrait of the life of a different West African child.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Film StillBarcelona or Die - Madou, a Senegalese fisherman, risks his life on an illegal boat to Europe.

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

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

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

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

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


  • 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.

  • Fevers - Dr. Maman moves freely between Western medicine and ancestral magical recipes.

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

  • Film StillImaginary Feasts - In Nazi concentration camps, Japanese war camps and Gulag labor camps, starving prisoners risked their lives to document fantasy recipes.

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • 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.

  • Film StillPicasso and Sima, Antibes 1946 - The friendship between Pablo Picasso and Michel Sima, which led to the founding of the Picasso Museum.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

Fall 2016 Releases
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  • Film StillAlmayer's Folly - Narrative film adaptation by Chantal Akerman of Joseph Conrad's first novel, following a European man living in Southeast Asia and his half-indigenous daughter.

  • The Apology - Former "Comfort Women" who were forced to serve Japanese troops during World War II tell their harrowing stories.

  • Chicago Boys - After the coup in 1973, Chile was turned into a laboratory for the world’s most radical neo-liberal experiment.

  • Código Color, Memorias - An exploration of racism and skin color in Cuba during the 1950s.

  • Egg and Stone - A powerful autobiographical portrait of a 14-year-old girl’s attempts to come to terms with her emerging sexual maturity. From the dGenerate Films Collection.

  • Female Directors - When job prospects elude them, two twenty-something art school graduates decide to film each other’s lives instead. From the dGenerate Films Collection.


  • Grassroots in Dry Lands - Tells the story of three unconventional social workers united by a common vision that transcends the antagonisms between their countries.

  • Hiroshima Bound - A personal documentary that tracks the construction of America's collective memory (or lack of one) of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  • Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy - An unprecedented feat in international law: the dictator of Chad, Hissein Habré, is brought to trial.

  • Film StillHomo Sapiens - Abandoned landscapes of urban decay portend an ominous future in this wordless documentary. From the KimStim Collection.

  • Liberation: The User’s Guide - Julia and Katia are inmates held in a Siberian mental facility against their wishes.

  • Long Story Short - Over 100 people at homeless shelters, food banks, and job training centers discuss their experiences of poverty.

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