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Films & DVDs Released in 2012
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Fall, 2012 Releases
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  • The Battle for the Arab Viewer - A behind-the-scenes look at the rivalry between the Arab world's two main TV networks - Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya. (new September, 2012)

  • Beijing Besieged by Waste - Wang Jiu-liang travels to more than 500 landfills, documenting Beijing's unholy cycle of consumption. (new September, 2012)

  • Black Africa, White Marble - A contemporary David-and-Goliath story that sheds a harsh light on the colonial past and troubled present of The Republic of Congo. (new October, 2012)

  • Chantal Akerman, From Here - A conversation with Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman about her films and her directorial philosophy. (new September, 2012)

  • Decasia - A legendary cinematic exploration of the beauty of decaying archival footage by experimental film artist Bill Morrison. (new September, 2012)

  • Description of A Memory - A multifaceted exploration of Israel's history and its present. (new October, 2012)

  • Dreaming of a Tree House - An exploration of the design and philosophy behind a 20 year-old experimental, ecological collective housing project in the center of Berlin. (new October, 2012)

  • Futures Market - A visual essay on cultural memory, urban space, and real estate speculation. (new September, 2012)

  • Islam Unknown - A series of eight conversations with unconventional Muslim intellectuals. (new September, 2012)

  • Light Is Calling - A sumptuous cine-poem created from decaying archival footage. (new September, 2012)

  • A Man Vanishes - Shohei Imamura's investigation into the disappearance becomes an investigation into the nature of fiction and reality. (new November, 2012)

  • Marx Reloaded - A new exploration into the relevance of Karl Marx's ideas for understanding the global economic and financial crisis. (new September, 2012)

  • The Mothers' Triangle - A revealing, heartrending portrait of two generations of young, single mothers living in the shadow of abuse and abandonment.(new September, 2012)

  • A Natural History of Laughter - A lively look at the latest developments in the scientific study of laughter. (new September, 2012)

  • 900 Days - Unforgettable life stories told by survivors of the Siege of Leningrad, where more than 1 million people died during World War II. (new September, 2012)

  • Old Dog - A family on the Himalayan plains discovers their dog is worth a fortune, but selling it comes at a terrible price. (new September, 2012)

  • Our NewspaperOur Newspaper - A couple starts their own newspaper in rural Russia... which lands them in danger.(new September, 2012)

  • Silvestre Pantaleón - The story of an elderly man from the Nahuatl-speaking village of San Agustin Oapan, Mexico. (new October, 2012)

  • The Substance - Chock-full of rare footage and LSD-celebrity interviews, an informative and enteraining historical and scientific "trip." (new September, 2012)

  • 10th Parallel - A voyage deep into the Amazon to explore the implications of Brazil's policy on uncontacted indigenous tribes. (new September, 2012)

  • The Tiniest Place - The story of a small village in El Salvador, destroyed during the country's civil war, and its remarkable rebirth today. (new September, 2012)

Summer, 2012 Releases — The dGenerate Films Collection
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  • Before the Flood - The residents of the historic Chinese city of Fengjie clash with officials forcing them to evacuate their homes to make way for the world's largest dam. (new July, 2012)

  • Before The Flood II - Gong Tan - Yan Yu follows BEFORE THE FLOOD with this profile of the residents of Gongtan, a 1700-year-old village soon to be demolished by a hydroelectric dam project. (new July, 2012)

  • Digital Underground in the People's Republic - Six documentary shorts chronicle the changing state of China's independent, and underground, film scene. (new August, 2012)

  • Disorder - Huang Weikai collects footage from a dozen amateur videographers and weaves them into a unique symphony of urban social dysfunction. (new July, 2012)

  • Dong - China's greatest living filmmaker Jia Zhangke (Platform, The World) travels with acclaimed painter Liu Xiaodong to Thailand as they meet workers in the throes of social turmoil. (new August, 2012)

  • The East Wind State Farm - Condemned "Rightists," sentenced to 21 years of "thought reform," share first-person accounts of life in a Chinese labor camp. (new August, 2012)

  • Fangshan Church - The inner workings of a Christian community in rural China, whose ways of life and worship are threatened by the world around them. (new August, 2012)

  • Fortune Teller (Suan Ming)Fortune Teller - The life of a countryside fortune teller provides a candid and deeply revelatory look at people living on the fringes of Chinese society. (new August, 2012)

  • Gai Shanxi and Her Sisters - The story of one woman's brutal ordeal as a "comfort woman" for the Japanese Army during World War II. (new August, 2012)

  • Ghost Town - A remote village in southwest China is haunted by traces of its cultural past while its residents piece together their existence. (new August, 2012)

  • Karamay - In Karamay, filmmaker Xu Xin helps a community break the silence nearly two decades after a horrible fire killed nearly 300 schoolchildren. (new July, 2012)

  • Meishi Street - Ordinary citizens take a stand against the planned destruction of their homes to make way forthe 2008 Beijing Olympics. (new July, 2012)

  • My Father's House - The story of an underground church founded by Nigerian missionaries offers a rare glimpse inside an immigrant African community in China. (new August, 2012)

  • Nostalgia - Acclaimed filmmaker Shu Haolun explores the culture and history of his Shanghai neighborhood upon its impending destruction. (new August, 2012)

  • 1428 - Du Haibin's award-winning documentary of the earthquake that devastated China's Sichuan province in 2008 explores how victims, citizens and government respond to a national tragedy. (new July, 2012)

  • Oxhide - Daily life in an impossibly cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in this, intimate portrait of a working-class Chinese family. (new July, 2012)

  • Oxhide II - Breaking new ground, Liu Jiayin's follow-up to her masterful debut OXHIDE turns a simple dinner into a profoundly intimate study of family relationships. (new July, 2012)

  • Queer China, 'Comrade' China - China's most prolific gay filmmaker presents a comprehensive historical account of the queer movement in modern China. (new July, 2012)

  • San Yuan Li - Armed with video cameras, twelve artists present a highly stylized portrait of SAN YUAN LI, a traditional village besieged by China's urban sprawl. (new August, 2012)

  • Searching for Lin Zhao's Soul - This landmark documentary reveals the tragic life of a gifted young woman who was executed for speaking out during the height of Chairman Mao's rule. (new August, 2012)

  • Street Life - The hidden lives of homeless migrants who survive in the shadows of one of Shanghai's most affluent and historic streets. (new August, 2012)

  • Struggle - Explores the cruel realities of sweatshop labor and workplace injury in China, and one lawyer's mission to defend worker's rights. (new August, 2012)

  • Super, Girls! - Follows ten young women on their quest to become instant superstars on China's biggest television show. (new July, 2012)

  • Tape - Performance artist Li Ning turns his life into art in this epic work of experimental documentary. (new July, 2012)

  • Though I Am Gone - Pioneering filmmaker Hu Jie uncovers the tragic story of a teacher beaten to death by her students during the Cultural Revolution. (new August, 2012)

  • Timber Gang (aka Last Lumberjacks) - Yu Guangyi's stunning debut explores a grueling winter amongst loggers in Northeast China, as they work with traditional methods through one last, fateful expedition. (new August, 2012)

  • Torch Troupes - In this vivid portrait of China's musical heritage, Sichuan Opera performers strive to keep a centuries-old artform alive. (new August, 2012)

  • The Transition Period - With unprecedented access to a Communist Party leader, investigative filmmaker Zhou Hao offers a startlingly candid look inside Chinese politics at the local level. (new August, 2012)

  • Using - An unusual relationship develops between a Chinese couple struggling with heroin and a filmmaker chronicling their addiction, in this provocative documenrtary on drug abuse, filmmaking and friendship. (new August, 2012)

  • We Are the ... of Communism - The mysterious closing of a Beijing school sends hundreds of migrant children on a desperate struggle to reclaim their right to an education. (new August, 2012)

Spring, 2012 Releases
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  • Changing Your MindChanging Your Mind - Illustrates new research in nueroplasticity and how the changing brain plays an important role in treating mental diseases and disorders. (new January, 2012)

  • Fragments of a Revolution - An insider's view of the Iranian Green Revolution, which followed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed 2009 election victory. (new January, 2012)

  • Goodbye Mubarak!Goodbye Mubarak! - This documentary visits Egypt in the months leading up to the Tahrir Square demonstrations - and finds a revolution already simmering under the surface. (new January, 2012)

  • Kati With an I - In three tumultuous days, the future of one Alabama high school senior is cast into doubt. (new January, 2012)

  • Killed by CareKilled by Care - Every year, tens of thousands of Americans die as a result of medical mistakes. (new January, 2012)

  • The Loving Story - Oscar-shortlist selection, this s the definitive account of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage. (new January, 2012)

  • Miners HymnsThe Miners' Hymns - The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of this inspired documentary by multi-media artist Bill Morrison. (new January, 2012)

  • Neither Allah, Nor Master! - An explosive, personal look at secularism in the Muslim country of Tunisia. (new January, 2012)

  • 108 Cuchillo de Palo - Paraguayan director Renate Costa Perdomo investigates a gay man's persecution and murder. (new February, 2012)

  • Roll On - Aims to share the everyday lives of families living with neuromuscular disorders. (new January, 2012)

  • Simone de Beauvoir - Two interviews filmed 15 years apart illuminating the role, personality and ideas of the novelist, philosopher and political activist. (new March, 2012)

  • Syria: the Assads' Twilight - A lively documentary history of Syria's Assad regime, tracing its origins and influence, even as it clings to power in the face of the Arab spring. (new January, 2012)

  • Tahrir: Liberation Square - Director Stefano Savona lived and filmed on the front lines in Tahrir Square, Cairo, to make this film from the heart of the protests that overthrew Mubarak in Egypt last year. (new January, 2012)

  • Tunisia, Year Zero - Follow the day by day events during the year after the fall of Ben Ali while Tunisian's elected a new a government and draft a constitution. (new March, 2012)

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