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  • Afghanistan 1979: The War That Changed the World

    Afghanistan 1979: The War That Changed the World - A behind-the-scenes history of the Soviet Union's 10-year long war in Afghanistan.

  • B

  • Back to the Soil - A young Korean couple leaves the city to become farmers. They struggle to survive economically from the land, while trying to balance their political activism and family life.

  • The Battle for the Arctic - As the polar ice caps shrink, an international contest for control of the Arctic, is escalating.

  • 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.

  • Berlin 1885: The Division of Africa

    Berlin 1885: The Division of Africa - The story of the first international conference on Africa, which established its division amongst the European powers, and created Congo as a personal possession of the Belgian king.

  • Between Midnight and the Rooster's Crow - Traveling along the cross-Andes route of an oil pipeline in Ecuador, a case study of the troubling connections between corporations, Western consumption, and the 3rd World.

  • The Bible Unearthed - A four-part series based on the best-selling book The Bible Unearthed by Israel Finkelstein (Prof. of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University) and Neil Silberman (Director of the Ename Center for Public Archaeology & Heritage Presentation).

  • Black Water - Industrial pollution in a small Brazilian fishing village.

  • A Bridge Over the River

    A Bridge Over the River - Profiles Lency, a man who lives in Cuba's central mountains who has a creative solution to all of life's daily problems there.

  • C

  • Can't Do It In Europe - Some people travel to Bolivia to go down the dangerous silver mines, to see the medieval work conditions. Are they crawling through the contaminated tunnels to learn about a foreign culture, or to escape boredom?

  • Chain of Love - A film about the Philippines' second largest export product - maternal love - and how the international trade in love and care affects the women involved, their families, and families in the West.

  • Coincidence in Paradise - Delves into the mystery of our origins, seeking the latest discoveries that may answer the question - What exactly was it that first initiated our genesis, our species' actual birth?

  • The Cow Jumped Over the Moon

    The Cow Jumped Over the Moon - The story of Fulani cattle herders in West Africa using U.S. satellite imaging technology to find grazing and water for their herds during drought.

  • Cul de Sac - An allegory for a working class suburb in decline, this film investigates the story of Shawn Nelson, who stole a tank and went on a rampage through the residential streets of Clairemont, CA.

  • Cycling the Frame - A quirky 1988 documentary in which Tilda Swinton tours the circumference of the Berlin Wall on a bicycle.

  • D

  • Dam/Age - Traces renowned, prize winning writer Arundhati Roy's bold and controversial campaign against the Narmada dam project in India.

  • Depending On Heaven: The Desert - Examines the role of people in the desert ecosystem of Inner Mongolia.

  • Division of Hearts - Ordinary people from Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh recount their tumultuous experiences after the 1947 British subdivision of colonial India.

  • The Dreamers of Arnhem Land - The two Aboriginal elders who set out to save their community from cultural extinction by combining traditional knowledge and contemporary scientific expertise.

  • E

  • Electric Signs - Explores the effects of new screen-based advertising sign systems on urban environments and public space.

  • The End of the Ottoman Empire

    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?

  • Energy War - A global investigation into the geopolitical dynamics of the world's oil supply. How are the governments which control most of the oil wielding their power on the world stage?

  • F

  • The Forgotten Space - Allan Sekula and Noel Burch investigate maritime trade, the global supply chain and 21st-century capitalism.

  • Forgotten World - Discover a historic maze of stone circles, terraces and engravings that offer archaelogists new insight into South Africa's past.

  • From The Other Side - Using technology developed for the military, the flow of illegal immigration into San Diego has been stemmed. But for the desperate, there are still the dangerous deserts of Arizona, where Chantal Akerman shifts her focus.

    G

  • The Gas Weapon - A clear, much-needed examination of the role natural gas and gas pipelines play in the geopolitics of Russia and Ukraine.

  • The Great Flood - Artist Bill Morrison and musician Bill Frisell evoke the Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and ensuing transformation of American society.

  • Gringo Trails - A global survey of the impacts on cultures, economies, and the environment of the most powerful globalizing force of our time: tourism.

  • Guanape Sur

    Guanape Sur - A barren rock island off the coast of Peru. Every eleven years hundreds of men come here, to dig up guano, the shit the birds leave behind.

  • Guinea Worm - Examines the nearly successful fight to eradicate a water borne parasite in Africa.

  • H

  • H2Omx - Can a mega-city mobilize its 22 million citizens to become water-sustainable?

  • I

  • The Infinite Island - In this doc-fiction hybrid, a peasant journeys through the Sierra Maestra to buy a new mule.

  • Inheritance

    Inheritance - After a gold mine floods a Hungarian river with tons of cyanide, fisherman Balazs Meszaro stands alone against a multinational corporation, exposing environmental and human consequences of globalization.

  • An Injury To One - Reconstructs the long-forgotten murder of union organizer Frank Little in Butte, Montana, and draws a connection between the unsolved murder of Little, and the attempted murder of the town itself.

  • The Invisible Frame - A filmic journey starring Tilda Swinton as she traces the former Berlin Wall via bicycle.

  • The Ister - A journey up the Danube River, this film takes up some of the most challenging paths in Martin Heidegger's thought. With the philosophers Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean-Luc Nancy, Bernard Stiegler, and filmmaker Hans-Jürgen Syberberg.

  • J

  • Journey to the West

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

  • K

  • Keeping It Real - A philosophical but often comic investigation of the desire for truly "authentic" experiences, and how the new "experience economy" packages and sells them.

  • Kochuu - A visually stunning film about modern Japanese architecture, its roots in Japanese tradition, and their relationships to modernist Scandinavian design. With two Pritzker Prize winners, Tadao Ando and Sverre Fehn.

  • The Koran: Back to the Origins of the Book - Explores the origins and history of the Koran - where Muslim tradition and scientific research converge.

  • L

  • Lagos / Koolhaas

    Lagos / Koolhaas - Renowned architect Rem Koolhaas and students from The Harvard Project on the City explore Lagos, Nigeria, interpreting the chaotic city in an innovative, surprising way.

  • Le Joli Mai - Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's legendary portrait of Paris and Parisians at the close of the Algerian war.

  • Living Memory - About Mali's ancient culture, and this culture's position in the country today. Exposes tensions in a society assailed by modernization, Islam and global tourism, yet confident that it will maintain its own distinctive character.

  • Lost Rivers - Explore the growing movement and innovative projects around the world to uncover once-buried urban waterways.

  • M

  • Madrid

    Madrid - Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman's new film, an intimate and sentimental visit to the Spanish capital.

  • Magnitogorsk - The fortunes of three generations living in the shadow of Russia's most breathtaking industrial project of the 1930s. The film was inspired by Joris Ivens'Song of the Heroes. (from the January, 1998 Catalog Supplement)

  • Malls R Us - From impressive architectural projects to economic, environmental and social concerns, everything about shopping malls, and more.

  • Mayan Voices: American Lives - Contrasts the experiences of Mayan families who came to Indiantown, Florida as refugees fleeing the violence in Guatemala in the early 1980s, with the struggles of those continuing to arrive in search of better lives.

  • The Men Who Would Conquer China

    The Men Who Would Conquer China - How does one buy companies owned by the state of China, support that country's transition to capitalism, and make a fortune at the same time?

  • 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…

    N

  • Nostalgia for the Light - Director Patricio Guzman travels to Chile's Atacama Desert, studying traces of distant galaxies, ancient civilizations, and the remains of the disappeared.

  • O

  • Old Men - An intimate ethnographic portrait of the elderly men living on one street in Beijing, China.

  • 1428

    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.

  • Outerborough - A trolley traveling over the Brooklyn Bridge in 1899 helped create the footage underlying Bill Morrison's neo-travelogue. Music by Todd Reynolds.

  • P

  • Palestine: Story of a Land - The story of Palestine from the nineteenth century through current times.

  • Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands - The Alberta tar sands, the world's largest industrial, capital and energy project has far-reaching environmental impact.

  • Playing the News

    Playing the News - Does the convergence online of current affairs (like the Iraq war) and computer games herald the future of news and entertainment? And if so, is it dangerous, or a new way to reach a young audience?

  • Post-Carbon Futures - The world will have to survive without fossil fuels - sooner, rather than later. What are the alternatives?

  • The Price of Aid - An investigation of America's food aid programs for famine-stricken nations, a multi-million dollar business, which asks both U.S. and African government officials whether such aid creates more problems than it solves.

  • The Prize of the Pole - Robert Peary's quest to plant an American flag at the North Pole came with enormous, and sometimes unacknowledged, costs. Now his great-grandson wants to set the record straight.

  • R

  • Robinson Crusoe Island

    Robinson Crusoe Island - A journey by Patricio Guzman to the real Robinson Crusoe Island, off the coast of Chile, the setting for Daniel Defoe's famous book.

  • S

  • Saving Mes Aynak - Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site from imminent demolition.

  • Still, The Children Are Here - A portrait of the Garo people of India, for whom cultivating rice is a way of life and worship, this film not only describes an indigenous culture, but the essential nature of humanity. Produced by Mira Nair.

  • Story of a Beautiful Country - A South African filmmaker travels in a mini-van taxi across his country with a hand-held camera. Topics range over controversial issues such as land, race, language, democracy, identity, and violence.

  • Strait Through The Ice

    Strait Through The Ice - Climate change is opening the Northwest Passage through Canada's Arctic for shipping. Examines the ecological and geopolitical ramifications.

  • Syria, Chess Match at the Borders - A chronicle, enriched by archival footage and interviews, of how Syria became simultaneously a player and a pawn in the geopolitical "chess match" that characterizes the Middle East today.

  • T

  • Tambogrande - Follows the efforts of a small Peruvian town over five years as they fight government efforts to sell the mineral rights under their homes to a multi-national mining company.

  • Taxi to Timbuktu - Men from Mali seek work in New York, Paris, and Tokyo.

  • 10th Parallel

    10th Parallel - A voyage deep into the Amazon to explore the implications of Brazil's policy on uncontacted indigenous tribes.

  • They Would All Be Queens - The stories of women from the Soviet Union who married Cuban men and moved to Cuba before the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

  • This Way Up - Near Jerusalem, the construction of the separation wall continues, a few feet from a senior citizens' home.

  • U

  • The Universal Clock - Is there an alternative to run-of-the-mill TV? The film introduces us to Peter Watkins, who for the last three decades has proven that quality TV may be made without compromise.

  • W

  • Working Women of the World

    Working Women of the World - Focusing on Levi Strauss & Co., examines the relocation of factories from Western countries to nations like Indonesia, the Philippines, and Turkey, where low wages are the rule and employee rights are nonexistent.

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