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  • Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 - Auteur filmmaker Bill Morrison brings to life a new cinematic record of World War I. (new April, 2015)

  • A Boatload of Wild Irishmen - The life and work of legendary director Robert Flaherty ("Nanook of the North"), the "father of documentary."

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  • The Case of the Grinning Cat - In his newest film, French cinema-essayist Chris Marker reflects on French and international politics, art and culture at the start of the new millennium.

  • Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman - A self-portrait by experimental narrative and feminist Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman.

  • Chantal Akerman Four Films - Four documentaries spanning two decades are included in this 5-disc box set, with a 16-page booklet and bonus film about the late filmmaker. (new January, 2016)

  • Chantal Akerman, From Here - A conversation with Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman about her films and her directorial philosophy.

  • China Concerto - An observational essay about public spectacles in contemporary China.

  • Chris Marker's Bestiary - Five Chris Marker short films devoted to animals collected together and available for the first time!

  • 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. (new January, 2017)

  • Class of Struggle - Workers at the Yema Watch Factory in BesanÁon depict their own labor struggles in this collective production initiated by Chris Marker.

  • A Crime to Fit the Punishment - Visits blacklisted Hollywood filmmakers who came together to make the seminal labor film, SALT OF THE EARTH.

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  • Dark Star: H. R. Giger's World - Meet the Oscar-winner behind the ALIEN xenomorph and architect of nightmares.

  • Decasia - A legendary cinematic exploration of the beauty of decaying archival footage by experimental film artist Bill Morrison. Music by Michael Gordon.

  • Decasia + Light Is Calling - A legendary cinematic exploration of the beauty of decaying archival footage by experimental film artist Bill Morrison. Music by Michael Gordon.

  • Description of a Memory - A multifaceted exploration of Israel's history and its present.

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

  • Dong - The great filmmaker Jia Zhangke travels with acclaimed painter Liu Xiaodong to Thailand where they meet workers in the throes of social turmoil.

  • Dreams Rewired - Tilda Swinton's narration and a treasure trove of rare archival footage trace the origins of today's hyper-connected world. (new July, 2015)

  • Ducktators - A unique look at the use of cartoons during World War II.

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  • Egg and Stone - A powerful autobiographical portrait of a 14-year-old girlís attempts to come to terms with her emerging sexual maturity. (new June, 2016)

  • The Embassy - In one of Chris Marker's few fiction films, political dissidents seek refuge in a foreign embassy after a military coup d'état in an unidentified country.

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  • Far from Vietnam - The landmark collaboration between Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Chris Marker and Alain Resnais in protest of the Vietnam war.

  • Female Directors - When job prospects elude them, two twenty-something art school graduates decide to film each otherís lives instead. (new March, 2016)

  • The Film of Her - A Library of Congress clerk tries to save early cinematic treasures in Bill Morrison's doc-fiction hybrid. Music by Henryk Gorecki & Bill Frisell.

  • First Passion - Largely overlooked by historians and film buffs, the curious 1912 epic "From the Manger to the Cross" depicted the life of Jesus. (new December, 2016)

  • From The East - Chantal Akerman retraces a journey from the end of summer to deepest winter, from East Germany, across Poland and the Baltics, to Moscow. "One of the 10 Best Films of the 1990s." — J. Hoberman, Artforum

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  • Gao Rang (Grilled Rice) - The story of the North Vietnamese combat cameramen who filmed the Indo-Chinese & Vietnam Wars, and founded Vietnamese cinema.

  • Golden Slumbers - An inventively directed history of the lost Cambodian cinema.

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

  • A Grin Without A Cat - Chris Marker's epic film-essay on the worldwide political wars of the 60's and 70's: Vietnam, Che, May '68, Prague, Chile, and the fate of the New Left.

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  • 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. (new May, 2016)

  • "Housemaids" book - A book companion to the film "Housemaids" by Gabriel Mascaro (new May, 2016)

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  • Ice - An innovative independent thriller, shot in New York City, which centers on a revolutionary group plotting to attack a fascistic political regime.

  • 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.

  • Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution - The intertwined history of Iran and its cinema, from the first silent films to the talkies, from the Shah's regime to the Islamic revolution, and the international cinematic success of today.

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  • Jean Rouch: Six Films - A set of six films made in West Africa by legendary ethnographic filmmaker Jean Rouch.

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  • Kumar Talkies - In Kalpi, a small city in northern India, Kumar Talkies is the only movie theater in town. This film juxtaposes life in the village, with the world of rebellion and romance on the silver screen.

  • Kuxa Kanema - The story of Mozambique's National Institute of Cinema (INC) - a history of the birth and death of local cinema, and the birth and death of an ideology.

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  • La Commune - The most recent film by Peter Watkins. A 5 hour 45 minute event. Based on a thorough historical research into the Paris Commune of 1871, this film leads to an inevitable reflection about the present.

  • The Last Bolshevik - This two-disc set includes Chris Marker's tribute to Russian film director Alexander Medvedkin, Medvedkin's silent classic HAPPINESS (1934), and loads of extras.

  • The Last Happy Day - A portrait of a doctor who saw the worst of society and ran. (new June, 2015)

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

  • Level Five - In Chris Markerís futuristic reverie, game-developer Laura creates a video game based on the WWII Battle of Okinawa.

  • Light is Calling - A sumptuous cine-poem created from decaying archival footage. Music by Michael Gordon.

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  • The Making of 'Rocky Road to Dublin' - Reunites Peter Lennon and cinematographer Raoul Coutard, who recount the making of their then controversial, now classic, documentary on Ireland in the Sixties.

  • A Man Vanishes - Shohei Imamura's investigation into the disappearance becomes an investigation into the nature of fiction and reality.

  • Marcel Ophuls and Jean-Luc Godard - In Geneva, Switzerland, film directors Marcel Ophuls and Jean-Luc Godard meet for a surprisingly intimate and sometimes contentious dialogue.

  • Matamata and Pilipili - Reclaims an important episode in the history of Congolese popular culture, the Matamata and Pilipili series of colonial-era film comedies, while exploring the complex terrain of colonial relationships and media representations.

  • Middletown - This classic series, created by Emmy and Academy Award winner Peter Davis, explores both the continuity and the change embodied in the people and institutions of one Midwestern community: Muncie, Indiana.

  • Mille Gilles - The thought and ideas of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, and his impact on creative work and communities around the world.

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  • No Home Movie - In her essential final feature, Chantal Akerman documents her relationship with her mother, a Holocaust-survivor. (new October, 2015)

  • Northern Light - A beautiful and candid portrait of the American working class experience set against the backdrop of a town's snowmobile race.

  • Notes on Marie Menken - The story of the "mother of avante-garde film"—the influential experimental filmmaker who inspired artists such as Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol, and Kenneth Anger.

  • O

  • On Snow's Wavelength, Zoom Out - A documentary on artist Michael Snow, regarded as one of the great innovators and theoreticians of the film medium, as informative and enjoyable as it is beautifully constructed.

  • One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich - Filmmaker Chris Marker's homage to his friend and colleague, Andrei Tarkovsky. A unique and intimate portrait of the legendary Russian filmmaker.

  • 100 Children Waiting for a Train - Poetically tells the story of a group of Chilean children who discover a larger reality - and a different world - through the cinema.

  • Operation Filmmaker - When Hollywood gives a young Iraqi film student the opportunity of a lifetime, nothing goes according to plan, and the result is an engaging, sometimes comical political parable about do-gooder intentions gone wrong.

  • The Other Day - Filmmaker Ignacio AgŁero's gentle exploration of home, family, history and Chilean society.

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

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

  • Proteus - Animated exploration of the 19th century's fascination with the undersea world, and portrait of biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel, who found in the sea depths an ecstatic fusion of science and art.

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  • Release - Al Capone's release from prison is eagerly awaited by a crowd in Bill Morrison's split-screen panorama. Music by Vijay Iyer.

  • Remembrance of Things to Come - This tapestry of still photographs, subject-skipping montage and rapid shuttle of wit and philosophy is pure Chris Marker.

  • Revue - A portait of life in the USSR in the '50s and '60s, this is the new film by Sergei Loznitsa (Blockade).

  • Rocky Road to Dublin - The last film screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1968. A provocative, biting portrayal of 1960s Ireland: the stultifying educational system, the repressive, reactionary clergy, and the myopic cultural nationalism.

  • S

  • The Search - A film crew travels through Tibet, searching for actors for their adaptation of a classic Buddhist story.

  • Sermons and Sacred Pictures - Profiles Reverend L.O. Taylor, a Baptist minister and inspired photographer / filmmaker who documented the fabric of black American life prior to the civil rights movement.

  • The Sixth Side of the Pentagon - Chronicle of the 1967 Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam protest march on the Pentagon, by documentary essayist Chris Marker. Also on this disc is a second film, THE EMBASSY.

  • States of Unbelonging - The core of this haunting meditation on war, land, the Bible, and filmmaking is a portrait of Revital Ohayon, an Israeli filmmaker and mother killed near the West Bank. (new June, 2015)

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  • Tehran Has No More Pomegranates - This musical comedy plays with fact and fiction to depict contemporary Iranian life. (new December, 2016)

  • Three Cheers for the Whale - Noted French documentarian Chris Marker chronicles the history of the whale and, in a more general manner, that of all marine mammals, in the process warning of the imminent destruction of the whale threatened by the fishing industry's ong

  • The 3 Rooms of Melancholia - An award-winning, stunningly beautiful revelation of how the Chechen War has psychologically affected children in Russia and in Chechnya.

  • Three Sisters - Three little sisters live alone in a small village in the high mountains of the Yunnan region. The little girls donít go to school, spending their days working in the fields or wandering in the village. (new October, 2015)

  • 'Til Madness Do Us Part - The daily lives and isolation of a group of men locked on one floor of a Chinese city's psychiatric institution. (new October, 2015)

  • To Chris Marker, An Unsent Letter - A cinematic love letter to filmmaker Chris Marker.

  • To Tell the Truth: The Strategy of Truth - Directly follows the previous episode and examines documentary filmmaking in times of war and how it was used as propaganda.

  • To Tell the Truth: Working for Change - A detailed history of documentary filmmaking in the US and the UK from 1929 to 1941 focused on the social movements of the times, The Great Depression, The New Deal, and the awakening of the Leftwing in the UK.

  • 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.

  • V

  • The Virgin, the Copts and Me - A filmmaker's revealing, personal exploration of Egypt's Copt community.

  • A Visit to Ogawa Productions - Nagisa Oshima - the 'New Wave' Japanese director - visits the filmmaking collective led by Shinsuke Ogawa, to discuss the social and cinematic philosophy of one of Japan's best-known documentary film collectives.

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  • The Way Things Go - 100 feet of physical interactions, chemical reactions, and precisely crafted chaos worthy of Rube Goldberg or Alfred Hitchcock - a discussion starter for sure.

  • Which Way Is East: Notebooks from Vietnam - When two American sisters travel north from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, conversations with Vietnamese strangers and friends reveal to them the flip side of a shared history. (new June, 2015)

  • Z

  • Zone of Silence - Five Cuban intellectuals discuss censorship as a historical, political and social phenomenon.

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