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  • Algeria's Bloody Years - Chronicles the country's struggle for peace, stability and democracy since independence, and the surprising origins of the brutal conflict between Islamic fundamentalists and the national Army.

  • 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. (new October, 2016)

  • Anais Goes to War - A young woman's struggle to start her own farm. (new January, 2017)

  • As a Young Girl of Thirteen - Holocaust survivor Simone Lagrange vividly recounts her experiences in Auschwitz, and the role she played in bringing Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie to justice.

  • B

  • Be Seeing You - Workers at a textile factory on strike in pre-May '68 France, not just for more money, but for a different way of life. By Chris Marker.

  • Ben Barka - A biography of Moroccan opposition leader Mehdi Ben Barka, abducted on the streets of Paris and murdered in 1965, the infamous "Ben Barka affair."

  • Black Dawn - An animated account of Haiti's liberation told through the eyes of two African slaves.

  • Bruly Bouabré's Alphabet - In the 1950's, Ivory Coast artist Bruly Bouabré created hundreds of pictograms based on one-syllable words in his language, Bété.

  • Business Club - Join young Viscount Arthur de Soultrait in the run-up to his wildly elaborate birthday/brand relaunch party. (new January, 2017)

  • C

  • 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.

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

  • The Coach Machine - Despite having been eliminated from popular TV show The Voice, Luc has a 3-year plan to become a millionaire. Will his dream become a reality? (new December, 2016)

  • Constant, Avant le Depart - Filmed shortly before Constant Nieuwenhuys' death, this is an intimate glimpse into the life and work of the painter, urban theorist, and influential member of the European avant-garde.

  • D

  • Death Squadrons - The previously untold story of how the French military trained Latin American death squads in the 60s and 70s (and even U.S. Special Forces in the early days of our Vietnam War).

  • Derrida's Elsewhere - An exploration of the life and ideas of Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), arguably the most important philosopher of the 20th Century.

  • Drowning by Bullets - Exposes the massacre, cover-up, and the years of denial of what was undoubtedly one of the darkest nights in the history of France.

  • E

  • Eileen Gray - The reknowned designer and architect Eileen Gray was always ahead of her time; thirty years after her death she is still considered the very essence of the Modern.

  • 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.

  • F

  • 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.

  • Forever - A poignant tour of the importance of art in the lives of visitors to the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the final resting place for legendary writers, composers, painters and other artists from around the world.

  • Forging Identity - The remarkable' life of Adolfo Kaminsky, master forger. He helped thousands of Jews escape Nazi persecution, and after the war many 'underground' movements.

  • Foucault Against Himself - Captures the energy and fierce intellect of the philosopher and the key, sometimes contradictory, elements of his work.

    G

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

  • Grand Paris - French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to turn Paris into the model super-metropolis for the 21st century, and plenty of world-class architects would like the job.

  • 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.

  • H

  • Henry Miller - An intimate and revealing look at Henry Miller, and his life and work through this program from the archives that originally aired on television in Quebec in 1969.

  • Hotel Terminus - Marcel Ophuls' Academy Award winning examination of the Nazi officer Klaus Barbie, the infamous "Butcher of Lyon," weaves together 40 years of footage and interviews.

  • I

  • Imaginary Feasts - In Nazi concentration camps, Japanese war camps and Gulag labor camps, starving prisoners risked their lives to document fantasy recipes. (new January, 2017)

  • The Internationale - Draws on people's stories of an emotionally charged radical song (the long-time anthem of socialism and communism) to celebrate the relationship between music and social change.

  • J

  • Jack Kerouac - A charming program from over 40 years ago: Jack Kerouac talks about his childhood, writing On the Road and the origin of the word "beat."

  • Jacques Lacan Speaks - A unique film from the archives, a documentary based on a 1971 university speaking appearance by Jacques Lacan (1901-1981), the most influential psychoanalyst after Freud.

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

  • Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir - From 1967, for the first time on video or DVD, a portrait of two of the most influential and controversial writers and thinkers of the 20th century. They discuss their work, lives, and the role of intellectuals in modern society.

  • Journey to the West - Six countries in 10 days! A group of Chinese tourists visits Europe at whirlwind speed. (new January, 2017)

  • Just Watch Me - The Canadian "70's Generation" - growing up under the elegant and enigmatic Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

  • L

  • 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.

  • 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 Marker’s futuristic reverie, game-developer Laura creates a video game based on the WWII Battle of Okinawa.

  • Liberation: The User's Guide - Yulia and Katia are inmates held in a Siberian mental facility against their wishes. (new June, 2016)

  • The Life and Times of Sara Baartman - Kidnapped from South Africa in 1810 and "exhibited" around Great Britain, Sara Baartman was treated as a scientific curiosity.

  • The Lion Hunters - Jean Rouch's self-reflexive depiction of lion hunting among the Songhay people of Niger, and the social structure that underlies it.

  • Little By Little - Jean Rouch brings his Nigerien collaborators to France to perform a reverse ethnography of late-1960s Parisian life.

  • M

  • The Mad Masters - Jean Rouch's essential and controversial work is a classic of ethnographic cinema.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Marguerite, A Reflection of Herself - A personal portrait of the great French writer Marguerite Duras. Made with home moves, archives, film extracts, readings, and television interviews filmed over many years.

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

  • A Modest World - A film about ordinary people who transform insignificant things into works of art. (new January, 2017)

  • N

  • 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: from a censored journalist in Morocco, she becomes the most protected woman of France. (new April, 2017)

  • P

  • Paris Ring - The story of the road round Paris, the most significant 'redevelopment' project in Paris since Haussmann's time.

  • Paris, 19th Century Still
  • Paris, 19th Century - Architectural historian François Loyer, an expert on 19th-century Paris, examines the foundation of the modern city in Georges-Eugène Haussmann's massive "renovation" of the 1860s.

  • Picasso and Sima, Antibes 1946 - In 1946, Pablo Picasso asked fellow artist Michel Sima to document Picasso's artwork-in-progress. (new January, 2017)

  • R

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

  • The Return of Sara Baartman - After years of unsettling negotiation with France, South Africa finally welcomes home the remains of Sara Baartman in an historic event of repatriation.

  • S

  • School of Babel - Welcome to a unique Parisian program for immigrant children from all over the world. (new July, 2015)

  • Shadi - Moved by the economic hardships of the Iranian theater troupe the "Joy Makers" world-renowned French stage director, Ariane Mnouchkine invites them to perform in Paris.

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

  • Sociology is a Martial Art - An introduction to the work of Influential sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, whose 40 books and countless articles represent a renovation and application of social science.

  • States of Terror - Investigates the role played by the Spanish and French governments in a campaign of terrorist acts designed to suppress ETA and the Basque Separatist movement.

  • T

  • Through the Consul's Eye - Films shot by a French Consul in turn-of-the-century China. With a camera lent by the Lumiere brothers, he documented the historic events and everyday life he saw around him.

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

  • U

  • The Underground Orchestra - Documentary profile of musicians who play on the sidewalks of Paris and in the Metro.

  • V

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

  • W

  • Winter Nomads - Modern-day shepards Pascal and Carole bring 800 sheep on a snow-covered odyssey.

  • 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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