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  • 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.

  • The Battle of Chernobyl - Previously secret archives and documents provide the basis for an unprecedented examination of the disaster and the efforts to contain it.

  • 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 - 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.

  • Blowing Up Paradise - The story of thirty years of French nuclear testing in the South Pacific, including the lethal bombing of the "Rainbow Warrior" — the Greenpeace ship sunk by the French Secret Service.

  • 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 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.

  • 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

  • Fishing in the Sea of Greed - Documents the response of one fishing community in India to the "rape and run" industrial-scale fishing that has begun to dominate their livelihood and decimate their environment.

  • For Man Must Work - A provocative look at the future of labor in the changing global economy.

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

  • 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.

  • The Future Is Not What It Used To Be - A fascinating profile of Erkki Kurenniemi, an early inventor of electronic synthesizers and microcomputers, whose career represents a surprisingly natural blend of music, film, computers, robotics, science and art.

  • G

  • The Great Flood - Filmmaker Bill Morrison and musician Bill Frisell evoke the Mississippi River Flood of 1927, and its many legacies.

  • Guañape 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.

  • I

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

  • 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.

  • 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 - 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 - 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 - 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?

  • A Mobile World - A fascinating and comprehensive look at the current telecommunications revolution and the growing concerns over the ever-widening digital divide.

  • N

  • Nostalgia for the Light - Director Patricio Guzmán travels to Chile’s Atacama Desert where astronomers examine distant galaxies, archaeologists uncover traces of ancient civilizations, and women dig for the remains of disappeared relatives.

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

  • 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 - 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 - 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

  • 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 - 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 - A voyage deep into the Amazon to explore the implications of Brazil's policy on uncontacted indigenous tribes. (new June, 2021)

  • They Would All Be Queens - Tells the story The stories of several Soviet women 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.

  • Try to Remember - A mother returns to her home village Yantang, in China, with her son, to show him where she grew up, and to talk for the first time about the days of the Cultural Revolution.

  • 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 - 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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