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Films & DVDs Released in 2021
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    All About My Sisters - Qiong Wang boldly explores her family history and relationships, and how they intersect with the ongoing consequences of China’s one-child policy.

  • Berliner Ballade - Some months after the fall of the Berlin wall, Chris Marker shot this passionate documentary, reflecting the state of the place and its spirit with remarkable acuity.

  • Blue Helmet (Casque Bleu) - François Crémieux served as a French UN peacekeeper near the Bosnian town of Bihać. He never saw combat, but he was left deeply shaken by the experience.

  • Gorbachev. Heaven - An interview with former USSR president Mikhail Gorbachev, one of the most influential figures of the last century, whose rule heralded the end of the Soviet Union.


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    Inside the Red Brick Wall - Hong Kong freedom fighters who had taken refuge at the Polytechnic University realize that they are trapped by the police.

  • Prime Time in the Camps - Chris Marker's documentary about a group of Bosnian refugees who produce their own news show inside their camp.

  • Painted Landscapes of the Times - An energetic exhibition of the art of Sue Coe which communicates the artist's passionate cry for justice in a troubled time.

  • Putin's Witnesses - Examines the early life of Vladimir Putin and the political machine that brought him to power.

  • Taking Back the Legislature - This day went down history as the day Hong Kong freedom fighters stormed the legislative council and in the assembly hall delivered the Hong Kong Protest Manifesto for the first time.

  • Le Navire Night - Marguerite Duras investigates new possibilities for the cinematic form by drawing out relationships between people who never actually meet.

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    Ziyara - Documents how an Arab country and a Muslim society continue, against all odds, to take care with grace and innocence of a millennial Jewish heritage after the departure of most of its Jews from Morocco.

Spring 2021 Releases
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  • The 317th Platoon - A platoon of French soldiers and Laotian allies fight their way through enemy territory and dense jungle to meet up with their compatriots as the Indochina War grinds to a halt.

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    All the World's Memory - An exploration of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris by French New Wave director Alain Resnais. Newly restored!

  • Bamako - Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako, BAMAKO is both a courtroom drama and portrait of everyday Mali life.

  • Delphine's Prayers - A portait of Delphine, a Cameroonian woman who turned to prostitution to support her family.

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    Devil in the Flesh (Le Diable au Corps) - In one of the most controversial Italians films of the 80s, Raymond Radiguet's classic novel is updated to modern times.

  • Directing Actors - How Jean Renoir gradually guides an actress into the essence of her role.


  • Downstream to Kinshasa - People in the Democratic Republic of Congo travel via boat to the capital to demand reparations for their injuries incurred during the Six-Day War.

  • The Goumbé of the Young Revelers - In Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, the Association "La goumbé des jeunes noceurs" holds regular reunions to host a variety of events, including dance, exhibitions and concerts. A short by Jean Rouch.

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    Guernica - Uses the famous painting by Picasso to bear witness to the atrocities of the Spanish civil war and fascism. An early short by Alain Resnais.

  • Le Crabe-Tambour - A squadron commander suffering from an incurable illness searches for an old comrade from Southeast Asia.

  • Lost Course - In the village of Wukan, corrupt officials illegally sell villagers’ land. An unprecedented experiment in local democracy.

  • Paris Calligrammes - Artist Ulrike Ottinger resurrects the old Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Latin Quarter of 1960s Paris.

  • Paul Gauguin - Paul Gauguin's life, from Brittany to Tahiti, is illustrated by his paintings and extracts from his diary. An early short by Alain Resnais.

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    Six in Paris (Paris vu par) - Six short films about Paris by filmmakers including Godard, Rohmer and Chabrol.

  • The Society of the Spectacle - Guy Debord's cinematic analysis of consumer society based on his influential book.

  • Tribute to Alfred Lepetit - A breezy short mockumentary with an all-star cast paying tribute to a behind-the-scenes superhero.

  • Van Gogh - Alain Resnais charts the life and spiritual odyssey of one of the great modern painters purely through use of his paintings. Newly restored!

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    What If Babel Was Just a Myth? - The societies that populate the heart of the African continent form such a mosaic that it is not uncommon to meet villagers speaking six to seven languages. But how much longer will this last?

Fall 2020 Releases
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  • Egg Cream - The beloved chocolate soda drink, born in immigrant neighborhoods at the turn of the 20th century, is explored in this short film about a simple beverage and its meaning to generations of Jewish Americans.

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    Lemebel - Writer, artist and pioneer of the queer movement in Latin America, Pedro Lemebel shook up Chilean society during Pinochet’s dictatorship.

  • Markie in Milwaukee - Markie, a 7-foot-tall Midwestern evangelical minister, struggles with her transgender identity.


  • Outcry and Whisper - A political manifesto for the resistance of women, be they workers, intellectuals or militants, in China and Hong Kong.

  • Prison for Profit - Whistleblowers, former prisoners and an investigative journalist paint a shocking picture of South Africa’s first privatized prison.

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    Softie - Daring and audacious, Softie is one of Kenya's most accomplished photojournalists. But running for office could be his most difficult assignment yet.


  • Xu Bing: Phoenix - Documents the process of creating Xu Bing's monumental bird sculpture through to its installation at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).

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    Yiddish - Seven young scholars share their love for Yiddish, and for the avant-garde Yiddish poetry written between the World Wars.

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